Lots on the Agenda!
WCDP’s leaders have been working overtime on the organizing front–and also on how to pay for it! We have multiple outreach projects on the burners, but before we update you on those we wish to announce a very special event.
Louis Nagel is a distinguished professor and renowned concert pianist. We are more than thrilled that he is offering us this exceptional (virtual) event– refreshment for the soul as well as support for our work.
And we are also so excited and grateful that Governor Gretchen Whitmer will present the concert! More information here!
Following the March membership meeting, our Precinct Organizing and VOICE committees have been forging ahead to respond to the call to improve access to vaccine appointments in the African American community, and in economically under-resourced areas. We are planning to distribute postcards with information on how to get an appointment by phone, along with info on the benefits the American Rescue Plan will bring and how our electeds can help people access them.
We’re beginning with some of the most neglected areas in Ypsilanti Township, and we hope to continue to monitor the situation throughout the county. If you know of other areas that would benefit from this information, please reach out to us. We may have a plan for that! firstname.lastname@example.org
YOU ARE INVITED — Rare Training Opportunity from the Precinct Organizing Committee (POC)
There has been a great response to this training, but we can still let you in!
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:
23 MI Legislators Got $11M while the People Wait & Wait…
Twenty-three legislators in the GOP-led Michigan House and Senate have received over $11 million in COVID-related money from U.S. taxpayers for themselves or those close to them, but refuse to allocate nearly half of the federal money provided to other Michigan citizens.
The Michigan legislature CONTINUES to withhold nearly half ($2.6 billion) of the COVID Relief Funds provided by U.S. taxpayers to Michigan in December… three months ago. This money is supposed to help provide sufficient funds for food and housing assistance, the safe reopening of schools and enhanced unemployment benefits.
While they have refused to allocate this money to help Michiganders, our state legislators helped themselves to MILLIONS of dollars in support as soon as it was available. And they do not even have to repay up to 40% of these loans and the rest is at an interest rate of 1%. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey got $3,565,865 alone!Read the rest of the story and take action.
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/
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell Coffee Hour
Tuesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Congresswoman Dingell invites you to her virtual coffee hour on Facebook Live
Moms demand Action on Gun Sense
March 23, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
More information here.
Yousef and You Community Forum
Saturday, March 27th, 10-11 am
More information here.
WCDP Membership Meeting
Saturday, April 3rd, 9:30 am-12 pm
Increasing Voter Turnout in Ypsilanti Township, Pittsfield Township, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor
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