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Ossof Warnock Georgia Runoff January 5 2021

Virtual Phone Bank to Win Senate for Democrats: Georgia Senate Runoffs
Every Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday through January
DoTheMostGood has joined with Flip Force to host virtual phone banks to elect Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in their runoff elections for the U.S. Senate from Georgia. Electing Ossoff and Warnock will make life better for Georgians in many ways, not to mention flipping the balance of power in the U.S. Senate from Red to Blue. Join Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30 PM EST and Sundays from 2:00-4:00 PM EST until January 5. Read here for details.

Town Hall on “Race to Justice”
Thursday, December 3
This virtual town hall will share a report compiled by the Citizens for Racial Equity Washtenaw, investigating whether there are racial disparities in sentences by judges in Washtenaw County. Everyone is invited to address these findings and discover how faith communities might best bring an end to this kind of discrimination. The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and the Faith Leader’s Forum are hosting. Read the event details here, including a link to the report itself. Register to attend here. 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Rock the Runoff concert with Stacey Abrams
Thursday, December 3
A fundraising concert benefiting voters for the Senate Runoffs in Georgia. Hosted by Stacey Abrams and Kerry Washington, this is sure to be a night not to be missed.  $5 tickets help ensure that Georgians get out to vote for the January 5 runoffs. Tickets sold here. 9 PM.

Virtual Lunch with the incoming Democratic Leader of the State House of Representatives, Donna Lasinski
Monday, December 7

Representative Donna Lasinski will share her thoughts on what’s ahead for the Michigan Legislature and ask questions on the important issues that affect the community. Donna Lasinski has served the people of Michigan’s 52nd House District since 2017, but she will take on a new and significant key role in shaping state policy as the recently elected Democratic Leader of the State House. Lunch and discussion hosted by the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber. Register here. 11 AM.

“Yousef and You” virtual coffee talks with State Representative Yousef Rabhi
Monday, December 14

Rep. Rabhi holds his final “Yousef and You” forum of the year. Anyone in the 53rd district (Ann Arbor) is welcome 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.  Read details and register here.  6:00 p.m.

Senator Jeff Irwin Coffee Hour
Saturday, December 19

Sen. Irwin is available to discuss concerns and update his constituents on Zoom or on Facebook live. To find the links click here.

The Electoral College will meet Monday, December 14The slate of electors, who were chosen at the last MI Democratic convention, will perform their duties, which are simply and exclusively to cast their votes for the winner of the popular vote in the state. Since the votes were Democratic, it’s the Dem electors who will meet- not in Washington, but in Lansing. When the College was instituted, it was stipulated that they not meet nationally, to prevent possible backroom deals… For a fascinating look at the Electoral College, read this PEG special! 

And if you don’t know our good friends over at PEG (Protectors of Equality in Government), you might like to visit them. In response to the somber events of 2016, Chuck Newman and other PEG volunteers have hosted many informative and catalytic events, including the kick-off of the drive for Prop 3, that gave us no-reason absentee voting and other voting updates, and seminal talks by Mark Greber, political researcher and consultant. Grebner’s work, and his lovingly assembled database, were of great help to WCDP in this election, and we are forever grateful to PEG as well as to many other sister organizations that together made the streams become a river. PEG’s newsletter features in-depth articles on many topics around our civic life and our democracy.

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