The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) has deep concerns about much of the agenda President Obama laid out in last week's "State of the Union" speech.
"As usual, President Barack Obama delivered a polished presentation, but I am forced to wonder if his speechwriters aren't a little disconnected from reality," notes Douglas Campbell, a registered professional engineer in Ferndale, Michigan and a member of GPMI's State Central Committee. "The Democratic Party has had control of the House, the Senate and the White House for more than a year now, yet little or nothing resembling a 'democratic' agenda has been enacted.
"Budget-busting bank bailouts and war funding appropriations have sailed through this Democratic-controlled Congress," Campbell adds. "But instead of withdrawing American troops, contractors and mercenaries from the Middle East, the military operations are being escalated. Guantanamo remains open for business; there is no health-care-funding reform act; and nothing enacted during George Duhbbyah Bush's two terms has been repealed."
"Obama claimed there would be no freeze on Social Security and Medicare, but there already is a freeze this year on both of those programs," says Linda Cree, an active Green Party member in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. "Not only that, last year, for the first time in 30 years, Social Security recipients did not receive a cost of living adjustment because the government felt there hadn't been enough inflation to warrant one. That translates to a two-year freeze already."
Dear Utilities Committee and friends,
We are building steam! We are continuing with our Resurrection Marches to protest the murders DTE commits by shutting off people's lights and gas in the winter. DTE has been contacting the MWRO leadership, asking us to negotiate. Now is the time to TURN UP THE PRESSURE! Please join us:
Every Thursday in February, Noon to 1 p.m.
Bagley and Third Streets
(Near MGM Grand Casino)
There is a copy of a flyer attached--please circulate, if possible.
MWRO Utilities Committee
For immediate release
Demonstration in Lansing at Governor Granholm’s State of State speech
Wednesday, February 3, 2010—6:00 pm
Demand that Governor Granholm use her police powers to DECLARE A STATE OF ECONOMIC EMERGENCY and Place a Two-Year Moratorium on Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs in Michigan.
For Transportation from Detroit call 313-887-4344
For Immediate Release
Monday, February 1, 2010
Event: Press Conference to Release Autoposy of Slain Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah
Location: Dearborn Police Department, Michigan Near Southfield, Feb. 1, 10:15am
Action: Protest the Cover-up of the Assassination of Detroit Imam
Sponsor: Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)
Contact: 313.671.3715 or 887.4344
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Protest the Assassination of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah and Subsequent Cover-up
You can now register yourself or your organization at http://www.ussf2010.org/register
US Social Forum 2010 - Another World is Possible
US Social Forum Registration and Workshops Open (Español abajo)
The US Social Forum is...
The US Social Forum is more than an event, more than a networking bonanza, more than a reaction to war and repression. The USSF will provide space to build relationships, learn from each other's experiences, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, and bring renewed insight and inspiration. It will help develop leadership and consciousness, vision, and strategy needed to realize another world.
* Host an Info Session for your Organization or in your neighborhood
* Sponsor attendees
* Join a local or national working group
* Plan a work brigade to Detroit
* Plan a workshop to share at the Forum
Visit www.ussf2010.org to join the planning for the road to Detroit 2010.
Vaya al sitio de web para más información. www.ussf2010.org
DEMONSTRATION at the Detroit Water Board right before their meeting
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
735 Randolph St. (between Fort and Lafayette)
Detroit, MI – The People’s Water Board Coalition hosted a demonstration outside of Detroit’s Water Department building today. “We are surrounded by 20 percent of the World’s fresh surface water supply, yet we continue to see water rates increase, water shutoffs in homes, and pollution impacting our drinking water quality. This needs to come to an end,” explained Melissa Damaschke with Sierra Club.
Greens urge a new constitutional amendment affirming that 'We the People' means humans, not corporations
The Supreme Court's 5-4 Citizens United v. FEC ruling will turn national, state, and local elections into a corporate power game, said Green Party leaders in reaction to the decision handed down on Thursday.
Greens predict that the decision, which strikes down laws limiting the use of corporate money for campaign advertising, will have extremely damaging consequences for democratic elections and for the existence of the US as a republic. The Green Party accepts no corporate funding and advocates clean elections, free of the money and influence of corporations.
Many Greens are supporting Move To Amend (http://www.movetoamend.org), which, like the Green Party, asserts that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights; that money is not speech; and that the right to vote and have one's vote counted must be guaranteed. Move To Amend demands a constitutional amendment enacting these principles.
100% of Fees to Be Restored to the People;
No Cap-and-Trade Giveaway to Energy Conglomerates
The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) has adopted a resolution supporting collecting fees on fossil fuels based on the amount of carbon in them, with the whole amount collected being paid back to individual users.
GPMI will promote this "fee-and-dividend" approach to reducing carbon dioxide pollution in this year's election campaigns and other activities. The state party will also offer the proposal to the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) for inclusion in this year's national platform.
Art Myatt, current Vice-Chair of GPMI and an engineer working on the manufacture of solar panels, originated the proposal within GPMI. "We believe that resource depletion and excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are two crucial issues which require reduction in the amount of fossil fuels burned," he commented.
"Instead of pursuing war for oil and global economic growth, we need to move in the direction of sustainable, low-carbon local economies.
"A substantial carbon fee, resulting in a substantial dividend, would be a big step for reducing fossil-fuel use and for rebuilding local economies."
The next meeting of the Detroit Greens is
Thursday, January 21, 7:30 pm at
Biggby Coffee at 4501 Woodward (south of Warren)
Proposed agenda –
1. Updates on Greens activities
- MLK Day March
- US Social Forum
- Peoples’ Water Board
- Michigan Welfare Rights
- Autoworkers Caravan
- Labor Notes Conference
2. Potential candidate for governor, Derek Grigsby
3. Earth Day event – April
4. Upcoming State Membership Meeting
5. Annual National Meeting in Detroit, June 2010
6. Other issues