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Series V. Citizens Party

Scope and Content Notes:

Dissatisfaction with the Carter administration led a diverse array of activists to form the Citizen’s Party in 1980 around a program combining environmentalism with calls for “economic democracy.” The party nominated environmentalist Barry Commoner for president. Commoner’s candidacy initially attracted both press coverage and endorsements by several prominent labor leaders and liberal Democratic elected officials, but the campaign was not well-organized and many initial supporters ending up voting for Carter out of fear of a Reagan victory. Commoner received only 221,000 votes. A handful of party candidates won local offices in 1980 and after, but the 1984 Citizen’s Party presidential candidate, Sonia Johnson, received less than a third of Commoner’s total (72,000) and the party disbanded. In Pennsylvania the Citizen’s Party achieved ballot status in the Consumer Party’s (a previously existing Philadelphia based) third party line.


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Folder 195 Platform of the Citizens/Consumer Party as adopted at Party Convention April 1980
Folder 196 Vote Consumer for a Change, 1980
Folder 197 "Vote for a Real Alternative in 1980!" Flyer, 1980
Folder 198 "John Zingaro ...a Consumer voice on City Council" Flyer, 1980
Folder 199 The Citizens Party News Bulletin, June 17, 1981
Folder 200 Flyer for the Consumer-Citizens Party Presidential Candidate Barry Commoner
Folder 201 Flyer for a Free Concert in Support of John Zingaro, the Consumer Party Candidate for Pittsburgh City Council
Folder 202 Flyer for Pittsburgh Consumer Party's Bastille Day Celebration
Folder 203 Flyer for Consumer/Citizens Party, 1978
Folder 204 Consumer Party 1980 Campaign Flyer