PEG 12th Congressional District
Newsletter #126, Thursday, September 5, 2019
161 weeks down, 61 weeks to go until Election Day!
Wednesday, September 11. WAVE: winning using Relationship Organizing
Are you bothered by the blaming and bickering going on in the country? Are you interested in changing the current political dialogue?
If you want to feel like you're changing the political landscape by doing more than just voting, volunteer for a political campaign. Working for any kind of campaign is a way for anybody to directly help create governmental change. Volunteers have integral roles in the outcome of the election by registering and mobilizing new voters. A June 2012 Gallup survey found that just 12 percent of Americans had volunteered for a political campaign, donated to a campaign or attended a political rally. By contrast, nearly 60 percent of all Americans eligible to vote turned out in 2012. Imagine what that 60 percent number could be if we all vowed to get more politically involved?
There are many you can become involved in the upcoming election!! Your work and vote can make a difference.

One way is with WAVE (We All Vote Everytime). Last month, Chuck Newman introduced the public to WAVE, “a proven technology” for getting your friends and family to vote— with an absentee ballot . This technology provides a chance for you to reinforce the importance and ease of voting to your friends and families and removes the difficulties and inequities of getting to the voting booth on election day.
 
Because of the enthusiastic response to the recent meeting where attendees were introduced to WAVE’s mission and the various easy and fun ways they can help
win the 2019 and 2020 elections, there will be another presentation on Wednesday, September 11, for those who couldn’t make or didn’t know about it. This session will focus on voter outreach via email. Learn more from the event page on Facebook. Touchstone Cohousing Common House, 560 Little Lake Dr, Ann Arbor . 7:30–9 pm. 
Events
September 7. WCDP General Membership M eeting
Hayley Alderman, deputy director of Party Affairs for the Michigan Democratic Party, will describe Michigan’s delegate selection process for the 2020 Democratic National Convention. All are welcome. Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor. 9:30 am–noon
Sunday, September 8. WCDP Garden Party
RSVP Jeff 734-945-5261, or fundraising@washtenawdems.org    (or directly through Act Blue .) 2367 Baker Road, Dexter . 3–6 pm

A fun-filled and family-oriented afternoon at the home of Pam Byrnes and Kent Brown. Food from Chelsea's 52 BBQ. There will be miniature donkeys, and a performance featuring songs from 2020: The Musical — fun and catchy songs about the issues we all care about, including global warming, reproductive rights, corruption in politics, and gun control. More information, including tickets, are available here . 17381 N M52, Chelsea . 1–4 pm
 
Canfield Community Center 1901 North Beech Daily Rd, Dearborn Heights . 7–8 pm
Tuesday, September 10. Beyond Homestead: Never Again
Join Ann Arbor Jewish community members Rebecca Epstein, Sarah Lewis, Sonya Lewis, Bob Milstein, Molly Resnik, and Elena Weissman as we describe their recent experiences as witnesses at the massive for-profit immigrant youth detention facility located in Homestead, Florida. local advocacy groups including the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR) and Bend the Arc will also participate. Contact Sonya Lewis with your questions: sonya.a.lewis@gmail.com . Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard St, Ann Arbor. 7 pm

Wyandotte Dems Monthly Meeting. Wednesday, September 11.
Copeland Center, 2306 4th St, Wyandotte . 7–8 pm

Thursday, September 12. 12th District Dems Monthly Meeting
Please email 12thdems@gmail.com with any questions. UAW, 9650 South Telegraph Rd, Taylor , 6:15 pm, executive meeting; 7 pm, general meeting.
Thursday, September 12. Debate Watch Party
Pizza House, 618 Church St, Ann Arbor . 8–11 pm
Thursday, September 12. A2D2 September Meeting—2020 is sooner than you think!
Let's meet to discuss what can be done now (examples: learn to use the WAVE APP, write letters to the editor, adopt a district) to help in 2020. Donna Lasinski will present her plan for flipping Michigan. 4410 Canterbury Ct, Ann Arbor. 7 pm

Saturday, September 14. League of Women Voters basics for members and prospective members
Want to know about League plans to be actively involved in the 2020 Census? Curious about how the League advocates for good government? Ever wonder how the local, state and national leagues work together? Ann Arbor Westgate Library, Room B, 2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor. 11 am–noon
Saturday, September 14. League of Women Voters basics for members and prospective members
Want to know about League plans to be actively involved in the 2020 Census? Curious about how the League advocates for good government? Ever wonder how the local, state and national leagues work together? Ann Arbor Westgate Library, Room B, 2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor. 11 am–noon

Saturday, September 14. Register students at Henry Ford Community College 
It's time to build voting rights power on Henry Ford Community College's campus and NextGen Michigan needs your to make it happen! Help register students to vote and get connected to their movement for building political power on campus, in the city, and across the state! You don't have to be experienced to help out. There are LOTS of roles to play and they will train you for all of them. Sign up for 1 hour (or more) today. You can get more information and sign up here . Henry Ford Community College, 5101 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn.  

Wednesday, September 18. Western Washtenaw Dems General Membership Mtg
IBEW 252, 7920 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor. 7–9 pm

Saturday, September 21. State Senator Jeff Irwin’s Coffee Hours

Sunday, September 22. Speaking and Listening from the Heart: Introduction to Nonviolent Communication
  • Day-long workshop in Ann Arbor.
  • Discover life-changing skills that can improve the quality of your personal and professional relationships.
  • Find your authentic voice when you want to take a stand for what you believe in.
  • Increase harmony, shared understanding, and creative problem-solving
Another thing to do
Summer Learning – take a class on climate change!
100% online, learn on your own schedule. The level is Beginner. Approximately 18 hours to complete. Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 2–4 hours per week. Learn more and/or enroll here .
Things to listen to, read, and watch
Michigan Places 28 th  in the 50-state index of “Best States to Work”
Oxfam America  is part of a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. In 2018, Oxfam built an index of labor and employment policies in all 50 states, and has updated it for 2019. The result was a report with the “Best States to Work Index.” The index is based on three major policy areas: Wage policies, worker protection policies, and right to organize policies. Click here to read the  final report .
Taking LGBTQ discrimination to a new level
With an amicus brief filed on August 23, 2019, The Trump Administration is taking discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual employees to the Supreme Court, arguing there that employers should be able to discriminate against them. While the Court had upheld the law against discrimination based on gender, it has yet to rule on discrimination-based sexual orientation. The Trump Administration is arguing that discrimination on the basis of sex orientation would be fair as both gay men and gay women would be treated equally. This most recent action of the Trump Administration is in the context of their previous steps to undermine Obama era protections for the LGBTQ community from both federal and departmental policies. The Justice Department’s arguments pertain to the employment protections offered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 . Read full article here . - Time
Election interference prevention will stop as FEC likely to shut down
The Federal Election Commission will be effectively unable to function for quite a while after it loses a quorum of its commissioners. This will leave the enforcement of federal campaign finance laws unattended ahead of the 2020 election. Read more here. - NPR.org
Medical Deferred Action Program abruptly ended for future applicants
On August 7, the Trump administration eliminated the “medical deferred action program,” a  program  which allows non-citizens to remain in the US to continue receiving life-saving treatment. According to  CBS News , after more than  100 members of Congress   as well as immigrant advocates, denounced the abrupt and publicly unannounced move, the administration walked back that decision such that “caseworkers will reconsider some applications as long as they were pending on August 7.” The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicated in the future, the relief will be available only to US Service members and their families. USCIS also said it will defer decisions about granting non-military deferred action to ICE.
The 2020 electoral map could be the smallest in years. Here’s why.
Just four states are likely to determine the outcome in 2020. Each flipped to the Republicans in 2016, but President Trump won each by only a percentage point or less. The four states are Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida. Many analysts point to Wisconsin as the single state upon which the election could turn.
Of the northern states, Trump won Michigan by the fewest number of votes, just 11,000. Between 2012 and 2016, the Democratic vote badly eroded, with Clinton falling about 300,000 votes short of Obama’s total, including about 75,000 fewer in Wayne County, which is home to Detroit. – The Washington Post
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