Good Evening Indivisibles,Hope you had a great weekend. We had a wonderful speaker yesterday, Carl Ganter from Circle of Blue, who certainly made us think differently about water. I know that some of you were unable to attend, so we are pleased to have a recording to share. I will try to do a summary in my notes of what was said, but seeing his amazing pictures and hearing his stories from all over the world, can only be appreciated first-hand. Here is the link to his presentation. https://www.dropbox.com/s/l287h2dgkdsdmc2/2021-06-12%20Leelanau%20Ind%20-%20Circle%20of%20Blue%20-%20Ganter.mov?dl=0There were a couple of announcements of upcoming events made at the meeting. This Thursday, June 17th at 5:30 there will be a Post Covid Picnic sponsored by Mideast: Just Peace. It will be held at the Greilickville Park Pavilion. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231 620-6515. Specify chicken or falafel wrap. $10 payable at the park. BYO drink.There will be a Defend Democracy Rally on Saturday, June 26 at 10:00 AM at the Open Space in Traverse City. Betsy Coffia will be the speaker. In the words of Helen Reddy, let’s show northern Michigan that we are “too big to ignore.”This Tuesday, June 15, is the regular Leelanau Board of Commissioners Meeting at 7:00 PM both in person and live streaming. The agenda for this meeting is available at https://www.leelanau.gov/downloads/06152021_regular_session_agenda.pdf As of now there are no letters or public comments listed for this meeting. Last week an individual from the audience spoke during public comment and called Commissioners Wessell and Allgaier liars. We need to be there to support them. You can view the live stream of the meeting at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNQTgIgcTedF2qB8floC1GQ?view_as=subscriber and if you plan to make a public comment send it to email@example.com and request it be provided to the Commissioners ahead of the meeting. If you are live streaming the meeting call 231 256-8109 during public comment time.There are also two important SWIM (State Wide Indivisible Michigan) calls this week that are open to all Indivisibles. Please don’t paste these events in public social media.1. June 17 @ 6:30 pm, bimonthly SWIM call with MI House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski. Register athttps://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctcOygqDgoHtIN-I3WSiXbSIsZN-cPDur2
2. June 19 @ 12 pm, SWIM’s Race, Equity & Inclusion series continues, topic will be Intersectionality. Please invite members, their families and friends! No need to attend previous trainings, just jump in when you can. Register here: https://indivisible.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpcemsrzkiG9y7k2wtfMUZMCcvt0dWQpvCAnd finally the Steering Committee has decided to take a summer recess during July and August and have no regular scheduled monthly meetings. That does not mean we won’t continue to keep you informed about actions and upcoming events. And we must continue to monitor the actions of the local county boards. We plan to return with regular meetings in September. In the mean time, please help us stay abreast of local events and issues by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. with information you want passed on to our members. I will try to keep everyone up to date, with your help. If you need an Indivisible fix, there are plans to meet on Wednesdays, at the Farm Club from 4-6 for conversation and spirits. In the words of the 1966 song by the Happenings we will….”See you in September.” (Sorry to our younger members for the song references from the 60’s and 70’s but most of you will get them.)
Stay well, and have a wonderful summer.
Leelanau Indivisible Meeting, June 12, 202110:00 AM on Zoom Ellen Fred welcomed the group and gave the Land AcknowledgementWe acknowledge that the land of Leelanau County is land ceded in the treaty of 1855, whose ancestral land of the Anishinabek, known as the three fires confederacy of the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi, and recognized by the colonial government as the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.We give thanks to the Anishinabek as the caretakers of mother earth and their relationship to the land; we acknowledge we are nothing without mother-earth (aki), newsin (air), nibi (water), gitigaadan (plants) and wesiinyag (animals). She read the Mission Statement and welcomed new members.We are a grassroots group of citizens from diverse backgrounds who love and live in and around Leelanau County.We work to build a better world for future generations through informed, engaged and committed action. Paula Martinos-Mantay, co-founder of SWIM (State Wide Indivisible Michigan) provided a short history of the organization and what it is doing today. It was founded in 2019 to bring together over 50 individual Indivisible groups so they could share ideas and work together on projects of common interest. It provides resources and training for its members. In 2020 their mission was to flip the Michigan House and provide Governor Whitmer with a supportive legislature. They identified 10 Democratic districts that needed to be protected and another 20 Republican districts that might be flipped. They organized all the Indivisible groups to work together in this effort. For 2022 they have set as their priorities the defense and strengthening of democracy and preventing voter suppression. I have listed in the message above, two of the trainings offered by SWIM and open to all members. She ended her presentation by emphasizing the importance of self-care. It has been a hard few years, both because of Covid and what we have dealt with on a political level. There is more work ahead, but we have to take time for ourselves, so we are ready for the next battle.John Hunter introduced our speaker, Carl Ganter. Carl is the co-founder and director of Circle of Blue, the center for frontline reporting, research, and analysis on water resource issues and their relationship to food and energy in a changing climate. He was born in Leelanau County, attended the Norris School and Circle of Blue is headquartered in Traverse City. I cannot do justice to Carl’s wonderful presentation and photographs. Please if you could not attend take some time to listen to it on the link I provided above and share with others. Water is the source of life and a priceless commodity that many take for granted, especially those who live in the Great Lakes where 20% of the world’s fresh water is found. Carl has traveled the world and introduces us to personal stories and real people who struggle everyday just to have clean water for drinking and bathing. The water crisis is the top global problem and influences so many other issues we face today, such as immigration, food supply, water borne diseases, etc. In Jakarta they are moving their capital because the city is sinking, in India they use industrial waste to irrigate their fields, and in Vietnam the second largest exporter of rice in the world, their rice paddies are becoming salty. The world is so interconnected that these issues can affect us all. Carl is telling these stories in a relevant and relatable way for all of us. Real stories about real people capture the hearts and minds of the listeners in ways that statistics can’t.Closer to home Circle of Blue, Bridge Michigan, Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television, and Michigan Radio have formed the Great Lakes News Collaborative to work together to bring news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water. Please take the time to listen to Carl’s presentation and check out the websites at circleofblue.com , vector-center.com and https://www.greatlakesnow.org/great-lakes-news-collaborative/