Conversations Live From Ukraine Today at 10 a.m.

Eastern Time, Plus Terry Swartzberg Recording From Sunday and Petitions to Watch in Michigan

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PEG 12th Congressional District

Special Edition. Monday, March 7, 2022

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Join Chuck Newman for a special Conversations!

Monday, March 7, LIVE from Ukraine at 10 a.m. EST. Please send any questions you would like to ask to chuck@lba80.com as soon as possible. The interview will be live and be recorded as well for later broadcast.

We hope to have the opportunity to get the perspective of Ukrainian citizens in the midst of this terrible and totally unavoidable situation. Click the link here at 10 am to view the show:

Meeting ID: 880 2815 1679

Passcode: 283037

Link to Connect LIVE from Ukraine


ICYMI – Conversations! Live from Germany RECORDING

Hear Chuck Newman and guest Terry Swartzberg. Swartzberg moved to Germany 25 years ago where he became a reporter for the International Herald Tribune. He was interviewed live from his home in Munich, Germany about when he met Putin and the profound effect the invasion is having on Germany.

View the recording here.


Promote the Vote 2022

The coalition supporting this petition states that the measure offers flexibility for voters to cast their ballots, make elections more accessible and ensure election security while protecting voter privacy. This would amend the state constitution. Additional and important specifics can be found here.

The Board of Canvassers has approved the revised format and summary of the petition.  Signatures are not yet being collected. 

Action:  Go to Voters Not Politicians to sign up to volunteer.


Petitions you should not sign and discourage others from signing

Secure MI Vote

Backers, mostly Republicans, say the measure proposed would add safeguards to the election process and ensure there is no fraud.  Opponents say the initiative offers solutions to a problem that doesn’t exist, election fraud. The petition is intended to suppress the vote and undermine trust in elections. Signatures are currently being collected. The Republican-led Legislature would likely adopt the measure if it collects enough signatures.

Action: share this information widely to discourage signatures.

Unlock Michigan II

This petition puts the power to limit emergency measures in the hands of the legislature rather than in the hands of the experts. Signatures are currently being collected. The Republican-led Legislature would likely adopt the measure if it collects enough signatures.

Action: share this information widely to discourage signatures.

Let MI Kids Learn

The group is pushing for two petitions: one would establish the Student Opportunity Scholarship program to pay for K-12 public or private school tuition and fees, home-schooling materials and online learning programs for those with financial needs; the other would allow taxpayers to claim a tax credit for contributions made to the scholarship program. These proposals could undermine public education and divert public funds into private schools, which currently is prohibited in the Michigan Constitution. Signatures are currently being collected. The Republican-led Legislature would likely adopt the measure if it collects enough signatures.

Action: share this information widely to discourage signatures.


Things to do

Reaching New Voters of High School AgeAccording to The Civics Center (TCC), an organization dedicated to building the foundations of youth civic engagement and voter participation in high schools, fewer than 20% of high schoolers who will turn 18 by the 2022 midterm elections are currently registered to vote. TCC uses the term “pre-registration” to refer to all laws that allow teens under 18 to pre-register or register to vote. Pre-18 registration does not allow teens under 18 to vote in federal elections. Instead, pre-18 registration creates an “onramp to democracy” to ensure as many citizens as possible are eligible to vote when they turn 18. TCC shares that their research shows “student-led registration drives are more effective than teacher- or volunteer-led drives, plus they create leadership opportunities for students.” They provide a voter registration tool as well as training as well as resources to promote high school registration. Please share these tools with teens, schools and school boards!

Thursday, March 10. Community Conversation on CREW ReportIn 2020, a report was released by the Citizens for Racial Equity in Washtenaw (CREW) was formed to gather public data on the charging and sentencing of individuals in Washtenaw County. Prior to the meeting, community members can read the report, see the data tables, check out the news articles that mention the report, and see the community toolkit with some data visualizations on the CREW website: https://www.citizensforracialequitywashtenaw.org/. Focus will be on recommendations in the Executive Summary, pages 10-16. Register in advance here. 6:30–8 pm


Reaching New Voters of High School AgeAccording to The Civics Center (TCC), an organization dedicated to building the foundations of youth civic engagement and voter participation in high schools, fewer than 20% of high schoolers who will turn 18 by the 2022 midterm elections are currently registered to vote. TCC uses the term “pre-registration” to refer to all laws that allow teens under 18 to pre-register or register to vote. Pre-18 registration does not allow teens under 18 to vote in federal elections. Instead, pre-18 registration creates an “onramp to democracy” to ensure as many citizens as possible are eligible to vote when they turn 18. TCC shares that their research shows “student-led registration drives are more effective than teacher- or volunteer-led drives, plus they create leadership opportunities for students.” They provide a voter registration tool as well as training as well as resources to promote high school registration. Please share these tools with teens, schools and school boards!

Thursday, March 10. Community Conversation on CREW ReportIn 2020, a report was released by the Citizens for Racial Equity in Washtenaw (CREW) was formed to gather public data on the charging and sentencing of individuals in Washtenaw County. Prior to the meeting, community members can read the report, see the data tables, check out the news articles that mention the report, and see the community toolkit with some data visualizations on the CREW website: https://www.citizensforracialequitywashtenaw.org/. Focus will be on recommendations in the Executive Summary, pages 10-16. Register in advance here. 6:30–8 pm

Moms take on book bans

Thursday, March 3, is World Book Day and more communities are banning books! The Red Wine & Blue organization channels the power of suburban women to “make sure our kids get an honest and accurate education.” Find book bans near you here. Per the Washington Post, over 300,000 women are currently part of their network and are learning how to combat the vitriol spoken at school board meetings by right-wing groups. Listen to a podcast here. Find training and other events here.

This mission is urgent with the increase of book bans, such as the recent one in McMinn County, Tennessee, on the teaching of Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman. Read the Forbes article on the objections and more at Mother Jones. Sign-up for their newsletter on their website. Donate banned books here.


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