I know there’s a lot of progressive-minded grassroots activists here in Wisconsin who are fed up with the current state of Democratic politics, not only in our fair state but nationally as well. I’ve read Facebook posts criticizing the current leadership of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and the rest of the Democratic establishment, and I’ve also read many posts wondering how progressives can take back the Democratic Party.
While wresting control of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin from the Democratic establishment may be a daunting task, there may be another way progressive-minded activists can use their skills as activists and organizers to challenge the status quo. Instead of fighting from within to change the Democratic Party here in Wisconsin, perhaps the answer lies in a third party – namely the Justice Party. Organized by former Salt Lake City (Utah) Mayor Rocky Anderson (himself a former Democrat) in 2011, the Justice Party was born out of a desire to challenge the duopoly of the two major political parties in our country.
According to its website, one of the major goals of the Justice Party is removing corporate influence and other concentrated wealth from politics, and the Justice Party’s platform certainly has a lot of appeal for progressives.
The Vision of the Justice Party is:
A peaceful nation and world where social, economic, and environmental justice prevails:
Social Justice: Every person’s civil and human rights are protected. Everyone has the opportunity to obtain an excellent education from early childhood through college or trade school. Affordable and high-quality healthcare is available for everyone. Government is not controlled by wealthy corporations and individuals, but is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Economic Justice: All people are provided opportunities for prosperity. Poverty is eliminated. The “middle class” is thriving. Economic protections are provided so that all members of society are secure and treated fairly.
Environmental Justice: The earth’s inhabitants are safe from catastrophic, human-caused climate disruption. Nature is protected and preserved through sustainable practices. Our air, water, and land (and food supply) are clean and healthy.
The Mission of the Justice Party is to “Raise awareness, inspire, organize, and mobilize people of broad diversity in collaborative movement-building and achieving electoral success in order to realize our Vision of a peaceful nation and world where social, economic, and environmental justice prevail.