Michigan Greens seek federal intervention in Flint water crisis


The Michigan Green Party is demanding that the U.S. government “use all its considerable resources to supply the people of Flint with safe water in sufficient quantities for drinking, bathing, cooking and cleaning,” the party said.

Candace Caveny, the 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor, said, “There needs to be a full and immediate mobilization of all the resources at the disposal of the federal government to provide Flint with safe water. … The government has the ability and the resources to supply every resident of Flint with safe water in amounts necessary for daily life. They must do so immediately.”

John Anthony La Pietra, who ran for state attorney general that same year, said, “With our state government involved up to the highest level, we need independent investigations to find everyone responsible for this tragedy — and to make sure they face all appropriate civil penalties, recall for elected officials, and criminal charges up to possible depraved-heart murder.” (Green Party Watch, February 10th)

From Wikipedia:

The Green Party of Michigan is a political party in Michigan. It is the state affiliate of the Green Party of the United States. The party has had ballot access in Michigan since November 2000. JoAnne Beemon, who is credited with thwarting construction of a Wal-Mart store, by formulating storm water runoff regulations stricter than the county stormwater ordinance. She sent them to Wal-Mart on February 12, 2004. Two months later in a phone call to Beemon on April 6, 2004, Wal-Mart project manager Allen Oertel acknowledged that the company altered its plan based on information from Beemon that it did not previously know of. As described above, later it ended the whole project.[1] Beemon became the first Green elected in Michigan when on election day 2000 she received 5,349 votes (86%) to become Drain Commissioner in Charlevoix County. The party is a member of the Michigan Third Parties Coalition.[2]

n June 2011, there were three elected Green officeholders in Michigan.[3]

  • Scott Klein, City Council, Hamtramck
  • David Newland, School Board Trustee, Bellaire
  • Korine Bachleda, Township Clerk, Newberg Township

Korine Bachleda won the office of Newberg Township Clerk in 2006 as a write-in candidate, then later asked the Cass County Clerk’s office to list her as a Green. She won re-election in 2008 as a Green, having been nominated by GPMI at its State Convention.


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