Former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson reminded everyone he was still in the race yesterday, announcing the selection of Luis Rodriguez as his Vice-Presidential running mate on the nascent Justice Party ticket.
The Anderson campaign describes Rodriguez as “a leading Chicano writer, speaker, gang expert and interventionist, and activist for justice in urban peace, the arts, labor, and human rights.” He is a co-founder of the Network for Revolutionary Change and he has published more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature.
“He’s been out there doing this really because of a personal commitment and an amazing heart,” Anderson told the Salt Lake Tribune.
Rodriguez was born in Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border. His parents moved to south-central Los Angeles when he was a boy. The youngster soon became tangled in gangs and drugs. He was also active in the Chicano and anti-war movements in the 1960s and ’70s.
After serving time in jail, Rodriguez became a community activist in and around Los Angeles. He began writing for area newspapers and eventually became editor of a revolutionary publication.
Anderson’s campaign is currently struggling to obtain ballot access in most states, having firmly secured only a handful of ballot lines thus far. Anderson’s most critical test may be the planned August convention of the California Peace and Freedom Party. While Anderson won the party’s non-binding primary in June, delegates at the PFP’s convention are free to nominate any candidate they wish.