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LGBT and pro-immigration activists confront Rep. Agema

February 4, 2012

Earlier today 10 people from West Michigan went to the Rainbow Grill in Grandville, Michigan to confront State Representative Dave Agema about his recent hateful legislative proposals, some of which are now state law.

The issue that brought most people out today to confront Rep. Agema was the legislation to eliminated domestic partner benefits to some state employees, which the Representative introduced. The legislation was passed by both the House and the Senate late last year and signed into law by Gov. Snyder just before the holidays.

However, there were also people who came today to address Agema’s anti-immigration stance, anti-Muslim position and his support for the anti-union proposed Right to Work policy.

The activists who came to confront Agema found out 2 weeks ago at a rally in Lansing that the area Representative did not have a local office and only meets with constituents once a month at the Rainbow Grill.

Once Agema arrived people sat down with him at a booth and began to express their feelings and perspectives on issues of concern to the LGBT community, immigrant community and working people who all have been targets of Agema introduced and co-sponsored policies.

It appeared that the State Representative was not used to people actually showing up to talk with him on important matters. The group made it very clear that they all intended to speak to Agema who was clearly agitated by their collective confrontation.

After roughly 90 minutes of people directing their anger at the State Representative, Agema said he needed to go to another meeting. The group followed him outside and continued to confront Agema as he kept trying to leave. The group as a whole told him how much his policies were causing harm to people and that despite the Representative’s claims to follow the law, the group continued to press him on how his policies harm some of the most vulnerable members of this community.

Besides confronting Agema, members of the group passed out information sheets on how Agema’s policies impact working families.

The group found out that the Grandville Representative only meets with local constituents on the first Saturday of every month from 8:00AM to 9:30AM at the Rainbow Grill on Chicago Drive. Some of those who confronted Agema said they plan to come back next month and bring more people.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2012 1:16 am

    Keep up the good work! it’s good to see that Agema and cohorts are NOT getting a free pass! it’s nice to resistance in Michigan to his onerous policies. 🙂

  2. Brett Colley permalink
    February 5, 2012 1:29 am

    Nice work, y’all. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there this morning to join you…I was really looking forward to asking him about his sheep-hunting exploits.

  3. kswheeler permalink
    February 5, 2012 2:06 pm

    It’s good to see people making a commitment to confront this unspeakable bigot who is forcing his views via legislation on constituents who don’t agree with him–and who he seems to view as less than human beings.

    I did love the irony that Agema would choose a place to meet called the Rainbow Grill, and then tell LGBTQ people that he didn’t care about what they had to say…

  4. Rick Smith permalink
    February 8, 2012 8:49 pm

    I grew up in nearby Jenison and now live out of state, I was appalled by the passage of Agema sponsored bills that are now law. It’s nice to see that even in small cities like Grandville people are having the courage to speak up & to Agema for his hateful & homophobic way of thinking. The passage of Agema’s bills makes Michigan a black eye by provingn that not all are welcome in Michigan, a state whie I was once proud to call my home.

  5. Jeff Smith permalink*
    February 9, 2012 1:39 pm

    Thanks for the response Rick.


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