Working Families Party

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Working Families Party
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Basic facts
Location:Brooklyn, New York
Top official:Dan Cantor,
National Director
Website:Official website
The Working Families Party is a political party associated with the Working Families Organization with chapters in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. The party was founded in 1998 by a group of labor unions, community organizations and other public interest groups.[1]

The group describes itself as a "progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us, and a democracy in which every voice matters."[2]

History

The party has been described by The American Prospect as "akin to the New York third parties—the American Labor Party and the Liberal Party—established in the 1930s and 1940s by the social democratic leaders of the clothing and garment unions who backed Franklin Roosevelt but didn’t want to vote for him on the line of the Tammany-dominated Democratic Party."[1] The party first gained ballot access in New York in 1998.[3]

Party values

The party describes its beliefs as follows:

We believe that our economy is out of whack when wages are stagnant and good jobs are harder and harder to come by, but the very wealthiest just get richer and richer. When college is getting more and more expensive, and retirement more and more insecure. When quality public education is only available for some, but not all, of our children. When as hard as we work, inequality in America is only getting worse.

We also believe the promise of our democracy has been broken when the views of a single wealthy donor can carry more weight that the needs of millions of hard working families. When a moneyed few can pull the strings in our democracy, they rewrite the rules of our economy to benefit them.

The wealthy few are making money by doing harm to working families, whether they’re outsourcing jobs, privatizing schools or poisoning the environment.

Working Families is a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us, and a democracy in which every voice matters. We believe that our children’s life chances must not be determined at birth, and that America must be a nation that allows all its people to thrive.[4]

—Working Families Party website, (2015)[2]

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See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The American Prospect, "Dan Cantor's Machine," January 6, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Working Families, "About Us," accessed February 10, 2015
  3. Ballot Access News, "Volume 22, Number 2," June 1, 2006
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.