Beyond Thoughts and Prayers

Advance editor-in-chief Susan J. Demas rounded up the gun control legislation that the Michigan State Legislature could take up in the wake of last weekend’s shootings in El Paso and Dayton, including roughly a dozen bills that would do things from toughening background checks to restricting gun sales from purchasers with a high risk of committing violence. But, we have some people standing in the way of pushing forward, it seems.

Working for Change from the Bottom Up

Sue Hadden and Terri Voepel-Lewis exemplify the new breed of activists who’ve come to the fore since 2016 when Republicans swept to victory in the US House, Senate, and presidency. Soon after Hillary’s defeat, Terri heard about Indivisible, the emerging national progressive organization that was utilizing Tea Party methods, proven so effective in previous elections.

RAC of Ann Arbor holding sign at 2019 Consultation on Conscience Conference

SPECIAL: Consultation on Conscience Recap

A delegation from Ann Arbor’s Temple Beth Emeth traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s 2019 Consultation on Conscience. This 3-day conference attracted over 1,000 Jewish leaders from across the country and addressed social justice issues including immigration, criminal justice reform, gun violence, reproductive justice, and the rise of anti-Semitism and white supremacy.

Universal Health Insurance at center of 2020 Presidential Campaign

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, in conjunction with fellow US Representative Pramila Jayapal from the Seattle area, and 100 other co-sponsors introduced Medicare-for-All (H.R. 1384). In addition to the House bill, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has also introduced substantive single-payer legislation in the U.S. (Senate S. 1129). Both the House and Senate versions of the bill would provide health insurance for all Americans.

‘Just Look’ at what Michiganders are capable of

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!