Email Updates July 3, 2019
What a Day of Pride!
Pride, Community and Love filled the streets of Grosse Pointe at the GP Pride March by We GP. Thank you to each and every one of you who joined us on Sunday, June 22, 2019 and for the good wishes from those who could not attend. Together we sent a powerful message that Love is Love in GP and that we stand for LGBTQ+ Equality.
This important day was made possible by the hard work of our many energetic and creative volunteers and organizers, the generosity of multiple sponsors and donors, the printers, float engineers, vendors, community organizations, Pride Choir, Pastor Richard Yeager-Stiver, the Montgomery Family, Michael Rowady, Sierra Misst, the GP Public Safety Department and numerous others; see them all on we-gp.org
Please thank our sponsors by frequenting their businesses. After covering our costs, funds raised were split between OUTSERVE a non-profit legal services watchdog and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBTQ equality in America’s military, and We GP.
Thank you to the Board and Members of We GP for all your hard work building an organization that is making meaningful change in the community. While the celebration is over, the work continues.
To stay in touch with We GP happenings, sign up for our email newsletter: www.we-gp.org and click on Subscribe
If you enjoyed the day and would like to be part of shaping our work moving forward, become a member: https://www.we-gp.org and click on Join Us
Make a one-time donation to support We GP: https://www.we-gp.org and click on Donate
Lights for Liberty, Detroit
On Friday, July 12, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. The event in Detroit will host speakers and a candlelight vigil.
We GP fully supports this event and is partnering with the Detroit sponsors; we are hoping to get as many local people as possible to attend. The event begins in Detroit at 6:00 pm at 333 Mt. Elliot near Jefferson, the Detroit Field Office of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations.
We will be organizing car pools to the Lights for Liberty event leaving from Christ Church parking lot (Grosse Pointe Blvd next to GP South High School) from 4:45-5:45pm. The event goes from 6:00pm to 8:00 or 9:00pm. Please watch for a separate carpool post which will appear on Facebook at GP TBD soon.
Volunteer to marshal and help raise money at the same time! For every marshal we send to the event, We GP will donate $50 (up to $500) to Michigan Support Circle/Immigrant Families Together.
Marshal responsibilities include: being at the event from 5:45pm-9:00pm, guiding people in the correct direction and keeping them out of the road, being determined and strong enough to ignore any counter protesters, and know how to work with police (this will be covered in the training, see below). As with marshals in the Pride March it is a relatively straight forward but important job.
Marshals will need to attend training in the evening on Monday, July 8 at Michigan United in Detroit. However, we may be able to conduct a training in Grosse Pointe if we get enough volunteers. For more volunteer details, click on SHANNON or to volunteer, message Shannon Byrne on Facebook as quickly as possible.
Preparations for this event are evolving so please watch GP TBD on Facebook for further posts.
Activities Related to Lights for Liberty
Together with Michigan Support Circle, We GP is organizing Kids 4 Kids Lemonade Stands the weekend of July 12-14 to raise funds and awareness for Immigrant Families Together.
We will be hosting a Lemonade and Bake Sale on Friday, July 12, from 5:00-5:30pm in the Christ Church parking lot before the carpools leave. We need bakers and kids interested in selling lemonade and baked goods that day.
We are also looking for families to help with a Kids 4 Kids Lemonade Stand at the Vigil.
If you can help with either of the two Friday night Lemonade Stands or any time over that weekend, please click here to sign up: KIDS4KIDS
WE-GP Environmental Task Force
Interested in "joining" a Rapid Response Network for Environmental Issues? We GP Environmental Task Force has posted opportunities on our Facebook pages for action - primarily Lansing focused - on issues including Line 5, environmental justice (US Ecology) and clean/renewable energy. We'd like to develop a dedicated list serve for those who prefer email delivery systems. The call to action would primarily involve quick email responses, phone calls or sign-on letters. It will be quick and convenient - but powerful - on those issues of interest to you. Please email Mary at MaryGPP5@gmail.com if you would like to be added to this network.
Ask Mr. Green
Is any canned tuna truly dolphin safe?
Can old cardboard be used for mulch?
How do I dispose of animal waste without plastic bags?
Did you know that the Sierra Club has a regular advice feature in it's print and online magazines with articles answering these and many other green living relevant questions? The articles go back several years so you can search through them if you have a particular question in mind. https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/ask-mr-green
Grosse Pointe Park Civic Engagement Request
The City of Grosse Pointe Park is attempting to wrap up it's five year Master Plan The Draft is presented on the GPP Website. Public comments are being solicited via email to supplement the lack of input due to poorly attended meetings; primarily because of inconvenient scheduling.
This is an opportunity for you to help shape the future of Grosse Pointe Park by submitting your priorities and recommendations for the City. You can read the Master Plan Draft online and send your comments to Master Plan Subcommittee Chair David Gaskin at firstname.lastname@example.org Please don't delay, the window of opportunity will be closing soon.
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 Organizations of Interest
GPPSS Parents for Unity in Diversity
League of Women Voters of Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe - Harper Woods NAACP Branch