In recent years, a wide cycle of polyphonic and innovative fights have been going through American society under the spotlight on official policy: Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, the Fight for $15, the student protests for free higher education, the People’s Climate March, the strikes of service workers and education, the battle of Wisconsin and, last month, the environmental struggles of Native Americans in North Dakota and protests in American prisons. Sanders’ candidacy at the Democratic primary elections had helped to bring together some of these movements and to give them a voice and a common political perspective. Sanders’ defeat and his endorsement to Clinton have left the race for his symbolic and electoral heritage open.
Who will take over the baton of the political revolution? How are the militants and groups who had mobilized behaving now? Who will they vote for? One of the options is to follow the slogan “Jill, not Hill!” launched by some Berners at the Convention to encourage the vote for the Green Party. The Green Party was founded in 2001 by the Association of Green Parties and has slowly taken over the place of the Greens, the party of the green activists of the ‘80s. With mixed trends, the Green Party has chosen over the years to combine the strategies of anti-institutional action and anti-politics.
Ideologically, the American Greens approve the four pillars of the international green movement: ecology, social justice, participatory democracy, peace and nonviolence. They also add gender equality, anti-racism and LGBTIQ rights. Geographically, the green votes are mainly concentrated in the West Coast, the Great Lakes and Northeast, and they are, for the most part, white liberals of the middle and upper classes.