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|Gloria La Riva|
|Gloria La Riva speaking at a protest in San Francisco, January 2017|
|Born||August 13, 1954 (age 66)|
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
|Political party||Party for Socialism and Liberation|
|Peace and Freedom Party|
Worker’s World Party (former member)
|Alma mater||Brandeis University|
|Occupation||Newspaper Printer, activist|
Gloria Estela La Riva (born August 13, 1954) is an American socialist activist who is a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) and the Peace and Freedom Party. She is the PSL’s nominee and the Peace and Freedom’s nominee in the 2020 presidential election, her tenth consecutive candidacy as either a presidential or vice presidential candidate. She was previously a member of the Workers World Party. She ran as the PSL’s and the Peace and Freedom Party’s presidential candidate in the 2016 presidential election, with Eugene Puryear and Dennis J. Banks as her running mates respectively. She was the PSL’s presidential nominee in the 2008 presidential election. For the 2020 election, Sunil Freeman is her running mate.
Life and career
La Riva in 2008
La Riva was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on August 13, 1954. She graduated from high school and began attending Brandeis University in 1972. She was a third-party candidate for President of the United States in the 1992 presidential election, representing the Workers World Party. She had also been the Workers World Party vice-presidential candidate in the elections of 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2000. She joined the Party for Socialism and Liberation in its split from the Workers World Party. La Riva was also the Peace and Freedom Party candidate for Governor of California in 1994, receiving 72,774 votes (0.9%). She ran again in the 1998 gubernatorial election, capturing 59,218 votes (0.71%). She also ran for San Francisco Mayor in 1983 (7,328 votes – 5.4%), coming in third overall, and second in the working class wards of the city, and 1991 (2,552 votes – 1.4%), and for Congress in 2010 (3rd place – 3%).
In the 2008 Presidential election, La Riva received 6,821 votes, the 10th highest vote total. La Riva has also been the director of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, and president of the typographical sector of the Northern California Media Workers Union.
In 2010, La Riva was the Peace and Freedom Party’s candidate for U.S. Congress in California’s 8th Congressional District. Running against Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she came in third, receiving 5,161 votes, 3% of the overall vote.
In 2012, La Riva was a presidential stand-in for Peta Lindsay, the PSL nominee for President who was not allowed on the ballot in some states due to her age. La Riva was on the ballot in Iowa, Utah and Wisconsin.
As of July 24, 2016 La Riva and her campaign had raised $25,234 and spent $10,092.
She attained ballot access in eight states: Vermont, New Mexico, Iowa, Louisiana, Colorado, Washington, New Jersey, and California.
She received the PSL nomination for the 2020 presidential election, with Leonard Peltier as her running mate. Peltier was later replaced on the ticket by Sunil Freeman because of deteriorating health.
La Riva has translated Fidel Castro‘s book Cuba at the Crossroads (1997) ISBN 1-875284-94-X, and produced the documentary videos NATO Targets, Workers’ Democracy in Cuba (1996), Genocide by Sanctions: The Case of Iraq (1998) and Let Iraq Live!