Live viewing of “The Gathering: A Time for Reflection, Revival and Resistance” Sun 6-4

This Sunday night, June 4th, from 6-7:00p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (1400 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI) there will the first of monthly live broadcasts, co-hosted by the Rev. Dr. William Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, of the new Poor People’s Campaign.


Photo courtesy United Federation of Teachers

These programs are intended to equip people from all walks of life in thoughtful deliberation about we might best support  and create safe and equitable communities inclusive of those who suffer from social stigma or poverty.   These gatherings will include an introduction to a moral issue, immersion in freedom songs that inform how to engage the issue, an interview with someone who is directly impacted by the issue, and a theological engagement with the issue that names a specific call to moral action.

Recently, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber announced he is stepping down as the President of the North Carolina NAACP to organize this movement named for the movement Martin Luther King was leading when he was murdered.

Rev. Barber was the founder of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina which has brought together people around a wide variety of justice concerns in what he calls “moral fusion organizing to challenge and transform the mean-spirited divide-and-conquer politics” we see reigning in our country. This movement  which has brought together hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina is described in his important book The Third Reconstruction.   (If you have not heard the Rev. Barber before you will find many of his talks on Google and YouTube. )

We hope you will join us to learn about this new movement and how we can support it.

The Rev. Joe Summers                             Ian Robinson
Vicar, The Episcopal Church                    President, Huron Valley Area
of the Incarnation                                         Labor Federation

HVALF Phone Bank To Protect VA Workers

Here are some photos from this week’s HVALF / AFGE phone bank. Many thanks to all who came out! There will be more phone banking opportunities very soon– please stay tuned here and on our Facebook page.

HVALF community members called AFGE members around the state with a simple ask:  we wanted them to call their GOP Member of Congress’ office and express opposition to the extreme bill under consideration:  H.R. 1461 (links to more info on the bill are below).


AFGE Phone Bank Thurs 5-25 – Protect VA Workers

AFGE Phone Bank on H.R. 1461
5:30-7:30 pm, Thursday 5/25/17
LEO/GEO Office
339 E Liberty St, Suite 340
Ann Arbor 48104 (Close parking at underground Library lot.)

We hope you will join with other AFGE members and supporters as we call AFGE members around the state with a simple ask:  we want them to call their GOP Member of Congress’ office and express opposition to the extreme bill under consideration:  H.R. 1461 (links to more info on the bill are below).  We want to create a barrage of calls into these Michigan representative’s offices, so they will clearly understand how many of their constituents are watching, whose livelihood and effectiveness at work are being threatened…and who are definitely planning to vote.

The bill would directly affect our AFGE sisters and brothers at the VA, but if it passes it will very likely become the model for attacking all of us in the Federal service.  This is shortsighted and misinformed legislation, and it is clearly designed to weaken the collective voice of Federal employees, a voice that the American people need us to be able to exercise to keep government working and honest and transparent.

Resources: What You Need to Know


HVALF Phone Banking Against Privatization

The local labor community came out in force over the last several evenings to fight privatization of mental health care administration in Michigan. People volunteering to do this vital work: Bob King, Jim Pedersen, Steven Friday, Charlotte Cowles, Paul Brown, Lisa Bradshaw, and Carolyn Hejkal. Thanks to all! We’ll be doing more of this. We got a really good response from the union folks we’re calling.

If you’d like to be part of the next phone bank, contact Jake Altman at HVALF.

Here are some photos from our phone banking: