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Green Party of California

Major Mexican-American political leader re-registers, urges statewide Latino support for Green Party candidates in Fall elections

GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 8, 2004

Contacts:
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
Nativo Lopez, MAPA, 323-269-1575 or (cell) 714-423-4800

SACRAMENTO The influential president of the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) one of the oldest, and largest political organizations of its kind in the state and U.S. said Wednesday he has lost patience with the Democratic Party and is throwing his support to the Green Party.

That decision could result in tens of thousands of Latino voters switching to the Green Party, according to the Green Party of California.

Nativo Lopez who made the dramatic disclosure and formally re-registered Green at the Secretary of State's office Wednesday said he is traveling throughout the state urging MAPA members and Latinos statewide to also re-register Green and to form MAPA/Green organizations.

The announcement is a coup for the Green Party. For years, Greens have been urging under-represented voter groups to abandon the Democratic Party, which has done little for those groups, and in fact, taken their votes for granted.

"We are no better off than a generation ago. The Democrats have not helped us. This needs to change," said Lopez, who added he is planning joint voter registration efforts with the Green Party, and expects MAPA to endorse Green candidates.

"The two major parties say they believe in capitalism, but they do not want competition in politics. The big corporate dollars have helped the parties to lock up the districts...they do not want to wake the Latino voter up because they are afraid we will change the system," said Lopez.

"We are excited about the opportunity to work closely with Nativo and MAPA to promote issues and legislation to benefit the Latino community and all Californians," said Peggy Lewis, a Green Party state and national steering committee member.

MAPA is a multi-partisan advocacy group, formed in 1960, with chapters throughout the state and U.S. representing the Mexican, Mexican-American and Latino communities. For more information, see www.MAPA.org

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