Political Factions

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American Independent Party: Founded in 1967, the American Independent Party is a far-right extremist political party in the United States. The American Independent Party (AIP) runs on a platform that advocates for the elimination of the single-parent family, banning same-sex marriage, eliminating the welfare program and outlawing abortion.

Amnesty International Founded in 1961 London, Amnesty International is an international, non-governmental and left-wing leaning organization devoted to ending capitol punishment, torture and the abuse of all human rights.

B

Black Bloc: A radical protest group/movement that began in Germany during the 1970s. Black Bloc protestors usually disguise themselves in all-black apparel and their primary goal is usually to disrupt demonstrations they do not agree with by any means possible.

C

California Mass Resistance: A far-right, ultra-conservative coalition led by Fred Garvey. The California Mass Resistance was initially formed in Massachusetts in 1995 and their mission is to disrupt pro-LGBT legislation and to eliminate the “single-parent family.”

Christian Democratic Union: A German liberal-conservative party. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) supports stronger capital punishment, stricter requirements for citizens of obtain dual-citizenship and the CDU is against admitting Turkey into the European Union. The Chairperson of the CDU is German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

D

Democratic Party: An American political party that leans towards left-wing policies and legislative actions. Whereas the Democratic Party represented far-right/conservative politicians in the early history of the United States, the current Democratic Party is liberal and advocates for universal federally-subsidized healthcare, reproductive rights and social justice.

F

Front National: Meaning “National Front” in French, Front National is a far-right extremist political party. The party advocates for the removal of Syrian refugees seeking asylum in France. Its party-frontrunner, Marine Le Pen, lost the 2017 French general election in a landslide defeat to her socialist opponent Emmanuel Macron.

G

Green Party: An American progressive-liberal political party founded in 2001 that promotes environmentalism, nonviolence, social justice, participatory grassroots democracy, gender equality, LGBT rights, anti-war and anti-racism efforts.

Greenpeace: Founded in 1969 Canada, Greenpeace is an international, non-governmental and left-wing leaning organization devoted to promoting environmentalism, protecting wildlife, and combating legislation that allows for environmentally-destructive practices.

L

Liberal Party of Canada: Founded in 1867, the Liberal Party of Canada is Canada’s oldest federal political party. The Liberal Party advocates for pro-immigration legislation, federally subsidized healthcare, federal financial assistance for college/student loans and most recently the acceptance of thousands of Syrian refugees. The Liberal Party’s leader, Justin Trudeau, won the 2015 Canadian presidential election to return the Liberal Party to prominence.

Libertarian Party: An American classical-liberal political party founded in 1971 that promotes civil liberties, non-interventionism, laissez-faire capitalism and the abolition of the welfare state.

N

NextGen Climate: A liberal-leaning political action committee founded by philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer. NextGen Climate raises awareness of the dangers of climate change and supports pro-environmentalism legislation.

P

Partido Accion Nacional: Meaning the “National Action Party” in Spanish, the Partido Accion Nacional (PAN) is a center right-wing Mexican political party. The PAN is the second most powerful political party in Mexico, with the PRI being Mexico’s current dominant political party. The PAN advocates for conservative Roman Catholic values/practices, laissez-faire economics, and the dissolution of labor unions.

Partido Revolucionario Institucional: Meaning the “Institutional Revolutionary Party” in Spanish, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) is Mexico’s dominant political party. The PRI is a centrist political party that has not only dominated the Mexican government for over 70 years at one point, but the PRI has been the target of global outrage for privatizing living in Mexico. The PRI has created a gasoline shortage crisis due to its monopoly of Mexico’s petroleum industry. In addition, the PRI has been restricting the educational rights of indigenous, non-Eurocentric Mexicans in Oaxaca. In 2014, the PRI was linked to the killings of 43 Mexican college student protesters as well as the cover-up of their murders.

Pastel Bloc: A group founded by feminists in Berkeley, CA during the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in 2010. Unlike Black Bloc, Pastel Bloc’s primary mission is to counteract violent efforts by Black Bloc so that public demonstrations organized by both liberals and conservatives go uninterrupted.

R

Republican Party: The largest political party in the United States at the moment and the party that currently dominates all three branches of the American federal government. Despite its liberal past in the early half of the United States’ history, the current Republican Party advocates for right-wing/conservatives legislative practices. These include stricter limitations on immigration, the outlawing of abortion and providing tax breaks for the American elite.

REVCOM: REVCOM (Revolutionary Communist Party of the USA) is a far-left political faction based in Chicago, IL and founded in 1975. REVCOM advocates Marxist, communist and socialist teachings in an effort to dismantle mainstream American capitalism and to close the United States’ growing wage gap. REVCOM strongly opposes the Trump Administration and wants to see the dissolution of class warfare.

S

Social Democratic Party of Germany: The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SDP) is a center-left wing political party founded in 1863 Germany. One of the first ever political parties to have been influenced by Karl Marx, the SDP advocates for economic liberalism, increased general welfare and increased protection to allow workers to unionize.