Activism

Rally to fix NAFTA in St. Joseph

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We joined protesters in front of Fred Upton's office in St. Joseph to protest the corporate control and the lack of transparency in our government. It is time that we fix NAFTA and all other trade deals so that they protect American workers and our environment. For too long our elected officials have crafted trade deals in secret with the best interests of corporations rather than workers or the planet in mind. Mr. Upton is one of the leading advocates for the dismantling of the protections on which we depend. Help us send this message. Workers and the planet must come before the profits of international corporations. – DTB

May 12, 2017 - Campaign Update #2

It was a great week. I enjoyed talking with lots of people around the district and learning more about what people are worried about and how I can help. The rally in St. Joseph was particularly exciting. We had a crowd of over 200 people in the park and throughout the community, demanding that we protect the ACA.

If you haven't signed up for emails or joined the volunteer team, please do so soon. We launched the Twitter account today, so you now have another way to follow along as we build this movement. I hope to see you next week.

May 11, 2017 - Rally in Defense of Health Care, St. Joseph, MI

St. Joe Handshake

Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District made a powerful statement on Thursday. Voters from across the district rallied in St. Joseph to declare that the Republican attack on health care will not be tolerated. I consider myself lucky to have been there, shoulder-to-shoulder with the people as we made our voices heard. It was a pleasure to meet some of these people for the first time. 

St. Joe Discussion

I met three generations of one family, all of whom live in St. Joseph, with every member deeply worried about the implications of the attack on health care and elected officials’ refusal to talk with constituents. One of the younger members of the family, a student in high school, stood on a picnic table and delivered a powerful speech about what health care means for his family. Any legislator who is willing to take health care away from that young man, his parents, and his grandparents does not represent me. 

Let’s work together. Only through our combined effort will we be able to secure our right to health care and to strengthen our families and communities.

May 9, 2017 - Plainwell-Otsego Concerned Citizens Group Meeting

Have you heard about the Plainwell-Otsego Concerned Citizens Group?  If not, you should check out what they are doing.  Last night, I had the privilege to talk with the group about how to become more effective grassroots organizers and how to maximize the electoral impact of a small but impassioned group of citizens. It is when I listen to groups like this that I get optimistic about what we are trying to accomplish. 

Fifteen people from the community showed up and shared their stories with me. They have been marching, writing letters, making phone calls, and talking to their neighbors in defense of health care, environmental protections, women’s health, immigrant rights, education, gerrymandering, and many other causes. All of the people at the meeting expressed concern that they were not having the impacts they hoped for, and they told me they were becoming exhausted by the fight. Keep up the good work, your efforts count and are noticed. 

I will do everything I can to get behind this type of grassroots, citizen organizing and action.  This is hard work, but this is how we make elected officials take notice. Please join me, join the campaign, join a grassroots action group, and never give up.  We need to take our government back!

MAY 6, 2017 - RISING UP EVENT IN ALLEGAN

Today, in Allegan, SW Michigan Rising Up put on a great event: Rising Up--A Celebration of the Collective Power of Women. Several gubernatorial candidates, including Gretchen Whitmer, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, and Bill Cobbs stopped by to share their visions for Michigan’s future, taking time to meet the energized crowd.  Whoever comes out of this race is certain to do great things for the state. Throughout the day, activists and musicians from around the state circulated petitions, raised awareness on a variety of issues and entertained the crowd. I was lucky to be there on behalf of the Michigan Democratic Party Environment Caucus as we work on building up our outreach network. For more information on the great work the caucus is doing, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.