WCDP Newsletter: Lots of Dates!

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The WCDP’s Monthly Meeting
Saturday, February 6, 9:30 a.m.

This WCDP meeting will take place on Zoom. The meeting will start with our chair’s report, by Chris Savage, and continue to include updates from our federal, state, and county party representatives. The theme for the featured panel is Black Women Speaking Truth to Legislative Power. Featured panelists:

  • 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

Click Here for Zoom Information


7th Congressional District Winter Convention [UPDATED]
Saturday, February 6, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.Updated information is available for the upcoming 7th Congressional District Winter Convention. There was an error when the WCDP Winter County Convention and Call to Convention were created. Visit our calendar for the corrected Call to Convention and corrected link for registration. If you already registered for this County Convention, you do not need to reregister.


Race-Class Narrative Training

Please join the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice for race-class narrative training, facilitated by We the People Michigan. There are two dates (repeating the same training):

  • Wednesday, February 10th, 6-8pm, Registration Required HERE
  • Thursday, February 18th, 6-8pm, Registration Required HERE

The ICPJ hopes all board, caucus, & working group members can join them on one of these days to build a solid foundation for our collective work. The trainings are free and open to all. Please share with your friends. Visit our calendar for more details.


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 this link for more on the speakers, topics, and how to register.


Brews & Views: Our County’s Pandemic Response
Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented once-in-a-century challenges to every level of government in the U.S. County public health departments are at the front line of defense, especially for citizens who lack access to reliable health care. Washtenaw County is fortunate to have an outstanding department of health, staffed by well-trained and dedicated public servants. Join guest speaker Susan Ringler-Cerniglia, director of Communications and Health Promotion for the Washtenaw County Public Health Department, at the League of Women Voters’ next Brews & Views. More information and registration can be found here


Racial Roots of Vaccine Skepticism
Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.Join several distinguished guests, including Lt. Gov. Gilchrist, for a virtual roundtable discussion on the racial roots of vaccine skepticism as part of Black History Month.The discussion will be livestreamed to Sen. Irwin’s Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to view the video the night of the event. To submit a question for the forum, please use this link. Questions for panelists must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5.For more information, please contact Chief of Staff, Desmond Miller (dmiller@senate.michigan.gov) or 810-423-8457.


Yousef and You
February 8 & 27

State Representative Yousef Rabhi hosts regular Yousef and You forums for constituents to get updates and discuss legislative issues. Discussions are held at 10 a.m. on the 4th Saturday of the month and 6 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month, with exceptions for some holidays. These will take place on Zoom until further notice.

IF YOU REGISTERED FOR DISCUSSIONS LAST YEAR, YOU WILL STILL NEED TO SIGN UP AGAIN THIS YEAR. There are separate links below to register for Saturday and Monday discussions; you can pick either or both. February’s discussions will be Monday, February 8th at 6 p.m. and Saturday, February 27th at 10 a.m. Click here to register: Monday coffee hours. | Saturday coffee hours.


The Next Big Thing: Redistricting in Michigan
Thursday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Ford School at the University of Michigan is hosting a lecture on redistricting in Michigan. The lecture is free and open to the public. Visit our calendar for more information including a viewing link.


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