PEG 12th Congressional District
Newsletter #222. Thursday, July 15, 2021
Detroit keeps flooding. Why?
Picture above, courtesy of The Pink Report News
Aging public infrastructure and record setting rainfall are contributing factors. This latest deluge was the second time a so-called 100-year rain event happened in the past 10 years. The last time was August 2014 but massive flooding in homes, streets and freeways occurred at least four times since 2016. Also, from the 1970s to 2014, Federal investment in our infrastructure reduced from 60 percent down to only 10 percent. Much of it is reaching the end of its useful life.

During the latest record rainfall, electrical problems at two pumping stations on the east side caused failure, slamming Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park and Grosse Pointe Farms with flooding. The suburbs remain too dependent on Detroit’s aging facilities and need to upgrade their own infrastructures to prevent too much water and sewage flowing into Detroit. The entire region will need to work together to solve this issue. Learn more here. --Bridge Magazine
A New PEG Exclusive: What is the discussion about Critical Race Theory?
What is Critical Race Theory by Leslie Kamil, OTR/L, MS, JD

Many Americans believe racism is the product of intentionally bad and biased individuals, but critical race theory alleges that racism is systemic and is inherent in much of the American way of life from health care to housing, economics to...

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Organizing events
July. NextGen virtual organizing events 
There's a lot of work to be done in 2021 to advocate for progressive change that will affect the lives of all people. 
Join a NextGen Coffee Hour to discuss one article per week to understand why it's so important to keep advocating for the things citizens care about and get to know the NextGen community. Sign up here. Fridays at noon.

Contacting your representative training. These workshops contact elected representatives in Congress and the Biden administration to demand action on the issues that affect the lives of citizens! You’ll receive a list of issues to call for, and can pick the one you'd like to focus on. Caller will be given the resources they need to contact their elected officials and use social media to amplify their action. Sign up here. Tuesdays at 3 pm.

Digital organizing workshops. The workshops here are to learn all of the ways that you can take action, including how to:
  • Take and share NextGen actions with your network and communities
  • Share premade infographics and social content
  • Create your own infographics using Canva
  • Create a direct-to-camera video telling your story
Sign up for these digital workshops today! Tuesdays at 5 pm
Poor People’s Campaign announces "season of nonviolent direct action," targeting US Senate; and the Poor People’s Campaign launches civil disobedience actions for voting rights

‘If our actions result in the system believing it has to arrest us, then so be it. Civil disobedience is a badge and banner we will proudly wear,” said Rev. William Barber.

Protecting voters’ rights, ending the filibuster, the $15 an hour minimum wage, and restoration of The Voting Rights Act of 1965 are some of the issues The Poor People’s Campaign is taking on in nonviolent demonstrations this month for Moral Mondays. "There’s no time to waste. Democracy vs. autocracy is the battle of our time,” Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said in a speech Monday. 
Moral Monday Actions:     
  • July 12: a massive national call-in to every senator, to shut down the switchboards if necessary;                                              
  • July 19 (the anniversary of the Women’s Convention at Seneca Falls): nonviolent moral direct action in D.C., led by women from all over the country;                
  • July 26: in all Senate offices, regardless of party; people in at least 45 states will engage in nonviolent moral direct action;                                  
  • August 2: nonviolent moral direct action focused on the U.S. Senate and led by a mass number of clergy and religious leaders with poor and low-wage workers. Read more
‘“How much longer do we wait? Until the whole democratic infrastructure is falling apart?” Barber challenged.

“Now is the time to rise above the insurrection and call for the resurrection that would revive the spirit of America,” Grant declared. “We will not let the 1% rule the 99%.” Read more
More Things to read, watch, do and listen to
The 2022 midterms have begun
“[So] We need to act accordingly. If you were active in 2018 or 2020, reprise those actions! If you are new to political activism or sat on the sidelines in prior elections, there is no time like the present to become involved. The events of January 6 demonstrate that none of us can afford to be a bystander any longer. Do your part, in whatever way you can." From Robert Hubbell's Today's Edition
Two ways you can help:
  1. Call your Senators every day this month at (888) 453-3211 and ask them to get the For the People Act to the Senate floor for a vote! Calls are counted by each Senator’s office, so this support is important.
  2. Join Fair Fight in text banking. It’s an easy, convenient way to reach younger voters who rely on their cell phones for political information. Sign up for training on Fair Fight’s new texting platform (Impactive) here: Fair Fight Text Training. After training you can join Fair Fight’s texting campaigns.
Food and justice
The term “food justice” is a broad one, not only referring to equity in what and how much we eat, but fairness in terms of the source and means of production. Many have noted the declining percentage of Black-owned farms (currently less than 2% of the total). This decline can be attributed to white supremacy and its fear tactics, discriminatory lending practices, and policies that fail to protect title to the land.
In recent years, there’s been a movement towards public policy which supports minority farming through land security provisions, as well as loans, farmer training and technical assistance.
The food justice movement also includes advocates and practitioners of sustainable and scientifically based agriculture with its focus on toxin-free and organic farming. In an interview, Ron Whitehurst, winner of the Global Regenerative Business Award in 2016, advocates “[to] not use toxins, to build up the ecology, to build up the whole community of natural enemies – the predators, parasites, pathogens, and antagonists – and grow stuff, sequester carbon into the soil.”
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