WCDP News: Picnics and Labor Day Celebrations

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A2 Dems Labor Day Picnic This Sunday

Sunday, September 3rd @ 4 – 7pm
Ann Arbor, MI

For sponsorship & more information message annarbordemocrats@gmail.com

September WCDP Membership Meeting

Bylaws, Resolutions, and Program Exploring Poverty

On Saturday, September 9, 9:15 am – 12:00 pm, the WCDP will hold an educational program and a formal general membership meeting for the purposes of approving bylaws changes and resolutions proposed by members. The schedule is as follows:

  • 9:15-9:45 — Meet and greet, with refreshments and new member welcome
  • 9:45-10:00 – Party business: Welcome and introductions, Michigan legislator updates, Washington report from Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
  • 10:00-11:00 – Program: Poverty across Washtenaw County: Focusing on common themes in rural and urban areas
  • 11:00-11:05 – WCDP County Committee meeting to discuss and vote on the nomination of two new officers, for the positions of Treasurer (Andrew Groat) and Secretary (Josephine Rood)
  • 11:05-noon – Washtenaw County Democratic Party membership meeting to consider bylaws changes and adoption of resolutions.

All are welcome to attend the full meeting. To vote in the general membership meeting, you must be a WCDP member for at least 30 days (by August 9). Learn about membership and find the link to join here. If you are not sure your membership is up-to-date, contact membership@washtenawdems.org.

Documents voting WCDP members need to consider:

Proposed bylaws changes:

Here is an explanation of the proposed bylaws revisions.

Bylaws revisions proposed for adoption by WCDP membership 9-9-23

Current bylaws, adopted by WCDP membership 11-28-22.

Proposed resolutions:

In support of HB4893, known as MiCare

In support of the Goal and Campaign of Ann Arbor for Public Power (A2P2) to Replace DTE with a Full Municipal Electric Utility in Ann Arbor

To introduce a resolution: Resolutions published in this newsletter (2 weeks in advance of the meeting) require a simple majority vote of WCDP members in attendance to pass. Resolutions proposed at the meeting without advance notice require ⅔ majority of WCDP members in attendance to pass. Resolutions not published now may be considered by the membership at the 9/9 meeting as long as the person or group proposing the resolution provides enough hard copies for all in attendance. Because membership status must be confirmed before the meeting to enable voting, we’ll appreciate it if you RSVP in advance, whether you plan to attend in person or via Zoom. Here’s the RSVP link.

The meeting will be held via Zoom (register here) and in person at the IBEW Hall, at 7920 Jackson Road. 

We hope to see you there!

Asian and African American Solidarity Unity Picnic



Montibeller Park, 4305 Ellsworth Rd A2, 48108

Food, Fun, Music, New Friends & Old!

Special Thanks and Appreciation to:
Host: Pittsfield Township, Supervisor Grewal, & the Board of Trustees!

  • Please donate (monetary), be a sponsor (names listed on publicity) or volunteer. 
  • Contact/questions: Kathy Wyatt (Katherineawyatt@aol.com), Mary Hall-Thiam (mhallthiamaka@gmail.com) or Ayesha Ghazi Edwin (ayesha.ghazi@gmail.com).
  • Checks should be written and sent to Ann Arbor/Hikone Sister City Foundation, c/o Mary Hall-Thiam, 2755 Arrowwood Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.     

Join AG Dana Nessel for Research Collaborative Movement Briefing

Anat Shenker-Osorio, who joined us in June 2022 to discuss race-class narrative messaging and other key progressive communications strategies, is hosting our own AG, Dana Nessel.

Join them on Monday, September 18 at 12PM ET for their next Movement Briefing. Their honored guest is Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who has filed felony charges against ‘false electors’ who attempted to overturn the 2020 election. Learn new research and messaging on the latest indictments of the former MAGA president and his co-conspirators.

WHAT: Strategy and Messaging for Trump Indictments
WHEN: 9am PT / 12pm ET on Monday, September 18th

Here’s more information about the Research Collaborative

A Special Thank You

For months, you’ve seen a call for volunteers to help at various events around the county.  We’d like to thank Chelsea’s Vince Elie and Ann Arbor’s Diane Massell for their time, careful planning, and creativity. We’d also like to thank everyone who suggested events and volunteered. 

Do you have more great ideas? Contact visibility@washtenawdems.org.

We’re still accepting volunteers for the Saline Community Fair, Thursday August 31-Sunday September 3. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B44A4A622A20-saline 

Want to learn about volunteer occasions later in the year? Sign Up Here and a member of our team will be in touch.

Housing Rally Sept 5th

Join several of our friends on Sept. 5th at noon at the Capitol in Lansing to demand housing affordability with the Rent is Too Damn High coalition. They are demanding more tenant rights and greater investment in affordable housing from our state legislature. Sign up to attend with the Ann Arbor delegation here. Transportation information including free round-trip bus rides will be provided after RSVP.
Their platform supports 4 policy solutions:

  • Remove the statewide ban on rent control
  • $4 Billion social housing investment
  • Renters’ Bill of Rights
  • $1 Billion housing services for people who are at risk of homelessness

Milan friends! Walk with Rep. Reggie Miller

Friday, Sept. 8, 5-7 pm
Meet up at Milan’s Wilson Park (89 Wabash St.)

Keep the Michigan 31st District Blue!

Sign up online or email FArnet@house.mi.gov for more information

Biden-Harris Administration Selects First 10 Drugs for Medicare Price Negotiation

On Tuesday, 8/29, our President said, “For far too long, Americans have paid more for prescription drugs than any major economy. And while the pharmaceutical industry makes record profits, millions of Americans are forced to choose between paying for medications they need to live or paying for food, rent, and other basic necessities. Those days are ending.” 

Biden continued: “Today is the start of a new deal for patients where Big Pharma doesn’t just get a blank check at your expense and the expense of the American people.” More than half the drugs selected for this initial round of price negotiations are taken by millions of people on Medicare in the past year to prevent blood clots and treat diabetes.

This step was made possible by the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act – passed by Democrats without a single Republican vote.  It might be 2026 before the negotiated price cuts are enacted – because Big Pharma, backed by Republicans, have already filed suit – but the Biden administration is on it!

Learn more about the Biden-Harris record and watch the announcement.

Learn more about Democratic support for everyday Americans (and intransigent Republican opposition) here.

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