, the New Year has begun, and 2022 didn't start out like many of us had expected. We are in the midst of the greatest healthcare crisis in generations, our climate is getting more extreme, and our nation is on the verge of a reckoning on if Build Back Better gets out of Congress. Your local Greens have an important agenda for Northwest Indiana as face the challenges of 2022. On January 16, 2022 your Northwest Indiana Green Party will gather virtually for our Annual Meeting. This is your time to get involved for the future of our local Green Revolution.
2022 Annual Meeting of the NWI Green Party
ZOOM Link or Conference Call Number below
Sunday, January 16, 2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Join us virtually in January for the NWI Green Party's Annual Meeting. We are hosting this years meeting through Zoom as the region is dealing with a surge in the pandemic. During our annual meeting we will be reporting on the activities this past year and electing officers for 2022. Everyone is invited to attend, in order to vote or be nominated for an office you would need to have paid your 2022, which you can easily do online at these links.
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):
To call into the meeting as a conference call
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 email@example.com. Any updates to the meeting information will be posted on Facebook.
A Word From Your NWI Green Party Chair - Joe Conn
Economist Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under then-President Bill Clinton, often writes well, frequently demonstrating he has a keen understanding of our current economic crisis, and like a good journalist, explains its complexity in language that’s easy to read.
In his article “What’s the real meaning of January 6?” Professor Reich explains our economic difficulties, and in so doing, makes a good pitch for why we need the Green Party, though he’d be loath to admit it.
Reich readily and rightfully excoriates Republicans for creating our economic mess, yet he minimizes the role Democrats also have played – for decades – helping the GOP dismantle the American working class at the behest of the ruling class.
If Professor Reich were one of my journalism students, or if I were his editor, we’d have words about this serious omission, and for another reason.
In the jargon of journalism, he buried the lead.
Reich didn’t get around to telling the most important part of the story until way down at the bottom.
According to Reich, and I agree with him, this is the reason rioters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington a year ago:
"A belligerent and narcissistic authoritarian has gained a powerful hold over a large portion of America,” Reich writes. (Former President Donald) Trump’s attempted coup could not have gotten this far without something more basic: A substantial portion of the American population feels an anger and despair that has made them susceptible to Trump’s swagger and lies.”
“The despair Trump has channeled is more closely connected to a profound loss of identity, dignity and purpose, especially among Americans who have been left behind – without college degrees, without good jobs, in places that have been economically abandoned and disdained by much of the rest of the country.
“The wages of these Americans have not risen in forty years, adjusted for inflation, even though the economy is now three times larger than it was four decades ago. The norm of upward mobility has been shattered for these Americans. Through their eyes, the entire American system is now rigged against them,” Reich said.
“This part of America yearns for a strongman to deliver it from despair. Trump has filled that void. To be sure, he’s filled it with bombast, lies, paranoia, and neofascism. But he has filled it nonetheless. The challenge ahead is to fill it with a democracy and economy that work for everyone. Unless we understand and respond to this fundamental truth, we will miss the true meaning of January 6."
But to this I'd add, a substantial portion of the American population was also willing to listen to Sen. Bernie Sanders' economics truths in 2016 and 2020 – about growing income inequality and healthcare inequality, groaning educational debt burdens on our young people, the need for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, the existential threat of global warming. It happened that members of the Democratic Party establishment refused to understand what he was trying to tell them.
Here’s the fundamental problem that Professor Reich dodged.
Our Congress and our presidents have been bought with and controlled by corporate cash.
Their positions and salaries as corporate stooges depended upon them – Democrats and Republicans alike – refusing to understanding the problems of the middle class and the poor.
We need a new politics in this country. We need candidates who won’t take corporate cash and will work on behalf of the 90% of Americans, not the wealthiest 10%., or 1%.
First, we need to build from the ground up a Green Party that will deliver those working class candidates to the voters at the local level, where they can prove their worth and gain government experience. Then we run them for Congress and state-wide offices.
We’ll be having local elections in 2023. Consider joining the Green Party. Consider running for local office as a Green Party candidate. Your country needs you.