Voting Jill Stein & Building the Left Beyond the Democrats

Ashley Smith argues that while the Sanders campaign has begun to bring together a new mass left-wing constituency, this can either be dissipated and demoralized through the Democratic Party, or salvaged and built upon through independence from it. Ashley argues for the need to present concrete alternatives to voting for the "lesser evil", i.e. Clinton v. Trump, by supporting independent grassroots struggle, voting for the Green Party's Jill Stein, building socialist organizations; that the Left should take a principled stand against voting for Democrats in a way that neither alienates nor capitulates to Sanders supporters. Ashley believes that this perspective can encourage the future independence and salvage of "the Bern" as a movement.