21 September 2014

There is no greater political imperative this year than to retire the
Bush regime, one of the most dangerous and extremist in U.S. history. As
people dedicated to peace, economic justice, equality, sustainability and
constitutional freedoms, we are committed to defeating Bush.

The only candidate who can win instead of Bush in November is John
Kerry. We want Kerry to replace Bush, because a Kerry administration
would be less dangerous in many crucial areas, including militarism,
civil liberties, civil rights, judicial appointments, reproductive rights
and environmental protection.

But while helping Kerry-Edwards defeat Bush-Cheney, we don't want to
endorse Kerry positions that are an insult to various causes we support,
including movements for global justice and peace that have burgeoned in
recent years. Indeed, we want to communicate to Kerry and the world that
we oppose many of his policies, including some that are barely
distinguishable from Bush policies.

Accordingly, we encourage progressives to organize and vote strategically
this year.

1) In "swing states," where few percentage points separate Bush and
Kerry, we encourage activists to mobilize voters behind Kerry. (A
frequently updated list of swing states is posted at

2) In "safe states" (and Washington, D.C.), so overwhelmingly
pro-Bush or pro-Kerry that we can be confident of who will win in
November, we encourage activists to mobilize voters behind Green Party
presidential candidate David Cobb.

3) In all states, we encourage activists to engage in election-year
vigilance to ensure that all votes count, especially those of racial
minorities -- and to advocate for instant runoff voting and other reforms
so that voters in future elections can support the candidate they most
believe in without risk of electing the candidate they most oppose.

David Cobb has earned our endorsement in safe states by deftly steering
the Green Party toward a nuanced strategy dedicated to ousting Bush,
while seeking to grow a grassroots party that stands unapologetically for
peace, racial and social justice, economic democracy, civil liberties and
genuine ecology. The Green Party gives political voice to movements that
challenge Bush's Iraq policy and resist trade arrangements that trample
on workers' rights, human rights and the environment.

Despite a Democratic Party base that is increasingly progressive,
anti-NAFTA/WTO and anti-war, John Kerry has lost the strong, brave voice
he had as a young man who challenged the Vietnam War and now offers a
faint echo of too many Bush policies -- from Iraq and military spending
to the global trade regime and corporate coddling (e.g. Kerry's plan to
reduce corporate taxes).

We are disappointed that, four years after the Florida disaster, Kerry
and leading Democrats (with exceptions such as Dennis Kucinich, Jesse
Jackson Jr. and Howard Dean) do not promote common-sense electoral
reforms like instant runoff voting that would once and for all eliminate
the "spoiler" risk that deforms U.S. elections.

With our electoral system yet to be fixed, we are left this year with the
improvised solution of endorsing one candidate in some states and another
candidate in other states. This dual-endorsement solution is preferable
to endorsing either a candidate with important positions we oppose or a
solidly progressive candidate whose votes in swing states could help Bush
get four more years.

In this crucial election year, we encourage progressives to work
tirelessly to vote Bush out -- as we build grassroots networks and
coalitions to hold the Kerry administration accountable to the
progressive values and policies shared by most Americans.

Medea Benjamin

Peter Coyote

John Eder

Daniel Ellsberg

Angela Gilliam

Kevin Gray

Tom Hayden

Elizabeth Horton Sheff

Rabbi Michael Lerner

Robert McChesney

Norman Solomon

(Signers endorse this statement as individuals, not as representatives of
any groups.)