Racism, reparations, and reconciliation.

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General Membership Meeting
Zoom, June 6, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The shocking effect COVID-19 is having on Ypsilanti’s African American community has led many to realize that the impact is a result of historical and intractable social inequities. This forum will look at the effects of COVID-19 on the African American Community and how this experience strengthens the case for reparations.

This call to action will feature updates from the honorable Dr. JoAnn Watson, a member of the National Board of N’COBRA (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America). Dr. Watson will be joined by other notable members of the African American community in a panel discussion. More on our calendar.

Marches and Protests
Around the country, protests against police violence are being met with even more police violence. However, Washtenaw County has not been silenced. Check out Survivors Speak‘s Facebook page for information about marches and protests happening in and around Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor Democratic Party:
City Council Candidates Forums

Facebook Live, June 4, 7 p.m.

The Ann Arbor City Council positions are hotly disputed this year. The Ann Arbor Democratic Party is organizing Facebook Live Forums with candidates from each ward. Tonight is Ward 2, with Jane Lumm and Linh Song. Next week will be Wards 3 and 4, and the following week will be Wards 5 and 1. See our calendar for details.

Meet Our Supreme Court Candidates MDP members have voted to endorse two great candidates for the Michigan Supreme Court, Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack and Elizabeth Welch. To get to know these candidates and hear about their vision for justice in Michigan, we are able to offer this online forum, hosted by A2D2 Indivisible.

Special Education Summit
Zoom, June 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Washtenaw County Democratic Party is working hard to tighten our connection to the community and serve as a bridge between politics and people. Since parents have started crisis schooling, many of the gaps in our education system have been exposed. What does the “sense of urgency” in our response to special education needs say about our commitment to education equity? The WCDP’s Dems Care will be organizing a summit on special education featuring a range of expert panelists. A link to the Zoom meeting is coming soon. Learn more about this event here

Promote Your Podcast or Blog There are a number of talented communicators in the WCDP who have something to say about news, politics, and culture. For a future edition of our “Spotlight” newsletter, we would like to feature as many of these creative outlets as we can. If you have a professional podcast, write for a news outlet or a site like Medium on a regular basis, or run your own multimedia website, let us know at share@washtenawdems.org

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