Why should I vote for the Green Party candidates in Michigan?
Here are four answers to that question based on the Four Pillars of the Green Party. The 4 Pillars form the foundation of the Green Party around the world, but here we are going to apply them specifically to Michigan.
- Ecological Wisdom – Michigan is surrounded by the most vital natural resource on the planet: Fresh Water! Sometimes I think because we live between lakes containing billions of gallons of it, we take it for granted. To our peril! Our water is being threatened every day by the interests of Big Oil and Big Business. Consider pipeline #5 under the Straits or the Nestle Water deal. Green candidates are immune to the pressure of Big Money because we cannot accept money from PACs (Political Action Committees). Period.
- Social Justice – equal rights, equal access, fair treatment, and freedom from oppression for everyone is not only a pillar of the Green Party, but these ideals form the very bedrock of the Michigan Constitution. Consider the opening words: “All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal benefit, security, and protection.” Article 1, Section 1. Those are the opening two sentences of the Constitution. The apply to pillar 3.
- Grassroots Democracy – we, the PEOPLE of Michigan are supposed to control and benefit equally from the workings of our government. (re-read Art 1 Sec 1 – I would suggest we all memorize it!) Right now our state is reeling because it is under the control of the very wealthy and/or the Political Action Committees they control. One family spends millions to influence races and policies. That is why the will of the people is ignored when it comes to things like gay marriage, the legalization of marijuana, public school funding, and even the paving of roads.
- Non-violence – while recognizing the right of self defense. No one is coming for your guns, but at the same time Greens promote nonviolent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and guide our actions toward lasting community and global peace.
In short, Green Party candidates want to restore political power and the benefits of government to ALL the people who live in Michigan and take political power away from the rich, the huge Corporations, and the PACs financed by them.
Here is a list of the candidates of the Green Party, including national, state, and county seats.
The Green Party of Michigan will hold its next statewide membership meeting:
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 9:15 AM to 6 PM
At Ferris State University
University Center Building
805 Campus Drive, Rm. 217
Big Rapids, Michigan
SUPPORTING OUR CANDIDATES
From White House to US House to Michigan House
Education K-12-Graduate Degrees, Local offices
And regular business of the Green Party of Michigan
(Lunch is on our own; places will be posted)
Questions? Contact Sherry A. Wells, Meeting Manager, 248-543-5297, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK HERE TO MEET JILL IN DETROIT.
This is great news for all 32 of the Green Party candidates around the Mitten. The Top Of The Ticket is coming to town. We need YOU to help us welcome her to Michigan with a full house. There will be some music and a chance to meet Greens from all over the state – plus, we can hear Jill speak LIVE AND DIRECT.
Register for the event here: JOIN JILL IN DETROIT.
At this time, it looks like we will still have straight ticket voting in November, so it’s worthwhile discussing how it works. In Michigan, straight ticket voting is like ordering the daily lunch special in a restaurant. Let’s say you generally like meatloaf served with mashed potatoes, gravy and corn, so you order the lunch special.
You don’t have to eat just exactly what is served to you. You may want to add a little salt, a little pepper, mybe even some ketchup. You may want to add a side of cole slaw, and you might not want to eat all of the corn and mashed potatoes in order to save some room for pecan pie. You can do all that, even though none of the extras are included in the lunch special. Continue reading
If you live in the 10th District – that would be the Thumb of Michigan – then you should get behind this ball of energy and enthusiasm. Ben blew me away at the State Convention, he got behind the podium and he was ready to rock! He is very informed on many of the most important political issues of the day and he wants to change our government for the good.
You can learn more about Ben by clicking here for his Facebook page: Ben Nofs
This picture gives you a good idea what it is like for us Green folk running for office who have a job and a family and still want to make a difference in the world. We do our full time jobs, try to spend time with our family and still work on our campaign.
Ben does not have a war chest full of hundreds of thousands of dollars and as a Green, he is not allowed to take PAC money – so if you are so moved, he has a Go Fund Me page where you can donate.
Political Action Committees (PACs) are the major stumbling block to political progress in Michigan and nationally. PACs allow the wealthy to pour massive amounts of their fortunes into politics – here in Michigan one single family spent 1.5 million just in our recent primary election. Read that again – THE PRIMARY election!
Public Schools are being de-funded and Charter schools advanced because of PAC money.
Pipeline #5 continues to threaten two Great Lakes because of PAC money.
Our roads are a disgrace and funding is withheld because of PAC money.
Here is a great graphic that a friend made for me (thanks Mary) to illustrate my point.
There is hope! Green candidates are NOT allowed to accept PAC money. Not even from a PAC that might be in total harmony with our 4 pillars. None. Zippo. That means when you put a Green in office, he or she will not be basing their votes and efforts based on which ever group wrote them the biggest check. We will work for the people of Michigan, not the PACs or the uber wealthy who fund them.
Mary helped me with this one – the Universal Sign for NO PACs in Michigan. Put Greens in office and we can make this image a reality.
I am running for the 86th District Michigan House of Representatives and I, like the other 32 Green Party candidates running for various offices around the state, are all 100% Certified PAC Money Free!
Everyone in the state of Michigan will see Fran on their ballot. Vote for him.
I spent the day sitting with Fran at our State Convention and I can tell you that his heart and soul are invested in Wayne State University and the students thereof.
Passion is what moves mountains and Fran has plenty of it when it comes to educating people in Michigan and at WSU. Look for him on your ballot and put him in office.