Why I Am Green
I joined the Green Party of Michigan because it is the best example of a political party that is truly run from the bottom up. The citizens of Michigan desperately need a voice that advocates on behalf of our natural and human resources. This is why it is so crucial to support the Green Party of Michigan: an organization that actively fights against the increasing erosion of our democracy by holding public officials and institutions accountable. I feel fortunate to be a member of an organization that is building a more humane, thoughtful, responsible, and democratic alternative!
I immediately stopped supporting Obama in January 2009 when he appointed criminal bankers to run the Treasury Department. I had been an anti-war activist since 2003. I cringed when he continued the wars, increased the drone strikes, expanded nuclear weapons, prosecuted whistle blowers, and neglected to convict any of the criminal bankers for the horrendous
fraud that caused the economic collapse in 2008. Our country will
continue to suffer from those acts and omissions for many year to come.
I made it my mission for the next few years to bring these matters to
the attention of my friends and family. But most people pay no attention
to what "their" party is doing once the election is over. So wealth
inequality and aggressive wars were able to grow unabated for several
My husband was watching the Bill Moyers show one day in 2012, and was
very excited about it because the woman being interviewed was saying all
the things I'd been telling him for years. It was Jill Stein. So I
looked into the Green Party platform, and saw that it was the party that
represented my views. Most people equate the Green Party with
environmental issues, but I was pleased to see that the Green Party also
agreed with my stand against aggressive wars and nuclear weapons, and
the need for economic reform.
In an era when almost every decision our government makes affects the course and condition of the Earth and the people who share our small “blue ball” each voter must find the path and the party that mirrors his or her beliefs. I am a baby boomer and my young adult life was in the 1960s. In those formative years, I learned and began to believe that justice for all people and for Mother Earth was extremely important. Yes, I was a “tree hugger.”
For many years, I searched, unsuccessfully, to find a political party that matched my beliefs. Finally, I came across the Green Party and found that their Ten Key Values mirrored what I believed in. I will believe and support the principles that I feel are best for the future generations and the continued existence of a clean and just planet.
I attended my first Green Party meeting and was surprised by many things. Like many organizations, things started late, people sometimes debated minutiae and missed the bigger issue. I heard members admit that they were Greens because of just one issue that was their focus, I heard long time leadership debate who was the secretary and finally admit they did not know who it was anymore and I saw meeting rules agreed on and then promptly be tossed by the wayside.
I paid my money up front and you might think a reasonable person would be demanding a refund after witnessing such dysfunction. I did not, and here is why: I also witnessed a group of strangers welcome me with warmth and without question. I heard honesty from people in positions of leadership (when is the last time you heard that from an R or D in a position of leadership?), I heard people speak with passion about the things they believed in, I was given the gift of being heard and listened to, respectfully, no matter if my views were the same or different than those listening, I heard tales of grass roots successes, and learned about needs for grass roots efforts that were struggling. I witnessed a group of people trying to find solutions to benefit every citizen without being concerned about whether it would help their personal cause, personal ambition, or personal gain. I saw people hold their own anger and frustration in check, just so that someone else could be heard fully, and to learn if maybe there was something in the view being expressed that they hadn’t caught earlier. In short, I saw first hand, people trying their best to help assure that this nation really can have a government of, by, and for the People!
So that is why I will call myself a Green. That is why I will offer my views on how to make the party grow and become more effective at creating the change that will promote those values that are shared among not only Green party members but many of the citizens of Michigan, the United States and the world.