This November, let’s send a message that we will defend our rights, demand economic and social justice and elect candidates who will stand with us.
Gretchen Whitmer for Governor
Gretchen Whitmer is a former Democratic Michigan State Senator and Minority Leader running for Governor of Michigan. Whitmer has widespread support from Labor (biggest campaign contributors are Michigan State Utility Workers PAC, MI Laborers Political League, etc). Well known for work as prosecutor during which she took a strong stance and implemented reforms on sexual assault cases. As Governor, Whitmer plans to increase the minimum wage in MI to $15/hour. An advocate for Ban the Box, Whitmer has expressed support for criminal justice reform but has not identified clear policies she will implement to reduce the rate of arrests and incarceration in communities of color.
Debbie Stabenow for U.S. Senate
A three term incumbent Senator with moderate politics (won last re-election by 20 points) running for re-election in Michigan. While she has a moderate stance on policing issues, she has actively opposed pro-police legislation in the last year. Vocally supportive on immigration issues (most recently, the Muslim Ban and child separation, sanctuary cities), she sometimes has an inconsistent voting record, but is generally supported by immigrants rights groups. She received high rating from Planned Parenthood and co-sponsored the Health Care for Women Act in 2014.
Learn more about these ballot measures.
VOTE Yes on Proposal #1
The measure would permit individuals 21 years-old or older to use marijuana recreationally, and to grow up to 12 plants. It creates a tax of 10 percent on marijuana sales at retailers and businesses. Revenue goes to local government, K-12 education, and transportation infrastructure. The measure legalizes the production of industrial hemp. Municipalities are allowed to ban marijuana within their boundaries.
VOTE Yes on Proposal #2
The measure creates the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission that will draw both congressional and legislative district lines. Selection process occurs through the secretary of state’s office, with 13 commissioners randomly selected from a pool of registered voters. Four members would self-identify with each of the two major parties, five would be unaffiliated/independent. Current and former elected officials, lobbyists, and party officers are not eligible.
Vote YES on Proposal #3
The measures provides for: automatic voter registration, casting a secret ballot, for overseas voters to receive a ballot 45 days before an election, register to vote by mail up to 15 days before the election, same-day and election-day registration for the final 14 days before and on election day, straight-ticket voting, no-excuse absentee voting, and election results auditing.