The goal of this march is to be all inclusive– it will be a peaceful demonstration in opposition to the wave of hate crimes and violence, and threats of official discrimination that have proliferated following the election . Women will march proudly alongside our allies from any religion, of any race, of all sexual orientations and genders, and of all abilities as a united front. We want to be clear that we won’t tolerate any sexism, bigotry, racism, hate, or intolerance from our elected officials.
We are for a Michigan that respects and protects all its citizens, that celebrates diversity and nurtures the human potential in each of us.
To that end we support the following:
- Amending the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity
- Passing the stalled legislation that would allow no-reason absentee voting
- Changing the way Michigan electoral college votes are awarded from winner-take-all to a proportional allotment. Every vote should count.
- Creating automatic voter-registration tied to state id and driver’s license renewal
- Increasing funding and support to our public schools, particularly schools in low-income areas.
- Promote evidence-based practices for Restorative Justice and Behavioral Intervention in schools, and reform / eliminate use of suspension and expulsion to help children learn and grow and to disrupt the school-to prison pipeline.
- Welcoming and promoting immigration and refugee resettlement in Michigan
- Justice for Flint and other communities of color that have been victimized by emergency management and governmental neglect and abuse, both in the courts and through providing resources
- Non-partisan redistricting to end the gerrymandered stranglehold of extreme conservatives on state government
- Raising the minimum wage to be a living wage (where 40hrs is well above poverty threshold) and linking minimum wage to cost of living/poverty threshold to ensure it stays that way.
- Protecting and strengthening women’s reproductive rights and access to women’s health services. Making sure contraception and abortion stay safe and legal, and become more accessible in the state.
- Supporting and encouraging Sanctuary Cities, legislative action that makes Michigan a Sanctuary State
- Criminal justice reform to reduce sentences for nonviolent offenses, and to promote rehabilitation (education, job training and placement, mental health) services both during and after incarceration to end the revolving door.