The Week Ahead: 3/26-4/1/2018

Federal

With the passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up legislating for the year. Lawmakers left town for a two-week recess that marks the unofficial end of the legislating season having shelved resolution of several important issues: immigration reforms, gun control legislation, an infrastructure plan. The spending bill also failed to restore payments to (Obamacare) insurers, which means health-insurance premiums are likely to jump right before the November elections!
Gun control: Saturday’s March for Our Lives rally in Washington rivaled the women’s march last year and attracted an estimated 800,000 people. More than 1.7 million people marched in 752 sibling marches across the U.S., in all 50 states, so that’s approximately 2.5 million across the U.S. Over 100 other marches were held outside the U.S., on every continent except Antarctica. Hold our members of Congress accountable for their inaction around gun violence.  Like so many other issues, our Members of Congress (MoC) need to feel pressure in order to act. At the federal, state, and local level, you can have an impact to prevent gun violence. Check out our guide and tell your MoCs enough is enough.
Recess: From March 24 to April 9, your MoCs will be home. This is your opportunity to hold them accountable and build momentum going into election season. You can find everything you’ll need, including resources and town hall questions, at recess.indivisible.org. For two weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your MoCs face-to-face (at office visits or Town Halls) and ask them the hard questions.

State and Local

The Michigan Legislature will also be on recess until April 10, so no legislative action is likely. But it will still be a good opportunity to call or visit your state rep or senator and tell him/her about the issues you care about, such as gun control.
Thanks to everyone who attended our Indivisible GR meeting yesterday. We had an excellent forum with our two candidates for the Michigan 3rd District, to replace Amash: Fred Wooden and Cathy Albro.

The Indivisible GR mid-term election guide is available. Download it today from IndivisibleGR.org and use it to get involved in this important election year.

MEETINGS/TRAINING (Thanks to Linda Kristensen, The Hub – Organize and Kent County Dems for much of this information!)

MONDAY – March 26

no scheduled events

TUESDAY – March 27

Meet the Candidates Night in ROCKFORD
Candidates:  Pat Miles for Michigan Attorney General http://patmilesforcongress.com/
Rachel Hood for State Representative District 76 http://www.hoodforthehouse.com/
Alida Bryant  for Kent County Judge http://www.bryant4justice.com/
Lauren Taylor for State Representative District 86
5:00 PM at Kayla Rae Cellars, 31 Courtland St. (corner of Squires & Courtland,) Rockford, MI 49341

The Future of Water: A Panel Discussion
12 noon – 1:00 PM at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grand Rapids By Design: Shaping a Premier City
Talk by Suzanne Schultz, Managing Director of Design and Development for the City of Grand Rapids
4:00 – 5:00 PM at the Kirkhof Student Center 2204 (Pere Marquette Room,) Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

WEDNESDAYMarch 28

Solidarity with Ayotzinapa and Omar Garcia, hosted by Amnesty International
5:30 – 7:30 PM, Pietro’s Italian Restaurant

THURSDAYMarch 29

no scheduled events

FRIDAYMarch 30

Fundraiser for Grand Rapids Pride Center
5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Apartment Lounge, 33 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

SATURDAY, March 31

Black Family History Series
10:30 – 11:30 AM at the main branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

On the Horizon

Confirmation Hearings: Right after recess, we’ll see both the nominations of Gina Haspel (as Director of the C.I.A.) and Mike Pompeo (as Secretary of State) come to the Senate and we can stop these nominations in their tracks if we start working early. Tell your Senators to reject them.

1st Wed of every month: Black Lives Matter Vigil, 12:15 – 12:45 PM at Rosa Parks Circle

April 9: Justice Reform Town Hall

April 15, Tax Day. We will not forget how our MoCs voted on the tax scam, and Tax Day is the perfect opportunity to remind them that we remember their votes to give huge tax cuts to the rich and corporations at our expense. Find a Tax March event in your area before Tax Day!

April 15: Michigan Democratic Party State Endorsement Convention

Amplify Actions
-Tell your state representative to oppose HB 5638 and fight for clean water.
-Tell your state representative to oppose SB 652-654, which weakens environmental protection rules.