Happy Monday, FAM. There are lots of opportunities for political action at the local level this week, so I’ll get right to it:

Local (via FAM calendar).

Meet & Greet & Potluck with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed – Candidate for Governor is tonight (4/10) at the Super 8 in Houghton. 6:30 pm. Bring a dish to pass.

Houghton County Board of Commissioners meeting is tomorrow, April 11, at 5:00 pm. (Conference room, 5th floor of the Houghton County courthouse)

Houghton City Council meeting is Weds, April 12, at 5:30 pm. (Council Chambers, City Center, 616 Shelden Ave.)

Representative Jack Bergman (invited) Town Hall. Thursday, April 13, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Masonic Square Red Room 128 W Washington St, Marquette, MI

Marquette Repair Café. Saturday, April 15, 12:00 – 4:00. Marquette Art and Culture Center, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Trump Tax Day March. Saturday, April 15, 11:00am – 2:00 pm. Meet at Peter White Library, 217 N Front St., Marquette MI.

Federal (via Daily Action). THE WAR ON WOMEN GOES GLOBAL.

“Last week, the Trump administration defunded the United Nations Population Fund, the largest international maternal health organization on the planet, which provides family planning and reproductive health services in more than 150 countries. This includes emergency obstetric care, midwife training, and fistula repair.

Last year, the United States’ contribution of $69 million–or the price of roughly 35 taxpayer-funded weekends at Mar a Lago–helped prevent roughly 10,000 maternal deaths and 100,000 unsafe abortions.

Today’s Daily Action is to ask your Member of Congress to state public support for the United Nations Population Fund. Women’s lives depend on it.”

Bergman’s DC number: 202-225-4735

Suggested script:

“Hello, my name is (NAME), I am a US citizen living in Michigan, my zip code is (ZIP). I am calling to urge Representative Bergman to lend public support to the U.N. Population fund. As I see it, his choice is as simple as this: Does he stand for death in childbirth, female genital mutilation, and the uncontrolled spread of HIV, or does he stand for healthy mothers and babies and basic human rights?

Please ask Representative Bergman to show the people that he values the safety and care of hundreds of thousands of women and children over party rhetoric; ONE preventable death or ONE mutilated girl is one too many. I urge him to make a public stand for the U.N. Population Fund because it takes more than missiles to protect women and children.”

Onward,

M

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