ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The statewide nonprofit Michigan United is hosting its annual strategy summit online today at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.
The coronavirus will be featured "prominently" in the People's Vision summit, as Michigan United announces plans for the year to "advance campaigns on immigration, criminal justice reform, care, environmental protection and putting those affected by these issues into office to work on these policies directly," according to the organization yesterday.
Michigan United is a coalition of labor, business, social service and civil rights members, "fighting for the rights of homeowners, renters, immigrant families and students."
Activists from Flint, Detroit, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids will discuss their work and explain how the outbreak has "made clear why statewide policy change is so important."
Michigan United said, for instance, the overcrowding of prisons is exacerbated by the introduction of the virus, undocumented immigrants may avoid testing and treatment and "reaching people in small towns was hard enough before they were ordered to stay at home."
Margie Stinson, Kalamazoo Caring Majority campaign leader
Emma Boyhtari, Detroit Environmental Justice leader
Patrese Griffin, Kalamazoo vice-mayor and Criminal Justice leader
Danny Caracheo, Grand Rapids Immigration Reform leader
Abraham Aiyash, Movement Politics director
Katie Pulaski, Mt. Pleasant Hometown Voices leader
Tony Paciorek, Flint Environmental Justice leader