WCDP News: Redistricting and Volunteers!

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Next Year’s Growth Starts Here.

It only LOOKS like nothing is happening outside. Underneath the surface, the world is preparing for the next season. As we are, for the next election cycle.

Now is the time to plan and organize. We need your help to ensure we can continue to make the world better for ALL of us, not a select few.

Come join us.

Every day, it seems, we see more evidence of the danger our democracy faces.

From voter suppression efforts to the ramping up of demonization, hate, violent rhetoric, and outright violence, we see an energy building on the right that Democrats must find ways to counter. Like many of you, we’ve been frustrated with the lack of a strong Dem message, and we are building a team to do some serious messaging. We ‘re building a southeast Michigan Messaging War Room– not like that of the Republicans, but one that spreads truth and the message of inclusive humanity.

If you would like to join us, reach out to communications@washtenawdems.org We’re looking for writers, graphic artists, photographers, videographers, content monitors, and information activists willing to share your skills and donate between 2 and 10 hours a month from February through November.

There are many other ways you can join forces as Dems to ensure that the 2022 election returns our bulwark, our “Women from Michigan”, to the Executive and solidifies our leadership at all levels. WCDP leaders are working hard to build strong teams in many areas, and we’ve created a new Volunteer “Jobs” Board to help match you with opportunities to be part of this effort. We can only succeed if we unite, each doing what we can. Please visit us at https://www.washtenawdems.org/volunteer/ for a sample of the many ways you can contribute!

And if you have an idea we aren’t mentioning, please let us know. We have a Party, we have resources, we have passion, we have smarts– let’s make it work for us. ALL of us.

Comment on Maps

The Commission (MICRC) has settled on its final set of maps, and will be voting on them at the end of December. Now is our chance to weigh in.

The path to fair maps runs right through Washtenaw County. The Redistricting Commission has narrowed the field of draft maps, and some options give us a more level playing field than what we’ve had before, while others condemn us to the minority for the next decade.

We have until Dec. 27 to get good comments in! Can we call for further revision? Yes, but the timing is tight. Sooner is better.

Speak in Person at the next MICRC Meeting
Thursday, December 16 beginning at 10am
Sign up in person starting at 9

Cadillac Place, L-150 (former GM Headquarters)
3044 W Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI.

Public comment will start shortly after 10am.
Each person’s comment is limited to 60 seconds.

Speak Virtually at the next MICRC Meeting
After all the in-person speakers have presented, people who have signed up to speak virtually will be able to present.

You have to sign up BEFORE 9AM on Thursday, December 16th to speak virtually. You won’t get a confirmation email until Thursday morning.

Sign-up to Speak Virtually Link
Signup Link not available yet – check this link closer to the event

Each person’s comment is limited to 60 seconds.

Comment directly on the maps

The collaborative maps the Commission has created are named for trees, while the individual Commissioners’ maps carry their names. They hope to vote on a collaborative map, but if none passes in the first round, they will include the individual ones in a Ranked Choice vote. So we are commenting on them as well.

Which maps are fair?

US Congress

Birch and Szetela are the fairest maps.

  • Birch reflects statewide voting patterns very well, and covers many Communities of Interest.
  • Commissioner Szetela’s map is even better, offering the most competitive districts of any proposed Senate map.
  • Chestnut is also acceptable.
  • We don’t recommend Lange.

State Senate

In the State Senate, Linden and Cherry both unpack Washtenaw, making them much better in terms of partisan fairness. Tell the Commission where you’re from and that you support the Linden and Cherry maps.

Both maps are significantly better than Palm. Palm has a high Republican bias, and would create an unfair playing field. It packs Democrats by putting Ann Arbor and Ypsi in one district and is the most unfair map in front of the Commission.

MI State House

In the House, Hickory has the best partisan fairness scores of the three
options and the most majority-Black districts. BUT – All of the House maps have
too much Republican bias. The alternatives — Magnolia and Pine — are worse. They contain substantial partisan bias and do not adequately reflect communities of interest.

DO NOT copy and paste these points, but
DO speak to them in your own words!

Partisan Fairness
The people of Michigan passed prop 2 because we wanted independent commissioners to draw fair maps.

All of the Commission’s state House maps lean to the right, giving Republicans an unfair advantage. Your job isn’t done until you fix that. Partisan fairness is not a nice thing to have if you can get it — it is your Constitutional duty.

Under your House maps, Republicans are winning before ballots are even counted.

How is any map fair in which one party can win a majority of the seats while losing a majority of the votes?

Voting Rights Act
The Voting Rights Act is meant to help voters of color elect representatives of their choice, so that those representatives can make a difference in the legislature. Cracking Black communities and tilting the playing field toward the Republican Party fail on both counts.

Racial justice and partisan fairness go hand in hand. You need to do better on both.

Vote No on Unfair Maps
VOTE NO ON PALM! The Palm Senate map is the worst choice in front of you. It is extremely biased and unfair.

None of you should vote to approve ANY map that has a disproportionate advantage to a political party. Please veto unfair maps — vote NO on anything but the fairest map on December 30th.

MDP Redistricting Toolkit (and Meeting Schedule)
MICRC’s Public Comment Portal
MICRC’s Website
MICRC’s maps


Want some more resources on what to say and how to say it? Here they are.
League of Women Voters – Redistricting
Voters Not Politicians – Redistricting
Redistricting Actions YOU Can Take

Missed the December Meeting?

Here’s a link to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, speaking to us about election security and the stakes for democracy in the next election. Only twenty-two minutes – easy to fit into your day.



Find your county commissioner here.

State Senator Jeff Irwin has a regular Virtual Coffee Hour — To receive the Zoom access code and the next date, please fill out this form:

State 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:

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

State 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). 

State Rep. Felicia Brabec, 55th House district: FeliciaBrabec@house.mi.gov, Phone: (517) 373-1792, https://housedems.com/felicia-brabec/.

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