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Our Freedoms - Gretchen Whitmer for GovernorSkip to content Stand with Michigan against hate. CONTRIBUTE TODAY! X Gretchen Whitmer for Governor About Issues News Media Store DONATE Our Freedoms HOME ISSUES OUR FREEDOMS We in Michigan once had some of the strongest civil rights protections in the country in the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act, but we’ve fallen behind. We’ve got to show up for each other’s fights so that every Michigander, no matter where they come from, who they love, how they identify, or what their faith is, has the same opportunities to be successful and we cannot stop until they do. That means ensuring equity in employment, opportunity, schools, and safety for all people. We are still fighting for fundamental rights when people in our state can be denied housing or terminated from employment for their sexual orientation or gender identity. We will build justice in Michigan by: Expanding the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Year after year, in the Senate and as a private citizen, I pushed to expand our civil rights laws to include all people regardless of  sexual orientation and gender identity. We drew the line when lawmakers tried to exclude transgender people from our civil rights laws. And I fought for same-sex adoptions and domestic partner benefits. Promoting universal voter access, because it is too hard to register and to vote in Michigan, and as a result, fewer people do it. Everyone who applies for a driver’s license or state ID should be automatically registered to vote, and any registered voters should be able to vote absentee or by mail. As a legislator, I fought to ensure valid ballots from our service members overseas were counted, to prevent voters from being turned away at the polls, and to allow same-day voter registration. Level the playing field in our criminal justice system so that the amount of money in your bank account does not determine the level of justice you receive. As Ingham County Prosecutor, I prioritized rehabilitation programs for nonviolent, first-time offenders to save resources, reduce overcrowding in prisons, and most importantly, to give people [DATE REMOVED] chance. Ban the box so that fair hiring practices prevent disparities in our criminal justice system from keeping people out of the labor pool. Ending this discriminatory practice will put thousands of women and men back into stable, good-paying jobs. Refuse to allow bullying on the grounds of religion. It’s a false choice to say that we can’t have religious freedom while still respecting one another. I’m proud of the work I did to protect our kids in schools with Matt’s Safe Schools law, but we have much more work to do. Making government smarter and more effective by empowering a diverse set of voices in the cabinet, appointments, and throughout state government. That means creating an Equity Officer in the Governor’s office and empowering the Department of Civil Rights and the Civil Rights Commission. RETURN TO ISSUES Meet Gretchen Meet Garlin Issues News Volunteer Events Media Store Donate JOIN GRETCHEN Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Medium P.O. Box 15282, Lansing MI 48901 PAID FOR BY GRETCHEN WHITMER FOR GOVERNOR, PO BOX 15282, LANSING, MI 48901
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Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Nassar Survivors Call on Schuette to Denounce Shameful GOP Attack Ad - Gretchen Whitmer for GovernorSkip to content Stand with Michigan against hate. CONTRIBUTE TODAY! X Gretchen Whitmer for Governor About Issues News Media Store DONATE POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 BY ADAM FOX-LONG Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Nassar Survivors Call on Schuette to Denounce Shameful GOP Attack Ad Whitmer Took Swift Action to Put Nassar Behind Bars LANSING – Michigan sheriffs, prosecutors, and sexual assault survivors are blasting a new attack ad from the Michigan Republican Party. The sleazy new TV ad falsely attacks Gretchen Whitmer for her role in the Larry Nassar case. “I want to be crystal clear: this ad is a lie, plain and simple. I know because I was there,” said Pat Miles, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. “The truth is, Gretchen Whitmer took swift action to stop Larry Nassar once and for all. Her office got the search warrants that got the evidence that put Nassar behind bars, where he belongs. Gretchen did what any good prosecutor would do, and the fact that Bill Schuette and his allies are now using a tragedy like the Nassar case to score political points is simply appalling.” “By making this a political issue, we are essentially saying that the validity of your sexual assault depends on which side of the aisle you sit on,” said University of Michigan alum and Nassar survivor Grace French. “It takes the focus away from what you’re trying to solve, and makes us as survivors a pawn in a divided political climate. I call on Bill Schuette, politely, and respectfully, to make the Michigan Republican Party take down this ad. Leave my abusers face out of politics. Leave sexual assault out of politics.” “The Michigan Republican Party’s ad is a deplorable act on behalf of someone who is not ashamed of using me and my sister survivors to promote a lie for political gain. Bill Schuette should condemn the ad immediately,” said Nassar Survivor Jane Katzer. “This ad has played in my home and caused me to relive everything that Nassar himself had put me through. It’s an insult to me, it’s an insult to my family, and it’s an insult to everyone who has survived sexual assault.” “Bill Schuette needs to do the right thing and condemn this ad right now,” said Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson. “It does not portray an accurate picture of the truth and Schuette has the duty to tell the whole story. If Schuette believes in the truth, he will publicly demand that the Michigan Republican Party take this ad off the air immediately.” “Suggesting that Gretchen Whitmer is responsible for Larry Nassar continuing his atrocities by doing nothing is way beyond the pale – in fact it is repugnant. And a lie. And Schuette knows this,” said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. “Whitmer followed policy and procedure and suggesting otherwise is shameful. I usually refrain from commenting on how other electeds do their job, but I cannot let this pass. Protecting those that have been victims of sexual assault has been one of my life’s many passions for decades. I will not be a party to Schuette or anyone else being untruthful about the plight of these and other survivors. I will get up on my high horse and go far and wide if I have to speak this truth. Yes, I am a long time supporter of Gretchen Whitmer. But first and foremost I am a relentless supporter of the truth.” “The special interests have it wrong,” said Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth. “The evidence that was discovered in Larry Nassar’s home dumpster would have likely been destroyed if Gretchen’s office hadn’t acted so quickly. Assisting law enforcement investigators in drafting the search warrants was key in retrieving the evidence that ultimately led Nassar to plead guilty and receive a [DATE REMOVED] sentence.” As Bridge Magazine’s Truth Squad has reported, Whitmer “put the interests of justice and sexual assault victims ahead of her own political ambitions by allowing the attorney general to spearhead the cases rather than seeking to prosecute through her own office. Whitmer’s mantle as an advocate for sexual assault victims remains intact.” # # # Share this post: Share Tweet Email Post navigation  Previous Post ‘Republicans and Independents for Whitmer’ Announces Formation to Help Elect Former Senate Democratic Leader Next Post   Desperate Schuette Doubles Down on Shameful Nassar Attack Ad Meet Gretchen Meet Garlin Issues News Volunteer Events Media Store Donate JOIN GRETCHEN Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Medium P.O. Box 15282, Lansing MI 48901 PAID FOR BY GRETCHEN WHITMER FOR GOVERNOR, PO BOX 15282, LANSING, MI 48901
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Issues - Gretchen Whitmer for GovernorSkip to content Stand with Michigan against hate. CONTRIBUTE TODAY! X Gretchen Whitmer for Governor About Issues News Media Store DONATE Issues SEE WHERE GRETCHEN STANDS “Michigan needs a governor who can get things done that will actually make a difference in people’s lives right now.” Gretchen Whitmer Fix the Damn Roads Michigan deserves a governor who will fix the problem and knows how to bring people together to get it done. Read more Make Health Care More Affordable Everyone in Michigan has a right to quality health care they can afford, and that means expanding coverage and lowering costs. Read more Clean Up Our Drinking Water Water is the lifeblood of our state. Every Michigander deserves the opportunity to be successful, starting with their health. Read more Holding Government Accountable Michigan’s next governor needs to be laser focused on getting things done that will actually make a difference in people’s lives right now. Read more Better Skills, Better Jobs Every Michigander deserves a path to a high-wage skill, economic opportunity and an income that supports their family. Read more Improve Education & Skills Training Republicans in Lansing have sided with Betsy DeVos to push an education agenda that included slashing school funding. Read more Fighting Urban Poverty I am committed to bringing people together to build strong communities across the state, so we can build a better Michigan for everyone. Read more Repeal The Retirement Tax After a lifetime of hard work, we must honor the promises made to our seniors so that they can retire in dignity in the state that they love. Read more Women’s Rights When women thrive, we all thrive. Women of Michigan have been held back by an economy and a government that does not treat them as equals. Read more Our Freedoms We’ve got to show up for each other’s fights so that every Michigander has the same opportunities to be successful and we cannot stop until they do. Read more Serving our Veterans I have a long record fighting for Michigan’s men and women in uniform. I’ll hold government accountable for the lack of respect for our veterans. Read more The Opioid Crisis We cannot blame the victims of this disease. We must put aside partisan differences to confront this crisis head on. Read more Meet Gretchen Meet Garlin Issues News Volunteer Events Media Store Donate JOIN GRETCHEN Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Medium P.O. Box 15282, Lansing MI 48901 PAID FOR BY GRETCHEN WHITMER FOR GOVERNOR, PO BOX 15282, LANSING, MI 48901
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Vogue: Why ‘That Woman From Michigan’ Should Be on Joe Biden’s Short List for V.P. - Gretchen Whitmer for Governor45%Skip to content Stand with Michigan against hate. CONTRIBUTE TODAY! X Gretchen Whitmer for Governor About Issues News Media Store DONATE POSTED ON APRIL 5, 2020 BY ZACK POHL Vogue: Why ‘That Woman From Michigan’ Should Be on Joe Biden’s Short List for V.P. “We’ve had a big problem with the young, a woman governor,” President Donald Trump told his favorite television pundit, Sean Hannity, [DATE REMOVED]. The president continued musing, “You know who I’m talking about, from Michigan,” and later added, “All she does is sit there and blame the federal government. She doesn’t get it done.” Then, the ultimate dismissal of strong women who dare to confront the monarch of Trumpworld: Working with her had “not been pleasant.” [DATE REMOVED], at his regular White House briefing, Trump doubled down on his criticism of the 48-year-old governor, telling Vice President Mike Pence, who is in charge of the administration’s COVID-19 response, “don’t call the woman in Michigan” because she wasn’t “appreciative” of Trump’s help. (He later acknowledged that Pence was indeed going to call her and denied that he had tried to block that conversation from taking place.)   Read the full article here. Share this post: Share Tweet Email Post navigation  Previous Post USA Today: For governors, the coronavirus is a test, from its deadly toll to dealing with Trump Next Post   NBC News: ‘That woman from Michigan’: Gov. Whitmer stands out in the pandemic. Just ask Trump. Meet Gretchen Meet Garlin Issues News Volunteer Events Media Store Donate JOIN GRETCHEN Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Medium P.O. Box 15282, Lansing MI 48901 PAID FOR BY GRETCHEN WHITMER FOR GOVERNOR, PO BOX 15282, LANSING, MI 48901
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