Recent controversy over disgraced former Genesee County Land Bank Sales Manager Phil Stair is a symptom of an even larger problem that plagues Genesee County, systemic racism. Stair's recently exposed comments toward people of color in the county were despicable and ought to be admonished. His post-revelation apology was insufficient at best, and his resignation welcome. However, the community would be remiss to rest on Stair's response.
Thankfully, independent journalist Chelsea Lyons was able to bring Stair's highly offensive and destructive comments into public view. However, neither his apology nor his resignation are sufficient. We must address the root of the matter. Until we educate our public officials about how to combat racism in the public workplace and in the policies and enforcement created by our local governments, systemic racism will continue. That is not acceptable.Read more
(FLINT, MI) Local Green Party members reacted to a recent gun violence at Ridgecrest Village Townhomes on April 10th. The shooting left a man in critical condition. In response to the violence, the group issued the following statement:
“We are concerned for the safety and well being of our members and the community in general. Residents want the violence in Flint neighborhoods to end. The City of Flint and the surrounding jurisdictions must do a better job at maintaining safe environments for everyone who lives in the area. The Green Party bases its platform on “Four Pillars” including peace through nonviolence. We need to keep the people of Flint safe. There are families and small children in those apartments. We have to do more as a community to protect them from senseless violence.”Read more
"Partially-treated" Sewage Overflows Into Shiawassee River: Local Green Party calls for plan to stop future pollution
MLive reports that partially-treated sewage has been released into the Shiawassee River. The water pollution was highlighted in an article written and updated on Saturday, April 8th. THe article stated "Hundreds of thousands of gallons of partially-treated sewage has been released after a sanitary system overflow at wastewater treatment plants in Owosso and Durand."
This type of municipal water pollution poses risks to the ecosystem of the Shiawassee River. American Rivers, an advocacy organization in support of ending water pollution, states "3.5 million Americans get sick each year after swimming, boating, fishing or otherwise touching water they thought was safe." The organization, in a report on the effects of and solutions to human sewage dumping states, "Untreated human sewage teems with salmonella, hepatitis, dysentery, cryptosporidium, and many other infectious diseases."
The events that unfolded in Syria in the past week were particularly dramatic and unquestionably shocking. Green Party members believe in the value of non-violence. We want peaceful solutions to the problems our world faces, not ever-increasing violence and hostility. The Green Party is the party of peace and therefore, we condemn the events that unfolded last week. Our values and principles demand it. We asked Vehicle City Greens members about their thoughts on the violence and here are their responses:Read more
Vehicle City Greens is one of the fastest-growing locals of the Green Party of Michigan! Our local has more than doubled in size since our first meeting in January. Brandon and Carolyn are out canvassing at Maplebrook in this clip. We hope you will join us in bringing a positive political message to Flint and the surrounding area!
Tickets for our Flint Earth Day festival are here and are already moving fast!
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.