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Members of the coalition include the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) Arab American Civil Rights League, Central United Methodist Church, Michigan AFSCME Council 25, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, the National Lawyers Guild and Sugar Law Center. The signatures were submitted to the Secretary of State on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.
“Our petition protection coalition wants to make sure that the process for verifying the signatures to repeal Public Act 4 is clear, transparent and just,” says Brandon Jessup, Chairman, Stand Up for Democracy and Michigan Forward. “We look forward to meeting with Secretary of State and the Bureau of Elections on this important next step to getting Public Act 4 on the ballot for 2012.”
“We want to ensure that the canvassing of the 226, 637 petition signatures is conducted in an open and fair manner, and the Michigan Election Law is respected,” say Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell, General Counsel, Detroit Branch NAACP. “The bottom line here is that we want every voter counted.”
“There is no more American Democratic people then the individual right to vote and to have citizen representation,” says Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP. “When that right and principal is denied, abused or disrespected, all good Americans are called upon to Stand Up for Democracy. We are all simply exercising the right of all people who demand full representation along with their mandated taxation.”
“The act of overturning election is serious business,” says Maureen Taylor, State Chairperson, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. “An elected official who handpicks administrators after voiding duly constituted elections, allowing these appointees to bring staff who will all receive salaries greater that the voters support and who have allegiance only to the person who appointed them should raise fear an alarm in every American. Financial Managers do not work, so this is a blatant disguise for something else.”