In response to the water crisis in Toledo this weekend, Ohio Green Party Lt. Governor candidate Bob Fitrakis says that Ohio must move away from petrochemical fertilizers and adopt a new green agricultural economy.
"The harmful algae bloom has been going for more than decade and has gotten substantially worse under Kasich's administration" Fitrakis said. According to the Ohio Sea Grant college program, during Kasich's first year, 2011, the algae bloom was rated at its most severe -- ranking 10 on a 10 point scale.
The poisonous toxins that have shut down the use of tap water in four Ohio counties and stopped the flow of water for half a million people in the Toledo area are primarily caused by commercial fertilizer runoff from factories and farmer's fields. This situation has put Lake Erie at risk, just like it was back in the 1970s.
The Green Party calls for new regulations that would halt the flow of phosphorus from fertilizers into Lake Erie and incentives for Ohio farmers to adopt organic agriculture methods. Instead of spending millions of dollars to clean poisonous water we need to subsidize farmers to go green. We need to create a buffer zone to protect the Lake Erie ecosystem from those that spew chemicals without regard to people's right to drinking water.
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Green Party member, Rev. Edward Pinkney has been falsely accused of voter fraud in connection with a recall petition for Benton Harbor, Michigan's mayor. At his hearing on May 30, the prosecutor reportedly admitted that he had no evidence against Rev. Pinkney, but he was bound over to court, anyway.
The trial was originally set for June, but the prosecutor asked for a delay until September, and the court granted that request. We are now preparing for court to fight these false charges that are intended to intimidate and persecute a leader who fights for freedom and justice for all people without regard to race, socioeconomic status, or where they live. Now you are invited to share in the battle to keep Rev. Pinkney free to continue his work.
Benton Harbor is approximately 95 percent African American, and its "twin" city St. Joseph is approximately 95 percent Caucasian. There is no other place where apartheid in America is as evident as it is in the Benton Harbor, Michigan area. Please help Rev. Pinkney and BANCO.org fight against police brutality and corporate government corruption. As Rev. Pinkney says, "The battle is not black against white; it is elitists against everybody else. We must unite to fight this battle together." It's usual and ordinary to use the criminal justice system to terrorize and incarcerate the people's leaders. Stand with BANCO.org and say: "Not this time, not this man, not on our watch."
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