INDIVISIBLE DULUTH

March 30, 2018

Membership Meetings dates and times for April

Because of Easter, we will be meeting on the second and third Sundays of April (in May, we will be back to the first and third Sundays).  On April 8, we will meet in the Basement of Horizon books.  On April 15, we will meet back at the Workshop Brewery.  Both meetings start at 10am and end at 11:30am.  To change everything, we need everyone.  New members are welcome. There’s a lot to do.  These meetings are free and everyone is invited.  Please join us.

 

 

March 22, 2018

Northern MI newspaper addresses and LTE word limits

We can expand our influence related to developing a progressive agenda for America by writing letters to editors. Courtesy of Sylvia, here’s a list of addresses of northern Michigan newspapers and word limits for their LTE’s.

Newspapers, Contacts, and Letters to the Editor

Grand Traverse County

Northern Express

129 E Front St Ste 200

Traverse City, MI 49684-2508

231-947-8787 – Telephone

Luke Haase is the Publisher of the Northern Express in Traverse City Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Record-Eagle

120 W Front St

Traverse City, MI 49684-2202

231-946-2000 – Telephone

Nathan Payne is the Executive Editor of the Record-Eagle in Traverse City Michigan.

npayne@record-eagle.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 200

First Congressional District (Northern Mi & UP)

Alpena News

130 Park Pl

Alpena, MI 49707-2828

989-354-3111 – Telephone –

Steve Murch is the Managing Editor of the Alpena News in Alpena Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Antrim Review

4470 S M 88 Hwy

Bellaire, MI 49615-5111

231-533-5651 – Telephone

Dave Lein is the Editor of the Antrim Review in Bellaire Michigan

231-533-5651 ext. 209

editor@antrimreview.net

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Boyne City Gazette 5 W Main St Unit 7

Boyne City, MI 49712-3700

231-582-2799 – Telephone

Benjamin J. Gohs is the News Editor of the Boyne City Gazette in Boyne City Michigan.

editor@boynegazette.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 350  flexible

Charlevoix Courier

112 Mason St

Charlevoix, MI 49720-1314

231-547-6558 – Telephone

Lonnie Allen is the Managing Editor of the Charlevoix Courier in Charlevoix Michigan.

news@charlevoixcourier.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Daily Tribune

308 N Main St

Cheboygan, MI 49721-1545

231-627-7144 – Telephone

Richard Crofton is the Publisher of the Daily Tribune in Cheboygan Michigan.

Richard Crofton         rcrofton@cheboygantribune.com

Managing Editor    Brady Hebert    bhebert@cheboygantribune.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Daily Press 

600 Ludington St

Escanaba, MI 49829-3830

906-786-2021 – Telephone

Brian Rowell is the Managing Editor of the Daily Press in Escanaba Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 400

Benzie County Record Patriot

PO Box 673

Frankfort, MI 49635-0673

231-352-9659 – Telephone

Michelle Graves is the Editor of the Benzie County Record Patriot in Frankfort Michigan.

recpat@pioneergroup.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 500

Gaylord Herald Times

2058 S Otsego Ave

Gaylord, MI 49735-9422

989-732-1111 – Telephone

Jeremy Speer is the Editor of the Gaylord Herald Times in Gaylord Michigan.

editor@gaylordheraldtimes.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 350

Crawford County Avalanche

PO Box 490

Grayling, MI 49738-0490

989-348-6811 – Telephone

Linda Golnick is the General Manager of the Crawford County Avalanche in Grayling Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 500

Harbor Light News 211 E 3rd St

Harbor Springs, MI 49740-1534

231-526-2191 – Telephone

Charles O’Neill is the Editor of the Harbor Light News in Harbor Springs Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300?

Daily Mining Gazette

PO Box 368

Houghton, MI 49931-0368

906-482-1500 – Telephone

Craig Peterson is the Managing Editor of the Daily Mining Gazette in Houghton Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: unknown

Straitsland Resorter

PO Box 579

Indian River, MI 49749-0579

231-238-7362 – Telephone

L. Scott Swanson is the Editor and Publisher of the Straitsland Resorter in Indian River Michigan.

editor@resorter.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 500

Daily News

215 E Ludington St

Iron Mountain, MI 49801-2917

906-774-2772 – Telephone

Jim Anderson is the News Editor of the Daily News in Iron Mountain Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: unkonwn

Iron County Reporter

PO Box 311

Iron River, MI 49935-0311

906-265-9927 – Telephone

Margaret Christensen is the Publisher of the Iron County Reporter in Iron River Michigan.

Editor/News/Features/Sports: Jerry DeRoche, news@ironcountyreporter.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Ironwood Daily Globe        – 400

PO Box 548

Ironwood, MI 49938-0548

906-932-2211 – Telephone

Larry Holcombe is the Managing Editor of the Ironwood Daily Globe in Ironwood Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 400

Leelanau Enterprise

7200 E Duck Lake Rd

Lake Leelanau, MI 49653-9779

231-256-9827 – Telephone

Alan Campbell is the News Editor of the Leelanau Enterprise in Leland Michigan.

info@leelanaunews.com.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300?

Manistee News Advocate

75 Maple St

Manistee, MI 49660-1554

231-723-3592 – Telephone

231-723-4733 – Fax

Michelle Graves is the Editor of the Manistee News Advocate in Manistee Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 500

Pioneer-Tribune

212 Walnut St

Manistique, MI 49854-1445

906-341-5200 – Telephone

Ashley Hoholik is the Editor of the Pioneer-Tribune in Manistique Michigan.

editor@pioneertribune.com

Lisa A. Demers  ldemers@pioneertribune.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 500

Mining Journal

249 W Washington St Publisher:

Marquette, MI 49855-4321

906-228-2500 – Telephone

Bud Sargent is the Managing Editor of the Mining Journal in Marquette Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 400

Ontonagon Herald

326 River St Ontonagon, MI 49953-1612

906-884-2826 – Telephone

Maureen Guzek is the Editor and Publisher of the Ontonagon Herald in Ontonagon Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 400

Petoskey News-Review

319 State St

Petoskey, MI 49770-2746

231-347-2544 – Telephone

Jeremy McBain is the Executive Editor of the Petoskey News-Review in Petoskey Michigan.

jmcbain@petoskeynews.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

St. Ignace News

PO Box 277

Saint Ignace, MI 49781-0277

906-643-9150 – Telephone

Ellen Paquin is the Editor of the St. Ignace News in Saint Ignace Michigan.

www.stignacenews.com

Evening News

109 Arlington St

Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783-1901

906-632-2235 – Telephone

Richard Crofton is the Editor of the Evening News in Sault Sainte Marie Michigan.

Richard Crofton  richard@sooeveningnews.com

Brenda Rigotti    brigotti@sooeveningnews.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 400

Northern Express

129 E Front St Ste 200

Traverse City, MI 49684-2508

231-947-8787 – Telephone

Luke Haase is the Publisher of the Northern Express in Traverse City Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Record-Eagle

120 W Front St

Traverse City, MI 49684-2202

231-946-2000 – Telephone

Nathan Payne is the Executive Editor of the Record-Eagle in Traverse City Michigan.

npayne@record-eagle.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 200

Our Home Town News  ** discontinued??

540 E Main St

Vanderbilt, MI 49795-9784

989-983-0234 – Telephone

Thomas A. Serino is the Editor of the Our Home Town News in Vanderbilt Michigan.

ourhometown@hotmail.com

March 19, 2018

Action Items for this Week, from Co-Chair Linda

Before I start the Action Items, I want to give you my thoughts about the controversy at yesterday’s meeting. We want to be an inclusive group and have room for differing opinions. Yesterday we were discussing if we want to endorse some candidates. The majority (about 2/3’s) wanted to do so. However, some people had reservations because they want our focus to be issues. They want us to be inclusive and non-partisan.

That started me thinking about the origins of Indivisible. We started with a guide on how to influence our Members of Congress. It was based on the successful tactics of the Tea Party. It was written by congressional staffers who knew what is effective in bringing the MOC around to voting as the vocal constituents desired. We used these tactics especially on Jack Bergman who did not respond at all to our pressure and continued to vote as his masters in the conservative money donators told him. Because of a year of effort with no results, we decided that he needed to be repealed and replaced. This is one of our five main foci of this year.

If we want to replace him, we need to support his electable opponent. In order to endorse, we need a policy on endorsements and we need to adhere to that policy/procedure. There are lots of election laws about groups supporting candidates and exchanging money and information with them. We do not want to run afoul of these laws. However, the national Indivisible group has approved a procedure by which local groups can endorse a candidate and then he or she receives national recognition. I have an email about that I will post also on Facebook and the website.

In conclusion, I have thought carefully about this and my opinion is that the national recognition for the candidate running against Mr. Bergman can only help Matt Morgan. We have as our focus to have a more responsive MOC. Therefore we should have an endorsement policy and we should use it.

Action items

  1. March For Our Lives which is organized by the women of TC Rally for Gun Reform starts this Saturday March 24th at 1:00 p.m. at the Workshop Brewery. We will march on the sidewalks and stand on the Parkway with our banners and signs. We return to the Brewery at 2:30 for speakers. Please support our young leaders. They were so appreciative of the 100 of us who were at Central High School on the one month anniversary of the 17 deaths at Parkland.
  2. Indivisible Grand Traverse has a dynamite speaker on Tuesday Mar 20th at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 6726 Center Rd. on the Old Mission Peninsula. It is Craig Mauger and he spoke to the LWV of Leelanau in January. He informs us about the influence of money on legislation in Michigan. He is a good speaker and he will horrify you with the machinations that are used to “buy” politicians. It is worth the effort to hear him.
  3. There are two suggestions for action from national Indivisible.

End Trump’s illegal war in Yemen: support S.J. Res. 54. This bipartisan resolution is a rare opportunity for Congress to take back its constitutional war making authority, and declare Trump’s war in Yemen unauthorized. You can review our resource for more information about the situation in Yemen and use our call script to call both your senators.

There’s still time to stop Congress from increasing funding for Trump’s deportation force. The government runs out of money on March 23, but this time they’ll pass an “omnibus” spending bill that will go through September (instead of a short-term “continuing resolution,” like the kind they’ve been passing for months). Negotiations are nearly done, but one remaining issue is the funding level for immigration enforcement activities. You can make a difference by telling your MoCs that you oppose more funding for Trump’s deportation machine. Use our resource and call script to call your MoCs.

  1. Michigan Resistance is calling on us to try to stop the Department of Environmental Quality (the ones did not stop the Flint water disaster) from being overseen by industry representatives (also known as the foxes guarding the hen house). Here is their information.

Stop corporate lobbyists from destroying the environment 

The Michigan Senate recently passed an environmentally ruinous package of bills: SB 652-654. These bills create an oversight board for Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality that would be stacked with industry representatives and corporate actors. These bills are problematic for several reasons:

1. Having regulated industries set Michigan’s environmental rules is like trusting the fox to guard the henhouse—it is fundamentally reckless to ask regulated industries to set their own rules when it comes to protecting Michigan from environmental harm and pollution.

2. These industry representatives and interest groups benefit directly from lax enforcement of environmental laws, and these bills would hand over authority for protecting our state’s environment to these unelected individuals who are on the payroll of polluting industries.

3. Michigan communities (Flint’s water crisis; Washtenaw’s dioxane plume) know the very real dangers of polluted air and water. The stakes for poor environmental decision-making are incredibly high in our state.

4. With the Trump Administration dead set on greatly weakening the US Environmental Protection Agency, this plan would leave Michigan doubly vulnerable. There will be no one to hold polluters accountable when they poison our families or devastate our natural areas.

SB 652-654 have been sent to the House’s Natural Resources Committee. After the legislative spring break (Mar 16-30), we expect they will get a hearing in early April. This is the week to call Michigan House Representatives, make our voices heard, and stop these dangerous bills.

Please call these Michigan State Representatives:

Gary Howell: 517-373-1800
Scott VanSingel: 517-373-7317
David Maturen: 517-373-1787
Rob VerHeulen: 517-373-8900
Joseph Bellino: 517-373-1530
Holly Hughes: 517-373-3436
Daire Rendon: 517-373-3817
Larry Inman: 517-373-1766
Curt VanderWall: 517-373-0825
William Sowerby: 517-373-0159
Chris Afendoulis: 517-373-0218
Stephanie Chang: 517-373-0823
Michael McCready: 517-373-8670
Jeff Yaroch: 517-373-0820
Sara Cambensy: 517-373-0498

Hello, my name is ___ and I am a Michigan resident and voter. I am calling to urge Representative__ to oppose SB 652-654 that will create an oversight board run by industry representatives for the DEQ. Having corporate actors set Michigan’s environmental rules is like trusting the fox to guard the henhouse— it is reckless to ask regulated industries to set their own rules when it comes to protecting our Michiganders from environmental harm and pollution. Don’t allow corporate interests to take priority over Michigan families’ health and our state’s environment. Please oppose the SB 652-654.

Thanks for reading and caring about what happens in this difficult world that we are living in.

 

March 18, 2018 Meeting Notes

March 18, 2018 Meeting Notes

Indivisible Traverse City meets every 1st & 3rd Sunday 10-11:30 at Workshop Brewing Co.  April will be an exception (because of Easter) These notes will be posted on our Facebook page and the Indivisible Traverse City website.

See the 2018 blog on the webpage @IndivisibleTraverseCity.org

Initial Announcements: 

New members were welcomed and the Workshop Brewery staff were thanked.

The slate of candidates for the officers for the March 2018 – March 2019 were voted on and approved by the members present.  Co-chairs: Linda Pepper, Lynne Van Ness; treasurer: Allen McCullough; Secretary: Bill Gittlen; Media Outreach: Maggie Singer and Berta Meserve, Communications: Sylvia McCullough.

Good news:  Nationally 1 million students walked out of their schools on March 14 for 17 minuses to honor the 17 people killed in Parkland, Florida  and to say, “Enough is enough, we demand common-sense gun laws.” More than 100 students walked out of Central High School and there were more than 100 community members present to support them and to cheer them on.

Connor Lamb was elected to Congress in a Republican-leaning district in Pennsylvania, winning by 627 votes.  There will be a recount, but the outcome is not expected to change. His victory was achieved partially because of his strong support of unions and because of the participation and hard work of local Indivisible groups.

Linda brought attention to an article in Daily Kos about an undocumented attorney working for the state of California.  DACA recipients are still engaged in good works as the DACA program is still functioning as it winds its way through the courts.

Today (Sunday’s) Record Eagle announced that the Democratic National Governors Association will be contributing $20 million to support candidates running for governor in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Nevada.

Actions:

Monday, March 19, 5:30pm, Right Brain Brewery. LWV is sponsoring a happy hour discussion on Promoting the Vote. 

Tuesday, March 20, noon. Unitarian Universalists Church. Indivisible Grand Traverse will feature speaker Craig Mauger, speaking on Money in Politics as part of their regular Tuesday noon meeting.

Thursday, March 22, 4:30-7pm, Platte River Inn in Honor. The Benzie Dems are sponsoring a fundraiser called Close-up dinner, $15/plate.

Saturday, March 24, 1pm. March for Our Lives will begin at the Workshop Brewery. Our group will assemble in front of the Old Antique store just to the east of the Workshop. People are encouraged to carry signs and wear Indivisible or campaign buttons of their choice.

Linda will post actions for the week every Monday on Facebook and on our indivisibletraversecity.com website.

Reports:

Allen announced our Treasury now has $355 in our account. Funds will be used to pay the monthly internet connection fee (~$10/month) and possibly for expenses involved in establishing our group as a 501c4 organization. Lynne is still seeking an accountant to accomplish this task at a minimal fee.

VNP: Efforts will be gearing up to get the ballot measure passed beginning in April or early May.  Volunteers will be needed for canvassing, phone banking, and GOTV efforts. Donations are needed now. Contact Margaret if you know of a small downtown office space for rent.

Line 5: Brenda, Ken and Nan have completed phase 1 of their effort to alert Homeland Security about the terrorist risk of Line 5. Matt and Angie Morgan helped them edit their letter and also suggested influential policy makers that they might contact. 214 letters were sent out under a ITC letterhead (with a logos they created), and this week the entire list will be re-contacted by email. The hope is that some of the recipients will contact Homeland Security with our concerns.

Sinclair:  The completion date for reporting the results of diaries created about 7&4 news problems was this weekend. The effort did not gather the hoped-for data, but community interest in this issue was raised. Recognizing that the concentration of media control is a First Amendment, freedom of speech issue, Ted, Gretchen, and Margaret will formulate a plan about how we will proceed to inform local citizens and businesses.They will likely create a letter-writing campaign to oppose the recent policies of the FCC, with comments both on the proposed Sinclair merger and net neutrality.

Candidate Endorsement: Bill presented the Endorsement Committee’s newly created Policy and Procedure for Endorsing Candidates.  There were concerns from members regarding whether we should be endorsing candidates at all, concerns about whether endorsing a candidate also endorses a political party, concerns about the criteria needed for a positive endorsement, and concerns whether the policy should include language about our 501c4 status (which ITC does not have at this time), After much discussion, the members approved the Policy and Procedure as written, with the exception of removing the “100%” wording in relation to consensus.  The new wording now is “consensus will be needed to earn an endorsement”. We agreed that this meant if a large majority wants to endorse a candidate, and those in the minority feel they have be heard and are willing to allow the decision to go forward, the endorsement is approved. As the policy states, the policy and procedure can be amended by a vote of the members at any time.

Open Mike:

Bill collected signatures for a petition that TC100 Advocacy Group and MI Climate Action Network will present to the Board of Traverse City Light and Power to encourage them to include a 100% renewable energy goal by 2030 when the Board creates their long term strategy at their May 22 meeting.  People are encouraged to attend TCLP Board meetings at the Government Center, 400 Boardman Avenue on April 10 and May 8 at 7pm to lobby for this cause.

Keli collected signatures to qualify a Michigan Promote the Vote ballot measure for the Nov 2018 election.  The measure proposes an amendment to the state Constitution which would extend deadlines to register to vote by mail, allow residents to register in person at any time with proof of residency, and to vote absentee by mail or in person without reason. The effort is sponsored by LWV of Michigan, the ACLU of Michigan and the state and Detroit branches of the NAACP.  Please sign.

ADJOURNMENT:  11:30 am. There is a conflict of scheduling at the WORKSHOP BREWERY for our proposed next meeting on April 8.  Linda will announce the date and place of the next meeting within the next few days.
Peace and justice for all
Respectfully submitted,
Bill Gittlen, Secretary.

Notes from March 18 membership meeting

March 4, 2018 Meeting Notes

Indivisible Traverse City meets every 1st & 3rd Sunday 10-11:30 at Workshop Brewing Co.  April will be an exception (because of Easter) These notes will be posted on our Facebook page and the Indivisible Traverse City website.

See the 2018 blog on the webpage @IndivisibleTraverseCity.org

Initial Announcements: 

New members were welcomed and the Workshop Brewery staff were thanked.

The slate of candidates for the officers for the March 2018 – March 2019 were voted on and approved by the members present.  Co-chairs: Linda Pepper, Lynne Van Ness; treasurer: Allen McCullough; Secretary: Bill Gittlen; Media Outreach: Maggie Singer and Berta Meserve, Communications: Sylvia McCullough.

Good news:  Nationally 1 million students walked out of their schools on March 14 for 17 minuses to honor the 17 people killed in Parkland, Florida  and to say, “Enough is enough, we demand common-sense gun laws.” More than 100 students walked out of Central High School and there were more than 100 community members present to support them and to cheer them on.

Connor Lamb was elected to Congress in a Republican-leaning district in Pennsylvania, winning by 627 votes.  There will be a recount, but the outcome is not expected to change. His victory was achieved partially because of his strong support of unions and because of the participation and hard work of local Indivisible groups.

Linda brought attention to an article in Daily Kos about an undocumented attorney working for the state of California.  DACA recipients are still engaged in good works as the DACA program is still functioning as it winds its way through the courts.

Today (Sunday’s) Record Eagle announced that the Democratic National Governors Association will be contributing $20 million to support candidates running for governor in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Nevada.

Actions:

Monday, March 19, 5:30pm, Right Brain Brewery. LWV is sponsoring a happy hour discussion on Promoting the Vote. 

Tuesday, March 20, noon. Unitarian Universalists Church. Indivisible Grand Traverse will feature speaker Craig Mauger, speaking on Money in Politics as part of their regular Tuesday noon meeting.

Thursday, March 22, 4:30-7pm, Platte River Inn in Honor. The Benzie Dems are sponsoring a fundraiser called Close-up dinner, $15/plate.

Saturday, March 24, 1pm. March for Our Lives will begin at the Workshop Brewery. Our group will assemble in front of the Old Antique store just to the east of the Workshop. People are encouraged to carry signs and wear Indivisible or campaign buttons of their choice.

Linda will post actions for the week every Monday on Facebook and on our indivisibletraversecity.com website.

Reports:

Allen announced our Treasury now has $355 in our account. Funds will be used to pay the monthly internet connection fee (~$10/month) and possibly for expenses involved in establishing our group as a 501c4 organization. Lynne is still seeking an accountant to accomplish this task at a minimal fee.

VNP: Efforts will be gearing up to get the ballot measure passed beginning in April or early May.  Volunteers will be needed for canvassing, phone banking, and GOTV efforts. Donations are needed now. Contact Margaret if you know of a small downtown office space for rent.

Line 5: Brenda, Ken and Nan have completed phase 1 of their effort to alert Homeland Security about the terrorist risk of Line 5. Matt and Angie Morgan helped them edit their letter and also suggested influential policy makers that they might contact. 214 letters were sent out under a ITC letterhead (with a logos they created), and this week the entire list will be re-contacted by email. The hope is that some of the recipients will contact Homeland Security with our concerns.

Sinclair:  The completion date for reporting the results of diaries created about 7&4 news problems was this weekend. The effort did not gather the hoped-for data, but community interest in this issue was raised. Recognizing that the concentration of media control is a First Amendment, freedom of speech issue, Ted, Gretchen, and Margaret will formulate a plan about how we will proceed to inform local citizens and businesses.They will likely create a letter-writing campaign to oppose the recent policies of the FCC, with comments both on the proposed Sinclair merger and net neutrality.

Candidate Endorsement: Bill presented the Endorsement Committee’s newly created Policy and Procedure for Endorsing Candidates.  There were concerns from members regarding whether we should be endorsing candidates at all, concerns about whether endorsing a candidate also endorses a political party, concerns about the criteria needed for a positive endorsement, and concerns whether the policy should include language about our 501c4 status (which ITC does not have at this time), After much discussion, the members approved the Policy and Procedure as written, with the exception of removing the “100%” wording in relation to consensus.  The new wording now is “consensus will be needed to earn an endorsement”. We agreed that this meant if a large majority wants to endorse a candidate, and those in the minority feel they have be heard and are willing to allow the decision to go forward, the endorsement is approved. As the policy states, the policy and procedure can be amended by a vote of the members at any time.

Open Mike:

Bill collected signatures for a petition that TC100 Advocacy Group and MI Climate Action Network will present to the Board of Traverse City Light and Power to encourage them to include a 100% renewable energy goal by 2030 when the Board creates their long term strategy at their May 22 meeting.  People are encouraged to attend TCLP Board meetings at the Government Center, 400 Boardman Avenue on April 10 and May 8 at 7pm to lobby for this cause.

Keli collected signatures to qualify a Michigan Promote the Vote ballot measure for the Nov 2018 election.  The measure proposes an amendment to the state Constitution which would extend deadlines to register to vote by mail, allow residents to register in person at any time with proof of residency, and to vote absentee by mail or in person without reason. The effort is sponsored by LWV of Michigan, the ACLU of Michigan and the state and Detroit branches of the NAACP.  Please sign.

ADJOURNMENT:  11:30 am. There is a conflict of scheduling at the WORKSHOP BREWERY for our proposed next meeting on April 8.  Linda will announce the date and place of the next meeting within the next few days.
Peace and justice for all
Respectfully submitted,
Bill Gittlen, Secretary.

March 16, 2018

Agenda for March 18, 2018 meeting. Come vote!

 Indivisible TC Agenda

Workshop Brewing Company

March 18, 2018

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME:

2. AGENDA – APPROVAL:

3. MINUTES –APPROVAL – Elections

4. REPORTS:

  1. Chair(s)
  2. Good News
  3. Actions for Week – Every Monday
  4. Email Lists

C.   Treasurer

D.   Secretary

5. ISSUES REPORTS:

Voters Not Politicians (VPN)/Voters’ Rights

District 1: Repeal and Replace Bergman

Environmental: Line 5

Sinclair Broadcasting

Outreach

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

A. Candidate Screening Documents

B. Student Protests on March 14th and 24th March For Our Lives

7. NEW BUSINESS:

A. Vickie Gutkowski

B. ERA –

C. Ten Priority Issues – Candidate Endorsement

8. OPEN MICROPHONE:– What are You Passionate About/ What New Information Do We Need?

 

9. ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Next meeting is on: April 8, 2018 (https://indivisibletraversecity.org/events

9. ADJOURNMENT:

March 14, 2018

2018 Endorsement Policy of Indivisible TC

Indivisible TC Policy and Procedure for Endorsing Candidates

Committee: Lynne Van Ness, Paul Singer, Maggie Singer, Sylvia McCullough, Allen McCullough, Linda Pepper, Bill Gittlen

History:

Beginning in December 2017, Indivisible TC members were encouraged to review the Indivisible publication, A Practical Guide for Endorsing in Primaries and Beyond.  At the end of December, Bill presented a review of this guide to the steering committee, and the officers discussed the advantages and disadvantages of endorsing.  The consensus was that someone would make a similar presentation to the membership. Bill did this on March 4 and the membership recommended that a committee be formed to develop a procedure.  This document is a result of the discussion this committee had following the  March 4 membership meeting.

Underlying Principles:

The committee agreed that the process should be fair to all members and supporters, be transparent, be in keeping with our energy limits and our unavoidable time constraints, and whenever possible, include other Indivisible groups.  The plan will be to only endorse a limited number of candidates. We will consider their values, who the candidates represent, and their viability.  The goal will be to nominate our endorsed candidates (for Governor and Congress) to national Indivisible HQ with the hope of earning national endorsement.

The committee decided to make guidelines that will apply to the 2018 election cycle only.  We would start by considering endorsing a candidate for four federal and state positions only: Governor, Congressional Representative for the First District, and State House of Representatives for the101st (Leelanau) and 104th (Grand Traverse) Districts. In addition, we will consider endorsing any Indivisible member who is a candidate for a local office, if they so request. We may consider an entire slate of candidates in the final weeks preceding the general election if we feel that will help create broader progressive change.

The committee agreed that in order to give strong endorsements and to void splintering our group, a consensus will be needed to earn an endorsement. That means the vast majority will be in favor, and those who are not in favor must be willing to agree to accept the group’s endorsement. An announcement about an upcoming vote to endorse will be posted on our website blog and on Facebook at least 10 days prior to any vote.

The Policy:

The committee agreed that because of our limited meeting time, we will encourage our members to individually learn about the federal and state candidates on their own time, rather than having candidates come to speak to us. We will advertise the many forums and other opportunities when candidates are appearing in our area.  We believe our endorsed candidate should support our main issues: common sense gun reform, decommissioning Line 5, repealing and replacing Jack Bergman, supporting voting rights, and exposing the bias and distortion of local news by Sinclair Broadcasting. We also expect our endorsed candidates to be in favor single payer health care, a living minimal wage, a path to citizenship, environmental protection, and renewable energy development.

The committee agreed that the timeline for endorsement will vary according to the nature of each individual race. At this time, our membership needs more opportunities to see and learn about the candidates for Governor.  Hopefully, by June 1, the membership may have gathered sufficient information to explore whether there is one candidate the membership wants to endorse before the primary. If not, this decision can be revisited monthly.

 

The committee agreed that we also need more exposure to the State House of Representatives candidates. We will wait sufficient time until an Indivisible Traverse City member lobbies for an endorsement.

Lynne is already working on the campaign for Matt Morgan and feels that since he is unopposed in the primary, now would be a good time to endorse him.  At this time, there are no other candidates in the race except Jack Bergman. Matt spoke to our group last year, and completed our 38-question form, essentially agreeing with all of our crucial issues. In April, Lynne will present his views, who he represents, his viability and reasons why we should endorse now.  Maggie and Berta will explore whether other Indivisible groups want to join us by also formerly endorsing Matt. After a discussion, our membership can decide whether they want to hold a vote at the next meeting. If so, an announcement of the upcoming vote will be posted on our website blog and on Facebook.  If the group does reach 100% consensus to endorse, it will mean we will actively support his candidacy.  We will need to create a press release, do media outreach, hold some events (with our partners), do GOTV drives prior to the election, and nominate him for national Indivisible endorsement.  If we eventually decide to endorse other candidates, in each case we will need to have a supporter of the endorsement present the candidate to our membership and then we will follow the same process.

We will present this procedure and policy to the group for its approval at the March 18 meeting.  This policy can be amended by a vote of a majority of the members at any time.

 

March 8, 2018

March 14 Rally to Support our Students

March 5, 2018

Notes of March 4, 2018 membership meeting

March 4, 2018 Meeting Notes

Indivisible Traverse City meets every 1st & 3rd Sunday 10-11:30 at Workshop Brewing Co.  These notes will be posted on our Facebook page and the Indivisible Traverse City website.

See the 2018 blog on the webpage @IndivisibleTraverseCity.org

Initial Announcements: 

1. The meeting was called to order at 10am by Margaret. The Workshop Brewery staff were thanked, new attendees were welcomed, and the meeting notes from the February 18 meeting were approved.

2. Linda Pepper reported on “good news”:

The Parkland survivors are leading the battle to ban assault weapons and pass sensible gun laws and the tide seems to be shifting.

Maryland’s ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were upheld Tuesday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
 

The Pennsylvania new less-gerrymandered district maps in Pennsylvania will be continued to be used while the issue continues through the courts. 

State House seats in Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Connecticut have shifted from Red to Blue.  In recent special elections, 41 offices have shifted from Red to Blue, while only 4 positions have shifted from Blue to Red.

There were an estimated 500-1000 people who took part in the Sensible Gun Reform rally in downtown Traverse City yesterday.

The West Virginia teacher strike has resulted in a 4% raise for all State employees.  The governor has recommended that the teachers stay on strike until they receive their promised 5% raise.  The teachers are also continuing to demand more reasonable health care costs.

The Supreme Court did not agree to take up the DACA case at this time, so the DACA laws will most likely stay in effect until at least near the end of this year. Nonetheless, some of the DACA children do continue to lose their DACA status daily.

There is now 70% support for stricter gun laws nationally. 

3. Maggie discussed a banner that she will be creating for the March 14 high school walkout.  Multiple members showed a willingness to help hold the banner on Front and Milliken by Central HS at 10am on the day of the walkout.  Members were encouraged to offer their support to the students at the high school of their choice at 10am.  The banner will also be used at the Traverse City march on March 24.  Apparently, there is an issue with getting a permit for a rally at the Washington DC March on the 24th, so the date may be altered. 

Officer REPORTS:
The following members expressed their interest in being on the slate for the following positions:

Co-chairs: Linda Pepper, Lynne Van Ness; Secretary: Bill Gittlen; Treasurer: Allen McCullough; Communications: Sylvia McCullough; Outreach: Maggie Singer, Berta Meserve.  At the next meeting, members (those who have paid dues) will vote on whether to approve these officials for the upcoming one-year term. Dues can be paid at the beginning of the March 18 meeting.

Treasurer, Allen McCullough reported a balance of $315.00 in our account. Lynne reported that later this week, the paperwork will be completed for Indivisible TC to be incorporated.  Allen will then be able to open a bank account.  Also, this is the first step in Lynne’s efforts to have the lawyer apply for our 501c4 status.

ISSUES REPORTS:

Voters Not Politicians/Voters rights: 

Marcia reported that there is nothing new at this time.  The current need is for more donations which we be sorely needed as the campaign progresses. Please donate at votersnotpoliticians.com. In the months ahead, there will be great need for canvassers, phone bankers, and educators.  Sylvia offered to post information on the 8 sites that she maintains. Margaret will be a team captain in Traverse City and she stressed the importance of getting the measure passed after the successful  effort by so many volunteers to get the proposal on the ballot. 

Environment: Line 5:

Brenda announced that that with the help Ken and Nan, a mailing list of 213 people and groups has been created and a drive to recognize Line 5 as a security threat is about to be launched.  Letters and emails will be sent asking the recipients to contact the Dept of Homeland Security as one more tactic in the effort to shut down Line 5.  She will be asking for volunteers to attend a envelope party at her house in the upcoming days.  A motion was passed for our group to pay for the postage, as Brenda’s group has already paid the other costs involved from their own pockets. Brenda has created an email address to receive responses, and will use her own address to receive letter responses. The group approved a motion to establish a PO Box for use in any other future mailings.

Sinclair Broadcasting:

This is the final day of the effort by members of IndivisibleTC and Indivisible GT to watch 5,6, and11pm 7&4 local news to collect data on the problems with these Sinclair broadcasts. Margaret will collate the results and create a report about the findings.  She will present this at the next meeting and the group will decide whether it will be possible and useful to move forward with the plan to personally contact 7&4 advertisers about the Sinclair issue. 

Unfinished Businesss:

Bill gave a presentation on Indivisible’s “Practical Guide in Endorsing in Primaries and Beyond” and the recent National Indivisible webinar about endorsing candidates. There are advantages and disadvantages of endorsing, but the webinar clearly demonstrated the powerful effect that endorsing candidates can have, if done well. Endorsing is a commitment to participate, it can strengthen our group, it spreads our values, it can build very strong relations with officials once elected, and it can lead to stronger partnerships with other groups.  However, it must be inclusive, done with transparency, and in a fashion that is consistent our time constraints.  The group agreed to move forward with a subcommittee to create a plan for the group to consider by the next meeting.  Paul, Maggie, Lynne, Sylvia, and Linda volunteered and met together at the end of today’s meeting to create a policy and procedure for endorsement of candidates. 

New Business and other actions:

Members were encouraged to call Senators Peters and Stabenow this week to encourage them to oppose Senate bill 2155. This bill if passed will put us at risk for another financial crisis, will lessen consumer protection, will allow racial discrimination, will decrease the number of banks that are subject to its oversight, and will make some sectors exempt from truth-in-lending laws.  5calls.org provides further information about this issue and offers an easy way to contact our Senators.  Members were encouraged to make frequent use of this website. 

Keli urged members to write letters-to-the-editors (LTE’s) frequently and send them to newspapers in our area and even the Upper Peninsula.  She has written over 20 LTE’s that people can use as a basis for their letter, and she has many more suggested topics.  Please contact her, as this is an excellent way to promote progressive ideas and reach citizens about issues that need to be addressed. Sylvia said that the GT Dems website offers a list of state of newspapers in the state and includes the word limit for their LTE’s.

Recommended activity: Wednesday, March 7, noon. The short film Legalize Equality will be shown. The film streamlines critical information about the ERA.  Discussion will follow. Sponsored by Leelanau LWV. Government Center. For more info: call 231-271-5600 or visit LWVLeelanau.org.

ADJOURNMENT11:30 am  The next meeting February 18.    (https://indivisibletraversecity.org/events)
 Peace to all.  Respectfully submitted, Bill Gittlen

March 3, 2018

Agenda for general Mar 4 meeting, 2018

 Indivisible TC Agenda

Workshop Brewing Company

March 4, 2018

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME:

2. AGENDA – APPROVAL:

3. MINUTES –APPROVAL

4. REPORTS:

  1. Chair(s)*

B.   Treasurer

C.   Secretary

D.  Outreach

5. ISSUES:

Voters Not Politicians (VPN)/Voters’ Rights

Line 5 Petition

Sinclair Broadcasting

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

* Election of Officers

Candidates who want to be considered for office of Co-Chairs; Secretary and Treasurer must declare their intentions by March 4.  Elections will be held on March 18.

Endorsement/ Support for Candidates

7. NEW BUSINESS:

Issues and Information Exchange

LWV supports legislation to strengthen reporting to National Background Check Database

https://forum.lwv.org     and   https://www.usa.gov/regoster-to-vote

 “ENOUGH” March 14 at 10am in every time zone – national school walkout that will last 17min.

(10am on Front St. and Milliken Dr.)    NMC and Central HS participating – UU Church sponsoring

“March for Our Lives” March 24 – National rally in Washington, DC- expecting 500,000

8. ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Next meeting is on: March 18, 2018   (https://indivisibletraversecity.org/events

9. ADJOURNMENT:

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