Virtual Brews and Views: The First Amendment in 2020
October 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, a cornerstone of American democracy. In recent years, however, many people have come to question whether we have gone too far in our protection of free expression. Concerns about the corrosive effects of social media, the increasing incidence of hate speech and hate crimes, and the distorting effects of campaign contributions and corporate speech, among other issues, have prompted people to ask if our First Amendment law gets things right. Where are we, how did we get here, and where do we go next? Please join us to hear the thoughts of University of Michigan Law School Professor Len Niehoff.
A Conversation on Race, Policing, Voting and Social Justice
October 22, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Calls for social justice and policing reform across the country have expanded discussions about how concerned citizens can meaningfully engage in the process of improving policing. Panel experts will discuss highly debated proposals regarding police oversight, de-escalation tactics, prosecutorial discretion, social advocacy, voting, and policy reforms, and they will present their recommendations for pursuing change. Click here for a list of panelists and link to register for this Zoom discussion.
Yousef and You
October 24, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 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. Visit our event post to learn how to sign up for these discussions.
Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE
This hotline is an important resource for anyone who has any questions about the election. You can also visit their website for additional language options and information about the upcoming elections.
November General Membership Meeting
November 7, 9:30 a.m.
The November General Membership Meeting will include a brief presentation from Larry Kestenbaum, the Washtenaw County Clerk. This will be followed by a motion to consider proposed bylaw changes. Only people who register and have their MDP membership confirmed will be able to participate in this General Membership meeting. Register for this meeting here.
Participants will need to have been a member of the Michigan Democratic Party no later than October 8, last Thursday. Precinct Delegates, Democratic elected officials, Democratic nominees to partisan offices, and individuals whose membership lapsed inside the 30-day window are exempt from the advance membership requirement. However, those individuals must be members in order to vote and may join or renew the same day as the meeting.Please, read this post for more information. It includes a copy of the proposed bylaws, a video explaining the changes, and how to send feedback before the meeting takes place.
November 23, 6:00 p.m.
The WCDP will hold a County Convention on Monday, November 23 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The purpose of this Convention will be to choose members of the new Executive Committee. In order to vote in this convention, you will need to have been a member of the Michigan Democratic Party for 30 days (i.e., by October 24). Precinct Delegates, Democratic elected officials, Democratic nominees to partisan offices, and individuals whose membership lapsed inside the 30-day window are exempt from the advance membership requirement. However, those individuals must be members in order to vote and may join or renew the same day as the convention.An official Call to Convention along with a Zoom registration link will be issued closer to the date of the Convention which will detail the proportional voting method that will be used for selecting members of the Executive Committee. Within 30 days of their selection, the Executive Committee will convene and choose the statutory officers and other members of the Executive Board for 2021-2022. More information will be added to our event calendar here as it becomes available.
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