League of Women Voters - Flint Area

League of Women Voters - Flint Area Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political membership organization which influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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Help get the $$$ OUT of politics! Reverse Citizen’s United! Too much damage to our ‘free democracy’ and citizen represen...
04/04/2021
In the Know: How the League is Transforming Money in Politics | League of Women Voters

Help get the $$$ OUT of politics! Reverse Citizen’s United!
Too much damage to our ‘free democracy’ and citizen representation in governance.

Voters have an interest in knowing where politicians and organizations are getting their money and how that money is being spent. To that end, dark-money and wealthy special interest groups do not need more loopholes.

Then and Now: How Two Pandemics Tested the Power of Women | League of Women Voters
04/01/2021
Then and Now: How Two Pandemics Tested the Power of Women | League of Women Voters

Then and Now: How Two Pandemics Tested the Power of Women | League of Women Voters

In 2020, during one of the most significant and contentious elections in decades, women faced a new public health crisis: COVID-19. More than one hundred years after the 1918 pandemic, Americans stared down this new foe and, once again, women led and supported their communities through civil and pol...

Please (continue to) be cautious. “...with this current wave, we’re seeing a lot younger folks: 30s to 60s, coming in wi...
04/01/2021
COVID hospitalizations on the rise statewide, with a big uptick in the Thumb

Please (continue to) be cautious.

“...with this current wave, we’re seeing a lot younger folks: 30s to 60s, coming in with very atypical conditions."

The increased frequency of acute neurologic and cardiac complications with these patient is especially concerning: "Strokes, kidney failure, heart attacks, along with the pneuomonia and respiratory issues," he listed.

Michigan's COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising, and they're rising fast.

IPPSR (MSU) lunchtime presentation on Wednesday, April 7 noon to 1:30 p.m. (free and open to the public). TOPIC:  Michig...
03/31/2021
Schedule & Registration | IPPSR

IPPSR (MSU) lunchtime presentation on Wednesday, April 7 noon to 1:30 p.m. (free and open to the public).

TOPIC: Michigan returning to onsite learning - teachers, parents and pupils navigating the challenges of a mid-year transition.

Our Forum speakers come from national and state educational leadership roles:

· Andraé Townsel, Superintendent, Benton Harbor Area Schools.
· Douglas Harris, an MSU graduate who is Professor of Economics and Schlieder Foundation Chair in Public Education at Tulane University.
· Paula Herbart, President, Michigan Education Association.
· Nicholas Paradiso, Vice President of Government Relations & Partner Services, National Heritage Academies.

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This IPPSR Forum will focus on the recently released report of the Michigan Dam Safety Task Force. The task force was formed after the failure of the Edenville and Sanford Dams in May of 2020. Those failures forced evacuation of nearly 10,000 people and caused $200 million in damage. Speakers will i...

Voting rights advocates long for the day when our work to defend voting rights is no longer necessary 😔. Until then, we ...
03/30/2021
Voting Rights Groups Sue To Stop Voter Suppression Bill in Georgia | League of Women Voters

Voting rights advocates long for the day when our work to defend voting rights is no longer necessary 😔. Until then, we will persevere 💪🏼💪🏽💪🏾 to gain and protect those rights - for everyone, throughout the land.

Others who share our ideals, are welcome in this organization.

LWV of Georgia, along with partners, filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia to prevent enforcement of SB 202, an omnibus voter suppression bill signed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp last week.

Michigan Secretary of State's Office
03/28/2021

Michigan Secretary of State's Office

A statement from Michigan Department of State spokesperson Jake Rollow

If you are still looking for vaccine info in your county, this state resource will connect you to every county in Michig...
03/26/2021
Coronavirus - Vaccine Locations

If you are still looking for vaccine info in your county, this state resource will connect you to every county in Michigan.

Description: Coronavirus - Vaccine Locations

LWV Statement on Gun Violence in Boulder, Colorado | League of Women Voters
03/26/2021
LWV Statement on Gun Violence in Boulder, Colorado | League of Women Voters

LWV Statement on Gun Violence in Boulder, Colorado | League of Women Voters

LWV of Boulder County, LWV of Colorado, and LWV of the United States grieve the senseless tragedy in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday, when a man armed with an assault rifle shot and killed ten people at a grocery store.

Long post re: Line 5Line 5 Action Alert:The League of Women Voters Michigan supports the actions of Governor Whitmer and...
03/25/2021
Contact the Governor

Long post re: Line 5

Line 5 Action Alert:
The League of Women Voters Michigan supports the actions of Governor Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel to terminate and permanently revoke the easement that has enabled Enbridge Line 5 (a Canadian Oil and Natural Gas Liquid Transport Pipeline) to operate in waters of the Straits of Mackinac.

We oppose Enbridge’s continued use of the nearly 70-year-old Line 5 pipeline occupying the waters of the Straits, and we oppose Enbridge Energy Company’s proposed tunnel through unconsolidated material under the Straits as fraught with its own set of environmental risks and out of touch with the need to immediately address the climate crisis by reducing fossil fuel production and consumption.

We request that our LWVMI members contact the Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, the Michigan Public Service Commission, your legislators, and the Governor in support of termination of the Line 5 Easement and in opposition to the proposed tunnel.

Here are the links:

Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District USACE Detroit District Regulatory Office
477 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48222
[email protected]

MPSC https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/submit_line_5_public_comment_to_mpsc

Governor Whitmer https://somgovweb.state.mi.us/GovRelations/ContactGovernor.aspx

Michigan Legislators
Michigan House of Representatives Website: Find Your Representative
Michigan Senate’s Website: Find Your Senator

You may have heard the disappointing news that our state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) determined that it was obligated by law to issue Enbridge the preliminarily required environmental permit necessary to continue with plans to construct a tunnel to house a replacement section of Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

But this does not mean Enbridge has the go-ahead to build an oil tunnel in the Great Lakes. With your help, we still have time to stop the flow of oil through the heart of the Great Lakes and the proposed tunnel!

Our attention should now be focused on the Detroit District of the Army Corp of Engineers, and the independent Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), both of whom have the power to stop the Tunnel by denying the additional permits needed for construction to begin.

The Army Corps of Engineers is considering Enbridge’s application for a federal Clean Water Act permit. The MPSC must decide if Michigan actually needs Enbridge’s oil pipeline before it can authorize it for another 99 years in a different location in the Straits.

Making sure the Army Corps does what EGLE was unable to do – conduct a full environmental review of the tunnel proposal – is critical. Here is a link provided by Oil and Water don’t mix, of which the League of Women Voters Michigan is a member:

https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/president_biden_support_the_line_5_shutdown?recruiter_id=43255

For more information here is a link to Michigan’s US Senator, Gary Peters, who is the chair of the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

https://www.peters.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/peters-statement-on-state-of-michigan-revoking-line-5-easement

Finally, it’s important to continue to support the Governor and Michigan’s Attorney General in their actions to halt operation of the existing Line 5. While we are confident that in the end the courts will uphold termination and revocation of the 1953 easement, Enbridge is pulling out all the stops to delay the closure as long as possible, and it plans to continue to operate Line 5 as a trespasser and in violation of the law until the courts confirm termination of the easement.

Here’s the link to Governor Whitmer’s office to show your support:
Governor Whitmer https://somgovweb.state.mi.us/GovRelations/ContactGovernor.aspx

U.S. Census Bureau
03/25/2021

U.S. Census Bureau

Unequally essential: women and the gender pay gap during COVID-19.

Read 👉: https://go.usa.gov/xse3E #AmericaCounts

League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County
03/25/2021

League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County

The League of Women Voters supports swift passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. https://www.lwv.org/sites/default/files/2021-02/PFA%20Coalition%20Letter%20117th%20Congress%20Sign%20On.pdf

03/25/2021

Gov. Whitmer Lowers Flags After Mass Shooting in Boulder, Colorado

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Biden, has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the state of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff immediately on Tuesday, March 23 through Saturday, March 27 to honor and remember the 10 victims of the shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

Election integrity has been a proven non-issue over time. While voter suppression in the name of  'reform' is far too fr...
03/24/2021
Michigan GOP mounts ‘election integrity’ push. Democrats fear suppression. | Bridge Michigan

Election integrity has been a proven non-issue over time. While voter suppression in the name of 'reform' is far too frequent. It seems that valuable, well-intentioned 'election reform' would be bi-partisan as a means to show it is not about party control.

The following 'reforms' were not shown to be problem areas, except that they allowed many more people to participate in the voting process: (1) require photo identification for all absentee ballot applications, (2) ban absentee ballot drop boxes and (3) require clerks to verify absentee ballot signatures in public meetings, among other things.

Voters passed Prop 3(18) in 80 of 83 counties because they want the partisan gamesmanship with their voting rights to end.

Conservatives say they’re trying to curb fraud with effort to make absentee voting harder. Others say it would be “the biggest infringement on voter rights to ever be put into public policy in this state.”

TODAY - 10:30am ET, and 5:30pm CT
03/24/2021
We Have Your Back – CSW Side Event

TODAY - 10:30am ET, and 5:30pm CT

From Online Harassment to Threats to Violence against Women and Girl Leaders 24 MARCH 2021 Get Event Details ; VIRTUAL EVENT • webtv.un.org This side event will have simultaneous interpretation in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. 24 MARCH 2021 10:30AM – 12:00PM ET / 15:30PM – 17:00PM CET D...

In Michigan, the roads are not our sole infrastructure challenge. Delivery of clean, safe drinking water is a serious ch...
03/23/2021
Small towns like Ishpeming put off water upgrades. The bill is now due. | Bridge Michigan

In Michigan, the roads are not our sole infrastructure challenge. Delivery of clean, safe drinking water is a serious challenge for the next decade and no community is immune from that need.

Rural Michigan is trying to balance the urgent need for updated sewer and water infrastructure with the financial constraints faced by towns with aging and shrinking populations.

Robo Calls - Ugh!Michigan seems to have been targeted by those inconvenient (and illegal) calls.
03/23/2021
AG - Robocalls

Robo Calls - Ugh!
Michigan seems to have been targeted by those inconvenient (and illegal) calls.

Attorney General - Michigan Attorney General's robocall initiative.

Virtual Women’s Equal Pay Day, March 24, 4pmWatch on Michigan Women’s Commission YouTube Channel
03/21/2021

Virtual Women’s Equal Pay Day, March 24, 4pm
Watch on Michigan Women’s Commission YouTube Channel

The League of Women Voters grieves the murders of the eight individuals who were killed on Tuesday, March 16th, and the ...
03/20/2021
LWVUS and LWVGA Condemn Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders | League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters grieves the murders of the eight individuals who were killed on Tuesday, March 16th, and the countless other AAPI lives that have been tragically taken as a result of racially motivated violence.

We call on law enforcement officials to seek justice for those whose lives were taken and urge Attorney General Garland and FHBI Director Wray to prioritize the investigation of anti-AAPI hate crimes.

The League of Women Voters grieves the murders of the eight individuals who were killed on Tuesday, March 16th, and the countless other AAPI lives that have been tragically taken as a result of racially motivated violence.

We applaud the House for supporting the Equal Rights Amendment by voting to eliminate its arbitrary deadline.American wo...
03/20/2021
LWV Celebrates House Vote to Eliminate ERA Deadline | League of Women Voters

We applaud the House for supporting the Equal Rights Amendment by voting to eliminate its arbitrary deadline.

American women need the ERA now more than ever. With the onset of COVID-19, women, particularly women of color, are experiencing disproportionately high rates of job loss. Issues like equal pay, maternal healthcare, and discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons affect millions daily.

We urge our Senators to support this bill and take a stand for sex-based equality this Women's History Month.

The League of Women Voters of the United States president Dr. Deborah Ann Turner issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to advance the Equal Rights Amendment by removing the ratification deadline.

Your parks are calling - can you hear them?
03/17/2021
Genesee County Parks – Get away. Right away.

Your parks are calling - can you hear them?

2021 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant Opportunities By March 31, 2021 Show Your Support! Parks Commission Meeting February 25, 2021 Notice No Events Wolverine Campground Reservations Begin Monday, 12-04-2021 More information Take Advnatage of Your Trails Genesee Recerational Area Learn Mo...

Wetlands are hugely important to our environment (every person, creature, and even plants). Please do your part to prote...
03/17/2021
Wetlands can help prevent property damage and save lives during floods

Wetlands are hugely important to our environment (every person, creature, and even plants). Please do your part to protect them - for the future.

Midland and other cities were hit hard by a flood caused by of a weak dam. More than 2,500 homes were damaged. There was an estimated $245 million dollars

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Voters Not Politicians (the Prop 2 folks) are hosting town halls throughout Michigan to inform residents about the new redistricting process and to get input on other democracy issues that the group might tackle next. Join us in Lapeer @ deAngeli Library, Sunday, April 7, 2:00 to have your voice heard
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Women political leaders and activists set to talk about justice and economic dignity for women kicking off International Women's Day in Flint.
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