Justice Party USA: Justice for All
The Justice Party USA (JP) is an American political party that stands for progressivism and removing corporate influence and other concentrated wealth from politics. Don’t forget to take a look at Democracy Chronicles’ Third Party Central as well. There is too much corruption built into the current system. That’s where the JP comes in. Four alternative (non-Republocrat, and therefore media-forbidden) parties had debates, shown on the Internet, just before the 2012 presidential election and the JP took part. What clearly stood out about the JP in those debates was that its policies–as spoken by its candidate, Rocky Anderson. Rocky Anderson who was once mayor of Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City, is the founder of the JP. Look here for the Justice Party platform.
What Does the Justice Party for America support?
The Justice Party’s emphasis, even in its name, is on justice for all of us. Justice for ordinary people. That’s something that will make sense to every person, without being obscured by an appearance of elitism counterculture, or single-issue environmentalism like the Green Party (See the DC Green Party page).
Favoring (by concrete proposals, and not just by lip-service) pro-human (as opposed to pro-rich, pro-corporate) policies, humane policies, strong enforceable ethical requirements, genuine democracy. Opposing corruption and unnecessary wars, occupations, invasions, etc. Which parties are progressive, by that definition? Green Party U.S. (GPUS) is.
So is the Justice Party (JP). The party calls itself a thoroughly American party with out any foreign origins. For those reasons, JP looks a lot more likely to overtake and replace the Republocrats, in comparison to other progressive parties like the Greens.
The Justice Party, in its very first election, has already immediately become one of the top four progressive parties. This shows that JP has a lot more popularity and winnability potential than many others.
Here is a list from the JP website of the party’s founding principles:
- We are patriots. We believe in the greatness of America’s national ideals.
- We are dedicated to bringing integrity to the intentions of the founding documents of our nation including the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. We are dedicated to advancing justice, peace, and freedom.
- We believe that justice-based values are what enable a free and just society to regain its strength.
- We believe that we should measure the nation’s progress by whether every citizen has a fair shot.
- We believe that we should measure a citizen’s worth by contribution to country and community, not by wealth or power.
Justice Party USA Key Individuals
Justice Party Co-Chairperson
Laura Bonham is a political and community organizer who has served as the Vice President of the Coalville Area Business Association and as the Chairperson of the Coalville City Planning Commission. She co-founded the Utah Democratic Progressive Caucus and served as its chair for four years. In 2004, she co-founded Progressive Democrats of America where she served as the deputy director and communications coordinator until December 2011. Laura ran for Utah State representative three times, once as a Green and twice as a Democrat.
Justice Party Co-Chairperson
Jonathan M. Ruga, M.B.A., C.P.A., J.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of Sentry Financial Corporation, which he co-founded in 1986, and leads the Real Estate Division and the Private Equity Division, and co-leads the Equipment Financing Division. Upon graduating from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1982, Mr. Ruga worked with the law firm of Parr, Brown, Gee & Loveless from 1982 to 1985. Mr. Ruga has co-authored several professional books, including The Handbook of Leasing: Techniques and Analysis (1982), Guide to Captive Finance Company Equipment Leasing (1984), The Handbook of Equipment Leasing (1988), Operating Leases: The Complete Guide (2000), and International Leasing: The Complete Guide (2000).
Mr. Ruga is currently a member of the board of trustees of St. Mark’s Hospital; the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, and the Utah Democratic Lawyers’ Council. During 2012, Mr. Ruga assisted the Rocky Anderson for President Campaign in developing its strategic plan. Over the past two decades, Mr. Ruga has been a member of the board of trustees of various other charitable organizations, including Rowland Hall – St. Mark’s School, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake, and The Road Home. Mr. Ruga graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah College of Business with undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance, and with a Master of Business Administration degree, and obtained a law degree from the S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he was a member of the Utah Law Review and was elected to the Utah Chapter of the Order of the Coif.
Justice Party Fundraising Committee Chair, Membership Coordinator
Originally from Philadelphia, Mike Ballantine graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor in Arts degree majoring in Judaic Studies and Economics in 1984. After five years working in the banking industry, Mike joined Shank’s Extracts as their accounting manager working in finance, sales, and manufacturing before heading up their overseas trading division in Madagascar. During Mike’s time at Shank’s he visited 28 countries, lived in both Indonesia and Madagascar, and managed multiple factories on several continents. After leaving Shank’s in 2005, Mike moved to Vietnam where he worked in the spice industry and taught English as a volunteer and as an Associate Professor at Grigg’s University. Mike is currently working on his EdD in Higher Education Administration while continuing his efforts to support the Justice Party’s growth from his home in Texas.
Justice Party Platform Committee Chair, State Party Building Committee Liaison
Lenny Brody has been politically active since the early 1960s, fighting in the interests of poor and working class people. His father and grandfather were union organizers and Mr. Brody is a life-long printing industry worker. He worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in the civil rights movement in South Carolina. As part of his activities in protest of the Vietnam War he refused induction into the Army. He has studied economics and theories of political change while continuing his political activism. Mr. Brody has been active in local electoral races and nationally in the Denis Kucinich campaigns for president. He is on the steering committee of the Chicago chapter of Progressive Democrats of America and has been working to build an independent political movement that will fight for and empower the victims of the current economic crisis.
Justice Party National Steering Committee member
(More information regarding Luis below under Vice Presidential Candidate.)
Justice Party USA Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates 2012
2012 Presidential Candidate
2012 Vice Presidential Candidate
Luis J. Rodriguez has spent forty years as a revolutionary activist, writer and thinker impacting the Chicano and Native Peoples movement as well as labor (he took part in the largest union representation election in U.S. history), in urban peace (participating in gang peace truces in Los Angeles, Chicago, other cities and in El Salvador), against U.S. wars (having been arrested in the largest protest against the Vietnam War by a community of color) and in the arts (co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the Northeast San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles).
As a journalist, he has covered uprisings in Mexico and Central America (getting bombed twice during the Contra War in Nicaragua/Honduras). In addition to his 1993 memoir “Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.,” which has sold close to half a million copies, he has fifteen books in poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. In 2011, he was co-convener of the Network for Revolutionary Change, aimed at uniting practical leaders in a vision of a new America. That same year he published his latest memoir, “It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing.” In 2012, Luis became the vice-presidential candidate with Rocky Anderson for president of the Justice Party.
Justice Party USA 2014 National Support Team
National Technology Manager
Carlos Camacho is a former middle school teacher in the Japanese Ministry of Education’s JET Programme. He spent 10 years working in the electric utility industry in Japan, specializing in smart grids, energy conservation and ubiquitous computing. He is currently involved in the agriculture and greenhouse cultivation industry and is an advocate of eating locally grown food. In the field of technology, he is committed to net neutrality, open source software and government and improving broadband access.
Justice Party USA Contacts
P.O. Box 30726
Seattle, WA 98113-0726
Media and Communications
Justice Party of New York
The Justice Party of New York advocates a platform to promote social, economic and environmental justice. We seek to guarantee human rights, promote participatory democracy and the general welfare of the people of New York State. We believe in the rule of law, and that all processes of government must be accountable to the people under domestic and international law. Also take a look at the Justice Party of New York platform.