John Fletcher, an early member of the Missoula New Party, discusses the origins of the local organization in 1993, its political leaning, its relation to the national New Party, and its relative autonomy. He describes the party’s success in electing to the city council members or candidates who were New Party-sympathetic as well as its involvement in the Living Wage Campaign in late 1990s. Fletcher reflects on the party’s dissolution following the 2001 election cycle and his objection to the members’ consensus to disband. He attributes the New Party’s relative success in the 1990s to its status as a membership organization and the extra-political activities the members pursued together. He estimates that at its height the Missoula New Party had over 200 due-paying members.
The interviewee's full birth date has been restricted in both the audio and transcript for this interview.
New Party, United States; New Party, Missoula, Montana; Political parties, Montana; Political parties, United States; Living Wage Campaign (1990s), Montana; Living Wage Campaign (1990s), United States
Missoula New Party Oral History Project, OH 400, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)
Fletcher, John Robert, "John Robert Pickering Fletcher Interview, October 30, 2005" (2005). Missoula New Party Oral History Project. 1.