MayDay for Labor Rights!

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WCDP Monthly Meeting

Saturday May 1, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 

The Fight for the Right to Organize, From the Wagner Act to the PRO Act

This panel, organized by the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation (HVALF), AFL-CIO, will provide an overview of American workers’ rights to organize, from the Wagner Act (1935) to the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2021. We’ll look at the growing gap between workers’ legal right to organize and the reality on the ground from two perspectives: national-level historical and contemporary analysis, and the personal stories of workers attempting to organize under the current law.  This will set us up to understand the content and importance of the PRO Act which the Biden Administration, with the enthusiastic support of the U.S. labor movement, will try to get through the Senate later this year.

Featured guests:

Ian Robinson, President of HVALF and a Lecturer in UM’s Sociology Department and Residential College, will provide an historical, legal and statistical background of what has happened to workers’ de facto right to organize since 1925.

Bob King, Former International President of the UAW.

Kate Andrias, Professor of Law, specializing in Labor Law, UofM Law School

 Please click here to join the webinar   (Passcode: 710938)

Plans are in the works to mobilize in support of both the redistricting process, and voter rights. Time is short to organize in support of the national Voting Rights bills and against the Lansing Voter Suppression bills, and to provide the critically needed input that the Independent Redistricting Commission is calling for. 

We’ll have more for you very soon, but we want to be sure these upcoming events get out:

Save the date: Community Consultation for the Independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 – Jackson, MI
Thursday, May 13, 2021 -Kalamazoo, MI
Learn more.

Save the date: Mobilization for the John Lewis Votercade Day of ActionMay 8
Learn more and sign up.

For actions around the Lansing Voter Suppression push visit Michigan Resistance.

Safety in the Time of Surveillance: Ban the Scan Town Hall

Thursday, April 29th | 7-8:30pm

Learn about the dangers of facial recognition technology and to join efforts to ban its use in Ann Arbor. Register at For more information visit
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice with Bend the Arc

Compassionate Community Conversations: The Flores Exhibit   Thursday May 5, 6:30 p.m.
The Flores Exhibit brings visibility to the testimonies of migrant children and young adults held in detention at the U.S. / Mexico border. Join us to hear the experience of these youth in their own words and share our reflections, particularly in light of faith traditions and spiritual and moral values.  Organized by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. Learn more here.

Yousef and You Community Forum

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

More information here.

Virtual Coffee with Senator Jeff Irwin

Saturday, May 15, 11 a.m.
The link and more info here.

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“An Asian American and an African American woman wear signs that indicate that they are on strike against Ottenheimer for poor treatment and unfair labor practices, December 1, 1966.” by Kheel Center, Cornell University Library is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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