Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Constituents to ask Rep. Moolenaar to make right CHOICE on consumer protection
Emergency petition drive seeks to head off CHOICE Act and defunding of CFPB
MIDLAND, Michigan– Women of Michigan Action Network – W.O.M.A.N – will deliver petitions to Rep. Moolenaar’s district office in Midland, Michigan Thursday at noon to demand he oppose the so-called CHOICE Act and its Wall Street-backed attack on consumer protections. W.O.M.A.N. will call on the congressman to choose working families over predatory lenders and big banks and to reject any bill that weakens the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) or the protections in place since the 2008 financial crisis.
The so-called CHOICE Act would significantly weaken the CFPB and strip their authority to regulate abusive payday loans that trap 12 million Americans in a cycle of debt and desperation every year. Having passed the House Financial Services Committee on a party line vote, the CHOICE Act is expected to be voted on by the full House this week. .
WHAT: “Wrong CHOICE Act” rally
WHO: Constituents of Michigan’s 7th congressional district
WHEN: 12 PM Thursday, June 8, 2017
WHERE: Rep. Moolenaar’s district office: 200 E Main St, Midland, MI, 48640
- Kathy Curell, 989-430-0580
- Jon Arlt, 989-400-7804
- Sarah Schulz, 989-948-2829
An Open Letter to Gary Glenn
Dear Representative Glenn,
You posted an open letter addressed to us – the Women of Michigan Action Network – on your Facebook timeline on March 5th. We appreciate the time and energy you put into the letter.
WOMAN gained valuable insight when we attended the office hours on March 3rd. At that meeting we were able to present to you topics such as:
- 2 unnecessary house bills that would have the negative result of allowing individuals to carry a concealed weapon in Michigan without a permit or training on college campuses and childcare centers.
- The constitutional and moral necessity of compassionate policies aimed at providing equal rights and protections to members of the LGBTQ community.
- The critical funds that would be depleted by a reduction in Michigan’s income taxes, that support infrastructure, protection of our natural resources and education.
- The acute need to include the voices of educators when considering a change or elimination of standards in schools.
- The essential services provided by Planned Parenthood to the citizens of Michigan.We met in the Library’s “community room” after it was clear that the room you reserved wouldn’t hold all of your constituents hoping to talk with you that day. We agreed to donate the additional $30 cost of that larger room and we did so on March 6th. You spoke of this with great emphasis in your letter, so we wanted you to know that’s been resolved. We are honored to have provided the space not only for the WOMAN members who responded to your public invitation, but to the other voters who showed up to be heard as well. We urge you to schedule a larger venue in the future.In the meeting, one of your constituents shared her concern about the loss of vital services if Planned Parenthood was defunded, and you suggested that individual citizens should take up collections to fund Planned Parenthood rather than tax dollars. Given that it is true that private funding has always been important to supplement the required and essential federal funding of Planned Parenthood, we want you to know that we took your advice. Your constituents who are members of WOMAN are conducting a funding campaign for Planned Parenthood. The campaign ends on April 1st and we have already collected over $1000 in donations. Since it was your suggestion, we will be sending the final donation in your name. Thank you so much for the idea.Finally, Representative Glenn, you stated at the meeting and later with TV5 that you didn’t know what the point was of us talking with you since we know we won’t change your mind. To that we’d like to point out that ours is a representative democracy and as such, we do expect that our elected representatives represent all the members of their district, not just those that voted for them. We attended the meeting assuming you had the best of intent to fulfill this responsibility by listening to us and answering our sincere questions. To be clear, that was the “point”.Voters who attended the meeting with you represent those committed to engage in our democracy. Our positions represent constitutional and compassionate values. We will continue to engage and advance civil and human equality, even when popular opinion supports oppression. We look forward to other opportunities to hear from you and for you to hear from us because we all want what’s best for Michigan. We can’t achieve that unless we know each other’s viewpoints – unless we listen even (maybe especially) to the opinions that are different than ours. In the words of the Dalai Lama, “When you talk, you are only repeating what you know; but when you listen, you may learn something new.”Sincerely,
Jen Ciolino, Jody Liebmann, Sarah Schulz
And the 1,118 members of the Women of Michigan Action Network – WOMAN
For Immediate Release – Feb. 17, 2017
Town Hall Meeting With Congressmen John Moolenaar Goes Forward Despite His Absence
Midland, Michigan February 17, 2017. The Women of Michigan Action Network – WOMAN – has for several weeks repeatedly requested an in-person meeting or town hall with Congressman John Moolenaar in the Midland Area. Because Congressman Moolenaar did not accept this request or indicate a commitment to do so, WOMAN held a town hall meeting without him during its bi-weekly action meeting on February 16, 2017.
During the town hall, local residents were filmed directing questions to Congressman Moolenaar in the hopes that he would see the video and provide thoughtful answers. Questions included topics such as the impending repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the proliferation of firearms in our country, the climate crisis, school vouchers, corruption and Russian influence in government, among others. Participants were polite and sincere in their desire to engage with the Congressmen in person on these topics that are so important to the very core of their lives and pursuit of happiness. The group hopes that Congressman Moolenaar will agree to meet with them in person soon to answer these questions and others.
The edited 7-min video of the town hall meeting can be found here: https://goo.gl/VWSs5u
W.O.M.A.N. is an 800-member volunteer-lead progressive action group based in Midland, Michigan that is dedicated to positive change and resistance. W.O.M.A.N. formed in response to the election of Donald Trump to resist the misogynistic, xenophobic, and racist rhetoric and policy direction. We are committed to forward progress in human and civil rights with equal economic opportunity and compassionate policy. Participation in W.O.M.A.N. is open to anyone regardless of gender who is an ally and wants to work to affirm and promote the dignity and respect of all people, along with equal economic opportunity for all.
W.O.M.A.N. – rejects all violence, threats of violence, intimidation and bullying in all forms toward any person or group regardless of political belief or ideology. This includes our elected officials, for although we stand in stark opposition to some on many issues, we also recognize the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals. We do our best to assume good intent of all those who work toward the greatest good for all citizens of our global community and we expect no less than the same in return.
For more information or to get involved, please contact us via email at email@example.com or call a member of WOMAN’s leadership team.
Letter to the editor of the Midland Daily News
The Women of Michigan Action Network — WOMAN — rejects all violence, threats of violence, intimidation and bullying in all forms toward any person or group regardless of political belief or ideology. This includes our elected officials, for although we stand in stark opposition to some on many issues, we also recognize the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals. We do our best to assume good intent of all those who work toward the greatest good for all citizens of our global community and we expect no less than the same in return.
Women of Michigan Action Network (W.O.M.A.N.) hosts Women’s March on Washington Solidarity March in Midland on January 21, 2017
W.O.M.A.N is hosting a solidarity march with our sisters and brothers marching in Washington, DC, Lansing, and many other locations across these United States. We will be marching Saturday, January 21st, from 3pm – 5pm, at the corner of Eastlawn and Saginaw in Midland.
We will be there to be visible to the community. We will be there because many of the plans Trump has for the country are contrary to democratic ideals. We will be there to support the poor, LGBTQ people, women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and others who are vulnerable under this new administration.
W.O.M.A.N. is a local progressive action group dedicated to positive change and resistance. It is based on Midland, Michigan and has over 400 members. W.O.M.A.N. formed in response to the election of Donald Trump. We are committed to forward progress in human and civil rights with equal opportunity and compassionate policy.
Press Release – March on Midland Planned for December 17, 2016
Women of Michigan Action Network (W.O.M.A.N.)