Green Party Endorses Detroit Candidates

Green Party Endorses Detroit Candidates

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

Wayne County, Michigan

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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February Newsletter

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Greens growing across Michigan!

Editor’s Note

By Fred Vitale

Welcome to all the new locals formed in the past few months – Oakland County Greens, Vehicle City Greens, Wayne County Greens, West Michigan Green Party! Revitalized locals: Detroit, Washtenaw County and Up North with elections of new officers and welcomes to new members!

Survey Results

We conducted a survey of Green Party members.  133 of you responded.

The first question we asked was: What issues you wanted the Green Party to focus on in 2017?  The chart below shows your responses from the highest to the lowest number. Continue reading

GPMI Election Results

5 Green Party of Michigan Candidates were elected to County and local offices in this election. 1 of these was re-elected, and the other 4 are newly elected. Jill Stein and Amaju Baraka got a little over 1% of the vote. The Green Party will be on the ballot for the general election of 2018, when we will be electing a new Governor, other state officers, and State Senators as well as State Representatives. Many county and local offices will also be on the ballot. if you are considering running for any of these, or if you want to be involved with any of the campaigns, the time to become a member and get involved with the party is now.

A one-page pdf file showing results for all 2016 candidates is available for download.

Single Payer Health Care Will Raise Taxes – I Call Bullshizzle

One of the CONSTANT droning mantras of Big Pharma, Big Medicine et al is that we cannot afford to offer health insurance to everyone in the country because it will raise taxes through the roof and we will all suffer a huge economic battering.

First, let me remind you that EVERY SINGLE DEVELOPED NATION on this planet has some form of nationalized health care for its citizens. (Please read that sentence 2 or 3 times.) Secondly, let me remind you that the United States of American is THE ONLY DEVELOPED NATION on the planet wherein its citizens face bankruptcy from medical costs. (Repeat as needed.)

 

The lobbyists make sure that there is enough “It Will Raise Taxes” white noise generated to blanket the truth of the matter. Some studies indicate that putting single payer, universal health care in place in the US would SAVE money – one I read suggested a savings of 1.1 trillion over 10 years. Critics of Bernie Sander’s plan to expand Medicare for EVERYONE hollered very, very loud about a resultant tax increase.

You know what I say to that for Julie and I – BRING IT ON! I will gladly take the projected tax increase. You know why? Because it would save us a TON of money. Raise my taxes PLEASE – especially if it means we can eliminate our insurance premiums. Julie and I would end up with a bunch more money to invest or spend on our Grandkids if only such a nefarious plan was carried out. Before I show you the numbers, look at the rising price of insurance premiums, please.

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One important thing to look at besides the rocketing upward spiral of the premium cost is that it bears NO relationship to inflation and ignores wages to boot.

Anyway, Julie and I pay $973 a month for health care. That totals $11,676 a year. We are both 58 years old. Our plan is not a Golden Cadillac plan – no frills, lots of out of pocket expenses and co-pays. In fact, there is a $2,800 deductible FOR EACH OF US to meet. That means that if we both got sick in one year our out of pocket expenses would be a minimum of $17,296.00. Please read that paragraph again. We pay almost $12k a year for protection that really only kicks in after ANOTHER $5,600 is spent if we both have something happen. (Hmm, maybe that is why I am still paying $43 a month with a $1827 balance for my treatment in 2013…..)

Critics of the Sanders Medicare for All plan claimed it would cost us an additional $1,100 in taxes. They also said it would cost employers $3,350 more. Julie and I are self-employed so in the interest of fair play, I am willing to assume BOTH of those numbers are true – we would pay $4,450 MORE in taxes. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make this happen!

If that started in January, then next year Julie and I would have a MINIMUM of $7,226 dollars with which we could do anything we wanted. If it happened in a year when both of us got sick in some way, then we would have $12,826 MORE to spend.

I am not the best mathematician in Michigan, but 30 seconds with my calculator clearly indicates that a tax increase of $4,450 combined with a decrease in our insurance premium of at LEAST $11,676 puts us ahead of the game by $7,226.

Single Payer Health Insurance Will Raise My Taxes – WELL HURRY UP AND DO IT!!!!

 

Kermit Is Wrong – Being Green Is Easy!

I am pretty sure anybody reading this is familiar with Kermit The Frog and his theme song, “It Ain’t Easy Being Green.”

Frog has it wrong! Being a Green candidate is easy – because we answer to YOU, the voters. We are here to put the political power back in the hands of the people, where the very first words of the Michigan Constitution tells us it belongs:

“All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal benefit, security, and protection.” Art 1 Sec 1

Being Green is easy because we are not going to make a bunch of promises that we KNOW we cannot keep. Being Green is easy because we do not have to remember what we told which group of people or PAC when we were trying to get their money! Being Green in office will be easy, because we are not going to spend any of our time “dialing for dollars” and trying to raise PAC and Corporate money – No, you put me in Lansing and I am going to do the work you sent me there to do. Green candidates will not be wasting time, and your tax dollars, taking lobbyists phone calls or going out to dinner with some PAC representative trying to sway our votes.

Nope, you put a Green like me in office and you will get your money’s worth. Send me to Lansing and I will work hard – you will not see me spending the whole two years campaigning for the next election. I want to let my efforts do the talking for me. At the end of two years if you think I did a good job, then re-hire me. Easy-peasy!

One of my campaign goals, and I know I have this in common with all the other 32 Green Party candidates in Michigan as well as Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, is that I (we) want to be the type of representative that you are PROUD of.

Might not be easy being a Green Frog, but being a Green Party Candidate is just grrrrr-eat! (to quote another cultural icon!)

I had a little fun with this subject here: Being a Green is Easy.

 

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