WCDP Monthly Meeting: Increasing Voter Turnout in Ypsilanti Township, Pittsfield Township, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor
Saturday, April 3, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
“Everyone knows” that the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area is solidly Blue. Perhaps that’s why some folks, rated as Dem voters, don’t in fact vote! There are a number of heavily Democratic precincts in Washtenaw County where fewer than half the registered voters voted in the 2020 General Election. This panel will examine why, and also how voter turnout might be increased.Speakers:Jim Dries, Chair, Washtenaw County Board of Public Works; West Liberty Information LLC; Retired Washtenaw County Chief Deputy ClerkMorgan Foreman, Director of Constituent Services for Representative Felicia Brabec, Michigan 55th House DistrictRepresentative Yousef Rabhi, Michigan House Democratic Floor Leader, 53rd House DistrictTheresa Reid, Vice Chair, Precinct Organizing, Washtenaw County Democratic PartyAlex Thomas, West Willow Community Advocate. We’ll also hear from Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, who will update the meeting on national responses to the COVID crisis; Washtenaw County Commissioner Justin Hodge, on the roll-out of COVID vaccinations in Washtenaw County; and Washtenaw County Commissioner Jason Morgan who will discuss a range of recent initiatives of the Board of Commissioners. For more info and the link to join go here.
Action Item From Michigan Resistance:
On Wednesday, March 24th, the Michigan GOP introduced a package of 39 bills that make it harder to cast a ballot. It’s all part of a national effort to suppress the vote and validate “the big lie” that the 2020 Presidential election was “stolen”. You can search for a full list of the billshere.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has proposed her own package, designed to remedy the problems and obstacles that remain in the current law and rules. To find a script and call a selection of lawmakers, learn more here. For a historian’s perspective, Heather Cox Richardson offers some illuminating thoughts here.
There’s nothing more important than stopping this blatant attempt to ensure minority rule!
Coming up: Virtual Brews and Views– League of Women Voters
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Disinformation and conspiracy theories have shaken many voters’ confidence in the U.S. election system. Unfounded allegations about the 2020 election have sown doubts.
U.S. elections do face real security threats, including increasingly aggressive hacking attempts by hostile governments. Some states have recently adopted stronger safeguards, but the nation as a whole remains a patchwork of strength and weakness. It is essential that voters be accurately informed about election security, both to counter disinformation and to understand what risks call for urgent action.
With J. Alex Halderman, PhD, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of the Center for Computer Security and Society, University of Michigan.
Very Special Event:
Piano Concert with Prof. Louis Nagel
Sunday, April 18, 4-6 p.m.
If you don’t have your ticket yet, now is a good time to grab one! And if you do, the time is also now to sit down with your address book and invite all the classical music lovers you know. An evening not to be missed.
Yousef and You Community Forum
Monday, April 12 6-7 p.m.
More information here.
SMART at EMU hosts “Sexual Assault in Washtenaw County: Challenges and Strategies for Achieving Justice”
April 15, 6:30 p.m.
With Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney Eli Savit, SafeHouse Center Executive Director Barbara Niess-May, and Eastern Michigan University Title IX Coordinator Anika Awai-Williams.
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