Presumptive Democratic Attorney General Nominee Dana Nessel
Endorses Acker for Regent
Southfield – Jordan Acker, a fourth generation Michigander, former Obama Administration official, and the first millennial to ever run for the U-M Board of Regents, was endorsed Wednesday, August 15th, by presumptive Democratic nominee for Attorney General Dana Nessel.
“I’m proud to endorse Jordan Acker for U-M Regent,” said Nessel. “Hard work matters. Like in my campaign, Jordan has traveled around the state, meeting with over 110 Democratic Club or County parties, making sure that Michiganders know the importance of the Board of Regents. As a fellow University of Michigan graduate, I know Jordan shares a passion for making our University accessible, transparent, and open to all. I look forward to continuing to travel around the state with Jordan, sharing our progressive vision and winning big in November."
Since launching his campaign in September 2017, Acker has received the support of a large group of grassroots, legislative, and labor leaders, including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills), Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Rep. David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids), Rep. Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit), Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint), Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Twp.), Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor), Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Huntington Woods), Rep. Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), Rep. Sheldon Neely (D-Flint), Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren), Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights), Rep. Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores), Rep. Jewell Jones (D- Inkster), Virgie Rollins, chair of the DNC Black Caucus, among several others. He has also been endorsed by the Oakland County Democratic Black Caucus, Fems for Dems, the Waterford Democratic Club, the 4th Congressional District Democrats, the 7th Congressional District Democrats, and the Justice Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party. He has also earned the endorsement of the UAW, Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, IBEW State Conference, UFCW Local 951, and the Bricklayers Local 2, as well as the support of Regents Mark Bernstein and Michael Behm. Regents Emerti Phil Power and Laurence Deitch have also endorsed the campaign..
If nominated, Acker, 33, would be the first Democratic candidate for U-M Regent to have graduated or attended class this century. The Michigan Democratic Party will hold its convention August 25-26, 2018 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.
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August 15, 2018
Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmich
Lisa Posthumus Lyons Represents Decade of #TotalGOPControl Failure
Working families, democracy, and public education got sold out by Posthumus Lyons
MICHIGAN — Bill Schuette’s selection of Lisa Posthumus Lyons as a running mate represents a doubling-down on failed Republican policies that have stacked the deck in favor of shady corporate donors and rigged the rules against Michigan’s working families.
“Lisa Posthumus Lyons represents more of the same from Bill Schuette: doing the bidding of corporate donors like the DeVos family while undermining the people’s access to the ballot, attacking public schools, and pushing GOP policies that have harmed working families and our communities,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “During her time in the legislature, Lisa Posthumus Lyons called teachers ‘pigs’, spearheaded the effort to expand the failed Education Achievement Authority, pushed a bill to muddy Michigan’s democracy with more corporate money, and put up obstacles between Michiganders’ right to ballot initiatives and use their voice on election day. Posthumus Lyons — just like Bill Schuette — has a record that shows she has the wrong priorities for Michigan.”
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News from Alliance for a Better Minnesota
August 14, 2018
Jeff Johnson Wins Primary, Showing How Extreme the GOP Has Become
Minnesotans have already rejected him twice, and will again in November
MINNESOTA – Today, Tea Party Republican and two time statewide loser Jeff Johnson defeated Tim Pawlenty in the Primary Election, proving how extreme the Minnesota Republican Party has become.
“Minnesotans, including Republican primary voters, soundly said no to another four years of Tim Pawlenty after we reminded them about his harmful record as governor. But Jeff Johnson’s record isn’t any better and we can’t trust him to do what’s best for our families or our state. Minnesotans rejected Johnson’s harmful agenda before and they will again,” said Joe Davis, executive director of Alliance for a Better Minnesota. “If elected governor, Johnson would take away health care from thousands of Minnesotans, including people with preexisting conditions. He would bring Donald Trump’s disastrous tax plan to Minnesota, which slashes health care programs for children, seniors, and people with disabilities to give huge tax breaks to the wealthiest and corporations. Jeff Johnson would be a disaster for Minnesota.”
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August 14, 2018
Contact: Aamina Ahmed, email@example.com, 313-643-5751
Groups Call on Rep Scott to Apologize for Racially Offensive Comments
APIAVote-Michigan and Others Disappointed by Election Day Insults
MICHIGAN — Today, over a dozen community groups called on Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) to apologize to the immigrant community, the Asian American community, and the residents of Senate District 1 for comments she made recently on Primary Election Day, August 7.
Elected officials should be held to high standards of professional conduct, and respect people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. No elected official or candidate for office, regardless of political affiliation, should use stereotypical imagery or language. The use of these stereotypes is counter to the progress our country has made over past decades to encourage respect for all communities. On August 7, individuals from other campaigns and organizations observed the following:
“In these times of rampant xenophobia, racism and intolerance, it is extremely disappointing to hear of an elected official speak to voters in this way,” said Aamina Ahmed, Executive Director of APIAVote – Michigan. “We all need to work together to combat prejudice, bias and systems of discrimination, not fall prey to them. We cannot let stereotyping and stigmatization become normalized by ignoring it. It is exceedingly upsetting to learn that the comments were made by a woman of color. We can build inclusive and cohesive communities that recognize diversity of all forms as a strength vs a weakness and hope that Rep. Scott apologizes and joins us in this work.”
The organizations calling for an apology are: Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote – Michigan, African Bureau of Immigration & Social Affairs, Association of Chinese Americans, American Citizens for Justice, Cortland Street Block Club, Detroit Action Commonwealth, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Engage Michigan, Equality Michigan, Fair Elections Center, Filipino American Community Council of Michigan, Good Jobs Now, Michigan League for Public Policy, Michigan United, Michigan Voice, MOSES, Mothering Justice, Pontiac Policy Council and Progress Michigan
*** Note: Student voices also available today to comment on 6-month anniversary of Parkland shooting. ***
MEDIA ADVISORY for Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Jennifer White, Hopkinton High ‘19, Fellow, Granite State Progress (603) 513-3782
Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director, Granite State Progress (603) 892-2150
*** Media Advisory for Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00 AM ***
Student Leaders to Host Back to School, Back to Action Press Conference on Gun Violence Prevention
Youth leaders from around the state will report back on student-led gun violence prevention efforts over the summer and for the coming school year; call out Governor Sununu’s decision to allow guns in elementary, middle and high schools
Concord, NH – One day after the six-month anniversary of the Parkland school shooting, New Hampshire youth gun violence prevention leaders will host a Back to School, Back to Action press conference at the State House on Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00 am.
Youth leaders from around the state will report back on student-led gun violence prevention efforts over the summer and for the coming school year, and voice concerns over returning to elementary and high schools where potentially dangerous people can bring guns into school buildings and grounds.
“We are excited for the start of the school year, but we all know that we are in danger when we leave for the first day of school,” said Mattison Howard , a sophomore at Concord High School and member of the NH Student Social Justice League. “Back to school for us means back to headlines of school shootings every few weeks, and worrying we might be next.”
“Students return to school with the same fears of gun violence we had last year because politicians have ignored our pleas to provide a safer learning environment,” said Jennifer White, a Senior at Hopkinton High School and Granite State Progress intern. “Governor Sununu and Senate Republicans rejected a bill that would have clarified that local school districts can enforce gun free school zones, and they repealed the concealed carry licensing requirement that provided checks and balances on who can carry firearms into schools.”
Under a memo from the NH Attorney General and supported by Governor Sununu, community members can carry firearms into elementary and high schools. According to the memo, a school official or police officer can only take action once an individual makes a threat