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PEG 12th Congressional District Newsletter 267

GOP Choice: Guns over children

Republican legislators in both Michigan’s House and Senate rejected all gun reform bills put forth by the Democrats. This, despite the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas; despite the Oxford, Michigan shooting six months ago. Since 2021, Democrats have proposed twenty-four bills; Republicans have rejected all of them. These include, according to the Detroit News, bills regarding gun storage, universal background checks, protections for victims of domestic violence, limits on magazine capacity, funding for gun violence prevention, and allowing individual municipalities to ban guns on their property. Although none of the proposed bills appear to violate the second amendment, they do violate Republican sensitivities to the highly effective gun lobby. The day after the Texas shooting left twenty-one dead, Michigan Democrats tried to force a vote on two bills which would punish adults who left guns accessible by children. This, too, was defeated. Republican State Senator, Ken Horn, said of these bills which had languished for eleven months, “It’s too soon after the Texas tragedy to debate gun measures.”  

When is the right time to debate gun safety? When is the right time to vote on gun safety? Michigan Democratic Senator Rosemary Bayer said, “Every day we don’t take action, we are choosing guns over children.”  That’s the problem in a nutshell: Every day, Republican legislators choose guns over children.  

There is still time! Sign Promote the Vote 2022 and Reproductive Freedom for All

All petitions previously discussed in PEG Newsletters were petitions requesting legislative action and will be placed on the ballot for the November 2022 election if the required number of signatures are obtained. These signatures needed to be completed and submitted to the Board of Canvassers by June 1. The remaining 2 petitions, PROMOTE THE VOTE 2022 AND REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM FOR ALL, are requesting a constitutional amendment. If enough signatures are obtained, these will also be on the ballot for the November 2022 election. These petitions are due to the Board of Canvassers by July 11, 2022, although each of these petition committees would like to have all signatures completed no later than June 30th so there is time for signature review.

If you haven’t already signed PROMOTE THE VOTE 2022 AND REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM FOR ALL, please review the event section for scheduled signing events. There is still time to assure that these two measures are on the ballot in November. Please attend and bring friends and family to also sign.

Locations to sign the Reproductive Freedom For All petition

The RFFA initiative needs help collecting 425,000 signatures by July 11 in order to be put on the November ballot. The following is a list of locations where you can find the petition in the upcoming dates. See all Michigan locations here

Ypsilanti Farmers Market. RSVP Here.16 S Washington St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

  • Saturdays thru June 25, 9 am – 1 pm

Saline Farmers Market. RSVP Here.100 S Ann Arbor St (Lot #4) Saline, MI 48176

  • Saturdays thru June 25, 8 am-noon 

Find out why The Hungarian CPAC is a BIG DEAL for Americans

Hungarian talkshow host who has called Jews ‘stinking excrement’ and Roma ‘animals’ addresses rightwing conference speaks at CPAC in Hungary. Orban and the US right bond at C-PAC in Hungary over ‘great replacement’ ideology.                                             

“Orbán, like many American Republicans, has embraced the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, which involves promoting the belief that the white population is being deliberately reduced by leftist policies and diluted by immigration.”

“The US contingent will include several Republican members of Congress, Donald Trump’s former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and the chairman of the American Conservative Union, Matt Schlapp. Most influential of all, the Fox News talkshow host Tucker Carlson will be addressing the conference, though he – like Meadows and Farage – will be participating virtually.”

Events and Classifieds

Visit the PEG website for the full list of Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 11. Senior/Disabled issues discussion with candidates and Medicare 101 seminar

Designed to inform Medicare Beneficiaries about benefits as well as discuss topics related to programs & services. Seats Are Filling Fast. Pre-Register For This Event Today. Due to limited seating please register here: or 866-630-6338 (TTY: 711). Speakers:

  • State Rep. Ronnie Peterson Candidate District 6 Washtenaw BOC
  • Atty. Robyn McCoy Candidate District 32 MI State House
  • Ypsilanti Councilman Anthony Morgan Candidate Mayor of Ypsilanti
  • Washtenaw BOC District 5 Ricky Jefferson Candidate WCBOC District 5

Held in-person at Ypsilanti Library – Whittaker Rd Branch 11 am–1 pm

Saturday, June 11. Pull Over Prevention (POP) Brake Light Clinic

This is an abolitionist event that seeks to reduce policing in our community and replace it with community care work. Free auto repair (care) is provided to help our community avoid interactions with police and immigration authorities (reduce policing). Why? Because those interactions don’t need to happen, are dangerous and sometimes even deadly. Also provided: informational resources, COVID safety supplies, food, and (new!) winter gear. Learn more and Sign up to volunteer HERE. Previous experience is not necessary. Facebook Event Here. Held at Masjid Ibrahim (315 S Ford Blvd) 10 am–2 pm

Wednesday, June 22. Words to Win Our Future with Anat Shenker-Osorio

In 2020, fellow Michiganders forged their names on official documents attempting to overturn your vote, take your power, erase you from history. What’s holding you back? Learn how to talk about wages, CRT and more in Words to Win Our Future with Anat Shenker-Osorio. Learn how to deliver messages that inspire people to vote for our hopeful vision for the future, expose the opposition’s unrelenting dog whistles, and defuse their attacks on good, effective government. Register for this free Zoom here: 6 pm

Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing, and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety

On May 25, 2022, President Biden signed an executive order making policing safer for communities and law enforcement and providing equal protection for all people. 

“Through this order, my Administration is taking a critical step in what must be part of a larger effort to strengthen our democracy and advance the principles of equality and dignity. While we can make policing safer and more effective by strengthening trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, we must also reform our broader criminal justice system so that it protects and serves all people equally. To be clear, certain obstacles to lasting reform require legislative solutions.” Read more

Election Season At a Glance: 

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

What are the remaining election dates in 2022?

  • 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 deadlines for submission of ballot proposals?

  • 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)

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)

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A special thanks to our newsletter contributors: Ellen Halter, Leslie McGraw, Leslie Kamil, Lisa Kamil, Richard Gaeth, Susie Ayer, Bette Cotzin, Bernie Banet, and Chuck Newman for their contributions and help preparing our newsletters. PEG is a (somewhat) non-partisan volunteer organization whose mission is to assure that our government will treat all Americans with equality and acceptance. PEG’s work is primarily done by recruiting, educating and nurturing supporters for worthy organizations, actions and events that reflect our beliefs.  To subscribe to this free weekly newsletter, go to our sign up form by clicking here.

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