Candidates seeking Green Party nominations to hold trio of campaign announcements
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.
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August 29, 2017
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Belle, is currently active in politics as the Group Leader of the Detroit Green Party. She is also a social justice activist, holding the position of Female Co-chair of Detroit's NCOBRA (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America) organization.
Belle also presides over the National Reparations Labor Union, headquartered in Detroit. She is joining the race for the U.S. Senate because she feels that the two major parties are not effectively serving the interests of the majority of Michigan residents.
"It's time that we moved Michigan in a more positive direction." said Belle. "I will stand for all Michigan residents to work toward a new agenda that will revitalize our state and bring prosperity to countless struggling families."
Belle points to the disaster in Houston, Texas as reason to take swift action on environmental issues. "Our inaction on the climate change issue is causing weather refugees when climate change-influenced disasters occur" Belle said. "Michigan should prepare to not only extend open hearts and open wallets to Texas, but also open arms. The Superdome is at capacity. May some of the people who have lost everything in Texas find refuge and compassion in the Great Lakes State. Our leaders in the U.S. Senate have not done enough on the issue of climate change." Belle stated. "We must take action to counter the effects of climate change without delay."
Kurland will announce her run for Governor of the State of Michigan at the trio of press conferences. A prominent activist in Metro Detroit, Kurland is the host of the radio program "The Offensive Feminist with Jenny K," which is broadcast on local internet radio station Cave Radio.
Kurland recently completed a thorough, year-long investigation of the Flint Water Crisis, including the production of a video documentary. Her findings have been detailed in a comprehensive report to all members the state legislature.
Currently, Kurland is President of the Redford Union School Board. She was elected to the board as a trustee in 2012 and became its President in 2015. Strengthening Michigan's educational system, including making major improvements in the operation of Detroit Public Schools is a critical agenda item for Kurland. "The future of Michigan depends on the future of Michigan's children." Kurland said. "I will make it my priority to put our children first and ensure that all students receive the best public education possible." The candidate is also raising issues of prison reform, addressing issues regarding policing in the state, public health matters (including health care,) infrastructure (including finishing the job and ending the Flint Water Crisis), and addressing long-term issues with Michigan's roads and pipeline systems.