Michigan Greens Renew Call to Decommission Line 5, Enbridge's 60-Year-Old Pipeline Through Mackinac Straits

In recognition of World Water Day on March 22, the Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) renewed its opposition to Enbridge's Line 5 fossil-fuel pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac.

At the urging of Chris Wahmhoff, the party's 2014 US Senate candidate, Greens approved a call to decommission the 60-year-old pipeline at a state membership meeting March 14-15 in East Lansing.

GPMI Vice Chair Art Myatt explained the case for decommissioning Line 5 -- and against suggestions of repairing or replacing it, much less expanding its capacity -- in an entry on the party's blog.

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Green Party opposes U.S. military aid for Ukraine

Washington is using Ukraine to provoke a NATO vs. Russia face-off in a new Cold War, say Greens

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party opposes proposed plans to provide Ukraine's armed forces military aid to fight rebels who are allegedly receiving assistance from Russia and urges President Obama to reject the advice of warhawk advisors and Congressmembers.

"Washington has used the people of Ukraine as chess pieces in a bid to strengthen NATO and isolate Russia politically, militarily, and economically, taking advantage of Russia's vulnerability in the wake of sanctions and Saudi Arabia's reduction of oil prices. Instead of seeking peace, the U.S. is aggravating tensions, risking a face-off with Russia that could spark a proxy war or even a global conflict. This game isn't about self-defense for the U.S., it's about expanding the power of NATO and enforcing the U.S.'s superpower status," said Starlene Rankin, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.

Metro Detroit Greens Meeting Thursday February 19th

We are starting up our monthly Metro Green Meetings in 2015

Third Thursday of each month. The next one is:
February 19th
Phoenix Café, 24918 John R in Hazel Park
7:00 pm -8:30 pm.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/722960051152581

Michigan Greens Urge "NO" Vote May 5 on Sales-Tax Hike, Transportation-Funding Shift

The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) has taken a unanimous stand
urging Michigan citizens to vote NO on Tuesday, May 5 and reject a
Constitutional amendment which would raise state sales and use taxes
from 6% to 7%.

The amendment is part of a plan passed by the Legislature at the
last minute in December's lame-duck session that would also shift
transportation funding and delete higher education from eligibility for
school-aid funds in favor of job-training programs.

Michigan Greens Offer Video Response to 2015 “Governor’s State of the State Address”

The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) has prepared a 20-minute video
response to the 2015 "State of the State" speech Governor Snyder is
scheduled to deliver at the Capitol Tuesday evening.
The response is already posted on YouTube at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beW2ZhNJvAA

Michigan Greens Urge Snyder to Reject “Anti-Biodiversity” SB 78

The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) joins over 130 Michigan
scientists in strongly opposing “anti-biodiversity bill” SB 78.

The bill, introduced by Senator Tom Casperson of Escanaba, passed
both houses of the state legislature in the lame-duck session. Governor
Snyder has until next Friday to sign the bill into law or not. GPMI
urges him not to sign, and asks all Michigan citizens to call his office
at 517-335-7858 and say the same.

“The problem with SB 78,” says GPMI chair Fred Vitale of Detroit,
“is that it would prevent the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from
effectively protecting our state’s wildlife and natural ecosystems. SB
78 would change provisions in Michigan’s Natural Resources and
Environmental Protection Act in order to prohibit DNR from managing any
of our public land to promote biological diversity. Yet that kind of
management is exactly what is needed from DNR today!”

Green Party calls 2015 "CRomnibus" budget deal the "shameful result of corporate-money two-party rule"

Greens blast budget language overturning D.C. marijuana initiative, urge local D.C. government, police, and juries not to comply

Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on economic justice, taxation, budget policy http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-economic-justice.php

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders called the 2015 budget bill a message from the Democratic and Republican leadership to the public: "Our primary responsibility is to Wall Street and our wealthy corporate contributors, not to the American people."

"The quest for bipartisanship and desire to hold off a confrontation with GOP extremists has empowered conservative Democrats and slightly less extreme Republicans -- the politicians who are most responsive to the demands of corporate lobbies. The 'CRomnibus' budget passed by Congress is a blatant exercise in redistribution of wealth to the top One Percent," said Audrey Clement, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and a Virginia Green.

Let’s Ban Fracking in Michigan is organizing a new ballot initiative for the 2016 election.

PRESS RELEASE: Michigan's ballot initiative next up after NY frack ban
LuAnne Kozma, Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan (231) 944-8750 luanne@letsbanfracking.org

*Michigan's ballot initiative to ban fracking and frack waste next up after New York ban*

Charlevoix, Michigan – Michigan voters working on a statewide ban on fracking and frack wastes cheered New York's decision this week recommended by state health and environmental officials to continue that state's ban on hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," based on a state health department health study that looked at the scientific evidence of the frack industry's harm to human health and the environment.(1)

The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, the grassoots, ballot initiative campaign (www.letsbanfracking.org) is calling for more donors and volunteers to take part in the Michigan voter-driven effort to put the question to voters in 2016.

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