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Video: 5 Things You Need To Know About the Enbridge Line 5 Shutdown

Five months ago, Gov. Whitmer gave Enbridge a deadline to stop pumping gallons of oil into the Great Lakes. Watch this video from Oil and Water Don't Mix where you can learn more about the Enbridge Line 5 Shutdown.

From last week, but still active: 

Fill out the commitment card for the Myra Wolfgang Awards!

Thank you to all who attended the Myra Wolfgang Awards on Tuesday! In order to continue supporting DJJ's work organizing for racial and economic justice, please fill out this commitment card.

Support Michigan Black Mama's Bailout

We know that far too many Black womxn, mothers and caregivers are in cages in Michigan simply because they can’t afford bail. Join our partners at Michigan Liberation in the effort to raise funds to bail them out so they can be reunited with their families. Will you support the movement? Click this link to make a donation to the 2021 MI BLACK MAMA’S BAIL OUT.

Show Solidarity with the Shelby 5

 

Sign this petition to stand in solidarity with the Shelby 5, a group of courageous protestors who stood up for racial justice and are wrongly being charged for a nonviolent march.

Take a stance and support voting rights in Michigan

Republicans in the state legislature are trying to roll back voting rights instead of expanding them. Take action NOW to tell the Elections Committee to protect our voting rights!

Sign the petition to demand that Governor Whitmer investigate the over assessments in Detroit


Demand an investigation and to devise solutions to ensure it ends, and provide compensation to affected homeowners.

 

SIGN YOUR NAME

Encourage the Biden-Harris administration to make gender-markers on IDs more inclusive and remove barriers to changing gender markers.

Trans and non-binary people belong, and everyone should have federal IDs that accurately reflect who they are. That is why we just joined the ACLU in urging the Biden-Harris administration to issue an executive order improving the access to accurate gender markers on federal IDs and records. Sign the petition here!

TAKE A STANCE

We stand with our partners at Detroit Action in calling for Mike Shirkey's resignation in the wake of the capitol attack, his open racism, sexism and spread of disinformation. Call his office at 517-373-5932!

EDUCATE YOURSELF

What can we learn from the catastrophic system failure in Texas?

Watching millions of Texans lose power in frigid temperatures, while CEOs cheer at high prices, has brought energy justice to the forefront nationwide.  What does the Texas grid failure mean for us, for our communities in Michigan? Join DJJ's beloved Jackson Koeppel on FB Live or Zoom TODAY From 12-12:30 PM to learn more.

 

SIGN YOUR NAME

Take action NOW in order to protect some of our most vulnerable community members - farmworkers and undocumented immigrants. 

Tonight, our US senators are both proposing and voting on bills - and GOP Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) is going to introduce Amendment #211 to freeze farmworkers pay. He want to freeze the wages of workers that are putting food on your table during a global pandemic. At We Make Michigan, we also know that what this means for our people: that low wage, predominantly BIPOC farmworkers are once again being scapegoated in order to divide us and line the pockets of those at the top. We refuse to play their game. 

Shamefully, Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters already both voted tonight to pass an anti-immigrant bill blocking undocumented community members from receiving stimulus checks tonight. It's more important than ever that we contact them in mass numbers to protect ALL Michiganders. They cannot claim to support essential workers then cut out the most vulnerable residents - mostly low-wage and predominantly BIPOC essential workers -  that have been told to keep working the fields and packing plants to feed us. Join us in fighting for a Michigan that leaves NO ONE behind!

1. Send a quick, automated email to our MI senators and their staff.

2. Call Senator Peters at 313-226-6020 (Detroit) | (202) 224-4822(DC), and Senator Stabenow at 517-203-1760 (Lansing) | 202-224-6221 (DC). 

3. Tweet @SenPeters and @SenStabenow to urge them to vote NO on #211. Amplify @WethePeople_MI's tweet thread here.

This is something we need to act fast on - but we also act together, knowing that in our Michigan, we take care of all of us, regardless of immigration status, regardless of where we come from, regardless of where we live. We got us, we will fight for ourselves and each other, and we will win.

 

DMF Drive SAFE Petition:
Pledge to support the Drive SAFE (Safety, Access, Freedom and the Economy) legislation and ensure a pathway to licenses for undocumented Michiganders.

 

Act Today to Protect Water Access

As COVID-19 infections and deaths soar, nearly 800,000 Michiganders are at risk of not having access to water for handwashing and other purposes during the pandemic.  Substitute Senate Bill 241, introduced by Sen. Stephanie Chang, will require restoration of water to households where water has been shut off and  establish a moratorium on any shut offs during the pandemic. There is growing bi-partisan support for this bill, but with only weeks left to go in this term, it is CRUCIAL that Republican senators hear loudly and robustly from the citizens of Michigan both as to the bill itself and its urgency. 
We have everything you need to take action NOW. Please communicate with as many Republican senators as you are able.


STAY AWARE!

The Michigan EGLE ruled, allowing Nestle to pump 400gpm of water from central Michigan to bottle & sell for $200/yr. Read MCWC's response here.

 

Tell Gov. Whitmer, STOP Illegally Inflated Property Taxes in Detroit

It's not just COVID and police brutality exposing racism in America. Black homeowners in Detroit are being overtaxed on top of these other injustices.

 

Sign this petition to End Facial Recognition in Detroit

As Black and Brown communities all across this nation have mobilized to challenge police brutality and systemic racism, the issue of over-policing and hyper-surveillance of our communities has come to the surface. In Detroit, facial recognition is the latest incursion into our communities.

Community activists and researchers have been pointing out the dangers of this technology for years, particularly the inaccuracy of facial recognition when it comes to people of color. Their warning was confirmed this year by the experiences of Robert Williams and Michael Oliver, two Black men who were misidentified by the facial recognition software and wrongfully arrested by DPD.

Detroit, one of the poorest, Blackest major cities in the country, spends millions of dollars on COINTELPRO-like policing that doesn’t even solve crimes. Chief Craig himself admits that the facial recognition technology is wrong “96% of the time”!

We, the undersigned, demand an end to facial recognition surveillance in Detroit. Instead of investing in programs that make our young people unnecessary targets and do nothing to make our lives better or safer, the City needs to get rid of facial recognition and put that money towards housing, community centers, jobs, and other resources Detroiters desperately need!

 

Sign this petition to condemn DPD's use of excessive force on peaceful protesters: 

Tell the Democratic Party: There is always time to do the right thing

The Movement for Black Lives is making a national call to hold the Democratic Party accountable to the demands of Black-led movements. 

There is still time to do the right thing. Movement for Black Lives are inviting the DNC to stand on the right side of history with the largest social movement our nation has ever seen.

3 simple demands:
1. Include the BREATHE Act in the DNC Party Platform.
2. Endorse the BREATHE ACT today.
3. Show that Black Lives Matter not just in words, but in action.
ADD YOUR NAME »

 

Send some emails to support a nationwide moratorium on utility shutoffs

There is a final push to get a nationwide moratorium on utility shutoffs passed and with it, there is a real shot at protecting people’s basic services during this crisis. Sen. Schumer has a video endorsing a national moratorium here, and Rep. Tlaib has shared it here.

Senator Merkley’s bills to prohibit power and water shutoffs (S.4362, which is the Senate version Reps. Tlaib and Dingell’s Emergency Water Is a Human Right Act) and prohibit broadband shutoffs (S. 3695) have legs in Congress right now, but we need your help to get across the finish line. 

Michigan Reps. Tlaib and Dingell led the charge to get a national shutoff moratorium passed through the House, but our Senators, Sens. Stabenow and Peters, have not yet cosponsored Sen. Merkley’s bill. 

Please send an email to the Senators to ask them to cosponsor Sen. Merkley’s legislation to stop utility shutoffs? Here is a sample letter.

 

Sign on to the Dismantle Mass Incarceration for Public Health Act

COVID-19 is ravaging jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers due to overcrowded, unsanitary conditions and a lack of adequate healthcare.

Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Barbara Lee have introduced the Dismantle Mass Incarceration for Public Health Act, which would condition federal funding on whether states release eligible incarcerated people, including those who are:

  • Awaiting trial and have not been convicted of a crime (likely just can’t afford bail)
  • In ICE detention
  • Pregnant or primary caregivers
  • Terminally ill, medically vulnerable to COVID-19 (including ages 55+), or have a disability
  • Nearing the end of their sentences
  • Serving misdemeanor sentences or possession/sale of a controlled substance
  • Incarcerated due to technical violation of parole/probation or a bench warrant for arrest (often due to a missed court appearance)
  • Status offenders (young people charged with an offense that would not be a crime if committed by an adult)

The pandemic should not be a death sentence for incarcerated people. Add your name today to become a grassroots co-signer of the Dismantle Mass Incarceration for Public Health Act to save lives by releasing people immediately for up to a year after the pandemic ends. Follow this link to learn more and sign in support.

 

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