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Michigan Greens seek federal intervention in Flint water crisis

michiganThe Michigan Green Party is demanding that the U.S. government “use all its considerable resources to supply the people of Flint with safe water in sufficient quantities for drinking, bathing, cooking and cleaning,” the party said.

Candace Caveny, the 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor, said, “There needs to be a full and immediate mobilization of all the resources at the disposal of the federal government to provide Flint with safe water. … The government has the ability and the resources to supply every resident of Flint with safe water in amounts necessary for daily life. They must do so immediately.”

John Anthony La Pietra, who ran for state attorney general that same year, said, “With our state government involved up to the highest level, we need independent investigations to find everyone responsible for this tragedy — and to make sure they face all appropriate civil penalties, recall for elected officials, and criminal charges up to possible depraved-heart murder.”

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Stein calls for prosecution of Michigan governor and other officials

JStein_298x262xGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is calling for the criminal prosecution of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other public officials who knew about the poisoning of Flint’s water but failed to act. In a release Stein “called for immediate federal and state intervention to resolve Flint’s water crisis” as well as “a massive federal investment in the nation’s crumbling water system.”

Stein said, “The Flint crisis is the logical outcome of decades of betrayal by the bipartisan political establishment serving the economic elite: deindustrialization and disinvestment, abandonment of democracy and neglect of the lives and well being of poor people and communities of color.”

Stein is the co-author of In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, both published in 2009. She has received awards for her work from Clean Water Action and the Toxic Action Center.

In other Stein campaign news, Stein was interviewed on the podcast The Spirit of the Forest. The interview lasted 44 minutes.

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Green Party US announces media events for 2010 national meeting in Detroit

Schedule of Media Events at the Green Party’s 2010 Annual National Meeting in Detroit, June 24-27

• Web site for the Green Party meeting: http://greenpartymeeting2010.wordpress.com

• Media credentialing page: http://www.gp.org/forms/media

• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on various issues: http://www.gp.org/speakers

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party will feature former national nominees, state and local candidates for 2010, officeholders and other special guests during press conferences planned to take place at the party’s 2010 Annual National Meeting at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  The meeting will take place from Thursday, June 24, to Sunday, June 27. Continue Reading

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Green Party US: One month until national meeting; State ballot access drives; and more

From the Green Party of the United States:

One Month ‘Til the Green Party National Meeting in Detroit – Register Now!

The Green Party of the United States will hold its national meeting in Detroit from June 24th-27th. Greens from across the country will gather to discuss strategy, learn campaign skills, talk about fundraising, and more! This year’s meeting will be held alongside the U.S. Social Forum, a gathering of tens of thousands of people organizing people’s solutions to ecological and economic crisis.  The Green Party will be on hand to illustrate the important role we play in those solutions.

Register now! Your registration for the Green Party meeting includes registration for the U.S. Social Forum, so you can pay once for twice the networking, workshops, and fun in Detroit.

Click here for more information about the 2010 Green Party meeting.  We’ll see you in a few weeks in Detroit! Continue Reading

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Democrats keep two Greens off the ballot, discourage their own

In two different cases, and in two different states, the Democratic Party has shown their true colors.

In one case they have used the sorts of anti-democratic maneuvers Barack Obama used to keep himself from facing competition. By challenging other candidate’s nomination petitions he was able to run for the state legislature without opposition, and this same sort of tactic has been applied against two New Jersey Greens looking for a slot on this November’s ballot.

Ken Wolski and Nick Mellis of the New Jersey Green Party were bumped from the ballot for as yet unknown reasons. Mellis, in a post at his Facebook site, wrote

The local Demo’s just made me a political martyr the Green Party of Lawrenceville, NJ is born!

In a more insidious way the Democratic Party of Michigan has tried to kill the enthusiasm of one of their own, sending him into what I hope will be the open and loving arms of the Michigan Green Party.

James Tyler, freshly minted candidate for the Green Party nomination in the race for Michigan State Senate, writes:

You may find it hard to believe, especially if you are a Democrat, but the Democratic Party is really no different than the Republican Party. In the past month of campaigning, I have been met with much hostility by the Democratic establishment of my county (Kalamazoo County). You see, while they pride themselves as people’s champions and believe everyone deserves a voice, there is no room for someone who isn’t part of the establishment. There is no room for someone who stands up for progressive ideals – or any ideals for that matter; I’ve been warned not to stir up too much of a dialogue so soon. I find these issues very troublesome, which is why I have decided to run for this senate seat under the banner of the Green Party.

Tyler has some rather unorthodox ideas for a Green, such as ending that state’s cigarette tax…but also proposes paying for that tax cut by reducing the state’s prison budget.