Help for Flood Victims and Much More

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Our hearts go out to those affected by flooding in Dearborn and Detroit, as well to those here in the county who have been affected. Our friends at Michigan United have put out this list of resources for the affected communities in Wayne County, and Gov. Whitmer and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan are requesting federal disaster relief. Here in Washtenaw County, all services are on high alert as more rain is forecast. If you have had flood damage, be sure to report it to your city or township. Remediation services may well be available. And as always, the offices of Congresswoman Dingell are there to help those in the 12th district. Contact her Ypsi office at 734-381-1100. Readers in the 7th district can try your luck with Rep. Tim Walberg’s Jackson office, at (517) 780-9075.

WCDP is proud to support the Frog Island Jazz Series in downtown Ypsi! Every Friday from this July 2, through September 3, John E. Lawrence presents free jazz concerts from 7 – 9 pm. WCDP will have a table — if you want to help staff it one evening, email voice@washtenawdems.org. A sign-up form will be out soon.


ACTIONS


URGENTLY, call State Senator Lana Theis, 517-373-2420, who mis-represents the western half of Washtenaw County, and tell her to vote NO on Senate bills 303 and 304. These bills would require that not only do you have to have an ID to vote (already law in MI) but you would also be subject to a signature verification at the polls — by untrained partisan workers — as well, even if you bring valid ID with you. These bills — guaranteed to create havoc and disenfranchisement at the polls — passed the State House last week along party lines. They are on the Senate calendar for tomorrow, Wednesday, June 30. 

NOW, tell Governor Whitmer by email or by phone (517-335-7858) to protect victims of auto accidents who require long-term care. Our friends at MI Resistance are cycling this back to the top of our to-do list, because on Thursday, July 1, an insane provision of the auto insurance reform bill will go into effect, depriving funding to long-term care facilities that are critical to the well-being of seriously injured accident victims. Governor Whitmer has not spoken out to prevent this travesty! Ask her to do so now. For more information and phone numbers, go here or find MI Resistance on Facebook.

Did you get in your comment on Michigan redistricting? We know — it can be confusing and intimidating to participate in our hard-won right to redistrict! But WCDP is making it easy: We have a guide for you, prepared by Brian Greminger, WCDP’s co-Chair of Communications. The deadline for submitting comments is July 1!

Have you registered your passion for the For the People Act today? If not, call our Senators and President Biden and tell them its passage is top priority! 

  • President Biden: (202-456-1111) or Email
  • Senator Peters (Ph: 202-224-6221; Email)
  • Senator Stabenow (Ph:202-224-4822; Email).

EVENTS
 

June 30, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, via Zoom: She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power 1619-1969, with Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall. From the League of Women Voters, Ann Arbor Area, with co-sponsors AKA, NAACP, and ICPJ.

July 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Frog Island Jazz series kicks off in Depot Town, Ypsi!

July 10, 9:30 am. WCDP General Membership meeting, Resolutionpalooza (meeting delayed due to the Independence Day holiday). This meeting will be devoted entirely to consideration of the adoption of formal resolutions. Attendees will be required to preregister so we can check your MDP membership in order to vote. For more information and to register, visit our calendar. 

For events with your reps, see below!


NEWS

Our amazing AG Dana Nessel joins 21 other AGs + 2 cities to call on USPS to stop service cuts. Republican-led committee deems MI election fraud claims “ludicrous,” but cleaning up elections was never the point. Stealing them is. This WaPo story notes this finding and quotes Ronna Romney McDaniel (without using “Romney,” despite having noted MI’s history of moderate Rs) clinging to the R strategy anyway.

Dem super-lawyer Marc Elias, in this article in his newsletter Democracy Docket, outlines three steps needed at the federal level to streamline and de-politicize certification of elections — the most dangerous step Republican legislatures are taking to end our democracy.

You’ve heard that Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told slimeball Matt Gaetz where to get off with his sleazy questions, but have you seen it? It’s a bracing two minutes.


HAPPY ENDING

Have you seen this mural? Called “Take My Hand,” by Michael Rosato, it’s on the wall of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway headquartered in Cambridge, Maryland.


STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR MICHIGAN REPS

Find your county commissioner here.

Senator Jeff Irwin has a regular Virtual Coffee Hour — To receive the Zoom access code and the next date, please fill out this form:https://senatedems.com/irwin/coffee-hour-sign-up/

Rep. Yousef Rabhi, 53rd House district: yousefrabhi@house.mi.gov, Phone: (517) 373-2577, https://housedems.com/yousef-rabhi/. Typically discussions are 10 am on the 4th Saturday of the month and 6 pm on the 2nd Monday of the month. Click to register:

Rep. Ronnie Peterson, 54th House district: ronniepeterson@house.mi.gov Phone: (517) 373-1771 | Toll-Free: (855) 347-8054, https://housedems.com/ronnie-peterson/

Rep. Donna Lasinski, 52nd House district: donnalasinski@house.mi.gov, Phone: (517) 373-0828 | Toll-Free: (855) 627-5052, https://housedems.com/donna-lasinski/ (sign up for emails here). 
Rep. Felicia Brabec, 55th House district: FeliciaBrabec@house.mi.gov, Phone: (517) 373-1792, https://housedems.com/felicia-brabec/.— Join State Rep. Brabec for an update on the legislature, and for an opportunity to ask questions about anything happening in the community. The virtual coffee hour will be on June 28th from 5-6pm. Facebook Live and Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87541573302


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