The Great Contradiction
February is Black History Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the greatness that African peoples have contributed to America, and acknowledging that those peoples and their greatness were stolen from their native lands.
Thus the Great Contradiction: this country of beautiful ideals for all was built through beliefs and laws limiting “all” to “some.”
As Who We Are producer/writer Jeffery Robinson has said, “America has demonstrated its greatness time and time again, and America is one of the most racist countries on the face of the earth. Those two things are not mutually exclusive.”
So, what to do?
We must listen to those still affected by our past, and make their future better.
We must then stand up, from school boards and planning commissions to the halls of D.C., and amplify their voices, our voices.
We must protect the right to vote for all, and then vote our values into office.
We must make it clear that this country, imperfect as it is, will continue to reach for those ideals, and will not accept the daily contradiction of them.
Refusing to teach our flawed collective history will not erase it, or its impacts. And merely silencing those who hold racist beliefs will not mean we have won.
Just because we won’t complete this work in our lifetimes, we are not excused from attempting it.
Want to understand the greatness? Join us February 5th.
Want to disarm racist politics? Join us February 10th.
Want to support the Party’s ability to speak and act? Join us February 13th.
Want to help protect the vote with a new constitutional amendment? Find out more here.
Let’s get to work.
The February Lineup
Saturday, February 5th 9:30am
Our Stories; How 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.
Join the webinar on February 5th
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
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Purchase tickets by check
Send your check to WCDP, PO Box 980586, Ypsilanti MI 48198
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 6th District (not the 5th as was mentioned last week), 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.
MI Right to Vote is initiating a petition drive to add voter protections to the Michigan State Constitution. The Promote MI Vote 2022 petition proposal would open the polls nine days before Election Day for early voting, fund ballot drop boxes and postage for absentee ballots, and more. Find out more here.
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
The Final Word
STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR MICHIGAN REPS
|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:https://senatedems.com/irwin/coffee-hour-sign-up/
State Rep. Yousef Rabhi, 53rd House district: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:Monday coffee hoursSaturday coffee hours
State Rep. Ronnie Peterson, 54th House district: email@example.com Phone: (517) 373-1771 | Toll-Free: (855) 347-8054, https://housedems.com/ronnie-peterson/
State Rep. Donna Lasinski, 52nd House district: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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