Newsletter #11, Thursday, June 15, 2017

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31 weeks down, 73 weeks to mid-term elections.
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Featured Event


Speaker Series:

Washtenaw County Sheriff Clayton will speak on "Immigration-related Enforcement Issues in Washtenaw County." Sheriff Clayton is nationally recognized for his contributions in this area and has done briefings in Washington D.C.Sunday, June 25th, 3 pm, Morris Hall in the Pittsfield Township Administrative Building, 6201 West Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor.

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



Actions and More Events You Should Know About

Oppose Michigan Anti-Immigrant Bills: House vote could happen this Wednesday!

We need we need to stop these bills from making it out of the House.

14 members of the Republican Party have the potential to vote on the correct side of this issue. To learn more, who they are, where to call and what points to make, click here.

Advocate for healthcare.

A Senate vote is imminent. Call both of your senators, red or blue (lookup or leave message). Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling to ask _NAME_ to fight for my right to affordable, quality healthcare coverage. Most importantly, share why this is personally significant to you.

Attend and Learn at the monthly ACLU Political Action Group meeting.

Several topics and political candidates. Morgan & York 1929 Packard. 10 am Saturday, June 17th.  RSVP here

Insist that the Senate healthcare bill get an open hearing.

Call Sen. Orrin Hatch, Senate Finance Committee office 202-224-4515; fax 202-228-0554. Script: I am calling Sen. Hatch in his capacity as the chair of the Senate Finance Committee. The Senate’s current approach to the healthcare issue appears secretive, manipulative, and undemocratic. Democracy thrives with discussion, cooperation, and compromise. As a consumer of healthcare services, I’m asking Sen Hatch to conduct open, public hearings on the Senate healthcare bill.

Attend the  Ann Arbor Jewish Sanctuary meeting.

Members of the Ann Arbor Jewish community are working on immigration issues and the possibility of providing sanctuary in Ann Arbor. The meeting will take place Tuesday, June 20th, 8 to 9:30 pm, at Beth Israel Sanctuary, 2000 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor.

Educate yourself about Gerrymandering.

Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum will speak on the topic, drawing on his long experience in the field. The talk will be on Monday, June 26, 7 to 8 pm,  at the Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor. Click here for more information.

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.Tuesdays June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22, 6 to 7:15 pm. Ann Arbor Main Health Center, 3100 Professional Drive, Ann Arbor. (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 group worked on ways to broaden its theme and appeal without losing its initial focus.

   The Action Circle went on to create 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 about their interest in advance of the June 25 meeting. Vicki Patraka, and Carol Dickerman

Volunteer with Planned Parenthood at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  

  Planned Parenthood will be will be tabling Thursday, July 21, through Sunday, July 24,  from 9:30am to 9pm in three hour shifts.  To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

Things to do at Any Time

Get a Washtenaw ID. WICR (Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition of Immigrant Rights) recommends that all who wish to support the immigrant community should apply for a Washtenaw ID card of their own. When you get that ID, a legitimate alternative to a driver’s license, you legitimize all those who must rely on this kind of ID. Learn more at  PEGers Sharon and Chuck Newman, Janis Bobrin, Richard Gaeth, Idelle Hammond-Sass and Bernie Banet got theirs this Monday.



Get and display your free lawn sign in support of the immigrants in our community.

  Thanks to the Women’s Action Movement these are available, while supplies last, at Grafaktri, 1200 South Main Street, Ann Arbor.



Interesting Things to Read, Watch and Listen To

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has implemented changes in the Affordable Care Act which undermine the Affordable Care Act. - fivethirtyeight

  Even before actual repeal of  Obamacare, under the Republican administration the HHS has been busy undermining how Obamacare is carried out, giving the private sector more leeway or allowing states to place work requirements on some recipients or making states assume some of the financial responsibility for expensive recipients. Now there’s a move to undermine the contraceptive mandate, a provision that has saved women out-of-pocket expenses of around $250/yr.

Trump’s budget is anti-poor people, not anti-poverty. - Michigan League for Public Policy

Who receives the most subsidies from the government?

  Not the poor. Tax deductions for mortgage interest, retirement savings, and health insurance are the biggest drivers of economic inequality. They favor high earners, predominantly white Americans. More text and video interview here. []

Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg says God will “take care of' climate change.” - Detroit Free Press

Police officers are significantly less respectful and consistently ruder toward black motorists than toward white drivers, a recently released paper found. - New York Times

Donald Trump has opened the floodgates to discrimination in the name of religion with his so-called “religious freedom” executive order. - ACLU

Roger Severino, Trump's Health and Human Services Civil-Rights head, on LGBT Issues. - The Atlantic
With patience and bureaucratic will, Severino’s office could roll back many of these Obama-era changes, and early evidence suggests this is a priority.

Kansas Republicans raise taxes, ending their GOP governor’s “real live experiment” in conservative policy. - The Washington Post 

The Demolition of American Education. -  The New York Review of Books

What the special election results really mean for midterms. Cook Political Report


The implications of Comey’s firing from a conservative leaning perspective. -Washington Post   

Jennifer Rubin, a conservative-leaning blogger, writes that Comey’s firing (he had not yet testified) and Clapper’s interview with Andrea Mitchell that he never exonerated Trump of collusion make it imperative that leaders from both parties speak up in unison.  She argues that the president has either confessed to a pattern of unacceptable conduct or made up facts from which it could be inferred. She also points out that VP Pence needs to remember that he serves the country, not the President.  


Steady Jobs, but With Pay and Hours That Are Anything But.  - New York Times


Richard V. Reeves on The Dream Hoarders: How America's Top 20 Percent Perpetuates Inequality - The Boston Review


Maria Garcia Juarez wandered around the international arrivals area at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Friday, frantically looking for a government official who held a sheet of paper with her fate written on it. - Bridge Magazine  


D.C., Md. attorneys general file suit against Trump, charging that foreign payments to his businesses violate Constitution’s anti corruption clause - Washington Post


 The lawsuit by the two Democratic attorneys general, the first of its kind brought by a government entity, could open a new front for Trump as he navigates dueling investigations by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and congressional committees into possible collusion between his associates and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.


Is business losing clout in Lansing?- Bridge Magazine

For generations, Republican lawmakers worked in lockstep with Michigan’s business establishment. But Lansing’s new GOP leadership is ignoring the priorities of business to pursue its own, anti-tax agenda.

The U.S. Has One of World's Worst Health Disparities - The Atlantic 
The U.S. has one of the largest income-based health disparities in the world, according to a new paper out 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.

Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game. - New York Times

Faith leaders who fall left of center begin to fight the administration’s policies.

After 40 years in which the Christian right has dominated the influence of organized religion on American politics – souring some people on religion altogether – left-leaning faith leaders are hungry to break the right’s grip on setting the nation’s moral agenda.


Dear Paul Ryan: Listen to Your Constituents - New York Times

 Nicholas Kristof describes his interviews with Planned Parenthood patients in Paul Ryan’s home district.

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