MI PPC Rally and Press Conference at MDHHS

Wed, Dec 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am


This MI PPC rally and Press Conference at MI Dept of Health & Human Services takes place following the 6am release of Bill Wylie Kellerman & Tommy Tackett from the Ingham County Jail.

Dear Michigan Poor People’s Campaign Community:

Two courageous members of the Michigan Poor People's Campaign were arrested during this summer’s 40 Days of civil disobedience, at the MDHHS.

On Monday, December 3rd, Rev. William (Bill) Wylie-Kellermann (of Detroit) and Thomas (Tommy) Tackett (of Jackson) were ordered to serve 12 days in Ingham County Jail. They were taken into custody immediately.

This incarceration follows their decision not to pay a $300 per person fine to the court for their misdemeanor arrests at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service (aka, MI Dept of ‘Harm and Human Suffering’) on May 21, 2018 where 16 persons were taken into custody. This unjust sentencing decision by the Ingham County court is disproportionate to the crime and sends a message to activists that civil protest – even when peacefully carried out and co-organized by members of the faith community – will not be tolerated, regardless of the moral protest concern.

Read more here:



Watch out for updates on our Facebook page, Michigan Poor People’s Campaign https://www.facebook.com/michigansppc

Calls to Action!

Beginning today and over the next several days, we ask you to share the press release, blog post and/or Facebook posts in your email networks and on your social media accounts.

Next, we invite you to mail Rev. Bill and Tommy postcards of support by Saturday, Dec 8th at:

Ingham County Jail
630 North Cedar Road
Mason, MI 48854

Please address your plain white postage pre-printed postcards (available from US Post Offices) to Rev. William Wylie-Kellermann or Thomas Tackett.

Finally, we ask you participate in one or two public actions next week prior to Rev. Bill & Tommy’s scheduled release at 6am on Dec. 12th:

Tue, Dec 11 at 6:30 pm - Candlelight vigil at Ingham County Jail
630 N. Cedar Rd, Mason, MI 48854.
Point person: Lydia Wylie-Kellermann, lydiaiwk@gmail.com

Wed, Dec 12 at 10 am - MI PPC Press Conference at Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services
235 S. Grand Ave, Lansing, MI 48933.
Point person: Sylvia Orduño, smorduno@gmail.com

We will have more to share with you nearly each day as we follow up and assess the arrests, plea bargains and sentencing that are underway for Rev. Bill and Tommy, plus many of the nearly 100 people arrested during the 40 Days of Action. Your ongoing participation and support in the Poor People’s Campaign are critical to the goals and vision we share.

In Solidarity and Spirit,

Please help support the legal support needs of the MI PPC with a contribution today at https://www.michiganppc.org/p/donate.html

Also, please ask your friends and family to join the MI PPC by signing up at


236 S Grand Ave, Lansing, MI 48933, United States


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