Untitled document - Kyle Tucker Traverse English 12 Peace and Freedom Party In 1967 The Community for New Politics attempted to qualify the Peace and

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Kyle Tucker Traverse English 12 October 10, 2016 Peace and Freedom Party In 1967 The Community for New Politics attempted to qualify the Peace and Freedom Party for the California Ballot. Only two ways existed to do qualify a third party; either they could try and get around 66,000 people registered under the Peace and Freedom Party, or get 10% of the electorate to sign a petition asking for the Peace and Freedom Party to be on the ballot. The CNP elected to try the latter option, thinking it easier to get 10% of the electorate to sign a petition than 66,000 registrants for the party. The purpose behind this was to be able to connect the black community with the Democratic party to work for change. The general idea for this third party at the time was Martin Luther King Jr. for President and Benjamin Spock for vice- president, and this idea was widely accepted by the third party supporters. The petition campaign was attempted during the summer but held minimal success as many people were confused by Martin Luther King’s opposition to the ghetto riots in Detroit. The CNP then began

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