Shutdown Day 3 – Monday Admin Post

Good morning, FAMily!

Today is Monday, January 22, 2018. We are we are 9 1/2 months away from midterm elections. Are we ready to mobilize??

This weekend so many of you participated in marches across the state and country, and millions of people joined you worldwide. We’ve seen lots of pictures – what were your takeaways from this weekend – most impactful or favorite moment? Comment below! 😁

As you know, the government shut down this weekend, after failing to come to an agreement on the budget. My favorite quip from this weekend is Senator Tammy Duckworth referring to 45 as “cadet bone spurs.” 😂. As the senate continues to debate, let our senators know what is important to you – use your voice. We want to see a clean Dream act with clear paths to legal immigration. We want to see our CHIP reauthorized. CHIP actually ends up saving the government money…so WHY we are arguing about this is unconscionable.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/11/16878388/chip-kids-health-insurance-cbo

Hey, by the way, do you know McConnell, Graham, and Paul actually voted NO on keeping the government open on Friday? And yet, somehow it’s the Dems fault….🙄

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/19/us/politics/live-senate-vote-government-shutdown.html

Let’s go, FAM! Short list today should make it easy – let’s go!! 💪🏼

Thank you for continuing to do what you do! Love you much! ❤️

Anne, Anne, and Jen ❤️

Women’s March Weekend – Friday Admin Post

Happy Friday, FAMily!
 
First and foremost, we wish safety, peace and protection to all those attending the Women’s March this weekend. Remember to allow space for marginalized voices and committed allies to be heard.
 
In the comments of this post, let’s see some of your signs!
 
1. Based on recent dialog across the #TimesUp movement as well as within the Women’s March, we are proud to introduce inclusive social justice education. This will be a weekly blog post curated by our own awesome moderator Ayla. If you’d like to learn more about her mission or support the work she does, please contact her directly. Thank you Ayla!
 
Today’s Blog Post: On The Unity Argument
 
Please remember that social justice is tough work and it may not always be easy to hear the things we all must learn. Allow yourself space to absorb and show others respect even if you disagree.
 
Actions:
 
1. A government shut down may or may not still be avoided, pushing funding availability to February. But what about the Dreamers? Word is the GOP is wavering on every potential reform for immigration. I wonder why that is?
 
Call our senators and demand a DREAM act that keeps the promise of this administration.
 
Gary Peters: 202-224-6221
Debbie Stabenow: 202-224-4822
 
2. Call every republican senator and ask them why their “pro life” stance doesn’t extend to children already born. CHIP needs to be addressed in the long term. As Anne would say, you know what to do!
 
 
3. The senate needs ONE MORE vote to repeal the Net Neutrality Repeal. Even though the GOP administration will likely veto this vote, it still sends a message that We The People don’t want it.
 
Call any republican senator you can and let them know.
 
As always, we’re happy to have you with us this week and always.
 
Anne, Anne, and Jen ❤️
 
Photo property of Anne Christina

Defend Our Dreamers – Wednesday Admin Post

Good morning, FAM!

It’s Wednesday already! 😁

Did y’all feel/hear/see the meteor last night? It apparently caused a magnitude 2.0 earthquake! Wild!

We are two days away from a government shutdown. My guess is that they will vote on yet another extension. At this point Dreamers need some answers. Right before the holiday recess, Peters and Stabenow voted to extend funding to avoid a shutdown, without a vote on DACA. We need you to let them know that we want a clean Dreamer vote. Give them a call:

Gary Peters: 202-224-6221

Debbie Stabenow: 202-224-4822

In the meantime, most of you heard about the heartbreaking story of Jorge Garcia returning to Mexico after 30 years in the US:

https://washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/16/too-old-for-daca-a-michigan-father-is-deported-after-three-decades-in-the-u-s/

Also needing your attention:

CHIP was extended before the recess, but is still not secure. Extending CHIP benefits actually ends up SAVING the government money ($6B to be exact!). This one is a no-brainer!

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/11/16878388/chip-kids-health-insurance-cbo

You know what to do! ❤️

Net Neutrality is one vote away from being reinstated (if/when it went to vote) – and in the meantime, 21 state AG’s are filing suits to block the repeal.

http://theweek.com/speedreads/749141/battle-save-net-neutrality-heating-court-congress

https://washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/16/more-than-20-states-are-suing-the-federal-communications-commission-over-its-net-neutrality-decision/

Talk is, even if it was sent to a vote and passes, 45 will veto and allow the repeal to stand…because, well, Trump. This is something to watch.

Let’s get busy, FAMily! ❤️. Make some calls! 😁

Thank you for your continued hard work and perseverance. ❤️

Anne, Anne, and Jen.❤️

MLK Day 2018 – Monday Admin Post

Silence also comes in the form of silencing others.

Happy Monday, FAMily!

Today we celebrate and most importantly reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we know that our group exists first and foremost to ensure that we are never silent in the face of oppression, injustice or discrimination. For many of us, that requires looking inward at our own problematic behavior and being brave enough to unpack the things we do and the beliefs we have and see how they impact those who we’re here to protect.

Today especially we understand the impact we can have and the necessity of inclusion, advocacy and honesty with ourselves and others.

Consider all the work we’ve done together, and all the work we will still do. Imagine a day when the landscape of equity and equality looks the way we know that it should.

And ask yourself if you’re committed, regardless of level of discomfort, to bringing that world into existence.

As always, we’re grateful to be on this journey with you. We are especially proud and thankful for those who have educated and engaged thoughtfully, bravely and intelligently, despite the pain and confusion.

Forward,

Anne, Anne and Jen

Reflecting on Pink Pussy Hats: Friday Admin Post

Happy Friday, FAMsters!

As a heads up, this post will be addressing Pussy Hats. Any comments or concerns regarding this should be sent to an admin.

Yesterday a great conversation started about the inclusiveness of the Pussy Hat movement. It takes a lot of courage for someone to challenge the status quo or poke holes in a progressive or liberal, especially in defense of PoC, the LGBTQ+ community, or any community that is under attack.

Unfortunately, well measured, educated and helpful comments explaining the problems with this ideology of the pussy hats were met with dissent, aggression, and dismissive sometimes racist and transphobic comments from some of our members.

To be clear: These types of comments will not be tolerated. If our members who are marginalized and oppressed don’t feel comfortable sharing with the rest of us their concerns, problematic systems, we are doomed to repeat some of our mistakes.

As for the hats: It cannot be ignored that these hats are exclusive to a certain type of woman, and others like women of color and trans women are not represented in the pink pussy hat like white women are. This, for many is hard to hear but is also the truth. When members of our community come to us with a problem that literally hurts them on a personal and systematic level, and we meet them with “get over it” and “knit your own hat”, it means that we don’t value those voices.

With all that being said, below are some very well written, educational articles on this topic that are integral to transcending into intersectionality. It is the only way for us to truly be inclusive and to lift everyone up to where they deserve to be.

Again, we know this may be hard for some of you to hear, but it’s even harder for some among us who experience racism, transphobia and oppression on every end of the spectrum. Read these articles, sit with your uncomfortable feelings, and if after a while you’re still uncomfortable, put out a call for someone to help you work through this stuff you’re feeling.

http://twwusa.org/4809/member-voices-pink-pussy-hats/

Thanks, Sarah Butler !

http://faze.ca/feminism-101-the-importance-of-intersectionality/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/05/allies-say-this-instead-defensive/

Again, these are meant to educate and provoke thought. Please reach out on the pinned FB thread should you wish to have a thoughtful conversation with someone who understands these topics. We are so lucky to have members who are willing to teach this stuff to us. We are grateful!

Forward,
Anne, Anne and Jen

Stay Focused – Wednesday Admin Post

Good morning, FAMsters! Happy Wednesday! ❤️

Par for the course for this administration, there is a veritable shell game going on, in which we can’t focus on just ONE issue at a time, but fifteen or so…

Stay focused. 😊

Fusion GPS and the Steele Dossier:

This is some fascinating (and seemingly very incriminating) stuff. Y’all remember the Steele Dossier, right? Of the infamous pee-pee tapes? Beyond that salacious little nugget is a lot more meatier information. Transcripts were released by Senator Feinstein of the interview of Glenn Simpson (of Fusion GPS) and while Simpson speaks to the impeccable character and professionalism of Christopher Steele, the info and connections uncovered is astounding. Steele is an MI6 agent – Britain’s version of our CIA. He seems to have uncovered strong connections to 45 and organized crime and the Kremlin (and organized crime IN the Kremlin!) Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin did a nice job summarizing as she read through the 300+ pages of testimony:

https://www.facebook.com/elizabethcronise/posts/10214838834868070

As always, I’m not going to get my hopes up that anything will be done about this, because sadly, we are no longer a just society, but we’ll just add step leading up to 45’s legacy as the worst and most corrupt president in American history.

TPS and the Salvadorans: 45 is withdrawing Temporary Protected Status that has been afforded to Salvadoran refugees following a 2001 earthquake that devastated El Salvador. Think about what these people have done here in the US in the past 16 years – married, established careers and homes, and had (American) children. But protection is ending for 200,000. Some quick stats:

• 192,700 children born in the US

• 88% working (compared to 63% average in the US)

• 25% hold mortgages (

(Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/08/us/salvadorans-tps-end.html)

Please consider contacting your MoC to help fight for the Salvadorans and other populations who have been and are protected under the TPS. There should be better paths to citizenship for those former refugees who wish to continue their lives in the US.

Speaking of…there is movement on DACA – I’m hoping in a positive direction. We need to continue to call to protect our Dreamers – put on the pressure. A judge in CA slapped 45 and ruled that DACA should stay in place, but I’m not sure how long that will stand up:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/us/trump-daca-improper.html

Lots of information today, folks. It’s a weird, wild world these days. Buckle up!

Thank you for all you do! ❤️

Anne, Anne, and Jen ❤️

A. New. Day. Is. On. The. Horizon (Monday Admin Post)

“A. New. Day. Is. On. The. Horizon.”
Oprah Winfrey

Good Monday Morning, FAMily! Are you ready for the tropical warm up this week? 😊. In case you missed it last night, Oprah hit it out of the park and had me in tears:
https://www.facebook.com/GoldenGlobes/videos/1884721461569863/

First assignment for today: hit me up in the comments with your favorite inspirational quote or song lyric – something that gets (or keeps) you going. Let’s see what you’ve got! 😊

With regards to the Women’s March on 1/21 in Lansing, it looks like we don’t have enough expressed interest to book a 56 person bus. We are super appreciative of those who said they could sponsor a rider (thank you!). Alternatively, please comment below if you would like to carpool (include your home location) – maybe you can find some travel companions. 😊

We are starting to see requests for campaign workers…if you are a candidate or campaign manager and are looking for staff or volunteers, please PM an administrator (Anne Christina, Jennifer Johnson, or Anne Margaret) first. Thanks!

Personal request: Step. Away. From. The. Book.
Read it, discuss it, whatever you want to do with it…but please – DO NOT let it distract you. I’ll summarize it for you:

45 is a narcissistic asshole

There. Now we can get back to work. 😂

While everyone was agog over the book, heinous shit was slipping through Congress and the WH…the opening of all coastlines to offshore drilling, a 9 cents per barrel tax on oil was allowed to expire this week, the GOP stepped up its attacks on HRC and all-things-Mueller. Eyes on the big picture, folks…

Action items:
• Call!! We need a vote on DACA. 45 is trying to trade DACA passage for funding for the Wall. Call your MoC and demand a clean DACA bill.
• Start informing yourselves on candidates for the 2018 midterms. A great source for the who and when is Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page
• Find your passion and look for ways to support. Mine is education, natural resources, and marginalized populations. There is an upcoming conference in February in sunny Orlando with the Human Rights Campaign. Check it out here: http://timetothrive.org

Your admins had a great planning meeting Saturday and we are so excited to roll up our sleeves and change the world this year with YOU! ❤️ Please stay tuned here, in the pinned posts, every M-W-F and take action when requested. If at any time, you have ideas for us, please send them to ideas@ forwardactionmichigan.org (just remove the space in the email address).

Thank you for being on our team! We appreciate you! ❤️

Anne, Anne, and Jen❤️

Wednesday Admin Post – Important Poll in Group!

Happy Wednesday, FAM! This is the first post of 2018 and we feel so grateful to share in another year with you.

Today’s post is incredibly important so please read this carefully.

We are gauging interest on who among out members would be interested in taking a bus from Novi to Lansing and back for the Women’s March on Sunday, January 21st. Please read the details and then follow the directions to answer the poll questions. This is still in the planning stages, but we want to make sure we have interest before we set it up.

Details:

Leaving at 8am from Novi (specific location to be determined)

Return time: 4:00pm back at the pick up location in Novi

We are also coordinating to see where we can all stop for lunch and share a meal together.

Cost: $25.00 per person

Space: 56 spaces

Part of the cost includes paying for the bus, the gratuity for the driver, and scholarships for members who want to attend but can’t swing the $25.00. We want all voices who wish to join in to have means to do so. The number of scholarship seats will be need based, so please let us know using the polling options if you would be interested one of these spots. There is also an opportunity to use some scholarship money for members at lunch. Again, we will coordinate all of this before hand.

Payment:

The process of setting up our bank account has been slower than we anticipated. Because of this, we will have to use a PayPal account associated with me, Anne D, instead of a FAM one. I’ve opened a brand new account so I can provide complete transparency to the group, but want to give full disclosure that this is the process we will be using in order to collect payment.

While PayPal is preferred, other arrangements can be made in extenuating circumstances. I will coordinate that with you. We will make it work so everyone can attend.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Please select one of the following options to let us know your interest. There may be an option to add a second bus but that is not confirmed at this point in time. Your responses will help us plan accordingly.

**ANONYMOUS RESPONSES ACCEPTED! If you’d like to share your response with me privately, don’t hesitate to send me a PM. Please make sure if you do choose to send a PM to not vote in the poll so we don’t double count 🙂

As always, it’s a pleasure for us to serve you and we know 2018 is going to be our year!

Forward,

Anne, Anne and Jen

Wednesday Admin Post

Happy Wednesday, FAMily! ❤️

How were your holidays? I hope you are relaxing and recharging! 😊. I am stocking up on bestie hours on Edisto Island, SC (high temp today 48). 🌴🌴. Headed into Charleston today to replenish my tea supplies. 😊

Today’s post will be a little different. Since MoC (state and federal) are still on recess, we wanted to focus a bit on gearing up for 2018. Today we are starting with getting to know and understand yourself a little better. As we’ve gotten to know you over the past year, we know there is a great mix of personality types out there. Strangely enough, some of our most “vocal” members here are introverts (present company included!).

Do you know your Myers-Briggs personality type? Myers-Briggs is a personality classification system that is based on four ways in which we perceive our world – sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. Thee are very professional tests you can take to assess your type, or freebie online versions, which personally I have found pretty darn accurate (I am an INFJ). If you don’t know your type, or want a refresher, please check out

https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

(They do not ask for or collect any information).

Did you take it? No? I’ll wait….😉

Okay. Now that you know your type, were you surprised? I’m super curious – comment with your four letters below! 😊

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Now – what do you do with this information? Use it to determine your fighting type. How are YOU going to fight this year? How are you going to help FAM take back Michigan – take back the UNITED States?

If you are an extrovert, awesome! You have no problem letting your voice be heard. Get out there! March! Demonstrate! Call! For each one of YOU, there are two or three of us introverts, feeling shy and nervous to speak up. Represent!! 😁

If you are an introvert (👋🏻), writing is the way to go. Postcards, emails, and donations are probably more your style. Something you may not have considered is helping to mobilize others – check out Postcards to Voters: https://postcardstovoters.org/. They write to voters in states with contentious election to encourage them to get out and vote.

Lastly, we can still recruit supporters. If you have friends whom you think could find a home here at FAM, send them our way – click on the “add member” button (they need to be your Facebook friend already). Make sure your friend(s) KNOW you are adding – don’t click on down your friends list. 😁.

We are going to be asking ALL of you to get involved this year. Step outside your comfort zone a little, and let’s take our country back!!!! ❤️

Love you much! (Don’t forget to share your M-B type below!). 😁

Anne, Anne, and Jen. ❤️

Friday Admin Post

Good morning FAM!

Happy Christmas Eve-Eve-Eve! 🎄

If you celebrate Kwanzaa, Joyous Kwanzaa to you (starting Tuesday)! ❤️ Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday celebrating the seven principles of African heritage – unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

We are heading into a governmental recess today, and that will give us an opportunity to rest. ❤️ We encourage you to take care while they’re out and recharge for the fights ahead. The FAM admin team (Anne, Anne, and Jen) will be meeting soon to plan out the next few months, and we’ve got exciting things ahead! Stay tuned! 😁

In the meantime, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) yesterday to continue funding the government for the next few weeks. In this plan was a continuation for CHIP funding through March (whew!) as well as $81M for disaster relief (wildfires and hurricanes, including Puerto Rico) but did NOT include any provisions for Dreamers (DACA). A lot of people are pissed off at the Dems who voted to pass this temporary measure. I have heard rumblings that Peters and Stabenow voted to PASS the CR (but have not been able to confirm). Before we get the pitchforks out and swear to vote them out of office, understand politics is not black and white. We haven’t seen yet what was voted on, and often crap gets thrown in (or taken out) at the last minute that makes the bill heinous – which means voting for one positive thing (CHIP funding, for instance) means not being able to vote for something else (DACA). This is a TEMPORARY measure. Congress will be back January 3, and this CR only goes through January 19. We needed CHIP NOW. States’ funding was already expiring NOW. We still have time to fight for Dreamers. Can you call Stabenow and Peters and voice your displeasure over the vote? Of course! Reaffirm your priorities with them. Let them know your expectations of them. Use your voices. 💪🏼

On Wednesday, Annie introduced #pledgeprogressive. This is FAM’s initiative to redirect any increase in your paycheck (if you see one) as a result of the 45’s tax plan to progressive candidates and causes in 2018!

From Wednesday’s post:
That’s why were urging everyone to publicly take the #pledgeprogressive challenge to donate the increase in our paychecks from this bill to progressive organizations and causes.

Tweet and Facebook the following:

The Republican tax scam will put money in my pocket at the expense of my country and my fellow Americans.
I pledge to give every penny I receive because of this tax bill to progressive candidates who will help America prosper. Who’s with me? Take the pledge. #pledgeprogressive Click To Tweet

Are you joining us? 😁

We are taking Monday off from the post so that we may celebrate with our friends and families. We wish you a continued healthy holiday season and we’ll be back mid-week next week (with a new action post). Keep informing each other here on FAM, keep supporting each other in our *little* FAMily. Let’s take over in 2018!! 💪🏼💪🏼

Much love to all of you,

Anne, Anne, and Jen