Don’t Miss Our Biggest Fundraiser of the Year
Please join us for this popular annual gathering with like-minded people to enjoy conversation, live music, and great food, and hear from our representatives – all in a beautiful garden setting.
Every dollar raised will be used to reach voters and increase turnout throughout Washtenaw County including outreach activities, voter guides, poll greeting cards, keeping the office open, and much more.
Visibility Committee Call for Volunteers
HELP WCDP be visible at local events in July and early August! Join us at an Independence Day parade, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, or the Ann Arbor Pride festival
Ann Arbor Fourth of July Parade (NOTE: it’s on Sunday, July 2):
Ypsilanti Fourth of July Parade on Tuesday, July 4:
Ann Arbor Art Fair from Thursday, July 20-Saturday, July 22:
Ann Arbor Pride Saturday, August 5:
Want to learn about volunteer occasions later in the summer? Sign Up Here and a member of our team will be in touch.
Urgent Action on School Debt Forgiveness!
From our friends at the Michigan Education Justice Coalition
Governor Whitmer is considering postponing debt forgiveness to schools. We need all hands on deck to push against these delays and forced funding cuts.
4 districts are at risk of having debt forgiveness delayed: Benton Harbor, Inkster, Ypsilanti, and Pontiac. All of these kids deserve a fresh start in the fall!
I’m sure many of you may be wondering how school districts in Michigan have large amounts of debt. Here’s the skinny: population in urban areas in Michigan declined because of job loss and other economic factors AND in 1994 we shifted how our schools were funded based on the number of students enrolled in the school district.
Therefore districts like Ypsilanti, Benton Harbor, Pontiac, and Inkster were all left with less and less funding to operate districts that at one time had larger student populations. Years and years of declining student enrollment all while public school districts still have to pay the bills left school districts with debt.
For those of us that fight for equity, this issue of debt forgiveness is critical for all school districts to ensure their resources are being spent on the current needs of their students rather than the long-standing debt. You can read more about this issue here.
What we know today is: delays to debt forgiveness mean funding cuts for these districts. We have to fight for ourselves and our neighbors to have all the possible resources to give kids the best education next year.
From the Great Lakes Political Academy
The Ready to Govern virtual trainings are designed to give attendees a unique insight into the day-to-day roles and responsibilities of local elected officials serving on county commission, city council, school board, library board or as a county clerk. Through engaging panel discussions with experienced elected leaders, we’ll learn about the challenges, rewards, and intricacies of public office. The trainings are offered on Tuesdays in August through the GLPA-LEAD Education Fund, a 501c3. Participants can sign up for just one training or several.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
New Rights For Pregnant Workers Starts Now!
Thanks to Reps Debbie Dingell and Elisa Slotkin co-sponsoring in the House, plus Senators Stabenow and Peters votes in the Senate, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) has taken effect!
This law expands long-overdue protections to ensure that workers experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions have the right to reasonable accommodations in the workplace. The PWFA requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an undue hardship. This law builds upon existing protections against pregnancy discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and applies to all employers who have 15 or more employees.
Meet your elected representatives
Representative Carrie Rheingans (47th District) will host a constituent happy hour on Friday, July 14th from 4:30 – 5:00pm at Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor (2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103). This is a free event! Come learn about all that’s been accomplished in the first 6 months!
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