Katie Fahey, the founder and Executive Director of Voters Not Politicians, spoke at the PEG Speaker Series on Sunday. In 2018, Michigan voters and Voters Not Politicians made history by passing a redistricting reform amendment with 61% of the vote to end gerrymandering. Their efforts involved recruiting thousands of volunteers across the state to go door-to-door and holding town halls in their own communities. They held VNP town halls anywhere they could manage, and ended up holding a town hall in every single county in Michigan!Details
Rep Debbie Dingell, a Democrat (12th District), and Rep Fred Upton (6th District), a Republican, discussed the importance of bipartisanship at a forum on February 18, 2019, at the UM Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy. The two representatives are part of the Problem Solvers caucus–a group that works to create bipartisan cooperation on important policy issues.Details
Do not let the legislature undermine our votes! Call your Michigan senator and Governor Rick Snyder now. Tell them to oppose Senate Bills 1238 through 1242, because they threaten Michiganders’ voting rights. To be connected to your senator and Governor Snyder, call (517) 201-2258. –ACLUDetails
by Bette Cotzin, PEG Activist Inspired by Rabbi Josh Whinston (Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor), a community of faith leaders and activists from across the country gathered in Tornillo, TX, last week. This multi-faith pilgrimage entitled, “Let Our Families Go,” was organized to bring attention to family separation and, particularly, the 1600-2000 unaccompanied minors being…Details
John McCrae, 1872 – 1918 In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place, and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly, Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead; short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved,…Details
You can return your absentee ballots until the Saturday before Election Tuesday…but why wait?! If you are eligible for absentee voting, it is a great way to avoid long lines at the polls and take your time to make careful selections on the first election where you cannot vote straight ticket. Note: please visit www.michiganvoterguides.org for Voter Guides with Sample Ballots!Details
About 125 people showed up to support PEG’s Voter Guide initiative and hear Congresswoman Debbie Dingell; Paul Brown, candidate for U-M Board of Regents; Rena Basch, State Outreach Chair for VNP; Kary Moss, the former head of Michigan ACLU and a driving force behind Proposition 3 (Promote the Vote); Margot Schlanger, representing her husband Sam Bagenstos, candidate for Michigan Supreme Court; and Fran Brenner, campaign manager for Megan Cavanaugh, candidate for Michigan Supreme Court Justice.
Barbara McQuade, the law professor at the U-M and legal analyst on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, was the special guest speaker. Quoting President Barack Obama, she said, “Elections have consequences!” over and over again to emphasize the importance of getting out the vote.
Attendees at the PEG fundraiser left with a renewed commitment to participate in the election.