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July 31, 2017

July 23, Indivisible Meeting Minutes

Minutes of 19th Indivisible Traverse City Meeting
Workshop Brewery, Sunday, July 23, 2017
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, attendees and Workshop staff were thanked. Indivisible members were encouraged to support the Workshop by buying food and beverages when we are here.
Announcements:
  1. Tomorrow, July 24 at 5pm there will be a rally in front of the Hagerty Center to shut down Line 5 prior to the Public Comment meeting which begins inside at 6pm.  Comments will be limited to 3 minutes.  You will need to complete a card prior to 6pm if you want to make a comment. A large turnout will be helpful; please bring friends, family, and signs for the rally.
2. Six Indivisible members (myself included), led by Lynne Van Ness, met with Rep Bergman on Friday morning at his office. It was our own plan not to have any discussion of any of the countless issues that disturb us. When he first arrived, we consented to his request to have our photograph taken with him.  Lynne made it clear that we only had one agenda item: the membership of local Indivisible groups want him to hold a Town Hall meeting in the Traverse City area during his August recess.  He responded immediately saying because he was going on an 8-day Congressional trip to Israel, an August meeting was out of the question.  The soonest possibility for such a meeting was after Labor Day.  Only after being pressed, did he agree to hold a local Town Hall sometime between Labor Day and Halloween.  He stated because of security issues and his lack of control of his own schedule, he was not able to give a date, time, or place.  He agreed to consider not starting the meeting with a prayer after Linda referenced quotations from President Madison about the importance of separation between church and state. In retrospect, we regretted agreeing to a photograph.  Ted and Bill will compose follow-up letters to send from our group to Rep Bergman’s office once there is group approval.
3. The screening committee has received our questionnaire and short bios back from Dwight Brady and Matt Morgan (candidates for Congressional 1st District).  Abdul el Sayed’s (candidate for Governor) intern has requested to speak to us and Paul Singer will be sending one more reminder to her to return the needed forms.  An aide for Debbie Stabenow has also asked to speak to our group, and Paul will send her the paperwork to complete. Mr. Brady has agreed to speak to us on August 6 at 10:30am at Workshop Brewery. He will present for 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions, followed by our regular general one hour meeting.  All Indivisible members are invited to attend.
4. A working group is making plans for Indivisible TC to walk together wearing Indivisible t-shirts during the Labor Day Bridge walk.  They will report on what they have organized at our August 6 meeting.  You may go to campaigns@Teespring.com and type in Indivisible Bridge Walk to review and buy a t-shirt.  They are being sold  for $22.  We will discuss a possible group order next meeting to see if we can get a lower price.
5. Bill Gittlen reported on the successful lobbying effort by members of Indivisible, Groundworks Center, Michigan Climate Action Network, and NMEAC of the Traverse City Commissioners which concluded in the Commissioners unanimously agreeing to a twenty year power purchase agreement for the installation and delivery of 1 megawatt of solar power.  Panels will be placed along M-72 by the windmill.  This is the first action of a process that will enable all of Traverse City’s municipal buildings to be powered by clean, renewable sources by 2020.
6. Plans are underway for a Health Care Town Hall on August 20 at 10:30am at the Workshop Brewery. MI State Rep Christine Greig, has been invited to attend.
7.  We discussed whether we need to restructure our subgroups.  Several have ceased to meet.  There was consensus that the leaders of each group should be clearly listed on our webpage and Facebook page.  The leaders can serve to disseminate information to the entire group about actions that need support.  Group leaders are urged to make a short presentation to the entire group regarding the details of when their subgroup meets and their activities at least every few months.  All members are urged not to post news or information articles on the Facebook page, but rather only post details about requests for actions.
8.  Berta Meserve presented an update on what the Climate/environment group is currently doing.  They are meeting every other Wednesday at the Groundwork Center on Front street at 6pm, with their next meeting July 26.  Eric Keller is the leader. They have been asking business and individuals to sign onto a letter of support for maintaining funding for the GLRI.  The letter will be presented to our Congressional representatives. They are also working to protect the EPA from budget cuts and they plan to attend the rally and public hearing tomorrow about alternatives to Line 5.
9. Gwenne solicited signatures for a petition that Senator Stabenow needs to submit to have her name on placed on the ballot.  75,000 signatures are needed.
10. Ted Iorio announced that Jeff Leonhardt will be running for City Commission.  Jeff provided a petition for signatures that he similarly needs to submit.  He can only accept signatures of city residents.
Actions:
  1. July 24, rally (5pm) and Public Comment Session on Line 5 (6pm). Hagerty Center.
  2. Comments to relay to Rep Bergman: HR806: no further delay on the EPA’s ozone pollution standards; leave the “Arbitration rule” in place for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; vote no on any Trump administration budget that supports their mass deportation agenda.
  3. Go to indivisible.com/resource/August-recess toolkit.  National Indivisible is requesting that we do high-traffic canvassing (festivals, Town Halls, parades, knocking on doors) and that we make ourselves known and promote our issues and values at all public appearances by our elected officials. We will discuss these ideas at future meetings.
  4. September 4, prior to 7am. Labor Day Bridge Walk, must be on a bus from Mackinac City to St Ignace prior to 7am, so we can meet there to walk as an Indivisible group.  More details will be announced at an upcoming meeting.
Thanks to all of those who attended today. Peace to all.
The next TC Indivisible meeting will be Sunday, August 6,10:30am at the Workshop Brewery (no meeting on July 30 because of the TCFF).  Please be on time: Dwight Brady will present. The front door will be locked this summer.  Please use the east side-door entrance.
Respectfully submitted,  Bill Gittlen

July 19, 2017

July 16 Indivisible Meeting Minutes

 
Minutes of 18th Indivisible Traverse City Meeting
Workshop Brewery, Sunday, July 16, 2017
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, attendees and Workshop staff were thanked.
Announcements:
  1. Two volunteers, Hal Gurian and Linda McGinnity, from Voters Not Politicians gave a presentation on gerrymandering and the proposed ballot initiative to create an independent, non-partisan redistricting commission. One can review the content of this presentation at the votersnotpoliticians.com  website and sign up to collect signatures.  Hopefully, signature collection will begin within a few weeks.
  2. Representative Bergman has responded to Lynne Van Ness’s e-mail request for a Town Hall by notifying her that he is willing to meet with a group limited to 5 people on Friday at his office.  Various members volunteered and Lynne will contact a small group to represent GT, TC, and Leelanau Indivisible groups as soon as she is informed of the time. We discussed that those who attend will limit their discussion to expressing the need for the Congressman to hold a local Town Hall meeting so that all of his constituents can have the opportunity for a face-to-face meeting to ask questions and express their concerns.
  3. Bill Gittlen reported that yesterday the GT Dems held a precinct delegate meeting to begin a process of going door-to-door to survey local Democrats on what issues are most important to them. The role of the precinct delegate is to develop a relationship with Democrats in their neighborhoods, to be a link to the party, to answer any questions, and to encourage people to vote at election time.  Indivisible members are encouraged to fill any unfilled delegate positions in their precinct as a way to move the party toward the values of Indivisible.  Contact GT Dems for more info.
  4. Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer visited Traverse City this past week, and many Indivisible TC members were impressed with her presentation.
  5. Ann Rogers stressed the importance of making comments on shutting down Line 5  which can be done through the oilandwaterdontmix website. This can be as simple as signing your name.  The deadline for public comment is August 4.  She also passed out post cards on which people wrote comments and these will be hand-delivered to the governor.
Actions and Events:
  1. Tuesdays, 10:30am. Rally at Rep Bergman’s office. This is a Indivisible National Day of Action, and members are encouraged to contact their Representative to save our healthcare. National Indivisible asks that we contact our Senators to resist Trumpcare. We suggest going to Bergaman’s office (or call him).  We ask that you call our two Democratic Senators on Tuesday to let them know we appreciate their efforts to reject Trumpcare.
  2. Saturday, July 22,10am. Little Fleet. GT Dems Progressive Potluck brunch. Bring a dish to pass, if possible.  The group, votersnotpoliticians, will be featured.
  3. July 24, 6pm.  Hagerty Center. Public comment meeting on risks and alternatives to Line 5.  Many will be on the sidewalk at 5 PM before the meeting to show our support for removing this threat to our fresh water. Bring friends and family and bring signs.
  4. August 6, 8:30pm. Hiroshima Candle Float on anniversary of the bombing. (candles provided) Farmer’s Market area, sponsored by Neahtawanta Research and Education Center and Veterans for Peace.
  5. Please support HR711, Fairness and Independents Redistricting Act (to require states to conduct redistricting once every 10 years through independent commissions); contact Rep Bergman.
Thanks to all of those who attended today. Peace to all.
The next TC Indivisible meeting will be Sunday, July 23,11am at the Workshop Brewery.  The front door will be locked this summer.  Please use the east side-door entrance.
Respectfully submitted,  Bill Gittlen

 

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Minutes of 17th Indivisible Traverse City Meeting
Workshop Brewery, Sunday, July 9, 2017
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, attendees and Workshop staff were thanked.
Announcements:
  1. Because of a disagreement in what would be appropriate tactics among our members, our leaders called off the plan for us to have a presence at the Traverse City Fourth of July parade.  We spent most of the meeting hour holding a heart-felt discussion of the best way to participate in the future.  There was a strong consensus that we should avail of every opportunity to make our presence known and to publicize what we think are correct policies for our community and our country. There was agreement that we should remain positive, but sometimes that will require being insistent and confrontational.  There was also agreement that we should remain focused on the issues and not make personal attacks.  Sam, Brenda, and Berta volunteered to form a group to prepare a plan for participating in the Labor Day Bridge walk.  Gretchen and Lynne are interested in suggestions for other opportunities for us to speak out.
  2. Donna Miller and Mary Forness are 2 of the 4 captains in the Traverse City area for collecting signatures for the votersnotpoliticians ballot initiative to create an independent, non-partisan Michigan redistricting commission. The kick-off date has been delayed from July 15 for another one-two weeks.  People are encouraged to sign-up to collect signatures at votersnotpoliticians.com now.
3. Darrow Park does not have enough picnic tables to hold our Indivisible TC August picnic.  Gretchen will investigate Elmwood Township and Garfield Township parks and decide whether they have adequate facilities.  The date and location for this event will be announced soon.
4. The Screening Committee has developed a screening process for state and federal candidates to decide whether to invite them to speak at a future meeting.  Matt Morgan and Dwight Brady have already made requests to speak to us. We will be asking them to return the questionnaire we have developed along with a short bio, and once we receive these, we will schedule (if we feel their values are in keeping with Indivisible values) a date for twenty-minute screening interviews, These will likely take place prior to our general Workshop Brewery meetings.  All Indivisible members are invited to attend, but only screening Committee members will ask questions because of time restraints.  The Screening Committee will then issue a recommendation about having the candidates present to all of us.
5.  Mike Forness reported that many national groups are involved in resisting the administration’s actions and plans related to health, such as the appalling treatment of disabled people who held a “lie-in” in the Capitol building and the current efforts to eliminate the childhood vaccination requirements. Our ACA/Health group is encouraging everyone to call legislator’s offices to voice their outrage.
Actions:
  1. Tuesday rallies at Rep Bergman’s office.
  2. roganslist.blogspot.com. List of daily actions to take.
  3. Resistbot.  Another source of suggestions and help for action.
  4. Wednesday, July 12, 6-7:30pm. Terra Firma Brewery. Volunteer rally for Matt Morgan.
  5. Saturday, July 22. 10am Little Fleet. GT Dems Progressive Potluck brunch. Bring a dish to pass, if possible.  The group, VotersNotPoliticians will be featured.
  6. votersnotpoliticians.com/sign-up
 
Thanks to all of those who attended today. Peace to all.
The next TC Indivisible meeting will be Sunday, July 16,11am at the Workshop Brewery.  The front door will be locked this summer.  Please use the east side-door entrance.
Respectfully submitted,  Bill Gittlen
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July 18, 2017

July 9 Indivisible Meeting Minutes

Minutes of 17th Indivisible Traverse City Meeting
Workshop Brewery, Sunday, July 9, 2017
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, attendees and Workshop staff were thanked.
Announcements:
  1. Because of a disagreement in what would be appropriate tactics among our members, our leaders called off the plan for us to have a presence at the Traverse City Fourth of July parade.  We spent most of the meeting hour holding a heart-felt discussion of the best way to participate in the future.  There was a strong consensus that we should avail of every opportunity to make our presence known and to publicize what we think are correct policies for our community and our country. There was agreement that we should remain positive, but sometimes that will require being insistent and confrontational.  There was also agreement that we should remain focused on the issues and not make personal attacks.  Sam, Brenda, and Berta volunteered to form a group to prepare a plan for participating in the Labor Day Bridge walk.  Gretchen and Lynne are interested in suggestions for other opportunities for us to speak out.
  2. Donna Miller and Mary Forness are 2 of the 4 captains in the Traverse City area for collecting signatures for the votersnotpoliticians ballot initiative to create an independent, non-partisan Michigan redistricting commission. The kick-off date has been delayed from July 15 for another one-two weeks.  People are encouraged to sign-up to collect signatures at votersnotpoliticians.com now.
3. Darrow Park does not have enough picnic tables to hold our Indivisible TC August picnic.  Gretchen will investigate Elmwood Township and Garfield Township parks and decide whether they have adequate facilities.  The date and location for this event will be announced soon.
4. The Screening Committee has developed a screening process for state and federal candidates to decide whether to invite them to speak at a future meeting.  Matt Morgan and Dwight Brady have already made requests to speak to us. We will be asking them to return the questionnaire we have developed along with a short bio, and once we receive these, we will schedule (if we feel their values are in keeping with Indivisible values) a date for twenty-minute screening interviews, These will likely take place prior to our general Workshop Brewery meetings.  All Indivisible members are invited to attend, but only screening Committee members will ask questions because of time restraints.  The Screening Committee will then issue a recommendation about having the candidates present to all of us.
5.  Mike Forness reported that many national groups are involved in resisting the administration’s actions and plans related to health, such as the appalling treatment of disabled people who held a “lie-in” in the Capitol building and the current efforts to eliminate the childhood vaccination requirements. Our ACA/Health group is encouraging everyone to call legislator’s offices to voice their outrage.
Actions:
  1. Tuesday rallies at Rep Bergman’s office.
  2. roganslist.blogspot.com. List of daily actions to take.
  3. Resistbot.  Another source of suggestions and help for action.
  4. Wednesday, July 12, 6-7:30pm. Terra Firma Brewery. Volunteer rally for Matt Morgan.
  5. Saturday, July 22. 10am Little Fleet. GT Dems Progressive Potluck brunch. Bring a dish to pass, if possible.  The group, VotersNotPoliticians will be featured.
  6. votersnotpoliticians.com/sign-up
 
Thanks to all of those who attended today. Peace to all.
The next TC Indivisible meeting will be Sunday, July 16,11am at the Workshop Brewery.  The front door will be locked this summer.  Please use the east side-door entrance.

July 5, 2017

06-25-17 Minutes

Minutes of 16th Indivisible Traverse City Meeting
Workshop Brewery, Sunday, June 25, 2017
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, attendees and Workshop staff were thanked.
Announcements:
1. Gretchen Iorio reported that National Indivisible asked that we all recommend amendments to the proposed Senate Trumpcare bill through the website, ouramendments.org. Simple instructions are found at this site and the request is to add personal stories of how Trumpcare will affect our families’ lives. Please act on this by Tuesday morning, as a vote could occur sometime this week.
2. We need people to run for local elected offices.  There are openings for our County Commission and School Board seats in the 2017 elections.  Lynne Van Ness’ dedication to Indivisible TC will not allow her time to pursue the Garfield 3 County Commission position.
3. Bill Gittlen reported on the inspiring bus ride and public hearing that took place at Gov. Snyder’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Committee meeting in Petoskey on June12. 100% of the comments stressed the importance of shutting down Line 5 now. A native American group marched around the auditorium with flags while they intensely sang and drummed. Speakers included scientists, lawyers, bird experts, native American Percy Bird, and concerned citizens from around the state, even a 9 year-old girl whose passionate words prompted a rousing standing ovation.  It felt as if no honest public official could avoid being convinced by the intelligent, articulate, well-supported comments.
   However, three days ago, the State announced that it was canceling the risk analysis report, expected out this week, because one of the consultants was a prior Enbridge employee.  It is not known whether this will further delay a decision on Line 5 and the other proposed reports and public hearings (including one in Traverse City on July 24).
4. Bill reported on the Screening Committee’s work to develop a procedure to screen candidates who want to speak to our group or receive endorsement.  Indivisible members present today approved the letter to candidates who make requests, the questionnaire which candidates for state and federal offices will be asked to complete, and the process the screening committee has created to hold interviews before making recommendations to our entire group.  The procedure will be reviewed and modified regularly as we gain more experience with what is helpful.  All Indivisible TC members will be invited whenever screening committee interviews occur.l. This group is planning a program on health care in Michigan with various Michigan health policy experts and at least one Congressional representative to discuss what Trumpcare will mean for Michigan if it passes.  The date and location of this meeting will be announced once it is set.
5. Gretchen announced that she, Lynne and Gwenne are taking part in weekly phone conferences with Alan Fosnacht from Michigan Indivisible. Our goal is to schedule a healthcare Town Hall in Traverse City. This Town Hall would feature federal, and state legislators along with a health care expert to spotlight Congressman Bergman’s and the Republicans misdirected vision of their healthcare plan.
6. We have invited Senator Stabenow to visit District I Indivisible groups during the August Congressional recess.
7. We will continue to request that Rep Bergman hold a local GT Town Hall both in writing and in our Tuesday visits to his office.  Lynne will be requesting a meeting time during either the July 4 Congressional break or during the month-long August recess.  If there is no response, Ted will again meet with the Record Eagle staff to stress the need for them to report on Bergman’s failure to adequately serve his constituents.  If at least 50-60 people are willing to commit, we will consider holding a rally in front of the RE’s office to bring attention to this issue and to the Record Eagle not adequately addressing Bergman’s dereliction of duty.
8. Gretchen and Lynne would like to have a 15-20 minute report each week from one of the sub-groups to tell the entire group what you are doing, what we should watch for, and what actions we can take. Please discuss among your group and volunteer to present at an upcoming meeting.
9. Michelle Bostic reported on the newest Indivisible TC subgroup, the Peace and Anti-war group.  They hope to soon hold a passive-resistance peace training.  They want to support peace teachings that Veterans for Peace put on at schools where armed services recruitment takes place. They also invite all of us to join the local chapter of Veterans for Peace in the Cherry Festival Heritage Day Parade.  Please wear a white T-shirt and you will be given buttons to also wear.
10. We are encouraged to acquire the pink hats with brims now available through hearusroar.com.  20% of each sale is donated to Planned Parenthood.
Actions:
1. Send proposed amendments to ouramendments.org. Several people gave examples of personal testimony of how repeal of the ACA will affect them and their family to give us ideas of what to write.
2. Tuesdays, 10:30am Bergman’s office. Ask for a Town Hall, an independent Russia-connection investigation, and impeachment.
3. Check out our new web page: indivisibletraversecity.org.
4. GTIndivisible meeting: Tuesday, June 27, noon. MI Grill by Country Inn on Munson Ave. Speakers include Phil Bellfy, (a retired native American MSU prof and environmental activist) and 2 or 3 representatives from Dr. Abdul El Sayed’s gubernatorial  campaign.
5. votersnotpoliticians.org meeting: Thursday, June 29, 4:30pm, Scholar’s Hall. Discussion of the volunteer effort to collect signatures for the gerrymandering ballot petition (should be starting very soon).
6. Sylvia McCullough recommended the use of Resistbot (“Text RESIST to 50409 and I’ll help you contact your officials. ✊🤖”)  on your computer or cell phone to contact your elected reps in a professional manner.
7. roganslist.blogspot.com.
8. LWV is asking for support for HR2978 (To prohibit access by the Government of the Russian Federation to certain Russian-owned diplomatic facilities and properties …)
9. Up North Pride parade at 1pm today.  Indivisible TC is marching behind our banner.
Thanks to all of those who attended today. Peace to all.
The next TC Indivisible meeting will be Sunday, July 9,11am at the Workshop Brewery.  We will not be meeting on July 2 because of the Fourth of July week-end. We will not meet at Congressman Bergman’s office on Tuesday, July 4.
 The front door of the Workshop Brewery will be locked  this summer.  Please use the east side-door entrance.
Respectfully submitted,
Bill Gittlen