News and Recent Activities
MI List is offering two 1-day intensive candidate trainings for pro-choice Democratic women interested in running for office. On Wednesday, May 6 (Madison Heights) and Thursday, May 7 (Kalamazoo), a limited number of women will be invited to explore the possibilities of elected office and the nuts and bolts of campaigning.
The all-day program will cover fundraising, message development, voter contact, dealing with the media, and other aspects essential to waging a winning campaign. This training is intense, interactive and fun! Interested folks may find all the details at www.milist.org. Classes are limited to 30 participants, so register NOW!
For a brochure, click HERE.
On Sunday, May 3rd, the Ann Arbor Democratic Party is holding their 4th Annual Chili, Cornbread, and Cole Slaw Cook-Off. It will take place from 4-7 p.m. at Hunt Park in Ann Arbor.
Admission includes 15 chili selections, cornbread, cole slaw, delicious salad, beverages, voting privileges, 300 to 400 friends, a few kegs of beer, live band, & DJ Mechial White “The Groovematist”.
If you’d like to enter your chili, cornbread, or cole slaw, click HERE for guidelines on how submit your entry.
If you’d like to attend, tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door or $10 in advance. For advance tickets, click HERE. Email email@example.com or call Hedieh Briggs at 734-904-4264 if you have any questions.
Reclaim Our American Democracy (ROAD) along with UU Social Justice Council, Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ), and League of Women Voters (LWV) will be screening the documentary film Pay 2 Play on Saturday, April 18th at 1:00 p.m. in the Fahs Chapel of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road in Ann Arbor.
This film follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury – through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make.
On Saturday, April 18th, the Huron River Watershed Council will be holding their annual Huron River Roundup in Washtenaw County. Join a small team with your friends and family for a unique activity in the River Roundup. Collect a sample of the bugs and other creatures (benthic macro-invertebrates) that live in our streams. Like canaries in a coal mine, these creatures tell us how healthy the river is.
Trained volunteer collectors take you to two stream sites, where you help them search through stones, leaves, and sediment. They go in the water, so you won’t get wet, but dress to be in the field for a couple hours. The amount of life in our fresh water is amazing. Volunteers meet in Ann Arbor and then go to two sites; one may be near their home. You must register early to be assigned to a team. Children are welcome but each must attend with their own adult.
If you would like to participate, they will meet at 9:00 a.m.m at 1100 North Main Street in Ann Arbor.
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On May 5th, Michiganders will go to the polls to vote on Proposal 1 which will raise the state sales tax from 6% to 7% in order to pay for road repair, restore the Earned Income Tax Credit, and ensure funding for schools and munipal revenue sharing is not cut in the process.
If you would like to know more about Proposal 1 before the vote, plan on attending the Western Washtenaw Dems’ Prop 1 forum on Wednesday, April 15th. Panelists include State House Representative Adam Zemke, Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel, Washtenaw County Road Commission Director Roy Townsend, and Michigan Farm Bureau Government Relations Specialist Matt Kapp. The event will take place at the IBEW Hall at 7920 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor and it begins at 7 p.m.
For a printable flyer, click HERE.
Note: the Washtenaw County Democratic Party Executive Board, our leadership group, has voted to endorse Proposal 1 and urges all Michiganders to vote “YES” on May 5th. Our Precinct Organizing Committee is helping to get out the vote (GOTV) for Prop 1.
If you would like to get involved in helping with this effort, please contact the Precinct Organizing Committee Co-Vice Chair, Bill Worzel, at 734-276-9333 or by email at email@example.com.
You can read some media coverage about our support for Prop 1 HERE.