WCDP Community Action
A strong coalition of volunteers is working to mobilize WCDP members to deliver face masks and vaccination sign-up info to the Ypsilanti communities of color hardest hit by the pandemic– and to date least well-served by health providers. More action items will be posted in the next few days.
Volunteers needed! We’re making phone calls to help underserved communities get vaccination appointments at an Ypsilanti Township pop-up clinic March 20.
Calls are needed Saturday March 13, Sunday March 14, possible other times.We’ll have a list of residents to call, and you can use your own phone or a computer-based voice number. Some residents may also need a ride on the 20th- we’ll keep a list.
Sign up here!
These actions are a direct response to the last two general membership meetings (view the first here), which shone a spotlight on the many ways in which communities of color, particularly African Americans, suffer disproportionately on many levels due to systemic, often unconscious, racism. Read the WCDP’s Resolution in support of proportionate distribution of vaccinations here.
KN95 Masks Distribution to 48198
Sunday March 14, 9 am
We are also joining Survivors Speak in distributing masks to residents of some of our least well-served communities: Appleridge Community, Danbury Park and Lakepointe Apts.
From Trisch’e Duckworth: We need all hands on deck to serve this Community! Please meet us here!! We thank you so much in advance!! More info here.
Courtesy of Washtenaw County’s OCED and Racial Equity Office….
YOU ARE INVITED — Rare Training Opportunity from the Precinct Organizing Committee (POC) In partnership with the national organization People’s Action and their affiliate Michigan People’s Campaign, the WCDP is offering a rare training opportunity to learn how future voter engagement is going to work. The engagement strategy is called deep canvassing, which entails values-based, empathetic conversations and story-sharing with voters. Our aim in this non-election year is to build lasting, constructive relationships with Washtenaw County residents who don’t regularly vote. We hope to learn much more about these neighbors and eventually to turn them into reliable voters for Democratic candidates and policies that benefit all of us. This invitation explains the initiative and provides the sign-up link. Training dates are Sunday, 3/21 from 3 – 6 pm and Sunday, 3/28, from 3 – 5 pm. We hope you’ll sign up!
Action Item From Michigan Resistance:
Your Activism Worked — Again!
The Michigan Resistance has been urging us for weeks to call Lansing Republicans and tell them to release the $5.6 billion of federal aid for Covid-19 relief, which they’ve been sitting on since December. The GOP-led Michigan Legislature – representing 650,000 fewer voters than the Dems – had refused to allocate ANY of this money to help with vaccine distribution, school reopening, housing and food assistance, expanded unemployment benefits, and small business support.
But you called the offices of obstructionist Republicans, and they responded. They finally agreed to allocate $ 4.25 billion: $3.45 billion in federal funds, the rest from our state coffers.
We’re happy to have this large bolus of funding finally flowing. But Republicans’ haven’t entirely ended their cruel games.
They still refuse to allocate $1.5 billion of the money provided by our federal government last year to support Michigan’s citizens, schools, businesses, and health care providers.
They are also holding hostage nearly half the money for school reopening unless our popularly elected governor relinquishes critical emergency powers. Their hostage letter demands that schools will only get the money if Governor Whitmer gives away her power to protect our students, teachers, and the people they live with by requiring schools and sports programs to go virtual temporarily if Covid-19 cases spike.
So, there’s work ahead of us. (Good thing we overwhelmingly passed Prop 2 – driven by Voters not Politicians – in 2018, so these guys can’t draw their own districts again this year!) But your work helped immensely. So take a victory lap. Meet you back at the starting line next week.
Operation Accountability March, also
by Survivors Speak
Saturday, March 13th, 1pm
This march, at the UM Diag in Ann Arbor, centers around the experience of racist treatment of students at Pioneer High and the lack of accountability.
Senator Jeff Irwin Coffee Hour Saturday, March 20th, 11am-12pm.Senator Irwin is available for updates and discussion on Lansing and today’s issues.To receive the Zoom access code, please fill out this form: https://senatedems.com/irwin/coffee-hour-sign-up/
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