Posts Tagged ‘Michigan’

MI Green Senate candidate to be sentenced for protesting Kalamazoo oil spill

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on December 19th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

p chris wahmhoff and wife courtroomChris Wahmhoff, the Michigan Green Party‘s 2014 US Senate candidate, has been found guilty of trespassing and resisting police after sitting in a pipeline under construction to protest Enbridge’s 2010 oil spill, which dumped over a million gallons of tar sands sludge in the Kalamazoo River.

From the Battle Creek Enquirer:

A protester who sat in an Enbridge Inc. pipeline for a day in June 2013 could go to jail after his conviction Tuesday.

“If I was getting put away for 50 years it would be worth it to me,” Christopher Wahmhoff, 36, of Kalamazoo said after a Calhoun County judge found him guilty of trespassing and resisting police.

Wahmhoff was charged after the Calhoun County Sheriff Department said he entered a pipeline being built by Enbridge near Division Drive and 16-Mile Road in Fredonia Township on June 24, 2013.

He said he was protesting construction of the new pipeline by the company responsible for a million-gallon spill of oil into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River near Marshall in 2010. read more »

Rev. Edward Pinkney is latest African-American Green leader targeted for political prosecution

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on December 17th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p edward pinkneyRev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan is a long-time community organizer who has led resistance in this predominantly African-American community to a government subservient to the Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool corporation. Benton Harbor is among the Michigan cities, including Detroit, where democratic self-governance has been replaced by “emergency financial management”.

After Pinkney led a petition effort to recall the mayor of Benton Harbor, he was arrested, charged with election fraud, and eventually sentenced to up to 10 years in prison despite a distinct lack of evidence (as explained below). Rev. Pinkney is a prominent member of the Michigan Green Party and has run for Congress on the Green line.

The overt targeting of an African-American activist for a politically-motivated prosecution is reminiscent of recent episodes involving Chuck Turner and Elston McCowan, both Greens who challenged the power structures in their communities. In a system where police officers regularly kill unarmed African-American men without facing trial, it is especially galling that the same system sentences an African-American activist to up to 10 years imprisonment on trumped-up, politically-motivated charges.

Truthout.org has the details on the trial and sentencing of Rev. Edward Pinkney: read more »

Green Party: Time to revive peace movement, stop bipartisan policy of endless war

Posted in Peace & Non-Violence on October 28th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p gp revive peace movementFrom Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for a new antiwar movement in response to the renewal of U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

Greens said that dropping bombs in Iraq and Syria is unlikely to bring peace and stability to the region. The open-ended campaign includes more than a thousand U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq.

Green Party candidates and leaders strongly condemn the violent extremism of Islamic State militias but asserted that there are ways to respond without military force (see “53 National Religious Groups, Academics, and Ministers Urge Alternatives to U.S. Military Action in Iraq,” published August 27 by Win Without War, http://winwithoutwar.org/religious-letter-iraq). read more »

Greens to Obama: War is not the way

Posted in Peace & Non-Violence on September 12th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

NancyWadeFrom the Green Party US:

Earlier this week, President Obama announced his plans to increase airstrikes and arm Syrian rebels in an attempt to control Iraq. The Green Party has called on the President to resist this next step and on Congress to revoke its ‘blank check’ for war. Green candidates for Congress added to the chorus of voices calling to resist this escalation.

Nancy Wade, Green candidate for U.S. House in Illinois’ 5th District: “Congress has abdicated its Constitutional responsibilities by handing the Executive branch virtually unlimited authority to wage war on the scale and in the fashion of its choosing. This has resulted in catastrophic and costly crimes against humanity such as we have seen in Iraq and Libya, and as we see continuing in an increasing number of countries…” read more »

Upcoming Green Party conventions in NY, NM, HI, MD, MI, ME, CA

Posted in State Party News on May 13th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Maine Greens Convergence - Overgrow the SystemState Green Parties in New York, New Mexico, Hawai’i, Maryland, Michigan, Maine, and California are holding meetings in coming weeks to nominate candidates, discuss strategy, and get to know new members. If you are near one of these upcoming state meetings, we hope you will attend.

The Green Party of New York State convention will be held in Troy on May 17th. More information is available here on the party’s website.

The Green Party of New Mexico is also holding its state convention on May 17th. Click here for more information. read more »

Michigan Greens nominate Bobby Jones in Flint area State Senator special election

Posted in State Party News on March 26th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Citizen Activist Joins Race to Fill Flint Area Vacancy, Offers Principled Alternative to Political Musical Chairs

The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) has nominated Bobby Jones to be the Green candidate on the ballot for the May 7 special election for 27th District State Senator.

The vacancy in the Flint area seat arose after incumbent John Gleason was elected Genesee County Clerk and Register of Deeds last November.

Jones has long been an active member of Flint Area Greens, and was a strong supporter of last year’s special-election campaign by fellow Green Cary Justice in the 51st State House District. read more »

Cheri Honkala on “Rust Belt to Green Belt” Campaign Tour

Posted in Presidential Campaign, Social & Economic Justice on October 21st, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 3 Comments

Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s Vice Presidential candidate, is in the midst of a campaign swing through the heart of America, the “Rust Belt” from Appalachia to stops this week in Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Detroit.

From the Stein/Honkala Campaign:

Green Party Vice Presidential nominee Cheri Honkala has begun a tour of the Rust Belt during which she has seen first-hand the effects of the failed economic policies advanced by the two corporately owned parties. This tour has highlighted the plight of impoverished communities in the Upper Great Lakes and Appalachia.

Honkala began the tour in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia and witnessed the horrors of mountaintop removal mining. The environmentally unsound and shortsighted energy policies of both the Republicans and Democrats have left this area dependent on the harvest of coal. The local population now faces abject poverty, contaminated water sources, and the continued degradation of one of the U.S.’s most ecologically significant natural areas.

According to Honkala, “What the Great Lakes and Appalachia need is the Green New Deal. Dr. Jill Stein and I offer commonsense, time-tested solutions to the ongoing cycle of pollution and poverty in the central Appalachian mountains. We would redirect research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar and geothermal energy. We will invest in research in sustainable, non-toxic materials, closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry. We offer a transition away from dirty coal and an escape from poisoned air and water as well as the destruction of these mountains.”

Honkala then continued to Louisville, Kentucky, Columbus, Ohio, where she witnessed the dismantling of public housing and met with displaced families and community leaders. “People in Kentucky and Ohio are suffering. The austerity programs offered by President Obama and Governor Romney offer no relief. We must end the demolition of public housing which serves to only raise homelessness rates. My number one priority, if elected, is ending homelessness in the U.S. by ending foreclosures, and placing families in abandoned housing units and creating employment by fixing them up. There are more abandoned homes than there are homeless people in this country. We just have to put the two together.”

Honkala then traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and met with leaders on the World Court of Women East which will take place in Philadelphia in October of 2013. This Court will address poverty in the U.S. using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “The Republicans and Democrats both violate the Universal Declaration on Human Rights by continuing to allow homelessness and poverty in one of the world’s richest nations. A Green presidency will end homelessness, end unemployment, and provide a living wage for all workers, which would bring the U.S. into compliance with international human rights norms.”

The Rust Belt tour continues with stops in Milwaukee on October 24, the Twin Cities October 25-27, and Detroit October 28-29. Honkala will continue to advocate for the Green New Deal which will allow these ailing economies an escape from the continued downward trend offered by President Obama and Governor Romney.

Michigan Greens Nominate 22 Candidates

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, Presidential Campaign, State Party News on June 5th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

The Green Party of Michigan this last weekend nominated 22 candidates for office across the state, from US Senate to local County Commissioner seats. Harley Mikkelson, who had thrown his hat into the Presidential Race, was nominated to run for US Senate. There are also seven candidates for US House of Representative seats.

The Green Party of Michigan also polled its members for Presidential Preference, the results of which will guide the Michigan delegation to the Presidential Nominating Convention. The results of that process translates to 9 of Michigan’s 16 Delegates for Jill Stein, three for Roseanne Barr, and two each for Kent Mesplay and Michigan Green Harley Mikkelson.

See below (or here) for the full report on the Michigan Convention.

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Green Party Presidential Race Updates (June 1)

Posted in Presidential Campaign, State Party News on June 1st, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 5 Comments

Last weekend, three more state Green Parties determined their Delegate support for the Presidential Nominating Convention:

  • The Iowa Green Party has four Delegates, and the results of their presidential preference ballot was a slight lead for Jill Stein, resulting in two Delegates each for Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr.
  • The Green Party of Florida has eight Delegates. The proportional distribution of their ranked choice ballot gave Jill Stein 5 Delegates, Roseanne Barr two Delegates, and Kent Mesplay one.
  • The Green Party of Washington State’s ballots led to Jill Stein winning all four of their Delegates.

According to our *Unofficial Delegate Count*, Jill Stein now has 149 Delegates of the 201 determined thus far, Roseanne Barr is in second with 36 Delegates, Kent Mesplay is at 7.5 Delegates, and Harley Mikkelson is at 1.5. There are 7 Delegates that are “uncommitted”.

This weekend (June 2-3), the Green Parties in Michigan and Georgia will be holding state conventions to determine their Presidential Delegates. Georgia has 4 Delegates, Michigan has 16.

  • The Green Party of Michigan is meeting at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, and besides the Presidential Preference process they will be nominating candidates for Congress and State Legislative races. the GP of Michigan has a long history of running a strong slate of candidates.
  • The Georgia Green Party is meeting at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Public Library in Tucker, GA on Saturday June 2. Despite having one of the worst ballot access laws in the Nation, the Georgia Greens will be looking to run candidates nonetheless.

Also of note, this last week Kent Mesplay officially became (re-)recognized as a Presidential Candidate for the Green Party after raising over $5,000 for his campaign. This is Dr. Mesplay’s third run for the Presidential nomination, and thus far he is significantly behind in Delegates.

And finally, there is some action in South Dakota, North Dakota and Kentucky to meet and send Delegates to the Green Party PNC. None of the three states have currently accredited State Green Parties, but there is a process by which this can happen. The Green Party has not been on the ballot in the Dakotas since 2000.

Jill Stein Campaigns in Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan

Posted in Presidential Campaign on March 5th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

Jill Stein continues her campaigning through the Midwest after meeting with the Wisconsin Green Party on Saturday morning and launching her National Campaign Headquarters with a great party on Saturday night in Madison, Wisconsin across the street from the State Capital Building.

On Sunday, Jill Stein visited Indiana’s 2nd congressional district to support the Green U.S. House candidate Andrew Straw, holding a fund raiser in South Bend, Indiana, where she also supported the petition drive for ballot access in Indiana.

Today (Monday), Jill Stein campaigns in Michigan, first at a Meet & Greet in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Amer’s Delicatessen at 4:30, followed by a Detroit area Meet & Greet at AJ’s Music Cafe in Ferndale, Michigan.

On Tuesday, Jill Stein is on the ballot in her home state of Massachusetts’ Primary, along with Harley Mikkelson (MI) and Kent Mesplay (CA). Roseanne Barr had not qualified for the Massachusetts Primary due to State Board of Elections established deadlines, however Barr has been successful in securing significant numbers of write-in votes in Illinois and could repeat that in Massachusetts.

MI Green Neuville-Justice takes 4% in State Rep race

Posted in Local Elections on February 29th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Michigan Green Party candidate Cary Neuville-Justice received 803 votes for 4% in a special election for Michigan State Representative 51st District. See the results at clickondetroit.com.

Michigan Green Party state meeting to be held in Bay City this weekend

Posted in State Party News on February 10th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

MLive reports:

The Green Party of Michigan has scheduled its state membership meeting this weekend in Bay City, and several public panel discussions are on the agenda.

The party is one of only five in the state with guaranteed ballot access. Anyone who might be interested in running for office as a Green is encouraged to attend Saturday’s session, which is geared toward party business. read more »

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

Posted in State Party News on December 7th, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

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 State Membership Meeting

Posted in State Party News on October 14th, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

The Green Party of Michigan’s State Membership meeting is being held this weekend in St. Ignace, Michigan.

The agenda includes Officer reports, National, Regional and Local Reports including Fracking, and Occupy Wall St., and
planning for the Election Year.

See the full announcement and meeting details here:
http://www.migreens.org/convention/smm1110.php

Green Party Meetings (Feb 14-20, 2011)

Posted in Local Party News on February 15th, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – 6 Comments

Monday Feb 14, the San Fernando Valley (CA) Greens met in Northridge, CA.

Tuesday Feb 15, the Logan Square Green Party in Chicago Illinois are meeting at the Green Party office on Fullerton Ave.

Wednesday Feb. 16 the Los Angeles Greens in California meet at 7 PM at the Peace Center on W. Third St.

Thursday Feb. 17 the Detroit Greeens are meeting with the Tri-County Greens at the Phoenix Cafe in Hazel Park, MI.

Do you know of local or state Green Party meetings or other Green Events that we should add to our Events Calendar? Post them here as a comment or send by email to GPW@GreenPartyWatch.org