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NorthWest Indiana Green Party Membership Form for 2003 Date: ________________________ Name _______________________ Address ______________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ County: ______________________ Phone Number: ________________ Email Address:_________________ _____________________________ Skills: _______________________ _____________________________ I am in agreement with the 10 Key Values as stated in this brochure have a sincere desire to work to improve the political and ecological atmosphere of the NorthWest Indiana area. Signature _____________________ Suggested minimum donation of $10 per year will help pay for printed materials to further the goals of the organization and are waivable if desired. Please send this form, along with payment as appropriate to: Treasurer:______________________ We believe that citizens of this region share important interests and values, and can work together to improve political and ecological values of the area. A watershed is an area of land that collects moisture and drains into a marsh, stream, lake or groundwater. It is a basic ecological unit, more real and meaningful than mere county lines. Where artificial lines divide, nature unites.
Comprising the Kankakee and Little Calumet-Galien watersheds
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Contact:: LaPorte, Jim Coplen 219-778-2943 Valparaiso, Jesse Cohn 219-462-6231 Hobart, Robert Bailey, 219-947-2279
Join us and experience grassroots democracy in action! Electoral campaigns Many voters hesitate to embrace Green values because of the perception of Green candidates as “spoilers” who ruin the chances of Democrats in tight races. for the first time.indianagreenparty. Joe Valley Greens http://sjvgreens. but the Kankakee River watershed. It will instead become more of a tool for corporate power and right-wing ideology.globalgreens. Over 450 new Green Party (was this nationwide or statewide?) locals and 900 campus organizations were founded.7 million votes in 2000." the creation of locally-owned businesses that serve community needs. How would this be relevant to our region? We could apply a Green analysis to urban sprawl. hour-long commutes. force the destruction of face-to-face community life. other Green candidates won. Democrats are forced to earn the votes of their constituents—and to put our issues back on the public agenda. Campaigns of the Democrats and Republicans consists mostly of expensive commercials and media spectacles. But when Greens get only a fraction of the vote. building experience and a base constituency. an Indiana Green Party.contact: info@nwigreens. Including. and civil libertarians. Of 266 Greens who ran in 2000. What differentiates the Green Party from the Democratic Party is a new way of framing issues and forming constituencies. Intervening in local issues often leads to global implications.proposing solutions that are in keeping with the Ten Key Values. instead of more urban sprawl. democratically-run economic development agencies with incentives for construction we really want . Democrats have sold out much of their traditional makeup: women. Voting Democratic sends the message that we will submit because we have nowhere else to go. then voting Green steals votes from liberal candidates. What does the future hold? One thing for sure: if citizens fail to build an alternative. These are examples of how the Green Party could bring positive change to Northwest Indiana by addressing our mutual interests.indianagreenparty. not by developers. There are 177 Greens now holding office in 24 states. We share not only economic interests with urban centers in our area. Green links The crisis of democracy in America has been caused largely by the Democrats’ centrist strategy— moving to the right to attract Republican votes. we might ask why new construction is not used for decaying urban cores. In keeping with the Greens key value of Community Based Economics. Popular thinking has been: 1. By doing so. Green politics suggests that the two have common interests. 2. Popular third parties are left to push for grassroots democracy—the only kind which ordinary citizens can participate. 16 won elections in November. our two-party system will be less representative of the average voter.) If Greens can't win. and refurbishing old structures with energy-conserving technology.shtml Green Party of the United States http://www. such as the Greens. NWI Greens email. At least 25.info . Nothing could be further from the truth. Greens insist that economic progress must be driven by community needs.org Indiana State Green Party http://www.000 students volunteered and registered tens of thousands of first-time voters. and our dependence on cheap oil.org Global Green Coordination http://www. Green votes send a message. gays and lesbians.gp.not as a focus group member. We should work to build locally controlled. While Nader fell short of the 5 million votes needed for national ballot access for the Greens. Nader got 2. but as an active participant in policy-making. blue-collar workers. Greens can win If we fight only from the political margins for now. Social justice and ecology. Because of the Nader campaign a much stronger Green organization exists. the future is looking Greener. Creating jobs at any cost suggests the interests of those concerned are in conflict.org History of the Indiana Greens http://www. along with other key values strongly bind the two. Conventional approaches offer little hope for controlling unplanned growth. Germany was home to the first real Green Party. who may pursue the strip-mallification of farmland. the blighted "brownfields. and 14 won elections in the spring.for instance. We need your input .org/history. people of color.org St. which is now part of that country’s ruling coalition.What is the Green Party? The Greens altogether consist of an international party with organizations around the world. racial resegregation. Where conventional politics poses a difference between environmental and labor interests. The biggest Green success stories in America have been at the local level. NWI Greens will unite the most important local issues into a larger program for change a global vision .) Greens can never win. which is both an ecological and social justice issue. so voting Green isn't practical.