Sunday, December 31, 2006

New College of California hosts Green Party Panel Discussion

Recently elected Green Mayor of Richmond, Gayle McLaughlin said for the Green Party to become successful, it is not enough that the party's membership grow in numbers-- but that its members grow in the strength of their commitment and solidarity with each other.

I think I see a new years resolution in there!

More on the panel here.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Ford said Iraq 'big mistake'

The only US President from Michigan, Gerald Ford passed away Tuesday and much is being made of his take on the Iraq War.

In an interview kept from the public until his death, he says: 'Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq.'

His state funeral starts tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Greetings all,

We've recently launched an IRV project at .

This project is aimed at educating Michigan's citizens and elected officals about Instant Runoff Voting (IRV).

The intitial part of the irvproject will be to send a letter of
support for Instant Runoff Voting and a pamphlet explaining IRV to Michigan's Governor, Secretary of State and every member of
Michigan's Legislature. We plan to do the mailing in January or early February, 2007.

Please visit and consider signing on as an endorser!

Thank you,
Ken Mathenia

Monday, December 18, 2006

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Dream on.

If most of Canada will be seeing a green Christmas, what's the chance we'll see the white stuff?

In a completely unrelated item, penguins offer evidence of global warming.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Holiday Green Tips

1) Buy a living tree for the holiday and after the holiday either plant it or give it to your community parks department to plant – this is an excellent way to compensate for your use of internal combustion transportation.

2) Buy or use recycled wrapping paper – better yet use the sunday funnies or purchase cloth scraps at your local fabric store (remind people receiving the gift that the gift wrap is reusable).

3) For large gifts simply tie a bow on it! Some folks hide the large gifts and give a card that includes hints about where to find it. More fun!

4) Send digital Season’s Greeting Cards.

5) Give your time! Give a grandparent, parent, spouse, friend a card with a commitment to help with household chores for a day.

6) Organic Vegan Dinner! Give a gift of a locally grown organic vegan dinner either at your favorite local haunt or you prepare it. The lower we eat on the food chain the healthier the environment.

7) Adopt a needy family. This is a good way to begin to build community as well as helping out those in need. If you do not know where to start on this one – contact your local Salvation Army.

8) Find eco-organizations like and give a gift of a healthier planet. Also, check out Co-Op America and support Green Businesses at

9) Find socially responsible organizations like and give a gift that lifts people out of despair and poverty.

10) Support the Green party by giving Green gifts from the storefront here .

Friday, December 08, 2006

Plan for Privatizing Detroit's Water Department

Is a small group of business leaders developing a plan to sell off the Detroit Water Department? According to this article it appears so. With so many suburban leaders opposing any regional cooperation with the City of Detroit, the only way they'll get one of Detroit's biggest assets is to take it away. And Federal Judge Feikens may just have the authority to do it.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Let us never forget!

Special film showing of Spike Lee’s: "Four Little Girls"
Documenting the Bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963 and its Impact on the Civil Right Movement

Wednesday – December 6th – 7 P.M.
5920 Second Avenue
(at Antoinette St., just north of Wayne State U)

The passage of Proposal 2 (the ban on affirmative action) on November 7 has highlighted the necessity of intensifying the struggle against racism in Michigan and throughout the United States. The role of youth and the sacrifices made by them during the 1960s, helped to secure the eradication of legalized segregation and the right to vote for African-Americans.

In Four Little Girls, Spike Lee creates portraits of the four young victims of the racially motivated Birmingham church bombing in 1963 by talking to their families, friends, neighbors and teachers. The film examines the climate of segregation and state-sanctioned violence that led to this particular bombing, and the civil rights activism that both preceded and followed it. One theme that emerges strongly throughout the film is the role of young people as civil rights activists in Birmingham, where students would skip school, sometimes with tacit permission of their parents or teachers, sometimes not, so they could demonstrate in the streets.

Admission to this event is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice 313-680-5508

Sunday, December 03, 2006

What about the bottled water?

While the diversion mentioned in this Free Press editorial is subject to review, Nestle bought the right to Great Lakes Water for the cost of a couple of $90 permits. The current legislation allows that water to leave the watershed as long as its bottled. That's the loophole that will drain the Great Lakes.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Another great idea!

Hey, if you can build a school on an toxic waste dump, why not turn an nuclear power plant into a state park. Imagine camping in the shadow of the cooling towers and warming yourself in the glow of the nuclear waste stored there. Sounds like fun, eh?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sewage threatening Great Lakes

Our greatest resource is being used as an open sewer according to this study.

The greatest offender? The City of Detroit. Of course the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department handles the water needs of over 4 million customers in southeastern Michigan.

Sounds to me like we need a public works project to keep rain runoff out of the sewer systems and protect our Great Lakes. What do think?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Democrats don't provide real alternative - 11/14/06 - The Detroit News Online

Green Party candidates and others respond to the latest columnist blaming the Green Party for a Democrat's loss in an election.

I think our gubernatorial candidate Doug Campbell says it best: "The Green party is not going away, and we're not giving up."

Thursday, November 09, 2006


Detroit, Lansing, Flint, Ann Arbor

On November 11th, 2006 it will be 15 years since we organized the fight back against poverty and homelessness by erecting "Tent City" in Detroit, Lansing, Flint and Ann Arbor, Michigan against Governor Engler, the State Leaders and certain local leaders in their attacks on the citizens of Michigan by eliminating and cutting badly needed programs, such as General Assistance. These protests were organized by the Detroit-Wayne County Homeless Union, the Michigan Up and Out of Poverty Now Coalition (including MWRO), and several other community groups.

Michigan was one of the first state’s to cut General Assistance to adults—over 100,000 Michigan residents—and contributed to additional homelessness and poverty for single persons. Meanwhile, in 1991, the City of Detroit had a 42% vacancy rate in its public housing units and was failing to make repairs in HUD apartments.

We would like to invite you to the gathering on
Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 4:00pm
Central United Methodist Church

23 E. Adams, 2nd Floor (at Woodward), Detroit

We need to come together and look at the past and understand what we must do for the future.

Homelessness has increased, more people's utilities are shut-off (water, lights and gas), education means no-education, people are not able to feed their families and the housing question is a joke, fewer and fewer people are without health care and children are being taking away from their parents because they are poor. Further, we cannot find good jobs with benefits.

President Bush is implementing his corporation agenda. He is implementing laws to enact Fascism. We owe our children a better future. Please come out and see friends, bring your family, friends and find out what is going on. We need you to bring some of the following for the homeless hygiene kits we are putting together for the homeless for Holidays at CUMC. We need items such as toothpastes, toothbrushes, soap, lotion, deodorant, face towels, socks, gloves, etc.

You can call for more information at (313) 964-0618 or 965-5422, or leave a message. We are looking forward to seeing you.

Organized by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, League of Revolutionaries for a New America, Metro Detroit Labor Party, National Welfare Rights Union, and the peace and environmental community.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Support the Green Party

Monday, November 06, 2006

Work the polls tomorrow in Detroit

Hey Folks,

Green Party candidates David Sole, Doug Campbell, Fred Vitale, Derek Grigsby and James Wolbrink and others have been working hard this election to get the Money for Our Cities, Not for War Green Party message out there.

Now it's your chance to support them on election day beyond giving them your vote.

We still have some slots to work the polls tomorrow in the city of Detroit.

We've identified 10 high traffic polling locations and want to make sure they are covered, particularly in the early morning 7am-9am and late evening 6pm-8pm.

If you can cover any of the locations listed below, please give me a call and I'll deliver slate cards and other literature to distribute.

Even 1 hour of your time will earn votes for Green Party candidates.

Call me at 313-623-4709 or 313-345-6031.

The polling locations are:

East Side:
Guyton School 355 Phillip (S of Jefferson East of Conner)
Denby High School 12800 Kelly Rd (at Whittier )
Immanuel Lutheran 13031 Chandler Pk Dr (S of Harper E of Conner)

North Side:

Mumford High School 17525 Wyoming (btwn Santa Clara and Thatcher)
Glazer School 2001 Labelle (btwn Linwood and 12th)
Bagley School 8100 Curtis (W of Livernois, S of 7 Mile)
Nolan School 1150 E Lantz (S of State Fair, W of Conant)

West Side:

Taft Middle School 19501 Berg (W of Lahser N of 7 Mile)
Greater Grace Temple 23500 W 7 Mile ( btwn Berg and Shiawasee )
Cooke School 18800 Puritan (W of Southfield N of Grand River)

Go we go!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Detroit Green Party Rally Saturday

Stop the War Slate - Green Party of Michigan:

RALLY for Jobs & Human Needs, NOT WAR!
Hear the Green Party Candidates
Saturday, November 4, 2006, 5:00 p.m.
Central United Methodist Church
E. Adams at Woodward, Detroit
Second Floor Hall ~ Dinner Served
map leaflet

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Video from Benton Harbor Rally in support of Rev Pinkney

Speakers at the rally include Rev Belinda Brown, Nelson Perry, Marian Kramer, General Baker and Maureen Taylor. Rev Pinkney is charged with voter fraud after fighting the corporate domination of Benton Harbor.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Don't fence me in.

'Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above,
Don't fence me in.
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love,
Don't fence me in.
Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze,
listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees,
Send me off forever but I ask you please,
Don't fence me in.'

Or other's out, for that matter.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Democracy Now! covers Green Politics

In this Democracy Now! segment Amy Goodman talks to Green Party candidates Howie Hawkins (US Senate, NY) and Michael Berg (US Congress DE) about access to the debates. It seems Berg took the lead of our own Doug Campbell and attempted to crash a debate, only to be escorted out of the event. I hope no ribs were broken this time. She also talks with Aaron Dixon (US Senate WA), who was arrested when he tried to participate in a debate. He goes on to say he was offered bribes to withdraw from the race. I wonder if that's what went on in Connecticut.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Michigan Citizen endorses Green David Sole for US Senate

The Michigan Citizen, self-described as America's Most Progressive Community Newspaper, is widely read in the African American community. In this weeks issue, they endorse Green Party Candidate David Sole for US Senate.

"Go directly to the Green Party portion of the ballot and cast your vote for David Sole for Senate, a long time activist for peace and justice."

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Americans oppose Iraq war, politicians don't

This article printed in The Arab American News, is from Fred Vitale, a National Delegate of the Green Party and candidate for Michigan State Representative, 3rd District.

Another article in the AAN explains why the writer will not vote for Debbie Stabenow but instead vote Green!

Sorry, wrong number.

Candidate may have misdialed phone sex.

Yeah, right.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Meet the Candidates Night in Detroit on Tuesday

Meet the Candidates Night

When: Oct. 17, 2006, 7:30 PM
Where: The Innate Healing Center
18700 Woodward Ave

The Innate Healing Center is located on
the East side of Woodward, across from the park,
three blocks SO. of Seven Mile,
There is a neon sign in front, and it looks like nothing else along Woodward.

It is a cross-roads center
with a vegetarian restaurant, and
lots of activities going on all the time:
drum circle twice weekly: Wed. and Sat. nights
open mic night: Thursday.

A probable issue list was compiled including the following:
* The quagmire that is Iraq and the upcoming horror that is Iran and the impact of US military actions on local public budgets and living standards
* The jobs crisis in our state and localities, the pensions crisis, what happened to the social safety net and how to regain it.
* The health care crisis and how the Michigan Constitution and public law mandate a solution to make affordable health care available to all segments of the population
* Electoral reforms that are necessary and that should already have been put into effect by the SOS
* The energy crisis and how Michigan could become a leader in renewable energy
* How public transportation could be re-established.
* How civil rights law could be amended to guarantee such rights to the LGBT community

But, of course, you can talk about whatever issues you feel best sustain your campaign

press invitations issued

Green Party Candidates

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

James Wolbrink for Michigan State Senate

James is a member of the Detroit Green local and the Detroit Working Peoples Association. He's running for the Michigan State Senate, 5th District

Friday, September 29, 2006

Torture Bill Haiku

The Constitution
Was cast aside by Congress.
Hideous corpus!

-- Mad Kane

Campbell Accepts 3 TV Debates with rivals | Douglas Campbell for Governor

Green Candidate Looks Forward to Facing Four Rivals

Douglas Campbell, two-time candidate for governor of the Green Party of Michigan (GPMI), has accepted the schedule of three televised debates in the governor’s race: a no-rules open discussion among the candidates Monday, October 2 at WKAR in Lansing; a more formal debate at WOOD-TV 8 in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, October 10; and a town-hall forum Monday, October 16 at WDIV-TV in Southfield.

read the full press release here.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Teach-In on US-Israeli War Against the Middle-East

Leilani Dowell, Recently Returned From Lebanon on a Fact-finding Mission, Will Speak at MECAWI Teach-In on the Middle-East at WSU, Sept. 30

Event: Teach-In on US-Israeli War Against the Middle-East
Saturday, September 30, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, Purdy-Kresge Library First Floor Wayne State University,
Detroit, MI

Leilani Dowell, a member of the fact-finding delegation to Lebanon, will be a featured speaker at an upcoming Teach-In at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dowell, a nationally known youth activist, witnessed first hand the results of the US-financed Israeli aggression against Lebanon during the recent 34-day war that was sanctioned by the United States Congress. Despite the ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah in August , the Israeli regime has continued to violate the terms of the agreement as well as escalating attacks against the Palestinian people. Meanwhile, the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to further destabilize these nations with the Bush administration growing more desperate in their attempts to occupy the peoples of the Muslim world.

On September 30, the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice will host a Teach-In at Wayne State University's Kresge Auditorium that features a variety of activists and experts on the historical conflict in the Middle-East and its implications for the region, North America and the global community. The keynote speaker will be Joyce Chediac, a Lebanese-American journalist based in New York, who is a contributor to Workers World newspaper. Other speakers will include: Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire and a co-founder of MECAWI; Hasan Newash, co-founder of the Palestine Office of Michigan; Atty. Jerome Goldberg of MECAWI; Andrea Hackett of MECAWI, whose daughter served two terms in Iraq with the National Guard; Sandra Hines, an organizer for the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality; David Sole, U.S. Senate candidate on the "Stop the War Slate" for the Green Party; Kevin Carey, "Stop the War Slate" candidate for State Board of Education and others.

Topics include: Topics: History of Imperialism and Zionism; Lebanon-Palestine Resistance; Criminal Role of Corporate Media; US Genocide Against the Iraqi People; Israel, Apartheid & Domestic Racism

This event is free and open to the general public. Everyone is welcome to come out to learn and discuss the history and present situation in the Middle-East and its impact on the United States and the world.For more information contact MECAWI at or call (313) 831-0750.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Greens Form Senate Campaign Committee

In this press release on the creation of a Senate Campaign Committee, David Sole, GPMI US Senate candidate is quoted: "The war on Iraq is a crime of historic proportions. With each new day we see more evidence of the greed and corruption that led to the decision to engage in this barbaric war for oil and geo-strategic control. America needs Senators who will stand firm against an administration bent on using lies and fear to lead the nation into such a devastating direction. "

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Support Our Candidates. Part 2. Governor | Green Commons

The second in the series covers the Green Party's candidates in 14 Governors races, including our own Doug Campbell.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Politics1 poll includes GPMI candidates

Our elections director, John Anthony La Pietra, points us to these polling results putting the Green Party of Michigan candidates, David Sole (US Senate) and Doug Campbell (Governor) at 2%. We have our work cut out for us.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Support Our Candidates! Part 1: Senate | Chlorophyll

One of the leading green political blogs (along with this one, of course) Chlorophyll, is trying to build some buzz around the GPUS candidates. This post lists the 14 US Senate candidates, an all time high for the GPUS.

Actually, it looks like it started at Green Commmons, the other leading green political blog (of the three, of course).

Friday, September 15, 2006

Stephanie Loveless admitted to Green Party National Womens Caucus

Between the Lines, Michigan's GLBT newspaper, covers the story of Stephanie Loveless', formerly known as Tom Ness, struggle to gain membership to the GP National Women's Caucus. Stephanie, who was instrumental in getting the Green Party of Michigan on the ballot in 2000, is also profiled in this weeks issue of the Metro Times.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Bill Opalicky for State Senate

Bill Opalicky, an Oakland County Green and founding member of the Green Outreach local, is running for State Senate in the 14th District.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Lauren E. Spencer for MSU Board of Trustees!

Lauren E. Spencer, a student at MSU is running on the Stop the War Slate. She's put her campaign site on a social networking site popular with young folks.

Update: Here's an article on Lauren from MSU's State News

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Another example of 'environmentalist is a terrorist' misrepresentation

in this case, a local newspaper put words in an activists mouth and he get investigated by the FBI for terrorism.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Poll results for Governor and Senate Races

This poll show support for Green Party candidates Douglas Campbell and David Sole at 1%. Looks like we have our work cut out for us.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Rev Pinkney to speak on Benton Harbor in Detroit 8/12

Metro Detroit Labor Party presents
Saturday, August 12, 5-9pm
Central United Methodist Church, Woodward and Adams (near Comerica Park)

Marian Kramer, Co-Chair of the Metro Detroit Labor Party and Co-President of the National Welfare Rights Union will be the emcee.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Rev. Pinkney is facing 20 years in prison because of attacks by
Whirlpool Corporation and trumped up voter fraud charges.

Whirlpool's attempt to take land and to further its profits while laying off thousands was met with fierce opposition by Benton Harbor residents led by Rev. Pinkney. The opposition led to the recall of commissioners who supported Whirlpool. As a result, Whirlpool led the charge against Rev. Pinkney thinking it would stymie the citizens. The first trial ended in a hung jury. The next trial is set for September 19, 2006.

This case is similar to a vote fraud case in Alabama in the
mid-eighties when the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the federal government charged many fighters with voter fraud. The TVA and the federal government were defeated and we intend to do the same in Benton Harbor!

Please join us and consider making a contribution to Rev. Pinkney's legal fund through BANCO, 1940 Union, benton Harbor, MI 49022

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

"It is important to tell voters the Green Party is the only anti-war political party. The Green Party is the only peace party."

GPMI Chair Sylvia Inwood's Address to the State Nominating Convention in Shaftsburg MI on 8/5/06

4th Key Value of the Green Party of the United States

It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.

Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man. Gandhi

My personal introduction to the creed of nonviolence came from two people in the late 1960’s. One was 20-year old woman who gave me a calendar from the War Resisters’ League. The other was my boyfriend who had just burned his draft card. He gave me a biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi. In 1969 I became one of three founders of the Detroit chapter of the WRL. (I was 15 and the
other two people were quite old, a Quaker couple in their early 30’s.) There were sit-ins at the draft board downtown. Someone mailed a dead fish to the draft board where all correspondence pertaining to the individual had to be kept on file. That November, I went to my first anti-war demonstration, riding to Washington DC with some Friends with a capital F, Quakers, that is. We marched on the Pentagon, got sprayed with tear-gas, heard Arlo Guthrie and others sing and speak, and crashed in somebody’s townhouse but committed no acts of violence. Six months later I joined a commune where we tried to follow the teachings of Gandhi. Gandhi became a great influence on my thinking.

When examined within the context of human history, non-violence is a truly radical idea. The history of human beings is a litany of bloody battles fought over religion, over land and other resources. It is a history of creatures murdering and oppressing their own kind and destroying their only home, the planet earth. Violence begets only violence. War begets more war.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? Gandhi

While there are specific local issues for each candidate to address, I believe it is important, in this election cycle, to see the big picture, to keep making the connection between the wars being waged here at home and those waged abroad. While our government ignores or punishes the working poor, the unemployed, women, children, the elderly and the dispossessed, Bush and his cronies are waging corporate imperialist wars throughout the planet. State and city funds are tithed yearly to the federal government. These are funds urgently needed in our state and in our cities and rural areas to repair school buildings, to provide textbooks, for healthcare, for transportation, to create jobs, to feed and house people. Instead our money is going to Washington to fund Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; to provide military aid to Israel so they can murder Lebanese civilians; and to pay for all the other dirty little wars and dirty big wars this government has its blood-stained hands in.

It is important to tell voters the Green Party is the only anti-war political party. The Green Party is the only peace party.

I would also like to welcome those new members who are here to join in a coalition effort between the Green Party and other activists and groups. Some of these individuals are here seeking our nomination to un as anti-war candidates on the GPMI ballot-line this November. Others are here as supporters. They join the ranks of long-time GP members who also come from many different ideological directions.

I’d like to share a little family anecdote here. A few of you know that, despite my involvement in Green electoral politics, I am also a 4th-generation Italian anarchist. My grandpa the anarchist used to play cards regularly with some of my grandma’s brothers. One of these brothers was also an anarchist; the other was a socialist. At the last of these card games, my grandpa and the socialist brother-in-law got in a heated argument over the game and one accused the other of cheating. My grandpa stormed out. When he got home, he ranted at my grandma about her brother ending with, “Well, what can you expect from a Socialist?!” This happened around the late 1930’s. My grandfather never spoke to that brother-in-law again. So, sectarianism is nothing new to the Left. Though we have all arrived here today by traveling on many different paths, I believe we can work together to create positive social change. One way to work toward social change is to elect individuals to public office who truly speak for the people and who are committed to Green values. I urge all delegates here today to listen carefully to all those seeking nomination. Hear what they have to say, read their statements, consider their presence and choose the ones you think will best represent Green values and who will best be able to reach out beyond this small group assembled here to the great number of disaffected voters. We need to let Americans know they don’t have to vote for the lesser of two evils. There is an alternative.

It’s called the Green Party.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Green Party of Michigan nominates state and federal candidates

Ecological Wisdom * Social Justice
Grassroots Democracy * Non-Violence

Green Party of Michigan

** News Release **
** ------------ **
August 6, 2006

For More Information, Contact:
John Anthony La Pietra, Elections Co-ordinator/GPMI

28 Michigan Greens Will Stand on the Ballot
November 7 for Peace, Jobs, and Justice
20 Nominated Over the Weekend at GPMI State
Convention in Shaftsburg; 8 More in Caucuses

Party Renews Opposition to "Civil Rights" Scam MCRI,
Hunting of Michigan's Bird of Peace; Also Says "No"
to Hasty, Fiscally Irresponsible Repeal of SBT

The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) nominated a score of
candidates for this fall's general election, and took
positions on three statewide issues, at its 2006 state
convention at Woodhull Township Hall in Shaftsburg.

The twenty candidates from the convention join eight more
who were already nominated in local and county caucuses.
All will campaign on the party's central theme for 2006:
"Peace, Jobs, and Justice."

Several candidates nominated at the convention are members
of a "Stop the War" slate of peace activists from across
Michigan. They joined with the Greens to give more voters
across Michigan more chances to voice their opposition to
the perpetual-conflict policies of politicians as usual.

GPMI Elections Co-ordinator John Anthony La Pietra noted
the significance of the convention's timing. "Today is
the 61st anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. It's
a day to remember that military might doesn't make us
right -- a day to think about choosing peace instead."

Michigan Greens also renewed their support for the state
bird of peace, voting unanimously to promote a "no" vote
in this fall's referendum on shooting mourning doves.
Governor Granholm and the Legislature struck a deal in
2004 to end the state's 99-year ban on dove-hunting,
but opponents turned in almost 300,000 signatures on
petitions to let the voters decide.

And GPMI continued its opposition to another statewide
ballot question, once again unanimously rejecting the
so-called "Michigan Civil Rights Initiative". Misnamed
and misleading, MCRI would force state agencies to turn a
blind eye to institutionalized racism and discrimination.
It would end the collection of data showing the lingering
effects of institutionalized racism, and gut programs
like Affirmative Action that would "address and redress
discrimination", in the words of a 2004 GPMI resolution.

Both these votes repeated positions Michigan Greens had
taken at their last convention in 2004. This year, they
added another "no" vote on a state issue which may or
may not be on the November ballot: the proposal to dump
Michigan's Single Business Tax (SBT) all but immediately --
and without the financial discipline of stating how to
plug the hole SBT's departure would leave in the budget.

La Pietra and other Michigan Greens will finish the task
of getting GPMI's candidates on the November 7 ballot by
turning in required paperwork to the Bureau of Elections
and several county clerks on Monday.

State law requires Greens to nominate by caucuses and
conventions, rather than letting them take part in this
coming week's public primary votes. "It's a bit ironic,"
said La Pietra. "We're the party that supports clean
elections and public financing of campaigns, but we're
the ones shut out of the publicly financed and promoted
primary elections."

But Green candidates will be included on this fall's
general-election ballot, under the party's sunflower
symbol. And well before then, they will be listed --
alongside the candidates of other parties kept out of
the August primaries -- on the State Bureau of Elections
Web page of candidates for Tuesday, November 7:

GPMI's home page is at:

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Green Party of Michigan
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Ann Arbor, MI 48104

GPMI was formed in 1987 to address environmental
issues in Michigan politics. Greens are organized
in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each
state Green Party sets its own goals and creates its
own structure, but US Greens agree on Ten Key Values:

Ecological Wisdom
Grassroots Democracy
Social Justice
Community Economics
Respect for Diversity
Personal/Global Responsibility
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Candidates Nominated at GPMI 2006 State Convention
August 5-6, 2006 * Woodhull Township Hall, Shaftsburg
Douglas Campbell

David Frank Skrbina
Lieutenant Governor

Lynn Meadows
Secretary of State

David Sole
US Senator

David J. Newland
US Representative/Congressional District 01

Rodger William Gurk
US Representative/Congressional District 03

Kenny R. Mathenia
US Representative/Congressional District 05

Aaron Stuttman
US Representative/Congressional District 08

Matthew Abel
US Representative/Congressional District 09 [Oakland County]

Candace Ruth Caveny
US Representative/Congressional District 10

Arthur William Myatt
US Representative/Congressional District 12

Aimee Smith
US Representative/Congressional District 15

Kevin Anthony Carey
statewide/State Board of Education

Jacob Woods
statewide/State Board of Education

Edward Arthur Morin
statewide/University of Michigan Board of Regents

Lauren Elizabeth Spencer
statewide/Michigan State University Board of Trustees

Margaret Guttshall
statewide/Wayne State University Board of Governors

Michael William Merriweather
statewide/Wayne State University Board of Governors

Lloyd Clarke
State Senator/District 32 [Gratiot & Saginaw Counties]

Pete Van Jr.
State Representative/District 088 [Allegan County]

Nominated Earlier at County Caucuses
James Wolbrink
State Senator/District 05 [Wayne County]

Richard T. Kuszmar
State Senator/District 09 [Macomb County]

Kyle McBee
State Senator/District 13 [Oakland County]

William J. Opalicky
State Senator/District 14 [Oakland County]

Kristen Hamel
State Rep/District 001 [Wayne County]

Fred D. Vitale
State Rep/District 003 [Wayne County]

Derek M. Grigsby
State Rep/District 007 [Wayne County]

Pete Schermerhorn
Ann Arbor City Council/Ward 3 [Washtenaw County]

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bush's veto of stem cell research risky - Yahoo! News

As this article mentions, most Americans support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Then why does George Bush kowtow to a small minority of radical Christian fundamentalists on this issue?

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

March & Rally Tuesday July 18 at 5:00 pm

To all supporters of justice in Palestine and Lebanon:

Subject: Join March & Rally Tuesday July 18 at 5:00 pm From Warren & Oakman Marching to Rally at Dearborn City Hall. Call the White House and Congress

1) Please join the demonstration in solidarity with the peoples of Lebanon and Palestine on Tuesday July 18 at 5:00 pm starting at Warren & Oakman and marching to City Hall on Michigan and Schaefer. (Note the mass demo replaces our originally planned, and now cancelled, noon vigil on Wednesday.) Please join us on Tuesday July 18 at 5:00 PM at Warren Ave and Oakman Blvd.

2) Please call or fax the White House and Congress with your polite and succinct message and messages expressing your concerns, given the horrible events unfolding against people in Palestine and Lebanon. The White House numbers are:

202 456-1111; Fax 202 456-2461. Congressional Numbers are below.

Ask President Bush and Congressional rep's to rein in this current Israeli barbaric assault on Lebanon and Palestine. Stop US support to the continued ethnic cleansing and the apartheid-like collective punishment against Palestinians. Stop the assault by the 4th strongest army in the world against a mostly defenseless civilian population both in Lebanon and Palestine. We, American citizens, are paying the bill. How long will our complicity of silence continue, as these crimes are committed in our names, i.e. with our government's support? Call or fax the White House and Congress expressing your concerns. 202 456-1111; Fax 202 456-2461

Again, give your polite and succinct message and messages expressing your concerns. 202 456-1111; Fax 202 456-2461. Congressional Numbers are below.

Call White House & Your Congressman TODAY!

They say "We don't hear you complain, you must like what we are doing."

Let them all hear it loud and clear: President Bush's statement: "Israel has the right to defend itself" is the green light to wipe out entire families in Palestine and Lebanon. Mr. President, this is an outrage. These are war crimes Israel is committing against people in Palestine and Lebanon with our US government's complete support Tell the president and our rep's NOT IN MY NAME! Stop the killing; STOP ISRAEL'S WAR CRIMES!

Call the White House and your Congressman today.

Call or fax the White House with your polite and succinct message and messages expressing your concerns. 202 456-1111; Fax 202 456-2461

Debbie Stabenow: Phone, 202, 224-4822; Fax: 202 228-0325
Carl Levin: Phone 202 224-6221; Fax 202 224-1388

Michigan Reps' fax Contact Info:

Thaddeus McCotter (Livonia) Fax: 202-225-2667
Dale Kildee (Flint) Fax 202-225-6393
Mike Rogers (Lansing) Fax: 202-225-6281
Joe Knollenberg (Bloomfield Hills) Fax: 202-226-2356
Sander Levin (Southfield) 202-226-1033
Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick (Detroit, Grosse Pointes) Fax: 202-225-5730
John Conyers (Detroit) fax 202-225-0072
John Dingell (Dearborn) fax 202-226-0371

Friends of Palestine Office Michigan 313 945-9660

In Cooperation with Congress of Arab American Organizations of Michigan

UPDATE: DEARBORN ANTIWAR PROTEST: 10,000 unite for Lebanon

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Calling all Greens in SE MI

A Tri-County Caucus is being called for Wayne, Oakland
and Macomb County Greens for the purpose of nominating
candidates on the Green Party of Michigan ticket for
local offices. As a member of the Green Party of
Michigan you automatically have the right to vote for
any potential candidates. We urge you to consider
running for office as well. Please come and exercise
your rights as a party member.

The caucus will be held:

Saturday, July 15, 2006 from 1-4 pm at
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1950 Trumbull, Detroit
MI 48226
(across from old Tiger Stadium at Michigan and

Light refreshments will be offered. A small donation
will be requested to help defray costs.

For more info contact Lou Novak 313-623-4709

Monday, July 03, 2006

Ann Arbor Greens push divestment from Israel

The Ann Arbor News covers the Huron Valley Greens call for divestment from Israel. Some interesting quotes from former and current Green Party members on the Ann Arbor local.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Friday, June 16, 2006

I wonder what political party she's thinking of?!?

In this article on UAW convention responses to Ford's plan for Mexico, we read: "Wendy Thompson, the former president of UAW Local 235 in Hamtramck, cited Ford's plans to expand in Mexico as a reason to encourage more grassroots political activity among members. She said members needed to support more than just the Democratic Party."

Wendy has attended a few of the recent Detroit Green local meetings at Day House.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Water for Life, Part II Today

This series will explore water issues from a perspective of social justice and human rights. How will pollution and privatization of water further exacerbate social inequities and divisions, particularly in Detroit? We all depend on access to clean and safe water, both for recreation and survival. In a world where water is increasingly a commodity, to be bottled and sold, how do we protect and preserve water as a natural resource? How do we ensure that access to water is a human right for all, regardless of where you live or your ability to pay?"

Part II: June 13, 2006
Looking into Detroit's Past to Find Justice in the Future
What: Panel/public forum of experts on the Detroit water system
Where: Barth Hall, 4800 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Monday, June 12, 2006

Water rip offs!

Privatization is already costing the citizens of Detroit more money. This article in the Michigan Citizen details the increased costs of Water Department contracts with private companies. With little oversight by the council, Victor Mercado's Detroit Water and Sewerage Department spent over 12 times their budget. No wonder they want to ding Detroit customers for a 33% increase in sewerage rates.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Macomb County Greens meeting on Thursday.

The Macomb County Greens will be holding a meeting tomorrow. Macomb County residents are invited to kickoff the start of a Macomb County Green Party Local.

Thursday June 8, 2006 7pm-9pm
Motor City Jo's Coffee House
29200 Hoover {north of 12 mile}
Warren, MI

For more information, call
Richard {586} 264-1370

I hope to see you there!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Kevin Zeese Gets Second Party Nomination - Maryland Green Party

Kevin Zeese received the nomination of the Maryland Green Party for US Senate this last weekend. He has already received the nomination of the state Libertarian Party and expects to be nominated by the Populist Party as well. A long-time Drug Reform and Green Party activist, Zeese's strong anti-war position is finding support across the political spectrum. Please send support and donations to Kevin Zeese at

Friday, June 02, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

Last night Priscilla saw the fact-filled film on global warming, 'An Inconvenient Truth'. While it may seem hard to sit through a Keynote (MacOS version of PowerPoint) presentation by Al Gore on this subject, she highly recommends seeing it. It will open at the Royal Oak Main next Friday. Who wants to go?

Here's an interview with Al Gore from NPR.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Haditha Massacre

As the reports of the massacre of unarmed Iraqi civilians, including women and children, are investigated, it's hard not to compare this incident to the larger war. Just as the Marines involved appear to be driven by the death of one of their comrades, we appear to have been driven to war by the deaths of those on 9/11. The Marines in Haditha will face justice but will those who drove us into this unjustifiable war ever pay for their crimes?

Monday, May 15, 2006

Change in leadership in store for Green Party of Canada

Jim Harris, who has led the Canadian Green Party for the last three years is stepping down, and one of Canada's leading environmentalists, Elizabeth May will be running for the office. The description of the state of Canadian Greens is eerily similar to our situation here in the US and suggests a strategy we might adopt, a return to our environmental roots.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

It's a slow news day today,,,

... and Kinky Friedman submitting petitions to run for governor of Texas is a highlight.

In other, less fascinating news, I'd gladly sell my phone records
for a piece of that 70 Billion dollars.

Would you?

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Thirst - The Movie, tonight in Southfield

Please attend this showing of Thirst, the documentary about water privatization. Also being shown is the trailer for a new water film, Water Warriors. This film documents the water struggle in Highland Park.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Southfield Public Library Auditorium
26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield

The films will be followed by a discussion, lead by Jack Lessenberry.

The film presentation is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.

This screening is the first in a three part series of events focusing on the water crisis. Please keep the dates June 13 and July 11 open for the discussion panel and town hall events.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Labor Notes Conference opens today

The Labor Notes Conference: Building Solidarity From Below opens today in Dearborn at the Hyatt Regency near Fairlane Mall.

One highlight of the event is the Water Workers Fighting Privatization Meeting at 10:45 am Sunday May 7, in the Thomas room. Come meet with Wilfredo Romero, President of the water workers union in El Salvador, Detroit water workers, community activists, and film makers to compare our struggles and build coalitions to protect jobs and stop privatization of our water!

The Greens will be hosting a table at the conference. Stop by and say hello!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Over one million immigrants and supporters protest across US

In cities across the country, More than one million immigrants stayed away from work and school and marched in the streets. Responding to proposed legislation that would make many of them felons, the May Day action was called the "Day without immigrants" by its organizers. Photos and video from LA, Seattle, Chicago, Portland and New York. Coverage of the Detroit event can be found here and here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Zero Waste lecture on Thursday in Detroit

The Green Forum Presents a Free Lecture/Discussion on Zero Waste led by Brad van Guilder of the Ecology Center on 4-27-06 at 7pm at the Innate Healing Arts Center 18700 Woodward (south of 7 mile road} call me if you have questions Richard Kuszmar 586-264-1370

Monday, April 24, 2006

GPUS - Resolution To Pose Challenge To Two-Party System PASSES!

Originally proposed by Michigan and California, the Resolution To Pose Challenge To Two-Party System was passed overwhelmingly by the National Committee with a 63 Yes - 15 No - 8 Abstain vote count. This proposal, the latest attempt to bring the two tendencies of the GPUS together after the fractious 2004 Presidential election was authored, among others, by Michigan Green Karen Shelley. My thanks to her and all who have helped our party to move forward. GO WE GO!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Happy Earth Day!

IT'S EARTH DAY, go out and enjoy the Earth!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Immigrant Worker Protest, Friday Morning

Dear Friends,

20 Latino workers were dismissed/walked out of Lotus International Company. They were not paid overtime, faced discrimination and health and safety issues, and were forced into a pay decrease with a higher production rate. When they complained yesterday, they were fired and immediately replaced. They want to demand the overtime pay they are owed for several years of work, want their jobs back and want to maintain their higher level of pay.

Please join them at their picket line at 7am this Friday morning (April 21). We are meeting at La Sed at 6am (on the corner of Clark and Vernor in SW Detroit) to caravan to the company. You may join us at La Sed or meet us at the factory. The address is 6880 Commerce Blvd, Canton, MI 48187.

They want as much support as possible, but they also want to keep it enough on the down low so that the company will be surprised at their picket.

Please foward to your lists.

Latinos Unidos of Detroit

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

NY Times covers Wolverine Immigrant firings

Though there is no mention of Monday's demonstation outside of Wolverine Meat Packing in the Eastern Market, this article covers the issue of the workers there who were fired after attending the immgrants rights march in Detroit on March 28. That event drew almost 30,000 people according to eye witness reports. Mondays' action at Wolverine drew coverage from CNN radio and local news media, far exceeding the coverage for our local 3rd anniversary of the Iraq war march and rally. Is the immigrants rights issue of greater importance than the war? What do you think?

Monday, April 10, 2006

Green House Green Party Local Meeting

It's at Dr Bob's Starts at 8pm This Tuesday 4/11
18700 Woodward (East side of street)
3 blocks S of 7 Mile
Our Chairperson is Dr. Bob Wicke (another Dr. Bob)

All are welcome. The purpose of this local is to grow the party (outreach). This will be our second meeting. Your voice needs to be heard. Come Hungry. Inside of Dr. Bob's is The World Peace Cafe, the food's great. Best Vegentarian fare in Michigan!

Much love & peace,

Bill O'Palicky cell - 313-610-4095 - email (please call or email if you have questions)

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Federal court supports onerous 3rd party requirements

While admitting that a better way for 3rd parties to gain access to the ballot line is possible, a federal judge let stand a Pennsylvania requirement for petition signatures of at least 2% of the highest vote-getter's total in the previous election. In PA, this amounts to 67.070 signatures. Those of is who were around for our 2000 petition effort here in Michigan remember the amount of work and the level of organization it entailed. We even paid for some part of those signatures and carried that debt for a couple of election cycles. I understand the need to show a certain level of support before a political party gets on the ballot, but most state requirements are so burdensome as to be a barrier to entry to the political process.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Victory in Benton Harbor!

Thank you to all of the supporters of the justice struggle in Benton Harbor. The people made a stand for democracy and won. The city power structure in Benton Harbor, was dealt a blow in the struggle for justice on Monday. The trial of Rev. Pinkney was declared a mistrial. The jury was deadlocked after over 20 hours. The jury was convinced that further deliberations would be useless. It is possible that the prosecution may try the case again. Whatever they do -- we stand on this tremendous victory, our growing unity and clarity about what we're up against and the just world we can win, as we gcet ready for the next round of struggle.

Rev. Pinkney told supporters: "I am truly truly happy about the outcome of this trial. I was innocent from the start. I knew they were convinced they would convict we. I know they couldn't because they didn't have the goods.. I thank everyone for coming. This is not about me. It was a victory for the people. We have to teach people to stand up and fight. Fight for what's right. If I can do it, You can do it. This is a tremendous victory. Next step is that we have to take this across the country. First, make sure the Governor Granholm doesn't get back in there We have to connect. Start from Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek. Kalamazoo, and connect all the way down to Benton Harbor. She put the Judge in office. We can show we can stand up and fight.

Tat Parish, Reverend Pinkney's lawyer said: "That these 12 good people could not agree he was guilty vindicates our position in this case. It is possible that the prosecutor may try the case again. There was so much conflicting testimony from so many people who had so many conflicting motives in this case. The truth is thatc it is the sort of case where the dead skunk gets thrown up on the porch and it
is almost impossible to figure out among the many people testifying who is telling the truth and who is being influencing by what -- it is a political nightmare and one that no one's interests will be served by further ventures in a criminal court. It is over with it. It should be over with . I hope we don't have to retry it. Rev. Pinkney's views may not be popular. His views may not be popular. But the very unpopularity of his views make it important that they be expressed."

Messages to the Grass Roots

by Maureen D. Taylor, State Chair, MWRO

March 26, 2006--What does this describe? We are being picked off, neighborhood after neighborhood, by elected hoodlums who live like royalty at our expense. We are assaulted daily by an on-going campaign of misinformation spawned by major media hoodlums, and we are left at the end of the day with our hands trembling as we wonder where the truth is. We are exposed to stories every moment about the street hoodlums who openly violate the peace of the block, some of the violators dressed in Detroit Police uniforms. Women and children are in danger when out after dark. Seniors must get indoors before sundown. Both school children and school education are under attack. We can’t get an accounting of where the city finances have gone that put us in this dismal shape. We can’t get bulk pick up. The city suffers as the local government assigns private companies to operate those sites that made Detroit special, while the residents who work at those places have their benefits and salaries slashed to bare bones existence.

Water, a human right, is routinely disconnected at the homes of the disabled, the aged, the low income and the unemployed and the Water Dept. budget again in 2006-2007 assumes 45,000 more new addresses will be shut off. The reward for cutting off water to suffering Detroiters is to offer the Water Czar a $10,000 increase in his already inflated salary. Ten’s of thousands are without heat and lights at this moment. We have no health care, public transportation is unreliable, unemployment is up, welfare is fading, help is harder to find and the churches close early on Sundays. It looks like, it feels like, it smells like, it tastes like, it sounds like war…and it is!

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Sunday, March 26, 2006




Monday, March 27th
10:00 a.m.
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (1721 Junction St.)

For more information, call Juan at the MOSES Office at : 313-962-5290 X20








Let us miss one day of work today to ensure our freedom tomorrow

UPDATE: WDIV TV reports over 5000 marchers

CA Green Party US Senate candidates call for amnesty and equality.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Say No to Water Privatization.

As the World Water forum comes to a close on World Water Day, a statement from the forum calls on governments to maintain and improve access to water. The struggle between corporations and civil society over water will continue around the world regardless.

Other water related coverage include:
Farmers waste most of the worlds water, Youth show us the way and Water Wars continue in Detroit.

Monday, March 20, 2006


March 20, 2006
by Maureen D. Taylor, State Chair, MWRO
Several significant, progressive events took place this last week that deserve mention so that those of us who are discouraged can gain heart. As we approach the Easter season, a religious holiday that is important in the lives of many Detroiters, let us all pause and take stock of these things together.
First, a large group of responsible persons commemorated the third anniversary of the Iraq War. We are looking at 2,300 plus dead on this side, 17,000 plus injured on this side, and $200 billion spent so far on this side. My question??? Why are anti-war protests attended mostly by white Americans? People of color don’t care for government-sponsored carnage either, but are few in marches even in cities where people of color are the predominant force. What is this about…
Next, on Sunday, a large group of sad picketers marched in front of our former ‘favorite’ son’s home to declare our anger and angst at his recent signings as a new Council member. The visit to member Kwame Kenyatta house was sparked because of a series of errant votes he cast, including voting to purchase a new police tank, to privatize parts of the Detroit Zoo, and most saliently hurtful was his signature of a resolution increasing water rates when we needed him to maintain this bargaining chip. The Water Affordability Program was being discussed and we would have help greater leverage in forcing a serious review of this plan had he not buckled. What is this about…
Next, news has trickled out again about how much of a band of liars the Water Dept is and how much they HATE us all. On Bloody Friday, March 10, 2006, when some of the Detroit City Council flimflammed the community and forced a crooked water rate increase through, representatives from the Water Dept. were asked point blank, if there were plans to lay off water employees. All the water administrative staff persons, including that low-down, enemy of the people, Water Director Victor Mercado claimed there were no such plans. Members of the Water Union, Local 207, produced the letter they received on March 13, 2006, that lists the staff positions in the Water Dept. that are slated for early April layoffs. We are so-o-o-o disrespected, that today, the Detroit News has exposed the flash that the Mayor has asked Federal Court Judge Feikens to approve his request to spend $12 million more in new payments to existing water contractors for cost over-runs. A high part of that request includes $7.5 million mores for one of the Mayor’s “road-dogs,” and a low part of this new request will cover a $10,000 raise for the Water Director, Victor Mercado. “HEY, DETROIT WATER EMPLOYEES!!!” Can you say, “What the hell is this?” While you are losing your jobs, while these so-called tiny water increases are being used to fund appointed, non-union positions at the six-figure level, while 45,000 more Detroiters are already slated for shut-offs this year, we can’t hear your cries. What is this about…
Finally, this is the last week in the court hearing going on in racist Benton Harbor, where the corporate giant Whirlpool is crucifying a little country preacher, the Rev. Ed Pinkney, for standing against oppression. Whirlpool wants to build condominiums and golf courses but in order to do so, they must scare the Blacks and poor Whites out of their Benton Harbor homes so that they can have their way with the land. Rev. Pinkney is charged with paying three crack heads $5.00 each to vote in a past election, and every day this drama of justice gone awry is played on with the Judge making sure that the unskilled, unprepared prosecutor’s points are properly argued in front of the jury. We pray for Rev. Pinkney, especially since we contacted the three large Methodist Churches in that area asking that they help him…”No,” they said -- he was Baptist. Happy Holidays and remember what Dr. Martin Luther King said…”We are gonna go on, anyhow….”

Mayor's pal may get $8M deal ...

... "to ensure the orderly transition of responsibility." ?!?!?!?!

While some water and environmental activists charge that calls for 'free water' will lead to the takeover of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (ignoring the fact the the proposed Water Affordability Plan doesn't call for 'free water') this article gives us a better idea of the problems in DWSD. Overpaid administrators with ridiculous golden parachute contracts and overpriced contracts with a friend of the Mayor who happens to be sitting in jail.

I wonder if the $8 million dollar contract has any relationship to the $46,000 contribution to the Mayors campaign that the state is investigating?

What do you think?

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Support needed for arrested protester Monday

Dear Friends,

Yesterday a resistance action was held at the Federal Courthouse in Detroit in protest against the U.S. practice of torture and war making. As it turned out, those who were there experienced first-hand the very attitudes and behavior that we were there to protest.

At approximately 4 P.M four of us, including Connie Supan, Cher McKinzie, John Zettner, and I donned black ponchos and hoods and mounted milk cartons placed on the steps of the courthouse in order to present a visual image of the infamous photo taken at Abu Ghraib. Ron Dale also dressed as a detainee and a handful of supporters were also present. A large sign declaring the U.S. guilty of violating human rights was also part of the demonstration. As always, the National Lawyers' Guild provided great support.

From the get-go, the Federal marshals who "greeted" us were abusive and violent. After pulling the milk cartons out from under us, they proceeded to roughly push us off the steps repeatedly, knee us as we held our ground, and verbally taunt us. At one, point they threatened to take away Charlie Rooney's camera, telling him he is not allowed to photograph the building.

It was very disorienting to be hooded - just a very slight taste of what detainees must experience. While the five of us could not see what was going on around us, the shoves and verbal taunts painted a picture that reveals the fascistic direction in which we are headed. The federal marshals no longer have the power to arrest and, we surmise, that feeling frustrated by this fact resorted to violence as a way to exert their control. It was also the first time in a demo or action that I have witnessed authorities take such an explicitly political stand. when they demanded to know who our "leader" was, John responded by saying, "Not George Bush" to which one of the marshals responded, "He's MY leader." One of the marshals recently returned from Iraq and there was a great deal made of that. I wonder if a pro-war rally at the same site would receive the same treatment.

When the Federal authorities with the power to arrest arrived, John Zettner who was standing on the sidewalk was pushed UP the steps in order to justify his arrest. Although a number of Detroit Police officers were at the scene and had the authority to arrest us for being on the sidewalk, they chose not to arrest. At the time of his arrest, John was holding Cher's hand, and Cher felt him being pushed up. He was roughly handcuffed and taken to a car across the street. After his arrest, the rest of us continued to stand on the steps in solidarity with John with the expectation of being arrested and the marshals continued to push us off. At one point, Connie told them that we could sue them for their manhandling and they backed off (charges against the marshals may very well be filed). Surprisingly, they did not arrest the rest of us.

At about 6 P.M. we agreed to leave the site for one hour if the authorities agreed to process John within that time and simply issue him a ticket. Hence, we were shocked when John emerged from the McNamara Building where he was taken by Homeland Protective Serives and charged with creating a disturbance, resisting arrest, and assaulting an officer, ridiculous and erroneous charges, one of which carries a maximum sentence of one year. John's arraignment is scheduled for 10 A.M. Monday, March 20 at the Federal Courthouse and it is important that he have support.

Please, if you are free Monday, try to make it to the courthouse to support our friend who exemplifies the power of nonviolent resistance.

In Solidarity,

Kim Redigan
8460 Riverdale
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

When he announced the air strikes, President George Bush said, "We're a peaceful nation." Tony Blair echoed him: "We're a peaceful people."
So now we know. Pigs are horses. Girls are boys. War is peace.
- Arundhati Roy

Friday, March 17, 2006

Demonstration Against the War!

Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice: "Demonstration Against the War
3rd Anniversary of the Iraq War
Saturday, March 18.
Gather 4:30 PM at the Coleman Young Municipal Center,
Woodward and Jefferson Avenues in Detroit.
March at 5:30 PM up Woodward Ave. to Central United Methodist Church.
6 PM 'Musicians and Poets Against the War'
Cultural Presentation
2nd floor of Central United Methodist Church
(Woodward at Adams)
Call 313-680-5508 for more information"

UPDATE: Photos from the yesterday's demonstration are available here., not in the Detroit News or Free Press. Go figure!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

This is why we need a new political party!

Senator Russell Feingold has submitted a resolution to censure President Bush and his own party is opposing it!

Using the old 'I haven't read it yet' canard, leading Democratic Senators are declining to address the travesty of a US administration spying on its own citizens.

Sen Joe Lieberman says: "I'd prefer to see us solve the problem."

Well the first step to solving a problem is to admit we have one.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Messages to the Grass Roots

by Maureen D. Taylor, State Chair, MWRO

March 12, 2006--The first of several street demonstrations held at the homes of elected officials accused of gross harm and negligence to the community was held today at the residence of the infamous Monica Conyers, newly appointed to the Detroit City Council by the previous City Clerk, the convicted one -- Jackie Currie. The reason for this grassroots action is because Mrs. Conyers is one of the Council renegades who voted to raise the water rates last Friday in a coup d'�tat that hijacked parliamentary procedures that these elected officials always embrace.

This level of treachery is so critical, that no one in the grassroots community can stand idly by and not chastise those who engineered this assault on our already shaken quality of life. It was imperative to our well-being for these middle-class politicians to hold the line on this issue, until the Water Affordability Program was implemented which would save both the City and the suburbs from having to institute a rate increase. The City was reluctant, but willing to support the Program which would spread out water payments and allow even the destitute to pay without fear of being shut off. The six turncoats that voted to increase the rates sent a message…”we don’t care about the 45,000 who had water disconnected last year, and we are even less concerned about the 45,000 who are budgeted to have a similar fate this year!” There can be no other conclusion.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

March in Benton Harbor, Rally Against Injustice Everywhere!

Rally and March
March 11, 2006

Hopewell Church
796 Highland Ave., Benton Harbor

Sponsored by BANCO

Come to a rally and march to show support for Rev. Pinkney before his trial on trumped-up charges!

Protest the overturning of a valid recall election!

In Benton Harbor, Michigan, residents won a recall vote of a corrupt city commissioner through a successful campaign led by BANCO (Black Autonomy Network Community Organization). Then, in an attempt to circumvent the will of the people, the vote was overturned by a local judge. In a further outrage, community leader Rev. Edward Pinkney of BANCO was arrested on trumped-up charges of alleged vote fraud. He faces a possible sentence of twenty years. His trial is set for March 15. BANCO won't back down and we need your help. We can't let authorities disenfranchise voters and squash dissent in Benton Harbor, or anywhere.

Court witnesses are also needed during the trial.
March 15-17, 8:30am-5pm
Berrien County Courthouse
811 Port Street, St. Joseph

For more information and directions:

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Coca-Cola and Water - An Unsustainable Relationship

As the World Water Forum gets set to start on March 16 in Mexico, we find out that Coca-Cola is one of its leading sponsors. In a world with 1.2 billion people lacking access to clean drinking water, what is Coca-Cola's role in this issue? How much do you want to bet those 1.2 billion people have access to Coca-Cola?

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Living in the zoo???

While there is much to agree with in this recent coverage by Metro Times columnist Jack Lessenberry on the Detroit Zoo privatization, it fails to address 2 important issues: 1) the $4 million the state legislature and Mayor Kilpatrick used to force the City Councils hand and 2) the actual remark by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson that the Detroit City Council belonged in the zoo. For another take on the issue check out the Michigan Citizen here and here.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Charlevoix county special election results

"The results have been tabulated. After checking with both the county clerk and the Charlevoix Courier there is some confusion in the exact totals as of 11:00 pm. But the results are something close to:

John Haggard: 299
Ellis Boal: 47
Connie Saltonstall: 333.

If the above numbers hold, Connie won by a 49% plurality. There were 675 voters, which is 17.5% of the total of 3858 registered voters.

For comparison, the total voters in the November Republican primary between Josh Barnes and John Haggard was 776.

We will know the numbers more exactly by tomorrow morning, but the final result might be that Connie won an absolute majority.

Asked to comment by the Charlevoix Courier this evening I said something along the following lines:

* The result is a surprise to me. I thought John would win, and that I would do better.

* I congratulate Connie and wish her the best of luck.

* It was an interesting campaign, and an issues-oriented campaign, something that Charlevoix has not experienced in recent years.

* My candidacy contributed to the quality of the political discussion, as did the candidates' forum sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

* My vote total was well under 10%, compared to the 18% I gained in running for prosecutor in 2004 against a Republican.

* I can't think of any mistakes I made. Certainly I worked hard.

* When I was considering this run, seasoned political advisors said I would do better to run as an Independent not a Green. The results today seem to vindicate that advice. But I couldn't turn my back on the Green Party. It has values which speak for me and which I hope to instill in the community. The electorate is not prepared for them yet. We have always known our task is monumental. The only thing to do is to persevere. Some day our time will come.

In the next few weeks I will write a more complete summary.


Diary letters such as this one are collected on the 'diary' page at ."

Monday, February 27, 2006

Affordable water plan inches forward

This Michigan Citizen article brings us up to date on the Water Affordability Plan that the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization submitted to the Detroit City Council. DWSD Director Victor Mercado's objections and alternative are easily dismissed at a recent City Council hearing.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Why We Fight

You must see this film this weekend at the DIA.

Detroit City Council outlines demands for handover of zoo

Attempts by the Detroit City Council to prevent the balancing of the Zoo's budget on the backs of Zoo employees and Detroit's citizens seems to have failed. This article suggests the Council will no longer require the continuation of union contracts but will hold the non-profit operating company to maintaining a diverse workforce and minority vendors.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Democrats Push Bill That Would Bar Third Parties in Races for Congress

Green Party Action Center


*Democrats Push Bill That Would Bar Third Parties in Races for Congress*

02.09.2006 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Panic and retaliation among progressive Democrats over Green challenges are behind HR 4694, say Greens, citing the bill's prohibitive petition requirements, ban on private contributions; Greens call the bill patently unconstitutional.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Gay couples seek marriage licenses on Valentines Day.

For the fourth year in a row men and women wshing to marry a partner of the same gender appeared at Oakland County Clerk's office requesting marriage licenses. They were denied and given a copy of the Michigan law that institutionalizes this discrimination.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

A million gallons here and a million gallons there and pretty soon we're talking about real Great Lakes diversions.

While I welcome any legislation that protects Great Lakes water, these laws contain
loopholes that make a mockery of their intent.

From a Michigan Environmental Council press release:

"Those who plan to start withdrawing more than 5 million gallons a day from the Great Lakes or 2 million gallons a day from inland waterways or groundwater must qualify for a permit."

"The bills require legislative approval for diversions of water in containers larger than 5.7 gallons, although they exempt containers smaller than 5.7 gallons from being considered a diversion."

This compromise, which says bottled water not a diversion is a sell-out!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Public Funding of Congressional Campaigns used to limit democracy

Ballot Access News covers HR 4694, a Democratic bill that would direct public funding to the congressional campaigns of major parties and limit the same to third party candidates. Anyone suggesting that the Green Party should learn to work with the Democratic Party should take a look at this bill.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Who owns Great Lakes water?

While I prefer to think of the citizens of Michigan as stewards of the Great Lakes rather than owners, this article says much that I agree with. Apparently, Rep. Brandenberg does not speak for the Republican majority in our state legislature, as they have refused to address the issue of water, stating they prefer to wait for a survey of Michigan's water resources before proceeding. Go figure.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Super Bowl City

Friday, February 03, 2006

With friends like this...

This article: The Islamization of The Green Party, starts with a Nazi reference, twists the GPUS resolution calling for divestment from Israel into a call for the destruction of Israel and even stoops to name calling, labelling Green Party members as 'Freaks'. But that isn't the low point. It then quotes New York Green Lorna Salzman as saying "the US Green Party has given aid and comfort to both anti-Semites and terrorist organizations"

Many of the criticisms are easily dismissed. Other GPUS resolutions have decried the violence carried out in the name of Palestinian rights. The resolution passed overwhelmingly and its passing followed the same rules and by-laws all other resolutions were subject to. The majority of the piece is an attempt to imply guilt by association, a seemingly quite common method of discrediting those who dare to criticize Israel and its policies. You remember the Nazis, right?

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Greens Respond to 2006 State of the Union Speech

The Green Party of the United States has made aavailable video news releases in response to last nights SOTUS. They cover:

#1 Iraq War & Impeachment - Byron DeLear
Massive deception behind the Iraq invasion & occupation; Immediate withdrawal of US troops; Bush Administration lawlessness: warrantless spying on US citizens, etc.; Retreat of Dems: Sen. Clinton; Pro-war Gov. Kaine's rebuttal for the Dems; Call for impeachment of Bush & Cheney

#2 Health care - Marakay Rogers
Failure of Bush's prescription drug bill: chaos in the states; Call for national health insurance

#3 Energy and Global Warming - Rich Whitney
Threat of global warming: evident with Katrina; Real US security: measures against global warming; ending oil addiction; National & state solutions: alternative energy sources

#4 Democracy & Local Issues - Renée Bowser
Greens running for & holding local office; Bush administration attacks on the social safety net; Addressing local issues: education, housing, basic human rights; DC statehood: a civil rights issue

#5 The Green Party - Rebecca Rotzler
The Green alternative: party for the 21st century; US democracy in danger (mention 2004 election irregularities & Green response); Comparison of GP with the 2 parties: Rep. Pelosi offers no criticism of Iraq War & refuses to mention national health insurance; Dems line up behind Alito; Dems favor eminent domain decision), No interesting ideas; GP candidates; Register Green, vote Green


Activist Cindy Sheehan Arrested at Capitol

The overlooked news from last night's State of the Union Address (as we all know that America is addicted to oil) is that anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested and removed from the gallery of the House before the President's speech. Her crime: wearing an anti-war t-shirt.

Here's the story from Cindy.

UPDATE:Capitol Police apologize to Cindy and drop the charges of illegally wearing a t-shirt.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Call Senator Levin and tell him to support the Alito filibuster.

Senator Carl Levin [MI]
Washington, 202-224-6221 (phone), 202-224-1388 (fax)
Grand Rapids, 616-456-2531 (phone), 616-456-5147 (fax)
Saginaw, 989-754-2494 (phone), 989-754-2920 (fax)
Escanaba, 906-789-0052 (phone), 906-789-0015 (fax)
Traverse City, 231-947-9569 (phone), 231-947-9518 (fax)
Lansing, 517-377-1508 (phone), 517-377-1506 (fax)
Warren, 586-573-9145 (phone), 586-573-8260 (fax)
Detroit, 313-226-6020 (phone), 313-226-6948 (fax)

Oppose Alito

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Sides agree in water dispute

In what is being called a temporary compromise, Nestle and Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation have arrived at an agreement to limit the water withdrawals at Nestle's Mecosta County bottling plant. Meanwhile, MCWC is appealing the ruling of the Michigan Court of Appeals that allowed Nestle to continue its operations.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

~RELEASE~ Post-Address Statement by the Green Party of Michigan (After Granholm “State of the State” & Republican Reply)

Ecological Wisdom * Social Justice
Grassroots Democracy * Non-Violence

Green Party of Michigan

** News Release **
January 25, 2006

For More Information, Contact:
Sylvia Inwood, Chair/Green Party of Michigan

John Anthony La Pietra, Media Committee/GPMI

[for future reference, please send correct/current
contact information (e-mail, fax #, contact person)
to jalp@...]

Post-Address Statement by the Green Party of Michigan
(After Granholm “State of the State” & Republican Reply)

The people of Michigan know the state of our state. Folks need
jobs good enough to sustain a good economy. They yearn for integrity,
for deep change in how the system operates . . . and for whom. They
want to vote for something more than the lesser of two evils – or the
bigger of two corporate tax cuts. Michigan needs a party *of* the
people – a party inspired *by* the people – a party working *for* the

But a party can’t be *for* real people and working families if it’s
parked in the deep pockets of corporations that see human beings as just
another kind of profit center. A party can’t be *for* small farmers and
consumers if it feeds at the trough of agribusiness and factory-farm
special interests. A party can’t be *for* the little people if it’s
hooked on big money. A party has to choose sides.

We’re on *your* side. We’re the Green Party of Michigan.

Greens believe healthy people and a healthy economy go hand in
hand. Statewide universal health care boost our economy more than
throwing billions of tax dollars at big corporations whose purpose is
creating profits for themselves, not jobs for us. Healthier people can
raise up a healthier economy: energy-efficiency, renewable energy, fuel
economy, organic and sustainable agriculture . . . instead of
genetically modified organisms and the espionage-industrial complex.

Greens understand that true progress in education in Michigan
requires a commitment to deal with the poverty which stands between our
students and their birthright of knowledge. We oppose the gross
inequities of current state education funding. And we resist unfunded
Federal mandates that leave no child classtime for learning creative
thinking and cognitive skills . . . or privacy from high-pressure
military recruiting.

Greens say the people’s votes and voices should speak louder than
special-interest money and privilege. We’ve been working to clean up
vote fraud in Detroit . . . to defend community organizers in Benton
Harbor against trumped-up charges . . . to bring trustworthy voting
equipment and election systems to Michigan, and make sure all votes in
Michigan count – and are counted. That can bring fair elections – where
all people have a chance to run (and win), and a reason to vote.
Elections must be clean, too. Greens call for fair and equal public
financing of all campaigns – so candidates have to pay attention to
those of us who vote with our ballots, not our checkbooks. Until that
happens, we’ll go on asking our candidates to reject all PAC money.

Greens remember how Attorney General Granholm once advised a
governor about the need to protect the people’s water rights. But
Governor Granholm has ignored her own advice. All we’ve got to show for
it is a lame proposal on out-of-state water diversions . . . diverting
attention from the need for serious protection against cut-offs,
contamination, or commercialization.

Greens recognize that giving taxpayer money to corporations doesn't
create more jobs, just more profits. Still, both big parties stick with
the same failed strategy. The same money, invested directly in the
people’s business, could create 10,000 state jobs. But the people’s
business gets left undone.

Greens across Michigan – maybe in your community, maybe even on
your local City Council or school board – will keep doing that work.
Fighting discrimination and injustice (yes, they still exist).
Protecting citizens’ rights to peace, privacy, passive resistance
against illegal arrest . . . and polling places with plenty of working,
verifiable (and accessible!) voting machines. Making sure corporate
profiteers know that the water of the Great Lakes State is not a
commodity for sale, but a precious resource that belongs to the people.
Restoring trust in state government – starting with enforcement and
reinforcement of campaign-finance, disclosure, and ethics laws.

The future of Michigan can be a healthy, sustainable economy . . .
a healthy, open democracy . . . a healthy, free people. That future
belongs to the people of Michigan. Let’s go get it – let’s build it –

The Green Party of Michigan. We’re on *your* side.

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issues and values, or to find out how you can see the Greens’
pre-recorded video response to the “State of the State”, visit:

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Social Justice
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Green Party of Canada

Here's some of the official Green Party vote counts in yesterday's Canadian election:

Percentage nationally: 4.5%
Number of votes: 665,940

Best province: Alberta, 6.6%
Best riding (percentage): Bruce--Grey--Owen Sound, 12.9%
Best riding (number of votes): Ottawa Centre, 6,766 votes

Best riding percentage-wise in:

* Newfoundland and Labrador: Random--Burin--St. George's, 1.4%
* Prince Edward Island: Egmont, 5.2%
* Nova Scotia: Halifax, 5.2%
* New Brunswick: Madawaska--Restigouche, 3.3%
* Quebec: Westmount--Ville-Marie, 8.3%
* Ontario: Bruce--Grey--Owen Sound, 12.9%
* Manitoba: Winnipeg Centre, 7.0%
* Saskatchewan: Souris--Moose Mountain, 5.2%
* Alberta: Calgary Centre-North, 11.8%
* British Columbia: British Columbia Southern Interior, 11.3%
* Territories: Nunavut, 5.9%

more detailed results from the Elections Canada website, including a tab-delimited file for anyones use.

Now that's a real tool of participatory democracy. I can color my map of Canada any shade of green I like.

And here's a letter to the editor of the Toronto Star decrying the first-past-the-post election system we share with Canada. It makes a great point and I wouldn't doubt that the editors removed the mention of IRV that follows from it.