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.
The Flint Water Crisis is still ongoing, and is a shameful stain on our state. In January 2016, I decided to research the crisis and create a documentary for my radio show The Offensive Feminist with Jenny K. My initial thought of a 15 minute video slowly turned into just over an hour’s worth of information. Little did I realize when I started looking into this crisis the depth of public information that shows not only that our government knew Flint’s treatment plant could not properly treat water, but that it was spelled out as early as 2009 in the initial planning report of the KWA pipeline. Both Republicans and Democrats have blood on their hands in Flint. Please watch, share, and help end the misinformation still being spread and reported about the Flint Water Crisis. The people of Flint still need our help.
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. They also 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.
From the outset my intention for this campaign was to make it different. I wanted to avoid making promises I could not live up to. These are three promises I can and will keep if elected.
1. I will put the best interests of the tax payers of Michigan as a whole, and the 86th District in particular, ahead of my own interests and ahead of the interests of large corporations and companies.
2. I will STRONGLY support the existing effort by State Senator Rick Jones (R-24th District) to shut down Pipeline #5. The 63 year old pipeline that runs almost a million gallons of crude oil an hour underneath the Straits of Mackinac. Owned and operated by Enbridge Oil. If that legislation has died away, then I will introduce a new bill with the same goal in mind: Turn off the pipes NOW and then come up with a solution.
3. Introduce a bill that will tie the paychecks of all 110 State Representatives and the 38 State Senators to the median (average) pay in Michigan. The pay checks of our 148 legislators are 43% more than the average wage of the people they are supposed to represent.
Making the pay of a Representative/Senator linked to that of the average person will make us more “representative” of the people of Michigan, but it also provides for all 118 of us to create a climate in Michigan that lifts the income for everyone – because if the average income rises, then so would ours.
Frankly, I believe this idea should have traction with both major parties. Democrats claim to represent the common man – so then let your compensation reflect that. Republicans claim to be interested in job creation. Great, so lets all work together for the people we represent and create better paying jobs for everyone and then enjoy a pay raise ourselves.
There are solutions to the problems in government. The first part in reaching many of them is to eliminate the blinders created by money.
It may seem that we’ve already heard all there is to hear about what went so wrong that Flint’s water system poisoned Flint residents. In reality, there’s much more to hear, and much more needs to be done to fix the issues that are fixable. Some problems, like children whose development is already damaged because of lead, can’t actually be fixed. Some, like corrosive water in the Flint River, can.
So whose fault is it? It’s the fault of the Genesee County Road Commission. This sounds completely illogical if you’ve never heard the idea before, but keep reading for a few short paragraphs and you’ll see why it’s true. Continue reading →