Newsletter #18, Thursday, August 3, 2017


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38 weeks down, 66 weeks to mid-term elections.



Former Vice President AL GORE continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world to train an army of activists and influence international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. See website for showtimes & tickets >>

On August 3 and August 5, screenings at the Michigan Theater will be presented by Huron River Watershed Council. These screenings will feature a post-show short film, “Preparing the Huron River for Climate Change.


VOTE! August 8, 2017 Ann Arbor City Primary Election

The August 8 Primary Election for City Council Members in Wards 1,3,4 and 5 is the next election in the City of Ann Arbor. City polling places in all wards except Ward 2 will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The last day to register to vote for the August 8 Primary Election was Monday, July 10, 2017. Please email or call the City Clerk for more information or to check the status of your voter registration in the City.

Official List of Candidates

Ward 1: Jason Frenzel (incumbent) vs. Anne Bannister

Ward 2: Jared Hoffert (will be challenging incumbent Jane Lumm in general election.)

Ward 3: Stephen Kunselman vs. Zachary Ackerman (incumbent)

Ward 4: John E. Eaton (incumbent) vs. Jaime Magiera

Ward 5: David A. Silkworth vs. Chip Smith (incumbent)


For information on write-in candidates, including filing an affidavit of write-in candidacy, or a list of names of current candidates, please email or call the Ann Arbor City Clerk.  Check out for bios of each candidate and links to relevant articles.

For additional primary elections go to for official lists of candidates and ballot proposals.


 Council Candidate Forums for August 8 Primary Election. AA City candidate forums have been conducted by LWV-AAA and video-taped by CTN TV. You can see them on Channel 19 or your computer ON DEMAND at



Events and Things You Can Do Any Time


August 8 (Tuesday) - Personal to Policy: Make Your Vote Matter

This event is geared toward folks in their 20's, 30's and 40's. The panel of Voting Rights experts include Mark Brewer (former Michigan DNC Chair), Jocelyn Benson (former dean of WSU Law School) and reps from the ACLU of Michigan and No Space for Hate.  Reserve a seat here. The Office Coffee Shop, 402 S Lafayette Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067,7:00pm, Costs $10


Tuesday, August 15th  Bust the Myths of Women's Health  

Join volunteers of the Planned Parenthood Electoral Reform Committee for an evening of busting myths on women's health, 'Jeopardy' style at LIVE Ann Arbor, 102 S 1st Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Tuesday, August 15, Tell Governor Snyder what you think at the Environmental Justice Work Group Listening Session.

The members of the group want to hear from community members about how we can work together to improve our state and local communities around environmental justice. Attendees should be prepared to discuss their needs to best address environmental justice in their community and their ideal vision for environmental justice in Michigan. Read more about the Environmental Justice Work Group here. If you have questions, email River Rouge High School, 1460 Coolidge Hwy, River Rouge, MI 48218. Reception at 5:30 pm, Listening Session 6–8 pm.




 Wednesday, August 16, Donna Lasinski is hosting a listening tour stop with the Progressive Women’s Caucus.

This is part of a statewide listening tour. Come voice your concerns about policies and challenges facing women and families in Michigan. There will also be opportunities to take action on the issues that matter to you. It will take place at the Scio Township Hall Board Room, 827 N. Zeeb Road in Ann Arbor, 6–7:30 pm.

Sunday, September 24, Jocelyn Benson will speak on Voter Suppression in Michigan and What to Do About it.

Jocelyn Benson is a member of the board of directors of the Southern Poverty Law Center and served as dean of the Wayne State Law School from 2012–2016. She is now CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, as well as co-founder and president of the Board of Military Spouses of Michigan. A former member of the ABA's Committee on Election Law, Dean Benson has developed and supervised three statewide nonpartisan election protection efforts in Michigan. Jewish Community Center of Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr, 3 pm.


View Indivisible District 14’s calendar of events.

The calendar includes events such as marches, protests, Indivisible meetings, Democratic Party meetings, Women’s March activities, meet your local reps, Michigan Legislature meetings, etc.  See the calendar here.


Please read, like and share this video.

Al Franken destroys climate deniers! Click here to see how.


This week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lent the credibility of his office to a group committed to legalizing discrimination against the LGBT community.-Southern Poverty Law Center


Advocate for equal rights for transgender Americans.

Visit this great list of actions from @joekatz45, donate to Lambda Legal to defend the rights of LGBT Americans.


Advocate for the rights of Americans to foster and adopt.

Call or write your MoCs (lookup or leave message). Script: Hi. I’m calling to express my support for S.B. 1303 / H.R. 2640 which prevents discrimination of LGBT Americans who want to foster and adopt children. Would [name] be willing to co-sponsor this bill?


End gerrymandering in Michigan

Michigan’s Bureau of Elections staff says they are reviewing the petition, but there’s still no hearing date with the Board of Canvassers! Continue to encourage the folks in Lansing by signing up and spreading this link

You want state officials to do their job and you have a right to participate in a direct democracy. Last week over 2,000 supporters added their name to the website above. Many called, tweeted, and emailed the Bureau of Elections and Secretary of State, telling them that they #workforMI.

Also you can: donate. Or use this easy way to set up your own personal fundraising page for family, friends or an event.

Sign up to volunteer! Help circulate petitions, hold education events, and spread the message with your friends and family. Voters Not Politicians needs at least 2,500 trained circulators to hit the ground running and gather 315,654 signatures fast for the proposal to get on the ballot! (If you’re already signed up as a circulator make sure to complete training as soon as possible. Your team captain will send you the link and an ID number.)

Sign in to see draft petition here. Learn more at


Join an ACLU special volunteer team.

Sign up here to join a new Ground Support Team. In addition to the organizing that you do on the ground for the ACLU, you can also join one of its Special Volunteer teams. These groups help support the work of activists nationwide. The Texting Team gives the ACLU the capacity to text for rapid response events and more local events. The Call Team has helped activists fight back — from healthcare rallies in West Virginia, to vigils in Alaska, to voting rights action training in Florida. The Translation Team has been working around the clock to translate some of its most important People Power resources from English to Spanish. And, its Ground Support Team helps with Freedom Cities and beyond.


Oppose cutting the U.S. Department of Education's budget.

Call your MoCs (lookup or leave message). Script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] and want to express my concern over possible cuts to the Department of Education's budget. With environmental dangers and global competition, we can’t risk the next generation to being poorly educated. Teachers need excellent training and support. College graduates need relief from debt. Can you tell me what is [name] doing to support education for all of America’s kids and fight cutting the Dept of Education budget?


Oppose cutting housing aid for poor Americans.

Write Ben Carson U.S. HUD, 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20410. Call: Your 3 MoCs (lookup or leave message). Script: Hi. I oppose cutting $7 billion to the Department of Housing & Urban Development. I believe in an America where we take care of each other. I am happy to see my tax dollar support people who rely on housing programs like Section 8. I’m most upset that these cuts would give tax breaks to America’s richest. I would like [name] to oppose efforts to cut HUD funding and instead support Americans trying to succeed.


Keep Congress from interfering with federal agencies’ ability to regulate.

Call your senators (lookup or leave message). Script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling about the Regulatory Accountability Act, S951.  This bill would handicap federal agencies trying to protect us and our environment and I want to preserve the power of federal agencies to enact regulations as needed.  I OPPOSE the RAA, and ask [senator] to do the same.




Additional actions to take, as recommended by the Immigrant Rights Action Circle


Tell Governor Snyder you support "Welcoming Communities” in Michigan.

Click here for a sample letter and the address of the Governor. Also please reach out to people you know in other parts of the state and jurisdictions to oppose bills similar to those that came up in Michigan. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton gave an informative talk June 25 and explained some of the nuances of the Executive Order regarding how law enforcement and ICE work. As a "Welcoming Community," Washtenaw County is a collection of 11 jurisdictions that worked to create a unified position on the Executive Order. President Trump’s order casts a wider net than that under Obama. While Sheriff Clayton doesn't see the point of challenging the federal order (although he felt there are parts that are unconstitutional), he encouraged us to work hard to oppose Michigan HB 4105 and MIchigan HB 4334 which reiterate the federal Executive Order and ultimately endorse racial profiling, among other issues.


Get a Washtenaw ID

The Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition of Immigrant Rights urges all county residents to apply for a Washtenaw ID as a way of supporting the county’s immigrant community. By obtaining that ID, a legitimate alternative to a driver’s licence, you legitimize all those who must rely on this kind of ID. Learn more and obtain a Washtenaw ID at It’s easy and takes only 15–20 minutes.


Stand up for immigrants.

Indivisible has partnered with the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and United We Dream to launch—a hub for resources to fight Trump’s multipronged attack on immigrant communities and to support our immigrant neighbors. Tell your MoCs to:

  1. Oppose mass deportation. Oppose any budget that finances Trump’s mass deportation agenda using their explainer.

  2. Co-sponsor the DREAM Act (S.1615). Tell your senators to co-sponsor the bipartisan DREAM Act using their new resource.


Read, Watch and Listen



Trump Is Winning His War on Immigration

Americans may not like Trump's crackdown. But they're not stopping it. Bloomberg

Ugly Ties: The Trump Administration and Hate Groups

The Trump administration has had no problem speaking to, working with, and headhunting from organizations classified as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).


Donald Trump Threatens to End Insurer Payments If Health Bill Not Approved TIME


Advocate for bipartisan cooperation to fix the ACA.

Call or write your MoCs, red or blue (lookup or leave message). Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling to express how relieved I am that the ACA was not repealed last week (say why). I would like to see [name] work collaboratively with both parties to fix what’s broken in the ACA so that healthcare stays affordable without sacrificing coverage. Can you tell me if [name] is committed to bipartisan cooperation?


Call John McCain (Arizona), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Susan Collins (Maine) and thank them for their vote.

John McCain (202) 224-2235

Lisa Murkowski (202) 224-6665

Susan Collins (202) 224-2523


How 'highway robbery' allows police to seize people’s cash, property -Southern Poverty Law Center


What Trump has achieved in his first 100 days in office -



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