Urge Congress to Support the American Jobs Plan

The Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan will help get our country back on its feet while addressing the climate crisis that’s threatening our health and our Michigan way of life. Congress has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass this transformational plan that will create millions of good quality, high-paying union jobs that modernize our energy, transportation, and water infrastructure and invest in people and communities who too often have been left behind. 

Some of the highlights of the plan include:

  • Replacing every lead pipe and service line in America to ensure clean water for all
  • Investing in renewable energy infrastructure
  • Protecting American workers by investing in American manufacturing and protecting workers rights
  • Investing in the future of clean energy transportation by building EV charging stations, electrifying our nation’s school buses and post office fleets, and creating rebates and tax incentives for buying EVs
  • Modernizing our country’s electrical grid
  • Establishing the Energy Efficiency and Clean Electricity Standard that will lead utilities to increase their share of renewable energy, and developing tax credits to assist in  Biden’s goal of 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2035
  • And more!

We need to make sure this passes and our Michigan Delegation is essential to making that happen. Tell your U.S. Representative and Senator to support the American Jobs Plan.

Send a message to your lawmaker: Strict voter ID legislation restricts voting rights

Michigan GOP lawmakers are proposing legislation that would impose barriers on Michiganders’ freedom to vote by taking away the option to vote via affidavit if a state ID is unavailable and requiring voters to submit ID information when applying to vote via absentee ballot. 

Michigan already has a voter ID law that maintains safety and security for our elections while making our democratic process accessible to all eligible voters in our state. 

These voter ID bills are redundant and take away options from Michigan voters on Election Day.

  • Senate Bills 303 and 304: Would remove the option to vote by affidavit if you don’t have or forgot a suitable ID when voting in person on Election Day. 
  • Senate Bill 285: Would require voters to submit ID information when applying for an absentee ballot application.

Instead of introducing more barriers to access the ballot, our elected leaders in Lansing should be working to expand access for all eligible Michigan voters and protect the freedom to vote. 

Send a message to your State Senator today urging them to oppose Senate Bills 303, 304, and 285. 

Urge your lawmaker to vote “NO” on Senate Bill 429-431

Senate Bills 429-431 would remove local governments’ oversight over sand and gravel mining operations and would instead give the power to regulate to the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. In their current form, the bills do not do enough to protect our drinking water and natural spaces.

The American Geological Institute has said that aggregate mining operations cause irreparable damage to our natural environment. Mining strips the land of trees and other greenery, devastates wildlife habitat, and degrades the quality of local soils. 

At a time when America is losing a football field of natural space every thirty seconds, we need to actively protect and conserve our greenspace – not strip and mine it. Michigan needs smart mining policies that prioritize aggregate recycling wherever possible to reduce the need for new mines. And, when new mines are necessary, our aggregate mining policies must include strong environmental protections and a land reclamation process that centers ecological health. 

Send a message to your lawmaker today urging them to vote “NO” on this incomplete legislation. By filling out the form below, your message will be sent to your lawmaker. 

Tell your lawmaker: Oppose legislation that strips money from contaminated site cleanup

The Bottle Deposit Law is in need of update and expansion, but any changes need to maintain or increase funding for contaminated site cleanup. Currently, about 75 percent of the unclaimed bottle deposits go towards contaminated site cleanup, with the remainder going to the beverage industry. 

Recently introduced legislation being pushed by special interest lobbyists takes millions of dollars designated to fund the clean-up of contaminated sites and puts it in the pockets of the beverage industry. With over 24,000 identified contaminated sites across the state, more resources are critical to support continued cleanup projects, not less.  

We need your help to prevent wealthy beverage industry owners from pocketing money that should be going toward cleaning up contaminated sites.

Send a message to your lawmaker urging them to protect our health by opposing HB 4443-4444.

Partisan influence has no place in the election certification process

Republican Senators are proposing legislation that would allow for partisan influence to take root throughout Michigan’s election certification process.

The process of certifying county election results across Michigan with Boards of County Canvassers is a long-functioning process that allows for free and fair tabulation and certification of ballots without the influence of political parties. Requiring representatives of political parties to be present opens the door for partisan agendas to influence the elections process.

Senate Bills 296 and 297 would allow partisan influence to be pervasive throughout the canvassing and certification process, threatening the integrity of our elections.

  • Senate Bill 296: Would base the size of Boards of County Canvassers on the population of counties, allowing some counties to have six or eight board members instead of four for each county. Not only would this complicate configuration for quorum and votes, but violates equal protection by enabling counties to have different approval processes and by injecting unnecessary partisanship.
  • Senate Bill 297: Would require one member from each political party to be present during the canvassing process without any mechanism to enforce attendance, enabling partisan representatives to stop or veto the process by not attending while also giving Board of County Canvassers improper authority to approve or deny clerk staff hired to assist throughout the process.

Rather than violating equal protection and undermining the nonpartisan nature of our electoral process, our elected leaders should be working to ensure that our election results are free and fair, and representative of the voice of the people.

Send a message to your State Senator today urging them to oppose Senate Bills 296 and 297.

Send a message to your lawmaker: Don’t create an arbitrary deadline for election results

GOP lawmakers in Lansing are trying to pass legislation that would create an arbitrary and unrealistic deadline for reporting election results that threaten the freedom to vote in Michigan.

After a record number of Michigan voters cast their ballots in the midst of a pandemic in 2020, clerks and election officials went to work carefully counting ballots to ensure results were accurate. Given the sheer volume of absentee ballots and inadequate time allowed by the Legislature to pre-process those ballots, counting them all up took time. Requiring election results to be reported by noon the day following Election Day would be impossible for local clerks, who have an obligation to count all valid ballots.

Senate Bill 299 would impose an arbitrary and unrealistic deadline for submitting election results, endangering the freedom to vote for Michigan communities.

  • Senate Bill 299: Would require election results to be submitted by 12 PM the day after Election Day, regardless of whether all valid ballots have been counted or not. This would be impossible for local clerks, who have a legal obligation to count all valid ballots as accurately as possible, while putting entire Michigan communities at risk of being stripped of their votes if clerks fail to meet the deadline.

With more Michiganders exercising their freedom to vote, our elected officials should be working to expand access to the ballot and ensure that all eligible ballots are counted.

Send a message to your State Senator today urging them to oppose Senate Bill 299.

The integrity of our elections, freedom to vote are threatened by video recording

Michigan GOP lawmakers are proposing legislation that would allow for poll challengers from each party, as well as election inspectors and officials, to record video of audits and tabulation processes at precincts and absentee counting boards.

The right to a secret ballot and the ability to vote without fear of intimidation are integral to our electoral process in Michigan, ensuring that every Michigan voter can make their voice heard freely and fairly. Allowing for video recording of these processes will increase the risk of voters and election workers being intimidated by partisan interests and undermine the integrity of secret ballots for voters.

Senate Bills 275 and 276 would make the audit and tabulation processes increasingly daunting for election officials and clerks doing their civic duty.

  • Senate Bill 275: Would allow poll challengers from each party to record video of the audit process at selected precincts, undermining the right to a secret ballot.
  • Senate Bill 276: Would allow election inspectors, poll challengers and poll watchers to record video of the tabulation of ballots at any precinct or absentee counting board, opening the door for partisan intimidation.

Instead of introducing changes that increase friction and intimidation for voters and poll workers, our elected officials should be working to increase access to the ballot so all Michiganders can make their voices heard safely and securely.

Send a message to your State Senator today urging them to oppose Senate Bills 275 and 276.

Send a message to President Biden urging him to support Gov. Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order

Enbridge Energy is officially operating the Line 5 Pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac illegally. 

In defiance of Gov. Whitmer’s order revoking Enbridge Energy’s Easement Agreement with the state of Michigan to shut down Line 5 due to the imminent threat to our Great Lakes, Enbridge Energy has continued to keep pumping oil under the Straits of Mackinac. 

We know Line 5 was only intended to operate safely for 50 years. 

We know an oil spill would impact more than 700 miles of Great Lakes shoreline.

And we know Line 5 is a ticking time bomb in our Great Lakes that must be shut down. 

Enbridge Energy is suing the state, challenging the order and is trying to move this case to the Supreme Court to delay the shutdown. We need your help by sending a message to President Biden urging him to support Gov. Whitmer’s shutdown order and reinforce Michigan’s authority to stop this dangerous pipeline. 

Send a message to your lawmaker: Non-partisan poll challengers are important for our democracy

Lawmakers are proposing legislation that would eliminate non-partisan poll challengers in our elections.

Non-partisan poll challengers play an essential role in accountability and ensuring our elections are transparent, providing an extra layer of security in the election process. Eliminating them from the voting process will increase the likelihood of poll challengers using their role to advance a political agenda and intimidate voters.

Senate Bills 290 and 309 would make this process hyper partisan and eliminate non-partisan poll challengers entirely. 

  • Senate Bill 290: Would eliminate non-partisan poll challengers in our elections, removing crucial transparency. 
  • Senate Bill 309: Would grant poll challengers new powers to challenge voters as well as the ability to demand written explanation for their removal if they violate challenger rules, increasing the risk of intimidation for poll workers and voters. Voters should be free to cast their ballots without fear of being threatened by poll challengers.

We need to work to minimize partisan interference in the voting process. Eliminating non-partisan poll challengers takes us away from this goal and invites partisan meddling where people are casting their ballots.

Send a message to your State Senator today urging them to oppose Senate Bills 290 and 309. 

Tell your lawmaker: amend Senate Bill 300 to extend early voting

Lawmakers in the State Senate have put forward Senate Bill 300 that would allow for one day of early voting, which would fall on the Saturday prior to Election Day. 

Early voting is a great policy and one that Michiganders should be able to enjoy. However, providing only one day for early voting is not adequate. No state provides only one day of early voting, with the national average being 19 days. 

While many Michiganders already take advantage of in-person absentee voting at clerks offices and satellites, we are currently not able to take advantage of early, in-person voting, the process by which our votes are tabulated on the spot. Creating just one day during which ballots can be tabulated and then returning to an absentee procedure would be confusing for voters and difficult for clerks to execute logistically. 

By all measures, an effective early voting period should last at least several weeks. 

Send a message to your state Senator urging them to expand early voting in Senate Bill 300. 

By contacting your senator and urging them to amend Senate Bill 300 to increase the early voting period, you can help make it clear that our lawmakers should be working to protect our right to free and fair elections. 

Tell your lawmaker: protect drop box voting in Michigan

The Senate Elections Committee will be taking up eight bills in its 39 anti-voter package this week, including Senate Bills 273 and 286 on Wednesday at 2 p.m. 

  • SB 273 would require signage about who can legally submit a ballot that contains extremely problematic language and would give full power to local county boards of canvassers to approve or disallow drop boxes, hampering voting access for rural communities. 
  • SB 286 would require the closure of drop boxes by 5 p.m. the night before Election Day, reducing voter access and putting even more of a burden on local clerks to accept ballots in their offices without the necessary training, funding, or resources that they need. 

By contacting your senator and urging them to oppose Senate Bills 273 and 286, you can help make it clear that our lawmakers should be working to protect our freedom to vote, not putting up barriers. Take action and contact your senator and tell them to oppose SB 273 and SB 286 today. 

Ballot drop boxes are commonly and effectively used across the country, and provide large numbers of Michigan voters with a safe, secure way to vote. Putting restrictions on the use of drop boxes will burden Michigan voters that have used drop boxes for years, especially in rural communities that don’t have updated infrastructure and face geographical barriers to voting. 

Remove unfair restrictions for rooftop solar in Michigan

Rooftop solar in Michigan has been a huge success. As the technology has become more affordable, many Michiganders are installing solar panels on their rooftops to reduce their energy bills and do their part to reduce pollution in our air and combat climate change.

Major utility companies set in place an arbitrary 1% cap on the amount of customers that can hook up their rooftop solar installations to the energy grid to sell excess power. That cap has been reached by some of Michigan’s largest utility companies, which means additional customers who want to generate their own clean energy through rooftop solar will be unable to do so.

House Bill 4236 would remove this artificial cap and open the door for more Michiganders to lower their energy costs and reduce pollution in our air by generating their own clean energy. If lawmakers do not pass legislation to remove the cap, growth in rooftop solar will come to a halt in Michigan, closing the door on a huge opportunity to reduce pollution and create good clean energy jobs.

We need your help to send a message to your lawmaker urging them to pass House Bill 4236 to remove the cap on the amount of customers who can generate their own clean energy.

Tell your lawmaker: Expand recycling and provide more funding for contaminated site cleanup

Passed over four decades ago, Michigan’s 10-cent bottle deposit law has been a huge success, helping incentivize recycling and providing funding for cleanup of contaminated sites.

 

Now, we have an opportunity to expand this highly successful program to include more containers, like water bottles, to further increase the recycling rate and provide even more money to contaminated site cleanup.

Recently introduced legislation by Sen. McCann and Rep. Morse will allow plastic water bottles and other containers to be returned along with bottles and cans. In addition to expanding the list of accepted returnables, the bill would provide additional funds for contaminated site cleanup, protecting our drinking water and the health of Michigan communities.

We need your help to add water bottles to the list of accepted returnables and increase funding for contaminated site cleanup. Send a message to your lawmaker telling them to expand the bottle bill for increased recycling and contaminated site cleanup.

Urge your lawmaker to extend the moratorium on water shut offs

Michiganders are once again at risk of having their water shut off due to failure to pay their bills. We need your help to keep the taps on for Michigan families. 

Late last year, State Senator Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) introduced Senate Bill 241 that was signed into law banning water shut offs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This law was crucial to providing access to water for drinking and washing hands at home, but it was temporary. The current moratorium on shut offs expires on March 31, putting Michigan families at risk of having their water shut off once again. Water shut offs impact Michiganders across the state in both urban and rural areas. It’s time to put a stop to water shut offs once and for all. 

We need your help protecting Michigan’s right to running water. Send your lawmaker a message urging them to pass Senate Bill 271 that extends the moratorium on water shut offs past March 31.

Urge Your Lawmaker to Hold Polluters Accountable

Members of the Michigan House of Representatives recently introduced HB 4314, a bill that would hold corporate polluters responsible for contamination they cause so they foot the bill for cleanup, not taxpayers.

The bill would remove the statute of limitations for the state to file a civil claim in these cases, remove corporate officers who sit on panels who decide environmental regulations and permits, and require higher fines and bond levels to ensure corporations can pay for the cleanup when pollution occurs.

With threats to our water, like PFAS contamination, we need stronger accountability over parties responsible for contaminating our water.

Send a message to your lawmaker today, urging them to support legislation that would hold corporate polluters accountable for cleaning up and paying for their own messes. 

Tell your lawmaker: Support legislation to protect Michigan’s air and drinking water

Senate Bill 147 would repeal Public Act 602 of 2018, dubbed “No Stricter Than Federal,” which prohibits the state from setting protections for our air and drinking water that are more stringent than federal standards.

Given Michigan’s devastating history of water pollution and the presence of tens of thousands of contaminated sites across our state, there is an urgent need for stricter, proactive measures to protect the health of our communities. Restoring the state’s ability to set the highest and most protective standards that work for Michigan to protect our water systems and public health.

Send a message to your lawmaker today, urging them to support SB 147 to protect public health, and ensure all Michiganders have clean air and drinking water.

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Even if you’re not in one of our core regions, reach out and we’ll be happy to help you get involved locally! While we don’t have coordinators in every corner of the state yet, we have a statewide membership and volunteer teams are already active in communities around Michigan!

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