WCDP Newsletter: Let’s Talk About Racism

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The WCDP Monthly General Membership Meeting
Black Women Speaking Truth to Legislative Power
February 6, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What are the state and federal legislative remedies for white supremacy, suppression, and policing? Chief Assistant Prosecutor of Washtenaw County Victoria Burton Harris will lead a discussion on legislative remedies for the terrorist attacks of January 6 including covering Reparations and ending with a call to action.

Panel will include:

  • Dr. JoAnn Watson: Professor; Pastor; Activist with National African American Reparations Commission
  • Attorney Robyn L. McCoy: Partner, McCoy & Associates; Professor of Law at EMU; Activist on the subject of Reparations
  • Yodit Mesfin Johnson: Community Activist; President and CEO, Non-Profit Enterprise Work (NEW); Founder, Black Men Read

This WCDP meeting will take place using the online conferencing software Zoom. The meeting will start with our Chairs Report by Chris Savage and continue to include updates from our Federal, State, and County party representatives. A link to the meeting will be made available soon.


WCDP Featured Reading
Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest

Black in the Middle brings the voices of Black Midwesterners front and center. Filled with compelling narratives, thought-provoking analyses, and impactful commentaries, this anthology explores the various meanings and experiences of blackness throughout the Rust Belt. Bringing together people from major metropolitan centers like Detroit and Chicago as well as smaller cities and rural areas where the lives of Black residents have too often gone unacknowledged, this collection is a much-needed corrective to the narrative of the region.

Order Black in the Midwest

America without Racism:  Making the Vision a Reality
Friday, February 5, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 6, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join a free, virtual, two-day community conversation as we imagine a world free of racism and explore what must be done to create this future. Experts will talk about the fundamental changes needed in the institutions of policing, work, health care, and the commons, with interludes by local musicians, poets, and artists.

Friday will include presenters like Eli Savit, Desirae Simmons, and Alford A. Young, Jr. (Profession in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, U of M). One of the presenters on Saturday will be Abdul El-Sayed, MD. Click the link below for more on the speakers, topics, and how to register:

Register here!

COVID-19 Vaccine InformationWashtenaw County Health Department will post the most up-to-date information on the vaccine at www.washtenaw.org/3269/COVID-19-vaccination

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Washtenaw County Democratic Party
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Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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