PEG 12th Congressional District
Newsletter #168, Thursday, June 25, 2020
189 weeks down, 19 weeks to go until Election Day!
Great News
LGBTQ Ruling
In a  landmark decision  last week, the Supreme Court ruled that Federal civil rights law   protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers .
The ruling will extend protections to millions of workers nationwide and is a defeat for the Trump administration, which argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that bars discrimination based on sex did not extend to claims of gender identity and sexual orientation. Read more  here . -CNN
It is now possible to register to vote in Michigan ONLINE!!
Click here to register on the Michigan Secretary of State’s Voter Information Center!
 
Additional information and lots of resources on elections and voting are available on the Michigan Voter Information Center site. Included are:
 
Track your registration, your absentee ballot and your vote on BALLOTPOWER.ORG .
Our response matters!!
As of 6/22/20, Michigan has increased its ranking to 3rd amongst the states in self-reporting. Currently, 67.9% of people living in Michigan have self- reported; Washtenaw County has moved from 14th to 13th place with participation at 73.2%.

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next 10 years. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. Your response shapes the future for your community for health clinics, fire departments, schools and roads and highways.

Concerns about the security of your data can be minimized by reading How the Census Bureau Protects your Data .

Remember to complete the 2020 census online. If you do not have a computer, there are several ways that you can contact the U.S. Census Bureau for support. Customer Service Representatives are available every day from 7 am to 2 am Eastern Time on the following phone lines:
  • English: (844) 330-2020
  • Spanish: (844) 468-2020
  • TDD number: (844) 467-2020
For more information, visit the 2020 Census COVID-19 operational adjustments page.
PEG is a proud supporter of Wave Michigan
PEG is a proud supporter of the Wave Michigan tool, which ensures equality in our government by promoting the ease and benefits of voting through friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. The Wave tool is a portal to increase voter turnout in this key battleground state in the 2020 election and help overturn the current administration. To learn more about using Wave, tune into one of the following tutorials:
For questions, contact  waverjesse1@gmail.com. To sign up for a session, click the hyperlinked titles above and it will take you to a simple and secure registration form.
Click to learn more inside of the new weekly WAVE newsletter! To help support WAVE Michigan and see that we all win, you can make a donation at   https://secure.actblue.com/donate/wave-michigan .
Events
Saturday, June 27. Court Judge Candidates’ Forum
Washtenaw County 22nd Circuit Court Judge Candidates’ Forum On Domestic Abuse And Intimate Terrorism hosted by Her World Initiative. See here for the Zoom link and event details. 10:30 am-noon.
Tuesday, June 30. Ann Arbor Juneteenth 2020 Replay on CTN
On Saturday, June 20, the City of Ann Arbor and PEG supported the Ann Arbor branch of the NAACP in a variation of the normal gathering. The special day of commemoration began with a Walk for Racial Justice with historic landmark markers submitted by the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County . The day ended with a 2-hour virtual program that focused on recent events that led up to the current global unrest , personal testimonies and calls to action, and a screening of the movie Supressed: The Fight to Vote . This telecast will be aired on Community Television Network, Channel 16. 8 pm
Friday, July 3–Friday, July 31. Western Oakland County Virtual Phonebank
Join Michigan Democrats in Western Oakland County for a virtual phonebank hosted by ONECampaign for Michigan. This is a huge year for Michigan and OneCampaign needs all hands on deck to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Help take part in this crucial effort by making calls from home! Read details or sign up for a time here .
Saturday, July 11. Meet the Candidates Panels 
The Washtenaw County Democratic Party is hosting candidates for the US. House of Representatives, 12th Congressional District, and for the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, 5th District (includes Ypsilanti Township). The General Membership Meeting will begin at 9:30 am, with a short Candidates’ Corner for those running for other offices. The panel for the U.S. House will begin at 10:30, followed by the County Commissioner candidates’ panel at 11:10 am. Q&A to follow each panel. For the Zoom link, visit here . 9:30 am–noon
Tuesday, August 4. State and Local Primary Election
Prepare to vote absentee . No excuse is needed — any registered voter is eligible to vote absentee. Requests for an absentee ballot can be submitted now; local clerks will send ballots when they are ready. Consider registering for permanent absentee voting — that way applications for an absentee ballot will automatically be mailed to you before every election. Find more information here .
Things to do
Support Criminal Justice Reform with Expungement Bills
Last Fall, the Michigan House passed a package of bills (HB 4980-4985, and 5120) that would allow more citizens to rejoin society and get on with their lives and make restitution for their crimes. There are now only three senators holding up these bi-partisan expungement bills in committee.

They hold the erroneous belief that expunging criminal records will reduce the payment of restitution – even though studies show that eliminating barriers to employment and housing does the exact opposite. An expunged record enables those responsible to pay what is owed to their victims

Passage of these bills would have a huge impact on the well-being of thousands of Michiganders. In fact, it is estimated that this would affect about 100,000 people in Wayne County alone. This bill package is a huge step forward and the time to act is now.

Please call these GOP members of the MI Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Sen. Ruth Johnson 517-373-1636
  • Sen. Tom Barrett 517-373-3447
  • Sen. Jim Runestad 517-373-1758

Example script for calling Senators
Hi, I’m calling to urge Senator ________ to vote YES on the expungement bill package being debated this week. The bill numbers are HB 4980-4985 and 5120. Allowing more Michiganders to expunge their criminal records has wide, bipartisan support and would increase the chances that victims receive the restitution they are owed. Please vote YES. Thank you.
Urge your U.S. Representative to support the Justice in Policing Act of 2020
When the public watched the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, the nation was outraged but somehow not surprised. Protests sprang up all across the country. Elected officials at national, state, and local levels have sought to show they were responding to this injustice that continues to happen to non-white bodies at the hands of the police. Even federal lawmakers issued an Executive Order that encouraging the police to adhere to higher standards when they use force. One piece of legislation that is expected to get adopted in the U.S. House is called the “The Justice in Policing Act of 2020” (HR 7120). The bill is supported by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and is co-sponsored by all seven of Michigan’s Democratic Representatives. No Republicans are co-sponsoring this legislation. Rep. Karen Bass, chairwoman of the CBC, said this legislation “presents a bold, transformative vision of policing in America.” Click here for a Fact Sheet on the bill, which can be summarized as:
  • Work to end racial and religious profiling;
  • Save lives by banning chokeholds and no-knock warrants;
  • Limit military equipment on American streets and require body cameras;
  • Hold police accountable in court;
  • Investigate police misconduct;
  • Empower our communities to reimagine public safety in an equitable and just way;
  • Change the culture of law enforcement with training to build integrity and trust;
  • Improve transparency by collecting data on police misconduct and use of force; and
  • Make lynching a federal crime

CALL: (202) 224-3121 (The Capitol Switchboard) or Click here to Get List of Michigan Representatives
Note: If your U.S. Representative is one of the following, Debbie Dingell; Dan Kildee; Brenda Lawrence; Andy Levin; Elissa Slotkin; Haley Stevens; or Rashida Tlaib, thank them for co-sponsoring the Justice in Policing Act of 2020.
Things to read, watch, and listen to
'This is a war': Republicans trying to control election maps

The RSLC is raising millions to protect their conservative stronghold. Their goal is to get the down-ballot elected in 2020 both at the national and state level. “He who controls redistricting can control Congress,” Rove famously said in 2010.

Read more
www.theguardian.com
Our American Democracy: the hard fought right to vote

As part of Ann Arbor's Juneteenth Day Celebration, the zoom showing of "Suppressed: The Fight to Vote" by the well-known documentarian Robert Greenwald demonstrates the way state governments can deprive blacks and other people of color from voting.

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equalityingov.org
No More by artist Jon Onye Lockard, 1972
This work is prophetic in hindsight from the 2020 perspective, as the work is more accurate in representing black women as strong and capable not just what's portrayed through Mamie images.The more palatable image of slave "Mamie" Nancy Green in the original 1886 brand logo is replaced by a strong woman adopting the "Rosie the Riveter" pose. The presumption of strength and gumption implied by an image typically associated with White women is herein changed to more accurately present an equally strong Black woman.
We are still fighting the first wave of COVID-19
Amid threats and political pushback, public health workers

Public health workers, already underfunded and understaffed, are confronting waves of protest at their homes and offices in addition to pressure from politicians who favor a faster reopening.

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