On behalf of the officers of the Green Party, I thank all the Green Party of Michigan candidates for their courageous and exemplary efforts in the 2016 elections. I thank all of our supporters who campaigned for our candidates and voted for our candidates. We have a clear conscience. We did not vote for a lesser evil. We voted for the greater common good.
You are all invited to join us this Saturday, November 12, from 11 am - 2:30 pm at the China Jade Restaurant,1070 W Huron St, Waterford Twp, MI 48328 for an Election Debrief.
Michiganians elected five Green candidates, more than we have ever elected before in Michigan. This year, the Green Party of Michigan has increased membership to over 1000.
We are entering a new era. The Trump era.
The Stein/Baraka campaign have expressed solidarity with all the citizens immediately threatened by a Trump presidency. It has called for resistance to the Trump presidency. There have already been several anti-Trump demonstrations in Michigan.
There will be actions in the upcoming weeks against the Trans-Pacific Pact (TPP), another job- and environment-destroying free trade agreement. Occupy the Inauguration is scheduled for Inauguration Day next January. The Stein campaign is supporting this action.
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The election in Michigan for president was extremely close. Turnout varied depending on the communities. This context requires us as the Green Party of Michigan to be thoughtful and aware as we go forward.
Naomi Klein wrote a piece on the results:
As a Green, I support the efforts of resistance to the Trump regime and I support the calls of the Stein/Baraka campaign for solidarity and resistance.
As chairperson and officer of the Green Party, I think it is important for the party to set a tone of open dialogue and discussion inside the Green Party as we go forward. I don’t recommend we immediately adopt positions and actions unless there is robust and active consensus.
We have many new members who have just joined the Green Party. They have many different political views and opinions within the large umbrella of support for the values expressed in our four pillars — ecological wisdom, social justice, nonviolence, and grassroots democracy. We need to create and maintain a welcoming space as we discuss and debate critical issues.
Politics in the United States will have much more conflict and struggle in it and there will be more right-wing extremism like Trump. There will also be much more opportunity for growth and expansion of the influence of the Green Party and its values.
Please send your thoughts about the road forward to me or bring them to the meeting on Saturday.
In solidarity, Go Green!
Green Party of Michigan