Happy Lunar New Year
Friday, February 12
Whether it’s the Chinese New Year, the Spring Festival, Tet Nguye Dan, or Seollal, the beginning of the lunar calendar is celebrated by millions of people in countries all over the world including China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and of course, the United States of America. Washtenaw County has one of the highest Asian populations in the state per capita, and Asian Americans make up the fastest-growing voting block in the US. In the Year of the Ox, Washtenaw Dems won’t be cowed by the xenophobia of that other party because we know that diversity is worth celebrating. Take the bull by the horns and get involved with one of these MI-based organizations:
Priorities Survey: Public Feedback
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
At their Working Session meeting on January 21, each of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners discussed and shared many of their priorities and interests for the coming term. The recording of this meeting can be viewed here.
Because many of them shared similar priorities, we have consolidated them into groups, listed on the survey. Now it’s your turn!
Please provide your feedback as to which of the items below should be the top priorities for the Board of Commissioners this coming term. This information will be shared with the Board of Commissioners prior to their discussion on Thursday evening.
The GOP-controlled MI House passed a completely inadequate supplemental budget plan that does not provide anywhere near the same funding as the Governor’s plan. They left millions if not billions of ‘spend it or lose it’ federally-granted dollars on the table. They also added ridiculous strings to the money, prohibiting the release of all or part of lifesaving FEDERAL COVID dollars. Visit this page for more details, contact information for key MI Senators, and a sample script you can use.
For more ways to take direct action and stay informed, follow MI Resistance on Facebook and Twitter and signup for their newsletter. (Links above.)
Leveraging Black Political Power
Planned Parenthood Advocates MI
TODAY, 7 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Black womxn organized, voted, and protected our democracy. Now it’s time to leverage their collective political power to make real change. Join a discussion on the political power of the Divine 9, what it means to vote for Black interests, tips on holding elected officials accountable, and the power of grassroots organizing.
- State Representative Felicia Brabec, MI State House District 55
- Tashawna Gill, Political Director for Governor Gretchen Whitmer
- Tiffany Avila, Former Biden Campaign Staffer and Former Regional Organizing Director for the Georgia Democratic Party
- Connie Mitchell, Connections Committee Chair, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Iota Omega Chapter
Discussion with Local Legislators
Ann Arbor inDivisible for Democracy
Tuesday, February 16, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
A2D2 invites you to join State Representative Donna Lasinski and Senator Jeff Irwin to discuss:
- State legislative updates
- 2020 election successes
- 2022 election plans
- What we can do to help
How to Run for Office
Saturday, February 27, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Considering a run for office? Have you run before and are thinking about it again? Need help identifying a seat? If you answered yes to any of these, this session is for you! Join Rep. Christine Morse and Rep. Kelly Breen to hear all about choosing a seat, preparing now, and more!
Save the Date
Washtenaw County Democratic Party
418 West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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