, our scheduled monthly meeting for November has been moved to a virtual meeting. With the surge in coronavirus transmission in Northwest Indiana the decision was made to have the November meeting on Sunday, November 15th at 2pm by ZOOM meeting. The details are listed below. This has been a political roller coster of a week with our national and local general elections. The disunity and polarization in America that lead us of to this week's election and drawn out by days of "too close to call" elections made this a stressful week. Over 270 Greens across the US competed in their local races and there were many accomplishments for our growing, progressive green voice. Green victories in races that have been called, so far, include: • Emmanuel Estrada, Mayor of Baldwin Park, CA • David Grover for City Council of Trinidad, CA (re-elected) • Sylvia R. Chavez for City Council (At-Large) of Calipatria, CA • Sharron Parra for Hyampom, CA Community Service District • Michael Paul Hansen for Humboldt County, CA Community Services District • John Abraham “Abe” Powell for Montecito, CA Fire Protection District (re-elected) • Randy Marx, Fair Oaks Water District (Sacramento County) (re-elected) • Matthew Clark, Granada Community Services District (San Mateo County) (re-elected) • Jane Jarlsberg for Joshua Basin Water District, Division 3 in San Bernardino County, CA • Josiah Dean for City Council of Dufur, OR (re-elected) • Michael Clary for Soil and Water Conservation, Zone 4 in Coos County, OR (re-elected) In the races of Jake Tonkel for City Council in San Jose, CA and the re-election of Jessica Clayton to the Brick Township, NJ Board of Education, the candidates are awaiting final tabulation of votes.
November NWI Green Party Meeting - VIRTUAL ZOOM Link or Conference Call Number below Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
In this time of national crisis the NWI Green Party asks you to stay safe and keep yourself healthy. With the current disturbing status of the pandemic we have decided to go back to a virtual meeting this month. There will be two ways to connect to the meeting - via the internet (meaning a computer, tablet or smart phone with a microphone) or by calling in on your phone. If this is your first time using Zoom it will need a few minutes to install, it is free to install. If you have a camera on your computer you can also stream from your camera.
To join the meeting via a computer, tablet or smartphone connected to the internet that has a microphone or headset with microphone (it doesn't work too well if we can't hear what you have to say):
dial: 312 626 6799 and enter the meeting ID: 782 885 8504
If you have any difficulties getting connected, please message us on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any updates to the meeting information will be posted on Facebook.
Porter County Shifts in 2020 General Election
Porter County saw a significant number of Democrats loose their seats to Republican challengers this general election. Sylvia Graham, the long serving matriarch of the Porter County Council went from always placing first in the three seat at-large race to barely making it into third place. Her electoral demotion highlights the political shift in Porter County. As I was watching the results come in late Tuesday night it was apparent that something different and confusing was happening this election. Facebook post labeled this a "red wave" hitting Porter County, which given the move from slight Democrat leaning to an even split is not a proper description.
So what happened in the 2020 General election Porter County? The short answer is what should have happened in 2016. In 2016 only 63% of the voters for Trump chose to vote down the ballot - just giving the Republican Party the disappointing third seat. In 2020 over 87% of the Trump voters chose to vote down the ballot, taking the first two seats and sent the establishment Democrats clawing to hang onto third place. In reality 2016 was the anomaly in Porter County (if the top person on your party's ticket wins then there should a significant advantage to your down ticket candidates) and 2020 is the "normal" election.
Twenty-five percent of the Porter County base that were "Only Trump" 2016 shifted to "All Republican" 2020. The concern is the motivation for this shift and the long term consequences on Porter County, and if what happened in Porter County extrapolates to other counties, the long term consequences in the political landscape of America. If the Trump political base could be seen as a sponge in 2016 and only marginally interested in the local party races, the numbers for 2020 show that after four years, the Republican base become more solid as it shifted to the right and is now able to reshape not only national politics but local politics as well.
This shift creates space within Porter County for Green candidates. With the Republican Party solidly moved to the right and the Democrats now well established in the center with Biden/Harris, the voice that speaks for voters of the progressive left has been removed. This is our opportunity to step into that space with our green values and reclaim that progressive movement with candidates in our local races.
Support Your Local Green Party
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