from Victoria Gutowski
Hello Indivisibles and Resistors,
Here are a few things you can do this week to help bring light to issues that affect us locally, in our State and Nationally:
First, please mark your calendar and attend the Board of Commissioners meeting on January 30, 9 a.m. Government Center, East Duck Lake Road in Suttons Bay.  This is a request for all hands on deck.  Even if you don’t want to make remarks at the meeting, a good show of interested residents will go a long way in furthering the septic ordinance issue.  There will be counter-ordinance presenters so having your presence there would be so helpful.


You will find the link to the agenda for the Committee of the Whole to be held on January 30, 2018 –

On the State level, please call Curt VanderWall at 517-373-0825 about the repeal of the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965.  The Michigan GOP is pushing to repeal this act which provides a healthy minimum wage, safety protections, and helps pay for job training for construction workers.  They are attempting to use a ballot proposal called “Protect Michigan Tax Payers” to repeal it.  If this Act is repealed, companies will no longer have to ensure competitive compensation and safety standards for workers and they will no longer have to participate in equitable bidding for contracts.  If enough hoHouse Republicans decide not to act on the measure it will be placed on the statewide ballot for voters to decide in November.  Curt should let us decide.
Better yet: You can tell Curt in person, if you prefer because he is having a “coffee” TOMORROW, 3 PM – 4 PM at the Leelanau Government Center, 8527 E Duck Lake Road, Suttons Bay.
Write e-mails to Senator Gary Peters  at and Senator Debbie Stabenow at and ask them to stand with America’s kids of every background and ability.
Here’s the script you can use if you’d like:
I am writing to ask the Senator to reject the appointment of Kenneth Marcus to head the Office of Civil Rights in the US Department of Education.  I join with the 200 civil rights groups in opposing a nominee who’s ideologies align with those of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.  American kids deserve leaders who champion their civil rights.  Please do not vote in favor of confirming this appointment.
Want to do more?  E-mail Gary and Debbie to stand with our Salvadorian neighbors and help them stay here:
Here’s a suggested script:
I am writing to ask the Senator to support Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders.  The dangerous situation in San Salvador is due in part to the U.S. policy propping up a violent government.  Deporting these people to an unstable country or to Qatar as cheap, temporary labor, is unconscionable.  Keep TPS holders here where they have used their skills, built businesses and jobs in our communities.
I would like the Senator to co-sponsor and support the SECURE ACT S.2144 giving TPS holders the dignity of legal and permanent residency in the U.S.  

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