The Week Ahead: July 16

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Below is this week’s edition of “The Week Ahead” With Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russians this past Friday for a cyber attack on the DNC in 2016, we’re another step closer to knowing exactly what happened, and what role, if any, the Trump campaign played. The best way to keep the momentum going in getting to the bottom of the corruption of this administration is to keep pressure on our members of Congress and to keep working for Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress.

Federal

The House Freedom Caucus is reported to be preparing to try to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – Mueller’s boss. It’s assumed this would be to replace him with someone who will stop the Mueller investigation into Russian election interference. Our own House representative Justin Amash is a loyal member of the House Freedom Caucus and if he joins this charade we should inundate his office with protest. To his credit, Amash has not objected to the Russia investigation running its course but as we saw in the healthcare and tax votes, when the chips are down, he toes the party (and the HFC) line. If Rosenstein or Mueller are fired, we have a protest plan in place with other progressive groups in the area.

Both our Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow have come out against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Cavanaugh. Thank them for their position and ensure they follow through. Currently, no local actions are planned in the SCOTUS fight as our Senators are not potential swing votes, but more information on the #SaveSCOTUS plan from the Indivisible national office is found at this link: https://www.indivisible.org/…/2-step-strategy-win-supreme-…/. Reminder, Indivisible national advises that calling a Senator other than your own is counterproductive because fewer of their own constituents can get through.

Trump will be having a closed door, no press, no aides meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki Finland. In contrast to past presidential meetings which tend to be highly scripted and choreographed, no agenda has been published and Trump has not prepared for the meeting in any observable way. It’s anybody’s guess what may come of this but given Trump’s reluctance to criticize Putin it will likely be good for him and bad for the US. This meeting comes 72 hours after Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for cyber attacks against the Democrats in 2016. Trump’s reaction has not been to condemn the attack but to blame President Obama and the DNC.

State and Local

Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission proposal update: This Wednesday, July 18, the Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case challenging the proposal. Each side will have 30 minutes to argue whether the proposal is a voter-initiated constitutional amendment fit for the ballot or whether it qualifies as a revision to the constitution “and therefore ineligible for placement on the ballot.” Voters Not Politicians is holding a “Let the People Vote!” Rally outside of the Hall of Justice on Wednesday at 9:30 A.M; all are invited to participate. They’re also working to broadcast audio of the oral arguments outside the Hall and there will be a short speaking portion following the hearing, around 10:30 a.m.

The Promote the Vote ballot proposal to make voter registration and voting easier in the state is moving right along. Supporters submitted 430,000 signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State on July 7. The Secretary of State will review the signatures over the next 60 days and present its findings to the Board of State Canvassers.

MEETINGS/TRAINING (Thanks to Linda Kristensen, Farida Islam, Shellie Jeffries, and The Hub – Organize for this information.)

MONDAY  July 16

  • Make Grand Rapids 100% Blue in 2018, hosted by Stephen Wooden, 5:30 – 7:00 P.M., 230 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • It’s not Charity, Bethany Christian— It’s Kidnapping, 12:00 P.M., 901 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids MI  49507

TUESDAY  July 17

  • Deb Havens for Kent County Commission Special Guest Brandon Dillon Chair, Michigan Democratic Party 5:30 – 7:00 P.M., City Brewing Company, 820 Monroe Ave NW #155 Grand Rapids, MI 49503

WEDNESDAY – July 18

  • Oral arguments for the redistricting ballot proposal before the Michigan Supreme Court. A rally will be held at 9:30 AM outside the Hall of Justice in Lansing.

THURSDAY – July 19

  • Promote the Vote Celebration and Training, 6:00 P.M., Wealthy Theater Annex, 1130 Wealthy St. NE, Grand Rapids MI, 49506

FRIDAY  July 20

  • Voters Not Politicians “A Very Gerry Birthday Bash” City Built Brewing, 4:30 – 6:30 P.M., 820 Monroe Ave NW #155 Grand Rapids, MI 49503

SATURDAY – July 21

  • no scheduled events

SUNDAY – July 22

  • Women for Whitmer Canvass – Grand Rapids, 11:30 – 3:00 P.M., Team Whitmer Shared Campaign Office, 1801 Breton Rd. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506

On the Horizon

  • We Demand Kent County End the Contract with ICE – July 26
  • FUN-raiser for Kari Smith for County Commissioner – July 27
  • Health Care Town Hall: Medicare for All to Mental Health – July 28
  • Meet-N-Greet for Dennis Denno MSU Board of Trustees Candidate – August 2
  • State Primary Election – August 7