GPCA 2014 statewide candidate questionnaire - Deacon Alexander, Governor

1. Which position are you seeking Green Party of California (GPCA) endorsement for and why are you running for this position as a Green?

I am running for Governor as a Green because I want to engage them and others like them who think as independents to consider a few things that unless my voice is out there would never consider. The other persons running for this same office then must debate me. In this way we can draw the contrast between a Black revolutionary and some one who is not. I am a member of the SPUSA and I want to introduce my Green friends to them. For once we are going to hear a true anti-capitalist message from a Black man who is from Skid Row.  

2. What are your key platform issues? What are the most important issues facing California? What solutions do you offer?
My key platform is to stop fracking; California should go into the auto insurance business, the banking business; no more prison construction, same sex marriage, abortion rights, stronger unions, wages not under 14per hour, immigration reform now, legalize prostitution and marijuana, save the planet from capitalism no violence or wars against the oppressed.
3. How will your campaign build the Green Party of California? What are your campaign goals?
I will help grow the Green Party by registration. It is impossible to out reach to the many disenfranchised folk with out registering them into our party.
4. What parts of the GPCA platform do you feel most closely aligned with? What parts do you disagree with, if any? Are there parts you would improve upon and how?
The 10 key values are great as start. I would add though, a point on racist and political repression so as to address political prisoners and police crimes.
5. What in your background qualifies you to be a credible candidate? What assets would you bring to your campaign, in addition to those already existing within the Green Party?
My background may in all honesty disqualify me as “credible” candidate. I say this because I am not white well to do and I am a communist. I have been extremely critical of the Greens in terms of their open face.. Jill Stein for example,, never even considered asking a Black to be her running mate. Here locally, there has been every effort to discourage Black membership up to including threats to beat me up.
6. What are some of the key organizations and/or constituencies that you plan to outreach to and what is your relationship (if any) to them?
I will reach out to my own base to begin with. I am the President of the Black Panther Alumni Association and the president of my own Block club here in skid Row. But more importantly I want to reach out to students, unions and Latino progressives
7. Have you filed as a campaign committee with the California Fair Political Practices Commission and if so, what is your campaign ID#. Do you have campaign bank account and treasurer? A campaign website?

I have not pulled papers any where. I will do so when the time comes.

8. Do you believe that an independent party like the Greens can succeed in the US? How would you define such success? How can it happen?
Independent electoral struggles are the end results of issue oriented struggles. To that end we have not had a real success outside of  an assembly race here a city council race there since Eugene Debbs. I want to see the Greens partner u with the SPUSA. I think we can accomplish that during the course of this effort.
9. The Green Party of California intends to run a unified and coordinated slate of Green candidates for California's statewide constitutional offices. How will you collaborate with other Greens running for other statewide office, including on issues, messaging and organizing?
To begin with the election of L. Wells is very important. Any Green who is runnig for offfice and invites me to show up, I will be there.
10. Why are you a Green?
I joined the Greens in 2004 because a good friend of mine recruited me. Today however, the 2 boss partys are running amuck. They have this government shut down and could care less for the working class and the poor. The Greens per se don't call for a system change but there are many in the Greens like myself who do. To be a Green today allows for that discussion to begin with.

Received September 24, 2013, answers to #3,#9 and #10 received October 1, 2013