FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022
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Group endorses efforts to fight dangerous Unlock Michigan 2.0 initiative
Advocacy group that promotes efforts to keep school-aged children safe opposes petition aimed at limiting public health orders
LANSING — The Michigan Parent Alliance for Safe Schools, a statewide coalition of bipartisan parent organizers who advocate for COVID-19 mitigation guidelines at the local and state levels, has endorsed Public Health Over Politicians’ effort to oppose Unlock Michigan 2.0’s dangerous ballot initiative that would limit public health orders.
The Unlock Michigan 2.0 ballot initiative, which is currently gathering signatures, would shift decision-making authority from public health experts to politicians during public health emergencies. That change would happen 28 days after a health order is issued, regardless of the status of a health emergency, which could range from COVID-19 to Legionnaires’ disease to hepatitis.
“To keep our kids safe in our schools and in our communities, we need unified safety guidelines for all Michigan schools,” said Nicole Kessler, an Oakland County parent and Michigan Parent Alliance for Safe Schools organizer. “We need public health officials to use their training and expertise to set guidelines to keep people safe, whether at home, in school or in the workplace. Limiting the decisions that can be made by public health officials during a health care crisis is not only short-sighted, it is downright dangerous.”
Public Health Over Politicians is made up of public health officials, doctors and nurses who believe the health of all Michiganders should come before partisan and political games.
“Unlock Michigan 2.0 would entrust public health decisions to politicians who often lack the expertise and fortitude to do what’s needed during a public health emergency,” said James Haveman, former director for the Michigan Department of Community Health and member of Public Health Over Politicians. “Michigan voters beware: This is a reckless ballot initiative that will only harm the future of our state, which is why Public Health Over Politicians urges voters to decline to sign. We appreciate the Michigan Parent Alliance for Safe Schools’ support of our effort.”
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