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NOWGR Voter’s Guide November 8th

NOWGR Voter’s Guide November 8th President of the United States Dem: Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine Endorsed by National Organization for Women https://www.hillaryclinton.com/   76th District State Representative  Dem: Winnie Brinks Endorsed by Michigan National Organization for Women http://winniebrinks.com/   3rd District Representative in Congress Dem: Douglas Smith http://smithformichigan.com/   State Supreme Court Deborah Thomas https://ballotpedia.org/Deborah_Thomas   17th Circuit Court Curt Benson https://ballotpedia.org/Curt_Benson   Kent County Clerk Dem: Chris Reader https://readerforclerk.com/   Grand Rapids Drain Commissioner Dem: Rachel Hood https://hoodfordraincommissioner.com/why-rachel-hood/   State Board of Education Ish Ahmen https://ourrevolution.com/candidates/ismael-ahmed John Austin http://www.austinformichigan.com/news   Grand Rapids School Board Raynard Ross (Incumbent) Jen Schottke (Incumbent) Katherine Downes Lewis Kristian Grant http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2016/10/crowded_field_of_nine_vie_for.html   Kent County Prosecuting Attorney Dem: Alida J. Bryant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNqGvxd6Jbo   Kent County Sheriff Dem: Michael B. Scruggs https://www.facebook.com/Michael-B-Scruggs-for-Kent-County-Sheriff-932693466861689/   Kent County Treasurer Dem: Jody Betten   Grand Rapids Community College Trustee Kenyatta Brame Kathleen Bruinsma   Get out and vote, November...

I’m With Her

I’m With Her NOWGR Contributor: Laura Howard I’m seventeen and won’t be eligible to vote this coming November, but the importance of this election is in no way lost on me, as it shouldn’t be for anyone else, of age or otherwise. As I sit writing this piece I’m overwhelmed by a contrast of emotions, something most Americans have been experiencing this past year. I’m both hopeful and fearful of what the results may be this election, and what those results will mean for our country. Both candidates and their supporters are looking for change, that much seems evident in both camps. However, any similarities begin and end there: at the desire for change. In the preamble of the United States’ constitution the words, “…to form a more perfect Union,” are stated in the first line. These five profound words, encapsulate the essence of America and her people: the land of the free and home of the brave. We look forward. We innovate. We progress. These are the hallmarks of America, and these hallmarks, are exactly what separate and contrast the ideology of our presidential candidates. One candidate would like to see America as something it was before, “to make it great again,” yet no matter how far into the past one looks, whether yesterday or 1776, America, despite its imperfections, has truly, never been greater than it is at this moment. Have we come close to achieving a perfect union? No. Is the premise just an ideology, something unattainable? Nothing is ever perfect, but it is an ideology we strive to live by, and today by all standards, this is the...

Michigan Primary Election Information August 2nd

Michigan Primary Election Information August 2nd Preview your ballot here.  To find your polling location or to check if you are registered to vote, click here. Addresses for the polling stations in Kent County, click here. All Candidates and Proposals in Kent County, click here.  Polling Locations are open on Election Day from 7:00am – 8:00pm. Get out and...

MI: Transgender Bathroom Bills Media Round-up

MI: Transgender Bathroom Bills Media Round-up Mlive: Banning transgender students’ bathroom choices would violate federal law, experts say “It would violate Title IX as both the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice have interpreted the statute,” said Samuel Bagenstos, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School, referring to the federal civil rights law that protects students from sex discrimination in K-12 districts that receive federal funding. He added, “If the state were to pass a law that required school districts to violate Title IX, they’d be subjecting the state and the school districts to lawsuits.” Mlive: Bill would ban Michigan’s transgender students from using certain restrooms “The last thing we need is Michigan Republicans like Tom Casperson policing student bathrooms and locker rooms and putting Michigan back in the national spotlight for again refusing to protect marginalized people in our state,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of liberal advocacy group Progress Michigan.   “Transgender students — like all students — deserve respect and equal treatment, they don’t need conservatives like Tom Casperson telling them how, when and where to use public facilities,” he added. GRIID: State Senator from Michigan who Introduced anti-Trans Legislation, also a recipient of DeVos money “”Campaign Finance records show that in 2014, the DeVos family contributed $9,000 to Senator Casperson. In addition, the DeVos family between 2013/2014 was the largest contributor to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee in Michigan, contributing in that 2-year span $520,000. The next closest contributor was was Blue Cross/Blue Shield at $60,0 Electablog: Congressman Dan Kildee speaks out against Michigan’s anti-LGBT bathroom bill “The thing that often gets missed is that...

“Vessel” review: Safe abortion access from the waves to the web

“Vessel” review: Safe abortion access from the waves to the web For the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade (January 22), NOW-GR held a free screening of the documentary, “Vessel,” about the work of the pro-choice group, Women on Waves (WoW) that provides abortion services to women in countries where abortion is illegal by taking them to international waters.   The film follows Women on Waves founder, Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, and her crew as they counsel the women who reach out to WoW and as they face both governmental and anti-abortion activist opposition to their travels. Due to the challenges they have faced helping their clients and the huge demand of women that needed help, WoW’s sister project, Women on Web was founded to help provide mail-order abortion service with pills to women in countries with abortion restrictions. In addition, WoW expanded their work to coordinate several campaigns with local activist groups in countries where abortion is illegal to educate women on how to perform abortions themselves with legal medication following protocols researched by the World Health Organization (WHO).   “Vessel” was an interesting examination of the abortion debate on a global scale and the struggles that women around the world face when safe and legal abortion is not available. Even in the United States, where abortion is technically legal, increasing restrictions limit many women’s ability to make their own decisions about their family planning needs. In fact, Dr. Gomperts specifically mentioned that women from some areas of the United States have sought the services of Women on Web. Coupled with these sobering realities, the film also presented an optimistic message of the power of activists hold and the amazing things they can...
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