Help Us Put People Back in Democracy
Government is supposed to be of, by, and for the people, but did you know that democracy in Michigan has been hi-jacked through a process called gerrymandering? Our state legislature, like many around the country, has drawn voting districts in which lawmakers choose their voters rather than designing competitive legislative districts where voters make the decisions. The public is cut out of a process that is used by those in power to protect their power and insulate themselves from accountability to their constituents.
When elected officials are less accountable to the people they represent, it makes it more difficult for Sierra Club to have an impact. To address this, we launched a new project in February to raise awareness among Michigan residents about the negative effect of redistricting on our democracy.
We are hosting a series of phone banks from 4-8pm at our Lansing office every other week through September to reach out to Michiganders about an issue that ultimately affects the quality of our water, air and natural resources—in short, the quality of life.
Phone bank schedule:
Thursday, Feb. 18
Monday, Feb. 29
Thursday, March 17
Monday, March 28
Thursday, April 14
Monday, April 25
Thursday, May 12
Monday, May 23
We need lots of volunteers for this to succeed! If you have just a few hours to spare to talk with fellow Michiganders, you can help. It’s extremely easy to do, using a short script with three simple questions to ask folks you call. For details or to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can’t make our office phone banks in Lansing, we can set you up for calling from the comfort of your own home. Click here to sign up: http://tinyurl.com/fixdemocracy