In August, WeGP supported a fundraising to complete the feature documentary about gay rights warrior - and Grosse Pointe South Alumnus, Jeffrey Montgomery, and the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ equality in the Midwest.
We offered to match donated funds dollar for dollar up to $1,000. Now that our matching funds window has closed, we are able to report that we raised $760 from our neighbors/members and WeGP donated an additional $1,000 to the ongoing production of this important film. Sincere thanks to all who contributed.
You can still learn about the film and make a donation at:
WeGP is supporting a local SEED seminar starting Fall 2019 led by one of our members. SEED is a peer-led professional development program that promotes change through self-reflection and interpersonal dialogue and builds capacity for more equitable curriculum, campuses, workplaces, and communities. The program participants meet monthly over the course of a year to learn who to connect to one another and to society at large by acknowledging systems of oppression, power and privilege -- and challenges participants to change. For more information on Seed, see their website: https://nationalseedproject.org/
If you're interested in the local program, space is limited. For more information and to pariticpate click the contact us link.
The annual WeGP friends and family Picnic was August 10, 2019 at Patterson Park in Grosse Pointe Park. We had a great time with friends and neighbors old and new. Thank you to all who came, and helped clean up and set up. See you next year!
WeGP is supporting funds to complete the film America You Kill Me the story of Grosse Pointe South Alumnus and Jeffrey Montogmery, who was a pioneering advoacate in the LGBTQ+ Community in Detroit. In 1991 he co-founded the Triangle Foundation to fight back against the anti-gay violence and support victims of hate crime attacks and abuse.
We are supporting this project because it shows how individuals can impact the lives of those around them. That by organizing strategically, with focus, the flame of that influence can be made to grow ever larger.
Production is in the final stretch, led by Jeffrey's brother. Funds raised will support the necessary expenses to complete the film including entry to important film festivals such as Sundance.
The waves of change in LGBT rights did not happen in a vacuum, and are owed in large part to activists like this, across the nation, fighting for equality and crafting tactical opposition. We hope the film can serve as an entry point to deeper empathy and understanding through this dramatic personal narrative.
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The weekend of July 12-14, volunteers raised nearly $3,000 for Immigrant Families Together with We GP GP/HW Lemonade Stand sales. So, so many delicious treats were sold at the Community Stand at Christ Church and Lights for Liberty on Friday July 12, and at local neighborhood stands around Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods throughout the weekend.
What a powerful way to spread our support and information about Michigan Support Circle/Immigrant Families. Together with the community we thank the kindness and generosity of so many awesome kids, families, bakers, shoppers, and volunteers!
Please plan to join us at the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Field Offices on Jefferson at Mt. Elliott on the evening of Friday July 12th, 2019, 6-9 p.m. for Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps. It 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.
We will carpool from the Christ Church GP Parking lot, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd, better for the environment,easier for parking, and building community starting about 5:30 p.m. And don’t forget to come early and with an appetite for lemonade and delicious baked goods at the Community Kids 4 Kids Lemonade Stand which will help us raise funds for Michigan Support Circle/ Immigrant Families Together who work to reunite and support separated migrant families. Bring your friends, neighbors and family, buy lemonade and some delicious baked goods, and support the kids who are helping kids!
For more information see our page Events
What a day of Pride, Community and Love yesterday at GP Pride March by We GP! Thank you to each and everyone who joined us yesterday. Together we send a powerful message that Love is Love in GP and that we stand for LGBTQ+ Equality.
This powerful day was possible because of the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. Thank you Carly Copus for your incredible sponsor recruiting, flag distribution, getting the word out, coordinating printing and so much more.
Thank you Sarah Kathryn for lending your expertise and talents to ensure our vendors were organized and well taken care of. Thank Tricia Tricia Thompson for running ribbon all over town, making our community beautiful, organizing marshals and for your generous donation. Thank you Claire Pfeifer for handling all of the needs for the face painting team from start to finish, the kids at the march really loved it. Thank you Caroline Jeffs Marks for your awesome PR work, we had pre-march coverage in 3 newspapers and there will be more to come.
Thank you Paul M. Abke and Kathleen Marie, float engineers, drivers, hosts and emergency repair team, the first ever Pride Float added so much to the day. Thank you Tamm Whitty for directing the beautiful Pride Choir, your joyful noise lifted us in community. Thank you Amy Glennon Steinhauser for your hours of design work that helped define Pride March 2019. Thank you Andrea Stevenson Eskridgee for providing water and running the rock painting table, the kids loved it, and finding the rocks will keep the message of the day ongoing.
Thank you Valarie St. John for organizing military families to recognize the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community who serve our country. Thank you Janie Slayden for hanging hundreds of fliers and delivering flags all over town and for all your work on the We GP newsletter. Thank you Aimee Fluitt for delivering flags and hanging fliers throughout town. Thank you Amy Elizabeth for flier help and late night and early morning heavy lifting for set up and tear down with Annemarie Rogers and Marybeth Clark Arnold. Thank you Pennie Garcia for set up, delivering, inspiration and all your unsung hero work for GP Pride.
Thank you Rach Elizabeth for the water station along the route. Thank you to all the marshals and all the folks who jumped in to help as they saw a need. Thank you Adam Steiner for providing all the printing needs for the day. Thank you John F. Martin for recruiting the coolest block in GP and for your beautiful photos capturing the spirit of the day. Thank you Joe Guido for spending your morning leading the way with your truck. Thank you to all the folks who signed hundreds of postcards we will be delivering to Lansing to help BAN conversion therapy.
Our Sponsors made GP Pride 2019 possible and we encourage everyone to show your appreciation for our sponsors by patrionizing their business and thanking them when you are there. Thank you to our Vendors and Community Organizations for providing delicious treats, advocacy opportunities and more.
Thank you to Richard Yeager-Stiver for opening our day with your beautiful message of love. Thank you to the Montgomery family for supporting us in sharing Jeffrey’s story as we honor the foundation of the LGBTQA+ movement. Thank you Micheal Rowady for all your work advocating for the LGBTQ+ community with Equality Michigan and brining your inspiring message to GP Pride. Thank you Sierra Misst for coming home, for sharing your story, your talents and your message of Pride and Hope that transcended the generations of attendees. Your hometown debut was a smashing success!
Thank you to the Board and Members of We GP for all your hard work building an organization that is making meaningful change in our community. While the celebration is over, the work continues. To stay in touch with what is happening with WE GP sign up for our email newsletter (www.we-gp.org/subscribe) If you enjoyed the day and would like to be part of shaping our work moving forward join us a member (https://we-gp.org/join-us) or make a one time donation to support We GP (https://we-gp.org/Donate)
Many of our neighbors in Detroit and Hamtramck oppose the potential expansion of US Ecology Hazardous Waste facility on Georgia Street in Detroit. One of our WeGP members is preparing a letter to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to support our neighbors in opposing this expansion. You can add your name to this letter. Please send your name and mailing address by noon Friday, April 12, 2019 to MaryGPP5@gmail.com.
Read more about the expansion here:
US Ecology; Photo CREDIT JENNIFER FASSBENDER
Letter that will be sent is below:
Mr. Richard A Conforti, Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Dear Mr. Conforti:We support our neighbors in Detroit and Hamtramck who have called upon the Department to REJECT the proposed US Ecology facility renewal and expansion at 6520 Georgia Street.This renewal/expansion would continue the pattern of placement of such facilities in low-income communities of color. This is not environmental justice.
We also have concerns with US Ecology’s track record, as reported by The Free Press and others. Prior violations should have raised a red flag. For the health and safety of the public, we believe there should be a thorough evaluation of current soil and water conditions and facility operations, as well as ongoing testing of soil and water.
Thank you for considering our position.[Names]
Our gathering January 27 of people curious about and interested in the possibility of seeking a non-partisan local political office was most productive. If you were unable to attend or are still thinking about it, it's not too late. For more information, please Message Colin McComb on Facebook or click on RunSupportWin to download our informative guide.
We're looking for volunteers to coordinate donor communications, help with promotion, signage, crowd management, merchandise sales and distribution, entertainment (face painters, singers, etc.) and community outreach. Please comment on Facebook thread for GP Pride March below.
Grosse Pointe Pride March is June 9
Pointes to Show Support for LGBTQA Community with 2nd Annual Pride March
Read more about Run, Support, Win in the Grosse Pointe News
The We GP mailing address is:
16610 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230