Michigan’s Cap on Net Metering

Net metering is the cheapest way for anyone to install solar panels on their house. Net metering means that, whenever the solar panels are producing more power than the house is using, the excess electricity is fed into the local energy distribution grid, and the meter on that house runs in reverse during that time.

It’s great for the individual owner, because the owner not only uses electricity produced without paying the electric company for it but also gets credit for any surplus electricity produced. The owner does not need to provide batteries or any sort of storage for electricity proc=duced during the daytime in order to have electricity at night. At night, the house simply uses electricity off of the grid, exactly like houses without solar panels. Continue reading

The Ethics of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Hi everyone,

This was my final paper in my ethics class this past semester & I just thought I’d share my thoughts on this issue.

*Note* I know this does not encompass this entire issue, it was a 6-8 page paper, and I had to write this within some guidelines.



Jennifer V. Kurland

Water hoses being sprayed on peaceful protests was a game changer for the Civil Rights Movement when those images were broadcast to the public on TV. When similar, yet more brutal tactics were used on water protectors protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the media was missing in action. Native people in the United States are victims of genocide from the onset of our country’s founding, and still today struggle for the basic human rights supposedly guaranteed to all people under the Constitution. The Dakota Access Pipeline’s construction against the wishes of the Standing Rock Sioux is just one more injustice piled on to this sordid history. There is no ethical justification that would allow this pipeline to continue decimating the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s ancestral burial grounds and treaty territory.

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Pre-Existing Condition

Recently, I got a message from moveon.org that tried to list some common “pre-existing conditions.” Here’s their list:

AIDS/HIV, acid reflux, acne, alcohol or drug abuse with recent treatment, Alzheimer’s/dementia, anorexia, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, bipolar disorder, breast cancer, bulimia, bypass surgery, C-section, celiac disease, cerebral palsy, cervical cancer, colon cancer, congestive heart failure, Crohn’s disease, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, heartburn, hemophilia, hepatitis, high cholesterol, hysterectomy, kidney disease/renal failure, kidney stones, leukemia, lung cancer, lupus, lyme disease, lymphoma, mental health issues, migraines, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, narcolepsy, obesity, obsessive-compulsive disorder, organ transplant, pacemaker, paralysis, paraplegia, Parkinson’s disease, pregnancy, rape, schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder, seizures, sexual assault, “sexual deviation or disorder,” skin cancer, sleep apnea, stroke, ulcers … and that’s not all.

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APR 23 Collect Signatures For Anita Belle

IMG_3788Join fellow Green Party of Michigan members as we gather nominating petition signatures for Anita Belle. We will meet at Cobo Center for the NAACP 62nd annual Fight For Freedom Fund dinner. Anita is the Group Leader of the Detroit Green Party and is running for mayor of Detroit.


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Support Anita Belle — Candidate for Mayor of Detroit

anita-belleAdmittedly, I was late to the dance. I did not have the opportunity to meet Anita until only just recently, but her passion, brilliance, and compassion for others made a believer out of me in no time. It is with great honor and respect that I ask every engaged citizen near and far to support Anita Belle during her petition drive as she seeks the office of Detroit Mayor. With your support, we can elect Anita as the first Female/Green Mayor of Detroit, Michigan, but more importantly we can elect someone who cares about every citizen, and treats said office with the dignity and respect that it deserves. So I ask you, enlightened citizen, will you help us with this endeavor? Will you share Anita’s invitation to petition with your friends and colleagues? Will you donate just a couple of hours this weekend, and rally your neighbors to lend support to a real grassroots revolution?

If so, please follow the link, and share her support page far and wide. Thank you.

Support Anita Belle for Mayor HERE!


Words from Anita about this awesome opportunity:

The purpose of Detroit Greens’ meeting every two months, during odd-numbered months, is so that the Working Groups would have time to meet and work. Did we lose momentum after January? Need more than Jill Stein coming back to Michigan for a Voting Justice Conference to motivate you again? Ok, then I’ll run for mayor!

Excited yet? Maybe this will help: I made this decision at the last minute. I need to collect between 500-1000 signatures on a mayoral petition by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25th, in order to be on Detroit’s ballot. Yeah, that’s next Tuesday. Some Greens may think that’s a Mission Impossible, but remember, I’m also working with a few reparations organizations. It’s almost “nothing” for the Reparations Labor Union, the DC Reparations Cadre, and the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America to get 1000 signatures in a weekend. Imagine what we can accomplish if we work together!

We’ve got a lot of work to do and we need to work fast: All Detroit Greens 18 years of age and older are cordially invited to work a shift (or two) on a Mayoral Petition Canvassing Blitz this Saturday and Sunday, April 22nd and 23rd, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Erma Henderson Park on E. Jefferson and Burns Drive in the Indian Village/Belle Isle area of Detroit. You may volunteer for shifts at http://signup.com/go/WmzEzp. I promise to have refreshments for volunteers at the park.

Let’s celebrate Earth Day, April 22nd, in Detroit by shaking up and shifting her political paradigm. Although municipal elections are nonpartisan, help me be a mayoral candidate that brings Green values into the local spotlight. Those who know me know that I don’t run to lose. I run to win. Imagine what it will do for the Green Party if I become Detroit’s first Green/woman mayor!

Of course, in order to win, Michigan’s elections must have the integrity of accurately counting valid votes. This makes Michigan’s Voting Justice Conference all the more important. It is now tentatively scheduled for July 21st-23rd. More details about the conference will be announced soon. Be warned: As the Voting Justice Conference approaches, Detroit Greens won’t be able to continue meeting every other month. If you’re not in a Working Group, or if your Working Group is NOT working, then get ready to get busy. Being a Green is not a spectator “sport”. We’re a party of activists!

Please sign up to volunteer for the Mayoral Petitions Canvassing Blitz at http://signup.com/go/WmzEz and I’ll see you this weekend.

Sincerely yours,
Anita Belle
Group Leader of the Detroit Chapter of the Green Party

April 2017
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Meet Dwain Reynolds

When someone says the words “Two-Party” system, the first two parties that come to mind usually are neither the Green Party, nor the Democratic Socialist Party, but for Dwain Reynolds, they more than likely are just that. Mr. Reynolds is seeking the endorsement of both alternative parties during his run for Michigan Governor in 2018. I recently had the opportunity to ask Mr. Reynolds why he is Green. His response can be found on our page.


To learn about Dwain, or view his agenda and vetting questionnaire, visit Reynolds of Michigan.

Dwain will be holding an online Facebook live AMA (ask me anything) session Wednesday April 26 at 8:00 PM at http://www.facebook.com/reynoldsformi.

RSVP to his Ask Me Anything Here