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.
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!
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!
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!
The lame duck session in Michigan’s House and Senate has begun, and Republican lawmakers are rushing to finalize legislation before Governor-elect Whitmer can put her veto pen to them when she takes office in January.
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!
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”.
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.”
I met Margaret after admiring her work for months as the Facebook Admin for Michigan Resistance. Although she is physically petite and flashes a smile befitting a pixie, when you see her lead a group of Michigan Resistance callers, you know she is a force to be reckoned with.
Eli Rubin is a youngish (GenX-era) full-time professor of Modern European History at Western Michigan University. He and his wife (also a History professor) are raising 5 children. Despite the obvious demands on his time, I’ve seen Eli around Ann Arbor at many events, and in nearby cities participating in events as well– most notably those connected to the issue of Single Payer Health Care.