Office Hours | Coffee Talks | Election News

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WCDP Office Updates
Many thanks to our dedicated office volunteers who are working their tails off to help get out the signs everyone wants and to help people connect with each other so we can win this election together! These are the updated office hours, but please call ahead (734-879-0556).

  • Monday through Friday, 1p.m – 3p.m. and 5p.m. – 7p.m.
  • Saturday (inside), 10a.m. – 2p.m.
  • Saturday (outside), 11a.m. – 2 p.m., weather permitting
  • Sunday, 1 p.m. – 3p.m.

This Month’s Meeting on YouTube
Our monthly Community Forum and General Membership Meeting took place on Saturday, Sept. 5th. In addition to regular updates, this meeting focused on problems with policing in Washtenaw County and ways to make positive change. They also considered the relationship between police and organized labor and discussed the role of police unions in the labor movement more broadly. You can watch the meeting in its entirety here.

Voter Guide Distribution
We are conducting a COVID-19 safe, no-knock Voter Guide drop for targeted voters. The number of doors we need to hit is nearly three times the number we’ve distributed in past elections. Starting on September 30, we will need a battalion of volunteers to walk “turfs” – each turf takes about 1-2 hours, depending on the size.

If you are looking to do ONE THING this election season to help get out the vote, make this the one!  Sign up and pass this link on to anyone you know who might be willing to volunteer as well:

Hang Out with Your Legislators

Thursday Town Hall – Rep. Donna Lasinski
Sept. 10, 7 p.m. (TODAY)

Join State Rep. Donna Lasinski (52nd District) for an update on our state legislature and our state’s response to COVID-19, and to ask questions about anything happening in our state and what she’s been working on. The virtual town hall will be on Facebook Live and Zoom.

Yousef and You – Rep. Yousef Rabhi
Sept. 14, 6 p.m.

Rep. Rabhi holds two “Yousef and You” forums each month where anyone in the 53rd district (Ann Arbor) can come to get an update on legislative issues, ask questions, and participate in open discussion. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, these forums are being held virtually. He is hosting Yousef and You discussions on the 2nd Monday and 4th Saturday of every month. He hopes many of you will be able to join him. See details here to learn how to sign up for these discussions for the rest of the year!

The Jeff Irwin Virtual Coffee Hour!
Sept. 23, 6 p.m.

Get your webcam ready, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee (real or virtual), and join State Senator Jeff Irwin for his Virtual Coffee Hour. He’ll give you the skinny on everything going on in Lansing and answer some of the big questions about legislative action taking place in the State Senate. Check out the event on Facebook and fill out this form to receive a Zoom access code.

Elections: Top of Everyone’s Minds
As we gear up to do everything we can to ensure a fair election, we’d like to share this Call to Action from Governor Whitmer and Secretary of State Benson: 

“The state legislature has just two months to enact changes to improve our election system. We hope they’ll do so to support local clerks, election workers and voters, and to protect the integrity of Michigan elections.

The need for legislative change was made crystal clear in the August 4 primary. Michigan citizens want to vote, even in the midst of a global pandemic, and a record-setting 2.5 million cast ballots in August because they were provided clear, reliable and safe choices for how to do so.

In fact, voters set another record when more than 1.6 million cast absentee ballots through the mail, at their clerk’s office before Election Day, or at a secure ballot drop box.

Meanwhile, traditional polling places were clean, calm, accessible and sanitized repeatedly throughout Election Day by volunteer election workers — including the state employees and others we recruited to serve — using personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies bought with federal CARES Act funds and provided to every jurisdiction by the Michigan Bureau of Elections.” (Detroit Free Press) 

How can you help? Calling your state legislators, writing to local news outlets, posting on Facebook or NextDoor, with a call to others to do the same. Make a fuss, organize a Lobby Day!

Washtenaw County Democratic Party
418 West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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