News and Recent Activities
After a successful effort supporting Democrats in Washtenaw County last year, the WCDP coffers are nearly empty so we are working hard to rebuild in preparation for the 2016 election. As part of that effort, we are holding a fundraising party and silent auction on Friday, August 7th from 7-9 p.m. The event will be held at the Visual Compass Web Design offices at 19 East Cross Street in Ypsilanti.
At the event we will have refreshments, drinks, and lots of local Democrats and elected officials. We’ll also have silent auction with a wide array of fun things to bid on.
You can purchase tickets at the door or by clicking HERE. They are $20 ($5 for students) and we hope you’ll consider making an additional donation to help us to rebuild our warchest for the 2016 election. It’s support from our members that will ensure that we can have a robust operation in Washtenaw County including an office (or two) to operate from.
You can download a printable flyer HERE.
See you on Friday, August 7th!
UPDATE: A number of people have asked how they can support our summer fundraiser if they aren’t able to attend. If you are one of these people or are able to support us above and beyond the $20 ticket price ($5 for students), we encourage you to become a sponsor. Sponsorships are available at three levels:
BRONZE LEVEL: $100
SILVER LEVEL: $250
GOLD LEVEL: $500
Please click HERE if you wish to become a sponsor.
Here’s something you can do to help out Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and it won’t cost you a thing. She is in a competition with other members of Congress to see who can get the most social media follows. And YOU can help by following Congresswoman Dingell on:
That’s it. Easy peasy. It needs to happen in the next couple of days so please click through today and help her win.
With the Ann Arbor Art Fair soon upon us (next week – yikes!) it’s time for us to reach out to our members and supporters and ask you to help us staff the WCDP booth. The shifts are short – only two hours – and the camaraderie makes it FUN!
We need people on all four days: Wednesday, July 15th through Saturday the 18th. The two-hour shifts start at 9 a.m. and finish up at 9 p.m. (7 p.m. on Saturday.) If you can help us ensure that Washtenaw Democrats are proudly represented (we earn money on button, poster, and t-shirt sales, too) by volunteer for a shift (or two or three or…), please click HERE.
Thank you so much. The entire WCDP Executive Board is so appreciative of our member volunteers.
P.S. Our booth is #25 on the south side of Liberty in the non-profits area. Our next-door neighbors are our friends from Reclaim Our American Democracy (ROAD)!
Washtenaw Dems & Ann Arbor Dems hold unity meeting featuring panel discussion on education – July 11th
This Saturday, July 11, 2015, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) and the Ann Arbor Democratic Party (AADP) will hold a unity meeting featuring a panel discussion on the state of education in Michigan. The panelists will focus on the local and statewide impact of regressive policies and laws affecting education in Michigan.
Panelists for the event include:
Representative Jeff Irwin – Michigan House of Representatives
Linda Carter – President of the Ann Arbor Education Association
Rick Catherman – President of the Washtenaw County and Chelsea Education Associations
Other members of the education community, both local and at the state level have also been invited.
“Public education is under attack by Republicans in Lansing,” said WCDP Chair Chris Savage. “Those attacks are being felt at the local level and it is important that the members of our community understand the pressures that local school boards, teachers, parents, and students are under as classroom funds are cut and the ability of our children’s teachers to collectively bargain in good faith with their school administrations is diminished.”
“The regressive laws enacted by Republicans are pitting educators against school administrators,” added AADP Chair Mike Henry. “Even in a progressive city like Ann Arbor these policies are having a corrosive impact on our school community.”
The event will take place at the Ann Arbor Community Center at 625 North Main Street, Ann Arbor and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.
This Saturday, July 4th, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party will join with the Ann Arbor Democratic Party, the Eastern Washtenaw Democratic Party, the Western Washtenaw Democratic Party, and the 12th Congressional District Democrats to march in the Ann Arbor Jaycees 25th Annual Fourth of July Parade.
YOU are invited to join us in this Washtenaw County Democrats UNITY MARCH!
Our group will be assembling at Spot #34, near the corner of Maynard and William. The space numbers will be written on the street in chalk/paint. Parade line-up begins at 8 a.m. and you should be in line by 9 a.m. The parade itself begins at 10 a.m. For more details about the parade schedule, click HERE.
We have “Proud to be a Democrat!” t-shirts for marchers, fun signs, and a “Flip the House” banner.
If you would like to join us, please contact Patrick Boeheim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the parade, the Ann Arbor Dems will be hosting July 4th Cook-out and Independence Day Celebration from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will take place at Liberty Plaza (corner of Division and Liberty.) They will have burgers, beer, hot dogs, chips, lemonade, and veggie and vegan grub, too! There will also be music and kid-friendly games. Suggested donations are $10-15 for students and individuals, $15-20 for families and beer drinkers. If you can’t afford a donation, consider helping with set-up and clean-up. For more information, contact Trevor Dolan at email@example.com or Steve Kwasny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To purchase tickets to the Cook-out and Celebration, click HERE.