Mr. Catastrophe's impressions of the Green Party are misinformed. A little research would have shown that Greens are very active at local and state levels, participating in local and state elections, and winning some races. We're more active and well organized in some states than others, which is no surprise for a small but growing party.
We've had (and still have) mayors, including Gayle McLaughlin, Green mayor of Richmond, a city near San Francisco, and council members in cities and towns across the US. The Green Party would like to run a lot more state and local candidates and is always encouraging people to run as Greens. The party offers in-person and online workshops on running campaigns.
One hundred years ago, the Socialist Party ran state and local candidates, and also ran Eugene Debs and other nominees for president. The Socialist Party had it easier in many states, because Democrats and Republicans had not yet enacted ballot access rules designed to obstruct other parties' candidates. Indiana, for example, had a strong Socialist Party until such rules were enacted. In some states, running a presidential candidate is a requirement for achieving ballot access.
Green candidates at every level are right to object when they're barred from debates and forums. Such exclusion is also a violation of the right of voters to know about all the names on the ballot on election day.
For more information see http://www.gp.org and https://www.facebook.com/GreenPartyUS?rf=1…
Full disclosure: I work as Media Coordinator for the Green Party.
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