Thursday, May 01, 2014

Michigan Greens to Hold Convention June 7-8

This is from the Green Party of Michigan:

Ecological Wisdom      *  Social Justice
Grassroots Democracy  *  Non-Violence

Green Party of Michigan

**  News Release  **
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      May 1, 2014

For More Information, Contact:
John Anthony La Pietra, GPMI Elections Co-ordinator
    (269) 781-9478

Fred Vitale, GPMI Meeting Manager
    (313) 490-5805

Michigan Greens to Hold Convention June 7-8
GPMI Members to Gather in Detroit Area from Across the State
to Nominate Federal, State, and Local Candidates;
Party Will Also Publish Its 2014 Platform

    The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) will hold its
2014 state nominating convention in the Detroit area
on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8.

    The Saturday session is scheduled to run from 9am
to 5pm at the International Institute, 111 E. Kirby,
Detroit.  On Sunday, Michigan Greens will convene at
the Phoenix Cafe, 24918 John R., Hazel Park from 9am
to 3pm.

    This will be the Green Party's eighth convention
since it earned its place on the Michigan ballot in
2000.  Conventions and county caucuses are how GPMI
and other alternative parties nominate candidates for
the November general elections.

    GPMI Elections Co-ordinator John Anthony La Pietra
points out that the state-law-required convention/caucus
system doesn't bring Green nominees the publicity of
taxpayer-financed primary elections.  "On the other hand,
every candidate we nominate has to show a solid commitment
to the party's values."

    Those values include the Four Pillars of all US Greens:
grassroots democracy, social justice, ecological wisdom,
and non-violence.  GPMI applies its values to key issues
of the day in its 2014 Platform, which will be publicly
available at the convention.

    GPMI Meeting Manager Fred Vitale will be having
updates of information about the convention agenda,
directions to the two sites, hotels and restaurants
in the area, and other links posted on the party's
new Website at:

    GPMI's 2014 platform and its four major sections --
"Democracy and Human Rights", "The Environment", "Resource Wars",
and "Jobs and the General Welfare" -- can be seen at

    If you would like to be considered for a possible GPMI
nomination for partisan elective office, contact Elections
Co-ordinator John Anthony La Pietra <> for
an article about the nomination process.  Candidates who
answer the party's questionnaire in the article by May 24
will have their answers included in a booklet distributed
to delegates at the convention.

    For other information about GPMI, its values, and its
candidates, visit:

    You can also “like” the Green Party of Michigan US
Facebook page and follow GPMI's Twitter feed @MIGreenParty.

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Green Party of Michigan
PO Box 504
Warren, MI  48090-0504

    GPMI was formed in 1987 to address environmental
issues in Michigan politics.  Greens are organized
in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Each
state Green Party sets its own goals and creates its
own structure, but US Greens agree on Ten Key Values:

    Ecological Wisdom
    Grassroots Democracy
    Social Justice
    Community Economics
    Respect for Diversity
    Personal/Global Responsibility
    Future Focus/Sustainability

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