Hello Houghton/Keweenaw FAM!
Action You Can Take Today & This Week
- Today there is a meeting about establishing a rotating emergency homeless shelter for the winter in the Copper Country. This is something that does not exist yet, and the weather from the last few days is a reminder of how crucial it could be for some. The meeting is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Hancock (401 Quincy St.)
- The Houghton County Commission is meeting tomorrow at 5:00 pm in the Conference Room on the fifth floor of the Houghton County Courthouse.
- The Hancock City Council meeting is Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the City Council chambers at City Hall.
- Let us know if there are meetings or volunteer opportunities happening locally that should be shared with our group!
Issues at the Local Level
I have attached some images provided on Facebook by Krissy Sundstrom relating to the proposed bond and millage for Houghton-Portage Township schools.
Issues with at the State Level
A bill proposed by Senator Casperson to streamline permitting of small mines has passed the MI Senate, it will move to the house and Representatives Kivela, Dianda, and LaFave all support the measure.
We saw a number of familiar faces at the Count MI Vote town hall. The overall tone of the crowd was positive that change needed to happen to stop gerrymandering (including in our own 110 MI House district!), but it will take a lot of signatures and work to get the MI constitution amended in 2018. Details on the proposal are not yet available, and if you want to have input on the final proposal you can go here or here to learn more.
Issues at the National Level
Call Representative Bergman and say thanks for his seeming reversal from his March 7 town hall position on Great Lakes funding. He has posted that he supports the Great Lakes and has signed a letter to the President in favor of the GLRI funding, but he is going to need both political cover (so call and say thanks), and to have his feet held to the fire when it comes time for voting.