Ian for President

Press Release: Ian Schlakman is Running for President with the Green Party

13.01.19 05:23 AM By Ian

Ian Schlakman Announces Candidacy for President of the United States; New Economy Scholar and Activist Seeking the Green Party Nomination for 2020

Ian Schlakman is seeking the Green Party's nomination for President of the United States. He intends to begin immediately participating in the Green Party's nomination process and win the majority of votes cast at the party's Presidential Nominating Convention in the summer of 2020.

"I will be connecting with Green Party members across the country in person and on the web throughout 2019 and into 2020," said Schlakman. "I will also be working to engage Socialists and anti-capitalists of all stripes, independent and unaffiliated voters, first-time voters, and Democrats and Republicans willing to cross party lines to join a coalition in support of my campaign. Ideologically I am a Socialist and I look forward to building new and existing Socialist and anti-capitalist organizations." 

"I believe the Green Party is an anti-capitalist party and has a backbone that can be built into a national home for anti-capitalist voters," said Schlakman. "Starting today, I will be working to build this national organization at the local, state, and national level. My campaign for President of the United States will be working on ballot access, grassroots organizing and other tools to support Green candidates on all levels in 2020."

Ian Schlakman has published an introductory letter to voters on his campaign website. In it, he invites activists in anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist movements to join his campaign for President. He says: "You are working on building local cooperatives. You are building support for a universal basic income. You are building community health clinics. You are standing up to police violence. You are rallying against white nationalist violence. All of America and all of the world needs to see what you are doing! My campaign will boost the signal you are already sending to the world: America is better than Donald Trump. America is better than a broken Congress controlled by two privileged parties. We are ready to join the international community in fixing the climate crisis, providing health care to everyone, and ending imperialist wars."

Originally from Long Island, NY, Ian Schlakman is a resident of Baltimore, MD. He and his wife Vanessa own an IT consulting business that provides tech support and development for schools in low-income Baltimore neighborhoods. Ian is a New Economy Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and a co-founder of Basic Income Action, a national non-profit group promoting a universal basic income guarantee.