For years, there have been efforts to expand Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act protections to be inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Because face-to-face petition signing is not possible given the social distancing policies in place, the Fair & Equal Ballot Campaign is collecting signatures electronically. The Social Justice Coordinating Team and the Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) encourage you to sign the petition if you haven’t already done so. For further information, read the Bridge Magazine article, or contact Norma Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both the City of Mt. Pleasant and Union Township are hiring election inspectors.
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Because of the changes in Michigan voting laws approved in Proposal 3 in 2018, you can still register to vote and/or vote via an absentee ballot in the March 10 Presidential Primary right up through Election Day. For complete information to help you do so, go to the Michigan Voter Information Center website. We also have hard copy forms available in the foyer of the Fellowship, although you will still have to take them in person to your local city or township clerk, along with proof of residency.
Should you have questions or need help, please feel free to contact David Wagstaff, Jim Moreno, Melissa Nix, or Norma Bailey. As well, if you will need transportation to the polling precincts, please feel free to contact one of us.
A great source of information about the candidates and the issues on your ballot is vote411.org, a non-partisan website sponsored by the League of Women Voters Education Fund.
The Social Justice Coordinating Team is presenting a new film by Robert Greenwald from Brave New Films: “Suppressed – the Fight to Vote” on Saturday, October 26, at 7:00 pm. The film chronicles the rampant voter suppression that affected the outcome of the 2018 midterm election in Georgia and the threat it poses to our elections all across the nation in 2020. We will also have available materials for people to register to vote and to apply for an absentee ballot. Bring friends and family members to view the film and engage in this important conversation.
We have formed a new coalition made up of representatives of the League of Women Voters, the Mid-Michigan Interfaith Coalition, and CMU faculty and students to work on voter registration and voter education from a non-partisan stance. Our first effort is voter registration, and there are three events where volunteers are needed to register students (listed below). The task is simple – carry a clipboard and help students fill out a voter registration form accurately – and there will be a brief training to help you feel confident about the task. Sign up with Norma Bailey at church the next two Sundays or contact her at email@example.com or at 989-560-3952. Please join us as we UUFCMers work to make the world a better place!
Saturday, August 29, 5-9 pm at MainStage at CMU (most needed)
Sunday, August 30, 1-5 pm at Wesley Foundation (corner of Washington and Preston)
Wednesday, September 2, 4-7 at CMU’s Warriner Mall (MASS Get Acquainted Day)