Email Updates June 19, 2019
Pride March is Here, But First Other News.....
You don't want to miss this! Harper Woods hosts its second annual Juneteenth celebration, 5:30-8:00 pm, Salter Memorial Park, 19430 Harper Avenue, HW. Actors will take on the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, and of Martin Luther King, Jr. for his "I Have a Dream" speech. New this year are African dancers and drummers," which all goes on par with what a celebration would have been like back in those days," according to Harper Woods City Councilwoman Valerie Kindle, who is also second vice president of the NAACP Branch. It's a great event and WeGP will be there so stop by our table. For more information call, (313) 343-2500.
Program Talks About GP School Closings
Detroit Today is a local public radio program airing weekdays on WDET (101.9 FM). It is hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson who focuses on news, politics, and community and regional issues. Henderson's guests today were Augustin Arbulu, Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and Gary Niehaus, Grosse Pointe Public Schools Superintendent. The discussion covered the controversy over the proposed GP School closings in light of this weeks Michigan Department of Civil Rights recommendations that the GP School Board reconsider it's choices. The program airs again at 7:00pm today, or you can hear it at: DETROIT TODAY
WE GP Environmental Task Force
Per the League of Conservation Voters, our Environmental Task Force urges you to take quick and easy action to tell Governor Whitmer to hold strong and shutdown Line 5, the unstable Enbridge oil pipeline threatening the Great Lakes. Click here: LINE 5
Don't forget to visit the Task Force table at the end of the Pride March and consider attending their next meeting at 6:30pm, Wednesday, June 26, at Starbucks in the Village. Questions? MARYGPP5@GMAIL.COM
March with Pride This Saturday, June 22
Join our family friendly 3rd Annual GP Pride March in support of our LGBTQA+ friends and neighbors.
Don’t miss your chance to make a meaningful impact just by showing up.
Festivities begin at 9:30am (rally, face painting and more) at GP South High School (Fisher lot). March step-off is at 10a.m.
Be there to witness our first ever Pride Float!
Things to bring to the March:
Your friends, family, kids, neighbors and leashed friendly dogs (water provided for them along the route)
Re-usable water bottle - we will have filling stations striving for low waste
Pride sign, Flag or both!
Sun block or umbrella....or both!
Cash for vendors
Comfy walking and dancing, shoes! The GP Pride Choir and Sierra Misst will be performing, and we will have a WeGP playlist in between
REMINDER: this walk is a one-way route so we suggest having a plan for returning to your car.
The 1.2 mile route ends at Maire Elementary School on Cadieux where there will be many additional activities.
Sign the parade banner, send a post card to your elected official to ban conversion therapy in Michigan, listen to the beautiful sounds of the Pride Choir, find out what a boom whacker is, get your face painted, participate in an optional peace meditation, paint a rock, eat cookies made by Hen and Chick Cakes, eat tacos from the Drunken Rooster, drink lemonade by Aja, browse the vendor tables for shopping and learning about PFLAG GP and our own Environmental Task Force….. AND enjoy a fabulous Drag Queen performance by Grosse Pointe’s own Sierra Misst!
Plan to hang out and celebrate with us at Maire!
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 Interests
GPPSS Parents for Unity in Diversity
League of Women Voters of Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe - Harper Woods NAACP Branch