PEG 12th Congressional District
WAVE - We All Vote Everytime
Newsletter #144
180 weeks down, 41 weeks to go until Election Day!
Census Day Countdown: 82 days
'No More War' Events Happening Tonight
Thursday, January 9 at 5 pm
Closest Event: Corner Fort and Chestnut, Southgate.

We will not be forced into another endless war. War means death for many innocent people on both sides and destruction. War is not the answer. The majority of Americans oppose war and urge a peaceful resolution of differences. Congress has not and should not approve a war.

Directions: Corner of Fort and Chestnut. Please follow all local parking rules and do not block driveways. There is not much parking near lot but there is street parking close. This is an empty lot. Please also STAND BACK from Fort Street so as not to block the view or visions of drivers and endanger yourselves.
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Sign up today for the 21 Day Equity challenge!
Commit to just 10 minutes a day to learn about the history and impacts of racism in Washtenaw County and the different ways that bias, prejudice, privilege, and oppression show up in our everyday lives.

The Challenge is a chance FOR ALL OF US to further our awareness and understanding as a community. Why? Because racist and unjust systems are upheld by people. It is not an end-all solution, but it is a way to come together, united for justice and action, with an intention to change the disparate outcomes for those in our community so that EVERYONE, not just some, have the opportunity to thrive and flourish here.
Please visit  to register TODAY, if you haven't already. 
Thursday, January 9. WeROC Meeting of the Whole
Members of the coalition feel that there are lots of roles they can play as they choose smart local issues they can win together in 2020; and, as they prepare for a historic Public Meeting in October 2020 -- where they'll get commitments from decision-makers on our selected issues, so they can then hold them accountable. Light dinner provided. Enter on Jones St, park in back of the old Chapelle School. First Congregational UCC, 111 S Wallace Blvd, Ypsilanti.    5:30–7:30 pm 

Thursday, January 9. 12th Congressional District Dems meeting
Alabas Farhat, a ONE campaign organizer in the 12th District, will be the guest speaker. UAW Region 1A, 9650 Telegraph Rd, Taylor 7 pm
Saturday, January 11. GOTV
Mark Grebner, a Michigan political consultant, will discuss his findings on the best use of resources to Get Out the Vote. When does it work? When is it wasted effort? How best to focus resources? Sunward Cohousing Common House,  424 Little Lake Dr., Ann Arbor  . 3–5 pm
Saturday, January 11. Public Power and Environmental Justice: Washtenaw 350
The new chapter of Washtenaw 350 is holding a discussion of Public Power and Environmental Justice with elected officials. Come learn what is being done and what other actions are needed. Ypsilanti District Library Whittaker Branch,  5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti . 11 am–1 pm

Saturday, January 11.  “Promoting Social Justice through Voting: The Role of Older Adults”
Panelists will discuss how older adults can motivate the young  and  their peers to vote, the realities and dangers of voter suppression, and the power of the older adult vote. Panelists include: 
  • Wadad Abed, Philanthropist, strategic marketing consultant, and past president of ACCESS board of directors
  • Lori Saginaw, past co-chair, Task Force to create Independent Community Police Commission (Ann Arbor)
  • Alma Wheeler Smith, former Michigan House Representative; former Michigan State Senator
Yodit Mesfin-Johnson, CEO, Nonprofit Enterprise at Work, will serve as moderator. Admission is free and lunch will be served following the program. Bethel AME Church . 900 John A. Woods Dr, Ann Arbor. 1–3:30 pm
Saturday, January 11. League of Women Voters Voter Registration training
You must attend a training if you want to help register voters with LWV-AAA. Seating is limited, so please SIGN UP to save your space. If you have questions, please contact Roddy . Ann Arbor Library – Mallett’s Creek Branch, 3090 East Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor. 2–3 pm

Sunday, January 12. Monthly Postcard for America writing event
Monday, January 13. 2020 Census: County every person. Once. In the right place
This LWV of the Ann Arbor Area public presentation covers what the 2020 Census is and why it matters. It describes the What, Why, When, Who, Where and How of the census. Ann Arbor Library - Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor . 7 pm
“Yousef and You” Forums
Anyone in our district can come to get an update on legislative issues, ask questions, and participate in open discussion.
Call with MI Resistance
Sign up for a calling party here .
Thursday, January 16. Eastern Washtenaw Dems Meeting
Contact Micheal White for info at . WCDP Office , 418 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. 7 pm
Friday, January 17. Poor People’s Campaign Washtenaw County Coffee & Catch Up
B-24's Espresso Bar Eats and Entertainment,  217 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti  . 2:30–4 pm
Friday, January 17. Ypsi Emerging
After the wonderful experience of hosting the young Ypsi Schools artists on their way to exhibit in Washington DC, the WCDP wants to continue their mission of supporting and celebrating our community. WCPD will showcase the work of these Ypsilanti Community Schools graduates with a reception and exhibition. 418 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti . 6 pm

Senator Jeff Irwin’s Coffee Hours
  • Sunday, January 19. RoosRoast Coffee, 1155 Rosewood St, Ann Arbor. 10 am–noon

  • Saturday, January 25. Cream and Crumb, 44 E Cross St, Ypsilanti. 10 am–noon
MLK Holiday Events at U-M Ann Arbor
(No RSVP required)
These free and public events are a part the University of Michigan's Annual Symposium to commemorate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's theme is "The (Mis) Education of the US" and includes  dozens of events   held throughout the month. For a full listing of events during the 2020 UM-MLK Symposium, including some that require RSVPs, visit the site here
Thursday, January 16. Looking the Other Way: Exclusion within Pedagogy and Practice
This panel discussion will analyze how educational institutions perpetuate narrow ideologies that do not serve underrepresented communities, which have been historically excluded or harmed from the disciplines of architecture and planning. Auditorium, Art & Architecture Building , 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor. 6–8:30 pm
Friday, January 18. Ringing Out Rep. John Lewis’s Legacy with Carillon Music
Dr. Tiffany Ng, University carillonist, will perform an edited collection of arrangements of songs that appear in John Lewis’s graphic novel autobiography “March”. The protest and solidarity music that accompanied Lewis’s leadership of nonviolent resistance actions will fill the air. Burton Memorial Tower, Ingalls Mall (outdoor listening area) Ann Arbor. 7:30–8 pm
Monday, January 20. Dr. Martin Luther King Day
MLK Memorial Keynote Lecture with Angela Davis
Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial and gender justice. The Memorial Keynote Lecture will be given by civil rights educator, author, and social justice activist Professor Angela Davis. Hill Auditorium,   825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor . 10–11:30 am (Doors open at 9:30 am. Free and open to the public, not ticketed.)
(Y)our Story: The Costs of Activism
Join members of the community as they share stories through written or spoken word, performance pieces, poems, art, music, or song to better understand and stand against racism, classism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of bias. 1255 Angell Hall, 435 S. State St, Ann Arbor. 1–2:30 pm

North Campus Dean’s MLK Spirit Awards
The Martin Luther King Spirit Awards are given to students, student organizations, staff, and faculty members at the University of Michigan North Campus who exemplify the leadership and vision of Dr. King through their commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Chesebrough Auditorium, Chrysler Building, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor. 5–7 pm

What They Did Not Want Martin Talking About
Before his death, it is not common knowledge that Dr. King was speaking out more against war, though some criticized him for doing so. The local chapter of Veterans For Peace will present a talk which concentrates on his speeches relating to war and militarism, showing them as relevant today as they were nearly 50 years ago. Wolverine Room, Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor. 2–4 pm 
Outdoor MLK March cancelled
Due to the extremely cold weather, the annual march has been cancelled. The indoor rally will be extended and the community meal and cultural event will take place as planned. St. Matthew and St. Joseph Episcopol Church, 8850 Woodward Ave, Detroit , Noon
Tuesday, January 21. MLK Jr’s Legacy and the Crisis of Racial Capitalism -- What’s Next?
Barbara Ransby, Ph.D, is a professor of history and gender studies; and African American studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her lecture will explore the history of racial capitalism and strategies for how the moves forward in light of it’s growing awareness of the true cost of today’s faulty socioeconomic construct. 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S State St., Ann Arbor. 4–6 pm

Tuesday, January 28. The 1619 Project: Examining the Legacy of Slavery and the Building of a Na
With The 1619 Project, The New York Times is prompting conversation and debate about the legacy of slavery and its influence over American society and culture. From mass incarceration to traffic jams, the project seeks to reframe our understanding of American history and the fight to live up to our nation’s central promise. Rackham Auditorium, 915 E Washington St., Ann Arbor. 6–7:30 pm 
Things to do
With a 35 cent stamp, you can send postcards to elected officials!
In order to influence policy, the website, Postcards for America , encourages and facilitates our sending postcards to national and state elected officials. Their “Postcarder Calls to Action ” are listed according to topic, such as civil rights, climate change, 1st amendment rights, etc. The addresses of state and local officials are on their interactive webpage . And a link to become a state poll worker is included on their “ Be a Guardian of Democracy ” page. Avail yourself of this terrific website as an easy way to send postcards!
 Locally, there is a Monthly Postcard for America Writing Event. The next one is Sunday, January 12, at Panera Bread, 903 West Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor . 2–4 pm
Good News
In Michigan, online voter registration is now live!
Are you registered to vote?? Check here to see if you are a registered voter in Michigan. If you want to register or update your registration and you have a valid Michigan driver's license or state ID go to Online Registration. If you do not have a valid license or ID, look here to find out how to register.
Congress approves Federal funding for gun violence research
Last month, Congress approved the allocation of $25 million toward gun violence research as part of its overall $1.4 trillion 2020 spending plan. The spending package was signed by the president on December 20th. The research funding falls short of the $50 million dollars that Democrats had requested, yet it marks a significant milestone in efforts to better understand the causes and prevention of gun violence in America. Until the passage of this spending bill, efforts to study gun violence had been stymied by the 1996 “Dicky Amendment,” that prohibited the use of federal dollars for the purpose of “advocating or promoting gun control.” Although the Dickey Amendment did not explicitly ban gun violence research, in practical terms, it was interpreted as such, as CDC leaders and others feared that engaging in research in this area could negatively impact future funding. As a result, there has been a dearth of research on this public health emergency that claims the lives of 40,000 Americans annually. 
Christian Leaders' letter decrying violence against Jews

To our Jewish siblings and neighbors, and to our fellow Christians, As Christian faith leaders, we reach out to share our sense of horror and disgust at the terrifying rise in violence against Jews and increasing public expressions of antisemitism.

Read more
Things to read, watch, or listen to
U.S. now collecting DNA from people detained at border
On January 6, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began a pilot program to collect DNA from people in immigration custody and submit sample to the FBI for inclusion into a massive criminal database run by the FBI, where it would be held indefinitely. The pilot program will last 90 days with the intent to expand nationwide. The pilot sites are at the Canadian border in or near Detroit as well as at the official port of entry at Eagle Pass, Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will designate one of its jails for pilot testing.
 The DHS memo that describes the program stated that DNA will not be taken from people entering the country legally or being held for further screening without being placed into detention. The memo outlining the program stated that U.S. citizens and permanent residents holding a “green card” who are detained could be subject to DNA testing, as well as asylum seekers and people entering the country without authorization. Refusing to submit DNA could lead to a misdemeanor criminal charge, the document said. The process is for its agents to collect saliva swabs of detained people and mail them to the FBI. The agency has acknowledged that that the DNA its agents collect may not be immediately useful as the people in question may have already been released, deported or transferred to another federal agency by the results are processed.
  Immigrant advocates and privacy experts have raised alarms and questioned whether data collected to stop criminal activity could instead be used for surveillance.
Who are the largest employers in each US state?
Graphic outlines universities, healthcare systems, and, overwhelmingly Walmart.
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Help insure a fair and accurate census!
It is critical to our communities to have a fair and accurate census. As the census website states, “Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community.”
Stacey Abrams is leading the way through her new organization, Fair Count . According to The Hill , Fair Count stated that many of those who go uncounted include racial and ethnic minorities, low-income residents, non-English speakers and those experiencing homelessness. Her goal is to reach out to “hard-to-count populations” in Georgia before counting begins.” As she states in her recent article, They’ll Erase Us From the Future’: Stacey Abrams Understands Why We Fear the Census But Says We Must Participate Anyway .
On her website, Stacey asks us all to make a commitment to be counted.
Furthermore, the US Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. Consider applying for a job with the US Census Bureau by going to their website .
About PEG and WAVE
WAVE  (We All Vote Every time)  is its own entity. However, to alleviate redundancies, information is distributed via the Protectors of Equality (PEG) Newsletter. Stay tuned for important WAVE updates in the next few weeks! The PEG Newsletter typically goes out each Thursday, with a repeat send on Sunday to recipients that have not opened it Thursday. PEG is a non-partisan volunteer organization whose mission is to assure that our government will treat all Americans with equality and acceptance. PEG's work is primarily done by recruiting, educating and nurturing supporters for worthy organizations, actions and events that reflect our beliefs.

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