News and Recent Activities
Here are photos from our 2015 Annual Dinner. As you can see, it was a fabulous night to be a Washtenaw County Democrat!
All photos are by Anne C. Savage. Please do not re-use without permission.
Amazing food by WCDP Vice Chair Hedieh Briggs and her crew, served up by volunteer Walter Jackson!
Our chefs for the evening Hedieh Briggs, Walter Jackson, and volunteer Anna Sobel escaped from the kitchen!
22nd Circuit Court Judge Carol Kuhnke & County Commissioner and 53rd House District candidate Yousef Rabhi
WCDP Vice Chair for Fundraising Mary Hall-Thiam & Hedieh Briggs
WCDP Chair Chris Savage
WCDP Volunteer of the Year and EMU College Dems Treasurer Steve Kwasny
Chris Savage & Steve Kwasny
House Rep. and 7th Congressional District candidate Gretchen Driskell
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel
Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon
Tim Greimel, Brandon Dillon, and Michigan Democratic Party Chief Operating Officer Lavora Barnes
Chris Savage, Brandon Dillon, Tim Greimel, and Lavora Barnes
WCDP Vice Chair for Administrative Affairs Susie Catherman, Senator Rebekah Warren, and Brandon Dillon
Eastern Washtenaw Dems Chair Cleveland Chandler & WCDP Vice-Chair for Precinct Organizing Catherine Daligga
State House Rep. David Rutledge & Debbie Dingell
EMU College Dems members Anna Holthus, President Jayesh Monga, Steve Kwasny, Emily Kindred, and Sam Jones-Darling
Michigan Federation of College Dems president Trevor Dolan, Jason Morgan, and U of M College Dems members Laura Marsh, Sarah Nuyen, Lauren Schandevel, and Stephen Culbertson
Carol Kuhnke, Rebekah Warren, Hedieh Briggs, Debbie Dingell, and Washtenaw County Commissioner Felicia Brabec
IBEW Assistant Business Manager Ron Motsinger & State House Rep. Jeff Irwin
Peter Madcat Ruth & Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner Evan Pratt
Mary Hall-Thiam, Catherine Daligga, Mike Henry, Precinct Organizing Committee member Jane Foreman, Bernice Etherington, & Patrick Boeheim
Brandon Dillon & Gretchen Driskell
WCC Political Science Club members Nick McLellan (left) and Joe Chapman (right) with WCDP Vice Chair for Outreach and candidate for County Commission Jason Morgan (center)
Chris Savage & Ann Arbor Democratic Party Chair Mike Henry
Lavora Barnes & Gretchen Driskell
Jason Morgan and David Rutledge
Ann Arbor School Board member and candidate for 52nd House district Donna Lasinski & Ann Arbor City Council member Sabra Briere
Gretchen Driskell campaign manager Keenan Pontoni, candidate for 52nd House district Barbara Fuller, Lavora Barnes, Brandon Dillon, and Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Mackie
WCDP Executive Board
Back row: Sonja Karnovsky & Alex Yerke
Center row: Kathy Wyatt, Patrick Boeheim, Karen Kostamo, Patricia Honton, Jelani McGadney, Mike Henry, Catherine Daligga, Chris Savage, & Terry Williams
Front row: Hedieh Briggs, Jason Morgan, Susan Baskett, Mary Hall-Thiam, Susie Catherman, & Bill Worzel
Not shown: Doug Scott, Linda Horne, Don Adams, Rod Casey, and Tracy Van den Bergh
Washtenaw County WeROC organizers to hold public meeting seeking commitments from local leaders on multiple issues
Cross-posted from Eclectablog.com.
In 2012, a group of Washtenaw County organizers from faith, labor, and other community groups came together to work toward improving their community by helping make progress on numerous issues confronting workers and voiceless citizens in Washtenaw County. They eventually dubbed their group the Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition or “WeROC”.
In November of 2013, WeROC held their first public meeting where they asked local leaders to publicly commit to creating positive change by eliminating fees for “7th hour” classes at Ann Arbor public schools which make them unavailable to students whose families are on limited incomes, promoting the “Ban the Box” effort to remove questions about previous felony convictions from employment applications, and enhancing access to reliable and affordable transportation services to medical facilities around the county for patients without vehicles. You can read my coverage of that powerful event HERE.
WeROC is holding their second public meeting this Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church ELCA at 201 N. River Street in Ypsilanti.
Click image for a printable flyer
Here is how organizers describe their event:
WeROC’s 2015 Public Meeting represents the launch of a major joint initiative by WeROC, MOSES, and other Michigan community organizations with committed public health professionals around the state. This broad coalition, called Michigan Power to Thrive, is born from the shared recognition of the very real links between the economic and social struggles facing far too many of our residents and the overall health of the greater community. MPTT is hitting the ground running with campaigns focusing on meaningful alternatives to Mass Incarceration and Mass Deportation as well as expanding resources for Early Childhood Development.
The meeting will focus on several specific issues:
- Reducing school suspensions and breaking the school-to prison pipeline
- Broadening the number of businesses in our area that offer employees earned sick time for themselves or to care for a family member, instead of losing a paycheck or their job
- Economic dignity
- Expanding public transit options, locally and between Washtenaw and Detroit
- Building on the very real public health consequences of our unacceptable level of incarceration, especially as communities of color have been affected
If you are in the southeastern Michigan area, I hope you’ll join me and hundreds of others in attending this event. It’s an incredible example of community organizing aimed at creating real change and you’re guaranteed to come away feeling empowered and inspired. As I wrote in my coverage of their first meeting, during a time when many of us feel powerless to make a difference in the world around us, WeROC is showing that, by working together from a basis of shared values, individuals CAN be powerful and they CAN make a difference.
For more information, contact Tad Wysor at (734) 883-3225 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find more information about WeROC and their community meeting on their Facebook page HERE.
On Sunday, November 8th, the WCDP will hold it’s Annual Dinner & Fundraiser. The event will take place at the IBEW Local 252 Union Hall at 7920 Jackson Rd from 5-8 p.m.
This year we are thrilled to announce two guest speakers: House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel and Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon. In addition, we will have musical entertainment by Grammy Award-winning blues musician Peter Madcat Ruth.
To purchase tickets, click HERE.
If you or your organization would like to purchase an ad in the program, we are extending the deadline to Monday, November 2nd. For information on how to do that, click HERE.
Finally, please share this information with your friends, family, and coworkers. Visit our Facebook page and invite your friends by clicking HERE.
This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it’s crucial that we are successful. The funds we raise at the dinner will determine whether or not we’re able to open a campaign office for the presidential election next year so please plan to attend and help us make this the most successful event possible.
This Tuesday, September 22nd, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell will hold a fundraiser at 6 p.m. at The Hungarian Rhapsody at 14315 Northline in Southgate. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased HERE.
For more details check out the event page on Facebook HERE. Got questions or comments? Contact Eric Woody at 313-791-2707 or at email@example.com.
On Saturday, August 29th, the Eastern Washtenaw Dems are having an End-of-Summer Potluck Gathering and Fundraiser. It will run from 1-4 p.m. and will take place at North Bay Park in Ypsilanti Township (on the shores of Ford Lake near the intersection of I-94 and Huron Street.)
This is a potluck event so bring a dish to pass and join in on the fun. If you aren’t sure what to bring or need more information, contact the EWCD at info@EasternWashtenawCountyDems.org.