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Our Advocacy Center is a one stop shop for people looking to make a difference in the county, state, and country. Volunteers who sign up for an advocacy time slot will be provided with a computer and all necessary equipment to make phone calls that motivate other Democrats to join the fight. We are open from Noon to 6:00 PM on Monday through Saturday, and would love to see you!
*Volunteers are welcome to come in without signing up, but they will have to provide their own laptop and phone if we do not have any extra.
We are located at:
418 West Michigan Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Can’t come to the advocacy center? Call representatives from home using our template here.
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This Week’s Action Items
The legislature is back in session and it’s time for us to get back to work. The Republican controlled Senate has passed a set of bills that will allow corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections; this essentially replicates the Citizens United decision at the state level. The bill is on its way to the House and we must stop it there. See below for details.
Phone Advocacy is calling legislators to support or oppose a bill or issue. Our contacts in the Michigan House and Senate help us select our state topics and the calling targets based how we can have the greatest impact.
Calling state legislators other than your own continues to be an effective advocacy tool as state legislative staffers typically do not ask whether or not a caller is a constituent. If a staffer does ask if you are a constituent, it is best to be truthful and give a broad response such as, “I am a concerned voter and the legislator’s vote has an impact on my life.” If you have a family member that is a constituent you can say that you are calling on their behalf or if you work in that legislator’s district you can inform them of that as well.
The following scripts provide key points that should be covered in your calls, but you do not need to follow them exactly:
Urge House Republicans on the Ethics and Elections Committee to keep corporate money out of Michigan politics by voting against SB 335 and SB 336
- SB 335 and 336 would eliminate state restrictions on political donations by corporations.
- These bills go beyond the Citizens United Supreme Court decision by allowing candidates to exceed the amount of money they are able to raise.
- Candidates will be able to solicit unlimited funds from friendly Super PACs as well as share consultants and attorneys.
- See the articles here and here for more information.
- See the Senate Fiscal Analysis here and the House Fiscal Agency Analysis here.
Rep. Aaron Miller: (517) 373-0832
Rep. Daniela Garcia: (517) 373-0834
Rep. Julie Calley: (517) 373-0842
Rep. Michael Webber: (517) 373-1773
Rep. Klint Kesto: (517) 373-1799
Rep. Jim Lilly: (517) 373-0838
Hi, I am calling to urge Representative ________ to oppose SB 335 and 336 that would give corporations too much influence over state politics and allow big business to drown out the voices of ordinary Michiganders. Our legislators should be focused on the people, not corporations, and these bills would give corporate donors far too much power in our government. Please stand up for your constituents and all Michiganders by opposing these bills.
Active Dialog is a facilitated discussion focused on social justice, poverty, and related activism. This program is meant to foster meaningful conversations in a safe space where local democrats can discuss important issues in a low pressure environment.
Our next Active Dialog will be on 10/6/17 at 6:30 PM at the Washtenaw County Democratic Party Office located at 418 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Next session will focus on activism and allyship in relation to our own racial identities. For this discussion, we will be examining the Summary of Stages of Racial Identity Development by the Interaction Institute for Social Change. Participants will explore how their present stage of racial identity can affect their position as an ally and an activist. Please click here to review the model.
Our next monthly meeting is on 10/18/17 at 7:30 PM at the Washtenaw County Democratic Party Office located at 418 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
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