The Week Ahead: May 28

Here is The Week Ahead for the week of May 28.

It’s relatively brief this week. Remember May has been political action month—if you haven’t already engaged in some specific form of political action this month, it’s not too late. (“Action comes from keeping the heat on. No politician can sit on a hot issue if you make it hot enough.” ― Saul D. Alinsky) Everyone should consider June, July, August, September, October, and November as political action months as well! We must all do our part to help build a Blue Wave in November. Elected Republicans will not stop the Trump agenda, they support or enable it: only more elected Democrats, at every level, can stop the degradation of our democracy.

Federal

This is a “District Work Week” with members of Congress back in their districts for Memorial Day, and no legislative action will take place. Will any of them, such as Justin Amash, will hold a Town Hall? Amash’s last town hall meeting was October 28, 2017—exactly 7 months ago. Bill Huizenga has not held a town hall since August 2017. They are either frightened of their constituents and/or don’t care what we think. Call your Representative’s office and demand they hold a Town Hall meeting soon. They work for us—hold them accountable.

Meanwhile, the latest outrages mount: An official from Health and Human Services reported to a Senate subcommittee that 1,475 unaccompanied migrant children are unaccounted for. By coincidence, last Friday was National Missing Children’s Day (!), then this weekend Trump tweeted that the Democrats are to blame for the “horrible law” separating migrant children from parents! ICE’s policy of separating children from their families under the Trump administration is not only un-American, it’s inhumane.  What can you do? Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE and ask them #WhereAreTheChildren?”

State and Local

Last Tuesday, a small delegation of about 8 people from Grand Rapids joined others from around the state for Michigan United’s People’s Lobby Day 2018. Small groups met with various state legislators (e.g. Afendoulis, LaGrand, Brann, etc.) to explain and solicit their support for proposed state-level bills regarding immigration, universal health care, clean water, and criminal justice reform. Local democracy in action.

Meanwhile, the Michigan Legislature will resume its business on Tuesday, May 29. Our state affairs specialist is on vacation, so there is no report this week on which important pieces of legislation may deserve your attention. If interested, you can check out specific bills at: http://www.legislature.mi.gov

MEETINGS, TRAINING, AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION

MONDAY  May 28

  • No events scheduled

TUESDAY  May 29

  • No events scheduled

WEDNESDAY – May 30

  • Kent Count Democrats Precinct Organizer Training, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M., Kent-Ionia Labor Council, 918 Benjamin Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

THURSDAY – May 31

  • Progressive Mixer at Gipper’s Sports Bar & Grill, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M., 2929  Kraft Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
  • RBG: West Michigan Premier, sponsored by ACLU, 7:00 – 9:30 P.M., Celebration! Cinema Woodland Mall, 3195 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512. Advance tickets ($5) here: https://action.aclu.org/event/rbg-west-michigan-premiere

FRIDAY – June 1

  • Demand Medicare for All in Michigan, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M., Silver Garden Events Center, 24350 Southfield Road, Southfield, MI 48075

SATURDAY, June 2

  • No events scheduled

SUNDAY, June 3

  • No events scheduled