GPMI Joins NMU Students and Faculty in Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) supports the students, faculty, and administration of Northern Michigan University in their call for NMU to recognize Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day and condemns the NMU Board of Trustees’ decision to reject the recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Columbus Day represents many things to different people. However, history cannot be denied. As his own journals attest, Columbus willingly engaged in the murder and enslavement of the Indigenous peoples he met on his travels. As a symbol, Columbus Day represents the nearly complete dispossession of Native Americans from their homelands,and the genocide and ecocide that have been and continue to be a part of that colonization.

The Board’s denial comes as a particular slap in the face as NMU recently became the first university in the state of Michigan to offer a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies. “I was impressed that NMU was the first university in Michigan to have a degree program in Native American Studies. So many of our place names are of native origin,” says Sherry A. Wells, Chair of the Green Party of Michigan. Wells adds, “Anyone who reads An Indigenous People’s History of the United States will fully appreciate the many civilizations that existed here at Columbus’ time and deeply sorrow over the deaths of the 75 million that the ‘Discovery’ of this half of the world caused.”

In addition, “untold numbers of animal lives and entire species were lost as a direct result of Columbus’s ‘discovery,’ ” Brooke Wheeler, a GPMI member of the GP-US Animal Rights Committee, points out. “The destruction of the once abundantly beautiful American lands by industrial corporations is a direct legacy of the Columbian excursions.”

In their decision to persist in recognizing Columbus Day, the NMU Board of Trustees insists on celebrating genocide and the near-wasting of two whole continents, a holocaust that continues to this day.

There is an alternative.

“In choosing to replace the celebration of Columbus Day with the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, communities throughout the United States are celebrating resiliency and the strength of peoples who refuse to give up even in the face of tremendous horror,” says Aimée Cree Dunn, a member of the GPMI State Central Committee and NMU Native American Studies instructor.

“Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day also means recognizing the validity and importance of cultures that have millennia-old roots in this land,” she says. Cree Dunn adds, “These ancient roots have provided Indigenous cultures with ecological knowledge and teachings that are absolutely essential to the survival of our planet today.”

The Green Party of Michigan joins the NMU students, faculty and administration as well as other communities around the nation in celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, October 9, 2017.

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State House Candidate and Green Party Members to Support Marquette Nurses’ Strike

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Statewide meeting in Marquette to follow demonstration

Green Party members from across the state of Michigan will join the Michigan Nurses Association on picket lines in Marquette this Friday night.

The Michigan Nurses Association has planned a strike against Duke LifePoint, including a demonstration which is scheduled to continue until 7am Saturday morning.

Green Party members from all corners of Michigan will be traveling to Marquette for the third Michigan State Membership Meeting of the year.

The Greens plan to demonstrate in solidarity with friends of the Michigan Nurses Association, standing in protest against under-staffing and and safety issues at the UP Health System. Friends, followers, and supporters are encouraged to participate.

Following the strike, the Green Party of Michigan will meet at the Marquette Township Community Center (1000 Commerce Drive) starting 9am Saturday.

The group will also campaign locally for Wade Roberts in the Marquette area. Roberts has been nominated by the party and is running for State Representative in Michigan’s 109th district.

“Our futures depend upon the sustainable development of our natural resources and the re-establishment of the grassroots democracy that originally built the central Upper Peninsula,” said Roberts. “I stand with the Michigan Nurses Association in their strike against Duke LifePoint.”

A resident of Munising, Roberts is a committed to running a “People First” campaign that focuses on issues such as repairing the local economy and environmental concerns. Roberts will be in Michigan’s upper peninsula this weekend by greens active Greens and candidates from lower Michigan including Jennifer Kurland (for Governor) and Anita Belle (for Senate).

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GPAX Makes Statement on Peace Day

Green Activities Near You

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Our State Membership Meeting (SMM) will be held in Marquette on Oct. 7th. For those unable to journey there in person, we plan on offering a live feed. Details will be announced shortly. There are a number of Greens running for offices across the state. Keep up do date with each of them and Green activities around your area by bookmarking our calendar page and following us on Instagram @MIGreens.

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Wade Roberts for 109th State Rep

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The Green Party of Michigan is proud to announce Wade Roberts as a candidate for the 109th Michigan State Rep. An Upper Penninsula resident, Roberts was nominated during the GPMI’s State Membership Meeting recently held in Monroe, Michigan. Following this meeting, it has now been confirmed by the Election’s Officer of the GPMI that the BoE has received and accepted Wade Roberts’ nomination. This means that Roberts will be on Michigan’s ballot. The GPMI would like to congratulate Wade on his nomination and wish him the absolute best moving forward with his campaign.

To view Wade’s facebook page, visit https://www.facebook.com/UPGP109th/

To view the candidates within Michigan’s 109th District, visit http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/candlist/2017SG2_CANDLIST.html

 

 

Green Party Endorses Detroit Candidates

Green Party Endorses Detroit Candidates

Wayne County Greens support Mayoral, Clerk, and City Council Candidates

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On Tuesday, June 13th, the Wayne County Green Party officially endorsed the candidacies of Detroit Mayoral candidate, Ingrid LaFleur; City Clerk candidate, D. Etta Wilcoxon; City Council candidate for the 1st District, James Eberheart Jr; City Council candidate for the 7th District, Joanna Underwood; and City Council At Large candidate Beverly Kindle-Walker.

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