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Green Party of Michigan Update

The Green Party of Michigan State Membership Meeting is Feb 27-28 in Lapeer, MI. Reverend Edward Pinkney will be speaking in Detroit on MLK day.

Information about both of these plus State and Local meetings and news below from the Green Party of Michigan:

Green Party of Michigan Update – Jan 17, 2010

1. GPMI State Membership Meeting in Lapeer, Feb 27-28
2. Honorary GPMI Co-Chair, Rev Edward Pinkney to appear in Detroit on MLK Day
3. State & Local Meetings and Events
4. GPUS News

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1. GPMI State Membership Meeting in Lapeer, Feb 27-28

Sat., Feb. 27, 10:00 a.m. – Sun. 3:00 p.m.

10 a.m. – Tour: Willows Environmental Center, 231 Lake Drive
(strawbale building with solar panels, etc.)

1 p.m. – Lapeer Ctr: 425 County Center St: Business Meeting,
2010 election planning (BOX LUNCHES available for purchase)

4 p.m. – Eagles Club, 3565 Davison Rd.: Goat Races, Chili & Beer

6 p.m. – Resume Meeting at Lapeer Center, 425 County Center St. …

Sun 9 a.m. – Best Western, 770 West St: breakfast and meeting,
Campaign Planning, Update on Detroit USSF

(For “Green Party” discount rooms, call Best Western, 810.667.0006.)

More info or questions: www.migreens.org
lynnmeadows@provide.net, 734-476-7101
Registration: $5-10 to Lynn Meadows, GPMI, 548 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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2. Honorary GPMI Co-Chair, Rev Edward Pinkney to appear in Detroit on MLK Day

Another Victory And Another Defeat

By Attorney Hugh “Buck” Davis

The Berrien County Circuit Court finally acknowledged Reverend Edward
Pinkney’s victory in the Court of Appeals on his “biblical prophecy”
probation violation, but continued draconian conditions of probation
amounting to house arrest, even though those conditions were not in the
original probation order and no notice or due process hearing had been
held on them. As the National Lawyers Guild and the ACLU prepared to
appeal those conditions, Judge Butzbaugh “remembered” that they had not
been a part of the original probation order and modified them on his
own, while maintaining the prohibition against Pinkney coming within
1,000 feet of the courthouse, the judge or his home, as well as
prohibiting him from speaking in a “demeaning” manner about the City of
Benton Harbor, or its officials. Doug Mulkoff is going to appeal those
conditions

When Kelly Flint, acting as Pinkney’s clemency counsel, called the
Governor’s office recently, she was informed that Governor Granholm had
denied Pinkney’s clemency petition on July 20, 2009. The Parole Board
claimed that Pinkney had been informed. He had not. He was in prison and
his wife was always at home. No letter came from the Governor or the
Parole Board denying commutation.

Regardless, we are eligible to reapply in April 2010, and Pinkney plans
to file again. If Pinkney fails in his pending application to the
Supreme Court on the underlying violation and/or subsequent habeas
corpus petition, he could renew the clemency process in the form of a
request for a pardon.

— Pinkney is now free to travel. He will speak in Detroit on January
18, at 12 noon, at the Martin Luther King Day Rally and March for Jobs,
Peace and Justice at Central United Methodist Church, 23 East Adams at
Woodward (contact 313-702-5558). (more info below)

http://www.peoplestribune.org/PT.2010.01/PT.2010.01.12.html

*bhbanco.org *

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3. State & Local Meetings and Events

# 2010 Detroit MLK Day Rally and March for Jobs, Peace, and Economic Justice

[Honorary GPMI Co-Chair, Rev Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor will speak]

*2010 Detroit MLK Day Rally and March *
*for Jobs, Peace, and Economic Justice*
*Noon to 4:30 PM*
*Central United Methodist Church*
*Woodward and Adams, (near Comerica Park), Detroit*
*Volunteers: 313. 702 . 5558 *
*Press: 313 .6 71 .3 715*
In this email:
* Call for volunteers
* Donations of warm clothes
* Itinerary for Rally and Match
* Event Description
* Parking
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*Volunteers are still needed for various tasks, including*:
Sat, Jan. 16, 11 am
* Set up at Central United Methodist Church
MLK DAY, Mon., Jan. 18:
*/Show up at the Central United Methodist Church at 10:30 AM for an
assignment./*
* Greeters and ushers
* Clothing donations coordinators
* March marshals
* Wobbly Kitchen assistants for preparation refreshments after march
* Post event cleanup
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In the spirit of Dr. King’s call to service, please bring
donations of warm winter wear items for the Homeless Outreach
Program at Central United Methodist Church.

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*Itinerary*
*Monday, Jan. 18*
*11: 50 AM* – Bobbi Thompson (Central United Methodist Church &
Director, Deep River Choir)
*NOON Rally:**
*Invocation & Welcome: Reverend Edwin Rowe, Pastor – Central United
Methodist Church
Welcome: Detroit City Councilwoman, JoAnn Watson
Special Guest Speaker: Reverend Edward Pinkney, President, NAACP Benton
Harbor, Black Autonomy Network of Community Organizers (BANCO)
“Spirit of Detroit” Awards Presentation: Sandra Hines – Recipients:
Avalon Bakery & Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
Detroit Ludington Middle School Choir (Director: Ms. Renee Holman)
Peace & Justice Offering: Sandra Hines
Special Guest Speaker: Reverend Thomas Smith, IFCO/Pastors for Peace,
G-20 Tent City Organizer; Pittsburg, PA
ROC (Restaurant Opportunities Center) Contingent and Announcement
U.S. Social Forum (USSF) Announcement: Maureen Taylor, Michigan Welfare
Rights
“I Still Have A Dream”: Original composition by Bill Meyers, accompanied
by Al Chisholm & Audrey Northington with chorus performed by the Detroit
Ludington Middle School Choir.
Freedom March Send-Off: Sandra Hines
*1:30 DETROIT MLK DAY FREEDOM MARCH*
*2:30 – 4:30: Cultural Performances & refreshments (2nd Floor)
*Black Ink Collective, poets
Invincible, Big A, Hip Hop artists
and more
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*About the 2010 Annual MLK Day Rally & March in downtown Detroit*
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This year will mark the seventh annual MLK Day Rally & March in downtown
Detroit. The event will honor the peace and social justice legacy of the
martyred civil rights leader who would have been 81 years old. The theme
for 2010 is: “Join the Struggle for Jobs, Peace and Economic Justice”
and will enjoy the participation of many activists from throughout the
metropolitan area.
With the unemployment rates in Detroit at depression-era levels of 29-45
percent, depending upon how it is calculated, the current crisis
requires the initiation of a new mass movement to demand a real jobs
program to employ the 30-34 million people in the United States who are
either unemployed or underemployed.
At the same time, the escalation of the war in Afghanistan and the
continuing occupation of Iraq is draining the national treasury of over
$700 billion annually. These resources should be utilized to create
millions of jobs, health care for all, universal quality education and
housing for residents of the country.
Participants in this year’s MLK Day will be honored with the presence of
keynote speaker Rev. Edward Pinkney of the NAACP in Benton Harbor. Rev.
Pinkney, a recently released political prisoner in Michigan, who
challenged racism in Berrien County and won his release through a State
Appeals’ Court decision, continues to advocate on behalf of the
poor and working people of the southwest region of Michigan.
In addition, Rev. Tom Smith of Pittsburgh will also address the rally
and march on the struggle for jobs and economic justice in the present
period. Rev. Smith, the pastor of Monumental Baptist Church and a leader
in Pastors for Peace, was a key organizer of the demonstrations
surrounding the G20 Summit held in Pittsburgh in September.
City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, a longtime supporter of MLK Day in
Detroit, will welcome the participants. A poster contest involving
Detroit area students is encouraging youth initiative and leadership.
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*Parking*
Free parking is available in the parking lots north of the Central
United Methodist Church, courtesy of the Church and Olympia Entertainment.
Thanks for your attention,
Detroit MLK Day Committee
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# The United States Social Form is coming to Detroit—June 22-26, 2010

JOIN US AS THOUSANDS OF ACTIVISTS, ORGANIZERS, CULTURAL WORKERS,
GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHERS COME TO DETROIT IN JUNE 2010

The United States Social Form is coming to Detroit—June 22-26, 2010
and we need your participation and ideas!! Thousands of grass roots
activists, low-income workers, unemployed persons, youth, senior citizens,
and people of all colors will be coming to share their plans and
strategies for creating a new U.S.—a nation for the people!

WE NEED YOU!!!
Come to a USSF Local Organizing Committee Meeting on the 2nd and 4th
Tuesdays of each month at 5:30pm at the Detroit USSF office: 23 E. Adams,
4th Floor (Central United Methodist Church), Detroit, MI 48226.
Temporary contact information: (313) 964-0618 (MWRO office), info@mwro.org
Toll-free telephone number, website, and email coming soon

# Detroit Greens – http://www.detroitgreens.org

The Detroit Greens meetings are held monthly.
on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 -8:00pm.

info@detroitgreens.org or 313-623-4709 for more info.

# Flint Greens – http://www.flintgreens.org/

Flint Greens will be meeting at Good Beans Cafe, from 6p.m. to 8p.m.,
on the second Thursday of the month. Good Beans Cafe is located at
328 N. Grand Traverse, at the corner of First Avenue, in Flint.

All Flint Greens meetings are open to newcomers, visitors are welcome!

# Hillsdale County Greens http://www.hillsdalecountygreens.org

Hillsdale County Greens meet the third Monday of each month, usually
at 6:00 p.m. at Volume I Books, 98 N. Broad Street in Hillsdale.
For more information, people can visit our website.

# Huron Valley Greens – http://www.hvgreens.org

Huron Valley Greens meet every 2nd and 4th Monday
from 7:30-9:00 pm at the Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project,
319 Braun Court (an unmarked pedestrian walkway), next door to
Common Language Bookstore and near the intersection of
Catherine St. and Fourth Ave. in Ann Arbor.
for more info contact: Aimee Smith, alsmith@hvgreens.org

# Traverse Bay Watershed Greens & Northwestern Michigan College Greens
– http://www.nrec.org/greens/

Meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 P.M. at the Horizon
Shine Cafe, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City – public welcome

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4. GPUS News

# Green Party leaders: US in Copenhagen summit helped kill necessary steps
against global warming

2009-12-22 Washington, DC — US Green Party leaders expressed their dismay
with the failure of the UN summit in Copenhagen to reach an agreement on
international action to curb climate change.
[more: http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=276 ]

# Greens blast the anti-choice Stupak Amendment in the Democrats’ health
care bill, predict voter anger and defections from the Democratic Party
over the amendment

2009-11-16 Washington, DC — Green Party leaders today called the Stupak
Amendment in the recently passed US House bill on health care reform a
disaster for women’s reproductive rights and a betrayal of the Democrats’
stated support for women’s rights and well-being.
[more: http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=264 ]

more GPUS news at: http://www.gp.org/press.shtml

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Please visit http://www.migreens.org for more information on how to get
involved locally!

Green Party of Michigan
548 South Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 663-3555
Email: info@migreens.org

Ronald Hardy

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