Our Interview with Janice Jordan

Janice Jordan was the 2004 Vice-Presidential candidate of the Peace and Freedom Party. Jordan, together with Leonard Peltier, appeared on the ballot only in the state of California and received a total of 27,607 votes. She’s currently the PFP candidate for Governor of California.

We had the opportunity to talk with her and find out a little more about her current campaign and where the Peace and Freedom Party is headed.

TPW: What first attracted you to the Peace and Freedom Party?

Jordan: In 1990, I witnessed the United States Congress declare “Operation Desert Shield” against a poor country, a country of people of color-Iraq. Looking at the sea of wealthy European-American male faces in Washington DC, many of whom were Democrats disgusted me. I grew up in a Democrat stronghold, however at that moment I knew the party wasn’t for me anymore. I searched out another political party and I found the Peace & Freedom Party.

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TPW: Why do you think there is so much fragmentation among left-wing parties?

Jordan: There is fragmentation in every party. It just so happens that “left-wing” parties and their supporters are smaller in numbers than the “mainstream one-party system”. Unfortunately, this fragmentation exists and becomes more destructive for “us” when important issues such as the death penatly, a woman’s right to chose, socialized medicine or immigration are replaced with egos and the goals we are trying to achieve become a battle of semantics.

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TPW: As the Peace and Freedom Party’s 2004 Vice-Presidential candidate, your ticket received more votes than the nominees of the Socialist, Socialist Workers, Workers World, and Socialist Equality parties… combined! Do you see any future for your party outside the state of California?

Jordan: Progressive parties such as the Peace and Freedom Party and radical organizations are under attack by current political administrations. It is important that the Peace and Freedom Party continues to organize in California and build a strong political base until the next Presidential Election. I believe in 2008 the party will be able to link with other political parties in other states, such as the Working Families Party in New York. There are so many great progressive parties around the country that we don’t need to take each other over, just unconditionally work together.

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TPW: The current gubernatorial campaign in California includes a collection of former third party Vice-Presidential candidates. Libertarian Art Olivier, Green Peter Camejo, and yourself. What makes you a better choice for voters than those candidates?

Jordan: It is not whether one person is better than another. It is the person who knows how to listen, takes all peoples’ well-being into consideration and can handle stress and make productive decisions under pressure. I also believe it is time for a woman to be the Governor of California. I predict in the November election I will be the only female candidate on the ballot.

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TPW: How do you respond to voters who say voting for a third party candidate is a “wasted” vote?

Jordan: I have heard this statement over 1,000 times. I have also heard 1,000 times if I was a Democract, “I would vote for you”. For every time I heard this statement, if the person stuck to their beliefs instead of the party line, change would have already occurred. VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE - NOT YOUR FEAR!

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TPW: If you were to be elected governor, what would your first action in office be?

Jordan: An immediate moratorium on the death penalty.

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TPW: Short of winning the governorship, what would have to happen for you to consider your campaign this year a success?

Jordan: Securing 15% of the vote in California.

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TPW: Are you considering a run for President in 2008?

Jordan: Not at this time. I’m using all of my energy, time and resources for this campaign. One day at a time . . .

5 Responses to “Our Interview with Janice Jordan”

  1. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home Says:

    www.ThirdPartyWatch.com “Interview with Janice Jordan” AND POST SCRIPT BY DON LAKE

    Janice Jordan and where the Peace and Freedom Party is headed.

    LAKE: BUT FIRST A WORD ABOUT WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN. OFF OF THE BALLOT
    TWICE IN THE 21ST CENTURY.

    LAKE: THANKS TO THE SWEAT AND SIGNATURES OF HUNDREDS OF THEN PEACE AND
    FREEDOM PARTY TYPES, INCLUDING, THEN DON LAKE, PEACE AND FREEDOM PARTY
    BOUNCED BACK IN 2003. FAKE REFORMER ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER’S HAND PICKED
    ELECTIONS OFFICIAL KICKED THE WEST COAST FEMINISTS/ SOCIALISTS OFF THE
    BALLOT IN EARLY 2006.

    LAKE: IN A KNEE JERK REACTION TO GOLDEN STATE TYRANY, DEMOCRATS, GREENS,
    AND REFORMERS JOINED INDEPENDENTS AND A SMALL PORTION OF PEACE AND
    FREEDOM’S STANDING COMUNE IN A WALL OF OUTRAGE. MISTER HOLLYWOOD HYPE
    AND THE GOVERNATOR’S HAND MAIDEN FOLDED LIKE A BATTER CARD TABLE.

    LAKE: WITH IN TWO DAYS, WITH OUT AN “IFFY” YEAR LONG COURT BATTLE, PEACE
    AND FREEDOM WAS BACK ON THE CALIFORNIA BALLOT. MANY PARTY REGULARS,
    INCLUDING MS. JORDAN, JUST A COUPLE OF MILES FROM DON LAKE AND TISH FIRMISS
    IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, WERE JUST WAKING UP TO THE FACT THAT THE ORGANIZATION
    HAD BE THE VICTIM OF A “DRIVE BY LOOTINGAND RESCUED BY A MOTLY BAND OF
    NON REPUBLICANS. THANK YOUs HAVE YET TO TRICKLE IN FROM JORDAN, ctweber, AND
    OTHER CURRENT PEACE AND FREEDOM SLEEPY HEADS.

    TPW: What first attracted you to the Peace and Freedom Party?

    Jordan: In 1990, I witnessed the United States Congress declare “Operation Desert Shield” against a poor
    country, a country of people of color-Iraq. Looking at the sea of wealthy European-American male faces in
    Washington DC, many of whom were Democrats disgusted me (even tho) I grew up in a Democrat stronghold,

    LAKE: PRETTY MUCH DITTO FOR ME, EXCEPT THAT I HAD GROWN UP IN A MAVERICK,
    INDEPENDENT HOUSE HOLD AND HAD BEEN GOP, DEM, AND THE THIRD TOP OFFICER IN
    ARIZONA FOR THE JOHN B. ANDERSON (AT 84, HE’S STILL ALIVE! HE’S STILL INVOLVED
    IN VOTER’S RIGHTS!) AND THE SO CALLED NATIONAL UNITY PARTY. I ALSO HAD A
    CO-WORKER AT THE UNIVERSITY WHOM WAS CONSTANTLY BADGERING ME TO JOIN
    UP. WHEN THE COLLEGE’S OFFICIAL UNION BEGAN ACTING LIKE AN ARM OF THE DLC,
    IT BROKE THE STALE MATE AND I THEN RELUCTANTLY SIGN UP P&F!.

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    TPW: Why so much fragmentation among left-wing parties?

    Jordan: There is fragmentation in every party.

    LAKE: DITTO, JUST LOOK AT THOSE DISFUNCTIONAL REFORM PARTY TYPES!

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    TPW: Do you see any future for your party outside the state of California?

    Jordan: Peace and Freedom Party and radical organizations are under attack. We don’t need to take each
    other over, just unconditionally work together.

    LAKE: FINALLY, AND MAY BE QUIT NOMINATING JAILED FELONS! IT HAS ALREADY
    BEEN DONE, AND SO MUCH BETTER! (OVER A MILLLION VOTES FOR SOCIALIST UGENE
    DEBBS IN LEAVENWORTH DURING 1920!)

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    TPW: What makes you a
    better choice for voters than those (other Third Party) candidates?

    Jordan: It is not whether one person is better than another.

    LAKE: DUH! SURE IT IS! WE ARE TALKING PERSONALITY POLITICS. IT IS A PERSONALITY
    CONTEST! ALWAYS HAS BEEN, ALWAYS WILL BE!
    “EARTH CALLING JANICE; EARTH
    CALLING JANICE!”

    LAKE: YES YOU WILL PROBABLY BE THE ONLY FEM CANDIDATE. SO WHAT? YOU ARE
    WHITE, AND AFTER ALMOST FOUR DECADES, SO IS MOST OF THE ‘MINORITY, FEMINIST,
    SOCIALIST MEMBERSHIP!

    LAKE: FROM FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE, YOU HANDLE STRESS BY SLEEPING THEAPY!
    YOU DID NOT RESPOND TO CITIZENS FOR A BETTER VETERANS HOME’S URGENT
    EMAILSL AND VOICE MAILS UNTIL AFTER THE CRISIS WAS OVER!

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    TPW: Voting for a third party candidate is a “wasted” vote?

    Jordan: VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE - NOT YOUR FEAR!

    LAKE: HOW ABOUT —— “THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS IS STILL EVIL!” ??????

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    TPW: First action in office be?

    Jordan: An immediate moratorium on the death penalty.

    LAKE: AS EVERY DAY CITIZENS DROWN IN THE SAN JOCAIN VALLEY LEVEE AND DIKE
    FAILURE MATCHING HURRICANE “KATRINA”......

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    TPW: 2006 Campaign Success?

    Jordan: Securing 15% of the vote in California.

    LAKE: GOOD LUCK! BUT YOU NEED TO REACH OUT TO MORE OF THE AVERAGE JOEs
    AND JANEs AND YOU NEED MORE THAN JUST THE “NICE WORDINGWHICH ATTRACTS
    SO MANY SOON TO BE DISENCHANTED FORMER PARTY MEMBERS!

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    TPW: Are you considering a run for President in 2008?

    Jordan: Not at this time.

    LAKE: AGAIN, LINK WITH OTHERS (ASSOCIATION NOT FUSION, LIKE CALIFORNIA’S
    AMERICAN INDEPENDENT PARTY and UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION PARTY) AND REAL
    CANDIDATES, NOT JUST SYMBOLIC PRISONERS. NOT EVERY JAIL BIRD IS THE NEXT NELSON MANDELA!

  2. Ragnar Danashold Says:

    We should use the PFP, try and unite all the progressive elements of this country, and the Independance Party to unite the libertarian elements, and combine them with the moderate/independant elements of Reform, and create a new party, away from the neo-liberal dems and neo-conservative GOP. Get big folks and little folks, from John McCain to Bill Van Auken, from Russ Feingold to Walt Brown, from John Edwards to Winona LaDuke.

  3. Will Says:

    Question of the day: what makes Don Lake such a fucking nutjob?

  4. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home Says:

    Eight years of lies by Governors Wilson, Davis, and fake reformer Adolph Schwarzen Faker?
    Eight years of abuse by CALVETS/ CDVA?
    Cowards like ‘Will’ whom readily resort to name calling and shy away from debating the facts?

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  5. Kris Overstreet Says:

    I wasn’t aware that the Peace and Freedom Party endorsed Iraq’s annexation of Kuwait by force of arms…