Thomas Kleven

Q: What office are you thinking of running for?
A: US Representative, District 18


Q: Of the Green Party's ten key values, please list the three you feel are the most important and what relevance they offer to Texas voters.
A: I support all ten values equally because they are all interrelated.


Q: What is your experience with the consensus decision-making process?
A: As a university professor, consensus decision-making continually comes into play regarding issues that come before the faculty and the many committees on which I have served. The same is true of the community organizations in which I have participated over the years.


Q: Do you believe Greens have relevance in the USA? Please list why you believe/don't believe a third party possesses relevance in the US electoral system.
A: Although there are real differences between the two major parties, they do not adequately represent the full spectrum of the American public. In particular both parties have become heavily reliant on moneyed interests and have abandoned (in the case of the Republicans) or taken for granted (in the case of the Democrats) the middle and working classes. The Green Party's ten key values all speak to the interests of the public as a whole and especially to the interests of the neglected middle and working classes.


Q: In your race, please list the top five talking points that you would cover in a debate with your opponents. With each talking point, please show how the Green Party's ten key values or platform would provide a solution.
A: 1. The two major parties have neglected the interests of the middle and working class, and have supported a system that has produced inequalities that undermine democracy and opportunity for all. 2. The two major parties have failed to mobilize people on a grassroots level to participate in the political process, in large part because they are beholden to moneyed interests and fear the political power of a mobilized electorate. 3. The two major parties have allowed the military/industrial complex to dominate US foreign policy, which has led to constant warfare that wastes resources that should be used to improve the quality of people's lives and that threatens the destruction of the human race. 4. The drive for profits that dominates the economy of the US and the world has imperiled the world's environment and threatens an environmental catastrophe that puts the future of the human race at risk. 5. US society, while rightly valuing individual rights, has adopted a survival of the fittest mentality that fails to recognize that social life is a joint venture in which our individual well-being depends on our collective well-being and all of whose goods and bads must be fairly shared by everybody in order to thrive as a society.


Q: Please provide a profile with background information that is not addressed by the above questions. Feel free to list alma mater, employment, family, hobbies, etc.
A: I am a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. I have been a professor at Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law for forty years. Over the years I have participated in a number of grassroots movements including support of the union movement, support for a civilian review board in Houston to monitor complaints of police misconduct, support of women's right to choose, opposition to the invasion of Iraq, opposition to apartheid in South Africa, and advocacy of normalized relations with Cuba.

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  • commented 2016-06-10 02:09:37 -0500
    Tom. I was in your Property I and The Common law in 1980-81. I immediately recognized your name and saw that you were in Harris county. I remember vividly you wearing faded jeans and sandals to class. Your class was very interesting but I struggled with the law of thirds and to write coherently about in the final exam was most challenging I earned a C- and was very disappointed. I did not complete my year and withdrew the day after the attempted assassination of Reagan. I wish you the best and hope to meet with you in Houston at the PNC in August.