Newsletter #12, Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Featured Event


Speaker Series:

Sunday, June 25, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton addresses "Immigration-related Enforcement Issues in Washtenaw County." Sheriff Clayton is nationally recognized for his expertise in this area and has briefed officials in Washington, D.C. He is prepared to answer questions regarding his remarks, Biased Policing prevention, Law Enforcement interactions with people in  Mental Health crisis, and any issues of interest.

Morris Hall in the Pittsfield Township Administrative Building, 6201 West Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor, 3 PM


Read the full text of Washtenaw County's New Immigration Policies here.


FREE! We hope to have some of these lawn signs available at the event. These are available while supplies last, thanks to the Women’s Action Movement. If supplies last, they are also available, at Grafaktri, 1200 South Main Street, Ann Arbor.



The hour calls for optimism; we’ll save pessimism for better times.

—Jean-Claude Servais

Actions and More Events You Should Know About

Wednesday, June 21. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan: PinkOut Sunset Rally to Save the Affordable Care Act. With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planning to schedule a vote on this legislation before the July 4th recess, this is an all-hands-on-deck moment to save our health care at 530 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI, 6:30 pm. RSVP now.


Monday, June 26. Educate yourself about Gerrymandering. Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum will speak on the topic, drawing on his long experience in the field. Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, 7 - 8 pm. Click here for more information.


Tuesdays June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22. Attend Planned Parenthood activist nights. Meetings will consist of event planning, occasional training, and some administrative tasks as necessary. Please check Facebook page here for updates. RSVP now. Ann Arbor Main Health Center, 3100 Professional Drive, Ann Arbor, 6 to 7:15 pm. (Location subject to change due to local events and actions; changes or cancellations will be posted by 3 pm on Tuesdays.)


Join the Gender Equity and Health/Planned Parenthood PEG Action Circle.

Carol Dickerman and Vicki Patraka are the group's facilitators and Barbara Hooberman is liaison to Planned Parenthood. At the May 21 PEG meeting, the Action Circle worked on ways to broaden its theme and appeal without losing its initial focus, and identified two goals for future work:

  • Keep Planned Parenthood from being defunded

  • Retain affordable comprehensive health care at the state level.

Anyone interested in joining the Action Circle is invited to email the facilitators in advance of the June 25 meeting: Vicki Patraka, and Carol Dickerman


Thursday, July 21, through Sunday, July 24 from 9:30 am to 9 pm. Volunteer with Planned Parenthood at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. Planned Parenthood will be will be tabling in three-hour shifts. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.


Call Senators to ask for transparency with the latest health care bill. What's in the Senate bill? We don't know because they won't show it to anyone. More info, script and contact numbers here.  


Sign up for another great newsletter with more local actions and information. Subscribe for weekly updates here. To view past and current editions of their newsletters click MI Action List.   

Things to do at Any Time

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 at


Become part of the Indivisible Movement by joining one of the many Indivisible groups near Ann Arbor. Choose one you like here!

Interesting Things to Read, Watch and Listen To

Use Indivisible’s new Stop TrumpCare June toolkit to plan your coordinated visits and sit-ins at your Senator’s office.


Michigan U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg says God will “take care of' climate change.” Read the Detroit Free Press.


See John Oliver’s Take on Gerrymandering.

Read Justices Agree to Hear Major Challenges to Partisan Gerrymandering.


The U.S. Has One of World's Worst Health Disparities. Read The Atlantic.The U.S. has one of the largest income-based health disparities in the world, according to a new paper in the journal Health Affairs. Among the poorest third of Americans studied, 38.2 percent report being in “fair or poor” health, compared with 12.3 percent of the richest third. Only Chile and Portugal have a larger income-based gap in the health status of their citizens.

How 40 Michigan Families Made Donations of $44 Million in the last Political Cycle. Read Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

The Case for Immigrants as Satire in the New York Times. Neo-con, Bret Stephens, makes wonderful satire arguing for deportation of native born Americans rather than those born elsewhere.

A Nation of Immigrants or Intolerants? Read the editorial by The Free Press editorial page editor.

The perils of “Governing by Spreadsheet.” An automated system put in place by Gov. Rick Snyder falsely accused nearly 50,000 Michiganders who'd applied for unemployment benefits between 2013 and 2015 of fraud, using a flawed system that, fundamentally, presumed applicants were liars. Read in The Free Press.

Education Department closes transgender student cases as it pushes to scale back civil rights investigations. Read The Washington Post article.

Science Calls Out Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and the "Historic Drug Epidemic." Places where the U.S. has legalized medical marijuana have lower rates of opioid overdose deaths. Scientific American 

Six members of President Trump’s advisory council on HIV/AIDS have resigned. Its members are concerned that the Trump administration doesn’t seem have a strategy, writing in an op-ed published in Newsweek that they can no longer be effective under a “president who simply does not care.” The Verge  


Rural divide: The political gap in America is more cultural than economic, new poll finds. Small-town Americans share economic challenges with residents of big cities, but their views frequently diverge on questions of culture and values. They are at odds on immigration, helping in part to explain Donald Trump's election.  The Washington Post


Imagining what kind of candidates would be drawn to a job in a part-time Legislature

We may grumble at our inexperienced lawmakers, but most of them genuinely want to do the right thing and even under term limits have accumulated some experience. If we flush that away, what remains to take up the slack? The Bridge




Trump’s Presidency - insights by Ellen Halter

       Many of us remember the quivering moments following the presidential election when we faced the reality of Trump’s victory, a man we viewed as crazy, whose finger would have first crack at the nuclear button. Immediately, the news media reported his right wing appointees like Steve Bannon and Mike Flynn. With clenched fists, many of us vowed to fight the rise of the right and the alt-right. In a flurry of commitment, we called representatives, gave money to special elections, ACLU and Common Cause.

           Nearly five months since his inauguration, many of our worst fears have materialized. Trump managed to push through the Senate a right wing Supreme Court justice and filled his cabinet with people who had reputations for wanting to dismantle the very agencies they now head.

           But other than initiating a botched raid on Yemen, there has been no nuclear war. Not yet.

           My point is that it is too easy to watch our nightly “Who Done It?” at CNN and MSNBC, cross our fingers and hope for impeachment. Complacency is our worst liability and the strongest weapon of the right. Nor can we rely on Trump’s dwindling support. According to Claire Malone at, Trump retains a solid base of support, people who approve of his handling of health care and the economy and who believe the media has blown up Trump’s relationship with the Russians.

           Trump also has a solid base in Congress, who in the interest of passing their conservative agenda on tax reform and repealing Obamacare, are unwilling to tamper with his presidency.

In other words, if we don’t keep up our fight, our democracy will continue to lose.

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