About 500 people came to the U-M Diag on Tuesday to protest the recent spate of anti-abortion legislation in state legislatures. The rally was a success by anyone’s standards. To cheers and applause, Senator Jeff Irwin spoke of the importance of fighting for the right to control our bodies.
In this week’s good news, 29 deported parents have been reunited with their children and bipartisan lawmakers sponsor Whitmer scholarship and skills training programs.
If you are concerned about what can and should be done to win the 2020 election, check out the video of Mark Grebner at Sunday’s PEG meeting.
This week, the 21-year-old white male accused of committing this devastating violence was charged with hate crimes in addition to previous charges of arson. While there is more to be learned about the perpetrator’s ideology and motivations, the church burnings, coming on the heels of the New Zealand mosque massacres, (perpetrated by an avowed white supremacist who referenced Donald Trump in his manifesto) follow an alarming trend of domestic terrorism carried out by individuals who traffic in all forms of hatred.
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The recent college admissions scandal reported at length in the New York Times in which wealthy parents spent millions of dollars, bribing college consultants to falsify test scores for their children and athletic coaches to accept them for college teams (even if they’d never played that sport) dramatizes the extreme inequities in the college admission process…
Many states have tried to regulate the death penalty, to make its practice more equitable, to purge it of racial discrimination and wrongful convictions. These state efforts simply haven’t worked. In addition, as the only western developed country to retain the death penalty, the United States is castigated for a practice now considered barbaric by most of the world.
Critical bills that could help stem the alarming rise in Michigan’s suicide rate were recently introduced to the Michigan Legislature. Enactment of Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) legislation, would allow law enforcement and concerned family members to ask a judge to temporarily prohibit individuals known to be at risk of harming themselves or others from purchasing or possessing guns. ERPO type bills are also commonly known as Red Flag laws or Gun Violence Restraining Orders.
Almost 2 years ago, we sent you the first PEG newsletters in hopes of engaging individuals in the fight for equality and acceptance in our government and to sustain those efforts through 2020 and beyond. Thank you for supporting and joining our vision!
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) just released its annual count of hate groups. Trump spread fear about the country’s growing diversity, and he wasn’t alone. Fox News served as both his megaphone and a source for his incendiary claims during 2018. You can read their new report and see their latest interactive hate map showing the names, types, and locations of the 1,020 hate groups operating across America.