This quarter, the attacks on our voting rights did not let up. Republicans in both the Michigan Senate and House made attempts to move voter suppression bills, and when that didn’t work, Republican special interest groups launched the Secure MI Vote ballot initiative. This initiative aims to take away options for voters on Election Day, make voting absentee more difficult and hamstringing election officials by limiting their ability to raise funds and educate voters. We will continue to work with our partners to fight any attack on our freedom to vote, and you help make that possible through your donations. In fact, we had one of our largest online fundraising days to date in response to these attacks. So, thank you, so very much for supporting our work.
- Working for fair, nonpartisan maps. For the first time ever, an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is drawing Michigan’s new legislative district maps. Progress Michigan is working with partners to develop research-based messaging guidance, talking points, videos and graphics to increase awareness about, and engage people in the redistricting process. We also created the MIRedistrictingInfo.org website as a source of information for the ongoing process, and are working to hold the commission accountable in our quest for fair, nonpartisan maps so that we can elect leaders that accurately reflect our diverse communities.
- First Documentary Premiered! In August, the Great Lakes Beacon, Progress Michigan’s source for progressive news and storytelling, released its first documentary – Drawing the Line: Inside the Effort to End Prison Gerrymandering – with rave reviews. The documentary highlights how prison gerrymandering has been used to unfairly shift political power in the state away from urban communities to rural communities and provides solutions through our redistricting process to right these wrongs.