So Supporter, is no news really good news? Because there's no new news on the RTA.
But there are a bunch of great events coming up that you won't want to miss . . .
RTA? Still Waiting.
I want to thank you again if you’ve called and emailed your legislators. They are definitely hearing us. But they still haven’t voted on RTA bills. Unfortunately, hearing doesn’t always mean listening.
The Republican leadership of the Michigan Senate is still struggling to get a majority of their caucus supporting the RTA package and Majority Leader Richardville will not schedule the vote until he has that majority support. A few southeast Michigan Senators are loudly opposing the RTA, due to narrow-minded tax aversion and outdated Detroit-bashing, all couched in protectionist rhetoric.
Hopefully all the talk of regional cooperation and smart investment at the Mackinac Conference this week will open their minds a little. The Governor will be making his case directly to the caucus next week. Let’s hope a little reason finally wins out.
Oh and keep those calls and emails coming:
1) Ask your friends from elsewhere in Michigan to email their legislators in support of the RTA. I've set up an easy tell-a-friend tool you can use.
2) Also, use our action alert for transit advocates from the Detroit area to email the swing legislators and explain why the RTA is so important to you.
While citizen voices will not be enough to sway this issue alone, enough calls can provide powerful cover to a legislator thinking about doing the right thing. I'll keep you posted as this progresses.
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Great Non-TRU Events Upcoming
While this e-newsletter focuses mostly on TRU's work and specific transit events, we've got a lot of great partners and allies doing related work that deserves your support and attention as well. Here are several upcoming events:
LEED Neighborhood Development
- Friday, June 8, 8am-5pm at Henry Ford Comm College in Dearborn
After years of phenomenal success with its LEED rating systems for buildings, the USGBC has rolled out the new LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) Standard. The Detroit Regional Chapter is now ready to start demonstrating the advantages of LEED ND to the comprehensive real estate development and investment communities with LEED ND Forum II, “MAKING LEED® ND HAPPEN FOR YOUR DEVELOPMENT”. $75.00 Registration Fee + Breakfast + Lunch ($25 students). More at www.usgbcdetroit.org.
- Friday, June 8, 6:30pm at the Detroit Zoo
Join our partners at the Michigan Suburbs Alliance at Decennalia: an evening of celebration as they recognize a decade of shared success - and look toward our shared future. $50 per person. More at www.SuburbsAlliance.org.
Michigan Women’s Power Assembly
- Saturday, June 16 at WSU McGregor Center
The Michigan Women’s Power Assembly is for activists, volunteers, community leaders, and anyone else who wants to get involved in making Michigan a better place for women to live. From healthcare to economic opportunity; from environmental justice to reproductive rights; from gender-based violence to education – there is plenty to work on, but working together, we can transform dreams of equality and opportunity into reality. More at www.miwomenspowerassembly.com.
MEC Awards Celebration
- Wednesday, June 20, 5:30pm at the Ann Arbor City Club
Join our partners at the Michigan Environmental Council for their 14th annual Environmental Awards Celebration, recognizing former U of M SNRE Dean Rosina Bierbaum and trail activist Blair Miller. $100 donation recommended. More at www.EnvironmentalCouncil.org.
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One Million Conversations
Our co-founder, Karen Kendrick-Hands, figures that we need to have a million conversations to build support for transit in southeast Michigan. (While I may feel some days like I’ve done that personally) it’s going to take a lot of outreach by a lot of people to make that happen.
We are planning some exciting community outreach this summer, with the help of four of our fabulous interns. We’ll be at many community festivals including:
- Detroit River Days (June 22-24 on Detroit’s RiverWalk)
- The Rochester Green Living festival (also June 22-24)
- Arts, Beats, & Eats (Aug 31 – Sept 3 in Royal Oak)
- And maybe a festival near you!
We’ll be talking with your friends and neighbors, mobilizing their support for the RTA, getting input on a Transit Bill of Rights, and more. Often we’ll set up a table with lots of hand outs, display posters, and more, like Kelly did at the recent Michigan Summit (image). Other times, we’ll simply walk around with clipboards and flyers.
Is there an event we shouldn’t miss? Email us with all the details and we’ll see if we can make it.
And we’ll be looking for lots of people to volunteer to make all of these events a great success. Stay tuned for your opportunity to come talk transit.
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