The entrance of U.S. representative Dennis Kucinich into the 2004 Presidential primary gives Ohio's progressive community a favorite son to work for. The Democratic Party's leading peace advocate and uncompromising voice for working people everywhere, offers an opportunity for grassroots activists not presented since the Jerry Brown campaign in 1992.

Among the first bills introduced by Kucinich as a Congressman was one creating a cabinet-level Department of Peace. Last year, Kucinich initiated legislation to ban the deployment of military weapons in space, after going public about the government's "directed energy program" under the name Joint Vision for 2020.

Kucinich has long been a friend of labor from his days as Cleveland's youngest mayor. He fought George Voinovich and the bankers over keeping Cleveland's municipal energy plant in the hands of the people. The legendary banker's strike pushed the city into bankruptcy, but Kucinich survived politically and is now universally regarded as a hero among those who would have been hurt by the cost of privatized energy.

In the hysteria and madness of the days immediately following 9/11, Kucinich was one of the lone voices speaking out against the so-called Patriot Act that unleashed the government's spying apparatus on the U.S. population.

Kucinich's "Prayer for America" rallied civil libertarians across the nation. His unyielding prose directly challenged the Bush administration's legacy of an imperialist and militarist United States. "We did not authorize the resurrection of COINTELPRO, we did not authorize the repeal of the Bill of Rights," he reminded Bush.

Kucinich was one of the few Democrats who refused to authorize the Bush administration's use of force against Iraq. Although regarded as a Right to Life candidate most of his career, Kucinich has recently supported a women's Constitutional right to choose.