Large state Latino political group shuns Democrats, leaves door open for support of Green for President, other elected seats
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 4, 2004
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
MONTEREY PARK – Breaking with tradition, one of the state's oldest and
most prominent Latino political organizations decided this past weekend at
its 2004 Endorsement Convention here to not endorse a Democrat for
President, and instead left the door open for Latino support for a Green
Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Association
(MAPA), announced to the convention he had decided to re-register Green
because "the Democrats are not helping us." Others joined him in
re-registering from Democrat to Green.
The decision not to endorse a Democrat for President followed two
extremely well-received keynote speeches by David Cobb, the Green Party
nominee for President, and Peter Miguel Camejo, the former Green Party
state gubernatorial candidate and now vice-presidential candidate on the
independent ticket with Ralph Nader.
Lopez has also personally endorsed the campaigns of several Green candidates.
MAPA gave its special award to another Green, Matt Gonzalez, the San
Francisco supervisor who nearly made history in his bid to become San
Francisco's mayor late last year. Gonzalez is currently sponsoring a ballot
measure in November in San Francisco to allow non citizens to vote in
school board elections.
MAPA, formed in 1960 with chapters throughout the state and the U.S., also
approved resolutions consistent with the Green Party of California on state
ballot propositions and other important national and state issues.
"I felt a real surge of new political solidarity seeing MAPA
overwhelmingly pass resolutions based on Green positions like opposition to
the war, the draft and the Patriot Act," said Santa Monica's Green Mayor
pro tem Kevin McKeown, who attended the event and congratulated Nativo
Lopez on his re-registration.
"The Democrats can no longer count on the Mexican vote, because MAPA has
realized they cannot count on the Democrats to represent MAPA's beliefs.
The decision for an open endorsement on the Presidency clearly meant MAPA
locals can and will work for Greens like David Cobb and Peter Camejo,"
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437