Newsletter #7

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Actions You Can Take Now and
Events You Should Know About

Wednesday, May 17 - Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioner Ways and Means Committee passed the proposed Commitment to Immigrant Communities resolution at their May 3 meeting. These resolutions go to the full board on May 17 where a final victory is looking good. We must continue to advocate for full funding. Supporters of the resolutions are: Smith, Kent Martinez-Kratz, Deatrick, Brabec, Jefferson, LaBarre, and Morgan. If you are in Commissioner Ping’s district [(734) 218-0335,] or Jamnick’s [(734) 431-2761] districts, please urge them to rethink their position and support the resolutions. (Please do not contact Ping or Jamnick unless you are in their district.) 220 N. Main St. (Board of Commissioners Meeting Room), Ann Arbor, 6:45 pm.

Thursday, May 18 - Lynette Clemetson talk on “Fact vs. Fiction in Journalism Today.” Lynette Clemetson is the Charles R. Eisendrath Director of Wallace House, home of the Knight-Wallace Fellowship for Journalists and the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists at the University of Michigan. She is a Knight-Wallace alum and came to the university from National Public Radio where she was Senior Director of Strategy and Content Initiatives, guiding projects across broadcast, digital and events. In addition to her work as a domestic correspondent for The New York Times and Newsweek magazine, she was also an Asia correspondent for Newsweek based in Hong Kong. Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr, at 7 pm.

Sunday, May 21 - PEG Speaker Series

Steve Mustapha Elturk, Imam and President of the Islamic Organization of North America, IONA. Elturk will speak on "Islamophobia: The Real Threat."

His talk will detail how the government's actions are affecting Muslims in America and the assault on the basic human rights of American citizens, residents and visitors of the Muslim faith in this country. Following Steve Mustapha Elturk’s talk, eight PEG Action Circles will meet, focusing on the following issues and organizations: ACLU; Gerrymandering and Redistricting; Voting Rights and Fair Elections; Planned Parenthood; Freedom of Press; Immigrant Rights; Southern Poverty Law Center; and Environmental Issues. Morris Hall in the Pittsfield Township Administrative Building, 6201 West Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor, 3 pm.

Saturday, May 20, ACLU People Power meeting: Getting Your Washtenaw County ID. Getting your ID is a direct way to help our immigrant community. Melissa Bruzzano will discuss the process and Nicole of the Project will be there to discuss some of the stories and findings from their ID evaluation to help make the case for getting an ID and supporting our neighbors who face barriers to accessing state IDs or licenses. Susan Bass will also briefly present the Network for Public Education. Morgan & York (1928 Packard Rd) at 10 am.

Monday, May 22, State Legislative Forum. Several Washtenaw County state lawmakers will participate in a State Legislative Forum. They will discuss affordable housing, economic development, human services, transit, racial equity and more (from EMU Student Center Auditorium in Ypsilanti, 6–8 pm. Click here to RSVP

Before Thursday, May 25, Help flip a House seat to someone who shares our beliefs. A special election in Montana will be held on May 25, and Democrat Rob Quist, who is much more aligned with our mission, is suddenly within striking distance of winning that race. Our job is to make sure progressives in Montana get out to vote. More here.

Before Friday, May 26, submit comments to protect Bears Ears National Monument. Stand with Native people in defending their sacred land. Visit and include a personal message about why protecting Bears Ears National Monument matters to you. Select “Do not send me updates” if you don’t want extra email.

Sunday, June 3, March for Truth. A large coalition of progressive organizations is calling for a #MarchForTruth, to raise our voices and let our elected leaders know that Americans want answers. The legitimacy of our democracy is more important than the interests of any party, or any president. Let’s rise together to call for a fair and impartial investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia and demand the pursuit of truth.
Marches are being held in more than 50 cities across the country so far, including Detroit. No march has yet been organized for Ann Arbor. Sign up to host one here.
Tuesday, June 5, State Representative Donna Lasinski 52nd House District. Coffee hour to discuss what’s happening in Lansing and in Washtenaw County. Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline, 6–7 p.m.
June 25 - PEG Speaker Series. Washtenaw County Sheriff Clayton will speak on "Immigration-related Enforcement Issues in Washtenaw County." Sheriff Clayton is nationally recognized for contributions in this area and has done briefings in Washington D.C. The meeting will be held at Morris Hall in the Pittsfield Township Administrative Building, 6201 West Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor.

Things to do at Any Time

Because every day we confront new challenges from the administration, we do our best to cull the most timely and relevant events, and to keep a broad perspective so that each of us can find a task we can do. There are many fronts needing Protectors of Equality in Government’s attention. Thank you for your participation in our country’s democracy.

Demand a Special Prosecutor/Independent Council/Commission: President Trump fired FBI Director Comey; Comey headed the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian interference with the election. What will happen to this investigation now that this chilling effect affects the rule of law? The Secretary of State and others have conceded that Russia did interfere. All Americans, whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent, have a right to know how, why, and who was involved. These are questions that can only be answered through a non-political, independent process.

Check out Indivisible’s new Truth or Trump toolkit, which explains what happened last week, and its Truth or Trump Action guide to effective ways to protest this attack on our democracy.

Help preserve Planned Parenthood. The House just voted to strip health care away from millions of people and block patients from care at Planned Parenthood health centers. The Senate still has to vote on it. If you're determined to preserve Planned Parenthood and the essential health services it offers our nation, speak out now. For more information, click here.

Contact Congress to have them make President Trump’s tax returns public. We need a majority of the House to sign on -- and nearly 190 lawmakers of the 218 we need already have. And any lawmaker who hasn’t yet signed the discharge petition must do so immediately -- or they’ll know they’re not serious about holding President Trump accountable.

Tell the government not to underfund the 2020 Census in the 2018 budget. The Census is an important tool to ensure accurate county voting on a National level. More here.

Send an email to help save 27 National Monument Areas! The President has singled these out for review, and perhaps consideration to be unprotected, 27 National Monument Areas. More here.

Urge your Senators to vote NO on the Regulatory Accountability Act. The House already passed a version of this bill.

Keep holding the House accountable with The Payback Project. Indivisible recently joined with MoveOn, Town Hall Project, and Women's March to create The Payback Project to showcase your amazing work across the country holding accountable the 217 representatives who voted for TrumpCare. Register your events targeting these 217 MoCs; use the toolkit to plan a die-in in your district; and add your pictures, videos, and stories from Twitter and Facebook to the Accountability Wall.

Keep defending the ACA. From Virginia to California, you made the most of Payback Recess at town halls and die-ins across the country to hold the House accountable for the shameful vote to pass TrumpCare. Now it’s time to start making sure your Senators know that if they pass this bill, they can expect the same constituent outrage the House saw this recess. Need a refresher on the rest of the AHCA’s path to becoming law? Read up on TrumpCare Passed the House: Now What?

MLCVThank Governor Snyder for areas in which there has been progress, while holding him accountable for protecting Michigan’s land, air, water and public health during the remainder of his term in office. More here.

Interesting Reading

What does the health care bill that passed in the House do? Strips funding from planned parenthood. Puts essential services at risk. Slashes medicaid. Eliminates pre-existing condition protections. Endangers abortion coverage. Click here to learn more.

How To Know if The Trump-Russia Story Has Momentum

Russia story gets attention in short bursts, at least on Google searches. But Republicans — especially Senate Republicans — hold all the cards, at least until the midterms. Their positions and how they’ve evolved over time will be the most important indications of whether this story has legs. Click here to learn more.

Gerrymandering: Finding a workable standard has long been “the holy grail of election law jurisprudence.” The Supreme Court is considering an appeal from a decision in Wisconsin. It will very likely weigh in on the fate of political gerrymandering, probably during the court’s next term, which starts in October. Click here to learn more.

Corrections: In last week’s newsletter the #4 action item should have been “advocate for retention of ACA.”

If you want an easy way to help the ACLU of Michigan or the Michigan League for Public Policy consider being an Action Circle Co-Facilitator. Click here to learn what that entails. It’s rewarding, not time consuming, and you get to meet people who share your passion. Click here for more information.


Protectors of Equality in Government (PEG) has endorsed 11 organizations. A short description of and a link to each organization can be found on the PEG website:

Please check out the list and choose those of interest to you for action.

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