Do NOT take & share Ballot Selfies

As has happened so many times in recent history, a matter is being ping ponged in the legal system. Two days ago, ballot “selfies” were okay. Now, an appeals court says they are not and that anyone who does so might have their ballot tossed out.

This will probably work its way to the next level Court, but in the meantime – err on the side of caution and do NOT take and share selfies of your ballot or you voting or what ever.

Here is the latest ruling

What Is To Be Done?

Voting, while still an essential part of participating in politics instead of just passively letting politics happen, is also the minimum and almost trivial level of participation. Take this presidential election – please.

According to the polls just three weeks ahead of Election Day, it looks like we’ll have President Hillary Clinton in 2017. A lot of things could happen between now and then, but none of the things that would change this outcome are particularly likely to happen. This means that no matter whether you are planning to vote for her or for another candidate, we need to be prepared for the consequences, and we should already be getting organized.

Even in this circumstance, votes for Jill Stein still matter. If Jill can get 5% or better of the popular vote in this election, then the Green Party across the nation will go into the next election with much better ballot access and better funding for the next election. It will be another step on the progression from being ignored to being taken lightly to being opposed. The point is, there will be a lot to do beyond voting.

Those of us opposed to war with Syria, Iran, Turkey, Russia and any other war for oil and gas wells, shipping lanes and pipelines should be prepared to oppose President Hillary Clinton. She’s given us ample warning she supports this sort of war. many who reluctantly gave her their vote will also want to oppose her.

Those of us in favor of creating a new economy based on renewable energy while winding down the fossil and nuclear economy should be prepared to oppose President Hillary Clinton. Her record and her donor list indicates she values “growing the economy” with only marginal gestures in the direction of limiting greenhouse emissions. Again, many who voted for her will find themselves in opposition.

Those of us who understand the need for universal single-payer health care instead of a plan that subsidizes insurance and pharmaceutical companies while excluding tens of millions of people from coverage should be prepared to oppose President Hillary Clinton. She has flatly said that universal single-payer will “never happen,” and her extensive record clearly indicates she means exactly that. Anyone who supported Bernie should be working against her on this question.

Are you opposed to trade deals that allow multinational corporations to override protections for workers and the environment? Prepare to oppose Hillary. Do you think bankers that have committed fraud with mortgages and bank accounts shold be prosecuted and jailed if convicted? Prepare to oppose Hillary. Do you believe our foriegn policy should be supporting democracies but never dictatorships? Prepare to oppose Hillary, on these an many other issues.

And if, for some reason, we do end up with President Trump? Well then, we’ll be equally prepared to oppose Trump on any and all of these issues.

In short, while it is possible to vote for all of the above issues in this presidential election by voting for Jill Stein, all the polls say Jill isn’t going to win in November. We are still going to work for a peaceful and sustainable economy with universal health care no matter who is the next president of the United States and no matter who represents our state or district in Congress.

Yes, we’re looking at the election for the next few weeks. We also need to look beyond the election, to envision the government we want and see the path to creating it.

Bernie didn’t do it for us, and maybe Jill won’t win in November, but this election has certainly activated a lot of people looking for ecological wisdom, social justice, democracy and non-violence. The election on November 8, 2016 is neither the end nor the beginning for those goals.

STEIN WORK PARTIES Mondays, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31 and 11/07, 7–10 p.m. at the new Green House, 10440 W. 9 Mile, E. of Coolidge, Oak Park. Phonebanking, fun videos and lively political discussion and debate. For more info: steffie@ferndalefriends.net

METRO DETROIT GREENS—7 p.m. Thur. 10/20, 10440 W. 9 Mile: Agenda: Local Campaigns and Candidates — final push. For more info.: sherwells@tm.net

We are pleased that the Green Party of Michigan is able to host four more visits to Michigan by our candidates for President and Vice President. Further information about these visits is available on our GPMI website (http://www.migreenparty.org/), and on the Facebook events notices linked below.

Ajamu Baraka
Green Party Candidate for Vice President
“Human Rights at Home and Abroad”
Tuesday, October 18 – 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Bernath Auditorium
Wayne State Undergraduate Library
Free and open to the public
https://www.facebook.com/events/1140533536039199/
For more info: luannekozma@gmail.com

Ajamu Baraka
Green Party Candidate for Vice President
“Building the Green Movement”
Wednesday, October 19 – 7:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Community College
Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center ATC – Room 120
151 Fountain St. NE – Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free and open to the public
https://www.facebook.com/events/1689094524663123/
For more info: luannekozma@gmail.com

Jill Stein
Green Party Candidate for President
Friday, October 28 – 2:00 p.m.
Redford Theatre
17360 Lahser, Detroit, MI 48219
Free and open to the public
https://www.facebook.com/events/553063294818543/
For more info: luannekozma@gmail.com

and 6-8 p.m.
Bowen Field House
Eastern Michigan University
100 W Circle Dr, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Free and open to the public
https://www.facebook.com/events/179164205862975/
For more info: luannekozma@gmail.com

VICTORY PARTY Tues. Nov. 8, 7-10 p.m. 10440 W. 9 Mile.
For more info: steffie@ferndalefriends.net

ELECTION DEBRIEFING; plan for 2017 & 2018; Nov.12-11:00 China Jade, 1070 W Huron, Waterford.
For more info.: sherwells@tm.net

Why I am Running

Written by Sherry Wells; posted by Art Myatt

I am running for office to educate the public across Michigan about what our state government has done since the late 1990s through three Governors—Republicans and a Democrat–and will continue to do to our children’s schools unless we, the people, take them back. In most cases, going “back to the future” will retrieve the better alternatives that once existed and served us well. “New” is not always progress.

My top three priorities are:
1. To develop community involvement—not corporate ownership—in schools
2. To support wrap-around services not “high-stakes testing.”
3. To restore democracy and the election by the people of their own school boards. Continue reading

GPMI and Public Education

Written by Sherry Wells; posted by Art Myatt

Even before its 1837 statehood, Michigan had a superintendent of public instruction. Both its 1908 and 1963 Constitutions provided for a State Board of Education, as the “planning and coordinating body for all public education, including higher education,” and “instructed it to advise the legislature as to the financial requirements.” The Governor was made an ex-officio member without voting rights, but all this provided balance between those entities.

The State Board was decimated by Governors, beginning with Republican Engler. Democrat Granholm promised to restore those parts, but returned only the MEAP test. Gov. Snyder ripped out the Reform and Redesign Office, despite the Board’s expertise, to inject more charter schools and his contractor buddies across the state. We see how that’s “working” for the Detroit students.

Since 1999, the State twice took over the Detroit Public Schools, both times robbing it of its surplus and sending student achievement from better than the state average to the depths. It closed new and renovated buildings paid for by the citizen-passed millage and gave them to charters. School districts with majorities of low-income students know they are next on the chopping blocks. Continue reading

How the Corporate University Cheats the Public

Written by Fran Shor; posted here by Art Myatt

www.franshor.org

Public universities have a venerable tradition going back to the nineteenth century. In the aftermath of World War II, that era’s G.I. Bill, and federal legislation in the 1960’s, public universities became much more accessible to underserved populations, especially minorities and adult workers. Unfortunately, the last few decades have witnessed an erosion of financial support at both the federal and state level.

In Michigan, the state legislature originally recognized the importance of public universities by mandating that “universities remain responsible to the public at large.” In practice, this translated into statewide voting for the governing boards of the three major public universities in Michigan – University of Michigan, Michigan State, and Wayne State.

However, as noted recently by a report issued in September 2016 by the Michigan League for Public Policy: “Between 2003 and 2017, Michigan cut university funding by more an $262,000,000, a 30% decrease in public support after adjusting for inflation. The cuts have resulted in students and their families being charged higher tuition to make up for the universities’ lost state revenue.” As a consequence, Michigan now has the sixth highest tuition in the nation for in-state students. What had been once affordable even for students from working and poor families has either priced them out of Michigan public universities or added additional debt burdens to these students and their families. Continue reading