August 20, 2018

August 19, 2018 Indivisible TC Meeting Notes

August 19, 2018 Indivisible TC Meeting Notes

  • Actions and Events:
  • Tuesday, August 21, 6-8pm. Town Hall with Dan O’Neil and Jocelyn Benson. Scholars Hall, NMC.
  • Tuesday, August 21, 1:15pm.  Meeting of the Concerned Citizens for Fair Broadcasting. UU Any interested Indivisible members are welcome to attend.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 6-8pm. Meet and Greet Dan and Matt. Rare Bird Brew Pub, TC.
  • Monday, August 27, 5pm. Matt Morgan’s Birthday Bash. Mt. Holiday.  $20/person, $40/family.
  • Sunday, September 1, Come to the shores of Grand Traverse Bay in solidarity with the 4th Annual Pipe Out Paddle Protest(at the Straits of Mackinac) for a paddle down the Boardman River and flotilla in West Bay.  9:00 AM– Meet at Union Street Dam Park and paddle down the Boardman River and into Lake Michigan. 10:00 AM– Meet at the Clinch Park Boat Launch and form a flotilla in West Bay. Non-boaters can meet at either location or join at Clinch Park Beach with a sign. Please wear a black shirt if possible. Sponsored by NMEAC.
  • Wednesday, September 6, 6pm. Professor Mathew Fletcher (Michigan State University College of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center) will speak about the legal history of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Leland Library. Presented by Leelanau Indivisible.
  • Saturday, September 8, 1pm. Rally for Climate, Jobs, Justice (a national event).  Open Space. Co-sponsored by NMEAC. Holly Bird and Percy Bird are guest speakers. 
  • Monday, September 10, 10:30am-12:30M. Writing post cards for Linda Pepper, at her home: 4306 Central Park Dr. Lunch and beverages provided. RSVP Linda (text or call 269-254-1603).
  • Wednesday, October 3, 10am for 2-4 hours.  Writing letters for Linda at Fellowship Hall, Interlochen.  Again, lunch and beverages provided. RSVP Linda.
  • Discussion
  1. Jim Page, our Democratic candidate for Michigan State Senator in the 37th district, presented his biography, explained his views and policy positions, and asked us to help him get elected.  After serving 6 years as a Marine, he spent 27 years teaching math and computer science in an Upper Peninsula middle school.  He is a Sierra Club member, sportsman and gun owner.  His positions are in keeping with a progressive agenda. He believes high quality education is of the utmost importance, and he supports the shutdown of Line 5, insuring clean drinking water for all, a livable minimal wage, protecting Michigan jobs and workers, and single payer health care for all. He will work to pass sensible gun laws, believing that there is no reason to allow military-style weapon sales to the public. A key difference between him and his Republican opponent, is that he will strongly support environmental protection, while Wayne Schmidt has consistently voted to allow industry control over our environmental laws. 

2. Emily Magner, the new northern Michigan coordinator of the League of Conservation Voters reported on her background and recent experience working for Planned Parenthood in Maine, where she was part of a team that went door-to-door to have deep discussions with voters.  She felt by first finding common ground through discussing the shared human values of caring, fairness, safety, and sanctity, she was able to hold meaningful discussions and in many cases, shift people’s political views. She is looking forward to organizing a similar effort here.

3.  Emma Jabour, the outreach liaison for Matt Morgan’s campaign, introduced herself. Individuals or groups hoping to get involved with Matt’s campaign can contact her at

4. Ted gave an update on the group involved with the Sinclair issues, the Concerned Citizens for Fair Broadcasting  As the proposed merger of Sinclair and Tribune Media is now not likely to occur, both the rally and the gatherings outside of Huntington Bank are no longer taking place. This group will meet on Tuesday at the UU at 1:15pm to decide its next steps, which will most likely involve helping to get our local political candidates elected.  The group may go to candidates to inform them about the Sinclair issue and to ask them not to spend their advertising dollars with Sinclair. 

5. Lynn announced that she will retire from being the indivisible TC leader after the November election.  A discussion about the future of Indivisible TC followed, including whether to join forces with Indivisible GT.  IGT is not interested in formally merging, but those interested in attending their Tuesday noon meetings at the TC UU are welcome.  The Leelanau Indivisible group also welcomes our participation. The values, policy interests and actions are already shared by all three groups.  Members are also strongly encouraged to engage directly with any of the progressive candidates’ campaigns and to work toward passage of the VNP and Promote the Vote proposals.  

III. Adjournmant:

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30am. Thank you to everyone who attended. The next meeting of Indivisible TC will be on Sunday, September 16 at the Workshop Brewery at 10am. The dates of further future meetings will be decided then. 

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Gittlen, Secretary.