The Week Ahead September 9, 2019

  • Hi Indivisible GGR. Below is this week’s edition of “The Week Ahead”. I hope everybody that was able to, had a good Labor Day weekend.
  • We have officially scheduled the start of our reoccurring monthly meetings. The first will be on September 29th at 4pm and located in Fountain Street Church. We’ll be hosting a candidate forum for the City of Grand Rapids Commissioner election coming up on November 5th. So far, we have the following people as confirmed attending:
  • Milinda Ysasi – Ward 2
  • Wendy Falb – Ward 2
  • Allison Lutz – Ward 1
  • Jon O’Connor – Ward 1

We have invitations to the remaining candidate and would love for them to participate. We will be locking this down this week. Running time on the forum will be around an hour and 15 minutes.

Please check our Facebook page for event details and be sure to let us know you are coming. We are excited to begin meeting again and we are planning on doing so monthly at least up until October 2020.

National Updates
Congress was still in recess but will be returning this week. A number of things are on the agenda but the one thing we’ll be watching closely is if any movement will happen on guns. Per usual, there has been a lot of talk after the recent tragedies but little in the way of meaningful action. Let’s see if this time will be different.

On interesting bit of news that got swept under the rug this week as there appears to be a whistleblower regarding Trump tax returns. This person came forward with evidence of the following:

“On July 29th, 2019, the Committee received an unsolicited communication from a Federal employee setting forth creditable allegations of “evidence of possible misconduct”, specifically, potential “inappropriate efforts to influence” the mandatory audit program…”We’ll have to see how this works it’s way through the courts but it seems the House is getting closer and closer to getting a hold of that which Trump has fought the hardness to protect.

Statewide Indivisible Michigan (SWIM) Updates
A small team met in Lansing this weekend to discuss the state house strategy. We feel focus on the Michigan state house races offers a number of benefits including the following:

Building a bench of progressives candidates
Driving voter turnout to up ballot and races and not the other way around
Encouraging more local engagement

I’ve included a few pictures from the event so you can get an idea of what was discussed. We are working with Indivisible Chicago to help drive resources to our state. A proposal will be put together for a meeting in early October to discuss the path forward. More details will be shared during our meeting at the end of September.

Local Indivisible Updates: We held another steering committee meeting this week to further prepare for the upcoming meeting at the end of September. We finalized the details of the candidate forum along with some discussion on the content afterwards.

Additionally, we started future detailed planning on the meeting in October. We are considering holding this meeting in Kentwood. Details to follow.

Michigan Legislature

HB 4642-4649: A package of financial disclosure bills were approved with bipartisan support (there are 63 co-sponsors) in the House Elections Committee. The eight bills that would require candidates and office holders for state House, Senate, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state Supreme Court and state Court of Appeals to file financial disclosure forms with the Secretary of State. The candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general also would also have to file federal tax returns for the three preceding calendar years.The Center for Public Integrity ranks Michigan 50th in the nation in terms of transparency and the Michigan Legislature has tried for years to extend transparency to the state House of Representatives, the Senate and statewide elected officials .The bills now move to the House Ways and Means committee before they’ll get a vote in the full House of Representatives.

MEETINGS/TRAINING
***If you would like an event added, please let a member of the steering team know. Events listed do not infer endorsement***

MONDAY – September 9th

– Meet Hillary at the Mitten! – 7:00PM – 9:00PM – The Mitten Brewing Co. – 527 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
– County Fair Parade! Hosted by Allegan County Democratic Party – 6:30PM – 315 Hubbard St, Allegan, MI 49010
– League of Women Voters Grand Rapids Unit Monthly Meeting – 7:00PM – 8:30PM – St Andrews Episcopal Church – 1025 3 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

TUESDAY – September 10th

– Grand Rapids City Commission Meetings – 9:30AM & 7:00PM – 300 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
– Sierra Club Monthly Meeting – 6:30PM – 8:30PM – 159 Woodward Ln SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan
– Pink Heart Day – i understand – 5:00PM – 8:00PM – City Flats Hotel Grand Rapids – 83 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

WEDNESDAY – September 11th

– 9-11 Community Day of Remembrance Hosted by Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation – 7:00AM – 8:00AM – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation – 303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
– Fall Fundraiser for Milinda Ysasi – 4:30PM – 6:30PM – Lions & Rabbits – 1264 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
– Ottawa County Democrats Monthly Meeting – 6:15PM – 8:00PM – 451 Columbia, Holland, MI
– Kent County Democrats Monthly Meeting – 7:00PM – 9:00PM – 301 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

THURSDAY – September 12th
– DEMOCRACTIC DEBATE NIGHT
– We Demand an End to Kent County’s Cooperation with ICE Hosted by GR Rapid Response to ICE /Respuesta Rápida al ICE – 8:00AM – 10:00AM – 363 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
– Bernie Sanders WATCH PARTY – 7:30PM – 10:30PM – Vitales Sports Bar on Leonard – 834 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
– Kent County Dems Debate Watch Party – 7:00PM – 11:00PM – Kent County Democratic Party 301 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

FRIDAY – September 13th

– Coffee and Conversation with Senator Winnie Brinks – 5:30PM – 6:30PM – Linc Up – 1167 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
– Disability Agency and Sexuality – 4:00PM – 5:30PM – Little Space Studio – 111 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

SATURDAY – September 14th- Ionia County Democratic Party General Membership Meeting – 9:30AM – 11:00AM – pinSt John Lutheran Church – 617 N Jefferson, Ionia, MI 48846
– Stewardship Workday at The Highlands – 9:00AM – 12:00PM – The Highlands – 2715 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
– An Evening with Doug and Bryan Hosted by Bryan Berghoef for Congress – 214 Bay Circle Ct, Holland, MI 49424

SUNDAY – September 15th

– Cosecha Ally Working Meetings – 3:00PM – 5:00PM – 25 Sheldon Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
– Grand Rapids Out of the Darkness Walk – 11:00AM – 3:00PM – Millennium Park – 1415 Maynard Ave SW, Grand Rapids, Walker, MI 49534
– Art Party! Hosted by GR Rapid Response to ICE /Respuesta Rápida al ICE – 4:00PM – 5:30PM – 25 Sheldon Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

On the Horizon

September 18th – MI House Dems Staff Septemberfest Party
September 23rd – National Voter Registration Day
September 24th – Flipping Red Seats Blue: A Success Story
September 25th – Rise Up & Drawdown Michigan Climate Change Conference
September 25th – Drinks with Brinks
September 29th – Indivisible of Greater Grand Rapids Monthly Meeting – Check our the events page for details
October 1st – Protest New Immigrant Detention Facility in Baldwin, MI
October 24th – Drinking Water Summit – Grand Rapids

Thanks to Shellie Jeffries and all the other event organizers for providing this information. If you have an event or topic to share, please reach out to a member of the steering team.