The Muskegon Green Party

Step out of your comfort zone!

Before the 2020 presidential election, you were told that democracy was on the ballot.  You were told that the Democrats and Republicans, would protect women, people of color, the working class, and the environment.  Two years later, before the midterms, you were given the exact same messaging.  It’s been two full years.  Positive change is at a premium.  Your return on investment?Inflation.  Soft wages and a continued pay gap.  A continued student loan crisis.  Unaffordable healthcare.  Unaffordable housing.  Layoffs.  Record corporate profits.  

And The list goes on.  We have the money and resources, but the priorities of the duopoly is the problem.  You must believe that you deserve better than what Democrats or Republicans are able or willing to provide.  This is an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone.  An opportunity to become a part of the decision making process to actually try and bring about transformative change.  And you can start today!

 

 

Our Four Pillars

The Four Pillars: non-violence, ecological wisdom, social justice and grassroots democracy, are the value basis of the Green Party. Along with an additional six statements, they form the heart of our platform in our Ten Key Values.

Peace and Non-Violence

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.

Social Justice

Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

Ecological Wisdom

All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.


 

Grassroots Democracy

Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect his or her life and should not be subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.


 

Why should you register Green?

GREEN PARTY? NEVER HEARD OF THEM!

  Unfortunately, it's a phrase we hear much too often, even though the Green Party has been around since the 1980's. Why is it, so many voters remain unfamiliar with our organization and platform? For many years, the Green Party has been consistently marginalized, misrepresented and bullied by the two major U.S. political parties. In a true democracy, this would never be accepted as the norm.  

  With the climate in politics being nastier and more divided than ever, the people of the lakeshore, the state of Michigan and across the country have expressed a need for more political choices.  We're here to fill that void. Think of registering to vote as a Green, as a commitment to building an institution to fight for a world the two major parties either can't, or won't provide. The more people who register Green, the stronger the Green Party becomes, and the more all parties will take Green issues and Green voters seriously.

 

  Registering Green does not limit your voting options in general elections. Party afiliation doesn't begin and end with one election.  Registering to vote or changing your party registration can be done online at vote.gov.  In states with "open" primaries, registering Green also does not limit your voting options in the primary election.  In states with "closed" primaries, however, if you register Green you will only be able to vote in Green primaries. Make sure to check with your Board of Elections.

  The Green Party represents most Americans' views on issues like healthcare, the wage gap, a healthy environment, campaign finance reform, corporate power, renewable energy and so much more!  Read the Green Party Platform, then, click on the pic below and Register!  AND DON'T FORGET TO TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

GREEN PARTY PLATFORM

  Don't live in Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana or Ottawa Counties?  No worries! Give us your contact info and we'll connect you to the Green Party group nearest you!


Our Agenda for 2023!

...Depends on you!

We need your input!  You can determine the direction our movement takes!  What local issues do you think we should tackle in 2023?  Minimum wage?  Clean water? Education?  Police reform?  Social issues?  Voting issues?  Let's start  organizing!  

 

 

About us!

A brief history

Born from the powerful, yet short-lived Occupy Muskegon Movement, the Muskegon Green Party is the natural evolution of the growing, forward-thinking influence in our communities.

  The eventual dissolution of Occupy Muskegon, left behind a small group of progressive minded people with the desire and drive to direct positive change on the lakeshore.

  A select few, disillusioned with the two major parties' dirty methods, became familiar with green politics.  A subsequent meeting with the Green Party of Michigan, planted the seeds to what has become the Muskegon Green Party!

  Since then, the Muskegon Greens have grown from only a handful to almost 65 members.  Will you be next?  Join us now and help us continue our mission!

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

About the Green Party

Why do Greens only run every 4 years?
 

We run in every election every year because it is required to keep our national party status and to maintain ballot access.

2022: 155 Races in 2022

           33 Victories in 2022

2021: 115 Races  

          53 Victories in 2021

2020: 210 races

2019: 132 races

2018: 296 races

2017: 196 races

2016: 310 races

2015: 128 races


 

Candidate database:

GPUS Elections Database (gpelections.org)


 

President & VP Nominees

1996: Ralph Nader & Winona LaDuke

2000: Ralph Nader & Winona LaDuke

2004: David Cobb & Pat LaMarche

2008: Cynthia McKinney & Rosa Clemente

2012: Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala

2016: Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka

2020: Howie Hawkins & Angela Walker

2024: ???



 

Why should I vote third party?


The two major parties are beholden to corporations not people. We need to fix our broken system and prioritize People, Planet, and Peace Over Profit! #MoneyOutOfPolitics

https://www.gp.org/fix_our_broken_system



 

We stand for

#M4A #LivingWage #HousingJustice #EqualityForAll #WorkersRights #LGBTQRights #WomensRights #VeteransRights #CitizenshipForAll #Decolonize #DefundWar #GND

https://www.gp.org/we_stand



 

But Greens never win...

 

At least 135 Greens hold elected office in 19 states across the United States as of November 8, 2022 elections,  according to these criteria of who qualifies for inclusion in this list.  Below are 124 Greens currently serving in elected office, who were elected to those offices. Another four have been appointed to elected office, and seven more joined the Green Party after being elected.


Since 1985, Greens have won at least 1375 races, including at least 164 partisan races.

GPUS Elections Database (gpelections.org)

 

 

What is the Green New Deal?

 

The Green New Deal is a four part program for moving America quickly out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. Inspired by the New Deal programs that helped us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Green New Deal will provide similar relief and create an economy that makes our communities sustainable, healthy and just.

https://www.gp.org/gnd_full

 

What's your Strategic Plan?

Our goal is to enact policies that prioritize people, planet, and peace. We will empower communities, mobilize for system change, and replace all legislators that refuse to listen.


 

We will focus on four main goals:

1. Increase membership and diversity. #Outreach

2. Run and elect more candidates. #GreenWarriors 

3. Achieve more positive awareness of the party. #PeoplePlanetPeace

4. More effective issue advocacy and policy development. #Empower


https://www.gp.org/strategic_plan



 

How do I get involved?


Please join your state party at: www.migreenparty.org/membership

Or, if you live in Muskegon, Ocean, Ottawa or Newaygo counties in Michigan, join us directly at: www.muskgp.org/join-the-team

Or get appointed to a national committee www.gpus.org/committees


 

We value your input!

We are currently in the proocess of setting our agenda for 2023 and would love to hear what issues you think we should be focusing on.  So, send us an email or text or follow us on and comment on social media.  We'll get back to you asap!