The Green Party and the Independent Party are both much smaller rivals to the two main political parties in the United States - the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.

The Greens have been active as a third party in the United States since 2001. The party first gained widespread public attention during Ralph Nader's presidential runs in 1996 and 2000. Currently, the primary national Green Party organization in the U.S. is the Green Party of the United States, which has eclipsed the earlier Greens/Green Party USA.

There are several Independent Parties in the United States. Among them are:

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Green Party

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Independent Party

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About Peace, Love, Equality, The Environment, Global Unity. An Indepentent is often one who supports whichever party appeals to their ideals at the time. Their support relies on the specific candidates/issues.
Philosophy Left-Libertarian, Left-Leaning, Liberal, Left-Wing, Pacifism, Feminism, Humanism. Not affiliated with any major party
Stand on Military issues Demilitarize society, Promote peace & equality. Varies
Stand on Death penalty Abolish it. Capital Punishment is Cruel & Unusual. Varies
Stand on abortion Pro-Choice. Varies
Stand on gay marriage For Marriage Equality Varies
Social and human ideas Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice & Equal Opportunity, Ecological Wisdom, Decentralization, Community Based Economics & Economic Justice, Feminism & Gender Equality, Personal & Global Responsibility, Future Focus & Sustainability. Varies
Traditionally strong in states Maine, New York, Wisconsin, Nevada Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada
Color Green White
Economic Ideas Environmentalism, Fair Trade, Human Rights. Vaires from person to person

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