WCDP News: Rest, Regroup, Recharge

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Memorial Day 2023

In America, across our races, places and backgrounds, we all value our freedoms. Memorial Day reminds us that those freedoms come at great cost, owing to the service and sacrifice of all those who defend them. As we remember and honor all that we have lost, we also recall that the fight for our freedoms continues, and that we all have a part to play in making Michigan a place were everyone can thrive.Photo credit: Triumphal arch at Valley Forge, PA, by Brian Greminger

WCDP Black Caucus General Meeting
ThisSaturday,  MAY 27 @ 10 am – Noon

Please join the WCDP-Black Caucus this Saturday for their May General Meeting.  Special guest speakers will include:

  • Hill Harper
  • S. Kerene Moore
  • Chair of the Michigan Democratic Black Caucus, Keith Williams. 

Breakfast will be provided.

When: Saturday, May 27, 2023, at 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Where: Hybrid Meeting
In-Person @ Washtenaw County LRC
4135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Online via Zoom @ https://us05web.zoom.us/j/82503004229

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
meeting invitation

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:Eli Savit, Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney, andCarolyn Normandin, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League of Michigan.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

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

It’s okay to take a break when you need it. This #MHAM, prioritize self-care and take time to recharge. Your mental health is important and seeking support when you need it is vital. Call, chat, or text 988 for free, confidential, judgment-free support 24/7. #Together4MH #MHAM2023 #988Lifeline

Visibility Committee Call for Volunteers

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Staff a table with other WCDP volunteers at these upcoming events:

Ann Arbor African American Festival

Chelsea Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights from 6:00-8:30 pm.  Pick your date(s) here
Ann Arbor Juneteenth Celebration:  Afternoon shifts (two hours each) needed Saturday June 17.  Pick your shift here 

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)
  • Milan Pride Picnic (Thursday, June 8, 4-7pm)
  • 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.

Dems Care Book Drive Update

Thanks to all of you and Blackstone Bookstore and Cultural Center, we were able to donate over 60 books to the Ypsi Erickson High Impact Reading Tutoring Program.  

Coffee ☕️ with Your Representatives!

State Rep Felicia Brabec, District 33
May 27 @ 1 pm

  • Brewed Awakening, 7025 E. Michigan Avenue, Saline.

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

picture of a lake and playground

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 card for the garden party

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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