Episode 48: Progress Michigan’s Jade Gray on Connecting With Gen Z Voters

Here’s Episode 48 of Michigan’s premier progressive podcast!

Happy Indictment Week III!

I had so many words and thoughts to share as Donald Trump faces his third indictment this week. He’s finally been charged for the role he played for the January 6th insurrection in an effort to steal the 2020 election. Despite getting indicted again, Michigan’s GOP is all-in for Trump even though two more state Republicans face indictments for stealing voting machines. But while Republicans keep getting indicted, progressives keep doing the work to help everyone “Make It In Michigan.”

One big reason why progressives are scoring some major victories in the state is because of the impressive turnout by Generation Z voters in the 2022 election. They were key in getting abortion rights enshrined in our state constitution, in expanding voting rights and access to voting, and getting Democrats in control of state government.

Jade Gray from Progress Michigan, and a Co-President of College Dems at the University of Michigan, joins me to talk about what issues are at the forefront for Gen Z. She also shares her thoughts on how Gen Z is not only pressing for progressive change, but refuses to sit on the sidelines. They are trying to make change now on a host of issues. And as the Digital Organizer at Progress Michigan, Ms. Gray talks about their project to help progressives have a bigger digital presence throughout the state with Progressive Megaphone. If you want to learn more, megaphone@progressmichigan.org

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The Last Call spotlights a groundbreaking program which provides pregnant Flint mothers a one-time $1,500 payment, and then a $500 per month for that child’s first year with no strings attached! The program is called Rx Kids, and it has possibilities to improve the entire Flint community!

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Here’s how Michigan factors into Trump’s indictment for the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol attack.” By Jon King of Michigan Advance

Trump indictment: How Michigan, Detroit factor into charges over 2020 election.” By Jonathan Oosting of Bridge Magazine

Deperno, Rendon charged in Michigan voting machine tampering case.” By WDIV, Channel 4 in Detroit

Republicans Matt DePerno and Daire Rendon charged in 2020 voting machine probe.” By Kyle Davidson of Michigan Advance

Moolenaar backs lawsuit seeking to invalidate Biden presidency.” By Bradley Massman of The Midland Daily News

‘Didn’t know any better’: Columnist argues Trump’s strategy should be that he believed his own claims.” By Gideon Rubin of Raw Story

Ex-Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani admits to lying about Georgia voter fraud.” By C. Krishnasai of WION

Voting Will Be More Convenient Than Ever for Michiganders Under New State Laws.” By Kyle Kaminsky of The Gander

Why Michigan led the nation in young voter turnout in 2022 midterms.” By Ben Norner of MLive.com

Whitmer signs $57.4B state budget, the first crafted by Michigan Democrats in 40 years.” By Clara Hendrickson of The Detroit Free Press

Whitmer signs $82B Michigan budget: ‘Good stuff’ or wasteful ‘spending spree’?” By Jonathan Oosting of Bridge Magazine

Students Have Mixed Feelings on North Dakota’s TikTok Ban.” By Joe Banish of The Grand Forks Herald

Teamsters blast bankruptcy-bound Yellow, cite $700 million Covid loan firm got from Trump White House.” By Dan Morgan of CNBC.com

“Lawmakers: Trump officials overruled Pentagon on $700m pandemic loan for trucking firm.” By Jacob Knutson of Axios.com

Trump administration overruled Pentagon officials to approve $700M COVID loan: House report.” By Ella Lee of USAToday

Trump officials overruled Pentagon to approve pandemic loan, emails show.” By Yeganeh Torbati and Jeff Stein of The Washington Post

‘A dream come true’: In Flint, every pregnant person is about to receive cash through Rx Kids.” By Anna Gustafson of Michigan Advance

The Rx Kids Program

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