WCDP News: Greatness

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This is greatness.


The February Lineup

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.

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

Purchase your tickets on ActBlue
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/nagel2022

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.


Missed the February Meeting? Check out the Videos!

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.

We would like to thank all the presenters and the organizations they have founded / work with; Ki5 LoopsDo You See What I See?Our Community ReadsBlack Men ReadAmplify FellowshipBlackstone Bookstore and Cultural Center, and Mental Health Monologues.

Our Stories Part One
Facilitated by Krystle DuPree, with introductory music provided by Ki5 Loops. Background stories of Charlez Hall, Cherisa Allen, Rod Wallace, and Yodit Mesfin Johnson.

Our Stories Part Two
Panel Discussion and Stories, featuring Charlez Hall, Cherisa Allen, Rod Wallace, Yodit Mesfin Johnson, Kallista Marie, Kip Jhonson, and Desmine Robinson.

Our Stories Part Three
Ron Owens, Political Director for Governor Whitmer, tells his story, and the musical conclusion of the program by Lorian Janine.


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, 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:

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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