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

serving the Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Ottawa county communities.

OUR 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 progessive 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

  1. What does Grassroots Democracy mean?  All human beings must be allowed a say in decisions that affect their lives; no one should be subject to the will of another. We work to improve public participation in every aspect of government and seek to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We also work to create new types of political organizations that expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in decision-making. Everyone deserves the opportunity to influence the governmental decisions that affect them. But the defining characteristics of modern politics in the United States are a corrupt campaign finance system that enables corporate and wealthy elites to purchase political outcomes; and an abundance of anti-democratic electoral, ballot access and debate rules designed to minimize participation and choice.  The failure to fulfill the promise of democracy leaves millions of people in our country too discouraged to vote, and others who chose to vote seemingly trapped among false and limited choices. A system that promotes full and fair representation would draw millions of people in the United States into civic life and could revive democracy in this country. - from the Green Party platform
  2. There's been so much talk about Single-Payer Medicare for All, but how are we going to pay for it? We support single-payer universal health care and preventive care for all. We believe that health care is a right, not a privilege. Our current health care system allows tens of thousands of people to die each year by excluding them from adequate care, while its exorbitant costs are crippling our economy.  If every major industrialized nation can make health care a right, provide universal coverage to all, achieve far better health outcomes in terms of life expectancy and infant mortality, while spending far less per capita than we do, it is absurd to suggest the United States of America, the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, cannot do the same.  Below are several ideas for funding this essential plan.                                             *7.5 percent income-based premium paid by employers.  Revenue raised: $3.9 trillion over ten years.                                                                                     *4 percent income-based premium paid by households. Revenue raised: $3.5 trillion over ten years.                                                                                   *Savings from Health Tax Expenditures.  Revenue raised: $249 billion over ten years.               *Establish a Wealth Tax on the Top 0.1 percent.  Revenue raised: $1.3 triilion over ten years.     *Close the Gingrich-Edwards Loophole and Create Parity for Wealthy Business Owners. Revenue raised: $247 billion over ten years.                   *Impose a one-time tax on currently held offshore profits.  Revenue raised: $767 billion over ten years.                                                                         *Repeal Corporate Accounting gimmicks.  $112 billion over ten years.                                           *Impose a fee on Large Financial Institutions. Revenue raised: $117 billion over ten years.                                                                                               *Eliminate the wasteful and unnecessary, "Space Force".  Revenue raised: $150 billion over ten years.
  3. What is Ranked Choice Voting? This popular electoral system allows voters to rank candidates by preference, meaning they can submit ballots that list not only their first-choice candidate for a position, but also their second, third and so on.  The candidate with the majority (more than 50%) of first-choice votes wins outright. If no candidate gets a majority of first-choice votes, then it triggers a new counting process. The candidate who did the worst is eliminated, and that candidate’s voters’ ballots are redistributed to their second-choice pick. In other words, if you ranked a losing candidate as your first choice, and the candidate is eliminated, then your vote still counts: it just moves to your second-choice candidate. That process continues until there is a candidate who has the majority of votes.  WATCH THIS VIDEO.
  4. I keep hearing about a Green New Deal.  What is it?  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."  LEARN MORE HERE

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