Don’t let hate win

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PEG 12th Congressional District Newsletter 262

April 28, 2022

Elections 2022

​​The Washtenaw County Clerk’s webpage enumerates in detail the elections, proposals and candidates to date. A few of the important dates are listed below.

What are the election dates in 2022?

  • May 3 – Special Election for Ypsilanti Community Schools Operating Millage Proposal
  • August 2 – State Primary as well as proposals that are not yet “official” – including the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority proposal
  • November 8 – State General Election 

What are the voter registration deadlines?

Visit MichiganGov/Vote to register

  • July 18: Last day to register in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk for the August primary. (168.497)
  • July 19: through 8 pm on August 2 In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency. (168.497)
  • October 24: Last day to register in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk for the November general election. (168.497)
  • October 25 through 8 pm on November 8: In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency. (168.497)

What are the deadlines for submission of ballot proposals?

  • By 5 pm, June 1: petitions to place a legislative initiative proposal on the November general election ballot filed with the Secretary of State (340,047 valid signatures required). (168.471)
  • By 5 pm, July 11: Petitions to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the November general election ballot filed with the Secretary of State (425,059 valid signatures required). (168.471)

“Hate wins when people like me stand by and let it happen. I won’t”

Last week, Senator Mallory McMorrow (D-13th District including Royal Oak) gave a fiery speech in the Michigan Senate in response to false accusations by Sen Lana Theis (R- 22nd District including Livingston County and Western Washtenaw County). In a tweet McMorrow wrote, “Senator Lana Theis accused me by name of grooming and sexualizing children in an attempt to marginalize me for standing up against her marginalizing the LGBTQ community… in a fundraising email, for herself. Hate wins when people like me stand by and let it happen. I won’t.” The video has been viewed more than 14 million times.

In a Washington Post interview (possible pay wall) James Carville encouraged others to follow her lead and noted that McMorrow “spoke English. She wasn’t defensive at all.” He noted that McMorrow personalized the issue, drew a sharp and legible contrast with Republicans….”I’d show this clip as an instructional video,” Carville said. Asked if he’d advise other Democrats to talk this way, he said: “I would. I’m going to start talking that way.”

If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to view this remarkable speech, click here. In addition, Sen McMorrow responded to questions in numerous interviews, including one by Devin Scillian on local NBC News.


Both tracker at Bridge MI and previous PEG Newsletters provide information on what the petitions cover and the money behind the petitions. Remember to check periodically to follow the updates. 


Events and Classifieds

Visit the PEG website for the full list of Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 30. State Senator Jeff Irwin’s April coffee hour

Sign Up to Join the Next Virtual Coffee Hour with Jeff. Make sure you’re plugged into what’s happening in the legislature and in our communities by joining Senator Irwin online for his next virtual coffee hour. Talk about the issues that most affect you! To receive zoom details, fill out this form by 5 pm on April 29: 11 am

Sunday, May 1. Collecting and delivering aid to Ukrainian refugees

“In one week, I experienced, witnessed, and heard more awful things than my 14 years at CAN and in the Iraq war… combined!”

-Derrick Miller

Hear Derrick Miller’s inspiring story of collecting and delivering aid to Ukrainian refugees. Miller is the Executive Director of the Community Action Center in Ann Arbor Michigan and he felt he had to do something to help the people of Ukraine. He will be Chuck Newman’s guest on Conversations. Click here to register for this free show on zoom. 7 pm ET

Help Promote the Vote collect 600,000 signatures

Promote the Vote needs help collecting 600,000 signatures by mid-July for a Michigan pro-voter ballot initiative campaign to protect our voting rights. Michigan residents can sign up to collect signatures on Promote the Vote’s volunteer page. Volunteers can search nearby events or view the entire calendar of events.

The Fair Housing Center is looking for “testers”

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid Michigan (FHC) is recruiting testers to help investigate Civil Rights violations/housing discrimination in these counties. “Testers” pose as home seekers in a variety of housing rental and sales situations. Testers are either volunteers or part-time as-needed employees ($24 an hour plus mileage reimbursement). Hours vary and are flexible. Attention to details is a must. Access to personal transportation is helpful, but not required. The FHC currently needs people of all races and ethnicities, age 18 and over. Testers play the role of a home seeker. Testers must be “objective, careful observers, accurate reporters, and truthful witnesses.” They may serve as witnesses in court cases. They are an essential part of FHC’s efforts to end discrimination in housing.The testing process has been consistently supported by federal courts. For more information about becoming a tester, go to the website by clicking here. To report an incident of housing discrimination, email, or call (877) 979-FAIR (3247).

Things to do

Call Your Senators (find yours here)

Hi, I’m a constituent calling from [zip]. My name is ______.

    I am calling once again to ask the Senator to support two antitrust bills, S 2710, the Open App Markets Act and S 2992, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act. These bills would give Internet users more control over the products and services they use and create a better Internet that preserves our democracy.

    One more thing: the Senate needs to quickly confirm Steve Dettlebach as head of the ATF. We have a huge gun problem in this country. We must have a qualified ATF head now.

Call Your House Rep (find yours here

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