August 14, 2019

Meeting ITC August 11, 2019


Citizens Taking Action in North West Michigan

Report on Meeting Sunday August 11, 2019

By Linda Pepper


Always remember the tip jar on the counter at the Workshop Brewery.  Be careful with parking. We used to park across the street along the chain link fense, but now they are ticketing that spot.

Next meeting: Sunday September 8, 2019 at the Workshop Brewery.  Carol Schukra will take notes.

Please wear “No Line 5 Tunnel” tee shirts to the next GT BOC meeting August 21st at 8:00 a.m.


We had a terrific picnic on Thursday August 8th where Vickie Gutowski reported that nearly 400 people attended.   Twenty-two groups and 12 speakers came.  Four county Democratic Parties – Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Antrim and Benzie attended.  It was suggested we need to get an LTE sent out talking up the event.  Keli McIntosh talked about how proud she was to be representing Traverse Area Indivisibles at their Penny Poll table.

The consensus is that we will repeat in 2020.  Sylvia McCullough will check on the Cathedral Barn at the Commons for some date August or September.

Sam Getsinger reported that a “tracker” for Senator Peters showed up. He was allowed in the public part of the park but not in our private gathering.  The Sheriff was there and was respectful although some of his officers made snide comments. The drone handler caused some PTSD responses and we asked to have it taken down.  Sam’s grandson dressed in an “Impeach Now” tee shirt sold “peach mint” popsicles.  Some did not get the implication, but those who did thought it was a great pun.

Suggestions for Next Year’s Picnic:

We would like to do a weekend afternoon event next year to draw young working families. Michael Earl suggested we include a pet parade or other family-oriented activities.  We need to be even more “green” to reduce the ecological footprint.  Perhaps the BATA Bus could supply shuttles?

  • We need signs with the speaker’s name and organization displayed as they speak.
  • We should announce the “Thank You’s” at the beginning of the event.
  • We need to look for groups of younger people and offer to help them, attend their meetings, not expect them to join us.

Consensus:  It was a great event that we want to build upon in 2020!


Denise attended the picnic and took photos.  She was presented with a shellacked Petoskey Stone and Thank You Card for her efforts.  Denise offered to help in the Michigan 2020 election and other Indivisible building activities. She has family in the area and comes regularly in the summer. Her group sends out an Action Email to their 9000 members with 3 calls to action every morning Monday through Friday. It can be a notice on a federal or Illinois bill or a gathering or meeting. They are good at logistics and help plan other groups events. (Ex. Upcoming Immigration March in Chicago.) Denise reported that they have a good portable sound system the purchased for around $1500, that they lend out with an Indivisible operator to other groups. It gets them visibility and helps build coalitions. 

Chicago Indivisible is a C4 non-profit but have used the National Indivisible Fundraising Project thru Act Blue in the past to raise funds.  Allen McCullough will explore this as a future possibility for us to use with the contact Denise provided.  They helped turn two congressional districts blue in Illinois (Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten) by canvassing, post carding and phone banking. They are willing to help Michigan return to being Blue as well.

Indivisible Chicago is hosting a Midwest Indivisible Summit in Chicago on October 5th.  She will share more details as they become available.

They are interested in working with Oil and Water Don’t Mix and FLOW to thwart the Enbridge campaign.  They do have Indivisible groups in Chicago focused on shutting down Line 5 but it isn’t a widespread movement yet.  Keli reminded Denise that if there is a spill, the Mackinac Bridge will be shut down and prevent goods, gasoline, merchandise, etc. from being delivered to Chicago stores.  Denise agreed it was an important issue they could start working on more aggressively.

They could also help with our political messaging as they have some communication and public relations professionals in the group


Michael Earl encouraged everyone to watch “The Great Hack” (Cambridge Analytica) and the “Planet of the Humans” on the need to decrease consumption and population in order to thwart climate change on Netflix.  Clean energy development will not be enough.

At the prodding of John Hunter, we are going to look into being more control of our FB pages.

Vickie Gutowski is sending an article and we will distribute it.


There is a recall movement in Grand Traverse Co.  A Recall Community Forum is being held Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Woodmere Library, August 14th.  There is talk of expulsion from the MI House by the Republicans but no action yet.


They are trying to pass a resolution supporting the Line 5 Tunnel.  There was great turnout at the last meeting with 21 people commenting against the tunnel.  The vote was postponed until Aug. 21st.  They plan to bring it back for a vote at that time.  We will be organizing an even more robust protest.  Enbridge is running a propaganda campaign and spreading a lot of money around.


Gretchen and Ted Iorio reported that they are moving fast towards becoming an Independent Authority.  This will remove liability from the County to the Authority. The Authority will be able to buy and sell property. They will have the power of eminent domain. There may be regional representation beyond Leelanau and GT counties, for example someone from Grayling.  They feel that being and Independent Authority there will be (they say) less political influence on the authority.

The Articles of Incorporation will be the document that lays out how the Authority will work. This will be the document in which the public must have input. Commissioner LaPointe is in a rush to get this done.

We were all outraged at the clear cutting at the Airport. As a community we need to have a voice in how the Airport wields its power. The airport is a major player in how our city manages future growth. As a community we need to have a voice in how that development takes place. If the BOC turns over the Airport to an Independent Authority, the development of the Articles of Incorporation will determine how much of a voice we will have. When we put out a call to action, we need everyone to respond.


Keli McIntosh reported that ACLU Regional Coordinator, Anna Dituri, is looking for people to host discussion groups in their home about the current policies. Grand Traverse has one of the highest rates of long-term incarceration in the state. Please contact Keli if you are interested in holding a discussion group in your hom .

There have been some meetings with the prosecutor, Noelle Moeggenborg, but they have not been productive.

There will be a Smart Justice Task Force meeting on August 23rd. Details are under events.


  • Due to Labor Day, we will hold our September Mtg. on Sunday, September 8th
  • Debate Parties will be held at the Benzie Dems Headquarters on September 12th & 13th.  Time to be determined by number of qualifiers.  Will post as determined.
  • GT BOC Meetings Wednesday, Sept. 4th and 18th at 8 am.
  • Airport Commission Mtg. August 20th at 12:30 pm in the 2nd floor conference in the terminal building.
  • Regular Airport Commission Mtg., August 20th at 3 pm in the Airport Terminal Conference Rm on the 2nd floor.  We will alert if changed.
  • Traverse City Choice Conference at Hagerty Center, Aug 22, 6 pm.  Tickets are $100 apiece.
  • GT Dems Summer Picnic at Noon at the Civic Center Park, Sat. Aug 17 at Noon.  I encourage everyone to attend and bring a dish to pass.
  • MI Joint Task Force on Jail & Pretrial Incarceration, Kirkbride Hall, 700 Cottage Dr. #200, TC, Meeting 9:30 – 12:30, Public Testimony 1:30 – 4 pm, Friday, August 23rd. 


  1. Sign Inman Resign Postcards & Petition to Recall
  2. Call MoC’s demanding Legislative Action to pass Universal Background Checks, close the gun show loophole and ban military assault style weapons.
  3. Attend Bergman, Schmidt, VanderWall & O’Malley Coffee Hours

4. Attend GT BOC and Airport Commission Meetings!

Our next meeting will be Sunday September 8th, 10 am at the Workshop Brewery, 221 Garland St. TC.