The next monthly Metro Detroit Greens Forum on Grassroots Democracy will take place on Thursday, April 17, from 6-8 pm at the Phoenix Cafe, 24918 John R in Hazel Park.
The three topics are:
The Emergency Managers and their attacks on Grassroots Democracy in Detroit, Highland Park and across Michigan
The corporate control of the elections and the recent Supreme Court decision undoing more of the original campaign finance reform
How can independent candidates win?
Greens call McCutcheon v. FEC "a victory for plutocrats," urge public protest over the selling of public office to the highest bidder, demand passage of amendment abolishing corporate personhood
WASHINGTON, DC -- Candidates and other members of the Green Party of the United States sharply criticized a Supreme Court decision declaring limits on the total amount of money contributors may give to all candidates, committees, and political parties to be unconstitutional, which was announced on April 2.
"The court's ruling on McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission is a victory for plutocrats and a serious blow to democracy," said Paul Glover, Green Party candidate for governor of Pennsylvania (http://www.paulglover.org).
"The McCutcheon ruling enables a dangerous expansion of the right of the One Percent to undermine fair elections. It allows the wealthiest far greater control over which candidates will be chosen by parties and over the outcome of elections. It ensures that the most powerful corporations will have even greater influence over the legislative decisions made by politicians of the two corporate-money parties," said Mr. Glover.
The Green Party supports public funding of federal, state, and local campaigns and a constitutional amendment that limits rights and protections to human beings (http://www.movetoamend.org). Greens insist that the U.S. Constitution must protect people, not corporations and the privileges of the super-rich.
The Green Party opposes U.S. military aid for the coup government in Ukraine
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. and NATO must cease meddling in Ukraine and attempting to manipulate the Crimean crisis for geopolitical advantage, said leaders of the Green Party of the United States.
Greens said that the complex crisis must be resolved by Ukraine, Russia, and other countries in the region, and that the U.S. should encourage negotiation and respect the democratic rights of Ukrainians without outside interference. Such interference includes military and economic pressure.
Monthly Forum the third Thursday of each month on political topics around the Key Values of the Green Party
at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Phoenix Cafe Hazel Park
24918 John R., Hazel Park, Michigan 48030
This month is around Ecological Wisdom and we have Carol Izant and Tom Stephens from the Fermi III campaign and Todd Bazzett from the anti-fracking campaign. We have also invited folks from Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands and the Detroit People's Water Board.
Please join us.
Greens oppose Defense Sec. Hagel's plan for a "more drones" Armed Forces, continue to urge an end to the Afghanistan War and deep cuts in military spending
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party called for an immediate halt to all drone warfare and for the Obama Administration to comply with the Constitution's assignment of war powers to Congress.
"The White House has usurped the legislative branch's control over war, by having the CIA wage targeted drone warfare against Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia outside of Congress's oversight," said Howie Hawkins, Green candidate for Governor of New York. Mr. Hawkins is from Syracuse, where drones on combat missions are controlled out of Hancock Air National Guard Base.
GPMI SMM - Saturday Feb 22 - 9am
East Lansing Hannah Community Center
819 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823
Proposed Agenda includes:
1. Officer Reports and Election of Officers
2. Global Climate Convergence (10 Days To Change Course (from Earth Day to May Day 2014)
3. Updates on GPMI print and social media activity and plans
4. Updates on GPMI Platform
5. Michigan Elections 2014 – candidates and targeted races – ballot initiatives, other issues
Leaks Provide Only Public Glimpses So Far at "NAFTA on Steroids"
The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) has unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty -- and an urgent position against "fast-track" authority for the United States Trade Representative (USTR), to protect the public's chance to find out about and openly debate the secretive trade treaty.
GPMI urges all Greens and all voters in Michigan to call on their US Senators and Congresspeople to vote "no" on fast-track for TPP. That procedural maneuver, promoted by Rep. Dave Camp (R, MI-04) among others, has been re-branded as "Trade Promotion Authority". But just as it greased the skids for NAFTA, fast-track for TPP would still block all amendments, limit Congress's oversight, and make it harder for the people to hold their members of Congress accountable.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders are urging support in Congress for the "End Polluter Welfare Act of 2013" introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Bernie Sanders (Ind-Vt.) and in the U.S. House by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).
"The first step in ending our addictively high consumption of fossil fuel energy is ending handouts to Big Oil," said Audrey Clement, co-chair of the Eco-Action Committee of the Green Party of the United States (http://www.gp.org/committees/ecoaction/index.php). "The passage of this bill should be accompanied by a halt on fracking, mountaintop detonation mining, and offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters, and disapproval for proposed pipelines from Canadian tar-sands oil fields. Without these initial steps, promises of action to avert a global climate catastrophe can't be taken seriously."