• March General Membership meeting

    Saturday, March 4, 2017 starting at 11 a.m. at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center (4135 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor)
    Featuring a panel discussion with EMU students who faced expulsion over protesting racist graffiti on campus.

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    To provide and support Democratic Party office holders and candidates who are working to promote the interests, values and activities of the Democratic Party and whose districts rest wholly or partially within Washtenaw County.

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News and Recent Activities

Message from the WCDP Vice Chair & Chair on the Election of DNC Chair Tom Perez and Deputy Chair Keith Ellison

Message from the WCDP Vice Chair & Chair on the Election of DNC Chair Tom Perez and Deputy Chair Keith Ellison
Saturday’s very close Democratic National Committee (DNC) election was disappointing for many Michigan Democrats. Given that all but one of the Michigan DNC electors voted for Keith Ellison in the first round of voting and all voted for him on the second ballot, it’s clear that our DNC representatives saw him as the top choice. However, we can see from their support that Democrats in Michigan have a state party, elected officials, and Labor leaders who are listening and open to moving in a more progressive direction. In other words, the goal of making the Michigan Democratic Party a more progressive, grassroots-oriented organization is succeeding.

We are encouraged and thankful that in his first act as DNC Chair Tom Perez appointed Keith Ellison as Deputy Chair, ensuring that he will have a strong, ongoing influence on the direction of our Party. This also means that our Chair and Deputy Chair are both from minority communities. Both are strong progressives with track records of successful organizing and actions on behalf of issues we as progressives care deeply about. And, perhaps most importantly, both are good friends. These are signs of important progress.

But this does not mean that we, as progressive Democrats, will not hold both of them accountable to us. They may be our leaders, but we are the Party they lead and our voices and our values matter every day.

One final thought: what happens at the national level is, without question, important in terms of the direction of our Party. However, what we are accomplishing here at the local level in Washtenaw County, is being done despite the DNC, not because of it. We are making transformative, progressive change by “just doing it”. We are leading from the grassroots and it’s making a difference. That won’t change with changing leadership at the national level and it’s a tribute to the passion, energy, and talents of Washtenaw Democrats.

In solidarity,
Hedieh Briggs, WCDP Vice Chair
Chris Savage, WCDP Chair

Washtenaw County Democratic Party Statement on Immigration Raids in County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chris Savage 734-358-9276
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Washtenaw County Democratic Party Statement on Immigration Raids in County

Washtenaw County, Michigan – Members of the Executive Board of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) have learned that U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officials have arrested as many as 16 Washtenaw County residents in the past 24 hours as part of aggressive anti-immigrant actions being taken by the administration of President Donald Trump. The Executive Board condemns these actions and stands in solidarity with the local immigrant community.

“Our country is founded on the idea that immigrants are not only welcomed here, they make us a stronger and more vibrant country,” said Chris Savage, Chair of the WCDP. “These actions taken by ICE officials are designed to terrorize the immigrant community and serve only to tear apart families looking for a better life in America. The WCDP stands by them during this terrible time and we will provide whatever resources we have at our disposal to resist these ‘military state’-type actions.”

People wishing to assist are encouraged to visit the Facebook page of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigration Rights (WICIR) at https://www.facebook.com/WICIR for updates as events unfold. If you see any sort of actions of this nature by immigration officials, contact WICIR’s urgent response line at 734-355-2707 immediately with details on the location, the time, and the specifics of what you observed.

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Black History Month Forum

Black History Month Forum 2.27.2017

WCDP Executive Committee to pick County Committee members THIS SUNDAY

On Sunday, February 12th, the WCDP Executive Committee will meet to select the members of the 2017-2018 County Committee. This meeting will take place from 2-4 p.m at the Pittsfield Township Hall at 6201 W Michigan Avenue in Ann Arbor.

From our bylaws:
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Section 3. WCDP County Committee.

a. Membership. Within forty-five (45) days of January 1 of each odd-numbered year the Executive Committee determines the membership of the County Committee. Membership of the County Committee shall include 2 party member representatives from each precinct in the county nominated and elected by the Executive Committee and any additional members the Executive Committee may nominate and elect. The total number of County Committee members may not exceed the total number of precinct delegates allocated for Washtenaw County.

b. Purpose. The main purpose of the County Committee is to foster and support the grassroots precinct organization.

c. Budget Review. The County Committee shall also review WCDP budget approved by the Executive Committee and may review the activity of the Executive Committee.

d. Between meetings of the County Committee, the Executive Committee has all the powers and performs all the duties of the County Committee, including the filling of vacancies in nominations as prescribed by law.

e. The Statutory Vice-Chair shall convene and preside at all County Committee meetings.
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In the past, the WCDP County Committee has served little to no purpose because we never fully realized its potential. That is about to change. We are putting this group under the purview of the Precinct Organizing Committee so that they can activate this grassroots organizing group within our county. Here’s a message from Precinct Organizing Committee Co-Vice Chair, Catherine Daligga:

Washtenaw County did a great job in 2016, thanks in part to our Precinct Delegates. But in 2018, we will need to do even better. Our county could make the difference in the statewide offices, which are of utmost importance to us. YOU can be part of our success as a member of the County Committee. We plan to deploy teams of active Democrats to talk with their neighbors (face to face or over the phone) to discuss what issues matter most to them and what will motivate them to vote and to become politically engaged themselves. County Committee members will be an important part of that effort, working with Precinct Delegates and the rest of the WCDP committees to build an aware, accountable, and effective canvassing and voter turnout team.

If you would like to be on the County Committee but are unable to attend the meeting, please email at chrissavage123@sbcglobal.net to indicate your interest before Sunday, February 12th.

Black History Month – Annual African-American Veterans Dinner

February Black Veterans Month[6285]

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