Dear friends and supporters of the Green Party of Michigan,
As our state unemployment level hits 10.6% and the world economy is in tatters, the Green Party is meeting March 28-29 at the Upland Hills Ecological Awareness Center in Oakland County (www.uheac.org). We will be discussing and planning what to do in response to this unprecedented crisis.
As our friends and collaborators, we value your input and we need it if we are going to go forward in common and united struggle.
We are asking you to submit in whatever format you like – written, oral, youtube – your thoughts and proposals for what the Green Party should do and say in response to this crisis.
You are also invited to participate in the discussion Saturday afternoon, March 28. More details will be forthcoming.
Green Party of Michigan
NOW! COALITION TO STOP FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS
23 East Adams,
4th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 1, 2009
DEMONSTRATION AT STATE OF STATE ADDRESS,
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009, 6:00 PM AT THE STATE CAPITOL
IT’S TIME FOR GOV. GRANHOLM TO PUT THE SURVIVAL OF THE PEOPLE
BEFORE THE BANKS, DECLARE A STATE OF ECONOMIC EMERGENCY,
AND PLACE A TWO-YEAR MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES,
EVICTIONS, AND UTILITY SHUT-OFFS IN MICHIGAN
It was two years ago that activists with the Moratorium Now! Coalition
first raised to Gov. Jennifer Granholm that she exercise her emergency
powers under Michigan law to place a Moratorium on Foreclosures, Evictions
and Utility Shut-offs. Had she acted then, tens of thousands of
Michiganders would still be in their homes; our communities would not
have been destroyed with homes in Detroit selling at a median price
of $7,500 in 2008; and countless individuals would not have frozen to
death. Along with the banks and financial interests who have plundered
the people of Michigan, Granholm, through her deliberate indifference,
is fully culpable for the incredible suffering experienced by poor and
working people in our state.
On Tuesday, we will again be demonstrating at the Governor’s State of
the State address. It’s too late for half measures. The
time is now for Granholm to declare a State of Economic Emergency in
Michigan and place a Two year Moratorium on Foreclosures, Evictions
and Utility Shut-offs. Nothing less will suffice. A two
year moratorium will allow the people of Michigan to survive while the
Obama (2-year) stimulus plan has a chance to take effect. There
is plenty of legal precedent for this action and she knows it.
The question is, who is Granholm going to represent, the workers and
poor, or the banking interests which have been bailed out with trillions
of our tax dollars?
And it is time for the media to end their silence and begin challenging
the governor on her inaction which has destroyed the lives of so many
Transportation from Detroit to the demonstration at the State Capitol in Lansing will
leave at 4:00 p.m. from the parking lot of the Michigan Center for High
Technology, off Temple between Second and Third in Detroit. Call
313-887-4344 for transportation information.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 in Eastern Market @ Bert’s Warehouse Theater, 5:30PM, 2727 Russell Street @ Division, Detroit, Michigan
Some of the first “water department takeover” attempt maneuvers have been made to snatch control of the Detroit Water and Sewage Department. The plan appears to start with selling of pieces of our system. This is nothing less than another assault on our City and the people. We must turn back the continued dismantling of the City of Detroit. The people must lead on the water issue, then our elected officials must follow.
The Michigan Citizen is reporting that my new State Representative, Jimmy Womack, gave a cushy $60K job to my former State Representative, Virgil Smith Jr.
Smith, who was term-limited, supported Womack in his race for the congressional seat. Womack says this had no bearing on his role in the matter.
Do you believe him?
It is with great pleasure that the National Planning Committee (NPC) of the US Social Forum announces that Detroit, Michigan will be hosting the next US Social Forum!
The NPC has also chosen the five amazing and fierce organizations that will serve as local anchors for the process. They are: Centro Obrero de Detroit, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and South Eastern Michigan Jobs With Justice.
The Green Party of the US has a series of videos and statements from leading Greens on what the first 100 days of their administration would look like.
Speakers include Allegan County Green Pete Van Jr.
more at http://www.gp.org/first100/
Volunteers for the Detroit MLK Day rally and march are needed. Come to Central United Methodist Church between 9 and 10 AM to get an assignment to make everything move smoothly during this important program.
Detroit MLK Day Rally & March at Central United Methodist Church,
Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, Rally at Noon
Woodward Avenue at East Adams, March at 1:30 p.m.
Keynote: Prof. Gloria Aneb House, Veteran Civil Rights Activist,
Director of African-American Studies
University of Michigan at Dearborn
Special Guest Speaker- Mr. Osama Siblani - Congress of Arab American
Performance: Renaissance High School Choral Group & Others
Contact: Detroit MLK Committee, 313.702.5558
[Detroit Greens marching in MLK Day 2009]
Brad Duncan invites you to Music for Gaza: a benefit in Detroit.
"Music for Gaza" benefit is tomorrow night! (Saturday, 17th)
I am very excited by the incredible response this event has received, proof that people are passionate about peace and justice in the Middle East. It was even listed as a "Critic's Pick" in the Metro Times. The benefit is Saturday night, so let's review the basics.
The Detroit Greens will be meeting on Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 7pm at
the Cynthia McKinney office,
5922 Second Detroit, MI 48202
- Nov. election results
- upcoming elections ( possible candidates in Mayoral and City Council races )
- possible actions around Moratoriums and evictions
- participation in Detroit Water Takeover Resistance Conference
- coalition building
I hope to see you there.