BRIEF HISTORY OF THE KENT COUNTY GREEN PARTY
In 1987, a small group met at Wilcox Park in Eastown, Grand Rapids. Soon after, this group named themselves the Grand Rapids Area Greens. After the 1st Gulf War broke out, the membership grew and as many as 30 people were present at meetings. In 1993, three members of the core group purchased a house in the East Hills neighborhood of downtown Grand Rapids and named their house the Green House and established a large urban garden. The Grand Rapids Area Greens continued organizing during the 1990’s but the membership dwindled. In the 2000’s the name was changed to the Green Party of Kent County and the local became an official Political Party Committee. The Green Party of Kent County was active throughout the 2010’s, until 2016. After renaming themselves the Green Party of West Michigan and attempting to reorganize, the Committee was dissolved due to lack of membership. Little did we know that the 2016 election would change everything and our Green Party Committee would be revived!
- Written by Gerard Akkerhuis, original member.
The Kent County Green Party is once again a registered Political Party Committee in Michigan. Membership numbers continue to grow as we continue to organize in the community. We are committed to electing individuals that share our values. Join the Green Party of Michigan here.