INDIVISIBLE DULUTH

April 23, 2018

Meeting notes from April 22 meeting at Horizon

 Indivisible TC Agenda

Horizon Books Cafe

April 22, 2018

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME: Only 4 people attended, so it was an abbreviated meeting

 2. AGENDA – APPROVAL: Done

 3. MINUTES –APPROVAL: Done 

 4. REPORTS:

  1. Chair(s) – Report on Abdul El Sayed at Grand Traverse Report – Many people were there. Lynne estimated 500. Very positive experience. Dr. El Sayed had a good command of the issues and their ramifications. 

– We are still looking for a co-chair to work with Lynne. Linda is done May 1st to “pursue her political career”.  

B.   Treasurer

C.   Secretary

D.   Outreach

5. ISSUES REPORTS:

Voters Not Politicians (VPN)/Voters’ Rights – Training was held yesterday.

District 1: Repeal and Replace Bergman – Endorsement of Matt Morgan –

  • April 24 Deadline – Will receive ballot on April 25th.

Environmental: Line 5 – There is more support to close it down after the leak from the electric cable.

– There is a retirement party for Line 5 at the City Opera House on Monday April 23rd.  For information:  https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/line_5_retirement_party

Sinclair Broadcasting – There is another meeting with IGT this week.

Gun Violence – 2600 schools had walk outs on Friday to call for more sensible gun control. 

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

A. Tax Day March – April 21 Open Space with chicken 1:00 – We were there with a 20 foot high chicken- We had a small turnout but got only a few middle fingers and lots more thumbs up. The chicken may appear again!! 

7. NEW BUSINESS: 

A.  May10, 1 pm. Kirkbride Hall, Building 50. Speakers needed to express their outrage about the NRC proposal to change the status of sandhill cranes to game birds in our state. Registration on line before. 

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

 

9. ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Next meeting is on: May 6, 2018  https://indivisibletraversecity.org/events 

at Workshop Brewery

April 20, 2018

Line 5 Retirement Party City Opera House 6-8pm

A Line 5 Retirement Party that will take place this Monday evening, April 23 from 6 until 8pm at the City Opera House. Parties will be taking place simultaneously around the state.  Bill Latka has created a great film about the Line 5 situation which will be just one part of the evening.   I’ve already seen the film; it’s really well-done. Please come to The Opera House for the party: it’s free,

Here is a link to the Traverse City event: https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/line_5_retirement_party_traverse_city

When you come, you’ll see videos, hear speakers, listen to some awesome music by Michigan’s favorite, Seth Bernard, and most importantly work on strategies that will force the retirement the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline.

In Traverse City, bake and enter a creative “Line 5 Retirement Sheet Cake” in the silent auction!

Parties will take place in the cities listed below:

Detroit, Ann Arbor, Pinckney, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Saugatuck, Chicago, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Greenville, Mt. Pleasant, Pinconning, Buckley, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Cheboygan, Marquette, and even Viroqua, WI, and Boulder, CO!   See you there!!!

April 17, 2018

Sign on to vote for Matt Morgan for National Indivisible endorsement

We have completed the paperwork needed to nominate Matt for endorsement by National Indivisible.  We are reaching out to you know so that all members can sign up with National Indivisible to vote to endorse Matt.  Basically, National Indivisible endorsements are driven and voted on by local Indivisible groups who live in the state or district of the race.  The national group will only endorse Matt if they see that he has the support of members in Indivisible groups in his district.
 
Here’s what to do to participate in the endorsement process. You must do the registration step no later than April 24 (It only takes a minute):
1. Click on this linkendorsements. Here you will find complete information about the endorsement process as well as the sign-up link.
2. Once there, click on “this form” under #4 (not on “register to vote” at the top)  Fill in the few lines of info. You will be registering to vote in the nomination process.
3. You will receive an email ballot from National Indivisible on April 25. 
4. Vote and return your email ballot within the timeline provided.
 
Thank you for your attention to this matter.  Please relay this information to your group members. To elect a government that will serve everyone, we need everyone’s help.

April 13, 2018

Agenda for April 15 Indivisible TC membership meeting

 Indivisible TC Agenda

Workshop Brewery

April 15, 2018

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME:

 2. AGENDA – APPROVAL:

 3. MINUTES –APPROVAL 

 4. REPORTS:

  1. Chair(s)

C.   Treasurer

D.   Secretary

E. Outreach

5. ISSUES REPORTS:

Voters Not Politicians (VPN)/Voters’ Rights

District 1: Repeal and Replace Bergman

Environmental: Line 5

Sinclair Broadcasting

Gun Violence

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

A. Tax Day March – April 16 5:00 p.m. Open Space on the Parkway

7. NEW BUSINESS: 

A. Columbine Memorial  – Hagerty Center

B. May10, 1pm. Kirkbride Hall, Building 50. Speakers needed to express their outrage about the NRC proposal to change the status of sandhill cranes to game birds in our state. 

C. Abdul el Sayed sponsored by the GT Democratic Party is speaking at the Grand Traverse Resort on April 19th from 6:00 – &30

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

 

9. ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Next meeting is on: May 6, 2018 (https://indivisibletraversecity.org/events at Workshop Brewery

April 10, 2018

Documentary: Difficulties of children in the west Bank

Sill one more event this week, courtesy of Victoria Gutowski, calling our attention to this film showing at TADL tomorrow at 6:30pm:

 

MEJP Radiance of Resistance 4-18.pdf

 

April 9, 2018

Events and Action Items from April 9 onward…

Actions and Events:

Monday, April 9, 5:30pm. Joint meeting with Indivisible GT at the UU.  All ITC members invited to attend.  The Sinclair committee will meet before the meeting at 4:30pm

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30-8pm. Hal Gurian will give his updated slide presentation about the status of votersnotpoliticians effort at the UU church.

Saturday, April 14, 10am-noon. Training for canvassers for VNP at Horizon Books.

Saturday, April 14, 10:30am. Jeanie Williams of Inland Seas Education Association will speak on Microplastics in the Great Lakes at the Leelanau Indivisible meeting, Leland Township Library, 203 Cedar St., Leland

Monday, April 16, 5pm. Tax Day March. People will meet at 5pm on the Open Space and there will be a march down Front Street.  Lynne signed up with the national group that is encouraging such events. She will contact the police and other groups to gather support and participation. Bring appropriate signs.

Tuesday. April 17, 6:30pm.  CCL is tabling at a talk about recycling in the TC area at the United Methodist Church.

Thursday, April 19, 6-7:30pm. Abdul el Sayed will be speaking at the Grand Traverse Resort. Sponsored by the GT Dems. We will discuss meeting to carpool at our next meeting on April 15.

Friday, April 13, 5:30-8pm NMEAC-sponsored Environmentalist of the Year ceremony and celebration. Dennos Museum.  Learn about and celebrate the people and the creative energy that are protecting our environment and that make northern Michigan such a great place to live.  Featuring speaker Holly Bird, musician Brotha James, and small plate food and drink.  $25 tickets available online through NMEAC.org. $30 at the door.

Sunday, April 22, 11:30-4pm. Twin Lakes Park. CCl is tabling at another event that discusses where to recycle things in the TC area.

Sunday, April 22, 11-3pm.  Earth Day. 2018 Solar Tour, sponsored by Northport Energy. From 3-5pm there will be a film and panel discussion at Sutton Bay’s Bay Theater. More info @www.northporteneergy.org/2018-solar-tour

Monday, April 23, 6pm. Line 5 Retirement Party at the City Opera House. Free. Sponsored by oilandwaterdontmix.

Sunday, May 6, 11am. State Theater.  A 30-minute film called Straws will be shown followed by 30 minutes of discussion.  Each of us can tell restaurants that straws need not be offered routinely as a way to cut down on plastic waste.

May 10, 1pm. Kirkbride Hall, Building 50. Speakers needed to express their outrage about the NRC proposal to change the status of sandhill cranes to game birds in our state. See more info under Open Mic below.

Notes of ITC April 8, 2018 Membership meeting

 

April 8, 2018 Meeting Notes

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

See the minutes section of the 2018 blog on the webpage: IndivisibleTraverseCity.com

Initial Announcements: 

People were encouraged to buy books from Horizon to thank them for allowing us to use their space today. Two specific books were recommended: Born on First Base and Dear Madam President.  Linda will investigate whether it would be possible to use this space instead of the Workshop Brewery beginning in May for our regular membership meetings.

Good news:

Rebecca Dallet won her election for Supreme Court Justice in Wisconsin by 12 points over an NRA-supported candidate. She promised not to be influenced by the ideology of special interest groups.

Randy Bryce seems to be doing well in the polling against Paul Ryan in Wisconsin.  He needs our support as does Andrew Janz who is running against Devin Nunes in California.

Lynne announced our group has now incorporated and she is still looking for an accountant to help us achieve 501c4 states.  It was suggested that Lynne approach professors at NMC to see if there might be accounting students who would be interested in undertaking the task.  Or, if anyone knows of an accountant willing to take this on for minimal cost, please contact Lynne.

Actions and Events:

Monday, April 9, 5:30pm. Joint meeting with Indivisible GT at the UU.  All ITC members invited to attend.  The Sinclair committee will meet before the meeting at 4:30pm

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30-8pm. Hal Gurian will give his updated slide presentation about the status of votersnotpoliticians effort at the UU church.

Saturday, April 14, 10am-noon. Training for canvassers for VNP at Horizon Books.

Saturday, April 14, 10:30am. Jeanie Williams of Inland Seas Education Association will speak on Microplastics in the Great Lakes at the Leelanau Indivisible meeting, Leland Township Library, 203 Cedar St., Leland

Monday, April 16, 5pm. Tax Day March. People will meet at 5pm on the Open Space and there will be a march down Front Street.  Lynne signed up with the national group that is encouraging such events. She will contact the police and other groups to gather support and participation. Bring appropriate signs.

Tuesday. April 17, 6:30pm.  CCL is tabling at a talk about recycling in the TC area at the United Methodist Church.

Thursday, April 19, 6-7:30pm. Abdul el Sayed will be speaking at the Grand Traverse Resort. Sponsored by the GT Dems. We will discuss meeting to carpool at our next meeting on April 15.

Friday, April 13, 5:30-8pm NMEAC-sponsored Environmentalist of the Year ceremony and celebration. Dennos Museum.  Learn about and celebrate the people and the creative energy that are protecting our environment and that make northern Michigan such a great place to live.  Featuring speaker Holly Bird, musician Brotha James, and small plate food and drink.  $25 tickets available online through NMEAC.org. $30 at the door.

Sunday, April 22, 11:30-4pm. Twin Lakes Park. CCl is tabling at another event that discusses where to recycle things in the TC area.

Sunday, April 22, 11-3pm.  Earth Day. 2018 Solar Tour, sponsored by Northport Energy. From 3-5pm there will be a film and panel discussion at Sutton Bay’s Bay Theater. More info @www.northporteneergy.org/2018-solar-tour

Monday, April 23, 6pm. Line 5 Retirement Party at the City Opera House. Free. Sponsored by oilandwaterdontmix.

Sunday, May 6, 11am. State Theater.  A 30-minute film called Straws will be shown followed by 30 minutes of discussion.  Each of us can tell restaurants that straws need not be offered routinely as a way to cut down on plastic waste.

May 10, 1pm. Kirkbride Hall, Building 50. Speakers needed to express their outrage about the NRC proposal to change the status of sandhill cranes to game birds in our state. See more info under Open Mic below.

Reports:

VNP:  Training events as listed above. Volunteers will be needed for canvassing, phone banking, and GOTV efforts. Donations are needed now (donations can be made through the website). Contact Margaret if you know of a small downtown office space for rent. Marcia reported that a Record Eagle opinion piece today said voting for the VNP proposal is the most important vote we can make in 2018.

Line 5: Brenda reported because of the Congressional recess, there has yet to be any response to the letters and emails her subgroup sent out.  She remains in communication with the Morgans and she expects she will hear something in the upcoming weeks from those she has contacted.

Sinclair: Gretchen and Ted received an enthusiastic response from IGT members about becoming involved with our effort to confront 7&4 News about the issues with their local news.  More than a dozen members agreed to join a committee to finalize the plan that involves contacting advertisers if Sinclair and 7&4 continue to refuse to meet with us about our concerns.  Today many of our members signed on to join the committee which will meet on April 9, 4:30pm at the UU before the IGT meeting.

Matt Morgan Endorsement: Lynne presented her reasons why we should endorse Matt Morgan for our Congressional Representative.  Discussion followed.  All members were supportive, although one member spoke up about being against endorsing anyone.  There was a motion and a second to endorse Matt and to nominate Matt for National Indivisible endorsement. The ITC members present voted unanimously in favor with the exception of that one member (who said he did support Matt), and he agreed to stand aside.  Bill said he would complete the online nomination application for Matt’s endorsement by national Indivisible before the April 9th deadline.  All members are strongly encouraged to sign up with national Indivisible by April 25, so be sure your members are on the list to vote.  Go to Indivisible435, click on REGISTER TO VOTE and then click GET STARTED. It takes less than one minute to do.  National Indivisible will email an online ballot to all those in Matt’s district who register.

Ballots will be emailed to all those who sign up on or before April 24 to vote on April 25.

Open Mike:

Bill again 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.  Keli collected signatures to qualify a Michigan Promote the Vote ballot measure for the 2018 election.

There will be an upcoming Town Hall on gun violence.  The Front Street Writers, a group of local high school students associated with the National Writers Series will read their essays. Matt Morgan and Rep Bergman will be invited.  Details will follow as they become known.

Berta will investigate whether anyone is locally planning a rally on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine shootings. Leelanau Indivisible has been working with a Benzonia student who was in Columbine at that time.

Carol encouraged people to volunteer to make comments at a May 10 meeting at Kirkbride Hall in Building 50 before an appointed Commission that is working to open a recreational hunting season on our state’s sandhill cranes.  We need to sign up to comment by May 4: 517-284-6237.  Carol passed out flyers that contained links to detailed information.  She will have more fliers to pass out at our meeting next week.

ADJOURNMENT:  11:30 am.  Our next meeting is Sunday, April 15 at Workshop Brewery, 10-11:30am.
Peace and justice for all
Respectfully submitted,
Bill Gittlen, Secretary.

April 6, 2018

Agenda for April 8 membership meeting at Horizon

 Indivisible TC Agenda

Horizon’s Book Store Café

April 8, 2018

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME:

2. AGENDA – APPROVAL:

3. MINUTES –APPROVAL 

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

Gun Violence

Outreach

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

A. Candidate Endorsement

7. NEW BUSINESS:

A. Vickie Gutkowski

B. Tax Day March – Where and when

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

 

9. ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Next meeting is on: April 15, 2018 (https://indivisibletraversecity.org/events

April 4, 2018

Note: this Sunday’s meeting is at Horizon Books

We are meeting at the downstairs at Horizon’s bookstore this Sunday April 8th. The Workshop Brewery is not available this week. We meet 10 a.m. to 1130 a.m.

Our next meeting is brought up a week because of the problem of having a venue. So we will meet next Sunday April 15th at the Workshop Brewery.
I am so glad that the Sinclair propaganda machine has been made so public.
Linda