INDIVISIBLE DULUTH

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 350.org 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 emma@mattmorganformichigan.gov.

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.

August 3, 2018

Notes of July 29, 2018 meeting

 Indivisible TC Agenda

Workshop Brewery

July 29, 2018

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME/GOOD NEWS:

2. REPORTS:

  1. Chair – Meeting Changes – See below

B.   Treasurer

C.   Secretary

D.   Outreach

3. ISSUES REPORTS:

Voters Not Politicians (VPN)/Voters’ Rights -Waiting for Michigan Supreme Court ruling by August 7th – Will need canvassers

District 1: Repeal and Replace Bergman –Slip Out the Back Jack – Keep helping Matt Morgan’s campaign

Environmental: Line 5 – Brenda & Berta – Circulating during Film Festival – Get handouts at Groundworks upstairs. Wear only Line 5 apparel. Do not mix issues please.

Sinclair Broadcasting – Acquisition has hit a speed bump  – We are all delighted although there will be a meeting Tuesday July 31st at 1:15 at Unitarian Universalist Church to discuss SWAT team for quick response to changes.

Gun Violence 

4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

A.  No meeting August 5th – Many people involved with GOTV

August 19th at Workshop Brewery – 10 – 11:30 a.m.

September 15th at Workshop Brewery 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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

5. NEW BUSINESS;

A. Report on Families Belong Together demonstration yesterday – Some problems with a possible troll with a man whose sign said “Trump is Satan”. He also has a drum to play. Does anyone know who he is? Is he really a troll? Discussion of how to handle someone who seems to have another agenda.

B.  Postcards for Matt Morgan – Over 25 people addressed 500 postcards for Matt urging people to write in his name. 

C. Mailing for Linda Pepper: Wednesday Oct 3th at Fellowship Hall Interlochen – We will be sending out about 4000 pieces of mail. Start time is 10 a.m. and lunch and snacks will be provided. 

September 10th and 24th – This will be about a 600 postcard mailing at my house on Duck Lake – 4306 Central Park Dr. Grawn 49637

D. Movie on Flint Water Crisis “Nor Any Drop to Drink” 6:00 – 8:30 Bijou Sunday evening July 29th

E. GTDems Summer Convention August 11th Scholars Hall at NMC 10 – 12 a.m. with Mark Brewer

F. GTDems Annual Picnic noon to 3 p.m. at Civic Center Park August 18th

G. Leelanau Dems opened office at 101 Dame St. Sutton’s Bay on Friday July 27th

H. Leelanau Indivisible Meeting on August 9th at Leland Library at 6 p.m.

I. If Mueller is fired before 2 p.m., be at Open Space at 5 p.m. to protest.

If after 2 p.m., be there next day at noon.

J. Gary peters will be having an event Wednesday August 8th. Watch for more details.

K. Every Wednesday evening, phone banking at Matt Morgan’s office. 1732 Barlow  at 5:30 to 8:00

L. See The Young Turks interview with Matt Morgan on You Tube. It showcases how great his command of the issues is. 

M. Abdul El Sayed will be here August 3rd at 7 p.m. at Streeters 1669 Garfield for GOTV.

N. League of Women Voters Guide is very helpful at  VOTE411.org

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

 

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Next meeting is on: August 19, 2018 at Workshop Brewery

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July 27, 2018

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed rally in Traverse City, August 3

Traverse City GOTV Rally with Abdul for Governor

The Streeters Center, off of Garfield

Friday, August 3, 2018.  7pm

July 25, 2018

Agenda for the July 25, 10am meeting at Workshop

 Indivisible TC Agenda

Workshop Brewery

July 29, 2018

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME/GOOD NEWS:

2. REPORTS:

A.   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 – Brenda & Berta

Sinclair Broadcasting – Acquisition has hit a speed bump

Gun Violence 

4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

A. Dates: August 5th and 19th at Workshop

September 9th and 23rd. May be at Horizons

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

5. NEW BUSINESS;

A. Report on Families Belong Together demonstration yesterday

B.  Postcards for Matt Morgan

C. Mailing for Linda Pepper: Wednesday Oct 3th at Fellowship Hall Interlochen

September 10th and 24th

D. Movie on Flint Water Crisis “Nor Any Drop to Drink” 6:00 – 8:30 Bijou

E. GTDems Summer Convention August 11th Scholars Hall at NMC 10 – 12 a.m. with Mark 

Brewer

F. GT Dems Annual Picnic noon to 3 p.m. at Civic Center Park 

G. Leelanau Dems opened office at 101 Dame St. Sutton’s Bay on Friday July 27th

H. Leelanau Indivisible Meeting on August 9th at Leland Library

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

 

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Next meeting is on: August 5, 2018 at Workshop Brewery

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Families Belong Together Rally, Open Space at 1pm

One join us: please take part in the

Families Belong Together Rally, Open Space, Traverse City at 1pm

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The website for the event — https://familiesbelong.org/
The event on the ITC Facebook site — https://www.facebook.com/events/1793680404057947/

July 16, 2018

Actions for this and upcoming weeks

 Actions:

  1. Call the Michigan Supreme Court (before Wednesday, (517) 373-0120) and ask if the VNP hearings on July 18 will be televised See VNP below.
  2. Call 7&4 News (231-995-5801) and Huntington Bank Head offices in Columbus (614-480-6834) to say, “Meet with our community group and Stop the must-run segments.  Local news needs to be local.”  See Sinclair Broadcasting below.
  3. Wednesday, July 18, 5:30pm. Rally at the Open Space.  Say No to Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.  Bring signs.  The Trump balloon will be there.
  4. From now until August 7, volunteer with political campaigns to canvass, call, and text.
  5. Every Wednesday, noon-1pm, Huntington Bank, West Front Street Branch. Rally to oppose must-run segments on 7&4 local news. See Sinclair Broadcasting below
  6. Sign up to stand by polling stations to support the Matt Morgan write-in effort on August 7.  Contact the Morgan campaign (connorp@mattmorganformichigan.com or 231.534.5303).
  7. Sign up to spread the word about Line 5.  See Line 5 below and see our Facebook page.
  8. Potential rally on August 9 in front of Huntington Bank if the FCC allows Sinclair/Tribune merger. 
  9. Consider buying an Indivisible T-shirt at Teesprings.com Offer possibly ended on July 15).

Demonstrate against approval of Kavanaugh 7/18

Lynne has established a two-pronged demonstration scheduled for Wednesday, July 18 at 5:30 pm.  Location is the Open Space, and the Trump Chicken will be there!  Demonstrate against the approval of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and the effects of Trump’s tax cuts which will have a disastrous impact on Social Security and Medicare, to say nothing of Medicaid!  Take your pick, and make signs accordingly.  We will line the Parkway and get lots of attention from the chicken, for sure!  Be sure to watch out for drivers who lose control of their cars from laughing!

Notes from July 15 Indivisible TC Meeting

July 15, 2018 Meeting Notes

  1. Lynne called the meeting to order at 10am. The 20 people present applauded the Workshop Brewery staff to thank them for the use of their space.

II. Actions:

  1. Call the Michigan Supreme Court (before Wednesday, (517) 373-0120) and ask if the VNP hearings on July 18 will be televised See VNP below.
  2. Call 7&4 News (231-995-5801) and Huntington Bank Head offices in Columbus (614-480-6834) to say, “Meet with our community group and Stop the must-run segments.  Local news needs to be local.”  See Sinclair Broadcasting below.
  3. Wednesday, July 18, 5:30pm. Rally at the Open Space.  Say No to Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.  Bring signs.  The Trump balloon will be there.
  4. From now until August 7, volunteer with political campaigns to canvass, call, and text.
  5. Every Wednesday, noon-1pm, Huntington Bank, West Front Street Branch. Rally to oppose must-run segments on 7&4 local news. See Sinclair Broadcasting below
  6. Sign up to stand by polling stations to support the Matt Morgan write-in effort on August 7.  Contact the Morgan campaign (connorp@mattmorganformichigan.com or 231.534.5303).
  7. Sign up to spread the word about Line 5.  See Line 5 below and see our Facebook page.
  8. Potential rally on August 9 in front of Huntington Bank if the FCC allows Sinclair/Tribune merger. 
  9. Consider buying an Indivisible T-shirt at Teesprings.com Offer possibly ended on July 15).

III. Steering Committee Reports

  1. Chair: Lynne presented the agenda and commented on the huge turnout in London to protest Trump’s visit to Great Britain.
  2. Treasurer: Allen announced that after paying the annual fee for the webpage domain use and receiving approximately $109 previously collected by the environmental group and a donation of $40 which Berta collected by selling Indivisible pins, the balance in our Indivisible TC account is $403. 
  3. Secretary: Bill urged the group that with less than a month until the Michigan primary, we should focus our efforts on getting progressive candidates elected. 
  4. Outreach: Maggie commented that the three local Indivisible groups are working well together, as demonstrated by the large Indivisible turnouts at the Courthouse rally that protested the separation of children from families seeking asylum and last week’s Dr. Sayed’s campaign rally. 

IV. Issue Reports

VNP: Margaret announced the on Wednesday the Michigan Supreme Court (with its 5 Republican and 2 Democratic judges) will consider whether to allow the  non-partisan VNP petition to be placed on the November ballot.  Keli reported that she called the court and was able to tell someone involved with the lawyers in bringing this case to court that if the ballot measure is denied, at least 450,000 signers of the petition will be very angry. They will work to vote those involved in stopping the will of the people out of office. There will be a rally in Lansing on Wednesday, July 18, the day of the hearing.  After some discussion, the suggestion was made that we should all call the court and politely ask whether this hearing will be televised to show that we the people are concerned and are paying attention. 

Repeal and Replace Bergman: Keli is working with someone in Matt Morgan’s campaign to create large colored posters that show instructions of how to write-in Matt Morgan’s name for Congressional District 1.  We will work with the campaign to create a schedule for people to stand by at polling stations in our area. Contact Matt’s campaign to sign up.  We will distribute the posters at our next meeting.

Line 5:  Brenda has created a Google Doc for people to sign up for shifts to walk about on Front Street to discuss Line 5 issues with visitors during TCFF and the August Friday Night Live evenings.  Bill Latka of OWDM has informational material we can use. There is information about how to participate in this program on our Facebook page.  Besides educating people, we will be asking them to sign a petition against creating a tunnel for Line 5 (which people can also sign on-line).  People do not need to be Michigan residents to sign.  Also, we will remind people to vote only for candidates who support shutting down Line 5 now. 

Sinclair Broadcasting: There is a small, well-organized group of Indivisible members who are holding a rally in front of the West Front Street branch of Huntington Bank every Wednesday from noon until 1pm.  The bank is one of the advertisers for 7&4 news.  They have not been cooperative in responding to our request to hear us out and they have not shown willingness to contact the station to speak out against the must-run segments.  We will hold a rally (tentatively scheduled for August 9) if the FCC approves the proposed merger of Sinclair and Tribune.

Kavanaugh Scotus Selection: Senators Peters and Stabenow have both announced that they will vote against confirming him.

V. Unfinished Business:

2018 Meeting Dates:

Sunday, July 29, at Workshop Brewery

August 5 and 19 at Workshop Brewery

September 9 and 23 probably at Horizon Books

Remainder of the year: 1st and 3rd Sundays  at Workshop Brewery

VI. New Business:

  1. Jeff reported that Social Studies standards are being revised and a Republican candidate for governor (Colbeck) has pushed to make some very conservative changes, including disallowing the term democratic.  Apparently, there are details about this issue in several Bridge magazine articles.
  2. The Mueller-firing watch continues. In the event it occurs, we will hold a rally in accordance with the timing recommended by MoveOn.org. Currently, Rob Rosenstein appears under threat.  Lynne will be speaking with Senator Stabenow today at a Benzie County Dems fundraiser and will discuss these issues. 
  3. Jeff announced he is running for the TCAP School Board and he needs to collect 44 signatures by July 25.  People living within TC city limits were able to sign his petition today. 
  4. Ted raised the idea that we organize and support a town forum on behalf of the Munson nurses in their contract dispute.  The hospital administration and been sending out fliers advertising their view of the situation.  Keli and Jeff will contact nurses they know who might be interested in leading such an effort and inform them that we would share the organizing responsibility.

VII. Announcements:

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30am. Thank you to everyone who attended.  Peace for all. The next meeting of Indivisible TC will be on July 29 at the Workshop Brewery at 10am.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Gittlen, Secretary.

 

June 29, 2018

Rally to support immigrants June 30, 10am

Rally to support immigrants June 30, 10am.

Let’s all off us attend to make this a really big event.  Meet at the TC Courthouse steps, bring signs and enthusiasm, and wear white:

 

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CALL TO ACTION:
RALLY:

Saturday, June 30 there will be a FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER rally from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Traverse City Courthouse.
We will gather, enjoy music from Miriam Pico, and hear from speakers, including Dan O’Neil who is running for State Senator. Carpooling and bike riding is encouraged. It is CherryFest so it will be crazy downtown and we will have maximum visibility. Let’s show our guests and visitors what REAL DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!

June 27, 2018

Notes from June 24, 2018 meeting at Horizon Books

 Indivisible TC Agenda

Horizons Bookstore – Lower Level

June 24, 2018

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Meeting Notes

1. CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME/GOOD NEWS: The VNP ballot proposal will be on the ballot. The policy of separating children has been rescinded. The Pride parade in Traverse City was huge and great fun. 

2. REPORTS:

  1. Chair – Several of Indivisible members attended the Benzie Democratic Party meeting in Lake Ann and were impressed with how well they all got along. They were very enthusiastic and have several events planned.

B.   Treasurer

C.   Secretary

D.   Outreach

3. ISSUES REPORTS:

Voters Not Politicians (VPN)/Voters’ Rights –They need canvassers now that it will be on the ballot. They are expecting lots of opposition and will fight back with people. There is a training session on June 27th at 4:30 at Oryana. You do need to go to the website of VNP and do an online review first. You must also register to be admitted to the review. Please go to website. I am sure they explain it there. Margaret Monsour is also a captain. 

District 1: Repeal and Replace Bergman –Slip Out the Back Jack : Matt Morgan’s campaign needs phone canvassers to call Democrats and urge them to write in his name on the primary. The office is at 1732 Barlow and they will work from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. every night until June 29th. It is an easy but vitally important thing to do. 

Environmental: Line 5 – Brenda & Berta: We are joining with other Indivisibles and FLW and Oil & Water Don’t Mix to educate people about Line 5 during the Cherry Festival, the Film Festival and Friday Night Live. We will walk in pairs with signs about Line 5 and engage with people to educate them. This Wednesday a sign up email will be sent. There will be a spot downtown with supplies that you pick up and drop off materials before and after your shifts. Watch for the email with the details. 

Sinclair Broadcasting: The group started with Huntington Bank and handing out handbills about Sinclair’s news slanting. They did this after they met with the local manager and did not get a call back from corporate. They are asking people to call both Channels 7 &4 as well as Huntington. They will be doing this again at the Huntington Bank on Front St on Wednesday June 27th from noon to 1 p.m. They meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Old Mission Peninsula Tuesday at 1:15. Serra Subaru may be next. Indivisibles in Rochester NY and Providence RI are also employing these tactics.

Gun Violence 

4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

A. Dates

Sunday July 15th at Workshop

Sunday July 29th probably at Workshop

August 5th and 19th at Workshop

September 9th and 23rd. May be at Horizons

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

5. NEW BUSINESS: 

A. Social Studies standards, Revised by Conservatives: There was an article in the Record Eagle on Sunday June 17th about some hard core conservatives trying to hijack the social studies standards revision. Bridge magazine is an online magazine that also has a good article on this attempt. You can comment on the MI Department of Education site. They are basically eliminating the civil rights and women’s rights from the curriculum and slanting it values hel 50 years ago. 

B. Progressives at Central High – Aidan Reed – Speak on June 24th¨: Natalie Smith came to speak to us about the group at TC Central HS. We are going to try to help them with speakers and support over the summer and next school year. They have done voter registration with free pizza and have several “Rights” groups. Jeff Leonhardt encouraged them to help get out the vote for the Millage renewal in August. Very positive experience to meet her and her mom. 

C. Gay Pride Week report

D. No one is above the law – Mueller Firing Watch

E. Zero Tolerance policy

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

  1. Moms Demand Action is having a meeting at Central United Methodist Church on Thursday June 28th from 6 to 7 p.m. They combat gun violence. 
  2. To contribute to helping defend the migrants at the southern border, consider RAICES. They are defending people all over this awful problem. They are a reputable group. 
  3. Stephen Miller’s phone number was given out and now has been disconnected. He was harassed. 
  4. Mother Jones magazine is seeking to Disarm Misinformation, especially things that might be planted by Russian trolls. Please send them tips at motherjones.com/spot-disinformation

 

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Next meeting is on: July 15th at Workshop Brewery

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