, spring has arrived in Northwest Indiana and like the daffodils that are emerging, your local Green Party movement is ready to embrace all that this spring opens up. Help us to emerge from the delays that the pandemic caused last year. Join in the discussion at our April 11 virtual meeting (information below) as we plan out the upcoming Green activities right here in the region. While we are cautious about getting out this spring, we are also anxious to get back to growing our presence and spreading our core values.
Have you considered becoming a member of the Northwest Indiana Green Party? This is the time to make your commitment for a Greener 2021 right here in the region by becoming a member of the NIW Green Party. Membership are $10 for adults, $5 seniors and students. You can join by clicking on the appropriate membership links here or the buttons at the bottom of our home page www.nwigreenparty.org. As the political organization that represents your values, that promotes your vales and that works to secure those values in our local governments we need your support.
April NWI Green Party Meeting - VIRTUAL ZOOM Link or Conference Call Number below Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
While the pandemic is still waning we are going to keep our April meeting as a virtual gathering. 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.
The Indiana Green Party officially endorses Better Ballot Indiana
Better Ballot Indiana is a non-partisan Indiana non-profit corporation (501c3) formed to educate and empower Hoosiers to strengthen democracy in Indiana through Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). The Green Party Platform addresses electoral reform, and one part of the solution is Instant Run-off Voting (IRV) also known as RCV. Under RCV, voters can rank candidates in their order of preference (1,2,3, etc.) RCV ensures that the eventual winner has majority support and allows voters to express their preferences knowing that supporting their favorite candidate will not inadvertently help their least favored candidate. RCV thus frees voters from being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. Once again, the Ranked Choice Voting bill that was filed in the Indiana Legislature went completely unheard this year. RCV is already used statewide in Maine and Alaska, and it’s used locally in many cities, including New York City. Several countries around the world also use RCV, such as Ireland and Australia. Ranked Choice Voting has a proven record of strengthening democracies. The INGP strives to live by the values of the Green movement.
A Message from your NWI Green Party Chair
This has been a long slog, but there is some hopeful news that a bi-partisan coalition of Indiana lawmakers empowered by a whole host of environmental activist organizations, state and local government agencies may halt or at least mitigate a bill to eviscerate wetlands protections already in Indiana law.
The notorious legislation that’s still before the Indiana General Assembly is Senate Bill 389.
We’re proud to say the Indiana Green Party joined with a host of groups across Indiana in submitting a four-page letter of protest regarding the bad bill to state legislators.
State and local Green Party members also joined other Northwest Indiana environmental activists last week on the shores of shimmering Lake George for a beautiful Water Ceremony conducted by fierce water protector Billie Warren, a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, and a rally to stop S.B. 389.
Joining the Indiana Green Party were more than 70 Hoosier state organizations, including local groups such as the Just Transition Northwest Indiana, Northwest Indiana Stormwater Advisory, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Porter County and Michigan City Chapters of the Izaak Walton League of America, Save the Dunes, Town of Merrillville Stormwater Utility and the Lake County Parks & Recreation Department.
Statewide organizations with local members and friends on the list of water defenders included the Hoosier Environmental Council, Citizens Action Coalition, League of Women Voters of Indiana, Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Indiana Catholic Conference.
On Wednesday (April 7), the House Environmental Affairs Committee passed a proposed amendment to the bill that “preserves protection of most wetlands,” according to the Hoosier Environmental Council. See HEC's detailed response.
The HEC also has a must-read, four-point “to do” list that you can react to TODAY to stop this bad bill from becoming law. Time is crucial. The General Assembly must adjourn on or before April 29.
Back on Feb. 1, nine Republicans joined with 10 Democrats in trying to block SB 389 when it came up for a vote in the Indiana Senate. It passed, 29-19.
Our NWI State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-District 4, had tried earlier to amend out of existence most of the noxious bill, substituting for its original language a request for a study committee to look into wetlands issues. Her amendment was defeated, 29-19.
NWI Sen. Rick Niemeyer, R-6th District, is a co-sponsor of SB 389. I knew Rick’s father, former Indiana State Senator and Lake County Commissioner, the late Ernie Niemeyer, and it’s sad to see his son backing such terrible legislation.
Support Your Local Green Party
Support your local Green Party and become a member of the NIW Green Party today. Membership are $10 for adults, $5 seniors and students. You can join by clicking on the appropriate membership links here or the buttons at the bottom of our home page www.nwigreenparty.org
Also you can make a donation to the NWI Green Party to further our presence in the region by clicking the donate button. You support helps up to keep the movement going in these times. Thank you for your continued work to make NWI the Crossroads of Green America!
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