Green Party Club debuts on campus
By Jacob Grosan, Staff Writer
The Green Party, started in 1984, is one of the America’s newest political parties. With roughly 250,000 members, however, it is the fourth largest party in the country. As the name implies, the Green Party is focused on environmental issues such as global warming, but also seeks to further the causes of gender equality and non-violence. While the Green Party is often overlooked in elections, in recent years they have been gaining popularity. The party is famous for its candidate Ralph Nader (author of “Dangerous at Any Speed”) winning more than 2.7 percent of the popular vote in the 2000 presidential election, as well as numerous positions in state and local offices.
In 2016, presidential candidate Jill Stein hopes to win 5 percent of the popular vote, which will allow the Green Party access to more federal funding and airtime. Stein hopes to attract just some of what Gallup estimates to be 42 percent of the American electorate that identify as “Independents”.
The Green Party Club at Schoolcraft in many ways is a symptom of the 2016 election. Younger voters are becoming increasingly involved in the political process, and many college students want to know more.
“Before this election, I didn’t know much about politics,” said Club President Liam Cardenas. “I didn’t really have any interest until I heard people saying that the DNC robbed Bernie Sanders of the candidacy.”
For why he started the club, Liam says he felt he needed to raise awareness for the movement.
“I don’t think people want to talk about it, so I took it into my own hands to spread the word. Normally I wouldn’t care about what happens in politics, but as I became more informed about current events, I felt I wanted to be more involved.”
All students are welcome to club meetings, and Liam and other club members are excited to have the chance to discuss Green Party politics with other students.
“Right now the two main parties are focused on attacking each other without solving any problems. I hope to promote the Green Party and its solutions instead of attacking the other side.” After the 2016 election, the club will be focusing on building support at lower levels of the government and volunteering in conservation projects.
If students want to learn more about the Green Party and have a chance to talk about Green politics and issues, meetings are held on Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Conference Room E in Lower Waterman.
For more information, students can contact the Student Activities Office at 734-462-4422.