We are the Muskegon Area local chapter of the Green Party of Michigan, 

representing for the Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Ottawa county communities.

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21
JULY
2021

The Muskegon Greens push for RCV

  Most Americans feel the need for more than two political parties.  Every Michigander believes in fair elections.  For the latter, many solutions have been presented as an alternative to our current unfair and biased election system.  

  After much deliberation over the last several years, the Muskegon Greens have officially endorsed Ranked Choice Voting as a means to bring about a system designed to represent all people, not just Republicans and Democrats.

  Enter Rank MI Vote, a non-profit organization focused on bringing Ranked Choice Voting to Michigan and the Freed Peoples, a group which seeks to actively build political power and bring communities of color to the political decision making table.  It's encouraging to recognize so many cities and states have considered, proposed and voted to try it, including the city of Lansing.

  The Muskegon Greens have joined the fight for fairness with Rank MI Vote and the Freed Peoples!  Just this week, letters requesting an RCV ballot proposal were delivered to each member of the City of Muskegon City council in our first phase of a push to bring RCV to the table.

  But we will need your help.  If approved, Rank MI Vote, the Freed Peoples and the Muskegon Greens will be out and about gathering petition signatures all over the lakeshore.  So when you see us, don't hesitate to come over and say, "hello" and sign your name!

  Not so sure?  Take some time to find out more about RCV!  Click the link below!

Jean-Michel Creviere

Green Party of Michigan/Muskegon Greens

The Muskegon Greens are excited to announce, Jean-Michel Creviere has announced his candidacy for the 2nd congressional district for the State of Michigan! Follow, support and share!

https://creviere4congress.mobirisesite.com/

 

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The GreenLight Action Team!

Light up the darkness!

 As a Third Party in the U.S., the Green Party has always been at a disadvantage when it comes to spreading our progressive message.  We don't take corporate funded resources like the two major parties as we believe it invites corruption.  Which means, we have to rely on unconventional ways to fight for our communities.  Presenting, The Greenlight Action Team!

What is the Muskegon Greens GreenLight Action Team?   Well, we like to think of it as guerilla activism from the shadows.  We’re looking for volunteers for this direct-action strategy designed to be done at night for maximum effect!  A bold form of protest and impossible to ignore!  Are you in?  

 News from our State Green Party!

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A Draft Statement on Afghanistan

From Green Party of Michigan Co-Chair  Tom Mair

 

A plea for peace...

  The USA must step-up and offer relief... set-up a system for moving those who request help to a safe refuge camp.

Supply food & medicine w plenty of PPE .

Make a public effort to give safety to women & children .

Sit-down and talk to the Taliban... hold peace talks .

 

the situation is dire... the world must prepare for Afghanistan to be in/at civil war. 

25
AUG
2021

Green Party of Michigan Summer 
State Membership Meeting

 The Green Party of Michigan has scheduled a Summer State Membership Meeting for August 14, 2021 at 9am-5pm.  Location, agenda and livestream links for the public will be announced as soon as that information becomes available.

News from our National Green Party!

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 Statement on the U.S. Occupation of Afghanistan-Green Party of the United States

The Green Party of the United States deplores the waste of lives and treasure involved in America’s longest overseas war. Nearly 200,000 Afghans dead, almost 2,500 U.S. servicemen and women killed, trillions of dollars in American taxpayers’ money and twenty years of lost opportunities for building a more equitable and just society at home – all for nothing. Predictably, the mainstream media is having a field day with the tragic events unfolding in Afghanistan over the past week, but there’s one fact you’ll never, ever hear from them. The Green Party of the United States, back in 2001, got it right: we said no to war.

The twenty-year conflict should be called “The Big Lie.” One of the most outrageous falsehoods the government and its media allies have constantly peddled is the American government is the arch-enemy of terrorism. Yet from 1979 to 1989, the CIA’s Cold War project Operation Cyclone armed and funded the Mujahideen to overthrow the Afghan government and, later, to also drive out the USSR military intervention. Many members of the Mujahideen, a predominantly fundamentalist movement, would later join the Taliban. The U.S. Government later provided $43 million to the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan government as part of the "War on Drugs": Robert Scheer wrote about it four months before 9/11 happened. To the U.S. military, terrorism is a good thing – as long as its targets are Washington’s perceived enemies.

Another lie is that the U.S. government has been a stalwart defender of human rights, when in fact it has consistently violated human rights, both by instigating a war of aggression in the first place and by its actions throughout the occupation. We know it was a war of aggression in the case of Afghanistan because, before the first bombs fell, the Taliban offered to turn Osama bin Laden over to the U.S. if Washington provided proof of his involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Although the U.S. government provided this proof to other NATO countries, it refused to give it to the Taliban. Even after the bombing started, the Taliban offered to turn over Bin Laden to a third country for trial. President Bush “sternly” rejected this offer, and so what should have been the prosecution of a criminal matter led to war, occupation and innumerable deaths, including civilians slaughtered at weddings and other public celebrations. 

One of the worst atrocities of all was the horrendous bombing by a U.S. gunship, in the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz in October 2015, of a trauma center run by the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders. In this unprovoked attack – a war crime – a total of 42 doctors, staff members and patients were killed and dozens injured. The U.S. military, after initially claiming the Afghan army had requested the airstrike, suddenly changed its story, falsely blaming the attack on multiple leadership and communications failures, even though the hospital gave the coalition its location only a few days before.

One of the main pretexts for the war that the government has constantly cited is that the U.S. presence was necessary to defend Afghan civilians, particularly women and girls, from the misogynistic, tyrannical Taliban. Putting aside the fact that it was for Afghanistan’s rich resources (as even the mainstream media sometimes admits), rather than to “save” Afghan women, that the U.S. government chose to invade in the first place, there’s no question that for some women, particularly those in cities, life under U.S. occupation was somewhat safer than it had been under Taliban rule. However, gains for women during the last twenty years were consistently and wildly exaggerated. In 2011 – the midpoint of the occupation – a poll of over 200 human rights workers revealed Afghanistan was still the worst place in the world to be a woman. At that time (as cited in the same article), 87 percent of Afghan women were still illiterate, and more women faced the risk of violence than anywhere else on earth, including threats for going to work or school, rape, domestic violence, “honor” killings and child marriages at a rate of 70 to 80 percent of the young female population.

Throughout the war, the U.S. military consistently turned a blind eye to Afghan officials and warlords who sexually abused civilians, including underage girls and boys – and the military punished those in its ranks who acted or spoke out against the abusers. Nor was the U.S.-supported Afghan government of any help. In a number of cases, when young women, citing a 2009 law outlawing violence against women, brought charges against Afghan men who raped them, the victims were forced by mediators to marry their rapists.

Finally, a direct result of the twenty-year war and the overall “War on Terror” that the conflict sparked has been an unprecedented erosion of civil liberties here at home. Before 9/11, most Americans would never have dreamt they would ever be subject to 24/7 surveillance by their government, something that previously only internal spying agencies of overtly autocratic governments, like the East German Stasi, had been accused of doing. But after the revelations of Edward Snowden – who said the NSA “are intent on making every conversation and every form of behavior in the world known to them” – we discovered such surveillance was not only possible, but an accomplished fact.

The war was a bipartisan project. Only one person of either mainstream party in both houses of Congress, U.S. House Representative Barbara Lee, voted against the original authorization for war. (Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders both voted with the rest, in favor of it.) If Green Party politicians had been in Congress at that time, there would have been an entire party standing for peace and against the invasion, rather than just a single dissenting figure within one of the two War Parties.

“We are the only party that advocates non-violence as a core value, in our Ten Key Values, enumerated in our platform,” said Edwin DeJesus, Green Party candidate for New York City Council. “This means that the Greens are fully committed to finding creative ways to resolve international conflicts peacefully. It also means Green politicians, unlike both Republicans and Democrats, are not in the pockets of military contractors like Raytheon – the only real winners of this war – because we refuse all campaign contributions from them, or from corporate donors of any kind.”

The most frightening aspect of the events of the past week is the U.S. government has learned nothing from this disaster. In recent years, the Pentagon has been clearly planning to go to war eventually with Iran, with North Korea, or even with China or Russia (or both together) – this, despite the fact that the most clear-cut victory the American military achieved in the last hundred years was at the end of World War II. After the defeat in Afghanistan, such irresponsible talk will surely not only continue, but will likely increase in volume and aggression. In such an insane political culture, a party that consistently advocates for peace – for sanity and humanity – is absolutely necessary.

Most importantly, the American people need a party that will put human needs, not corporate profits, first. Over the past twenty years, while the American political establishment has obsessed over external foes like the Taliban, the greatest threat to human life and civilization, climate change, has been allowed to proceed unchecked. Our survival depends on disrupting the rule of institutions like the Democratic and Republican parties, which have proven time and again they can’t be trusted. It depends, above all, on a total paradigm shift that values the health and integrity of communities over the will of wealthy and powerful individuals.

It’s time for the Green Party.

16
AUG
2021

CCC Webinar: EcoAction for Candidates 8/24

Please join a webinar on August 24th at 9 PM EST with the EcoAction Committee to learn about ways Green Party candidates can raise ecological issues such as the Green New Deal, clean air and water, public power, sustainability, and more in your elections. Learn about some campaign resources presently available and help identify needs for new ones. Make recommendations as to ways the committee might help (sample press releases, coordinated action days on various EcoAction issues).

Speakers include Mark Dunlea, Co-Chair of EcoAction and national campaign manager for Jill Stein for President in 2016 and GP candidate in 2018 for NYS Comptroller on the divestment issue; Maureen Doyle, a member of her town’s local conservation commission in Massachusetts, who will discuss how to raise the climate issue locally; and, Tony Ndege, former national co-chair of GPUS from North Carolina, who will speak on environmental racism and social justice issues and campaigning for public ownership of energy, utilities etc.

RSVP below. The call-in details will be emailed automatically to the address we have on file for you. Please also check your spam and promotions folder.  If you do not receive the email shortly after RSVPing, please contact ccc@gp.org for the call information.

Please contact dunleamark@aol.com if you have suggestions for what EcoAction should cover in their presentation or would like help from EcoAction.

  • August 16, 2021 at 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Holly Hart
    ccc@gp.org
    319-331-9616
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“#NoNewJails — Nationwide!” 
 
Green Party of the United States Endorses #NoNewJails, Calls on All State Parties and Candidates to Support  

 WASHINGTON — The Green Party of the United States National Committee has voted overwhelmingly to endorse the “#NoNewJails” movement and support campaigns for prison abolition as a means to end mass incarceration.  

For Immediate Release: Monday, July 26, 2021 Contact: Michael O’Neil, Communications Manager, meo@gp.org, 202-804-2758 Diana Brown, Co-chair, Media Committee, media@gp.org, 202-804-2758 Philena Farley, Co-chair, Media Committee, media@gp.org, 202-804-2758

#NoNewJails began in 2018 in New York City as a campaign to shut down the Rikers Island jail complex and prevent its replacement with new jails throughout the Five Boroughs. That effort has inspired similar campaigns across the United States, with the hashtag “#NoNewJails” cropping up in California, Michigan, Louisiana, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

“The organizers of #NoNewJails understand money spent on incarcerating people must be reinvested in supporting black and brown communities that have, historically, been disproportionately incarcerated and abused by over-policing” said Darryl! Moch, Co-Chair of the Green Party’s National Black Caucus. “That is 100% aligned with the Green Party’s platform.”

“This shameful carceral state has achieved the highest incarceration rate in the world” said Trahern Crews, National Black Caucus Co-Chair. “We must dismantle this policy that brutalizes everyday people and does little — if anything — to keep our communities safe. Instead, let’s invest in positive alternatives to carceral punishment that build hope, responsibility and a sense of belonging,” said Crews.

The National Black Caucus and the Ohio Green Party co-sponsored the proposal to endorse #NoNewJails before the party’s National Committee. With the national endorsement, the Green Party will call on affiliated state parties, local organizations and candidates to support #NoNewJails efforts in their communities.

“We hope to see #NoNewJails in the platforms of Green candidates at every level,” said Philena Farley, who serves on the National Black Caucus’ Executive Committee and as Co-Chair of the Ohio Green Party. “We will make resources available to our candidates and organizers to assist their working in solidarity with #NoNewJails and do our part to win this fight,” said Farley.

Green Party Decries Biden’s Retreat on Climate in Infrastructure Stimulus, Line 3 Pipeline

Green Party of the United States
www.gp.org

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Contact:

Michael O’Neil, Communications Manager, meo@gp.org, 202-804-2758
Diana C. Brown, Co-chair, Media Committee, media@gp.org, 202-804-2758
Philena Farley, Co-chair, Media Committee, media@gp.org, 202-804-2758

WASHINGTON — The Green Party of the United States faults President Biden for putting the interests of Republicans and fossil fuel donors ahead of saving life on the planet in the new infrastructure stimulus legislation, largely excluding climate action in the deal.

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