Buses leaving from around Michigan for Lansing hearing
From: Lucianna Sabgash
July 20, 2012
Oral arguments will be heard by the Michigan Supreme Court in Lansing this Wednesday, July 25th concerning the font size of the petitions to repeal the emergency manager law, Public Act 4. The Stand Up for Democracy Coalition will argue for immediately certifying the petition drive and placing the PA 4 “Dictator Law” on the Michigan State November ballot. Once certified, the law and the EMs are immediately suspended.
[VOD: Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, the group which lodged a protest against the PA4 referendum, brought this case before the state’s high court. They are asking them to overturn the appeals court decision ordering that the PA4 referendum be placed on the ballot. The appeals court said June 4:
“Defendants [Board of Canvassers] have a clear legal duty to certify the petition for the ballot because the petition has the requisite number of signatures and meets all other statutory requirements,” the COA ruled. “Under all of the circumstances presented here, the act of placing the petition on the ballot is ministerial . . . we direct the Board [of Canvassers] to certify plaintiff’s petition for the ballot.”
Stand Up for Democracy filed a motion with the Appeals Court asking that their ruling be given immediate effect, so that the referendum can be on the ballot in time for the November elections, but the Appeals Court has continued stalling.]
The Supreme Court Justices, with a current Republican majority, should see the ongoing popular demand for ending the Dictator Law. It is important to note that three of the Michigan Supreme Court seats will be up for election this November. Oher ballot initiatives coming up may very well be contested as well [e.g. the constitutional amendment guaranteeing collective bargaining as a right.]
Buses are being organized in various cities around the state to leave early Wednesday morning for a Lansing 9:30a.m. arrival in Lansing, leaving as early as 7a.m. from Detroit, to rally on the Supreme Court steps.
If anyone would be able to offer support for logistics in the form of buses, staging on the court steps; including, sound equipment, supporter sign-in, media wrangling/sign-in, food/water, first aid, political signs, event marshals, or any other recommendations, it would be greatly appreciated.
Follow-up actions are currently under consideration and planning stages following this event as well to keep the pressure on the justices. This is not just one event, but an on-going campaign to raise the voice of the people, build momentum for voter outreach and education so we don’t just put PA4 on the ballot, but vote it down, restoring democracy to our great state.
Please contact me directly if you have any questions or could offer support regarding logistics organizing this event!
Organizer for the 99%
Rainbow PUSH Michigan is coordinating buses leaving from following cities on the July 25, 2012. YOU MUST RSVP BY TUESDAY MORNING, JULY 24.
YPSILANTI: 7:00 AM
3765 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
For More Information Contact:
Rod Casey Sr, Washtenaw County Coordinator
or email Casey_36@ juno.com
BENTON HARBOR: 6:30 AM
Benton Harbor City Hall
200 E. Wall Street
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
For more information Contact:
Reverend Edward Pinkney
DETROIT: 7: 00 AM
Bethany Baptist Church
15122 W Chicago
Detroit, MI 48228
313/836 – 7667
FLINT: 7: 00 AM
Hasselbring Community Center
1002 West Home Avenue, Flint, MI 48505
For more information Contact:
Pastor Latrell Holmes or Bishop Jefferson
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS: 7:00 AM
Greater Harvest Baptist Church
2435 Riordan St, Muskegon, MI 49444
For more information on the event please call B.W.P.C. Chairperson Marianne Harris-Darnell at (708)-456-6116.
PONTIAC: 7:00 AM
Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
123 Wesson Street, Pontiac 48341
Pastor John Tolbert
For more information call:
(248)334 – 5043