Saturday, April 30, 2005

Council vote a win for casinos

Yeah, the casino owners are happy, but is it
a win for the people of Detroit? What do you think?

Monday, April 25, 2005

Google Search: german visa scandal

Germany's Green Foreign Minister is embroiled in a scandal around relaxing requirements for tourist visas. While Joschka Fischer says he will not resign, his former deputy denies responsibilty for the 'Volmer Decree'. It looks a lot like the Willie Horton scandal used to attack Democratic candidate Dukakis.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Senate Democrats announce hearings for water protection bills

The Democrats are providing a forum to allow citizen input into the proposed Water Legacy Act. Not only should Greens urge the legislature to consider the law, they should also call for stricter controls over diversions. Republican Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema's delay in considering the Act is a threat to our greatest resource, the Great Lakes.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Iowa County gets C plus, but flunks water, on Green Party report card

Here's a service being provided by a Green Party local in Iowa, a report card on Air Quality, Water Quality, Energy & Conservation and Recycling. They have been doing this report card for 5 years now. Way to go Greens!

Friday, April 22, 2005

Happy Earth Day!

We only have one planet. Use it wisely.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Greens seek Peace Port - Olympia, Washington

I wonder how this would go down here in Detroit. Do we move any war-related materials? Do we still have a port?

Monday, April 18, 2005

Detroit's Kilpatrick makes Time's worst-mayor list

Another example of the national media's coverage of Detroit. And here's the Mayor's response.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Debtors of the World Unite!

As we read of the tightening of bankruptcy laws without any corresponding additional controls on the credit industry, this article points out the Democratic Party and our own Debbie Stabenow's role in the debacle. (Oh yeah, she's not up for re-election next year.)

Even our own Mayor, who is up for re-election this year, wants to balance the budget on the backs of the people. His proposed tax increase is on fast food!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Early Green Party Victories in 2005.

Buried in this GPUS press release is the telling of the Democratic Party's strategy on local GP candidates: automated phoning and a negative direct-mail campaign suggested that an "ultra-liberal" political party was about to "seize control". As the Democrats have lost control at the national level and are increasingly marginalized, we can expect more of this kind of treatment in the future.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

"Diagnosing the Green Party"

This exchange illustrates much of the negative aspects of the two tendencies in GPUS. Here we find Cobb's campaign contributors held against him, much as was done with Nader's Republican doners. The original article buries its salient points in overblown rhetoric. Sad, but true, the saying goes.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Kilpatrick ready to overhaul, cut, merge

As Mayor Kilpatrick prepares to announce further privatization and reduction of city services, city unions prepare to resist.

The AFSCME City of Detroit Presidents are calling on all city workers, city residents and supporters of public services to rally on April 12 at 4:00 p.m. at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (Woodward entrance)

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Detroit kids poor even in good times

George Corsetti brought this article to our attention on the Detroit Greens email list. So much for a 'booming' economy.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Peter Camejo: The Crisis in the Green Party

Peter Camejo, who was the vice-presidential candidate on the Nader ticket in last years presidential race, is leading the effort to address what he describes as the crisis in the Green Party. Many are dismissing those of us in Greens for Democracy and Independence as Nader/Camejo supporters who are unable to accept our lose at the Milwaukee nominating convention and while I might admit many of us are motivated by that event, it does not diminish the criticisms.

Daily Nebraskan - Green Party gains ballot access, becomes recognized party

After losing ballot status in a poor showing in last years elections, Nebraskan Greens get back on the horse.