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!
Serving in the House of Representatives for 59 years, from the presidencies of Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama, John Dingell’s legislative legacy is extraordinary and he will be missed!
Mr. and Mrs. Claus are worried about the North Pole, about clean drinking water for the elves, reindeer and all of us, and clean air for his flight. They need our help to stop lame-duck legislation and to understand the science and environmental risks. For more info, check out the Michigan League of Conservation Voters website.
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…
“Never burn your bridges” is the paramount lesson Susan Prakken Smith has brought away from a lifetime of service to the nonpartisan League of Women Voters whose roots extend to the first Suffragist movement. The League of Women Voters, which now admits men, and Susan Prakken Smith have both seen much change since she began working with the organization in the early sixties.
Literary activist, Leslie McGraw, is a descendant of the first voter rights martyr in the United States, Elbert Williams of Tennessee. The right to vote was not given but earned through the blood, sweat, tears, and vigilance of families like that of Elbert Williams.
PEG interviewer, Laurie Williams, asked DePalma whether she would classify her activism as a hobby, job or life-calling. DePalma answered “For me, it’s a life calling. I wouldn’t feel okay if I weren’t doing this work; it’s very healing and energizing.” Read more to find out how she shares her healing and energy in Michigan as an activist!
Hedieh Briggs has gone from Iranian refugee to American citizen, to now that of a well-respected activist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a fighter and advocates for people to use one of their most powerful tools, “the vote”.
Melissa Bruzzano is a person filled with gentle strength, which underlies her activism. She has led marchers while chanting with a megaphone; hosted movies and discussion groups about Medicare for All; worked with other activists at the March for Medicare for All at the state capitol; helped with communications for local ACLU People Power actions to help protect immigrants at risk; worked as the first campaign manager for Anuja Rajendra’s Michigan Senate campaign; started and runs PAG, all while being a devoted mother and wife, an attorney, a songwriter, frontwoman (vocals and guitar) for the band Sweet Melissa, and a vocal coach.
Lori is the mother of a university student and triplets entering middle school. In addition to her very active involvement with her groups, Lori is a precinct delegate. When asked how she does it all, she responded: “We need to proselytize and deputize others to have things go out into the world. You need a dynamic person to get people to do things – not pushy, but dynamic. I’m blessed that I’ve got the energy to do what needs to be done.”