WCDP News: Ballot Proposals and more!

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Confused About Ballot Proposals?

From Bridge Michigan:

“More than a dozen proposals could appear on the November ballot in Michigan, seeking to transform everything from elections and school funding to abortion and the minimum wage.

“Many of the measures are in their infancy and at least two are competing proposals.

“Can’t keep track? Bridge Michigan has compiled a primer of ballot proposals explaining what they would change, where they stand in the process, major funders and arguments surrounding them.

“And keep in mind: Michigan law allows the Legislature to adopt petitions that gather enough signatures into law, so some of the measures may never even make it to voters, including ones to change health regulations, require ID to vote and create a tax credit scholarship program for private schools.”

Bridge Michigan will update their tracker as ballot measures move through the process throughout the year.

Bridge Michigan Ballot Proposal Tracker

Racism is a political weapon for the right and it’s time to think differently about disarming dog-whistle politicians. Watch the video from Feb 10, when Professor Haney López spoke 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.

Watch the video at this link.

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.

Felicia Brabec, State Representative for the old 55th District in SE Washtenaw, will be running in the new 33rd District, which includes the south side of Ann Arbor, Saline, and adjacent townships.She also 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.

The Michigan Democratic Party is excited to offer the 2022 State Party Campaign Bootcamp Training Program (via webinar).This is a FREE two-day training with supplemental small-group coaching sessions to encourage community building and collaborative learning.

You will learn critical aspects of launching and running a successful campaign. This training is open to Democratic candidates, potential candidates, and campaign staff.

The two day training is on the afternoons of February 26-27, with coaching sessions the following Tuesday and Thursday. Registration will close February 24th.
Register 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

Events

Thursday, February 24
7:15-pm – 9:00pm (via Zoom)

Drawing the Line: Inside the Fight to End Prison Gerrymandering
Film screening and roundtable discussion, sponsored by EMU’s Southeast Michigan Criminal Justice Policy Research Project and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology. Speakers include Dr. Barbara Patrick, Dr; Toni Pressley-Sanon, Dr. Rita Shaw, State Senator Jeff Irwin, Cozine Welch, and Eugene Kurz.

Register Here
More Information

Friday, February 25
12:00pm – 1:30 pm (via Zoom)

Lunch and Learn – The Pandemic, Public Health, and Politics
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Washtenaw County. Jimena Loveluck, Health Officer for the Washtenaw County Department of Health, will speak to the public health uncertainties of 2022. What will be the eventual effect of the Omicron variant on already stressed public and private health systems? What can voters consider with regard to health care issues as we study candidates in this election year?

Register Here

Saturday, March 5
9:30am – 12:00 pm

Protecting the Integrity of Elections in Washtenaw County
The March WCDP Monthly Meeting and Forum will feature a panel of experts discussing efforts to limit access to the ballot for qualified voters, both with respect to the right to request absentee ballots and voting in person; how poll watchers have attempted to disrupt voting in the past and how to respond to such attempts in the future; processes that ensure the honest tabulation and transmission of votes to county clerks and to the state Board of Canvassers.

More Information

The Final Word

This too is greatness.

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/. Currently virtual coffee hours with Yousef are at 10 am on the 4th Saturday of the month.

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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