Anger and sorrow, again and again

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We’d hoped to devote this week to other issues, but once again, hearts and whole communities are torn apart by yet another senseless murder of a young black man, in a traffic stop for a wrenchingly trifling matter. 

Daunte Wright. George Floyd, Elijah McClaine, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown – we won’t list the litany, and are sure there are many more we don’t hear about. We MUST make an end to this. No answers to propose–other than tow simple ideas: that the list of things for which one can be stopped in traffic be short, serious, and rigidly defined, and that an outstanding warrant could only result in immediate arrest if it’s also on a short, serious and rigidly defined list. Beyond that, obviously, we need to rethink what it is to be a police officer, and who should be entrusted with that job. 

We at WCDP are so grateful that our County Prosecutor, Eli Savit, is working in so many areas to limit the harms of past policies and culture, and to bring real justice to all in our community. We hope our readers join with us in expressing our support. 

We also hope you will join with Survivors Speak this Saturday, April 17th at 1pm, in a protest in honor of George Floyd, now joined in infinite sadness by Daunte. Floyd’s trial is ongoing. 

Value Black Lives: 9 minutes and 29 seconds Honoring George Floyd

Saturday, April 17, 1 p.m.

Glencoe Crossing, 4500 Washtenaw, 48108


WCHD COVID Vaccination Volunteer Recruitment Plea

The Washtenaw County Health Department is leading the local Covid Vaccination drive. As this effort is ramping up, they now NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS

Most jobs are non-medical, requiring only a little training (on the spot). Tasks include greeting, queuing, registration, discharging, etc. There are some light medical tasks if you have any previous experience too.

The main clinic is held at Eastern Michigan University, but “Pop Up Clinics” are also held in different communities throughout the county, an essential way to reach communities with limited mobility or other access issues.

Learn more and sign up here


Don’t forget our special Fundraiser with eminent pianist Louis Nagel. 

Sunday, April 18, 4 p.m.

This wonderful (online) program featuring music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven will be introduced by That Woman from Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Don’t miss it! 


Votercades- National day of Action for Voting Rights

Saturday, May 8, 2 p.m.

Without a Voting Rights Act, none of our efforts to protect our rights and human dignity will come to fruition! SAVE THE DATE for this national day of action. Speakers followed by motorcades all over the country. The bigger we can make it the more effective it will be. We’ll have more info soon on who’s organizing in Ann Arbor. 

Learn more and sign up.


SMART at EMU: “Sexual Assault in Washtenaw County: Challenges and Strategies for Achieving Justice”

Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. 


A2D2 Conversations about Climate Change

Thursday, April 15, 7:15 p.m.

With Sunrise, Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the DNC Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis. Learn more.


Saturday, April 17th, 1:00 p.m. Protest: Honoring George Floyd (9:29). 4500 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1012. Event by VALUE BLACK LIVES LLC., Survivors Speak and Trische’ Duckworth. An in-person protest. See Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/492603081910540


Activism Self-Care Clinic — from Survivors Speak

Saturday, April 24, 1 p.m.

WCDP has a strong community of activists, and lots of us have been immersed in so many competing demands for our time and attention! It’s easy to get burned out. Trisch’e Duckworth of Survivors Speak has pulled together a superb list of speakers and healers to help us learn how to protect ourselves so we can continue the work. Join Keynote Speaker Karla Scott, PhD, to hear about “Restorative Self-Care,” and Leah Chapman, Katherine Kelton, Lisa Jackson, and Yodit Mesfin-Johnson delivering a range of strategies for rejuvenation. Register here. 


Yousef and You Community Forum

Saturday, April 24, 10-11 a.m.

More information here.


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