WCDP Newsletter

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In this newsletter:

  • Information on our monthly WCDP Membership Meeting.
  • A call for volunteers to help with the Voter Guide.
  • Additional volunteer opportunities for voting assistance.
  • Information on the September Equity Challenge by United Way.
  • Opportunity to donate masks to Ypsi schools.
  • Free COVID-19 testing.
  • Last chance to help with the census.

The next WCDP Community Forum and General Membership meeting will take place on Saturday, September 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will focus on organized labor, policing, and the community. There will be a roundtable discussion among local organized labor leaders, police, and activists. More information including a link to the Zoom meeting can be found here.

Voter Guide Volunteers Needed, END OF SEPTEMBER
Ballots start going out beginning September 24 – and our goal is to begin distributing the Voter Guides as early as possible. We’re aiming for the end of the month, printer schedules permitting. In 2018, some 200 volunteers got out 25,000 Guides in about a week. This year, funding permitting, we are going for 66,000 (with 24,000 mailed to harder-to-reach households). WE’LL PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON WHEN THE GUIDES WILL ARRIVE as we hear from the printer. We’ll need all hands on deck, whether you want to do one “turf” or 10! This will be a contactless lit drop.

We can also use some help “bundling” into packs of 100 for distribution. Contact Steve Gutterman at sgutt@umich.edu to join the team.

Chomping at the bit?
We’ve heard rumors that there are folks still wishing for more to do. Between now and the 24th, and once the Guides are out, there are plenty of options for leaving no stone unturned. Our Area Captains are putting together phone banking and text banking– getting out the the electronic Voter Guide and info about Ballot Drop Boxes– so get in touch through volunteer@washtenawdems.org.

Another exciting option for those craving more contact– Neighbors for Democracy is organizing an attempt to reach out to a small group of voters who are harder to mobilize and help them get their ballot down the home stretch. For example, “Unni” Unnikrishnan, in Ward 1, is contacting people in a hard-to-enter apartment block, identifying those who need help, whether it’s in navigating the Absent Voter process or getting to a drop box, and accompanying them to the end. He can help you do the same in your neighborhood. Contact Unni at kunnik@gmail.com.

21-Day Equity Challenge
United Way of Washtenaw County
September 8-28

This version of the Equity Challenge is designed to take participants through a state-level exploration of the history and impacts of racism and how it has shaped the lives of people in Michigan. Along the way, participants will be equipped with resources and tools to take action for racial equity in their work and lives. For more information including how to participate, visit the United Way of Washtenaw County’s website.

Ypsi Mask Project
The Ypsi Mask Project is collecting masks and more for the Ypsilanti Community Schools. They fell short of their August goal of 4,000 masks, so if you can sew masks, are willing to buy masks, or donate some of your extra masks, please visit their website to contribute.

COVID-19 Testing
Packard Health Center is offering free COVID-19 testing at the Second Baptist Church at 301 South Hamilton, Ypsilanti. They will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Anyone with or without symptoms can get tested. Please bring your photo ID and an insurance card (if you have one). No one will be turned away for lack of insurance or photo ID. Drive-up by appointment only or walk-up (appointment preferred). Make an appointment here.

The Census Ends Soon
Census counting ends, prematurely, on September 30th. You can foil this attempt to undercount harder-to-reach households by calling those who have not completed it. Sign up to be a volunteer to make phone calls from home using a virtual phone bank and reminding fellow Michiganders to complete the census. Please click the link to sign up: Virtual Phone Bank.

The census needs your help to spread the word: responding to the census is convenientconfidential,and critical to our future here in Michigan. They offer a toolkit which contains everything you need to know about the census to help you get the word out. Please consider sharing this information to those you interact with through social media, newsletters, websites and any other means of contact you have with Michiganders.

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