FLINT, Mich. – Jan. 11, 2017 – Green Party members from Genesee and Shiawassee Counties gathered last Saturday for the inaugural meeting of Vehicle City Greens. This new local chapter of the Green Party of Michigan covers both Genesee and Shiawasee Counties. 24 people attended the meeting, which was held at the Flint Public Library on Kearsley St.
Members nominated the following officers to lead the group:
Group leader: Brandon Verdier
Funding coordinator: Jenny Moench
Media contact: Joel Meredith
Secondary representative to state central committee: Ryan Loree
Prior to the meeting, members voted on top priorities in an online poll. The top three priorities are addressing the water situation in Flint, infrastructure, and coalition building. The group will spend January brainstorming ways to address these questions and regroup to discuss in February.
“We believe there’s a great opportunity to build the Green Party locally,” said Erin Fox the group's founder. “Jill Stein won more than 2500 votes between Genesee and Shiawasee Counties in the 2016 presidential contest.”
“People here are jaded with the two-party system. They want leaders who are not beholden to big money interests. Local residents want our elected officials to act in the best interests of all Michigan residents. They want a change and therefore, we intend to provide an alternative to the established political duopoly”
Fox plans to help lead canvassing teams across the two-county region, with a focus on addressing the concerns of disenfranchised residents and impoverished neighborhoods.
Green Party state officials Joe Jordan, Sherry Wells spoke at the meeting. Wells ran for State Board of Education in 2016, earning more than 130,000 votes.
Regular meetings of the group are currently scheduled for the first Saturday of every month at the Flint Public Library