WCDP News: 📅Get out your calendars, lots of upcoming events!

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SAVE THE (NEW) DATE: Sunday, June 4 @ 2:00 – 4:00 pm

June Member Meeting and Panel
Hate Crimes in Washtenaw County and Michigan:Forms, Targets, Magnitude, Responses

Note the change in day of week and location:  our June meeting is on Sunday afternoon!

In 2020, the incidence of hate crimes in the U.S. reached its highest level in over a decade. The incidence continues to climb, affecting Black, Jewish, Asian-American and LGBTQ and transgender Americans in particular. This crisis infects Washtenaw County as well as the rest of the state and the nation. Please join us to learn more about the nature and targets of hate crimes in our community, our elected leaders’ actions in response, and our own role in reversing this wave of hatred.

Confirmed panelists include:

Additional invitations are pending.

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Fahs Chapel.

Zoom: Advance registration is required at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvcemsqj4uG9exV2h76tbVvWF7wTOiN0Y

Honoring the legacy of Senator Debbie Stabenow, with Astronaut and U.S.
Senator from Arizona, Mark Kelly

The Michigan Democratic Party, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Chairwoman Lavora Barnes invite you to join us for the 2023 Legacy Dinner: Democrats Deliver
honoring the legacy of Senator Debbie Stabenow

Saturday, May 20, 2023
Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 

Women’s Caucus Luncheon
11:30 AM
Sponsor & Member Receptions
4:30 PM
6:15 PM

Get your tickets today at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mdplegacy2023

Ann Arbor for Public Power (A2P2) Festival

more info: Public Power Festival | Facebook

Visibility Committee Call for Volunteers

Staff a table with other WCDP volunteers at the Ann Arbor African American Festival

  • Help set up our table on Friday, June 2
  • Staff a table during the festival on Saturday, June 3

Sign up for a 2-3 hour shift – slots are filling fast!  

These additional events in May, June, and July need volunteers as well.  If you live in one of these areas, we especially need you!

  • Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market (Saturdays beginning in May)
  • Chelsea Sounds and Sights (Thursday nights beginning in June)
  • Milan Pride Picnic (Thursday, June 8, 4-7pm)
  • Ann Arbor Juneteenth Celebration (Saturday, June 17)
  • Ann Arbor Art Fair (July 20-22, shifts available throughout the day)
  • More events coming in August and September

Even if none of these dates work for you but you are interested, sign up using the link below..  Training will be offered.  We also need ongoing Visibility Committee members to help us plan and support local events throughout the county on an ongoing basis.  
Sign Up Here and tell us which events are of interest to you.  A member of our team will be in touch.

Get Involved in the County’s Homelessness Policy

The upcoming Continuum of Care meeting is almost here! They will discuss current data, system needs, hold an open dialogue about important topics, and vote on two items. Continuum of Care coordinates our community’s policies, strategies, and activities toward ending homelessness. This is your opportunity to get involved!

Questions? Email Kristin Kunes at kunesk@washtenaw.org.

WHEN: Thursday, May 25th @ 1pm – 4pm
WHERE: Ellen Thompson Women’s Health Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 5320 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti 48197

RSVP at https://bit.ly/CoC-May

Coffee ☕ with Your Representatives!

Senator Jeff Irwin, District 15
May 20 @ 10 am

  • York Ann Arbor, 1928 Packard St, Ann Arbor.

State Rep Jimmie Wilson Jr.,32nd District
May 20 at 11 a.m.

Ann Arbor City Council: Equity-Centered Coffee Chat
May 21 @ 1 pm

  • Wheeler Park – 200 Depot St Ann Arbor 48104
  • Chat with Councilmembers Cynthia Harrison (Ward 1), Linh Song and Chris Watson (Ward 2), and Ayesha Ghazi-Edwin (Ward 3)

June 25th-Save the Date: Join Us for Fun, Food, and Community

The Washtenaw County Democratic Party is excited to invite you and your loved ones to our annual Friends and Family Picnic! This year, the picnic will be held on June 25, 2023 from 1pm-5pm at the Independence Lake Beach Center in Webster Township.

We hope you can join us for an afternoon of fun, food, and community. We’ll be grilling up some delicious food provided by Chef Walter Jackson, so all you need to bring is a dish or beverage to share.

Please note that there is an entry fee of $3 for seniors who are Washtenaw County residents and $10 for others. We encourage you to RSVP as soon as possible, as entry will be denied once the park capacity is filled.

This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow Democrats, meet elected officials, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Susan Baskett at Susanebaskett@gmail.com or 734.474.8221. 

Save the date for our annual Garden Party: Saturday, July 15th, with a rain date of Sunday, July 16th . Watch this space for updates and ticket sales.

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