PEG 12th Congressional District
Newsletter #101, Thursday, March 14, 2019
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Stuff People Mostly Agree On
Lost in the American political split is that lots of people agree on some pretty basic stuff: 83 percent of people like strong net neutrality laws, 60 percent want stronger privacy laws, 92 percent want Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices and guaranteed paid maternity leave gets 67 percent support. Regrettably, the respective 17 percent, 40 percent, 8 percent and 33 percent have way more expensive lobbyists, so apologies to the majorities. Read more here. - The New York Times
Sunday, March 17. VNP wants to know which ballot initiatives you want in 2020
Katie Fahey, Founder and Executive Director of Voters Not Politicians, will speak about how VNP created a grassroots organization of 5,000 volunteers and passed a transformative anti-gerrymandering amendment in Michigan. She will also discuss implementing the newly approved constitutional amendment and how people can participate in the process as well as learn from the attendees which current issues are of sufficient concern to Michiganders so that VNP should consider trying to put them on the 2020 ballot. There will be ample opportunity to provide input and ask questions. Additional information is available on our Facebook Event Link . Because of the importance of this opportunity, there will not be time for other speakers at this event. Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr, Ann Arbor. 2–3:30 pm
Are you coming to the PEG Speaker Series event featuring Katie Fahey?
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr, Ann Arbor

03/17/19 2:00pm - 03/17/19 3:30pm

Learn how VNP organized to pass a transformative anti-gerrymandering amendment and share which current issues are most important to YOU!
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More Events
Thursday, March 14. Lecture on Sustainability Featuring the Architect of the Paris Climate Agreement
Join Christiana Figueres at the 17th Peter M. Wege lecture as she shares the inside story behind the Paris Climate Agreement, discusses strategies for accelerating climate solutions, and makes the case for “radical collaboration” between businesses, NGOs, universities, governments, and communities to achieve a carbon-neutral future. Reserve your seats here . U-M, Hill Auditorium, 825 N University Ave, Ann Arbor . 5–6:30 pm
Thursday, March 14. 12th District Dems Monthly Meeting
Email your questions. UAW, 9650 South Telegraph Road, Taylor . 7–8 pm

Friday, March 15. Public Forum: Restoring Integrity to Elections, Strengthening Voting Rights
Join U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin and her guests,Tiffany Muller, president of End Citizens United, and Jonathan Brater, legal policy director for the Michigan Secretary of State, for a public forum on H.R.1, campaign finance reform, and voting rights. RSVP Here , Pattengill Biotechnical Magnet School, 815 N. Fairview Ave, Lansing, 48912. 5–6 pm

Saturday, March 15. Ann Arbor Voters Feedback Wanted
The city is currently collaborating with the University of Michigan to improve the voting experience for Ann Arbor residents. They will be holding a workshop for voters to participate, share their thoughts, and ultimately help find ways to improve the voting experience. For this workshop, eligible participants must be a U.S. registered voter and have voted at a polling place in the city of Ann Arbor within the last 4 years. Refreshments are included! If you are interested in participating, please click here to fill out a brief survey. UMSI Engagement Center , 777 N University Ave, Ann Arbor . 2–3:30 pm
Friday, March 15. Michigan Youth Climate Strike
For more information click here . U-M Diag, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor. 12–3 pm
Saturday, March 16. Women March On for Justice Rally
The rally and march in Ann Arbor is to speak up for justice and to celebrate Women's History Month and Ruth Bader Ginsberg's 86th Birthday! Speakers: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell; Spoken Word Poet & UM student Arwa Gayar; Progressives at the Univ. of Michigan President Michael Briggs; Community Organizer and Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice Co-Director Desirae Simmons; Community Advocate & Radio Host Michelle Elizabeth Brown; Community Diversity Activist Toni Kayumi.
The Progressives at the University of Michigan are hosting, in partnership with community partners Women's March Ann Arbor, and Women March On-Washtenaw.. Meet at the "Diag" at the center of the U-M central campus, just north of South University Street, just east of State Street, and just south of North University. Click here for more information. 1:30–3:30 pm
Michigan Resistance Calling Parties
This week we will urge MI State Representatives to t ell Michigan State Legislatures to stop mass shootings by supporting the "red flag" laws. They need hosts for calling parties. Monday evenings and Tuesday afternoons. Contact Ginger Kinney at .
Saturday, March 18. Allen Park Dems Monthly Meeting
Call Dan Geb 313-600-6720 if you have questions. American Hungarian Reformed Church, 9901 Allen Road, Allen Park . 7–8 pm

Wednesday, March 20. Framing Our American Values: Words that Work and Why
This presentation by Brian Watson is co-sponsored by A2D2, Dexter Indivisible and PEG Cosponsoring Bryan Watson is based on the work of George Latkoff. Jolly Pumpkin, 2319 Bishop Cir E, Dexter . 7 pm

Wednesday, March 20. Brownstown Dems Monthly Meeting
For more info click here. Brownstown Township Parks & Recreation, 21311 Telegraph Road, Trenton. 6:30–7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 20. Western Washtenaw Dems Meeting with Sheriff Clayton
Join them for a conversation with Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton. The Sheriff will bring us up-to-date on a variety of topics of interest in our area, including the opioid crisis and its impact on rural communities; immigration; the County Mental Health and Public Safety Millage; and others. Check out the Facebook page for more information about this and their other events! IBEW 252, 7920 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor. 7–9 pm

Wednesday, March 20. League of Women Voters March Brews & Views
In 2018, Michigan voters made history by passing a redistricting reform amendment with 61% of the vote to end gerrymandering. Come hear from a Voters Not Politicians representative about Michigan's new redistricting process and how you can participate. Pointless Brewery and Theatre, 3014 Packard Rd, Ann Arbor . 7:30–8:30 pm
Saturday, March 23. Meet with State Representative Yousef Rabhi
RoosRoast, 1155 Roseland St, Ann Arbor. 10am–Noon
Tuesday, March 26. Planned Parenthood Activist Leadership Council Meeting
Come influence what Planned Parenthood Activism looks like in the Ann Arbor/Ypsi area! Food is provided. Ann Arbor Health Center, 3100 Professional Drive, Ann Arbor . 6:15–7:45 pm
Things to do
“Zero tolerance” weakens deeper probes that target criminal syndicates
Tell Congress to spend money on what it was allocated for, not an unnecessary wall. Read more here. - The Atlantic

 Vote shaming apps dramatically increase likelihood of voting
Research done in Michigan shows it’s “the most effective intervention ever uncovered by an order of magnitude.” Read more here. - The New York Times
Send letters to Democratic-leaning Wisconsin voters to urge them to vote
Sign up here. There’s a special election on April 2, 2019, in Wisconsin for a seat on the state’s Supreme Court. Let’s help Lisa Neubauer, who is currently Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, defeat Brian Hagedorn, former chief legal counsel to Wisconsin’s infamous Republican Governor Scott Walker, and start shifting the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a more progressive direction. More info here. - Vote Forward

Tell your Reps to strengthen the Violence Against Women Act
As of mid-February the VAWA has expired. Although funding for its programs was secured in the spending bill, the act itself did not achieve reauthorization. We should ask Congress to give it permanent reauthorization, rather than requiring a vote every year for funding, and every five years for the bill itself. Read more here. - Chicago Tribune

Contact your Reps to protect Democracy from disinformation campaigns
Given what we now know about foreign meddling in our past elections, ask your MoCs what they are doing to protect us from this continuing attack on our democratic process. “A wide-ranging disinformation campaign aimed at Democratic 2020 candidates is already underway on social media, with signs that foreign state actors are driving at least some of the activity.” Read more here. - Politico
Human smugglers are thriving under Trump. Contact your Reps
“Zero tolerance” immigration policies have made America’s historically weak anti-human smuggling efforts even weaker. Over the past two years the Department of Homeland Security has shifted money and manpower away from more complex investigations to support the administration’s all-out push to arrest, detain, and deport immigrants here illegally.” Tell Congress to spend money on what it was allocated for, not an unnecessary wall. Read more here. - The Atlantic
Things to listen to, read, and watch
Bipartisan balance needed in Michigan's budget
Click here to read the article. -The Michigan League for Public Policy

A Federal Appeals Court Confirms Immigrants Access to Courts Are A Constitutional Right
In a major decision last week, the Ninth Circuit Court held that asylum seekers are entitled to seek judicial review, i.e., federal court habeas review, of their “expedited removal” orders in federal court. According to the ACLU, “this decision is a significant step towards ensuring that vulnerable asylum seekers and others will get a fair shot to prove their claims that our immigration laws and the U.S. Constitution guarantee.” - ACLU
US Government Is Detaining and Interrogating Journalists and Advocates at the Border
In what looks like a “coordinated attack on constitutional rights,” the U.S. government has reportedly been targeting journalists, activists, and lawyers working to raise awareness of issues facing migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Department of Homeland Security officials created a list of activists, advocates, and journalists who were working with or reporting on the migrant caravan in order to flag them for lengthy detentions and questioning at the U.S. border. The First Amendment bars interference with freedom of the press and doesn’t permit the government to retaliate against people based on their viewpoints. According to the ACLU, this appears to be a “First Amendment disaster.” ACLU

House Democrats Introduce HR-6 to Protect Dreamers and those with Temporary Protection Status
On Tuesday, House Democrats introduced an updated Dream Act - H.R. 6 - that would provide permanent legal protections and a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” who came to America as children. According to CNBC, H.R. 6 “would extend protections for Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure recipients, providing work permits and blocking deportation for immigrants from countries grappling with war or natural disasters.” It would benefit approximately 3.6 million Dreamers, including the 800,000 who have been protected from deportation under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Whether the bill will receive bipartisan support is questionable, but interest in immigration legislation is high. - CNBC

Separating immigrant families is a humanitarian crisis, not a “national emergency.”
Migratory Notes by Medium. Testimony by Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen CBS / The Hill before the House Homeland Security Committee suggests that she believes she has sufficient reason to facilitate Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy at the Mexican border. Let Nielsen know her complicity in a policy that cages children, loses track of them, fails to respond to their medical needs, and minimizes their trauma is morally abhorrent and unacceptable to the American people and we await her resignation: 202-282-8495 or Department of Homeland Security.
Good News and Gratitude
Trump signs major land conservation act in honor of John Dingell
“John would have been so proud to see Democrats and Republicans come together to sign into law a landmark public lands bill to conserve and protect America’s wild plants, fish, animals, and their habitats,” Rep. Debbie Dingell wrote on Facebook. The White House described the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act as a bipartisan package of more than 100 public lands, natural resources and water bills, the result of months of negotiations, providing federal protections to millions of acres of federal lands. It also includes a permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, something for which John Dingell advocated during his time in office.  MLive

Take a moment to thank Rep. Cummings for his leadership and stirring words
Contact info here. The Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, powerfully closed the Cohen hearings on Wednesday with these remarks: 8 minute video. - C-Span

Thank the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
For the first time since 2012 they convened to discuss climate change. Which is remarkable considering the GOP is the majority party. Republicans now seek to join the committee. Contact them here and encourage them to continue seeking solutions.
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