Advocacy Engagement Series

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Create Great Policy | Advocacy Engagement Series
The May session of the Advocacy Engagement Series focuses on the business case for the expansion of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, and is presented in partnership with Equality Michigan and OutPro.

Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976 is an act to define civil rights; to prohibit discriminatory practices and policies in the exercise of those rights based upon religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status or marital status.

Expansion of Elliott-Larsen to include sexual orientation and gender identity remains a key priority for the Grand Rapids Chamber. We believe everyone deserves the right to show up as their whole person in all aspects of their life, and we see this expansion as not only the right thing to do but the smart thing to do. Across the state, inclusivity is vital for Michigan to remain competitive while attracting and retaining top talent.

A new program in 2019, the Advocacy Engagement Series will help participants gain a better understanding of the business advocacy work of the Chamber while learning what it takes to run for office and how to lobby effectively. Insights will be provided from local and state experts on the issues and practice of advocacy to expose the tactics that can make a difference for your business.

Please do not hesitate to direct questions to Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Grand Rapids Chamber, at

Attendees are encouraged and invited to attend Politics & Pints immediately following at 4:30 p.m. Please click here for more information.

Equality Michigan
Equality Michigan (EQMI) has been working for 25 years to achieve full equality and respect for all Michigan residents regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people are working to achieve basic fairness and equality in our state. We want to live in safe communities, take care of our families, and contribute to our social, cultural, political, and economic lives and wellbeing. EQMI serves as MI’s premiere statewide political advocacy organization working toward the achievement of these goals.

OutPro is an LGBTQ professionals group serves as both a resource to employers and employees as well as an affinity group for the LGBTQ community. OutPro promotes a welcoming culture in the West Michigan community and offers social and professional networking opportunities throughout the City. OutPro events are attended by professionals at all career levels, representing a diversity of corporations, small businesses, and public and non-profit organizations.

Politics & Pints
Politics & Pints connects members with elected officials from across the political spectrum in an atmosphere that promotes conversation and networking. Since the inception of Politics & Pints, the Chamber has worked to bring together a mix of individuals who wish to engage in the political process and the policy discussions facing our community, region, and state.

Erin Knott, Interim Executive Director
Equality Michigan

Thursday, May 23
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites Grand Rapids Downtown
710 Monroe Ave NW

Click here to Register

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Politics & Pints 1

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131st Annual Meeting 12

Chamber Champion

OutPro 8