August 3, 2018

Notes of July 29, 2018 meeting

 Indivisible TC Agenda

Workshop Brewery

July 29, 2018

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM



  1. Chair – Meeting Changes – See below

B.   Treasurer

C.   Secretary

D.   Outreach


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 


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


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

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



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

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


The website for the event —
The event on the ITC Facebook site —

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:




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!

May 17, 2018

Progress on the Sinclair problem


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

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. 


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.  


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:

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 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


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 8, 2018

March 14 Rally to Support our Students

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