PEG 12th Congressional District
Newsletter #224. Thursday, July 29, 2021
Dreadful ballot initiative
According to headlines in the Detroit News, a “British study [claims]: Whitmer stay-home orders saved lives, perhaps tens of thousands.”                                
Yet Republicans in the Legislature sued to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act in 2020, and the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in their favor, removing the power from the Governor of ever instituting emergency orders without legislative approval.
Later, when the Supreme Court ruled that the Governor could not implement emergency orders under the 1945 act, Governor Whitmer utilized the Public Health code to issue statewide orders in response to the pandemic. This code empowers the MDHHS to mandate public gathering sizes, mask usage, and more during a pandemic or other public health crisis. 
Now, the far right and well-funded group Unlock Michigan has created a petition which seeks to curb the emergency powers of the Michigan Department of Health and put those powers in the hands of state legislators who have no training in public health.
We need to urge people not to sign this petition with its misleading language. Once sufficient signatures are gathered, this ballot initiative, signed by a minority of Michigan citizens, will be adopted as law by the GOP-controlled and gerrymandered Legislature.                                   
We must work to stop the gerrymandered Legislature from adopting into law ballot initiatives signed by a minority of citizens. This tactic, which bypasses the will of the majority, can be used against us again and again — perhaps even regarding the GOP drive to restrict voting.
Please spread the word about this petition effort through social media or by calling or texting everyone you know! - Detroit News
Events
Monday, August 2, and Tuesday, August 3. Federal voting rights meetings
Join PEG guest contributor Dr. Sonya Lewis on two important meetings this week. There are two pieces of legislation waiting on Senate action regarding federal voting rights: the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Dr. Lewis is part of a group of Michiganders who are participating in virtual visits with our senators’ offices to promote the passage of these pieces of legislation. The visits are being organized by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) and her role is that of State Outreach Coordinator for Michigan.
  • The meeting with Senator Peters’ office is scheduled for Monday, August 2 at 1:30 pm.To participate in this meeting, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
  • The meeting with Senator Stabenow’s office is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3 at 12:30 pm. To participate in this meeting, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
In order to participate in either or both Zoom meetings, you must register using the links above – please register as soon as possible.
Even though our senators are both co-sponsors of both bills, it is extremely important for them to see how strongly their constituents feel about this issue – the more pressure they feel, the stronger they will advocate. You do not need to be part of the Religious Action Center to be part of the Zoom calls – you don’t need to be Jewish either. Thanks so much, in advance, for sharing this information with anyone you know who is passionate about the issue of voting rights for all Americans. For additional questions, contact Dr. Lewis here.
Monday, August 2. Moral Monday
‘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.
Moral Monday actions:                                        
  • 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.
“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.
Tuesday, August 3. Election Day in Michigan!
This Tuesday is election day in many areas of Michigan. In Washtenaw County, there will be voting in Ann Arbor Township, Northfield Township, and Ypsilanti Township. For the full list of elections by county, click here. For all other questions, click the blue button below for comprehensive election resources.
Note: For more event listings, visit our website to view Upcoming Events!
Things to do, read, watch, and listen to
What we know about Michiganders' involvement in the January 6 insurrection
Recently Michigan House Representative Donna Lasinski was interviewed on Chuck Newman’s show Conversations! about her resolution to investigate the role of the January 6 insurrection. She also discussed the April 2020 storming of the Michigan Capitol during a protest against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 health orders, which congressional Democrats have argued was a “dress rehearsal” for January 6. 
Help keep Virginia blue
  • Donate directly to Terry McAuliffe’s campaign here.
  • Donate to five Democratic challengers for the Virginia House of Delegates identified by 31st Street Swing Left, a grassroots group dedicated to winning state legislatures, here.
  • Donate to 10 competitive races in the House of Delegates and the governor’s race via Swing Left, here. Call Virginia voters, support local organizations and more via Swing Left, here.
  • Send letters to encourage voters from underrepresented communities and Democratic-leaning registered voters to request their absentee ballots in advance of the November election via Vote Forward, here.
  • If you live in the Virginia area, volunteer to canvass with a group such as 31st Street Swing Left, NOPE (Neighbors Defending Democracy), or the Virginia Turnout Project of the Virginia Democratic Party. Or volunteer to register voters via Arlington Democrats, here.
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