12 hours later, my day’s not done as much as I’d like it to be.
I’ve arrived in the state capital of Pennsylvania after a much needed recharge with my neighborhood team from Obama for America.
If there’s ever a time we’ve needed organizing, it’s now.
Tomorrow: Another state capital. On to the mighty Wolverine State where I will be joining protests TUESDAY MORNING at 9.30 against “Right to Work” legislation that Michigan Republicans are sneaking through during the lame-duck session.
Term papers be damned!!! This is our state’s future.
I encourage you to be there with me at the capital, rallying for our great tradition of supporting workers’ rights.
If you can’t be there, I encourage you to SPREAD THE WORD.
Finally, here’s a video of Rep. Brandon Dillon of Grand Rapids speaking out against union-busting. You’ll have to watch it and tell me how it is, the internet at my Motel 6 is too slow to watch it besides in tiny 5 second bursts.
For the backstory, check out this helpful article from MLive.
The best part is Ari Adler, spokesperson for House Speaker Jase Bolger, getting quoted at the end of the article:
“Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas has informed Minority Floor Leader (Kate) Segal that Reps. Brown and Byrum will not be recognized to speak on the House floor today after being gaveled down for their comments and actions yesterday that failed to maintain the decorum of the House of Representatives.
Adler said that under Stamas’ floor leadership, “the House Republicans have allowed more debate on the House floor than ever seen in the past few sessions when House Democrats were in charge. House Republicans often go beyond simply allowing debate by welcoming open and passionate discussion of the issues before this chamber. The only way we can continue doing so, however, is to ensure that the proper level of maturity and civility are maintained on the House floor.”
So let me echo Representative Brown in questioning this move on the part of Mr. Stamas. Where is the offense? Where is the breach in decorum?Using a medically correct term for female genitals? In expressing her dismay that Christian colleagues are trying to force their religious views on her while she refuses to force her religious views on them?
This is what our democracy has become in Michigan: the rich deciding the fate of the poor, debates over font-size on certified petitions, men deciding what to do with women’s vaginas.
In the words of my favorite bumper sticker: Don’t worry. Keep ignoring your rights. They’ll go away.