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  • MEA-Retired members Pam DeGryse, Elaine Miller and Jeanne Hansen enjoyed a post-lunch conversation with members of Arkansas Education Association-Retired during the NEA-Retired Conference in Baltimore

  • NEA Board member Barb Schram, MEA-Retired Staff Liaison Paul Helder and MEA-Retired President Kay Walker Telma participated in an afternoon session for state presidents and liaisons, NEA staff and NEA-Retired leaders.

  • NEA Secretary-Treasurer Noel Candelaria spoke during one of the 2022 NEA-Retired Conference general sessions.

  • MEA-Retired members Elaine Miller and Barb Schram enjoyed a lighthearted moment with NEA President Becky Pringle following the closing session of the 2022 NEA-Retired Conference.

  • NEA President Becky Pringle addressed 2022 NEA-Retired Conference participants at the closing session of the event held in Baltimore March 16-18, 2022.

  • NEA Executive Committee member Gladys Vasquez, NEA-Retired President Sarah Borgman, MEA-Retired President Kay Walker Telma, and MEA-Retired Vice President Judy Daley were among the over 225 attendees at the NEA-Retired 2022 Conference held in Baltimore March 16-18

  • MEA-Retired was well represented at the NEA-Retired Conference. Standing: Jeanne Hansen, Judy Daley, Connie Boylan, Barb Schram, Kay Walker Telma, Rovin Aslakson, Elaine Miller. Seated: Millie Lambert, Al Beamish, Pam DeGryse.

  • East Oakland County MEA-Retired Chapter members Steve Sadlier and Mike Gillis, attended the Remembrance of January 6 Candlelight Vigil in Rochester.

  • Paula-salerno-herbart-2021-most-influential-women, congrats Madam President!

  • MEA-Retired Board of Directors Zoom meeting, 09/01/2021

  • MEA-Retired Board of Directors meeting, 09/01/2021

  • July Happy Hour gathering of the Grand Traverse Bay Area MEA-Retired chapter. Back row: Don Hakala, former MEA Board member and UniServ Director; Kay Walker Telma; former MEA/NEA Board member Tom Bousamra. Front row: Irene Brown, former MEA VP Lynn Larson.

  • President Kay Walker-Telma

  • Education Leaders 2021

  • Senator Debbie Stabenow With MEA-Retired Members Jack & Jo Ellis

Election 2022 Weekly Update

Oct 18, 2022

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Political Update – October 17 (22 days until polls close)

 

President Barack Obama to join Governor Whitmer and MDP for GOTV Rally

President Barack Obama will travel to Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 29, to join Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, and Michigan Democrats up and down the ballot for a GOTV rally in metro Detroit (time TBD). The event will focus on the stakes of the race and the core rights at risk in Michigan. Additional details to come. If you're interested in attending, sign up here

This event is one of MANY coming up as the Whitmer for Governor bus tour of the state kicks off later this week (including expected stops this weekend in Detroit, Flint, Marquette, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Allendale, Holland and Lansing) – we’ll share more details on all these events as we have them, and will be lining up our weekly Red For Ed canvasses with bus tour stops whenever possible (see below).

Current Volunteer Opportunities

If you need a reminder of how important it is to sign up to volunteer, see this tweet: "State Rep. Pam Hornberger, who’s running for the state Senate, tells crowd if Tudor Dixon is elected, Republicans can begin overhauling education in Michigan from the top to the bottom."

(This is the same Pam Hornberger who said at an event with Betsy DeVos last year that MEA and many teachers were “horrible”.)

 

MEMBER TO MEMBER: REMEMBER TO VOTE POSTCARDS

Write postcards to fellow MEA members to remind them to vote for pro-education candidates this November. Postcards will be mailed to you with address pre-printed. We will also send you post-card stamps. All you need to do is write a note!  (We will include a couple of suggestions to get you started, too!)

 

Sign up here:  https://forms.gle/tXKPiho4qUsGmQjQA

 

RED FOR ED CANVASSES

We'll knock doors and talk with folks directly about how important this election is for our students and school employees. The full schedule is below – sign up for one (or more!) today. All canvassers will receive training and a Red for Ed T-shirt!

 

Traverse City

10/22/22

TBD (Bus Tour Stop)

https://www.mobilize.us/mea/event/500798/

Southfield

10/22/22

10:00 AM

https://www.mobilize.us/mea/event/501507/

Grand Rapids

10/22/22

10:00 AM

https://www.mobilize.us/mea/event/500778/

Taylor

10/29/22

10:00 AM

https://www.mobilize.us/mea/event/501511/

Ann Arbor- with special guest Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

10/30/22

10:00 AM

https://www.mobilize.us/mea/event/501379/

 

VOLUNTEER FORM

Complete the form at www.mea.org/volunteer to make sure you are alerted to other volunteer opportunities in your area!  We have added a new option for volunteering in school board races.  Please take 30 seconds and sign up so we can get your looped in to local activities.

 

Election Day Volunteering

Our partners need help with Election Day activities.  Please sign up below:

 

·         Voter Protection Efforts: There is a great need is for Election Day volunteers to observe and advocate for voters in polling places and absentee ballot counting rooms. Sign up for Zoom training to be a polling place challenger here, an absentee counting room challenger outside of Detroit here, or a Detroit absentee counting room challenger here. And if you have any questions about voting, please contact the MDP Voter Assistance Hotline at 1-833-648-6837 (1-833-MI-VOTES).

·         NEW Pre-processing Observers: In September, the state legislature approved a four-bill package allowing for the pre-processing of absentee ballots in large communities starting two days ahead of the election. In light of strong GOP and "Big Lie" scrutiny of this process, we are taking nothing for granted and intend to keep a watchful eye throughout. Sign up for Absentee Ballot Pre-Processing Observer

 

Getting mail from anti-education candidates – let us know!  ESPECIALLY SCHOOL BOARD RACES!

If you’re getting mail from non-recommended candidates (about education or other issues), we’d love to see it to help inform response strategies. Take pictures of mail that you get and send them along with the date you got it to publicaffairs@mea.org.  

 

Upcoming MEJC School Board Candidate Forums

Our partners at MEJC are hosting several public events across the state to hear from school board candidates on their positions.  Please share with your networks.

 

JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM - PRESENTED BY SAC AND JACKSON BLM

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 6:00 PM • Jackson King Recreation Center•1107 Adrian Rd, Jackson, MI 49203 US 

VIEW EVENT

YPSILANTI COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION FORUM - PRESENTED BY SAC, MBK, WEROC AND EDUCATE YOUTH

Tuesday, November 01, 2022 6:00 PM • Virtual 

VIEW EVENT

VAN BUREN PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION FORUM - PRESENTED BY SAC AND WESTERN WAYNE COUNTY NAACP

Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:00 PM • Virtual 

VIEW EVENT

WAYNE-WESTLAND COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION FORUM - PRESENTED BY SAC AND WESTERN WAYNE COUNTY NAACP

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 6:00 PM • John Glenn High School Auditorium•36105 Marquette St, Westland, MI 48185 US 

VIEW EVENT

DETROIT SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM AND FALL ELECTION EVENTS SIGN-UP (ESPANOL)

Thursday, October 20, 2022 5:30 PM • TBD•TBD, Detroit, MI 48202 US

VIEW EVENT

PONTIAC SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUMS

Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:00 PM • Shilo Baptist Church •474 University Dr., Pontiac, MI 48342 US

VIEW EVENT

DETROIT SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM AND FALL ELECTION EVENTS SIGN-UP

Thursday, October 20, 2022 5:30 PM • Focus Hope•1400 Oakman Blvd. , Detroit, MI 48238 US

VIEW EVENT

WARREN CON: HOW SCHOOL BOARDS WORK- COMMUNITY LEARNING SESSION AND SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 5:30 PM • Warren Community Center•5460 Arden Ave, Warren, MI 48092 US

VIEW EVENT

WARREN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL BOARD FORUM

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 5:30 PM • Warren Community Center•5460 Arden Ave,, Warren, MI 48091 US

VIEW EVENT

 

 

* Sent to MEA local leaders, board members and staff *

Questions? Contact Jessica Lumbreras (jlumbreras@mea.org), Amanda West (awest@mea.org) or Liza Parkinson (lparkinson@mea.org).

 

 

Amanda West

Temporary UniServ Consultant- Member and Political Organizer

Michigan Education Association

(517) 214-7529

AWest@mea.org

 

Member to Member

Sep 26, 2022

Greetings colleagues! 

We are launching a member-to-member voting communication program, and I could use your help. 

We have identified thousands of MEA members that are infrequent voters—those that haven’t voted for several years, often skip midterm elections or perhaps have only voted once in the past decade.  We want to help connect them to voting resources—why they should vote, how to request absentee ballots, who our MEA recommended candidates are and more.  We will connect with them in one of two subprograms:  “target districts” or “the rest of the state.”

 

Target Districts

There are 61 school districts that have over 20 of these infrequent voter members (list below.)  We want to recruit at least one if not many more members (both current and retired) in each of these districts to do peer to peer contact.  As you all know, folks respond best when approached by folks with similar interests/backgrounds/networks.  So having someone in their own district reach out is the goal.  Here are the targets:

 

 

Rest of the State

We will need dozens of volunteers outside of those target districts to contact members in all other parts of the state.

 

Technology

We will utilize a platform called WAVE Michigan for texting, calling and emailing.  This easy to use web-based program will allow us to reach members and check in with them regularly to ensure they’ve requested an absentee ballot, remind them to return it, know where to find their polling place, find the recommended candidates, etc.

 

Project Timeline

Week of September 19- Recruit participants

Week of September 26- Continue recruitment and train participants via zoom  (training date TBD, will be recorded)

Week of October 3- Program Launch

 

What to do next

  1. Volunteer to participate! (Open to members, retirees and staff)  REGISTER HERE
  2. Help me find volunteers in the target districts.  Share with your colleagues! 😊

 

Please reach out if you have any questions!

 

Amanda West

Temporary UniServ Consultant- Member and Political Organizer

Michigan Education Association

(517) 214-7529

AWest@mea.org


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