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Green Party of Michigan Update, and Harley Mikkelson is Running for President

Green Party of Michigan has distributed their December 6 State Update, pasted in its entirety below.

Note that Michigan Green Harley Mikkelson is listed as a Green Party candidate for President, along with Jill Stein (MA) and Kent Mesplay (CA).

Harley Mikkelson was the Michigan Green Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and 2004, for the U.S. Senate in 2008, and Governor in 2010. We will do a profile on him on Green Party Watch soon.

Also note upcoming Local Green Party meeting times in Detroit, Flint, Hillsdale County, and the Traverse Bay Watershed Greens.

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Green Party of Michigan Update – Dec 6, 2011

1. The Green Party chooses Baltimore, Md., for the 2012 Green Presidential
Nominating Convention
2. Detroit Greens and MWRO Celebrate Occupy Wall Street Friday Dec 9
3. State & Local Meetings and Events
4. GPUS News

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1. The Green Party chooses Baltimore, Md., for the 2012 Green Presidential
Nominating Convention

Convention dates: July 12-15, 2012
Convention web site: http://www.gpconvention2012.com

The Green Party of the United States will hold its 2012 Presidential
Nominating Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. The convention will take place
July 12 to 15, 2012.

Delegates from state Green Parties and caucuses in the party’s National
Committee voted in November to approve Baltimore as the convention site
(http://gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/irvdetail?pid=627).

The National Committee chose the site using ranked choice voting (also called
instant run-off voting; see http://www.fairvote.org), a voting reform the
party also recommends for single seat offices like governor and mayor.

“The Maryland Green Party and Baltimore City Green Party are thrilled to be
hosting the 2012 Green Party national convention,” said Brian Bittner,
co-chair of the Maryland Green Party (http://mdgreens.org) and Baltimore
resident. “We want Charm City to be the place where the next Green Party
presidential nominee begins charming American voters with their vision,
principles, and potential to lead non-corporate America.”

So far, three candidates have formally declared their intention to compete
for the Green nomination, Kent Mesplay (http://www.mesplay.org), Jill Stein
(http://www.jillstein.org), and Harley Mikkelson (http://harleymikkelson.com).
More candidates are expected to announce soon.

more info at: http://www.detroitgreens.org/node/459

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2. Detroit Greens and MWRO Celebrate Occupy Wall Street Friday Dec 9

Celebrate the Occupy Wall Street Movement Fundraiser Party

Date: Friday, Dec 9
Time: 6:00pm until 9:00pm
Where: Central United Methodist Church
23 E Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226-164
Description: Party/Fundraiser! $2 at the door

We have all worked long and hard this incredible year.

Come celebrate the Occupy Wall Street Movement and support two organizations
that have supported Occupy.

For more information: Michigan Welfare Rights Organizations @ 313-964-0618
Michigan Greens @ 313-815-2025 or www.migreeens.org

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3. State & Local Meetings and Events

# 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,
at 6:00 p.m. at Volume I Books, 98 N. Broad Street in Hillsdale.
Store phone is: (517)437-2228.
For more information, people can visit our website.

# 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

# Six Green mayors sign on to letter from over 100 mayors opposing
Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

WASHINGTON, DC — Six Green mayors have signed on to a joint letter to
President Obama from more than 100 mayors expressing grave concerns about
the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The mayors, representing communities across the US, voiced relief at President
Obama’s decision to postpone the decision, as well as hope that the permit for
the pipeline will be rejected when it comes up for review after the
presidential election.

A summary of the letter, a link to the text, and a list of the mayors can be
found online here:

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/sclefkowitz/over_100_mayors_voice_concern.html

The Green mayors who signed the letter are Larry Bragman (Fairfax, Calif.),
Bruce Delgado (Marina, Calif.), David Doonan (Greenwich, NY), Gayle McLaughlin
(Richmond, Calif.), Jim Sullivan (Victory, NY), and Jason West (New Paltz, NY).
(Mayor Bragman signed after the web site was published.)

[more: http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=462 ]

# As some Occupy Movement participants turn to electoral activism, the Green
Party send them an invitation

WASHINGTON, DC — As some participants in the Occupy Movement across the US
begin to turn towards involvement in elections, Green Party leaders are
inviting them to run for office as Greens and to support Green candidates.

“The Green Party encourages those Occupiers who want to have an effect on the
2012 elections to help us build a permanent alternative party that represents
the interests of We The People — the 99 percent — instead of banks, oil
companies, arms manufacturers, insurance firms, and other powerful lobbies.
The Green Party accepts no money from corporate PACs. Our platform reflects
the values and demands of Occupy Wall Street,” said Kent Mesplay, candidate
for the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nomination (http://www.mesplay.org).

[more: http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=460 ]

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

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Ronald Hardy

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