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Education

  • Children spend a large part of their lives in school. It is our obligation to support and nurture them so that they feel safe and secure and contribute to the rich fabric of society. We cannot always be looking for ways to cut corners. Ideally, we will offer them rich opportunities for learning and growing and thinking. 
  • They should have classrooms where they can move around and explore as they learn.
  • Smaller class size, especially in grades K-3, provides a more productive learning environment.
  • Little minds are like sponges eager to soak up new experiences. Let's make Early Childhood Education available to all Michigan toddlers. 
  • Children should be allowed to interact with, and enjoy, their peers instead of sitting in silence for most of the day. 
  • School should be an adventure and fun. For so many of our Michigan children, it is the only stable piece in their lives. We are all responsible for their success. We should be willing to provide the tools for it.
  • Teachers should be acknowledged for the work they do and be paid accordingly.
  • Teachers should be listened to for their input on what works best in the classroom.
  • Colleges should be free or low cost. No one should come out of college with a degree that has put a mortgage on their future.
  • We need to make changes and the way to do that is to change our priorities.

Economic Justice

  • In Michigan, 1,414,700 people are struggling with hunger - and 356,930 of them are children.
  • We need to adopt an income tax structure that ensures poor and middle-income people do NOT pay MORE than their fair share. As it stands now, tax cuts are benefiting the top 1% of taxpayers. The rich are getting richer and the poor are left trying to deal with all of the economic problems this has caused.
  • Schools are receiving reduced funds; roads and bridges are crumbling; our local communities are struggling.
  • The people who believe Trump's lies, and the lies of his Swamp-mates, should be ashamed of themselves for letting so many people go hungry and homeless because the man is a skillful liar and they are star-struck by his lies. 
  • Where are all the thinking people? In good conscience, how can voters let this happen? It is hurting YOU - unless you are in the 1%. And don't kid yourself about that, because you are NOT.  Even many decent people in the 1% say they should be paying more.

Equality

  • There is so much work to be done to make equality a reality in 21st century Michigan. More than just Michigan, of course, but this is our home and this is where we need to start.
  • If women in Michigan were paid as much as men, they would be able to afford 81 more weeks of food for their family or nearly one additional year of tuition and fees for a four-year public university, or 13.5 more months of rent or more than 18 additional months of child care each year. -  As reported by Allie Gross in the Detroit Free Press, April 9, 2018. (From a report that the National Partnership for Women & Families)
  • According to the same report, black women in Michigan earn 63 cents for every dollar paid to a man, and Latina women in the state make 58 cents for every dollar paid to a man.
  • There is little justice based on race/gender in this country. The inequality pervades most institutions we have: schools, prisons, homes, shelters, etc.
  • Crimes against LBGTQ people, which include physical attacks and murders, are on the rise. Trump, despite his campaign promises, has tried to take away almost all rights of people in the LBGTQ community. His politics of hate actively works to destroy lives as he goes about his almost daily golfing excursions. 
  • These are just some of the crimes against Equality that Michigan is experiencing. We have been a Republican state for too long. It's time for people to feel safe in their home State.

  • LET'S SHINE SOME LIGHT ON LANSING!


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