The Justice Party was founded in December of 2011 to organize an effective, grassroots, broad-based political alternative to the corporate controlled Democratic and Republican parties. All are welcome in the Justice Party regardless of political party affiliation. Other political parties appear only during election cycles. The Justice Party is striving to become a new kind of political party, one that is involved in all the struggles that are important to the people of our country.
The vision of the Justice Party is a peaceful nation and world where social, economic and environmental justice prevails. In order to realize our vision, our mission is to raise awareness, inspire, organize, and mobilize to include and engage people of broad diversity in collaborative movement building and achieving electoral success.
If you agree that:
- the systematic corruption in government is caused by the undue influence of concentrated sources of wealth (both corporate and individual)
- the growing poverty and economic insecurity in the U.S. is inexcusable
- the destruction of the environment must be stopped
then join with us to make the changes we all know are necessary and possible.
Our National Steering Committee
Chairperson – National Steering Committee
After serving two terms as Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, Rocky declined to run for a third term and, instead, devoted himself to educating, motivating, and mobilizing people to take action to stop human rights abuses. Anderson recognizes the importance of people at the grassroots level advocating and pushing for change. He has stated, "We keep expecting elected officials will do the right thing, and the fact is they never do unless they're pushed." On August 11, 2011, Rocky denounced the Democratic Party and resigned his affiliation with it. He wrote in a letter to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that "The Constitution has been eviscerated while Democrats have stood by with nary a whimper. It is a gutless, unprincipled party, bought and paid for by the same interests that buy and pay for the Republican Party." On January 13, 2012, Anderson accepted the presidential nomination of the Justice Party, a new national political party. The Party's primary principles are integrity, justice, and liberty for all. Rocky founded High Road for Human Rights, a non-profit organization devoted to achieving major reform of US human rights policies and practices through unique, coordinated, and sustained grassroots activism, complementing the work of other human rights organizations.
Co-Chairperson – National Steering Committe
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, as well as 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 (having been 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 authored 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." From 2014-2016, Luis was the official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. In 2012, Luis became Rocky Anderson’s vice-presidential running mate on the Justice Party Presidential Ticket.
Member - National Steering Committee
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.
Member - National Steering Committee
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 United States 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, and is currently working to build an independent political movement that will fight for and empower the victims of the current economic crisis.
Member - National Steering Committee
D'Marie Mulattieri is a founder and executive director of an educational charitable nonprofit. She has organized over 1,000 events ranging from educational classes to multiple day conventions of over 450 people. She organized benefits to provide charitable aid to Cusco, Peru after it was devastated by torrential floods and then for the victims of the Fukushima tsunami. As a concerned citizen and activist, D'Marie began actively organizing to bring people together to create awareness and brainstorm solutions to problems exacerbated by the economic crash of 2008. She ran for Congress in California District 39 during the 2012 election cycle as an Independent. She is currently a lead facilitator for GMO Free Orange County and Americans Organized for Change, a trans-partisan coalition to support grassroots activists. AOC's current focus is stopping the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as well as Fast Track Authority. D'Marie is a long time entrepreneur who has started several successful businesses and has served as the right arm of small business owners as well as C-level executives. She has been a trainer for several international companies and currently utilizes her speaking and training skills to further the goals of a California based non-profit whose mission is to expose dark money in politics and work for public financing of election campaigns.
Member - National Steering Committee
Mackenzie Nellis is a graduate of Tennessee Tech in the field of Public Relations. Upon graduation he traveled to China to teach for five years at Beijing Geely University, a private university, managing the foreign staff and establishing a debate society that competed at national tournaments. He was Deputy Campaign Manager for a progressive candidate in Tennessee's 6th Congressional District in 2014 and has since consulted for several campaigns and organizations seeking social, economic and environmental justice. He has a Master's Degree in Leadership and Organizational Performance from Vanderbilt's Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee.
Member – National Steering Committee
Sheilah Garland-Olaniran walked the picket lines as a child, as the daughter of a Flint, Michigan auto worker. She continues fighting in the struggle to demand that workers, whether employed, unemployed, documented or undocumented, are able to truly achieve the American vision for a genuine democracy. Her background stretches back to the immediate post-civil rights era as president of the Birmingham Chapter of the Southern Conference Education Fund (SCEF) and as an organizer of an Area-wide women's coalition; a union activist group of mostly union women in Flint, MI. That group of union women began a very successful nearly 20-year program that highlighted and honored the struggles and victories of the unsung heroes of labor. She is past president of an AFSCME local of social workers, Flint, MI; a graduate of the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute; a member of the National Welfare Rights Union; a member of Reclaim Chicago; and is active in the fight to ban petcoke from the Southeast side of Chicago. She currently works as National Nurses United’s Political Organizer in Illinois and Missouri. She continues to fight for workers, ending poverty, and to promote her vision of a new re-imagined America.
Member - National Steering Committee
Since she was a child, politics has played a significant role in Annette Stewart's life. In the 1960's her mother, Juanita "Peaches" Cox, offered the use of her home as a safe haven to Civil Rights activists working with Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1988, Annette and her mother managed a local office for Jessie Jackson's Presidential campaign. Annette's first experience with public advocacy came unexpectedly, while working at a government mental hospital scheduled for closure. After the economy took a negative turn, the Reagan administration cut funding for much needed medical facilities. Annette and staff quickly mobilized to petition the closing. Although the administration ultimately proceeded with the closure, Annette was able to obtain over 100,000 signatures in a short period of time. Over the years, Annette became disheartened working in Healthcare, watching medical coverage become unattainable for many Americans. As the parent of a child with Autism, she knows personally how difficult it is for people with disabilities to obtain medical care. Beginning as a volunteer at her child's school, Annette eventually went on to serve two years as Chair and one year as Vice Chair of the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education in the Long Beach (California) School District. This position allowed her to assist and advise the District Director of Special Education in developing strategies for instructional education, which resulted in increased state funding. Most recently Annette served as an elected Delegate for Orange County's 48th District for the 2016 Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign. Throughout the election she worked in various areas of the campaign, including approving and editing event communications, monitoring telephone banking, and canvassing in Iowa, Texas, and California.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In Wake of Disastrous Election Cycle, Justice Party Offers Alternative to Disillusioned Voters
Salt Lake City, Utah – November 1, 2016 – The Justice Party, formed in 2011, prior to the 2012 presidential bid of former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, announced today it is re-entering the political arena with full force after keeping a low profile during the 2016 presidential election. The Party, with a three-pronged focus on social, economic, and environmental justice, offers a viable, common-sense alternative to the dysfunctional two-party system that currently controls American politics.
Because the positions of Bernie Sanders’s campaign were consistent with those of the Justice Party, the party endorsed Senator Sanders’s candidacy rather than fielding a candidate of its own in the 2016 presidential race. Following Senator Sanders’s loss to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, the Justice Party chose to avoid any activity, such as running its own candidate for president, that might ultimately aid in the election of Donald Trump. With the election now drawing to a close, Justice Party leaders are shifting their focus to the 2018 mid-term and 2020 presidential elections. As part of that effort, they are working to harness the widespread feeling of frustration with the current corrupt political system and the Democratic/Republican duopoly that created it.
According to Anderson, “There has never been a time in recent history in which the American people have been so disillusioned with our political system. That disillusionment was reflected in the passionate, widespread support of Bernie Sanders, particularly among young people, and in the nomination of Donald Trump. The corrupting influence of money has played a major role in causing unnecessary and illegal wars, astounding income and wealth inequality, a discriminatory and out-of-control criminal justice system, outrageous student debt, record health care costs and lack of access for millions of people, and continuous assaults on our environment, among many other unaddressed injustices.” Although Anderson acknowledged there are many Democrats and Republicans who recognize the seriousness of the problem and want to solve it, “there is simply too much stagnation and corruption within those parties to change from within. We need a viable alternative to the duopoly’s stranglehold on the country’s political system. The Justice Party, which intends to restore a government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people, is that alternative,” he said.
“The two major political parties have allowed mega-corporations and other concentrated sources of wealth to determine public policy. It is certainly not the interests of ordinary Americans that are being promoted by our government or the two ruling parties,” said Brian Jones, Executive Director of the Justice Party. “A significant portion of the electorate has expressed the sentiment that the candidate choices they’ve been given in this election are wholly unacceptable. People are ready for something radically different.”
Far from simply representing a symbolic protest of the hyper-partisan duopoly, Justice Party representatives believe the party’s policies, designed to promote the principles of social, economic, and environmental justice, will appeal to Americans from across the political spectrum. In addition to the overarching goal of addressing the corrupting influence of moneyed special interests in politics, issues such as reducing sky-high incarceration rates, reversing growing income and wealth inequality, eliminating poverty, and implementing sound energy policies that will help us quickly transition to clean energy sources, are high on the party’s list of priorities.
Party leaders intend to organize, register, and staff state parties throughout the country, and begin fielding Justice Party candidates in local races as soon as possible. Mr. Anderson intends to be integrally involved in these efforts. As for the Justice Party’s long-term future, Anderson is confident the dissatisfaction with the status quo that has swept the nation will continue far beyond November. “People so desperately want a just government that represents them and addresses the needs of their families and communities. People simply want a government and political leaders that respect all people and are committed to the principles of equality and fairness, providing the foundational opportunity to achieve the American dream,” he said. “I know that working together, we can make it happen. The Justice Party will be a means for us to organize together and deliver the kind of government we expect and deserve.”
For information about the Justice Party, contact Brian Jones at (801) 303-1150 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.