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Cornel West for President Campaign Wins Colorado Ballot Access, Fueling Nationwide Momentum


Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Cornel West for President
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[Boulder, Colorado] – In an uplifting development for democracy, the Cornel West for President 2024 Campaign today announced that Drs. Cornel West and Melina Abdullah have successfully secured ballot access in Colorado via nomination of the Unity Party of Colorado. This achievement is a key component of the campaign's comprehensive 50-state strategy, designed to broaden voter choice and challenge the entrenched power structures at a critical juncture in the movement to recenter people-powered governance.

"Our campaign's presence on the Colorado ballot is a triumph for voter independence from the destructive and outdated false choices presented by the corporate duopoly—and a testament to the indomitable spirit of the people within this ‘moment in a movement,’” Dr. Cornel West remarked, “Colorado has expressed the nation’s growing demand for leadership that truly represents the principles of truth, justice, and love. Our ballot access mission is central to reinvigorating the heart and soul of our democracy."

Eric Bodenstab, Treasurer of the Party, shared his thoughts on the coalition: “On April 13th, Dr. Cornel West was nominated by the Unity Party of Colorado to be the next President of the United States. It represented the confluence of a developing organization and the unifying campaign of a unique candidate. Dr. West received near unanimous support, as he is now the Uniter-in-Chief of the Party. We look forward to his expanding the Party's vision to more people and more states, and challenging the status quo. We are confident that he will surprise many this election year and be the overdue voice for truth, love and justice.”

Every state requires independent candidates to meet unique requirements to be allowed alongside the corporate duopoly party candidates on the state election ballot. As a result, Dr. West’s campaign has implemented a variety of strategies to secure ballot access in all 50 states, either standing as the chosen candidate of like minded independent parties, as the candidate of his newly-formed Justice for All Party, or as an independent candidate via petition signatures or state-required fees. 

“Our work to successfully navigate each state’s complexities and the broken two-party system will now provide Colorado's voters a unique opportunity to choose a candidate who places human dignity above destructive corporate interests and compassion over division,” VP Candidate Dr. Melina Abdullah affirmed. “Dr. West's message of collective solidarity and human empowerment is resonating deeply with disillusioned voters across the nation, directly confronting the suppression of diverse voices in our political discourse and championing approaches that uplift the marginalized and promote unity at all levels of society.”

The campaign urges supporters to maintain this momentum by engaging in local advocacy, participating in dialogues, volunteering their time, and contributing to further ballot access initiatives. Every action taken strengthens the people’s collective pursuit of a more just, loving, and inclusive society that truly reflects the will and wisdom of its people.

About the Unity Party of Colorado

The Unity Party of Colorado was established with the vision of creating a balanced path forward for American politics. The party upholds a commitment to pragmatic and centrist solutions that prioritize the welfare of all citizens. Among its key platforms, the Unity Party of Colorado aligns with the West-Abdullah campaign on several vital issues including the urgent need for climate action, healthcare for all, and financial reforms aimed at reducing inequality. By championing balanced budget amendments and seeking to remove undue influence from politics, the Unity Party of Colorado shares a common goal with the West-Abdullah campaign: to transform and uplift American politics by focusing on transparency, integrity, and policies that serve the public interest.

Key Points

  1. Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Melina Abdullah have secured ballot access in Colorado, advancing their 50-state campaign to offer an independent choice that disrupts the entrenched two-party system. The campaign is currently on the ballot in the states of Alaska, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Colorado.
  2. The campaign creates community coalitions with like-minded parties such as the Unity Party of Colorado to gain ballot access, as every state has unique requirements to allow independents on the ballot alongside duopoly candidates.
  3. The West-Abdullah ticket embodies truth, justice, and love, placing people and planet before profits, starkly contrasting with the divisive and violent agendas of corporate-backed political systems which do not serve the people.
  4. The campaign’s fight for independent ballot access stands as a vanguard on voter independence from false and destructive choices, empowering people to instead prioritize human dignity and compassion, again come to value their vote, and collectively act to dismiss the duopoly.
  5. Renowned philosopher and activist Dr. Cornel West, alongside distinguished scholar and justice advocate Dr. Melina Abdullah approach this presidential campaign in the spirit of service and solidarity, with the election itself a “moment in a movement” as we work together collectively long-term on behalf of the marginalized and poor everywhere to dismantle harmful systems at the grassroots level. 


About Dr. Cornel West

Dr. West, affectionately known to many as Brother West, is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary.

Dr. West is the former University Professor at Harvard University, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and the first Black person to receive a Ph.D. In Philosophy from Princeton University. He has written 20 books and he is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He will deliver the historic Gifford lectures at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in Spring 2024.

Dr. West enters the 2024 Presidential contest at a time in which he describes a national crisis of moral bankruptcy and spiritual obscenity driven by a derelict duopoly of both major parties that equally places profits over people and the planet. West asserts that running as an Independent candidate affords him the opportunity and duty to deliver policy prescriptions incorporated by and for the people, instead of political parties beholden to corporations and special interest groups who feel no solidarity with poor and working-class people of all races, gender identities, and age groups.

The Cornel West Campaign to empower poor and working people everywhere stands at a pivotal moment in history, committed to being a true campaign for people around the globe. Our aim is and will always be to unite in solidarity with movements of truth and justice, who seek a choice beyond empire, white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, and the confines of the corporate-dominated two-party system.

About Dr. Melina Abdullah

Dr. Melina Abdullah is a Professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where she has also served as Department Chair. A respected scholar and dedicated activist, Dr. Abdullah is deeply involved in organized labor and social justice movements, holding roles such as the Chair of the Council for Racial and Social Justice with the California Faculty Association’s Los Angeles Chapter. She has been a lifelong union organizer and a delegate to the County Federation of Labor, melding her academic expertise with grassroots activism to champion causes such as the "Cops Off Campus" campaign and the establishment of Ethnic Studies in educational curricula.

A founding organizer of Black Lives Matter, Dr. Abdullah continues to lead the Los Angeles chapter and serves as Director of Black Lives Matter Grassroots, driving local and national initiatives that aim to dismantle systemic racism. Her leadership has been pivotal in various campaigns for justice and equity, including #BlackWomenAreDivine and #EndPoliceAssociations. Dr. Abdullah's commitment to social change is also evident through her role in media, where she produces and hosts "Move the Crowd" on 90.7FM KPFK, furthering public political education.

Beyond her professional and activist roles, Dr. Abdullah is a devoted mother and a champion of community engagement and empowerment. Raised in Oakland, California, by a family of union workers, she embodies the values instilled by her ancestors and strives to pass on a legacy of resilience and advocacy to her three children and her community in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District. Her extensive contributions to social justice have earned her numerous accolades, including the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance “Champion of Change” Award and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from Loyola Marymount University.

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