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NWI Green Party Crossroads

NWI Green Party Crossroads

‍Visitor, your NWI Greens are literally on the move this July 4th weekend and we need you to march with us. Once again we will be walking in both the Portage and the Hobart Independence Day parades. This is a great opportunity for our local movement to be visible and to share information about our Green values. Among the red, white and blue join us in a wave of green as we promote our environmental values and social justice.


Saturday, July 1st, Portage - a leisurely 1 mile walk down Central and Willowcreek. Parade begins at 10am, please arrive before 9:45. Lineup is in the field next to the Old Portage Mall, please enter at Central Ave and Roy Buckley Way. Look for us, probably near the back. Will have a green wagon with flags.

Tuesday, July 4th, Hobart - a slightly more robust 1.5 miles through downtown Hobart. Parade begins at noon, we will gather starting around 11am. Lineup is at the Hobart Middle School along 8th Street west of Fleming Street. If you're coming by car, it would be best to avoid traffic by coming into Hobart from the south along 10th Street or up State Road 51 and parking in the 900 block of Lake Street and walking to the parade gathering area at the Middle School two blocks away. Please note the Hobart parade is long walk in the sun, so bring some water, hat and sun screen.

June Strategize


The Northwest Indiana Green Party is gathering in Hobart for our June Meeting. We are returning to Sip Coffeehouse on Main Street this Sunday June 18th at 2pm. Catch up and strategize with us around some of their delicious food and drinks. Sip Coffee is located at 310 Main Street, Hobart. Join us as we plan our busy July parades and summer festivals around Northwest Indiana.



Green Party Candidates Qualify for Races in Portage and Hobart 

Two Northwest Indiana environmental activists have qualified to have their names appear on November municipal general election ballots as Green Party candidates in Portage and Hobart.

Rev. Michael Cooper filed on Friday with the Porter County Board of Elections petitions with signatures of more than 200 registered voters to earn a slot in the historically tight mayoral race in Portage.

In Lake County, Joseph Conn qualified to appear as a candidate on the ballot for Hobart City Council At-Large. This month, Conn also filed petitions with more than 200 signatures with the Lake County Election Board.  He received certification of his nomination by petition from the board on June 6. 

Both candidates return to local elections following strong and historic showings in 2019 and have been active in local environmental issues and progressive issues like Medicare for All.  Four years ago, Cooper and Conn were the first Green Party candidates to run for public office in their respective cities.  

Cooper is challenging the incumbent Democrat, offering a sensible, progressive plan for Portage. “My commitment is to create a growing and sustainable city by focusing on making Portage a regional driver in Green jobs and technology,” Cooper said. 

Recently, Cooper worked with several residents against a lead casting facility next to Portage’s Countryside Park. The casting plant was defended and approved by city hall. “I am running for mayor because our residents have experienced a long series of losses to public health and quality of life,” he said. “This campaign will pull Portage forward  -- for everyone.” 

In Hobart, Conn is running against two incumbent Democrats and a Republican for one of two, at-large seats. He has pledged to be a council member laser-focused on environmental issues.“I believe global warming is real and city government has a responsibility to join the effort and mitigate its effects where possible,” Conn said. 

He has been active since February 2022 with the grassroots group, No Re-Zone. Its members are fighting a proposed zoning change that would enable industrial development on a 660-acre swath of farmland in the geographical center of the city. The site is bounded by high-end residential developments and is less than a mile from the 300-acre Hobart Prairie Grove and Oak Savannah Trail portions of the Indiana Dunes National Park. If fully developed, the Hobart industrial zone could draw as many as 2,100 truck trips a day, Conn said.

“Industrial developments are not necessarily bad, but this is the wrong place for an industrial complex,” Conn said. “I think the re-zone is going to be a litmus test issue in the Nov. 7 elections.”   

Unlike Democrats and Republicans, which fill their ballots through the primary elections, independents and candidates in so-called “minor” political parties such as the Green Party have to submit petitions signed by verified registered voters to be included on the ballot in the general election. The number of signatures required is two percent of the total votes in the respective political subdivision from the most recent Indiana Secretary of State election. The Indiana Green Party has filed a lawsuit against the state alleging that the ballot access requirements are excessive and limit minority and independent candidates from election ballots.

Supporting Greens

Become a Member Today

Support your Northwest Indiana Green Party by making a contribution to our green movement. Contributions can be made through our secure square site at While you are there consider becoming a member of the NWI Green Party. Annual membership are $10 for adults, $5 seniors and students. You can join by clicking on the appropriate membership to add it to your cart. Your contributions will help us to engage the political machines in our region and to promote Green candidates in the upcoming election cycles.


If you would like to pay your membership with cash or check, you can bring your dues to the upcoming meeting. The NWI Green Party also wants to make membership feasible for those who have financial restraints, please contact us about the option for free membership. You can reply to this email or fill out the contact from on our website,


Coonecting Greens

‍Are you interested in becoming more involved in environmental, social justice and democracy advocacy in your local community? Then reach out to us to begin a dialogue of how you can promote our Green Values in your area. From local projects to parades, from city meetings to advisory boards, from door-to-door canvasing to the comfort of your computer desk there is something you can do to help your Green Party right here in Northwest Indiana. Reach out to us or join us at our next meeting to discover how we can work together for a Greener NWI.

Empowering Greens

Make a Contribution

Consider making a contribution to the NWI Green Party. Your support for our local grassroots movement right here in the region will empower us to get our issues out and our candidates on your ballot. Become one of the many people making Northwest Indiana the Crossroads of Green America.  Click on the button to make your secure, online contribution through Square. 



Contributions to the NWI Green Party are not tax-deductible and subject to restrictions established in Indiana Campaign Finance regulations.


Running Greens

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Local Office in 2023?

The time is now to explore your run for local elected office in 2023 and your local Greens are here to help. The Northwest Indiana Green Party is getting candidates resourced for getting on their ballot. We have three people with campaigns ready to go and we want a lot more candidates running to turn the region Green. Have you been considering make a value-based run to place our environmental, social justice and democracy platform on the ballot? Then this is the time begin to build our coalition in Northwest Indiana! So reach out to us by replying to this email, contacting us through our website (, messaging us through Facebook or attending our monthly meeting. Our region needs you to run as a Green in 2023.


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