WCDP News – Senator Levin passes, Garden Party, and more!

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Senator Levin Passes

We’ve lost a lion, one who served Michigan longer than any other U.S Senator. His gifts were many, but as Eli Savit noted in this Twitter stream, perhaps his greatest was the humanity he brought to the office. He was, as Eli noted, “a mensch.” May this memory ease our grief.

Read Eli Savit’s Twitter

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Police Reform & Mental Illness

Politico occasionally publishes an article with some sensitivity and depth. This is one, and it’s about Washtenaw. If you want a close-up, personalized view into the world of police reform and mental illness as it applies locally, this one’s for you. It’s long, but well worth the read.

Read the Politico article

Walking for Whitmer

August 14th and 15th

Across the state, volunteers are organizing and hitting the streets to talk to Democratic voters about how the Democratic Party fights for a better Michigan and a better America. We will talk about the successes of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Sec. of State Jocelyn Benson as well as President Biden and VP Harris’ leadership to repair much of the damage of the Trump Presidency.

The first neighborhood canvassing walks are in Ann Arbor. Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon shifts. Sign up with Mobilize at the link below.

Walking for Whitmer – Ann Arbor

With special guests Detroit State Senator Erika Geiss and
Minority Leader State Representative Donna Lasinski

Hosted by Chris and Anne Savage

Sunday, August 8th
2367 Baker Road
Dexter MI , 48130

Come for the food, the drink, and conversation with fellow Dems!

 $100 one ticket / $200 two tickets / $300 three tickets


January 6th Select Committee Starts

On Wednesday, the House Select Committee starts their inquiry into the events on and preceding the insurrection at the Capitol, January 6th. Just to catch you up on the details:

  • After the House voted to create a Bipartisan Commission, Senate Republicans filibustered, preventing the Senate from signing off on the House bill.
  • The House voted on June 30th to set up their own Select Committee. Nancy Pelosi appointed seven Democrats and one Republican (Rep. Liz Cheney) to the Committee.
  • Under the rules, Republicans could appoint five other members to the Committee. The Republican House leadership under Kevin McCarthy did so, two of which (Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Jim Banks) could potentially be called to testify in front of the Committee about their own acts around January 6th.
  • Nancy Pelosi refused to seat the two. The Republicans pulled all their appointments.
  • Nancy appointed one more Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, to serve on the Committee.

There is work to be done, but we will have real questions and answers, not a circus of cross-examination by intentionally disruptive Committee members.

As Rep. Adam Kinzinger said “…self-governance is at stake.”

They can’t stop this storm.


Winning Democratic seats at every level is crucial in 2021 and 2022.  The DNC Campaign Readiness Project is recruiting, training and hiring. Now.

Apply for the Distributed Organizer& Distributed Leadership Bootcamps.

These are paid training opportunities which provide a path to possible employment through the 2022 election.

To begin with, states included are Virginia, New Jersey, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, N Carolina, Nevada, and Pennsylvania (you need to be connected with the state in some way – see the apps for details).

Learn more & apply


The Board of Commissioners are excited to announce the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan!

This initiative will leverage the $71 million the county will receive through the American Rescue Plan, along with other resources. The total will be approximately $100 million of investment in our community.

Currently, the plan includes a list of potential projects that residents are invited to review and give input on via a robust community engagement process that includes an online survey now and a series of town halls that will take place over the coming months.

You can find all of this information, including a link to the potential project list and the community input survey, at Washtenaw.org/rescue-plan


Ypsilanti Frog Island Jazz – Fridays, July 2nd through Sept 3rd, 7-9pm
We have a Washtenaw Dems table there – stop by for swag and conversation!

WCDP Garden Party Fundraiser – Sunday Aug 8th, 3-6pm
Speakers, fun, and conversation in the garden!
More details at this link: https://www.washtenawdems.org/featured-events/

Precinct Delegate Gathering – Sunday Aug 15th, 3-5pm
Chelsea’s Pierce Park Pavilion



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:

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/.

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