WCDP News: Keep Making History

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30 March 2022

Art for social change by Jillian Adel via Amplifer 

We are weeks away from seeing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed as the first Black woman to sit on the highest court in the nation. That’s making some history.

We are also weeks away from the state Republican convention where they’ll endorse a nominee for Attorney General. We know all the GOP candidates think Roe and Griswold were wrongly decided – they said so.  So who’s going to ask them what they think about:

Loving v Virginia
Lawrence v Texas
Obergefell v Hodges
Bostock v Clayton County

You are. Because you’ll never stop fighting to keep our country moving forwards, no matter how much Republicans try to pull us backwards.

Never.  Shut.  Up.

April WCDP Community Forum and Monthly Meeting

Saturday, April 2nd @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

What urban Democrats in Washtenaw County need to learn about their more rural fellow citizens: a discussion with speakers:

WCDP Call for Volunteers!

The time has come! We’re revving up for Fall and heading outdoors (soon – really – soon). Success in November starts today, and we need you! Sign up at https://washtenawdems.org/volunteer/. We’re especially interested in filling these roles:

Postcard writer
Write friendly postcards to neighbors in rural Washtenaw 4 times between now and October.

Canvassing buddy
Support door-knocking neighbors by managing supplies, lists, and other needs.

Tabling volunteer
Be the friendly face behind the table at fairs, festivals, and community events this summer.

You can sign up for these and other essential roles at https://washtenawdems.org/volunteer/

12th District Virtual Caucus ahead of MDP Convention

The Michigan 12th Congressional District will hold it’s Virtual Caucus before the MDP Endorsement Convention this Sunday, 4/3 from 1:30pm-3:00pm!

If you are a candidate who would like to speak at this virtual caucus please send an email to info@12thdistrictdems.com with the subject like “12th District Dems Virtual Convention Candidate Speaking Request”.

If you have any events you would like to add to our 12th District newsletter, please send them to info@12thdistrictdems.com!   – Adam Zemke, Chair

Rust Belt Rising Spring 2022 Leadership Training

From our friends at Rust Belt Rising

We are looking for our region’s most promising candidates to join our 2022 cohort of Democratic leaders. Sign up here

Our spring course, Run a Strong Campaign in Our Region, allows leaders to learn from top practitioners via Zoom sessions on making the different elements of a strategic campaign as effective as possible today—such as communications, digital, organizing, and fundraising.

Rising also provides individual coaching and mentorship focused on helping candidates cultivate their authentic, resonant message and campaign strategies to get that message out. Participants receive access to Rising’s messaging, polling, and effective communication examples.

  • Who: Join a network of more than 500 Democratic leaders who are making Democrats the party of working people to win and create change in our communities.
  • Where: Rising works with candidates and those who are assisting them at any level (local, state, and federal) in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
  • When: Applications are due April 4, but are accepted on a rolling basis afterward. Weekly sessions begin in April and run through June.

Apply now if you are running for office, working on a campaign, or are a local volunteer leader. 

Promote the Vote Petitions!

Help safeguard democracy in Michigan, as the Promote the Vote campaign gets off the ground. A coalition including Voters Not Politicians, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters and others is organizing an army of volunteers charged with gathering 425,059 valid signatures before July 11, 2022.

Sign up here to gather signatureshttps://votersnotpoliticians.com/volunteer/

Bridge MIchigan continues to provide excellent journalism & reporting with their details and updated ballot proposal tracker, explaining what each would do, where they are in the process, major funders, and more. Confused? Find out what you need to know.

ActionHub connects you to 100+ local groups who share our Democratic values.  We are better together. Take action today.

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

Cartoon by M. Weurker at Politico


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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