July 13 2016 09:45 AM

What’s better than tie dying on a sunny day? Tie dying while enjoying snacks, good company, and participating in a clothing drive! Humans Uniting for an Equal Society (HUES) celebrated a year as a fully-involved community- and youth-oriented branch of Lansing Association of Human Rights (LAHR) by putting on our second annual Summertime Tie Dye! This year, we did things a little different; as well as the tie dye and the snacks, a clothing drive was put on. Donors had the choice of giving their gently used clothing items to a local organization, Gateway Youth Services, or to the Ruth Ellis Center, which runs out of Detroit.

Gateway works with at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth in the Greater Lansing area, and often works with LGBTQ youth, who comprise 1 in 5 homeless young people. The Ruth Ellis Center, named for the LGBT rights activist, works specifically with at-risk, runaway, and homeless LGBTQ youth in and around Detroit. The event was wildly successful, with enough clothing donated to fill two cars and another trunk. We expect that around fifty people showed up to dye various pieces of clothing from t-shirts to handkerchiefs, with even more showing up specifically to drop off clothes. In fact, we even had to run out mid-event to grab some more dye, as we quickly ran out! Luckily this year, there was no rain; just sunshine, rainbows, and great people. Massive thanks to anyone who donated!

Looking to the future, the July Coalition meeting for HUES, set for Tuesday, July 12th, will comprise of special elections to fill the vacancies of Chair, Vice Chair, and Communications Strategist until our regular elections in September, as well as voting on some updates to our bylaws. We greatly encourage you to attend our Coalition meeting for August, set for August 9th! We meet the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., in the community room of Everybody Reads Bookstore on Michigan Ave., Lansing. As always, any questions can be sent to humansunitingforanequalsociety@gmail. com. You can also find us on facebook.com/ humansuniting or at our new website, humansuniting.org!