Redistricting reform in Michigan is vital, whether you are a Republican, Independent, Democrat, or Other. What’s at stake is the voice each of us has in Lansing and Washington, D.C. The fair representation of that voice counts. Partisan redistricting, or “gerrymandering,” is the deliberate drawing of district boundaries to favor one party or another. It makes districts dependably Democrat or Republican. “Safe” districts make politicians less accountable to voters, which then leads to increased partisanship. It’s time to break that cycle, before districts are redrawn after the next census.
Count MI Vote is the leading grassroots organization supporting the Voters Not Politicians Ballot Committee. Their joint objective is ending political gamesmanship in the drawing of legislative and congressional boundaries in Michigan. Count MI Vote people believe that voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. Everyone benefits when districts are fair and competitive. You can help Michigan voters get fair representation. Want to get involved? Give us a call at (616) 438-6287!
At their June 16 meeting, our executive board approved changes in officers to meet requirements and improve our resources. Jim Dulzo is shifting from co-chair to chair of the party. Long-time Benzie activist Carroll Volpe will serve as first vice-chair, with Mike Ross as second vice chair. The secretary and treasurer posts remain unchanged. Mary Robling has volunteered and was elected to join the executive board. Thanks to everyone who serves our organization!
Vol 21 No 1 Spring 2017
Action for accountability Eyes on lawmakers
New officers Thanks volunteers Building a better Benzie
Immigration concerns panel May 23 Radical Grace June 7
2017 Membership Form Days for Girls Calendar
If you can’t make the trek from TC >>> DC for the inauguration, there is a local event going on in Traverse City, Michigan!
RSVP by clicking this Facebook event link, so that you get updates, as well as a reminder the day of!
If you are interested in rallying on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington, we are planning a rally in Traverse City from noon until 4 pm. More details to come, but the basics are: meet at noon at the parking area by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce; bring posters and clothing appropriate for the outside weather; we will walk around the Parkway and Downtown Traverse City and will then head over to The Workshop Brewing Company for a follow-up meeting. This is an a-political gathering, peaceful and respectful. The purpose is to let our elected officials know that we are watching their actions and words to make sure that they reflect a positive influence on our safety and welfare. Join us!