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.

‘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!

Voting Absentee, Vote at your Leisure..but Vote!

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!

Ann Arbor League of Women Voters

Sharing our Activism: Never Burn Your Bridges – Susan Prakken Smith

“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.