I Am A Woman’s Rights
Sojourner Truth (1797 – 1883)
It’s Women’s History Month, and Michigan has a lot to be proud of.
Sojourner Truth lived in and around Battle Creek from 1857 until her passing in 1883. One of the most renowned abolitionists and champions of human rights of the 19th century, her words at the 1851 Women’s Rights Convention are still with us:
I am a woman’s rights.
I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man.
I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that?
I have heard much about the sexes being equal; I can carry as much as any man, and can eat as much too, if I can get it…
The poor men seem to be all in confusion, and dont know what to do.
It’s 2022 some of those confused ‘poor men’ know what they want to do: rewrite the rules to take away the right to reproductive freedom, and that’s just for a start. All three Republican candidates for MI Attorney General are of the same mind on this.
It’s Women’s History Month, and Michigan has a lot of work to do.
Black Stone Bookstore hosts Governor Whitmer & other leaders
Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center hosted Governor Gretchen Whitmer along with other city, county, & state leaders on February 24th.
Among the many who attended: Crystal Lyte – Eastern Washtenaw Dems Chair, County Commissioner Caroline Sanders, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, County Commissioner Justin Hodge, Annie Somerville – Legislative Aide to State Senator Jeff Irwin, and Pastor George Waddles, Second Baptist Church of Ypsilanti.
Co-owned by Carlos Franklin and Kip Johnson, the Ypsilanti institution has been serving as a community hub since 2013, and is very happy to be an in-person gathering place once again. Strong, local, independent businesses help make our cities and neighborhoods into communities. Shop indie – it matters!
Photo credit Jason D Moore, Five Stones Digital
Bridge MIchigan is still continuously updating their ballot proposal tracker, explaining what each would do, where they are in the process, major funders, and more. Confused? Check it out.
ActionHub connects you to 100+ local groups who share our Democratic values. Your friends and neighbors need your help. Visit!
7th Congressional District County Convention
Saturday, March 19th at 1 p.m.
Convenes via Zoom on Saturday, March 19th at 1 p.m. Registration is required.
12th Congressional District County Convention
Saturday, March 19th at 1 p.m.
The Convention will convene via Zoom on Saturday, March 19th at 1 p.m. Registration is required.
Petitions and Allies
One way to elect politicians / enact legislation that reflect our values is through supporting petition drives and ally organizations. Ball’s in your court!
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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