LA Times: Peace and Freedom Party picks Gloria La Riva as presidential nominee

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San Francisco community activist Gloria La Riva was selected to be the presidential nominee for the Peace and Freedom Party at its convention in Sacramento over the weekend. She will appear on California ballots alongside running mate Dennis Banks.

La Riva previously ran for governor of California with the party in 1998. Banks is a longtime organizer with the American Indian Movement.

"Having a socialist option on the ballot of the most populous state in the United States is tremendous. Across the state there are millions of workers and their families who face unemployment, poverty, racism, deportations and police brutality, inherent symptoms of the capitalist society we live in," La Riva said in a statement.

La Riva is running on a platform that includes among other proposals the cancellation of all student debt, free healthcare, prosecution of police who "abuse and kill" and for an end to all U.S. wars and occupations.

The Peace and Freedom Party, which was founded in Los Angeles in 1967 following protests over the Vietnam War, previously nominated actress Roseanne Barr in 2012. She picked anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan as her running mate.

Ralph Nader appeared on ballots in two states, California and Iowa, as the party's nominee in 2008.

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