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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the month of May was chosen for 2 reasons: it honors the first immigration of Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843, and May 10 is the anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Most of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. Here are some news and events that you might have missed!

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Planet on Fire: Michelle Regalado Deatrick, Washtenaw County’s Climate Activist

Southeastern Michigan’s Michelle Regalado Deatrick is a climate activist who is fighting the climate crisis both locally and nationally. Born to a Latina mom and telephone lineman, she’s founder and chair of the DNC Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis. Committed to a Democratic party that runs a panoply of diverse “climate candidates” committed to “climate and environmental justice,” she believes climate activism has been shown to be vital to the protection of our planet.

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One Person/One Vote Initiative: Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote

Many Americans believe that we live in a democracy and that the presidential candidate with the most votes wins. Unfortunately, this is inaccurate. Although national, state, and local officials and initiatives are counted by direct popular vote, the president is elected by electoral votes. This indirect process is often referred to as the winner-take-all model. That is, the candidate who wins a majority of votes in almost every state in the Union is given the state’s electoral college votes, while votes cast for the losing candidate are canceled in 48 states.

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June Month of Action Against Gun Violence

On June 2 the “Rock” at Washtenaw and Hill was painted orange by supporters of Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety. Wear Orange honors survivors of gun violence and demand a future free of gun violence – and has been expanded from one weekend to the entire month of June. Joining in the project while wearing orange was Rep Debbie Dingell!

Silence the Violence Michigan and Moms Demand Action have organized 25 additional events through Michigan during June. Find an event near you!

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The Gun Violence Conversation is NOT OVER

Conversations Host Chuck Newman is interviewing Lauren Jasinski and Dylan Morris of No Future without Today on Sunday, March 26 at 7:30 pm. Resources for Gun Violence Prevention through Research, Community Collaboration, and Education listed. And a special ‘Community Violence Intervention’ session on April 1 at the Washtenaw Dems meeting.

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Gun Violence is Unrelenting but Preventable

American gun violence is unrelenting, but we do not have to accept it as inevitable. Let us honor the individuals mentioned above, along with all other victims and survivors by taking action on their behalf.

Passage of legislation such as Universal Background Checks, Red Flag Laws, Child Access Prevention Laws, a ban on assault style weapons, and protections for victims of domestic violence will help make us safer. We must vigorously support bills calling for these changes.

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Two new Michigan laws become effective the first quarter of 2023

On January 1, 2023, Michigan’s minimum wage rate increased from $9.87 to $10.10 per hour as set by Michigan’s Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act of 2018 which established the annual schedule of increases. Effective April 2023 an automated system for expunging convictions will begin. So, residents who want to expunge their records won’t have to file an application.

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