Email Updates May 29, 2019
Reconfiguration of GPPSS
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) is holding a total of four listening sessions to hear from Grosse Pointe residents on the planned reconfiguration of the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System. Parents and members of the GPPSS community are encouraged to attend.
Two of the four session were held today, May 29 at 9am and 4pm respectively at the Pierce Middle School in Grosse Pointe Park.
The next two session are June 4.
Session 1: 9am - 12noon in the North High School Performing Arts Center (PAC), 707 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Session 2: 4pm - 7pm at the Monteith Elementary Gymnasium, 1275 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods.
WEGP Environment Task Force
Relatively recently a WEGP task force has formed focusing on the environment. The task force members are involved in the roundtable process established by State Senator Adam Hollier. Having identified environmental issues that would require legislation and/or agency action at the state level, they are planning to continue participating to ensure that the identified items remain priorities as they gather support from the community. Thus far they are working with legislators and have allied themselves with neighboring Hamtramck and Detroit.
The WEGP Task Force has been meeting every other week at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays at the Starbucks in the Village. They are meeting tonight (May 29). The next roundtable is this Monday June 3rd @ 6:30 at the Voyageur Academy, 4321 Military Street in Detroit. For more information email MaryGPP5@gmail.com especially if you would like to attend the roundtable.
Some of the Reasons Why We March
The Transgender community continues to come under increasing assaults verbally, physically, mentally, legally and politically. Consider the contents of this poster published on Facebook:
"Are Transgender Americans Getting Too Many Special Rights?
1. Prohibited From Using Public Restrooms
2. Banned From Serving Their Country
3. Barred from Homeless Shelters
4. Restricted from Competing in Sports
5. Incarcerated with People of a Different Gender
6. Denied Proper Medical Care
7. Trans Panic Defense Legal In 46 States
8. Can Be Fired from Work In Most States
Please Stop Giving Us so Many Special Rights"
Please March with us to support all of our neighbors.
PRIDE MARCH 2019
Please plan on joining us for our family friendly 3rd Annual Grosse Pointe Pride March in support of our LGBTQ+ Neighbors on Saturday, June 22. The festivities begin at 9:30am (face painting and rally) at Grosse Pointe South High School (Fisher lot). Pride March step-off is at 10:00am. The 1.2 Mile route will end at Maire Elementary School where there will be vendors, a community picnic, choir singing, banner signing and more.
Calling all Military Families
If you or someone you know is interested in joining other local US Military families in marching together at the GP Pride March, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVE FUN WHILE HELPING:
Two Flag and Poster Dates THIS Week
Help us distribute Pride March posters and flags to businesses along Mack on Friday and Kercheval on Saturday.
On Friday, May 31, meet at 11:00am at Beyond Juicery+Eatery, 21110 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. SIGN UP - MACK AVE
On Saturday, June 1, meet at 11:00am at Posterity Framing and Print Gallery, 17005 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe City. SIGN UP - KERCHEVAL AVE
Meet at O'Flaherty's, 15119 Charlevoix St. Grosse Pointe Park for drinks and fun after our work is done.
P.S. IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO SIGN UP, FEEL FREE TO JUST SHOW UP!
Final Float Party Next Week
Help put the finishing touches on our one-of-a-kind float! We will gather on Thursday, June 6 from 6-8 pm at 2070 Hawthorne GPW. Please RSVP:
And There's More
Singers: For Pride Choir rehearsals; Contact TAMM WHITTY
This just in!
There is a choir rehearsal tonight (5/29) from 7-9 pm at the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church (240 Chalfonte, GPF). All are welcome to come learn/practice songs to be sung on March Day.
Face Painting: Contact CLARE PFEIFFER
March Marshal: Contact TRISHA THOMPSON
Become a Sponsor.....
THANK YOU to our growing list of 2019 GP Pride Sponsors! If you, your family, your business, your church, or your block want to become a sponsor, the deadline to be listed on the March Banner and Signage along the March Route is Friday, June 7th! Email us at email@example.com or contact CARLY COPUS for more info. And please support our Sponsor businesses and thank them!
After covering costs of the Pride March, funds raised will be split between OUTSERVE, a non-partisan legal services watchdog and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBTQ equality to America’s military, and We GP.
O'Flaherty's, Park Grill, Posterity, Steiner Sportswear, Fishbones, Fisher Pointe Dental, Blair Hess and Derek Latka, 1000 Block of Balfour Street, The Byrne/Simon Family, Amy Steinhauser, The Abke Family.
Old Pony, Upstairs Neighbor, Ferlito's, GP Dems, Little Pointers for Diversity, The McGuire Family, Bren NYCosmetics, Mac Shack and El Guapo, GP Macaroni Kid, Supportive Counseling Services, The Marginal Monday Crew, John Martin Photography, The Silverstein Family, Speech with Sara, LuLaRoe Margaret Leahy, Hen & Chick Cakes, Law Offices of Nicole L Castka, Howlers and Growlers, Girlie Girl, Aria Salon, Grosse Pointe Law Center, 3 LB Games, The Zealous Root, Buscemi's, To Detroit With Love, The Charlevoix.
Help us thank our generous sponsors by frequenting their businesses!
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 Interestwe
GPPSS Parents for Unity in Diversity
League of Women Voters of Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe - Harper Woods NAACP Branch