Michelle Mixa is a former public school teacher turned homeschooling mother of two. Recently having moved back to Michigan after her husband’s industry was shut down last March, Michelle is proud to be fighting to stop the vaccine mandates in her beloved home state. Her mission is to preserve the very fabric of our society where her children and all future generations will be able to move freely about without being required to carry and produce papers upon request.
Michelle founded STOP THE PASSPORT in Muskegon County where she successfully rallied citizens from around the state to pressure the county commission to pass a resolution to ban vaccine passports… The first county in our beautiful state of Michigan to do so. She also successfully advocated to pass a binding resolution that ensures that all county employees in Muskegon will be free from any vaccine, mask, and testing requirements.
Currently, she continues to advocate for vaccine choice rights in her county and beyond and has joined forces with Michigan for Vaccine Choice as the Westside Advocacy Leader.
I encourage everyone to sign up for a membership to Michigan for Vaccine Choice to receive alerts for practical ways you can help to ensure medical freedom in MI and beyond.
MICHELLE’S SPEECH FROM THE FREEDOM OVER FEAR EVENT:
In March of 2021, I began what eventually became STOP THE PASSPORT in Muskegon, MI when I organized like-minded citizens to petition our county government to pass a resolution that BANS VACCINE PASSPORTS. After seven weeks of rallying and applying pressure, Muskegon became the first county in the State of Michigan to pass such a resolution.
We then rallied again and successfully got bi-partisan support to pass a binding resolution that ensures that no employee of Muskegon County will be required to take a vaccine, be tested, wear a mask or be asked for private medical information as a condition of employment. As far as I can tell, we are the first county in MI to do that as well.
Since moving back to my home state last October, I had been writing my State and Federal representatives to no avail. 99% of the time I had no response. Although I continued to write, it felt pointless. My voice did not seem to be heard and I’m not really the type of person who likes to be ignored.
So, I decided to petition my county Board of Commissioners. I had no idea what I was doing nor did I know what the Board of Commissioners even did, but in my mind, my voice was louder at the local level & I wanted to be heard!
The thing is, I’m just a mom. A normal everyday citizen that had a very cursory understanding of the way our government works. I knew enough to pass my senior year government class but had no clue how the nuts and bolts of our system functions day to day.
But that didn’t stop me.
On March 30th, I called into my first virtual Board of Commissioners meeting and made a 2-minute statement asking the Commissioners to pass a resolution to ban Vaccine Passports in Muskegon.
You would think that I would have felt empowered by speaking my mind but the reality was the reverse. I felt swallowed up by the other speakers. I felt like my issue was pushed aside. It was infuriating because I knew that there are millions of people who understand the dangers of vaccine mandates. I wondered, why wasn’t anyone organizing a pre-emptive ban?
And then I realized, maybe that person needed to be me.
It took seven weeks of hustle to learn, meet, network, research, write, strategize and direct our efforts and on May 11th the resolution, which I wrote, was passed! It was incredible!
All this to say, the key to fighting tyranny isn’t that YOU NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING, the key to fighting tyranny is that you have the passion to be free and TAKE ACTION, EVEN IF THAT MEANS YOU LEARN AS YOU GO!
So much has changed since we passed the resolutions in Muskegon. We have special rules for the unvaccinated in the workplace. We have Michiganders being fired for not complying with vaccine mandates. We have people’s religious exemptions being denied… challenging their Constitutionally protected right to practice their religion. The world is upside down.
I’ve hesitated to encourage people to defy the vaccine mandates even though I know that is what our country needs them to do. Anyone facing this madness is in a very serious situation. A sudden loss of income is no laughing matter. It could mean the loss of a car, it could mean not having enough food to feed their children, it could mean losing a home and not everyone has a community to lean into.
I know better than most what this looks like. In March of 2020, my husband was deemed ‘unessential’ and long story short, we were forced out of our home in OH (where we lived for 6 years) and landed back in West Michigan with no job and little in terms of prospects. My children were ripped away from the place they called home and left their friends behind. It sucked. It is still hard. There were simply no jobs in my husband’s field. No jobs in the entire country. We know because we looked and we would have moved there.
Here is the thing, we are ok. We were so scared of what the future would look like. We felt so completely out of control of our life. And we are ok. It’s true that my house isn’t as nice, our neighborhood isn’t as nice, but we are ok. All of the most important things, my husband, my kids, and I all fit perfectly into our fix-er-upper.
And you know what else? We are happy. We are happy because we are together.
It is possible for life to change dramatically and still be happy and still be ok.
If you are not facing unjust vaccine mandates personally, what can you do to support the people in your community who are? A network of support needs to be built for those who do lose their jobs. Are you able to buy groceries for a neighbor who did not comply and is unemployed as a result? Supply dinner once or twice a week? Make a house payment for them? Be mindful of the sacrifice they made and give back in ways we are able? If people know that their community will support them they will feel like non-compliance is a more realistic option. I challenge you to get to know the people who are on the front lines of this battle in your neighborhood and ask them what they need. In a time when so many are isolated, afraid, and do not know what to do, we need to connect and give of ourselves. We need each other now more than ever.
MORE TO KNOW ABOUT MICHELLE MIXA FROM OUR UNITE FOR MICHIGAN Q&A:
Q. If you were not in your current role/endeavor, what would you be doing instead?
A. If I had not moved back to MI in 2020, which sparked my advocacy work, I would still be in central Ohio, running a homeschool co-op, running classes for homeschool kiddos out of our home and I would just be a regular mom.
Q. What has been the biggest impact in your industry or life in the last 5 years?
A. 2020 was a difficult year for my family, as it was for so many others around the world. We are a homeschooling family and like so many, we live on a single income. My husband’s industry, large-scale food service, was completely shut down across the country in the first phases of the initial shutdown and he was without work for months.
Once the supplemental unemployment benefits ran out, we were faced with a very difficult situation; spend all of our savings in keeping our current home with no idea how long he would be without work, or sell and downsize significantly. In one month’s time, our home in Ohio was sold and we purchased another home in Muskegon, MI.
Although this transition has been challenging, without these challenging times it is very likely that I would still be complacent and would not be advocating for medical freedom today.
Moving during Covid, especially the 2020 lockdown, was difficult but we are all very grateful to be closer to family now and we all agree that there is absolutely no better place to live than along the beautiful west MI coastline in every season of the year!
Q. Where do you see yourself or business in 5 years?
A. It is my greatest hope that in five years I will be in the last few years of homeschooling my son, my daughter will be off to college, trade school, or working toward a career she loves regardless of vaccine status, we are able to travel without restriction to different parts of the world and I am spending my days gardening, teaching homeschool children, and volunteering in my community.
Looking forward, I am hopeful that everyday people (like me!) take more time to be involved in the institutions that run our communities such as school boards, county commissions, advisory boards, precinct delegates, and library boards. Most of these positions take little time and make a huge impact upon our everyday lives. I am hopeful that as time moves on, more people will take action to help protect our American values and the freedoms we enjoy in our communities.
Q. Who do you most admire or are inspired by, and why?
A. It is impossible to name just one person that is an inspiration to me. My parents raised me with a love of our country and a deep appreciation for the individual rights we enjoy here. My grandfather was a pilot in WWII and he imparted a deep appreciation for our personal freedoms and also the cost others paid to secure them for me. In my heart, I thank them every day for the values they instilled in me from a very young age.
Today, the people who inspire me the most are those I have met in the advocacy circles I’ve found here in Michigan. Just regular people who understand that it takes all of us to make change. I have met so many moms who organize vaccine information events while nursing their babies, who bring three kids -one in a stroller- to speak to their representatives about medical freedom, who wake up at 5 am to write emails and rally others to pressure pro-freedom votes, who work 60+ hours a week volunteering to educate people on vaccines risks, who drive hours to support patriotic establishments that do not implement discriminatory practices like making unvaccinated staff mask or ask for private medical information as a condition of employment & who are fighting their own private medical issues and still find the energy to advocate for vaccine choice.
I’ve met people who are privately funding the development of websites to serve the freedom fighting folks (‘ehem), who are on library boards to ensure a balanced selection of literature for our communities, who sacrifice time with their families to serve as elected officials with a mission to protect our God given freedoms.
Being new to advocacy and am forever grateful to the women and men who have been fighting long before me; who are welcoming and willing to empower and mentor me on how to make change.
Each and every one of those people inspires me to continue and to strive to do more.
Q. What organization is top on your list to provide support?
A. There are so many worthy causes to support right now! These are some of the many who are fighting hard for medical and schooling freedom:
Michigan for Vaccine Choice: michiganvaccinechoice.org
The Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN): icandecide.org
Children’s Health Defense: childrenshealthdefense.org
FLCCC Alliance: covid19criticalcare.com
Homeschool Legal Defense Association: hslda.org
Q. What is the biggest need you face in your business or organization today?
A. The biggest need faced for the advocacy work I do is public engagement. Most organizations out there can only accomplish their goals if the public engages with action alerts and actually take the actions we are requesting. The single most influential strategy with politicians is COMMUNITY PRESSURE. That means it takes every one of us to call, write, or do whatever is being requested.