Email Updates July 28,2019
This Just In: Protest Monday, July 29!
A protest against the transfer of Texas Border Patrol child abuser Aaron Hull to the Detroit ICE Office is set for Monday, July 29 at 3pm at 211 W. Fort Street, Detroit, 48226. ProtestAaron for more details.
WeGP Annual Picnic is Saturday, August 10
Come join us on Saturday, 8/10 at Patterson Park from 3:00pm to 6:00pm (Essex at Three Mile Drive in Grosse Pointe Park)
FOOD! FUN! GIANT JENGA! AND MORE!
It's time for the annual WeGP Picnic, where we get together, eat some food, drink some drinks, play some games, and enjoy each others' company.
ALL are welcome- you don't need to be a member of WeGP or live in Grosse Pointe Park to attend. Bring your friends, your neighbors, and remember: this place has a great playground and a splash pad, so your kids are welcome too. There will also be a suggestion box, so bring your suggestions.
We'll bring the burgers and dogs (with veggie options, of course), and will have water and lemonade. You bring yourself and your favorite dish (not just chips, please) to pass and any fancy drink you might need. Note: Park rules prohibit glass drinking bottles in the park.
Click on WeGP-Picnic to let us know if you are coming.
If you are willing to volunteer for set-up and/or clean-up, please message Janie Slayden on Facebook.
If you missed your chance, we will have lawn signs and pride flags available for purchase.
Lights for Liberty
The Lights4Liberty-Detroit Rally and Vigil to end human detention camps was a success. WeGP collaborated in this effort by raising community awareness, organizing car pools, providing fully one-half of the trained marshals for the March and organizing Kids 4 Kids Lemonade stands the entire weekend of July 12-14. Proceeds went to Immigrant Families Together, an organization dedicated to re-uniting separated immigrant families. The Lemonade stands raised $3,000. To stay informed about this movement click: Lights4Liberty
America You Kill Me
A feature documentary about gay rights warrior -- and Grosse Pointe South Alumnus -- Jeffrey Montgomery, and the ongoing struggle for equality in the Midwest. While this film centers on an individual, it intends to raise awareness of other leaders who, like Montgomery, made sacrifices and fought hard to create a better world than the one they found.
WeGP is supporting fundraising to complete this film to help share this important story of a grass-roots organization and how far it has come. Our very own Pride March by WeGP is evidence of that! WeGP is matching donated funds up to $1,000 through August 13, 2019. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar until our goal or the deadline is reached.
To make a donation, learn more about this movement and to see a brief clip of the film already in production click on: we-gp.org
Quick Action Needed
The We GP Environmental Task Force works for changes that produce a safer, greener, more sustainable future. TheTask Force is asking for your support if you are against Line 5. Their goal is to get 50 people to sign-on to a letter they have prepared to our Lansing delegation (Senator Hollier and Representatives Tate and Yancey). Click on Sign-onLetter to see a copy of the letter with links to related articles. If you would like to sign-on the letter itself, email MARYGPP5@gmail.com
Related News Items:
Six House Democrats sent a letter to AG Nessel encouraging her to abandon her Line 5 lawsuit—this group included 1st District Rep Yancey, but the Task Force hopes she will reconsider. Additionally, the Governor has set up a task force to explore propane deliver alternatives to Line 5. Both of these processes should be allowed to play out.
The Attorney General has just posted an opinion piece. You can read it at: AGopinion
Civic Engagement Opportunities
To encourage local civic engagement, we provide dates, times, and locations of local government and organizational meetings. Click on the meeting of interest:
City Council Meeting, City of Grosse Pointe
City Council Meeting, Grosse Pointe Farms
City Council Meeting, Grosse Pointe Park
City Council Meeting, Grosse Pointe Shores
City Council Meeting, Grosse Pointe Woods
Grosse Pointe School Board Meetings
Notes: 1. Check each City's website for agendas, live streaming/video options and calendar changes. 2.The School Board meets twice monthly.
Other Groups of Interest
GPPSS Parents for Unity in Diversity
League of Women Voters of Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe - Harper Woods NAACP Branch
WeGP Environmental Task Force