Invitation to Sen. Sanders Supporters — Be a Green candidate

The Green Party of Michigan invites you to become a Green candidate for state and local offices in 2016.

You can continue the Sanders political revolution all the way through to November by becoming a Green candidate.

The Green Party Convention for selecting candidates is Saturday, July 30 in Lansing. See www.migreenparty.org for details.

To become a Green candidate is simple and free.  See my FAQs at:
http://www.migreenparty.org/chairpersons-corner

Unlike becoming a Democratic or Republican candidate, Green candidates have principles — Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice and Non-Violence — the four pillars of the Green Party worldwide.  Green candidates also pledge to accept money only from individuals. Becoming a Green candidate is free and costs what time and energy you put into it.  We’ll help you with the few simple forms to get you started. 

The essentials you need to know to become a Green candidate are available here.

The platform of the Green Party advocates broad and sweeping changes to our state to make the four pillars real and living.  It aligns very well with much of Sen. Sanders’ platform. The Green Party national website (www.gp.org) has up to date press releases and other sources on Green political principles.

There is a list of questions to better help you and the Green Party understand one another. It is called a vetting questionnaire and is available here.

Greens are prevented by law from adding any candidates after the last day of our convention, July 31 at noon, so we need to hear from you soon.

You can reach our elections coordinator John LaPietra at: jalp_z@yahoo.com
 
Please contact him or the Green Party with any questions at:
		313-815-2025
		www.migreenparty.org
		Green Party of Michigan on facebook
				
Fred Vitale
Chairperson
Green Party of Michigan
freddetroit@gmail.com

An Open Letter to Black Lives Matter Supporters

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In her recent keynote speech at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City, Alicia Garza called out both the Democratic and Republican parties for failing to halt the growing hatred and inequality that target people of color in the United States and, we would add, around the world. Alicia noted the need to build power on many fronts, socially, economically and politically, in order to confront the status quo and create a world in which black and brown lives are valued.

We agree wholeheartedly with Alicia and the many courageous people who are struggling to end racist policies that perpetrate violence on black and brown communities through redlining, gentrification, disinvestment, criminalization, the drug war, mass incarceration, and more. We agree that we must disrupt the status quo and work together to build a new democracy in which black lives matter.

We invite all people who care about protecting and empowering black lives to work with us to build political power outside the corporate duopoly through the Green Party. The Green Party has been building political infrastructure at the grassroots level and nationwide for the past twenty years. Our candidates and leadership from the local to national levels reflect the diversity of the party. Our processes are rooted in democracy. Click here to learn more about the Green Party pillars and ten key values.

As co-chairs of the Presidential Nominating Convention (PNC) that takes place during the Annual Meeting, we want you to know that we welcome your ideas, participation and leadership. We invite you to attend the Annual Meeting and PNC in Houston this August.  At the meeting, we’ll have workshops on policy and issues, how to build the Green Party, running for office, and more.  We’ll select our presidential candidate, network with Greens from other countries at the international reception, show our talents at an open mic night, and after our candidate is confirmed, we’ll celebrate with a Party for the Revolution sponsored by our Presidential Nominee.

We also encourage you to get involved in the party and run for office at the federal, state, or local level.  Fill out the form below if you are interested in more information about the Green Party.

The Green Party is largely made up of people who care deeply about critical issues facing us today. We are activists for economic, racial, and environmental justice. We work to end wars and create positive alternatives in our communities. Greens have been elected to various levels of government and more than 150 are running in the coming election.

We want you to know that should you choose it, you will find a political home in the Green Party where we will work together for the changes we so desperately need.

Margaret Flowers and James Lane
Honorary Co-chairs of the 2016 Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention