Considering the subject matter, social movements force change and not the ballot box, there’s value in this article.
And while the Greens have a platform to support systemic change, they are organized as a political party. Or are they a movement building apparatus?
The Green Party has positioned itself to be the electoral arm of the movement once it reaches critical mass. But just like the Sanders campaign, it is unlikely to meet with success in terms of electing candidates until there’s a viable growing social movement at work.
I have no illusions that the next president will most likely be Clinton, followed by Trump. If by some miracle Stein were elected, is a movement going to spring into existence that will force the changes she seeks in a hostile Congress?
I’ll be punching Stein’s name, but in fact I’ll be voting to help the Greens reach 5%, to raise their visibility in the hopes that they can hang on long enough for the movement to grow and support their candidates in future elections. I do so with the understanding that voting Green does not a movement make; I’m throwing my skills at organizations like those mentioned here and others that are building solidarity and empowering others to take action in communities at the grassroots level.