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
Doctors Without Borders
Telephone: (800) 77-OXFAM [(800)-776-9326]
Text OXFAM to 25383 to make a one-time $10 donation to Oxfam’s Haiti Earthquake Response Fund.
UNICEF Haiti Earthquake Relief
Food for the Poor Haiti Earthquake Relief
World Vision Haiti Earthquake Relief
Wyclef Jean's foundation, Yele Haiti.
Text message: Text "Yele" to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and go toward Hatian relief projects.
American Red Cross
Telephone: Call 314-516-2782 or 314-516-2800
Text message: Text the word “HAITI” to 90999, and a $10 donation will be given to the Red Cross payable on your next mobile bill.
Please join MWRO and other local organizations as we fund raise for the U.S. Social Forum on Sunday, January 17, 2010.
What: Detroit Repertory Theater play, "A Song for Coretta"
Where: The Detroit Repertory Theater, 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, MI 48223
When: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 7pm
Buy tickets in advance from: Diana Copeland, 313-399-4065, email@example.com (Executive Director, East Michigan Environmental Action Council)
More about the play...
In the week that ushered in the New Year, at least eight people died in four Detroit fires.
Why does this happen every winter in Detroit, over and over again?
“Detroit is a city with poor people often unable to pay their utilities. If they get behind in their payments; it’s pretty difficult to get caught up. So when water or gas or electricity is turned off, they have a choice of doing without or rigging something up. This kind of access to power leads to fires every winter,” stated Detroit Green Party spokesperson Derek Grigsby. “DTE should be prevented from shutting-off electricity in the middle of winter. We should put the needs of ordinary people before the profits of a wealthy few.”
This year will mark the seventh annual MLK Day Rally & March in downtown Detroit. The event will honor the peace and social justice legacy of the martyred civil rights leader who would have been 81 years old. The theme for 2010 is: "Join the Struggle for Jobs, Peace and Economic Justice" and will enjoy the participation of many activists from throughout the metropolitan area.
To friends and supporters of Detroit MLK Day Rally & March,
First of all, the Detroit MLK Day Committee wishes everyone a happy and better New Year, with jobs or income, health care, housing and utilities for all.
The 2010 Detroit MLK Day March and Rally will take place on Monday, January 18, from noon to about 4:30 PM. Please see the flyer and details below.
In order to make this year's Detroit MLK Day March and Rally as successful as the MLK Day celebrations in previous years, we need volunteers to assist in various phases of the rally and march.