Ashely “Flashe” Gordon is a breast cancer survivor and activist in Austin. She is also the Green Party candidate for Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 1.
“I’ve always stayed-up on what happens on the political front, but hated politics so I stayed away,” says Gordon. “The Green Party changed my mind. I found a bunch of people who do what I do – community engagement, community service. It was refreshing to be amongst people who love other people and actually fight to change the system so that we can all have a good quality of life.”
Not Dem or Republican
The Presidential election looms on November 8. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have received most media attention as candidates, but there’s another candidate, Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party. Her running mate is Ajamu Baraka, a human rights activist who happens to be Black.
“People of color and poor people have traditionally believed the Democratic Party represents our interests. It does not. The two-party system, both sides, is comprised of elitists who survive off our ignorance and suffering,” says Gordon.
“The Green Party fights for us in ways we don’t realize we need support. A term you will start hearing more is ‘environmental racism’. We are the only party that cares about the impact that certain environments have on human health and how that impact is disproportionate – People of color and poor people suffer at alarming rates.”
There are 10 key values to the Green Party in the U.S.: grassroots democracy, social justice and equal opportunity, ecological wisdom, nonviolence, decentralization, community-based economics, feminism and gender equality, respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility, and future focus & sustainability.
“In a nutshell, we are global citizens and need to create a sustainable environment that caters to everyone, not just the obscenely rich,” says Gordon. “How could I not vibe with that? It’s my life’s philosophy! ‘People, peace, and planet over profit!’”
If they do not represent your interests, VOTE THEM OUT.
As the Green Party’s candidate for Travis County Commissioner, Gordon says that she doesn’t have any “top” initiatives.
“I don’t rate inequity,” she says. “It all matters equally – from the Dakota Access Pipeline trying to run through Native American burial grounds and contaminate their water, to those who don’t qualify for health insurance under Obamacare. It all matters.”
Gordon says her plan is to disrupt the cycle of toxic leadership and help voters feel empowered again when it comes to politics.
“We need to reclaim our government,” says Gordon. “It isn’t easy, but it isn’t impossible, especially at the local level. If they do not represent your interests, VOTE THEM OUT. Just like that. Be the change you want to see, either by voting or running for office yourself.”