PEG 12th Congressional District
Newsletter #229. Thursday, September 2, 2021
Labor Day Origin
The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City. The Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street, and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a cookout. Watch the History Channel video (left) for a short history of the sacrifices which led to our modern day celebration.
The Noose in the State Houses
Power, suppressive power at that, resides in the state legislatures. That’s the message of Michael Wines of the New York Times. In the thirty Republican-controlled state houses, Republicans have promoted conservative agendas, particularly on voting rights, Covid, and a variety of contentious cultural issues, including abortion.

While Democrats have focused on the national arena, also passing progressive legislation in the eighteen state legislatures they control, Republicans have had the money and organization to pass far-reaching conservative, even right-wing, legislation. According to Wines, “Republican strategists and well-funded conservative groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, have poured in money and resources and policy prescriptions, figuring that legislation with no chance of getting through Congress could sail through friendly statehouses.”

The Republican legislation most threatening to our democracy is, of course, their recent spate of laws restricting voting rights. Besides tightening access to the polls, in one Republican-controlled state legislature after another, they are giving their party “more power over the mechanisms of administering elections and counting ballots,” notes Wines.
So voter beware.
Zoom bombers failed at preventing this important conversation!
Zoom bombers failed to prevent Conversations! attendees from hearing Mark Brewer tell us what can be done to help end gerrymandering in Michigan. Hear what he had to say here.
 
His interview was restarted without the zoom bombers. What is not on the recording from the original attempt to hold the show was Chuck Newman thanking everyone who submitted questions: Ed Saunders, David Reed, Marcy Waldinger, Bernie Banet, Chris Andrews, Chris Smith, Marty Fischoff, Margie Checkoway and Carolyn Christopher. He also introduced Mark Brewer as someone who has devoted substantial time to pro bono legal work, primarily through the ACLU. He has handled scores of ACLU cases in areas from free speech, religious liberty and separation of church and state to civil rights, employee drug testing and FOIA/OMA.
 
One of the key takeaways from the show is that everyone can view all the submitted redistricted maps and comments at NextVote.us. Please help frustrate the zoom bombers by sharing this email and video as widely as possible.
Happy New Year from PEG
On Monday evening, September 6, the Jewish community will begin the celebration of Rosh Hashonah 5782. May the New Year bring sweetness, good health, peace and hope to all. 
Events
Take action with NextGen America this Fall
Help make calls to advocate for the climate provisions in the Reconciliation Bill and send texts about the student loan payment pause extension! Or, learn more about Social Media Team events like TikTok Tuesdays and Twitter Thursdays. Here are some ways you can take action. If you have accessibility questions about any activity, reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information
Call Team Daily Phone Banking
  • Fridays. September 3 and September 10.
  • Tuesday, September 7.
  • Wednesday, September 8.
  • Thursday, September 9.
Choose a time to phonebank with NextGen America to talk to young voters and encourage people to contact their representatives on behalf of issues important to young people, the most diverse generation in American history. NextGen America will provide the script, calling platform, training, and a community to connect with other volunteers. If you'd like to join a live training via Zoom before you begin calling, sign up here.Sign up here. Time slots each day 3–5 pm and 5–7pm

Wednesdays 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/22. Social Media Organizing Team Meetings
The NextGen social media organizing program/team that will help teach young folks to be organizers and mobilize people to vote in the process. Join the team on Zoom every other Wednesday with the zoom link here: http://nxtgn.us/social-zoom. Sign up here. 6-7pm.

Tuesdays 9/7, 9/14, 9/21. Contacting Your Representatives Workshop
Contact elected representatives in Congress and the Biden administration to demand action on the issues that affect the lives of young people! In this workshop, you will receive a list of issues to call for, and you can pick the one you'd like to do. You will receive the resources you need to contact your elected officials and amplify your action. Sign up here. 4-4:45pm

Fridays 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1. Coffee Hour
Join in a discussion of one article per week to understand why it's so important to keep advocating for the things we care about and get to know the NextGen community. Sign up here. 3-4pm

Wednesday, September 8. Weekly Text Team
Join NextGen America's text team to reach thousands of voters across the country about the #youthvote and mobilize the largest and most diverse generation of voters in American history to build a government that respects us, reflects us and represents us.
Choose a time that works for you and NextGen will provide the script, texting platform, training, and a community to connect with other volunteers! Sign up here. 1-3pm
Yousef and you virtual coffee hours
Rep. Yousef Rabhi, 53rd House district: yousefrabhi@house.mi.gov, Phone: (517) 373-2577. https://housedems.com/yousef-rabhi/.
Typically discussions are 10 am on the 4th Saturday of the month and 6 pm on the 2nd Monday of the month. Click to register:
Visit the PEG website to view the comprehensive listing of Upcoming Events!
Things to do
Voter suppression by eviction
The PEG Newsletter has written several articles over the last few months that addressed the many state legislatures that have proposed and/or passed legislation that will suppress voting rights. Although the legislatures purport that the purpose of these laws is to prevent fraud, the laws proposed/passed will definitely suppress voting rights. The people most impacted by these laws, as well as the recent Supreme Court case on lifting the moratorium on evictions, will be Black and brown communities, and especially Black women.

On August 26, 2021, the Supreme Court majority held that the latest pause on evictions issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was not enforceable on legal grounds that the CDC did not have the authority to extend the moratorium, thus evictions can resume nationwide. The decision affects potentially millions of households where people are behind on their rent, according to statistics presented by the Justice Department. As a result, Biden’s press secretary said that “families will face the painful impact of evictions, and communities across the country will face greater risk of exposure to COVID-19,"

The opinion is interesting. It discusses the paths that the case took, intermittent decisions and related rationale for the decisions. In summary, the government argued that “The Surgeon General is authorized under the Public Health Service Act to make regulations to prevent the spread of communicable diseases ... and other measures, as in his judgment may be necessary.” The rationale for the extension was to ban evictions because it would accelerate the spread of the coronavirus, by forcing people “to move, often into close quarters with friends or family, or homeless shelters.” The Supreme Court believed that “a ban on evictions to stop people from moving around and potentially infecting those around them was too indirect to fall under the law, the justices wrote, and allowing that interpretation would give the CDC “a breathtaking amount of authority.” The bottom line is that the CDC extension might have been within its purview if Congress had acted on this issue
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It is imperative to read the DemLabs article with infographics which explains its views of the racism, greed and voter suppression that is behind the eviction decision. The article demonstrates the importance of following the money and relationships between major investors and politicians. View the StoryMaps, where people are most at risk for evictions, and Relationship maps to follow the money and its connections. 
ACTION
Contact your legislators and demand that they pass the FOR THE PEOPLE ACT to protect voters’ rights and our democracy!!
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