, your local Green Party need you now more than ever. The report this week from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change paints a very dire picture of our planet - unless we act now to limit the damage. The world is pivoting to focus on what we as a group have been advocating for years and this is our time to bring the change to protect our world. The NWI Green Party is ready to march for our environment and you can join us at two upcoming events. We will be in the Malden Labor Day Parade handing out information in Morgan Township. Then on Saturday, September 11th we will be participating in the Valparaiso Popcorn Parade and Festival. Please join us as we spread the Green New Deal and build our party. More information will be coming when we have the details. You can help us plan this Sunday at our August Meeting, details are below.
We remain hopeful in the midst of the emerging challenges to protecting our environment in NWI and promoting human rights and democracy throughout all our communities. We are committed advocating on the local level for our environment. As we move into the unprecedented time of assault on our most fragile ecosystems, the NWI Green Party needs you to advocate and act with us. Join us as we make a difference in NWI.
August NWI Green Party Meeting
Urschel Pavilion, 63 Lafayette St, Valparaiso at one of the picnic tables Sunday, August 15, 2021 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Our August NWI Green Party meeting returns to the outside and away from our computer screens. On August 15,2021 at 2pm join us at one of the picnic tables at the Urschel Pavilion in downtown Valparaiso for an open air gathering. You are asked to wear a mask for further safety of those around us. Organize with us as we look to our Green activities coming up - the Malden Parade and the Popcorn Festival! - here in Northwest Indiana. Any updates to the meeting will be posted on Facebook. In the event that there is an event filling the pavilion, we will find a suitable location near by.
Portage Recycling Program Suspended for Too Much Trash
The company contracted by the City of Portage to collect recyclables and divert those materials from costly landfills has suspended collection in Portage for six weeks. Audits of the trucks determined that the material collected in Portage from the green totters contained over the allowable percentage of trash. This continues the much larger reduction in recycling in Porter County due to issues of contamination. The City of Portage has begun confiscating recycling totters that contain non-recyclable material in preparation for resumption of collection next month. The additional cost of disposing the material in the landfill will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This is the result of a failing system throughout Indiana that was poorly designed and instituted within our municipalities because it was at no cost! Now that the buyers no longer want the uncleaned, contaminated Made in America recyclables, the broken system is crumbling, the landfills are being filled up and the cost are rising. The NWI Green Party advocates for a sensible and sustainable recycling system in the region - where clean renewables start in your kitchen! We are the Party of the New Ideas for a Green America!
A Message from your NWI Green Party Chair
The sad, simple truth is the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are corrupt to their cores and are incapable of reform.
Corporate money and corporate financial interests rule both of them in a time of increasing political dysfunction and the existential treat of climate change.
This is why America needs the Green Party, whose candidates – local and national – do not accept corporate money. More on that after a few paragraphs describing another recent example of the national problem.
Recent news confirms the endemic corruption of a corporate-controlled Establishment of the Democratic Party.
Progressive Democrat Nina Turner, who supports Medicare for All and a hike in the federal minimum wage law to $15 an hour, was defeated in her Democratic Party runoff race for the party’s nomination for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Turner ran in a district that includes parts of Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. She was co-manager of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign.
Turner, “one of the best among us,” was beaten by a woman, backed by “an organized coalition of money and power,” according to Krystal Ball, progressive co-host of the political news and commentary program, Breaking Points. “Worse yet, Nina lost to a candidate mired in a corruption scandal and buoyed by money and support from some of worst people on the entire planet. Millions of dollars in outside money were dropped on her (Turner’s) head in the closing weeks of the campaign.”
According to Newsweek, “In April, The Intercept reported that (Brown) had voted to award millions worth of contracts to companies connected to her romantic partner and campaign donors. Emails reviewed by The Daily Poster show that the Ohio state auditor's office reviewed the allegations in the article and recently referred the matter to the state ethics commission.
“Under Ohio law, public officials are prohibited from knowingly authorizing or using their authority or influence ‘to secure authorization of any public contract in which the public official, a member of the public official's family, or any of the public official's business associates has an interest.’ Violation of the statute is a felony, and penalties can include prison time.”
We can’t continue abiding this ongoing corruption as a lesser of two evils if we hope to survive as a nation or as a species.
The Northwest Indiana Green Party is looking for good candidates to run for LOCAL public office, particularly city and town council races in 2023. (We need to start early on campaign preparations.)
Here are our guiding principles, what we call the 10 Key Values of the Green Party. If you are concerned about the environment and clean, responsive government, we want you to consider supporting us, including considering running for office.
It’s imperative that we establish ourselves as capable of representing the people with skill and integrity at the local level. We must earn people’s trust, first, then try for state and congressional offices.
Message us on Facebook, our website, or reply to this email, if you’re interested in learning more. We’re here to help you build a better America and a sustainable planet.
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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