Not all jurisdictions have something to vote on Tuesday, but MANY DO! Make sure that you are voting every chance you get in your community!
These are the four ballot issues in Ann Arbor.
The GOP-led state legislature proposed a package of bills (SB273-311) to restrict Michigan citizens’ right to vote. Their 39 bills would make it difficult to cast a ballot. In contrast, Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson is advancing legislation to increase access to voting.
DC is a historically Black city and Black people still make 47% of the population. And although DC’s 712,000 residents pay taxes, vote in elections, serve in the military and carry out all the responsibilities of American citizenship, they have little say in the regulation of their city; the Federal Government solely holds that power, including affecting local laws, city funding and its operations.
date changes have created angst for the political parties and its’ constituencies and placed states in difficult positions to legally and accurately complete their responsibilities. Some states have constitutional deadlines for redistricting and/or statutory filing deadlines for primaries.
Michigan’s redistricting commission will hold an open meeting at 1 PM on March 5th to discuss the conflict between when Census data will be available and constitutional deadlines. Complicating matters, voting rights advocates have said, is that this will be the first redistricting cycle since the Supreme Court eliminated the preclearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act that required states with a history of racial discrimination to prove to the Department of Justice that their electoral maps weren’t drawn to dilute the power of voters of color. The shortened redistricting window leaves less time to challenge maps in the courts as discriminatory.
Shortly after his Inauguration, President Joe Biden signed a memorandum denouncing xenophobia and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, but the recent violence has caused communities to hunker down again during the normally celebratory time of Lunar New Year.
The increase in hate incidents is a particular concern in urban areas, especially in New York and California. However, activists are angered not only by the violence but by the lack of media attention the cases received. It is deemed unclear to police whether the spate of crimes are racially motivated, however, the similarity and volume of the attacks speak to an increased bias rather than a series of individual events.
UPDATED: Washtenaw County Health Department is postponing all scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Tues., Feb 16. All appointments will be rescheduled. Washtenaw County has closed all non-essential operations due to the winter storm and dangerous conditions. The vaccination site at EMU Convocation Center will be closed. Vaccine information is available at www.washtenaw.org/covid19vaccine. Individuals who cannot…
Wednesday, February 24 at 7 pm Fighting White Supremacy: From Charlottesville to Capitol Hill Join a conversation between Integrity First for America Executive Director Amy Spitalnick and State Representative Felicia Brabec, with opening remarks by Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney Eli Savit. This discussion will explore the path from Charlottesville to the Capitol; how this movement of violent…
Activism is an ongoing thing… #happybirthday #angeladavis #angeladavisquote #michigan #goodtrouble #government #equalityingov #equalityingovernment #politics See our original post at Facebook
This is an awesome start to getting kids excited about Civics. Now, for us adults… Reposted from @npr From talking about history to volunteering in your community, here's how to get your kids thinking about what it means to be a good citizen. Images: @neoncatdc LA Johnson/NPR #equalityingovernment #equality #government #voting #democracy #politics #civic #npr…