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NWI Green Party Crossroads

NWI Green Party Crossroads

‍Visitor, the NWI Green Party joined the crowds in July and marched in the Portage and the Hobart July 4th parades. Through the rain on Saturday in Portage and the extreme heat on Tuesday in Hobart, our dedicated walkers clocPortage Parade 2023ked in the miles for our Green Values. Now that we have recuperated from all the excercise we are turning our focus to even more action right here in the region. From our wave of Green are getting exciting for our movement that is growing environmental and social justice. And above that we have two active political campaigns that are pushing towards the November general elections.

August Meeting

 

The Northwest Indiana Green Party is returning to the Urschel Pavilion in downtown Valparaiso for our August Meeting. Find us this Sunday, August 13th at one of the picnic tables under the pavilion at 63 Lafayette St, Valparaiso. We will be connecting as Greens, sharing our local actions and planning several events coming up in the region. Catch up and strategize with us in the open air. As with each time we plan to meet at the Pavilion our disclaimer is, if there is an event happening in the pavilion check our facebook page for updates of where we found a quieter place to meet.

PopcornTurn the Popcorn Festival Green with NWI Greens
Saturday, September 9th, Downtown Valpo

The Northwest Indiana Green Party will have a tent at the 44th Annual Valapaiso Popcorn Festival. We are needing volunteers to help us staff our booth on Saturday, September 9th. There are time slots from 8:00am to 6:30pm to help us spread the word about our local movement and our candidates running for office. Find our more at our August meeting.

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 nwigreenparty.square.site. 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, https://nwigreenparty.org/contact-us/

 

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. 

 

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

 

Running Greens

Interested in Running for
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 (www.nwigreenparty.org), messaging us through Facebook or attending our monthly meeting. Our region needs you to run as a Green in 2023.

 

Joe ConnHealthcare is a Human Right

Local Grassroots for Medicare for All

 

For the past five and a half years, the grassroots group, Northwest Indiana Medicare for All (NWIM4A), has been educating citizens across the region about the benefits and necessity of Congress passing legislation to create a national health insurance system.

 

Medicare for All would provide high-quality health insurance for all Americans, regardless of age, income or employment status, an improved version of the popular and effective Medicare program for senior citizens.

 

For this legislative session, in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, with 14 co-sponsors, recently reintroduced the latest version of the Medicare for All Act, S.1655, while in the House, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-WA, and Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-MI, introduced H.R. 3421, with 112 co-sponsors.

 

When passed, the legislation will create a national health insurance system with better coverage at a much lower cost than Americans pay today.

 

Coverage will include dental, vision, hearing and eldercare — any medically necessary procedure — with no copays or monthly premiums.

With the average household spending between 15-25% of their income on healthcare, this will come as a tremendous relief.

 

For people of color, Medicare for All will address the financial component of health care disparities that today correlates with poorer outcomes, unnecessary suffering and needless deaths. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation “compared to white people, Black people are more likely to face social and economic challenges that adversely impact health, including higher rates of poverty and food insecurity ... Black adults are also more likely than white adults to report being treated unfairly because of their race/ethnicity while seeking care for themselves or family members.”

 

Under Medicare for All women will have full access to any reproductive care their doctors prescribe, again, at no out-of-pocket cost.

 

In 2021, more than 27.2 million people in our country went without health insurance, non-elderly Black people continue to have a higher uninsured rate (11%) than their white peers (7%) and with the ranks of the uninsured expected to rise dramatically as federal supports for state Medicaid programs during the COVID-19 pandemic time out. As a result, between 5 million and 24 million Americans could lose their Medicaid coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and National Public Radio.

 

Tens of millions more Americans are underinsured. Medical bankruptcies, which currently beset half a million Americans a year, will become a thing of the past as people’s medical care will replace private profit as the focus of the U.S. health care system.

 

Our country is the only industrialized nation in the world without national health care. Cities and towns across America are struggling to pay for insurance benefits for their workers. Union negotiators struggle to maintain their members’ health insurance benefits, while 80% of strikes occur over health care.

Retirees face complex decisions every year over medical and prescription drug coverage and privatized Medicare called Medicare Advantage, which now covers nearly half of all people on Medicare. All these problems come to an end with Medicare for All.

 

Last summer, our group knocked on more than 300 doors in the 4th precinct of Highland and received more than 100 responses to a poll on Medicare for All. Majorities of Democrats, Republicans, Independents and even Libertarians approved of the legislation, results mirrored in or exceeding those in national polls.

 

We have met several times with Rep. Frank Mrvan, who lives in 4th precinct in Highland, and at our last meeting, we presented our poll results to him. Once again we asked him to join the majority of his Democratic representatives in the House and co-sponsor the Medicare for All Act.

 

We have informed him of the many labor organizations that endorse Medicare for All. We’ve attended all of his public forums and repeated our requests.

Yet, unlike his predecessor, Rep. Pete Visclosky, and his fellow Democratic Congressman in Indiana, Andre Carson, of Indianapolis, who endorsed the legislation, Mrvan has refused to do so, saying only that he is keeping an open mind.

 

This legislation is good for our communities and our country and we will continue to promote, poll and educate voters about this vital legislation, until it passes and becomes law.

 

Please join us in this fight for Medicare for All.

 

Northwest Indiana Medicare for All is a grassroots group whose mission is to educate NWI residents about the financial and moral superiority of a government-run, single-payer, not-for-profit national health insurance system.

 

Our meetings are open to the public. If you're interested in M4A, we welcome to attend in person or online. Look for the Zoom link on our Facebook page. Ask to be put on our email list to receive important information and alerts by emailing us at nwimedicare4all@gmail.com.

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