Voter Tracking Project: 2,000 Rising American Electorate Voters (RAE) in Detroit
By utilizing voter contact methods that were successful in our 2012 GOTV efforts: phone banking, pledge cards, canvassing, the Michigan Organizing Collaborative will develop a list of 2,000 RAE voters (low income, Afro-American, Latinos, single parents, urban 18-25 youth). We will identify 2,000 voters contacted during the 2012 cycle, who voted in 2012, and through phone banking, canvassing, and mailings get 100% of these voters to vote in the November 2013 Detroit elections. We will also hold 2-3 educational forums to help Detroit voters understand why voting matters, where to vote and walk them through a sample ballot.
Metro Detroit is home to some of the highest violent crime rates in the country, and gun violence is no longer restricted to the urban core. Recent acts of gun violence in suburban Detroit have been well documented and the public outcry has been significant. While it appears that some of the violence is drug related, other acts such as the I-96 shootings, target arbitrary victims, and seem to be the work of lone individuals with access to increasingly deadly weapons. We are proposing:
1. State and Federal Officials should write, co-sponsor, and vocally support universal background checks for all gun purchases.
2. State and Federal Officials should work to ban large ammunition clips and assault style weapons.
3. Oakland and Macomb County should approve and implement county wide “jail diversion programs” that funnel mentally ill people who commit misdemeanors into treatment. This would save the counties money on incarceration as well as get people treatment before their symptoms worsen.
Over 1 million Michiganders are without health insurance. The majority of these citizens are fully employed, but without health insurance they are one accident or major illness away from foreclosure, bankruptcy, or homelessness. The care of uninsured patients also costs Michigan hospitals over $2.4 billion annually, as patients do not seek out expensive preventative care, and are unable to pay their emergency room costs.
The State of Michigan should opt to expand Medicaid to 133% of the poverty line under the Federal Affordable Care Act. Not only would the expansion of Medicaid provide health insurance to 600,000 Michiganders who are currently uninsured, but it would be federally funded at a 100% rate for the first two ears and a 90% rate from 2016 on. On balance, the expansion would save the state an estimated $983 million over 10 years.
United Against Human Trafficking: A Statement of Solidarity
RESTORATIVE PRACTICES: SOLUTIONS NOT SUSPENSIONS
YOUTH VOICE is working with state officials to secure resources for implementing Restorative Practices in schools across Michigan! Restorative Practices will create alternatives to out-of-school suspensions that keep youth in school and out of the criminal justice system.
Metro Detroit is the consistently ranks among the worst metro areas for regional public transportation. For residents without a car, this often means 2-3 hour commutes to and from work. The lack of strong regional mass transit is cited among the chief causes of the “brain drain: of young adults leaving our region and state. Workers have to take time off work to drive their parents to malls and doctors’ appointments.
The State of Michigan recently passed legislation to create a Regional Transit Authority, which is a huge step in the right direction. The Authority will not have the power it needs to create a Regional Transit System until ballot initiatives are passed in the four counties of SE Michigan to fund the RTA. There is a lack of grassroots awareness of the RTA is, and why it is important.
A strong voter engagement and grassroots education campaign in needed to build support for this measure.