It has been four years too long since the residents of Flint were forced to drink poison in order for a pipeline to be built. High levels of lead are still being found across the city, including in local public schools, yet this is not being reported widely across the state. When Emergency Manager Ed Kurtz signed the order to switch residents over to the Flint River for drinking water in 2013, he was fully aware that the city’s water treatment plant could not properly treat water as shown in documents for the KWA pipeline beginning in 2009.Read more
The Green Party of Colorado (GPCO) expresses its opposition to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposals of federal oil and gas lease sales on Sept. 6, 2018 of approximately 22,175 acres of land in Huerfano, Kiowa, Lincoln, Washington, Weld and Baca Counties, Colorado. Green Party key values of ecological wisdom, future focus and sustainability inform our recognition that these proposals are shortsighted and misguided.
"The BLM is couching this leasing in terms of "the Administration's priority to make America safe through energy independence," and supporting jobs, but in reality this is an attempt to create short term capital at the long term expense of the climate and local environment," said Andy Hamilton, chair of the Mesa County Green Party in Grand Junction. "A transition to renewable energy sources would better address the real needs of the working class."Read more
Today, Governor Rick Snyder announced his budget for FY2019. The Governor has yet again neglected to mention that the city of Flint still does not have access to clean, safe drinking water while proposing an additional investment of $25.9M to Flint for service line replacements. He neglected to mention that Michigan is currently giving 130 million gallons of our groundwater to Nestle while only charging them $200/year when they make over $300 million/year from our public resource.
We could certainly fix the water mains in Flint much faster if Nestle was charged an equitable fee for their water withdrawal. He has yet again neglected to include the full costs of fixing Flint in the 2019 budget, allowing for this crisis to continue and be passed on to his successor. While he may be leaving the state with a projected "rainy day" fund of $922 million, he is also leaving our state with our own version of Katrina with a cost to fix of $1.2 - $4 billion.Read more
December 11, 2017 – The final day to file objections to candidate ballot access petitions has passed, and the Illinois Green Party slate for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board of Commissioners went unchallenged. Your Illinois Greens will be on the ballot in the March 20, 2018 primary election!
The slate of candidates representing the Illinois Green Party will be:Read more
Chicago is famous for its "machine" system: elected or appointed officials control massive, taxpayer-funded administrations full of jobs and contracts, which are handed out to keep supporters loyal come election time. Whether those jobs and contracts actually benefit the taxpayers, or address critical civic issues...that's not really the machine's concern.
It's a terrible way to run a city -- and Greens are fighting to change that. We're running a hard-hitting, issues-focused campaign against Chicago's famously corrupt sanitary district Board of Commissioners.Read more
MARQUETTE, MI -- The Green Party of Michigan has renewed its support for a moratorium on metallic sulfide mining in the state.
At a recent membership meeting in Marquette, the party agreed the proposed Back Forty Mine in Menominee County would poison the region’s waters. In April the Department of Environmental Quality issued Aquila Resources a water discharge permit for the 83-acre, open-pit mine.Read more
The proposed Back 40 Mine will poison Menominee County waters, Greens agreed at a recent State Membership Meeting for the Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) held in Marquette.
"The Back 40 Mine would involve sulfide ore mining only 60 to 100 feet from the Menominee River and would create an 83-acre open pit mine over 750 feet deep as well as 152 acres of tailings," says Aimee Cree Dunn, a GPMI officer from the Upper Peninsula. "It will impact not only the land and waters of the U.P., but also those of bordering Wisconsin."Read more
Merrily Mazza is running for re-election to her second term on the Lafayette City Council.
She has served as president of the Colorado Community Rights Network; a board member of East Boulder County United, a local chapter of Colorado’s statewide network; and a city councilor in Lafayette, Colorado, a community of 27,000 located 20 miles north of Denver in Colorado’s Front Range urban corridor (the north/south populated region of Colorado just east of the Rocky Mountain range and extending from Cheyenne, Wyoming, south to Pueblo, Colorado, near the New Mexico border).
Colorado’s Front Range is an oil & gas fracking zone. Like many other communities across the nation, local residents, attempting to protect their health, safety and welfare from toxic industrial activity, have come to the inevitable intersection of democracy and corporate power.
In 2013 Merrily worked with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund to craft a local charter amendment. Proposed and helped get on the ballot Colorado’s first local community bill of rights. Lafayette’s Community Bill of Rights and Obligations established the right to community self-government, the rights of ecosystems, and the residents’ right to clean air and water. And it banned all oil and gas development within the city limits as a violation of those rights. The city charter amendment passed with 62% of the vote. The city was immediately sued by the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA), the industry’s trade and lobbying group in Colorado. State courts sided with COGA.
Earlier this year Merrily proposed Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights ordinance which specified a right to a right to a healthy climate and banned fracking as a violation of that right. The ordinance passed and has so far not been challenged by the state or industry.
She has also worked on two state constitutional amendments in 2014 and 2016, both of which would have guaranteed the right to local self-government. (Colorado’s state constitution can be amended by ballot initiative.)
Wayne County activists launch bids for office
(FLINT, LANSING, DETROIT) 08/29/2017 - Anita Belle and Jennifer V. Kurland will tour the state on Wednesday, seeking the nomination of the Green Party of Michigan in a pair of statewide contests. The pair will hold press conferences in Flint, Lansing and Detroit, where Belle will announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate and Kurland will announce a run for Governor of the State of Michigan.Read more