The Week Ahead: 4/2-4/8/2018

Your members of Congress (MoCs) are still on recess until April 9. The local students behind March For Our Lives have arranged a Town Hall for Our Lives next Saturday and have invited all 3 candidates for Michigan’s Third Congressional District. The two Democratic candidates, Fred Wooden and Cathy Albro, will be attending; Justin Amash has not yet responded. If he doesn’t, perhaps we will provide a stand-in to explain his positions on gun control and school safety. With Tax Day approaching on April 17, we’re letting our MoCs know that we will not forget how they voted on the tax scam. Check out Tax March events in your area leading up to Tax Day at: https://taxmarch.org/events/?source=tm2018_indivisible
and keep holding them accountable all the way up to election day. If any of you would like to organize a Tax Day event in Grand Rapids, here is a Tax Day accountability guide: https://www.indivisible.org/resource/trumptaxscam-payout-organizing-guide/We’d love to have you take the initiative on this and publicize it on our FB or web page! Gina Haspel and Mike Pompeo have been nominated for cabinet positions (in what is being called Trump’s War Cabinet) and their votes are coming up in the Senate. We are all less safe if Pompeo and Haspel are confirmed. Tell your Senators to stop these nominations in their tracks.

State and Local

The Michigan Legislature is 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.
The Indivisible GR mid-term election guide is available. Download it today at 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!)

WEDNESDAYApril 4

Black Lives Matter Vigil
Time:  12:15 – 12:45 pm
Location:  Rosa Parks Circle
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

White Privilege Conference (WPC19)
Dates:  Wednesday, April 4, 2018, through Saturday, April 7, 2018
Location:  Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Register: https://www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/registration-information

Fundraiser at Porto Bello’s for Jerry Sias (candidate for State Rep District 89)
Time:  6-8 pm
Location:  Porto Bello Restaurant
41 Washington Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Grand Rapids United Progressives Meeting
Time:  6:30 pm
Location:  1301 Brookview Dr. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505

THURSDAYApril 5

Kent County Democratic Party Membership Meeting
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Sheldon Cleaners, 3000 Breton Rd SE
Kentwood, MI 49512, USA

FRIDAY April 6

Breakfast with Winnie
Time:  8:30 – 10:00 am
Location:  Fat Boys Burgers
2450 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505

SATURDAY April 7

CD 3 Convention 101
(for first-time attendees of the Michigan Democratic Convention on April 15; hosted by Disability A-TEAM & Community Collaborative, Our Revolution Grand Rapids, and Grand Rapids United Progressives)
Time: 9am – 11am
Location: Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business
50 W. Front St.
Room 1008B

Grlaff for Kids  /  Grlaff para Ninos
Date:  Saturday April 7, 2018
Time:  1:30 – 4:30 pm
Location:  1130 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Town Hall for Our Lives (Gun Control & School Safety)
Location: Fountain Street Church, Social Hall
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

On the Horizon

  • Justice Reform Town Hall (Rep. David LaGrand) – April 9
  • Climate Fest: Our Children’s Future / Kent County Democrats Meeting – April 11
  • Promote the Vote Michigan. Voting Rights Action – April 12
  • Progressive/Conservative Summit – April 13 & 14
  • Michigan Democratic Party State Endorsement Convention – April 15

Amplify Actions

-Call Senators Peters and Stabenow and tell them to vote NO on Haspel for Director of CIA and Pompeo for Secretary of State.
-Tell your state representative to oppose HB 5638, which subverts the state’s clean water standards.
-Tell your state representative to oppose SB 652-654, which undermined the state’s clean air and clean water standards.