A long time activist,Aaron Dixon is running against Washington's Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell on a platform that includes an anti-war pledge (bring the troops home immediately), an end to the drug wars that have imprisoned thousands of men of color, an end to the economic racism that results in many very poor communities like the one revealed in New Orleans after Katrina, and universal health care.
"I'm in this to win," said Dixon. He believes that people are ready for change and are fed up with both parties.
The Green Party is not well organized, he told the small group of people that met with him and his wife this evening. He brings strong grassroots organizing skills to the table, having worked with the Black Panther Party and many non-profits organizations. He stated that this is more than a campaign to get him elected--he intends to use this as an oppportunity to build a strong grassroots party in Washington that can get people elected. It means traveling across the state to engage meet with people and begin a dialogue. It will take a great deal of energy and commitment to build a grassroots party but he believes that now is the time to do it. He is looking for people willing to help him build a progressive party in Washington and in the U.S.
One of the members of the audience offered a good response to those who worry that a vote for Dixon will enable a Republican to win the Senate seat which he attributed to Eugene Debbs. "I'd rather vote for what I want and not get it, than vote for what I don't want and get that."
That works for me. Although Cantwell did a heroic job on ANWR, she supports the war and the Patriot Act. This time I will vote for someone who represents my values.
Dixon is holding a kickoff rally on Saturday, April 8, 6- 9 p.m. at the Garfiled Community Center, 2323 East Cherry ST.. in Seattle.
Check out his website: www.aarondixon.org