INDIVISIBLE DULUTH

May 31, 2018

Agenda for June 3, 2018 meeting at the Workshop

 Indivisible TC Agenda

Workshop Brewery

June 3, 2018

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME/GOOD NEWS:

2. REPORTS:

  1. Chair 

B.   Treasurer

C.   Secretary

D.   Outreach

3. ISSUES REPORTS:

Voters Not Politicians (VPN)/Voters’ Rights

District 1: Repeal and Replace Bergman –Slip Out the Back Jack

Environmental: Line 5 

Sinclair Broadcasting

Gun Violence – Report on Event at Right Brain Brewery

4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

A. Brenda & Berta – Mackinac City Report

B. Changing dates of meetings  

Sunday June 24th at Horizons

Sunday July 15th at Workshop

Sunday July 29th probably at Workshop

August 1st & 3rd, September  will be different

Rest of Year is at Workshop on 1st & 3rd

5. NEW BUSINESS: 

A. Revive the steering committee

B. Progressives at Central High – Aidan Reed – Speak on June 24th

C. Betsy and Nurses _ Maybe

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

 

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Next meeting is on: June 24, 2018 at Horizons Bookstore Café

Women 2 Women at Workshop Monday June 4th evening

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May 27, 2018

Notes from May 20, 2018 membership meeting

INDIVISIBLE

Citizens Taking Action in North West Michigan

Meeting May 20, 2018 – Horizon Bookstore

  1. Our first speaker was Meredith Fritz from Moms Demand Action. The group is a part of Everytown for Gun Safety. There will be an action at the Right Brain Brewery on Saturday June 2nd at 12:30 – 2:30. WEAR ORANGE for the end of Gun Violence. She is sending the Power Point to Lynne. Here are the major points of her presentation:
  • There are 4 million members of Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action.
  • 96 Americans a day are killed by gun violence with about 2 injured for everyone killed. This statistic does include gun suicides.
  • Instead of calling gun deaths by their own hand suicides, they should be called dying by gun violence
  • No naming of shooters.
  • 50 women per month are killed by an intimate partner. 
  • They recommend that people with dangerous histories should have their guns removed.
  • Criminal background checks should be required for everyone buying a gun including those buying form unlicensed sellers.
  • Permitless carry is dangerous. Some training and checking is required.
  • Keep guns out of sensitive places
  • Keep guns off campuses
  • Responsible gun ownership = (1) Responsible storage, (2) Prevent tragedy (3) Be smart with guns
  • Push for Red Flag laws
  • June 1st light up buildings etc. with orange for gun safety
  • Be very careful of using inclusive language that does not repel 2nd amendment rights voters.
  1. Lynne handed out an article by Nick Hanauer explaining about stock buybacks. His site is info@civicaction.com 
  2. Voters Not Politicians is canvassing and waiting for the meeting to place the ballot proposal on the ballot. That meeting was cancelled abruptly this week. 
  3. The Sinclair press conference was a success as it involved some new people. The Concerned Citizens for Fair Broadcasting group continue to meet Tuesdays at 1:15 at Unitarian Universalist Church after the Indivisible GT meetings.
  4. Jack Bergman has a new name “Slip Out the Back Jack” That is what he did at the Senior Center ribbon cutting this week.
  5. Line 5: Brenda Rusch reported that congressmen and senators do not open any mail from someone outside their district. Our letters did get noticed by Senator Stabenow and she is passing it along. 
  6. Line 5: We all got yard signs and bumper stickers to Shut Down Line 5. She has more at $10 for yard signs and $5 for bumper stickers. She is hoping we can walk around at the different festivities this summer and talk about this problem to downstate visitors. Also talk to our friends in Wisconsin and Ohio as it could harm their industries also.
  7. Our next meeting is June 3rd at the Workshop Brewery. We will get the venues straightened out by then.

   Submitted by Linda

May 17, 2018

Agenda for May 20 membership meeting

 Indivisible TC Agenda

Horizon Book Store – Lower Level

May 20, 2018

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME/GOOD NEWS:

2. REPORTS:

  1. Chair

B.   Treasurer

C.   Secretary

D.   Outreach

3. ISSUES REPORTS:

Voters Not Politicians (VPN)/Voters’ Rights

District 1: Repeal and Replace Bergman – Senior Center Appearance?

Environmental: Line 5 

Sinclair Broadcasting

Gun Violence – June 2 Wear Orange – Everytown for Gun Safety – Trump Chicken?

4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

A. Marcia Curran

B. Collaboration between Indivisible Grand Traverse and Leelanau Indivisible

C. Changing dates of meetings  

D. Wayne Schmidt Coffee at GT Pie

5. NEW BUSINESS: 

A. Jim Page – State Senate Candidate for 37th – Replace Wayne Schmidt

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

 

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Next meeting is on: June 3, 2018 at Workshop Brewery

Progress on the Sinclair problem

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On May 17, about 70 people showed up for this press conference on the steps of the Traverse County Court House.  Most of those present were from local Indivisible groups, and several passer-bys joined the group. Ted  and Margaret made excellent speeches and those present coordinated on how they will be contacting local 7&4 advertisers.  No media was present, but John Despelder filmed the event.  We are hopeful that we will be successful in educating the community about the seriousness and inappropriateness of the attack on factual local news.

May 7, 2018

May 7: Upcoming actions and events

Actions and Events:
 
Tuesday, May 8, 1:15pm. Meeting of Concerned Citizens for Fair Broadcasting. Universalist Unitarian Church on Old Mission Peninsula, directly after the Indivisible GT meeting. Open to all Indivisible members working to object to the Sinclair network propaganda (see discussion below). 
 
Tuesday, May 8, 5:15pm TCLP Board Meeting, TC Government Center on Boardman Avenue. All are invited to come to show support for a TCLP 100% clean, renewable energy by 2032 goal in their long-term plan (details below).  
 
Thursday, May 10, 4pm. Traverse City District Library.  “Spreading the word about Abdul around Traverse City” will be discussed.
 
Thursday, May 10, 6-7:30pm: Horizon Books Basement. Jim Page, the Democratic candidate running for MI State Senate against Wayne Schmidt will speak. 
 
Saturday, May 12, 10:30am: Leland Library. Meeting of Leelanau Indivisible. A Matt Morgan’s campaign representative will speak about their plan to overcome the current problem of possibly  being blocked from the August 7 Michigan primary ballot. The back-up plan of Matt being a write-in candidate in the primary will be discussed.  Everyone is invited.
 
Wednesday, May 23, 5:30pm Leelanau LWV Annual Dinner at the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, MI.  Peter Payette, Executive Director of IPR radio, will discuss preserving quality journalism. $30 for dinner and the presentation, $15 for the presentation only (the presentation begins at 7pm).
 
Tuesday., May 29, 7pm. Leelanau LWV is planning an Immigration Forum.  Details TBA. 

Minutes from May 6, 2018 membership meeting

May 6, 2018 Meeting Notes

Indivisible Traverse City has been meeting every 1st & 3rd Sunday 10-11:30am  at Workshop Brewing Co. Today’s meeting was called to order at 10am, however at 10:30, we had to move to the Horizon Books basement because of a conflict with the Workshop’s scheduling.  Lynne will discuss this issue with Andrew, the general manager, and within a few days, she will announce a location where we can dependably meet on the first and third Sundays in the upcoming months. What follows are the action and upcoming events that were mentioned during the meeting, followed by other discussion items. These minutes will be posted on our Facebook page and on the blog at the Indivisible Traverse City website.  Bill will also send them to members who have been attending meetings this year by email. 

Actions and Events:

Tuesday, May 8, 1:15pm. Meeting of Concerned Citizens for Fair Broadcasting. Universalist Unitarian Church on Old Mission Peninsula, directly after the Indivisible GT meeting. Open to all Indivisible members working to object to the Sinclair network propaganda (see discussion below). 

Tuesday, May 8, 5:15pm TCLP Board Meeting, TC Government Center on Boardman Avenue. All are invited to come to show support for a TCLP 100% clean, renewable energy by 2032 goal in their long-term plan (details below).  

Thursday, May 10, 4pm. Traverse City District Library.  Spreading the word about Abdul around Traverse City” will be discussed.

Thursday, May 10, 6-7:30pm: Horizon Books Basement. Jim Page, the Democratic candidate running for MI State Senate against Wayne Schmidt will speak. 

Saturday, May 12, 10:30am: Leland Library. Meeting of Leelanau Indivisible. A Matt Morgan’s campaign representative will speak about their plan to overcome the current problem of possibly  being blocked from the August 7 Michigan primary ballot. The back-up plan of Matt being a write-in candidate in the primary will be discussed.  Everyone is invited.

Wednesday, May 23, 5:30pm Leelanau LWV Annual Dinner at the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, MI.  Peter Payette, Executive Director of IPR radio, will discuss preserving quality journalism. $30 for dinner and the presentation, $15 for the presentation only (the presentation begins at 7pm).

Tuesday., May 29, 7pm. Leelanau LWV is planning an Immigration Forum.  Details TBA. 

Discussion:

Matt Morgan’s endorsement: Despite completing National Indivisible’s nomination process according to their protocols, they never submitted email ballots to those who had signed up to vote on the endorsement.  Numerous requests from Bill and Lynne for an explanation about why Matt was not endorsed have gone unanswered.  They have no other method to communicate with them outside of email.  Therefore, at this point we will proceed to advertise our endorsement of Matt throughout District One. Sylvia has agreed to write a press release and Lynne, Gretchen, and Keli volunteered to help organize what details to include and where to distribute the release.  All of our members are encouraged to help with Matt’s campaign. 

Other endorsements: Lynne moved and Sylvia seconded to endorse Dan O’Neil for the MI State House of Reps. We will hold a vote of the membership at our next meeting. He is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.  His campaign has already begun canvassing throughout GT county and members are encouraged to begin volunteering.  Also, many members heard Abdul el Sayed speak at the GT Resort and are excited about his candidacy.  Abdul does not have a local campaign office. Bill will send a request for volunteers to canvass a few days for him locally. 

VNP:  Marcia reported that a group called Citizens Protecting Michigans’s Constitution has asked the state Court of Appeals to not allow the VNP petition on the November ballot, claiming it is too far-reaching for a ballot proposal. Therefore, VNP needs donations now more than ever, to fight this suit.  Volunteers are now also needed as Margaret is arranging canvassing turfs to educate and encourage voters to vote yes in November.  Hal Gurian is doing presentations about this issue in the coming days for 5 classes at TC Central High School. Marcia encouraged people to read the Jack Lessenberry article in today’s (5/6/18) Record Eagle about gerrymandering and the attack on the VNP effort.

Sinclair: Ted and Gretchen are leading the Concerned Citizens for Fair Broadcasting group, engaging members of Indivisible GT and Leelanau Indivisible to join our effort.  The goal is to have the Sinclair-owned 7&4 station newscast be dedicated to local news rather than propaganda pieces. After overcoming initial resistance, Ted, Pat, Margaret, and Gretchen met with the 7&4 station and news managers. The station manager would only say, “I will take your comments into account,” but he would not say he would contact the Sinclair central office or that he had any authority to change the current programming and policy. Next steps include an internal discussion about the approach to be taken with advertisers and what is the appropriate messaging for signs and banners. Then a press conference will be held at the Old Courthouse on Washington Street, the date and time to be determined.  Teams to meet with advertisers will then be formed and they will hold a short meeting before meeting with the pre-identified advertisers. The entire purpose is to inform advertisers that their advertising money is being used to support propaganda rather than local news and to encourage both the advertisers and the public to speak out about their dissatisfaction.  The goal is not to harm advertisers, but to raise awareness about the issue of responsible journalism. 

Renewable energy:  Marcia and Bill announced the importance of supporting the TC100 advocacy group and Groundwork Center’s efforts to lobby Traverse City Light and Power to include a 100% clean, renewal energy goal in their upcoming strategic vision plan.  Please attend their May 8 Board meeting and if you desire, offer a comment (see details above).

New Business:

1. The group agreed that we will create a list of IndivisibleTC-approved candidates in the weeks immediately before the August primary and November general elections to pass on to our friends, family, the general public, and members of other Indivisible groups.  Having attended a recent meeting that discussed the Supreme Court Justices up for election this year, John agreed to research the best candidates for the Michigan judicial offices, including the MI Supreme Court.

2. As, the Koch brothers  have  announced they will be spending $400 million on emphasizing the benefits of the 2017 tax plan, our efforts to support opponents of the current Republican officials is more crucial than ever.

3. Lynne distributed an article discussing the need to stand in solidarity with missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) and the relationship of this problem with the fossil fuel industries.  She also distributed an information sheet that she asked people to hand-deliver to Rep. Bergman’s office. The sheet discusses the harmful, unnecessary, and backward proposals in the 2018 Farm Bill that will chip away at the SNAP (food stamp) program.  

The meeting was adjourned at 11:35.

The next Indivisble TC meeting will be on Sunday, May 20,10am at a location that Lynne will announce within the next few days. 

Respectfully submitted,

William Gittlen, Secretary.  

 

May 4, 2018

Agenda for May 6, 2018 membership meeting

Indivisible TC Agenda

Workshop Brewery

May 6, 2018

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME:
  2. AGENDA – APPROVAL:
  3. MINUTES –APPROVAL
  4. REPORTS:
  1. Chair
  1.   Treasurer
  2.   Secretary
  3.   Outreach

 

  1. ISSUES REPORTS:

Voters Not Politicians (VPN)/Voters’ Rights

District 1: Repeal and Replace Bergman –

Endorsement of Matt Morgan – We can wait until the Primary

Introduction of Elise Matz, Campaign Mgr. for Matt.  She will talk about his campaign and difficulties with petitions.

Environmental: Line 5

Sinclair Broadcasting – Report from Ted and Gretchen Iorio

Gun Violence

  1. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
  2. NEW BUSINESS:  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.
  3. OPEN MICROPHONE:– What are You Passionate About/ What New Information Do We Need?
  1.  Next Meeting is May 20, 2018 at Workshop Brewery (https://indivisibletraversecity.org/events)