WCDP News: Things are picking up…

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This is our year to finish taking back Lansing.

We made a good start in 2018, with the election of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garland Gilchrist ll, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

In 2018, we also voted to change the state constitution, setting up the Michigan Independent Citizens Commission (MICRC) to draw fairer election maps. OUR VOTES did that.

In 2020, we delivered the state for Biden / Harris, instead of Trump / Pence. And re-elected U.S Senator Gary Peters.

This year, we can re-elect our team to the Michigan Executive branch. And we have the best chance in decades to take back the Michigan House and Senate, thanks to fairer maps from the MICRC.

Yes, it will be work. Hard work. From everyone. FOR everyone.

…and to start February off…

Saturday, February 5th 9:30am

Our StoriesHow Organizers and Artists are Building Community Power

Our Stories is the featured program for the WCDP February Monthly Meeting, on the fifth day of Black History Month. The program centers on local, poets, artists, storytellers, and organizers. Many believe the art of storytelling is embedded in our DNA. It can be considered the lifeblood of our ancestors that pumps through our veins. From the Proverbs and Folktales of over 2000 different dialects in the continent of Africa to the unsigned lyricist on the streets of Detroit. Telling our stories has educated, motivated, and liberated the hearts and minds of nations. In ways that can be imitated, but never duplicated. Come listen to our stories, and let them guide and transform our work together.

Zoom link information on the Featured Eventspage on the WCDP website

Thursday, February 10  6:00 – 7:30pm

Racism is a political weapon for the right and it’s time to think differently about disarming dog-whistle politicians. Join the social movement on Feb 10, when Professor Haney López speaks to Michiganders about saving democracy. Proudly brought to you by Washtenaw County Dems and Liberal Leadership League through promotional assistance from our allies and friends.

Register for the Zoom event at this link.

Sunday February 13th  4pm

A special Valentine’s Weekend Concert with Louis Nagel and family!

Louis Nagel returns for a virtual Valentine Concert to benefit the Washtenaw County Democratic Party!  Join us February 13, 2022 at 4pm for celebration and a family of music! Louis will be joined by his wife Julie for a one piano piece for four hands, and his daughter Sonya Nagel Lewis for the piece VOCALISE by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Sponsor: $300, Donor $200, Single or Donated ticket $50

Purchase your tickets on ActBlue

Purchase tickets by check
Send your check to WCDP, PO Box 980586, Ypsilanti MI  48198

Need more information?
Check out the Featured Events listing on WCDP web site.

Who We Are

In the same way we have left out the last four years of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life to create a sanitized version of who he was and who he became, America has left things out to mythologize its own history.

“Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” is an award-winning documentary which follows civil rights attorney Jeffery Robinson as he confronts the enduring legacy of anti-Black racism in the United States, weaving together examples from the U.S. Constitution, education system and policing.

“The entire purpose of this film is to ask people to take a long hard look at our actual history of white supremacy and anti-Black racism,” says Robinson, the former deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “That is something that has been really erased from the common narrative and creation story about America.”

“Who We Are” Trailer on YouTube
Democracy Now’s Interview with Jeffery Robinson

Petitions and Allies

One way to elect politicians / enact legislation that reflect our values is through supporting petition drives and ally organizations. Here are three items worthy of our support.

Debbie Dingell, U.S. Congresswoman for the old 12th District (which covered the most populous part of Washtenaw), will be running in the new 5th District (which will cover ALL of Washtenaw). She needs nominating petition circulators. Sign up here.

Reproductive Freedom for All is an organization dedicated to overturning the 1931 Michigan law banning abortion that will go back into effect if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. You can sign up for updates and to volunteer at this link.

Washtenaw County has updated COVID testing information, including testing sites in the county.
The U.S. Government has now opened a website where you can order free at-home tests.
Washtenaw County COVID Testing website
U.S. Government Free At-Home Tests

Thursday, January 27 10 am

Six former employees of United Electrical Contractors have filed suit in federal court for “obscenely racist behavior.” 

IBEW Local 252 is strongly backing the workers and has organized an action this Thursday at 10am. They’re asking folks to meet us in the Ashley Street Lot (behind Conner O’Neils) at 10am. From there we are taking a short walk by Landmark’s field office on Main St, then will conclude at the flat lot on William and Main (next to Palio).

Read the press release here.

The Final Word


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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