The newly formed Citizens for Unity is hosting an informing community action forum from 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Block Brewing Co., 1140 S Michigan Ave., in Howell. Two prominent community members — Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy and Howell Mayor Pro Tem Steve Manor — are among those who will be making remarks at the event.
Organizer Colleen Turk said in an email that the event is intended to “create visible evidence that there are many of us in the area who support diversity, care for our neighbors, and will stand beside them and defend them, whatever their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or what have you.”
Turk said the non-partisan event is intended to provide a forum in which people can come together over “what’s good in our community and our country.”
The primary goal is to “show up in numbers as a way to display that our community can come together despite our differences.”
This event comes just after the Michigan Trump Republicans met at the same location on Tuesday, Aug. 15, part of a series of “President Trump … we’ve got your back” events, and after the president was roundly criticized for his response to the violence and murder of Heather Heyer during a rally of white supremacy groups on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Va., just days before.
The Michigan Trump Republicans received criticism in a post and on social media for holding that event at Block Brewing Co. in Howell on the anniversary of the death of Bob Miles, a former grand dragon of the KKK who lived in the Howell area, as well as in the wake of Trump’s remarks following the Charlottesville violence.
Attendees will have the chance to share their thoughts and ideas, and Turk said anyone sharing the goal of inclusiveness are welcome to attend.
RSVP via the Facebook event page by clicking here.