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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Metro-Detroit candidate training!

Registration is open for our full Metro-Detroit candidate training! This program is longer and will go deeper than the trainings we did in November and December. 

Please help us spread the word to any progressives or environmentalists interested in running for office or managing campaigns.

Mike Berkowitz
Legislative & Political Director
Sierra Club Michigan Chapter


Dear Movement Politician,
If this year has taught us anything, it’s that business as usual politics got us into this mess, and it will not get us out. The vast majority of political campaigns are run in a way that serves the 1%: vacuous platforms, campaign and policy priorities dictated by big donors, money spent on TV instead of talking to people, savior candidates unrepresentative of constituents, and almost every important campaign decision made by consultants who couldn’t care less about building a long-term movement.

That’s because business as usual politics is based on the premise that the next election day is all that matters. Movement politics is based on a different premise: the next Election Day is the nearest punctuation mark in a very long sentence of building a people-powered movement.

This means that our political revolution is happening one voter, one conversation at a time. It is led by people of color, women, immigrants and working class people. It is fueled with our money. It is armed with a bold agenda of racial and economic justice.

And to succeed, we must invest in ourselves. Michigan People’s Campaign, Sierra Club and People’s Action have partnered to launch an ambitious training program for movement candidates, campaign staff, and volunteer throw-downers. In 2018, our team of local and national trainers will train 150 movement politicians in 4 regions across Michigan, spanning 33 hours of classroom instruction time, supplemented with webinars and homework.

We want to be clear. We aren’t interested in simply adding more people with progressive values to the candidate pool. The Movement Politics Academy is an engine of a political movement contesting for governing power for the 99%. Together, we are all members of a collective that encompasses hundreds of thousands of volunteers, organizers and candidates across the country.

People are hungry for a bold issue agenda that calls for a transformed political and economic system- one that puts people and planet first, while dismantling structural sexism and white supremacy.  We agree- no more quick fixes that only tinker with the status quo. Let’s build a new world for ourselves and our loved ones.

Join us.

Click Here To Apply 
Registration closes on January 15th, 2018. 
Dates for the 1st Cohort: 
January 26-27,2018
Feburary 2-4, 2018
February 9-10, 2018 
* the 33 hours is split between these dates, participants are expected to be present at all sessions. 
Location: Metro-Detroit 
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Shutdown of coal-fired power plant results in significant fetal health improvement in downwind areas

Science News
from research organizations

December 21, 2017
Lehigh University
First study to show fetal health improvement as a result of a coal-fired power plant shutdown due to direct federal level regulation on single pollution source finds 15 percent reduction in likelihood of having a low birth weight baby and 28 percent reduction in likelihood of a preterm birth in areas downwind of the power plant.
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moves to dismantle the Clean Power Plan touting a return to "cooperative federalism," the results of a new study focused on the downwind impact on fetal health of emissions from a coal-fired power plant, which is located on the border between two states, highlight policy gaps engendered by state-level regulation of air pollution.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Michigan leaders have tunnel vision on Line 5

Jim Olson
Jim Olson is founder and president of FLOW (For Love of Water), a Great Lakes water law and policy nonprofit organization.
When we think of “tunnel vision” we think of narrow-mindedness, myopic thinking, or the horses at the start of the Kentucky Derby with blinders, eyes fixed straight ahead on only one option ‒ a one-way, no-return, single track. Applied to the words and actions of our state’s leaders over the last several years to remove the catastrophic risk to the Straits and the Great Lakes from Enbridge Line 5, the phrase could not be more accurate. While putting up the fa├žade of leadership on Line 5, our leaders have in complicity narrowed the alternatives for Line 5 to a new replacement line or tunnel in the Straits.

It started with the rupture in 2010 of Enbridge’s Line 6b that crosses southern Michigan from Indiana to Sarnia, Canada, spilling a million gallons into the Kalamazoo River and costing more than $1 billion in cleanup so far and untold harm to the river, residents, and quality of life. Nearly everyone in Michigan saw the video clips of the black tar balls and ooze, dead fish and waterfowl, the largest oil spill into inland waters in our country’s history. The disaster triggered a number of questions, not the least of which was to look for other aging crude oil pipelines that cross the waters of Michigan. The answer came as a shock – 64-year-old Line 5, a 645-mile long line from Wisconsin across the UP, and, there it was, right there on the Public Service Commission’s (“PSC”) map, in the Straits of Mackinac, then down through Northern Michigan’s to near Port Huron, under the St. Clair River and into Canada. 

‘If you seek a pleasant peninsula...’ 

Governor Snyder responded that there was nothing Michigan could do about Line 5, because the federal government had exclusive jurisdiction and control over Line 5.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

GOOD Vote on Line 5 at MI Pipeline Safety Advisory Board today

The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board today backed in passing three resolutions brought by the enviro and public interests today when all the state officials, Enbridge and Marathon reps on the Board abstained from the votes.  They failed to study their own bylaws/meeting protocols and we caught them when they thought that the measures failed because there was a majority of abstentions. Anne Woiwode, Sierra Club Conservation Chair and former Director of the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club, was able to track down they meeting guidelines, which cite Roberts Rules, and found that Robert Rules says that abstentions don't count toward the vote, just to the quorum.  It was lovely to have about half the Board be stunned that the Board passed these resolutions.

Here are some stories on it, and NWF's and Oil and Water Don't Mix's statements:

Washington Post: Michigan panel urges temporary shutdown of Mackinac pipeline

MLive.com: Pipeline board advises Line 5 shutdown until repairs are made

Detroit News: State pipeline panel to Snyder: Halt Line 5 for now

December 11, 2017

Contact: Drew YoungeDyke, National Wildlife Federation, 734-887-7119youngedyked@nwf.org

Pipeline Safety Advisory Board Passes Resolutions Calling for Temporary Shutdown of Line 5

LANSING, MI --- Members of Michigan’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) passed formal resolutions - including a temporary shutdown of Line 5 - today at their quarterly meeting urging the State of Michigan to amend its agreement with Enbridge on Line 5, which Governor Snyder signed without consulting the PSAB in November. 

The resolutions call for a shutdown of Line 5 until the entire line is inspected for protective coating gaps and all gaps are filled, and modify the definition of “adverse weather conditions” to a higher standard than eight-foot waves, which triggered a temporary shut down last week. An additional resolution calls for the state to more fully study Michigan’s needs from Line 5, including alternatives that focus on the needs for Michigan over the business interests of Enbridge. 

“These resolutions seek to strengthen the agreement the Governor signed with Enbridge so that it actually does what it purports to do: provide a path forward for determining the future of Line 5 while protecting the Great Lakes,” said Mike Shriberg, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center and a member of the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, who co-sponsored the resolutions. “While the few services Line 5 provides to Michigan have been shown to have feasible alternatives, there is no substitute for the Great Lakes and our way of life.”

On November 27, Governor Rick Snyder announced an agreement with Enbridge to study a tunnel replacement for Line 5, one of the alternatives included in a state-commissioned alternatives analysis released just a week before. The Pipeline Safety Advisory Board was not consulted in the agreement, which included a trigger for a temporary shutdown of flow through the pipeline in “adverse weather conditions,” defined as when waves reached an average of eight feet. While those conditions were met last week, the resolutions urge that definition to be modified to three feet and include ice cover and other conditions when the Coast Guard would be impeded from an oil spill response. 

All three resolutions, introduced by Mike Shriberg, R. Craig Hupp and Jennifer McKay, were passed by the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, with support from the sponsors, as well as Homer A. Mandoka and Chris Shepler, and the rest abstaining. There was one “no” vote on the resolution to temporarily shut down Line 5 until coating gaps are repaired. Resolutions adopted by the PSAB are advisory and not binding upon the state. 


Drew YoungeDyke
Communications Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation
Great Lakes Regional Center
Uniting all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
Contact: Sean McBrearty, Oil & Water Don’t Mix, 616-516-7758

Statement from Oil & Water Don’t Mix on Pipeline Safety Advisory Board Meeting

LANSING – Sean McBrearty, campaign coordinator for Oil & Water Don’t Mix, issued the following statement on today’s meeting of the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board:

“The Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, led by members representing Michigan businesses, communities and Tribes, took a promising step forward today by acknowledging the 64-year-old Line 5 pipelines are unsafe to operate, and we look forward to continuing to work with all PSAB members, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Governor Rick Snyder to shut down these dangerous, outdated pipelines as soon as possible.” 


Oil & Water Don’t Mix is a broad campaign of businesses, organizations and citizens across Michigan who are working to keep oil out of our Great Lakes by shutting down the dangerous, 64-year-old Line 5 Pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. The campaign fights for clean water and air, Indigenous rights, reducing pollution, sustainable economies and protecting sporting, tourism and jobs that are dependent on our water and Pure Michigan way of life. Learn more at www.oilandwaterdontmix.org

Detroit air pollution disproportionately affects African-American children

  • Marathon's Detroit Oil Refinery, the only oil refinery in Michigan. The activities here have been linked with increased rates of cancer in surrounding neighbourhoods.

    Marathon's Detroit Oil Refinery, the only oil refinery in Michigan. The activities here have been linked with increased rates of cancer in surrounding neighbourhoods.
Detroit ranked tenth on a list of worst metropolitan areas in the U.S. for asthma attacks in African-American children due to oil and gas exposure. That’s according to a new study, “Fumes Across the Fence-Line,” released by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Clean Air Task Force, and the National Medical Association. 
African-American children in metro Detroit suffered 2,402 asthma attacks and missed 1,751 school days due to asthma per year. Dallas-Fort Worth topped the list with 8,059 asthma attacks and 5,896 school days missed among African-American children. Other cities on the list were Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Chicago.

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