WCDP News: Growing the Party

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2023 Garden Party a smash!

Sunday’s Garden Party was a great success, raising the money we need to keep the lights on and the printing press going! Senator Mallory McMorrow rocked the house, as expected, and stayed for nearly two hours to chat with guests. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson arrived very late — delayed by a flat tire! — and was inspiring as always. Many thanks to Chris and Anne Savage for hosting (treating everyone to a vegan feast), and to Jeff McGrew, Michelle Davis, Lynne Rose, Josephine Rood, and their dedicated fundraising team. Also thanks to Chris’s daughter Arleigh Savage and her musical partner Carolina Borja for providing absolutely compelling music under their group name, Sororii. The greatest thanks goes to all of you who attended to make the event a success. The whole afternoon was magical.

Young Dems Washtenaw launched!

Monday, July 17 was the first meeting of Young Dems Washtenaw (YDW), which brought in some 30 young Dems, aged 15 to 32, and a number of our millennial electeds as well to provide inspiration and support. The energy and enthusiasm were high, and plans are in motion for the second meeting. If you’d like to participate, use this form by Monday, 7/24, to show your interest. We’d love to have you join! Kudos to our incredible youth leaders Leah Skylar and Justin Hodge, both Ypsi precinct delegates and to high school student Parini Rao who is volunteering administrative support. This extremely talented and energetic group is going to change the game in Washtenaw County and, thereby, in Michigan. 

Social justice fellowship opportunity for young activists

482 Forward and UM’s Youth Civil Rights Academy are currently recruiting southeast Michigan youth for a year-long social justice fellowship which will start in August 2023. This program will provide fellows with skills such as political advocacy, community organizing, social justice education, and connecting with others across geographic and demographic differences through project-based learning. The fellowship will pay a small stipend of up to $500 for full completion of the program. We encourage youth to apply in teams of 2-3, but youth are also welcome to apply on their own. Application materials are due August 10th.  Grab the application and make a copy to complete.  Email Lindsey@482forward.org.  for info.

From our friends at Moms and Students Demand Action :

Through our Demand a Seat program, we’re training Moms and Students Demand Action volunteers and gun violence survivors to take the next step in their advocacy by running for office or working on campaigns. We’re building the next generation of elected leaders who will shift the tide on gun violence at every level of government. If you’re considering a future run for office or interested in working on campaigns, get started with Demand a Seat today!

Demand a Seat provides networking opportunities and in-depth educational training on how to build and run winning political campaigns at every level of government. 

Since 2021, hundreds of Moms and Students Demand Action volunteers and gun violence survivors have participated in Demand a Seat training—and have been elected to offices in school boards, city halls, and state houses across the country. Once in office, they’ve led the charge passing gun safety measures all across the country.

Moms and Students Demand Action volunteers have proven our power.  Now, we’re holding those who stand in the way of gun safety accountable and taking their jobs. Our goal is simple: Demand. Run. Change. Your voice matters, and now is your opportunity to step into the arena and join Demand a Seat

Visibility Committee Call for Volunteers

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Being visible across the County helps us create a Democratic community.  Volunteer to table or march in a parade for WCDP in the Dexter, Ann Arbor, Chelsea & Manchester communities this August.  Sign up today!

We’re adding events all the time.  Stay tuned for more!  Want to learn about volunteer occasions later in the summer? Sign Up Here and a member of our team will be in touch.

6th Congressional District Logo Contest

Don’t forget to help choose choose the new logo for the 6th Congressional District Democrats. Vote here today!

Good News for Michigan!

Governor Gretchen Whitmer with a microphone and speaking to a crowd outdoors


There’s so much good news in our Democratic Michigan, it’s hard to keep up. Here’s an important piece: CNBC Ranks Michigan a Top 10 State for Business. Most voters credit Dems for caring about people, but give us low marks on economic management. Well, we’ve proven – once again – that we can do both.

Last week, CNBC released their rankings of America’s Top States for Business in 2023. Michigan cracked the top 10 for only the second time since the list was launched, powered by strong job growth, advanced manufacturing leadership, and a low cost of doing business and living.

“Michigan is on the move and more and more people are starting to notice,” said Governor Whitmer. “I am proud that our hardworking people, innovative businesses, resilient communities, and strong protections for fundamental rights have made Michigan a top ten state for business. . . . Businesses are relocating and expanding in Michigan as we continue leading the future of advanced manufacturing, standing up for people’s rights, and making bipartisan investments in the kitchen-table issues that ensure anyone can ‘make it’ in Michigan.” 

Meet your elected representatives ☕

JULY 21: Senator Jeff Irwin (15th Districtwill be at the Dixboro’s Farmer Market from 3-4:30pm on Friday, July 21st.  The market is located east of Dixboro road on Plymouth road.  

JULY 24:  Representative Jason Morgan (23rd District) will host constituent meetings on Monday, July 24, from 5-6pm at The Corner Social 101 S. Lafayette St., South LyonMI 48178.

JULY 27: State Senator Sue Shink (14th District)  will host Coffee and Conversation with constituents on Friday, July 28, at 10:15 am-11:15 am  at Zou Zou’s Café and Coffee Bar, 101 N Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118.

JULY 28: State Senator Sue Shink (14th District)  will host Coffee and Conversation with constituents on Thursday, July 27, at 9-10am at  DOZER Coffee, 112 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

JULY 29: Representative Jimmie Wilson Jr. (32nd District) will host a constituent coffee hour on Saturday, July 29, at 10am at the Ypsilanti Senior Center — 1015 Congress St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.  Please complete this form to attend in person or via Zoom link.

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