11 October 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THIRD PARTY DEBATES CONTINUE
You might think the Vice-Presidential debate concludes tonight. If you do, you’re mistaken. DemocracyNow! is presenting the ﬁrst Vice-Presidential Expanded Debate Friday morning (8-9AM EDT) andHuffPost Live will air a conversation between third party vice-presidential candidates late Friday morning(11:30-noon EDT).Luis Rodriguez (Justice Party) and
Cheri Honkala (Green Party) will be responding to the same questionstomorrow morning on Democracy Now! that Joe Biden and Paul Ryan are responding to tonight.Following that, Rodriguez will be joined in the HuffPost Live discussion by Judge Jim Gray (Libertarian)and Ken Cross (Reform).Luis
Rodriguez, a leading Chicano writer, speaker, gang expert and interventionist, and activist for justicein urban peace, the arts, labor, and human rights,
is the 2012 Justice Party VP nominee.At just eleven, after his family resettled in the San Gabriel Valley, Luis joined his ﬁrst street-gang. Duringthe 60’s and early 70’s he was an active gang member -- but he also began his work as a communityorganizer and major Chicano activist, participating in the Chicano Movement, the 1968 East L.A.walkouts, and the August 31, 1970 Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War. Facing a jail sentencefor a criminal conviction, members of his community sent letters of support. In turn, Rodriguez quit drugsand the gang life, and dedicated his life to his people and their community.
By 1980 Rodriguez had become a writer, publishing ChrismeArte,
a Chicano art journal, and has sincebecome a leading ﬁgure in contemporary Chicano literature. He has ﬁfteen published books in poetry,ﬁction, non-ﬁction, and children's literature, including the bestselling 1993 memoir Always Running: LaVida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. and its 2011 sequel, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love,Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing.
After a life of working as an expert in gang intervention to keepyoung people out of gangs, Luis J. Rodriguez is running for the ofﬁce of Vice-President of the UnitedStates, sharing the Justice Party ticket with former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson.Unlike most Vice-Presidential candidates, Luis is not a lawyer, a Congressman, or a millionaire. He camefrom