Sen. Joe Manchin’s (“D”-WV) poorly reasoned opposition to the For the People Act is an upset but not (yet) a death knell for American democracy.
This argument from business is critical. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, teamed up with the Koch network to retain their ownership of American democracy, fed Manchin and other Senators the exact arguments he used in his garbled op-ed. Dem super-lawyer Marc Elias warns, it’s way past time for big business to step up for democracy. Maybe small businesses can lead the way. Pass it on!
Still and always — job #1 is to kill the filibuster.
The filibuster, “a Jim Crow relic” in President Barack Obama’s phrase, is an arbitrary Senate rule that allows a minority of Senators to kill crucial legislation without lifting a finger. Casualties include firearm regulations after Sandy Hook, bipartisan investigation into the January 6 insurrection (just last week), and upcoming, the For the People Act, which is critical to protecting our voting rights. This explainer from the Brennan Center explains the history of anti-democratic misuse of the filibuster and why we need to get rid of it. But how? Here are four ways to take action to save American democracy:
Tell President Biden that eliminating the filibuster is a high priority for you, by phone (202-456-1111) or Email.
Call or email our Senators Peters (Ph: 202-224-6221; Email) and Stabenow (Ph:202-224-4822; Email) and tell them that you’re counting on them to do everything within their power to !eliminate the filibuster.
Join a network of activists calling voters in West Virginia and urging them to contact Senator Manchin to tell him to eliminate the filibuster.
Sign up here. Join a research team unearthing major donors of Senators Manchin and Sinema (AZ) for later contact with a carefully-crafted message from on-the-ground partners. This work can be done on your own time, in the next couple of weeks.
Please sign up here to help with donor information research.
This is a quickie: Sign a petition to protect teaching about slavery in MI schools. The Michigan Education Justice Coalition requests lots of signatures fast to oppose MI Rs’ attempt to quash the teaching of actual American history. Of course it’s happening here.
Weigh in on redistricting. We fought hard to get redistricting out of the politicians’ hands in 2018. Now we can help the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) do its job. You can plan to attend a hearing in person, or leave a comment on the website. We’ll have more details next week.
June 9, 7:00 pm, What Can We Do about the Electoral College? The League of Women Voters presents a talk with attorney Maria Woloson, via Zoom.
June 10, 7:00 pm. 12th District Dems monthly meeting. Register here. We will be discussing the recent introduction of voter suppression bills and continuing to discuss redistricting. Erica Peresman, Voter Protection Director for the Michigan Democratic Party, will be presenting!
June 14 – 21. National Week of Conversation. These good people teach you how to talk with people you disagree with, and support you as you try to do so.
Did you know you could watch the MI Senate in action? It can take a strong stomach, but here’s how to do it.
Send Rep. Debbie Dingell some love for the THRIVE Act, which she introduced with colleagues in the House and Senate. The focus is on creating 15 million union jobs in a growing green economy. Ph (Ypsi ofc): 734-481-1100. Email.
Not amazingly, a study out of U-M shows that Stimulus Checks Substantially Reduced HardshipVery cool: You and your older loved ones at risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias can access new, free brain health classes from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
There are LOTS more reasonable people than not. We’re always freaked out to read that some ungodly majority of Republicans — 75% and more — back Trump. But Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Tribe noted on Twitter on 6/4: “Republicans make up just 25% of the voting population. This means Trump’s real support is only (.75 X 25%). In other words 18.75 % of the population. So Republicans need Trump worship to get through their primaries, but they need voter suppression and fraud to defeat Democrats.” Your mom was right: Bullies are weak.
STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR MICHIGAN REPS
Senator Jeff Irwin has a regular Virtual Coffee Hour — To receive the Zoom access code and the next date, please fill out this form:https://senatedems.com/irwin/coffee-hour-sign-up/
Rep. Yousef Rabhi, 53rd House district: email@example.com, Phone: (517) 373-2577, . https://housedems.com/yousef-rabhi/. Typically discussions are 10 am on the 4th Saturday of the month and 6 pm on the 2nd Monday of the month. Click to register:Monday coffee hoursSaturday coffee hours
Rep. Donna Lasinski, 52nd House district: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (517) 373-0828 | Toll-Free: (855) 627-5052, https://housedems.com/donna-lasinski/ (sign up for emails here).
Rep. Felicia Brabec, 55th House district: FeliciaBrabec@house.mi.gov, Phone: (517) 373-1792, https://housedems.com/felicia-brabec/
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