The image problem that concerns Warren is not her own, but the Greens'. Despite its progressive platform, the party is still often perceived within black communities as a "white, Westside, tree-hugging party" that reflects a more ethereal, less socially grounded left that isn't all that useful when it comes to hard urban issues. Peter Camejo and the Greens are certainly trying to counter that notion, Camejo by aggressively reaching out to Latinos in his campaign literature, Warren by emphasizing reparations and three strikes in literature of her own. Sharane Palley, another longtime black Green raised in L.A. and living in Sonoma County, says these are but baby steps in a painful political journey that has far to go. "It's going to get worse before it gets better, I think," she says of the current climate. "Right now the Democrats are being led, and the Republicans are holding the bridle. Even folks who don't want to know, who've been looking the other way, are going to be forced to look at things. And then they're going to have to make a choice."