Hello Fellow Democrats! The Washtenaw County Democratic Party Executive Board is excited to announce we are having a special membership meeting on this upcoming Wednesday, May 5th, at 7pm to discuss redistricting in Michigan. As some folks may know, the first public hearing that the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is putting on is coming up quickly – on May 11th. We want to ensure that our members are well informed about this process, that they can participate in democracy in action, and have a meaningful say on what the district lines here in Washtenaw County look like for the next decade! (This is not a voting meeting– non members can also attend by registering at the link.)
For background context, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission was created when Proposition 2 was approved by Michigan voters in 2018. The role of this Commission is to solicit public feedback and comply with existing laws in drawing the Congressional, State Senate, and State House district lines for the next decade. The Commission is soliciting feedback on what those district lines should look like from members of the public across the state. This is a once in a decade opportunity to make your voice heard!
Save MI Vote – John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Day of Action Votercade
May 8, 2-5 pm, Wheeler Park
The voting rights of America’s Voters of Color and Youth Voters, and everyone who doesn’t want to stand in hours-long lines, are under attack nationally by state legislators introducing and passing laws to suppress their participation in elections. Meanwhile, big business and billionaires are able to spend unlimited amounts of funding to buy our elections.
Join us as we mobilize on May 8 in the name of John Lewis as part of 100 events across the nation to pass the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4), D.C. Statehood and address the filibuster to do so.
We will meet at 2pm to prepare signs and organize our departure for a 1-mile bike and car route through downtown, followed by speakers including Rev. Jeffery Harrold, County Commissioner Caroline Sanders, Dr. Lisa Jackson and others TBA.
Together, we can build a better nation and a stronger democracy.For actions around the Lansing Voter Suppression push visit Michigan Resistance.
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.
Virtual Coffee with Senator Jeff Irwin
Saturday, May 15, 11 a.m.
The link and more info here.
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