PEG 12th Congressional District
Newsletter #118, Thursday, July 11, 2019
137 weeks down, 69 weeks to go until Election Day!
by Susan K. Ayer, Jewish activist and PEG contributor
I grew up with images of the Holocaust and concentration camps embedded in my brain. One year the theme at the national convention for my Jewish youth group was "Never Again," and these words and what they represent, are always on the edge of my consciousness, every day of my life.
On June 30, 36 Jewish protesters were arrested outside the ICE detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey as part of the Never Again Action . They came together from all across the country to protest and put their bodies on the line. In an editorial on July 2 in Forward , protester Tae Phoenix wrote,
“We Jews know in our ancestral memory what the precursors to ethnic cleansing looks like. They look like roundups and mass deportations. They look like detention camps where ‘undesirables’ are concentrated and segregated away from the general population—also known as concentration camps. They look like dehumanizing conditions where vulnerable people die of exposure and medical neglect. They look like what is happening to undocumented people, asylum seekers, and refugees in America today.”
On Tuesday, July 16, thousands are expected to rally in Washington D.C. to hold Congress accountable and demand that ICE be shut down. To join the Never Again Action group, sign up here .
Thursday, July 11. Progressive Women’s Caucus Listening Tour
Donna Lasinski will host a stop on statewide Listening Tour, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Michigan’s ratification of the 19th amendment and “100 years of making our voices heard.” This town hall will provide an opportunity for women in the community to discuss the issues most important to them. Scio Town Hall, 827 N Zeeb Rd, Ann Arbor . 6:30–7:30 pm
Michigan United Detroit Leadership Trainings
  • Thursday, July 11. 6–8 pm 
  • Saturday, July 27. 10 am–2 pm 
The Power Meeting Training will serve as an introduction to having effective meetings with people in power. In this training we will provide our most disenfranchised members in the community with the skills to meet face to face with elected officials and candidates for office from all parties. Participation requires that you arrive in time for sign in and remain for the duration of the entire training. Everyone is welcome regardless of immigration status. Register here . Michigan United Office, 4405 Wesson St, Detroit .
Friday, July 12. Lights for Liberty: Vigil to shed light on ending human detention camps - Ann Arbor
Protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. You are requested to bring signs, a long lasting candle, and guitars and help build collective, impactful energy from sea to shining sea to light the path to change in 2020. Federal Building, 200 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor . Assemble at 8:30 pm

Friday July 12. Lights for Liberty: Vigil to shed light on ending human detention camps - Ypsilanti

Friday July 12. Rally to stop separating families
- Lansing
Hosted by Planned Parenthood of Michigan, Voces De La Comunidad and No Detention Centers in Michigan . State Capitol in Lansing, 110 N Capitol Ave, Lansing . 6–8 pm
Saturday, July 13. Ann Arbor Democratic Club Monthly Meeting
For more information about meetings, visit . Click here to sign up.  200 N Main St, Ann Arbor. 9:30 am–noon.
Saturday, July 13. Nonviolent communication skills workshops
This free event will introduce you to a new framework for understanding conflict
  • New ways to communicate that enhance mutual respect 
  • Strategies you can use immediately to improve your relationships 
Presented by Lisa Gottlieb, MSW, SSW; NVC Certified Trainer; co-founder-Selma Café. For more info, write to or see . Choose your date (no advance registration required.)
Monday, July 15. Allen Park Dems Monthly Meeting
Call Dan Geb, (313) 600-6720 with your questions. American Hungarian Reformed Church, 9901 Allen Rd, Allen Park . 7–8 pm

Michigan Resistance Calling Parties
This week we will call to end human concentration camps .
Voting Rights Online Training
Join the ACLU of Michigan, League of Women Voters of Michigan, Voters Not Politicians, and Campus Vote Project for an online training series to continue to be an empowered voter.
  • Wednesday, July 17, Clerk engagement: What are the roles, powers, common concerns, and ways to work together with your local clerk to increase access to the ballot. 7–8 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, Organizing your clerk engagement team: Identifying team members, delegating roles, and staying engaged. 7–8 pm
Sign up for the trainings. Each webinar has an individual RSVP.

Wednesday, July 17. Brownstown Dems Monthly Meeting
Brownstown Township Parks & Recreation, 21311 Telegraph Rd, Trenton . 6:30–7:30 pm
July Workshops and clinics on how to apply for citizenship
If you are ready to apply for citizenship, or have questions about the application process, the Detroit New Americans Campaign has 5 great ways to get started, keep going, and get to the finish line! Click here to learn more. One of the ways is to attend these free Citizenship Clinics. International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, 111 E Kirby St, Detroit. (313) 600-7618. 10 am–5 pm
  • Thursday, July 18. Free Citizenship Clinic
International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, 111 E Kirby St, Detroit. (313) 600-7618 10 am–5 pm
  • Thursday, July 25. Free Citizenship Clinic
International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, 111 E Kirby St, Detroit. (313) 600-7618 10 am–5 pm
Thursday, July 18. Great Women of The Great Lakes and MI List’s 15th Anniversary
Honoring Governor Gretchen Whitmer; State Representative Christine Greig, House Democratic Leader; and Lavora Barnes, chair Michigan Democratic Party. For more information, contact, (734) 646-5100. Details and “Tickets” information is at Polo Fields Golf & Country Club, 200 Polo Fields Dr, Ann Arbor . 4:30–6:30 pm
July 18-21. Ann Arbor Art Fair tabling
  • Planned Parenthood needs people to table from 10 am–8 pm in downtown Ann Arbor. You can sign up here for Art Fair
  • Reclaim our American Democracy from Big Money (ROAD) will have a booth on Liberty Street and need folks to do four-hour shifts. Contact Conrad Zumhagen at for more information and to volunteer.
Monday, July 22 Eastern Washtenaw County Dems Meeting
WCDP Headquarters, 418 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti . 6:30–8:30 pm

Friday, July 26. League of Women Voters Ann Arbor Area July Lunch & Learn
League member Margaret Leary will talk about the 2020 Census, what will happen, what the League is doing to ensure a complete count, and how you can be involved. Sandwich and salad or vegetarian lunch with coffee and soda at $7 cash or BYO lunch. Reservations are required . Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse, 411 Cedars Lane, Dexter . Noon–2 pm
Things to do
Take a class on climate change!
Are you concerned about climate change? Would you like to learn how to address and respond to this challenge? If so, this course is for you. Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action is intended to help learners understand, address and respond to climate change as individuals and in partnership with their communities and political leaders. The course focuses on how to translate learning into action on climate change in the areas of food, energy, transportation and the built environment (cities). 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 .
HHS seeks to rip away LGBTQ+ health care protections
Tell the Department of Health and Human Services what you think of the administration’s proposal to remove nondiscrimination protections from the Affordable Care Act regulations. Before August 13 comment on the Federal Register
1) Introduce yourself, 2) State why you oppose the proposal based on your values, and, if applicable, 3) Share a personal story about about how you or a loved one are impacted by gender-based discrimination in health care. 
To be counted, comments must be unique and individual, not scripted. Add details from these sources: Human Rights Campaign and HRC2 , Health Affairs , CNN , and Advocate .
Immigration justice
Some Members of Congress have visited the border to see the conditions the US is forcing asylum-seekers to live under. Help RAICES provide free/low-cost legal services to these folks and get your Reps involved too. Learn more here . - RAICES
Things to listen to, read, and watch
An ID today is a vote tomorrow
21 million eligible voters in the US do not have photo ID. Project ID helps the most vulnerable in our communities obtain the little card that changes lives. Learn how you can help here.
Read supporting data in the Project Vote research memo . - Spread the Vote

Social Security cuts are coming in 15 years
In 1983 Members of Congress created a bi-partisan ‘solution’ to the system’s insolvency then. After receiving an avalanche of calls and letters they chose to effectively cut benefits by raising the retirement age. Let your officials know that this time Social Security must be repaired solely by increasing tax revenues. Read more here. - The New York Times
Supreme court misrepresented the “pedigree” of the citizenship question.
The Court created an atmosphere of normalcy around a question that is anything but. The administration claimed it was simply “reinstating” a question that had a deep “pedigree” stretching back “nearly 200 years.” Much of the administration’s historical argument is wrong, yet even Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor referred repeatedly to “reinstatement,” a word that obscures the nature of what the administration was trying to do. Read more here. - The Atlantic

In Border Patrol Facebook group: jokes about migrant deaths, sexist memes
Members joked about the deaths of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas and vulgar illustrations. Read more here. - ProPublica
Good News
And the children shall lead us...
Ann Arbor Middle School Student, Niara, recently exercised her civic duty and wrote a letter to Representative Rebekkah Warren. Way to use her voice!
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