The Week Ahead: August 20



Don’t wait for the Blue Wave—you must BE the Blue Wave. This election won’t be won on November 6: it has to be won before election day, through voter outreach and mobilization. That’s why in recent months we have been urging you to become active knocking on doors, making calls, registering voters, and then turning them out on Election Day. The GOP has deep pockets and it will be tough to go head to head with them on fundraising.  We still need to do our best to raise funds (see the next item below) but our strength is in our numbers.  Canvassing, calling, texting, or helping with an event are necessary for winning elections.  Find what you feel comfortable doing and volunteer to help with a campaign today!  Not sure what all is involved?  Not sure why these things are important and why they work? Take a look at National Indivisible’s A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO WINNING ELECTIONS:

And speaking of fund-raising, a special shout out here to our member ELLEN SCHENDEL, who came up with a great idea for how we can all help build the Blue Wave before November 7: Blue Wave Wednesdays. Once a week, she will be featuring a West Michigan candidate on our FB page. All us who can do so should give $5-10 (or more, if possible) to that campaign. Every little bit adds up, and that wave of support by small donors will buoy our candidates and give them a talking point: having LOTS of small donors, rather than just a few rich ones. Ellen’s first Blue Wave Wednesday raised over $1000 for Cathy Albro! Watch for, and participate in, the next Blue Wave Wednesday this week. Thanks, Ellen, for this simple yet effective way for us all to help ensure a Blue Wave in November. If any of you have other great ideas along these lines, please share them with us.


The IGGR leadership group will meet next week to discuss our group’s future. What do we want IGGR to be and to do, especially after November? We will soon be posting a short Facebook poll to get your feedback on some questions. If you have ideas or opinions about what IGGR should CONTINUE doing, should START doing, or should STOP doing, please post them on the FB page this week. If you are not on Facebook but want to share your opinions, leave a reply on our website: We are all busy; we only want to do things you find worthwhile and in which you want to participate.


Trump is threatening to revoke the security clearances of current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials who have criticized him and/or been involved in the Russia election meddling investigation.  Not surprisingly, this potentially violates three federal laws including obstruction of justice, witness intimidation, and retaliating against a person for cooperating with a federal investigation.  What are our Congressional representatives Bill Huizenga and Justin Amash doing about this?  Let’s ask them.

A verdict is expected this week in the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.  If the verdict is guilty, we might expect a pardon from Trump, who claims these crimes had nothing to do with campaign activity (true) and further hysterical tweeting about a witch hunt.  If the verdict is not guilty we can expect Trump to claim full exoneration and call for an end to the “rigged witch hunt.” (it’s not)

Hearings are scheduled to begin September 4th for Bruce Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.  This is proceeding despite an unprecedented lack of document disclosure from Kavanaugh’s past.  Those documents that are being released are first being reviewed by a Republican who used to work for McGahn, not from the National Archives as was past practice.  Senate Democrats have filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the documents that Republicans apparently don’t want the Senate, or the public, to see.  Let our Senators know that there should be no hearings and no vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination without full disclosure.

The Senate is expected to vote on another government funding bill next week. The bill, which will cover the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Defense, could include amendments that are harmful to immigrants (e.g. allowing the indefinite detention of families).

A court in Texas will rule on the legality of DACA next week. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading a lawsuit that argues that the DACA program is illegal. Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Federal District Court in Houston is expected to hand down his decision by August 23. That decision will affect the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who are currently in limbo.

There could be an announcement about NAFTA renegotiation by the end of August. A deal would have to be reached by this time in order to satisfy the mandatory Congressional notification period before the new Mexican administration takes office on December 1. (But Canada has not been a part of this round of negotiations.)

Over 500 immigrant families are not reunited yet.

State and Local

The Michigan Democratic Party 2018 State Nominating Convention will be held Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26 in East Lansing at the Breslin Center, 534 Birch Rd. On Saturday, the convention will nominate 2 candidates for the State Board of Education, 2 candidates for the University of Michigan Board of Regents, 2 candidates for the Wayne State University Board of Governors, and 2 candidates for the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. If you have been a member of the Michigan Democratic Party for 30 days prior to the convention, you may attend and vote on your preferred candidates for these positions.

Vote YES! on Proposal 2!!

MEETINGS/TRAINING (Thanks to Joel Ombry, Kathleen Underwood, and The HUB for this information.)

MONDAY – August 20

  • Volunteer for a campaign!

TUESDAY – August 21

WEDNESDAY – August 22

  • Volunteer for a campaign!

THURSDAY – August 23

  • Muskegon Healthcare Townhall, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M., Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center, MCC Downtown Campus, 388 W. Clay St, Muskegon, MI 49440
  • Inaugural Women’s Equality Day Fundraiser, 5:30 – 7:30 P.M., Hoopla, 4060 29th St. S.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49512

FRIDAY – August 24

  • Volunteer for a campaign!

SATURDAY – August 25

  • Michigan Democratic State Party 2018 Nominating Convention, 7:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M., Breslin Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

SUNDAY – August 26

  • Michigan Democratic State Party 2018 Nominating Convention, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Breslin Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Pizza Buffet Fundraiser for Peter Ricketson 4 Wyoming, 1:00  – 4:00 P.M., Pizza Ranch, 3858 28th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

Volunteer Opportunities with the Rob Davidson Campaign, Michigan 2nd District:

Kentwood Week of Action, 3777 44th St. SE, Kentwood
Tue Aug 21: 6-9pm
Wed Aug 22: 6-9 pm
Thur Aug 23: 6-9 pm
Sat Aug 25: 10 am-1pm, 1-4 pm, 4-7 pm
Sun Aug 26: 12-3 pm

Walker Weekend of Action, 2047 Cider Mill Trail NW, Walker
Sat Aug 25: 10-1, 1-4 pm

Wyoming Weekend of Action, 2626 Porter St. SW, Wyoming
Sat, Aug 25: 10 am–1pm, 1-4pm

Grandville Weekend of Action,  3381 Wilson Ave. SE (Entrance on Wilson, between Prairie St. SW and 40th St. SW, Grandville
Sat, Aug. 25: 12-3pm

On the Horizon

  • Grand Rapids Response to ICE Training – August 27
  • Campaign Kickoff at Bostwick Lake hosted by Deb Havens for Kent County Commissioner – August 29