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Engaging young Democrats in the political process during this election cycle is going to make all of the difference in Michigan. That is why the Washtenaw County Democrats were thrilled to sponsor tickets for two college students who have been involved in Washtenaw County elections to attend an event in support of U.S. Congressman Gary Peters in his campaign for U.S. Senate with special guest U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Check out what these students have to say about their experience:
Mary Bridget Lee, Former Communications Director,
University of Michigan College Democrats
“It was so exciting to meet Senator Warren in Detroit last week! As a student, I really appreciate Senator Warren’s work on student loan debt reform and her willingness to fight for everyday Americans. Senator Warren is a great, truly progressive voice in the Senate and I can’t wait to see Rep. Peters join her!”
Stephen Culbertson, Communications Director,
University of Michigan College Democrats
“I had a wonderful time at the Peters for Michigan fundraiser. I am always excited any time I have the opportunity to hear from public figures like Debbie Dingell, Senator Debbie Stabenow, and of course Congressman (and soon-to-be Senator) Gary Peters. However, I was especially excited to hear from the Guest Speaker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, whom I was fortunate enough to meet! I’m incredibly appreciative to the Washtenaw County Democratic Party and to Fran Brennan for allowing me to attend this fundraiser, and giving me the opportunity to hear Senator Warren and others speak. I was honored to have represented the College Democrats at the University of Michigan at the fundraiser.”
You can contribute to the Washtenaw County Democrats today in order to help us give more young Democrats the opportunity to participate in political events in Michigan!
So often, when people think of leaders in the civil rights movement, images of men come to mind. But that is not where the story ends. Women, too, have played a significant role in the struggle for civil rights, often at great risk to themselves and their families. Some of these women are well-known. And others should be. That’s why, this month, the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing opens an exhibit featuring six Michigan women whose impact is still being felt today. The exhibit, “Courage in Action: Stories of Michigan Women in the Civil Rights Movement,” opens Thursday. The exhibit marks Women’s History Month while also celebrating the 50th anniversary of both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “These women were directly responsible for getting things done, and their roles too often get overlooked,” says Emily Fijol, executive director of the center. “These were everyday women who chose to do something extraordinary. They chose not to accept the status quo, and we can all make that choice.”
Dexter, MI – Pam Byrnes (MI-07) announced today that she has earned a spot in the first round of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) highly competitive Red to Blue program. She has surpassed demanding fundraising, organization and infrastructure goals, and skillfully demonstrated to voters she is a problem-solver who will strengthen the middle class.
“I am honored by the outpouring of support as thousands of Michiganders have joined our grassroots campaign to create economic and educational opportunities for our middle class families,” said Pam Byrnes. “The early strength our campaign has earned us a spot in the Red to Blue program, and it means we have the support, confidence, and momentum it takes to win in November and bring Michigan commonsense to Washington.”
“Pam Byrnes is a problem solver who has a history of bringing both sides together to deliver for Michigan families,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel. “Pam’s support for equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage and refusal to take a pay raise until the budget is balanced shows that she will have the right priorities in Washington, while Congressman Tim Walberg is continuing to stack the deck for special interests.”
The DCCC’s Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.
Pam Byrnes is a mother, grandmother, lawyer, and small businessperson who has lived and worked in our community for over 30 years. She is the former Director of the Washtenaw County Friend of the Court and a former State Representative. Most recently she was the Executive Director of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute.