Issues

Issues

Statement on Wolfden application to mine Pickett Mountain

We stand in solidarity with the Houlton Band of Maliseets, the Penobscot Nation and other intervenors in opposing the proposed metallic mining at Pickett Mountain and protecting the lands and waters for today and future generations. 

 

We strenuously urge the Land Use Planning Commission, of Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, to deny Wolfden's current application, and any future applications, to rezone for the purposes of metallic mining.  

 

Recent years' environmental rollbacks around mining have made the wilderness vulnerable. The proposed mining would harm subsistence hunting, fishing, foraging, and Wabanaki culture. It will irreparably and irrevocably harm the land, the waters that surround it, and life within it, including endangered Atlantic Salmon and Brook Trout. It would prevent a nature resource based economy.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency calls metallic mining the most polluting industry in North America. Wolfden will be no exception. There has never been a sulfide mine that hasn't contaminated surrounding ground water. Mines from the 70's are still leaching contaminants into the water today. Wolfden and its investors are responsible for mercury contamination and Clean Water Act violations numbering in the thousands, contaminating land and water for present and future generations. 

 

We know this process leaches mercury and arsenic into the land and water. Further, it would introduce millions of pounds of cyanide into the pristine wilderness near critical waterways and tribal trust lands. 

 

Should clean-up be required, Wolfden has only committed what amounts to 2% of its anticipated profits to remediation; the company would be then free to walk away after causing irrevocable damage. And there is no amount of money that will undo that.

 

We should refuse to allow profit-grabbing extractors from desecrating the land. We urge the Land Use Planning Commission to deny Wolfden this application to mine Pickett Mountain.

 

Based on testimony provided to the Land Use Planning Commission by party spokesperson Kelly Merrill.

2023 Referendum Election Green Independent Party Positions

The Green Independent Party takes the following positions on referenda questions appearing on the 2023 State of Maine ballot:

 

Question 1

The Maine Green Independent party strongly opposes question 1, which would limit the ability of government-controlled entities and utilities to borrow money for public projects. Question 1 is a barefaced attempt by CMP’s parent company Avangrid to sabotage Pine Tree Power, the consumer-owned utility that would be created by the adoption of Question 3. We believe that energy infrastructure should be publicly-owned and urge all Mainers to vote no on question 1.

 

Question 2

The Maine Green Independent party strongly supports question 2, which aims to protect our democracy from foreign interference and corporate influence. We believe that the people of Maine deserve a fair and transparent electoral system, where every voice is heard and every vote counts. Question 2 would prohibit any campaign spending by foreign governments and entities that they own, control, or influence, and would also call on Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would overturn the Citizens United decision and affirm that money is not speech and corporations are not people. We urge all Mainers to vote yes on question 2 and join us in the fight for a more democratic and accountable government.

 

Question 3

The Maine Green Independent party strongly supports question 3: An Act to Create the Pine Tree Power Company, a Nonprofit, Customer-owned Utility. We believe that this initiative will empower the people of Maine to take control of their energy future, reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, and invest in clean and renewable sources. By creating a nonprofit, customer-owned utility, we can ensure that our electricity rates are fair, transparent, and affordable, and that our grid is reliable, resilient, and secure. We urge all Mainers to vote yes on question 3 and join us in creating a more sustainable and democratic energy system for our state.

 

Question 4

The Maine Green Independent party strongly supports question 4: An Act Regarding Automotive Right to Repair. This act would ensure that car owners and independent repair shops have access to the same diagnostic and repair information as the manufacturers and dealers. This would promote fair competition, consumer choice, environmental protection, and public safety. We believe that car owners have the right to repair their own vehicles or choose who repairs them, without being restricted by proprietary software or tools. We urge all Maine voters to vote yes on question 4.

 

Question 6

The Maine Green Independent party endorses question 6, which proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to require all provisions in the Constitution to

be included in the official printing. We believe that this amendment will increase the transparency and accountability of our state government, and will uphold our commitment to respect the sovereignty, treaties and rights of the Wabanaki tribes in Maine. The current practice of omitting some constitutional provisions from the official printing is misleading and inconsistent with the democratic principles of our state. By voting yes on question 6, we can ensure that all Mainers have access to the full text of our Constitution, and that we honor our treaty obligations toward Wabanaki tribes.

 

Question 8

The Maine Green Independent party strongly supports question 8, which proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow persons under guardianship for mental illness to be electors. We believe that this is a matter of human rights and dignity, and that no one should be denied the right to vote based on their mental health status. The current provision in the Constitution of Maine is outdated, discriminatory and unconstitutional, as the federal court has ruled. We urge all voters to vote yes on question 8 and uphold the principle of equal suffrage for all citizens of Maine.

Statement in Support of The Longest Day of Homelessness event

Statement in Support of The Longest Day of Homelessness event held on June 21st at Tommy’s Park in Portland June 14th, 2023

 

The Maine Green Independent Party is proud to support "The Longest Day of Homelessness" event that Homeless Voices for Justice hosts each year on (or close to) the summer solstice. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 21st at Tommy's Park in Portland between 10:00am and 3:00pm with speeches from community members at around 12:00pm.

The Longest Day of Homelessness event seeks to bring together the community to acknowledge the dangers of homelessness regardless of the time of year. While exposure to the elements feels clearly dangerous during a brutal Maine winter, the dangers of unsheltered living throughout the rest of the year are frequently overlooked. This event is a community-oriented collaboration.

The MGIP invites you to join us at The Longest Day of Homelessness event and learn more about our vision for a more humane and sustainable society. Together, we can make a difference for those who are most vulnerable and marginalized in our state

Sincerely,

Lyn Maravell, MGIP Co-Chair

Fred McCann, MGIP Co-Chair

 

https://cumberlandcountygreens.org/event/the-longest-day-of-homelessness/

Maine Greens endorse petition demanding transparency on death of Starsha Silva

National CouncilOur co-chairs in the name of the party signed a petition organized by the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls demanding transparency from the Bureau of Prisons following the death of Starsha Silva due to medical neglect:

 

Dear President Biden, Director Peters & Senators Klobuchar & Ossoff:

 

The following organizations are demanding accountability from the Bureau of Prisons for the death of Starsha Silva on May 24th, 2023 at FCI Waseca. Ms. Silva's passing due to medical neglect came weeks after the Inspector General published a report from a surprise inspection of Waseca declaring the prison “well-run” and days after Director Peters visited the facility.

 

The following information has been provided by the family and friends of Ms. Silva. Please let us know if Demand Transparency and Action from the BOP on the Death of Starsha Silva any of it is incorrect.

- Starsha Silva was incarcerated at FCI Waseca serving a 14-year sentence for a drug-related transgression. She had a history of heart disease. On or about May 2, 2023, she was at the hospital for a consultation when the doctor told her she needed “emergency heart surgery” to replace her tricuspid and aortic valves.

- Ms. Silva, reported to other incarcerated women that the doctor specifically said she should not return to the prison because she could die. Ms. Silva was accompanied by her case manager, Ms. Koziolek, who allegedly overrode the doctor because BOP policy requires two officers to stay at the hospital during an operation. Ms. Koziolek did not consult with her superiors but removed Ms. Silva from the hospital against all medical advice.

- Immediately upon her return to the prison, Ms. Silva requested a Compassionate Release from Warden Starr, who never replied to her written request.

- The medical staff at FCI Waseca was supposed to schedule the emergency surgery for Ms. Silva but did not do so in a timely way.

- Three weeks later, Ms. Silva was told to pack her things and prepare for a medical procedure. On May 24th, the day she was supposed to return to the hospital, she was found in her cell, blue, and unable to breathe. The guards administered NORCAN and CPR, causing blood to pour out of her nose and mouth before she died.

- Ms. Silva's mother, Stephanie Taylor was informed by phone with the blunt statement that her daughter had died and there was “no foul play.” For some reason, the call was not made by the Chaplain, as is customary, but the BOP staffer stated that Ms. Silva would have to be cremated because the BOP did not have enough money to send Ms. Silva home to be laid to rest. This was false information. The family refused cremation, and a lawyer had to intervene to preserve Ms. Silva's body.

- The Ramsey County Medical Examiner conducted an independent autopsy. Ms. Silva's body was returned to her family at BOP expense.

 

The organizations and concerned individuals listed below require a full and transparent investigation by the Office of the Inspector General into Ms. Silva's death. In order to restore BOP credibility, we ask that a family member, or their designee, be included on the investigation team.

For over three years, we have been assured that changes in BOP culture will be forthcoming, especially under the leadership of Director Peters. The BOP's “New Mission and Vision Statement” promises to operate “through principles of humanity and normalcy” and that the BOP will be “responsible and transparent to the public, ourselves, and those in our care and custody . . . .” We are waiting for words to be translated into action. Contact Information

In spite of this rhetoric, little, if anything, has changed. Starsha Silva was 36 years old when she died because a case manager was allowed to make medical decisions and the FCI Waseca medical staff did not follow up to make sure Ms. Silva got the emergency medical care she needed. Our loved ones still suffer – and die – at the hands of callous staff, in unlivable environments, with primitive medical care. Sexual abuse is rampant.

The time for listening sessions is over! We have expressed our concerns and offered solutions, which have resulted in no meaningful change. We can no longer accept staff shortages, over-crowding, budget cuts, and security needs as excuses for failing to keep our incarcerated loved ones alive and well. If the BOP can't provide basic housing conditions, medical care, and food – which it manifestly cannot – then the only solution is to decarcerate.

To honor Starsha Silva's life and to assure her devastated family that she did not die in vain, we ask that you release 37 incarcerated people who are aged, ill, incarcerated for fighting back against domestic abuse, or who are long-timers – one person for each year she lived. We ask that you do this by July 22, 2023, which would have been Ms. Silva's 37th birthday. The time has come for this Administration to prove it cares about racial justice and repairing the harm caused by the War on Drugs.

 

Respectfully, CAN-DO Foundation

The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

Statement condemning the passage of Florida Senate Bill 254

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The Maine Green Independent Party (MGIP) strongly condemns the passage of Florida Senate Bill 254, which bans gender-affirming care for transgender youth and adults in the state of Florida. This bill is a blatant attack on the human rights and dignity of transgender people, who deserve respect and support for their identity and expression. It is also a violation of medical ethics and contradicts the scientific consensus and best practices of professional associations such as the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which endorse gender-affirming care as safe and effective.

 

We stand in solidarity with the transgender community in Florida and across the country, who are facing an unprecedented wave of discriminatory legislation that seeks to erase their existence and deny them access to essential health care. The MGIP affirms the right of every person to selfdetermination and bodily integrity, regardless of their gender identity or expression.

 

People across the the country are seeking care out of state because of extreme laws that criminalize health care. We call upon the state of Maine to enact a shield law that protects the recipients and providers of medical treatment against civil or criminal charges from states where health care is banned.

 

Sincerely,

Lyn Maravell, MGIP Co-Chair

Fred McCann, MGIP Co-Chair

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