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Criminal Justice and Public Safety

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ID: Orange background, navy text reads, "END LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE SENTENCES FOR MICHIGAN CHILDREN. SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION ASKING LAWMAKERS TO END THIS INHUMAN PRACTICE TODAY"

Sign the petition & share! Together, let’s end the inhumane practice of juvenile life without parole and make sure there are no more children sentenced to die in prison. If passed, Senate Bills 848-851 and House Bills 5941-5944 will make Michigan the thirty-fifth state to end the inhumane practice of juvenile life without parole. The bills recognize the inherent dignity of young people and emphasize the concepts of redemption and second chances.

Education

Send a letter and call state elected officials with the Michigan Education Justice Coalition (MEJC), urging them to truly invest in our kids and schools! Budgets are a reflection of our values. Currently, the Michigan House and Senate are in the final month of debating the 2023 budget, and we’re urging legislators to finalize an education budget that: 

  • Increases funding for public education, especially during a pandemic

    • Increase per pupil funding to $500

  • Funds more mental health support in schools, especially during a pandemic

  • Increases weighted funding for:

    • Students with disabilities

    • Bilingual students

    • At-risk students

  • Increases funds for school staff retention

  • Increases funds to update aging school facilities to keep our kids safe

  • Funds schools and specific programs to increase urban literacy rates

  • Increases funding for before and after school care

 

Send your letter here: https://bit.ly/FundMISchools

Call elected officials here: https://actionnetwork.org/call_campaigns/our-kids-deserve-fully-funded-schools

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ID: Blue background, colorful blocks, white text reads, "Dear Michigan Legislature... Invest in Mental Health Sincerely Michigan Parents who give a f#%!" Michigan Education Justice Coalition logo

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Send a letter with the National Disability Rights Network urging Congress to pass the Keeping All Students Safe Act, the Protecting our Students in Schools Act, and the Counseling Not Criminalization Act! Congress has the opportunity to pass three bills that together will put an end to harsh discipline; criminalization of; and the use of law enforcement against students with disabilities and students of color in schools. These bills, if enacted, will help transform schools to promote learning; allow students to form positive and trusting relationships with trained and knowledgeable adults; and encourage the use of evidence-based strategies to promote positive behavior. Students with disabilities and students of color deserve the opportunity to pursue their education free from the fear of trauma and abuse.

Employment and the Economy

Send a letter to increase the average starting wage in the behavioral health system to $18.00 per hour! When a Michigan resident experiences a mental illness or developmental disability, they should be able to hire the help they need to ensure their safety and wellbeing. But right now, they can’t. In today's tight labor market, it is difficult to find a Direct Care Worker, whether you are looking for care for yourself, a loved one, or hiring an employee for your agency. This leaves our state’s most vulnerable residents at risk. Michigan has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to address the long-standing direct care workforce crisis in a meaningful and sustained manner.

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Send a letter to urge Congress to pass a pair of bills adding Direct Support Professionals to the list of professions tracked and reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This would allow for states and other stakeholders to accurately examine changes such as wages, number of employees, medium age of the workers, etc. Join the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council to advocate for this vital advancement for Direct Support Professionals and Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).

Send a letter with The Arc urging Congress to Pass the SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act! 

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides critical support for millions of people with disabilities and their families to be able to afford necessities like food and rent. 

The SSI asset limits have not been raised since 1989. Currently, SSI recipients are only allowed to have $2,000 in assets ($3,000 for couples) before they become ineligible for SSI benefits. The bill would increase the current asset limits in the SSI program to $10,000 for individuals and $20,000 for couples. This would allow SSI recipients to save for emergencies and maintain their SSI benefits. The bill would also index the limits to inflation so they would be adjusted annually based on data from the Consumer Price Index.

Please contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to support people with disabilities and their families by co-sponsoring the bipartisan SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act, which would raise SSI asset limits for the first time in over 30 years and significantly improve the lives of people with disabilities who receive SSI.

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