Get on the Bus! Water Justice Call to Action! Subject: Human Rights Day December 10th Plan/Agenda

Get on the Bus! Water Justice Call to Action!


water2Hey all this is the plan for Thursday.

Last week was really pressed for Rep Chang so we completed planning today.

Please help us reach our goal of 100 people on the capitol steps

Spread the word, Call 7 persons, to make the trip, encourage persons with water shutoffs to go with us, make it happen.


Leaving at 7am from Central United Methodist Church, Woodward at Grand Circus Park returning at 3:30, Thursday, December 10th

Register at our website or call 313.520-7465


Bring your message for the governor!!!


Lobby Day Training Monday, Dec 7, at

2727 Second Ave Food and Water Watch



—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Ellen Heinitz <>” <>
Cc: Alice Jennings <>; Clyde Edwards <>; Candice Mushatt <>; Stephanie Chang <>; Joseph Sullivan <>; ‘D Hayes’ <>; Shaquila Myers <>; Myles Miller <>; Stephanie Chang <>; Christopher McClain <>; Eli S Gaugush <>; “” <>
Sent: Friday, December 4, 2015 1:54 PM
Subject: Human Rights Day December 10th Plan/Agenda

Good Afternoon Lila and Alice,  – and feel free to forward this to any other event organizers from Flint or other parts of the state!

It was nice talking to you this morning, Lila.  As I said, most of the water bills (except the Decrim ones that went to CJ) were referred to the committee on Local Government, chaired by Rep. Chatfield.  As an FYI, Rep. Neeley is on that committee too.  Here is the committee roster:  Chatfield (C), Price (Maj. VC), Heise, Maturen, Runestad, Sheppard, Theis, Moss (Min. VC), Brunner, Rutledge, Neeley

Rep. Neeley’s bill about notifying residents about water violations went to Government Ops.  Jacobsen (C), Webber (Maj. VC), LaFontaine, Greimel (Min. VC), Singh

Also…the Senate versions of the bills haven’t been referred to committees yet.  But Senator Young did drop the Water as a Human Right bill and it will be referred to a committee on Tuesday. Senators Johnson and Ananich will be dropping Water Affordability and Shutoff Protection next week too.  When we know which committees get the bills we will pass along.

If you’re going to try to meet with Reps about the bills you’ll want to focus on members of the committees first to ask them to push for a hearing early next year.  I did a quick glance at each bill’s cosponsors and it appears that while most of them have some bipartisan support,  no Republican members of either Local Government or Government Ops co-sponsored any of them.  So I would focus on meeting with members of Local Government and asking them to hold a hearing next year.  Here is a website that lists all the Reps and their contact info, to assist with scheduling:


You can go here: to look up the bills to see who co-sponsored them.  Here’s a quick list of the bill numbers:


HB 5093 – 97

HB 5101

HB 5110

HB 5120

HB 5122


I looked online but did not see that anyone has reserved the Capitol lawn for next Thursday.  However, Capitol Facilities won’t divulge and the weekly schedule for next week isn’t published yet.  You can call and ask, and potentially book the lawn or a portion yourself:  Barbra Thumudo

Capitol Events Coordinator

Michigan State Capitol Commission

Phone: (517) 373-9617

Fax: (517) 373-8040




As for your day’s itinerary, my suggestion is this:


8:30 amarrive in Lansing – meet in a central location for a quick orientation

9:00 am – 10:00 amMeetings with Senators before they go into Session – Drop off an information sheet (one pager) about your groups and their goals to ALL Senate offices

10:00amSenate Session begins – either begin your rally in front of the Capitol, OR line the sidewalk between the Farnum Building and the Capitol with activists.  I STRONGLY suggest that in addition to holding signs, you hand out flyers about your concerns for the Senators to review.  Even a half sheet flyer would be good, listing the bill numbers in the water package.

10:am – 12noonMeet with House members on relevant committees about the water package – drop off informational one-pager to all the offices

NoonHouse Session begins – consider lining the walkway between the House Office Building and the Capitol with activists and handing out a flyer

12:30 pmPress Conference and Delivery of Water as a Human Right postcards to Governor Snyder’s office


I’ve copied staffers from the offices of Reps Neeley, Garrett and Plawecki, along with Chris McClain and Eli Gaugush from Policy, as well as staffers from the offices of Senators Young, Johnson and Ananich who are all dropping water bills in the Senate.


Hope this was helpful, let me know how we can help next week.




Ellen Heinitz

Legislative Director

Office of State Representative Stephanie Chang

(517) 373-5537