Dingell Update: June 20, 2020
Washington, June 20, 2020
Here is an update for June 20th.
Thought of the day: “We all require and want respect, man or woman, Black or white. It’s our basic human right.” — Aretha Franklin
Disturbing to hear Line 5 through the Straits of Mackinac suffered significant damage to an anchor support and yesterday Governor Whitmer ordered the line shut down. This was the right move until we know the full extent of the damage, how it happened, and threats that remain. For years, I’ve been calling for a comprehensive economic and environmental study of Line 5. If the conditions of the pipes to be a significant risk to the environment and public health, the operations of Line 5 must be shut down.
Spent the Juneteenth Holiday with students, families and communities gathering to celebrate. Today, I’ll join NAACP Ann Arbor for their annual Juneteenth celebration as I have for many years. There will be other events around the 12th District including ones in Ypsilanti and Wyandotte as well. I will be speaking at a Local 8000 candlelight vigil event in Monroe this evening. We continue to call for justice and equality for all and stand against racism that still exists in our country today. I did a lot of listening and was energized and encouraged to keep going. There is hope. We all understand the challenge in very clear terms, and all of us have an obligation to support equality.
Rite Aid has expanded COVID-19 testing capabilities nationwide including a drive-thru location in Ypsilanti. Using self-swab tests overseen by pharmacists, the site will operate Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm at 753 South Grove Street in Ypsilanti, MI.
Team Dingell is here seven days a week and wants to listen and help. It isn’t as smooth as we want on some issues, but we will never stop fighting for you. Call our office at 313-278-2936 or contact us through Facebook or our webpage.
New information becomes available every day. Below is a list of resources and information that can be helpful during this time. Please share this information with your family, friends, and colleagues. Remember, stay home, stay safe, save lives.
File for unemployment
Small Businesses can apply for low-interest disaster loans
Navigating Social Security Benefits
School Based Food Service Interactive Map
Food Banks and Kitchens in Michigan's 12th Congressional District
Contact numbers for people looking for information are:
• Centers for Disease Control, cdc.gov/coronavirus, 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
• Michigan.gov/coronavirus, or 888-535-6136.
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