Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I feel like I should just call you family after we all survived the danger and hardship of the long election cycle! We did it together, all those calls, signs and all the commercials ! No matter who you voted for, Michigan turned out! I would like to thank everyone who worked on the election. Your big or small efforts in volunteering, along with all the hard work by our election staff, made our state shine. Most of our candidates did well and all three state proposals passed. Our Secretary of State said voting was up six percent from the last election. We can feel proud of that, though there is always room for improvement. I would like to have a state where 80 or 90 percent of the people vote. Our Lansing city clerk has made voting easy in the city, not like cities or states who enact repressive and restricting voting laws. He is able to do so within the structure set by three of our great leaders: Secretary of State Benson, Attorney General Nessel and Governor Whitmer -- congratulations on a smooth election and strong campaigns!
The December 8th meeting will be our Christmas open house from 1 to 5pm. You only have to bring yourself. Try inviting your old coworkers to meet you at the Union Hall. We can all eat, drink and
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be merry together!
I have a lot to do before Christmas. How about you? In between planning the big dinner, buying gifts and sending cards, now is the time to think, "How can I bring joy to the world?" Think a bit outside of the box: maybe a card to a service person, in this day of self-serve (and self-serving) everything. Let those helpers around you know we appreciate them! Don't forget our charities, especially the Old News Boys, who support children in need of footwear.
Our next meeting will be January 12th at World Buffet. Lunch at noon with the meeting to follow.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
Note: In my last column, I called out some of the pillars of oppression and racism working to dismantle civil rights in the U.S. today. I would like to reiterate that a separation of Church and State is crucial to any free society, especially among the judiciary. This is not a judgement of Catholics or other Christians, as the Constitution grants all people the right to practice their religion, so long as they do not impose those religious beliefs on others. Secondly, in referring to people who have been enslaved, it is important to recognize their humanity first and foremost, rather than use any term of oppression or suffering to define them. Going forward, I will refer to those impacted by institution of slavery as "people who were enslaved" rather than "slaves". Last but not least, if you were confused by my reference to the Presidential Records Act of 1978 and the former president's acts of criminality under that law, I encourage you to look it up and educate yourself!
Elze D. Harris
Charles R. Jonckheer
Johnie ( JJ ) Jones
Greg Lynn Arras
Robert Van Vleek Jr