A Resolution of the Oakland County Democratic Party in Support of Farmington Public Schools Implementation of the “21-Day Equity Challenge”

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Last night at our monthly meeting, our Executive Committee passed the following resolution in support of Farmington Public Schools.

The resolution can also be found on our website here.


U.S. Rep. Lawrence Announces Decision to Not Seek Re-Election to Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 4, 2022

CONTACT: Cody Sibulo, Communications Director

Cell: (818) 397-8249

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Announces Decision to Not Seek Re-Election to Congress

Detroit, MI – After 30 years of elected public service, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) announced her decision to not seek re-election to Congress. She will finish out her remaining term in the U.S. House of Representatives until January 3rd, 2023.

To view the video, click here.

A transcript of the video can be viewed below:

“Hello. I’m Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence. This year marks my 30th year in elected public service. From the Southfield Public Schools Board of Education to the Southfield City Council and then being elected as the first woman and first African American mayor to the great City of Southfield to now serving as a Member of Congress in my 8th year, I’ve had the good fortune of serving the people of Michigan on the local and national levels. Today, after reflecting on my journey—and oh my goodness what a journey—and having conversations with my family, I am announcing that I will not be seeking re-election to Congress. I’m incredibly grateful for the people of Michigan’s 14th Congressional District who have placed their trust and vote in me—in me, just a little Black girl from the eastside of Detroit, you made me your Congresswoman. It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to be your voice in Congress and to fight for our communities and issues in Washington, DC on a national platform. While I am not seeking re-election, my journey is far from over. There is so much work that needs to be done. I will still be your Congresswoman for rest of this year, and you can rest assured, I will keep fighting to pass laws to protect our voting rights, women’s rights; and to protect our environment. I will continue to fight to educate our children and to provide security and dignity for our seniors.

“As we have a new redistricting map, a new generation of leaders will step up. We need to make sure our elected officials, in Michigan and across this country, look like our communities. It is not lost on me that I’m currently the only Black member of the Michigan Congressional Delegation—in both the U.S. House and Senate. So, whether it’s in the halls of Congress, city halls, or local school boards, representation matters.

“As I turn the page on my life, I want to say thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the United States House of Representatives. Whether you need help with casework or getting federal funding, I am still here for you, I still have your back, and as my good friend the late-great John Lewis said, I am still getting into good trouble. I am not sure what’s next for me will be or page, but I guarantee you that service—and service to my community, service to my country—will be the guiding light for me, as it always has been. I want to say thank you. I want to say may God bless our communities and may God bless America.”

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For Immediate Release

January 10, 2022

Contact: Jody Job, Oakland County Democratic Party Chair, (248) 505-3655

OCDP Chair Jody Job Releases a Statement Thanking Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence for Her Years of Service

Oakland County, Michigan– Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence recently announced her intention to not seek reelection and retire from public service.

OCDP Chair Jody Job has released the following statement as an acknowledgement of Congresswoman Lawrence’s work: 

“Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence has been at the forefront of Oakland County public service for thirty years. In Congress, she has been a voice for Black residents of Oakland County and beyond and has inspired countless people to step up within their own communities. The Oakland County Democratic Party looks forward to supporting Congresswoman Lawrence throughout the rest of her term and wishes her a well-deserved retirement. We will absolutely miss her presence in Congress and look forward to seeing the possibilities the next generation of leaders will bring as they follow in the footsteps of Congresswoman Lawrence.”

The Oakland County Democratic Party is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote social and economic justice by building an engaged, diverse Democratic majority in Oakland County in order to enhance the quality of life for all. Membership is open to all Oakland County residents who are eligible to vote. For more information, go to www.ocdp.org or call 248-972-6400.


A recap of our recent listening session!

Below is a recap of the listening session OCDP Chair Jody Job held this past weekend. This information has been added to our website so it can be accessed at any time. It can be found on the OCDP Resources page.

Purpose of meeting: The Chair of OCDP, Jody Job, heard the Black community’s concerns and made a decision to host listening sessions where our Black community members could voice their questions and concerns. To ensure these meetings are a safe and equitable space, we asked Stephanie Crider and Amy Mindell, OCDP volunteers, to assist with planning and moderating the listening sessions. This document serves as “running notes” so that all members of OCDP have access to the information that was discussed. The OCDP will be working on action items that we can present at the next listening session. 

The first listening session with community members was held on November 6th, 2021.

The second listening session included elected officials and was held on January 8th, 2022.

Next Meeting: March 5th, 12-2pm

Sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/oaklandcountydems/event/436182/

For any question and/or concerns you can always reach the OCDP at staff@ocdp.org.

OCDP Listening Session on November 6th, 2021

Date: 11/06/21

Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm 

Location: OCDP Office

OCDP Listening Session on January 8th, 2022

Date: 01/08/22

Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm 

Location: On zoom

Attendees: 96

Electeds Present Electeds:

Commissioner Gwen Markham

Senator Jeremy Moss

Congressman Andy Levin

Commissioner Marcia D. Gershenson

Commissioner Charlie Cavell

Senator Mallory McMorrow

Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney David Williams on behalf of Karen McDonald

State Representative Padma Kuppa

Congresswoman Haley Stevens

Senator Adam Hollier

Senator Stephanie Chang

State Representative Mari Manoogian

Commissioner Penny Luebs 

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib

State Representative Brenda Carter

State Representative Kyra Bolden

State Representative Regina Weiss

County Commissioner Janet Jackson

Senator Marshall Bullock

Resources and comments from Elected Officials in the Zoom chat: 

State Representative Brenda Carter:

I introduced Michigan House Resolution 123 of 2019 to directly address Black maternal mortality.  As a Black mother, who lost a child, I know first hand the plight of Black women.  Please read the resolution that was adopted in the House of Representatives.  http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2019-2020/resolutionintroduced/House/pdf/2019-HIR-0123.pdf

TO ALL: Please join the youth in our community as we listen to their voices. Our listening tour will be March 18th from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Oakland University in the Oakland Center.  More information to come!  If you want more information, email us at brendacarter@house.mi.gov.

There is a great organization in Pontiac, Life Beyond Re-entry.  Please email my office at brendacarter@house.mi.gov

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib:

Black Maternal Mortality

Full link: https://underwood.house.gov/media/press-releases/president-biden-signs-first-bill-underwood-s-historic-momnibus-legislation-law

Black Maternal Health Caucus: https://blackmaternalhealthcaucus-underwood.house.gov/Momnibus

A national organization called The Center for Popular Democracy supports and funds local organizations on civic engagement can be found here: https://populardemocracy.org/sites/default/files/High%20School%20Registration%20Toolkit%20Final%20-%20Web.pdf

Good background information from the National Education Association about the dark money and groups behind the attack on our school boards: https://www.nea.org/advocating-for-change/new-from-nea/who-behind-attacks-educators-and-public-schools

Michigan Liberation has made a huge difference in our communities. Learn more about their work: https://miliberation.org

State Senator Stephanie Chang:

Here is some info about a bill Senator Geiss introduced regarding doula care access last term, I don’t think it has been reintroduced yet: https://senatedems.com/geiss/news/2020/06/12/geiss-introduces-bill-to-allow-doula-services-for-medicaid-recipients/

Currently working on a bill regarding scholarships for aspiring doulas who are low-income and need some assistance — not yet introduced.

12 bill package regarding police accountability and transparency: https://senatedems.com/chang/news/2021/05/25/victory-chang-announce-bipartisan-police-improvement-measures/

Senator Chang has facilitated a Girls Making Change fellowship for the past 6 years for high school girls of color (predominantly Black/Latina) every year as a way to provide opportunities for leadership/community action training, shadowing elected women of color and work on a community action project in the community.

State Rep Mari Manoogian:

Here’s the first report from LG Gilchrist’s task force on MI Covid Racial Disparities: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MIEOG/2020/12/03/file_attachments/1616552/COVID-19%20Task%20Force%20on%20Racial%20Disparities%20Interim%20Report.pdf

Commissioner Janet Jackson:

Oakland County Board is Commissioners resolved “Racism as a Public Health Crisis” after the George Floyd murder.  We increased promotion and health care services at our Southfield and Pontiac health divisions. Covid information, testing and vaccines have been instituted in conjunction with our black churches and public schools as outreach into our communities has been strengthened during the pandemic.

Congressman Andy Levin:

A few ideas on strategies: (1) Hire Black people and for important positions in your official office! (2) Organize special events. In my case, I organized a series of anti-racism workshops for constituents and created an annual MLK student summit. (3) Introduce and co-sponsor legislation to transform the power structure and empower African Americans and other people of color. There are so many examples. Here are a few:

Bobby Rush’s Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act

Sheila Jackson-Lee’s bill to set up commission to study/develop proposals for reparations

Ayanna Pressley’s Ending PUSHOUT Act (to stop discriminatory school discipline victimizing Black girls)

How about this to engage young Black voters – extend the voting age to 16! That’s something I voted for, but less than 100 Dems went along (much less, any Republicans!). I guess big change takes time.

One other important strategy, to me, is not only to introduce bills that focus on racial justice, but to include racial justice in *every* bill we pass. An example from my own work is my EV Freedom Act, which is mostly about installing EV chargers throughout the nation’s highway system so people can drive EVs anywhere without fear of running out of juice. But the bill also requires that fully 50% of the spending occur in frontline and vulnerable communities. And it focuses on adding chargers in BIPOC-rich communities where people may live in apartments or small houses that do not have personal garages where they can charge their cars.

Another strategy that feels important is tackling racism globally. One amazing country I have long been involved with is Haiti, and I learned to speak Haitian Kreyol while I was helping women of color organize unions in nursing homes in the 1980s. In Congress, I founded a new Haiti Caucus last year. I obtained a list of the congressional districts with the most Haitian Americans, and I sought out and listened to a lot of those members. I asked three powerful Black women who represent some of the most Haitian constituents to co-chair the new caucus with me: Ayanna Pressley from Boston, MA; Yvette Clarke from NYC; and Val Demings from Orlando, FL. It’s such an honor to work with them. We are rocking!

State Senator Mallory McMorrow:

Some of our work here:

Speech in the wake of murder of George Floyd on racism at home

Bills

Senate Joint Resolution K (2019)- removes “except for as punishment for crime” for involuntary servitude

SB 0069 of 2019 – Extend time for compensation for wrongfully convicted folks

SB 1168 of 2020 – penalties for false report of a crime to law enforcement based solely upon the alleged perpetrator’s race or ethnicity

SB 1034 of 2020 – Civil rights: racial discrimination; African, Caribbean, and diaspora affairs commission act; create.

SB 0905 of 2020 –  state buildings; display or use of the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the capitol building; prohibit.

General Civil Rights

SB 1166 of 2020-  individuals filing complaints against law enforcement; allow to remain private.

SB 1006 of 2020

(PA 392 of 2020)- Human services: food assistance; considering an individual ineligible for food assistance based on a felony conviction; prohibit

Environmental Protections

Resolutions

SR 0033 of 2019 – Black Maternal Health Month

SR 0040 of 2019 – Black April Memorial Week

SR 0062 of 2019 – Juneteenth

Senate Resolution 0066 (2021) – Juneteenth (yearly)

SCR 0027 of 2020 – A concurrent resolution to declare that racism is a public health crisis in the state of Michigan

Here’s a shared Google Doc with clickable links that my team will update with more of our work on environmental justice/protections, paid leave, economic development etc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MKr_D829O8fTJoHCjPUD2SPLmGzpE-YOLEXmvMUvcUQ/edit?usp=sharing

Additionally – our office eliminated the practice of unpaid internships. All of our internships are paid and we’ve been proud that it’s created opportunities for multiple young women of color to step into this space and gain experience. Unpaid internships mean those opportunities are only available to those with the means to afford unpaid work. I hope all of us in the party can focus on ensuring we have the financial resources to ensure more of our campaign side roles can be paid to allow more people to get into this work.

Another key thing that many people don’t know is possible – some of the proudest work I’ve done has been introducing bills brought to me by constituents. You can and should bring an idea or a problem to your state Senator or Rep – and all of us in these positions should work to create more avenues for people to engage in that way. I’d love to hear ideas for how we can improve that ongoing dialogue with people. We’re ready.

Commissioner Gwen Markham 

At a local level, the Board of Commissioners makes appointments to many committees and local boards and authorities. We are intentionally reaching out to BIPOC members of the community to ask them to serve. Local boards and commissions are great places for people to start into the system.

Congresswoman Haley Stevens

I commit to coming to the church (and school boards), learning more and joining forces in what’s needed to protect these essential initiatives.

VOTING RIGHTS legislation now. Repeal the filibuster. Get it done.

I have seen it with my own eyes and will do whatever it takes to ensure Michigan has black representation in Congress, in State office and beyond. Count me as a partner, ally, and collaborator.

Senator Jeremy Moss

Commissioner Marcia Gershenson

Contact me about running for county commissioner mgershenson22@gmail.com, 248-808-1032

OCDP Next Steps:

-The OCDP will reach out to Senator McMorrow to put together an educational session on what the role of legislators are and how we can better engage w/ constituents.

-The OCDP will reach out to State Representative Brenda Carter to learn more about issues that face the BIPOC community. 

School board meetings will be added onto the OCDP website, app and newsletters. —The OCDP is working to see the best way to be more hands-on with Oakland County School Boards. 

Next Meeting: March 5th, 12-2pm

Sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/oaklandcountydems/event/436182/


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Committee Updates


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Additionally, you can find more information about our committees on our website.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Phonebank to support the Freedom to Vote Act

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We’re so excited to work together to demand bold changes to our democracy to create a government that represents all of us, not big corporations or special interests. . We’ll be calling voters in targeted states and connecting them to their Senators to support the Freedom to Vote Act. and eliminate the filibuster. These phonebanks are subject to change based on variables outside of our control (i.e. a Senator’s mailbox is full)

Sign a petition to support student masking orders

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Support Michigan Justice Advocacy

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Volunteer With Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
Stay updated on all our events statewide here.

Resources:

This section is dedicated to sharing the resources listed on our website. Please send resources that you think might be useful for the OCDP community.

MDP 

Training Portal

Moms Demand Action

Words We Use

Gun Violence In Michigan

Be SMART for Kids

Sample School Board Letter

OCDP

First Listening Session

Second Listening Session

Phonebanking Slack Channel
Join us on Slack to participate in our ongoing phonebanks! These can be completed on your own time.

Planned Parenthood

How to talk about abortion

Running for Office

Novi City Boards & Commissions: You can find an application form and more information here-  https://cityofnovi.org/government/boards-and-commissions


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The great people who make up the Oakland County Democratic Party are the champions of working families in every city and township throughout our county. Please join us with your activism, your membership, your votes, and your voice as we stand shoulder to shoulder with all of our State and Local Democratic Leaders, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Gary Peters, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Congresswoman Haley Stevens, Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, and Congressman Andy Levin.

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