News and Recent Activities
On Saturday, January 31st, 2015, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party will hold a County Convention. At the Convention, we will choose delegates to the Michigan Democratic Party’s Rules and Credentials Committees as well as the members of our County Committee (two people from each precinct in the County.) We will also be considering a resolution relating to law enforcement/community relations.
Please plan to attend on January 31st. The Convention will take place in Morris Hall at the Pittsfield Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
The Public Action Committee for Justice (PACJ) in conjunction with Eastern Michigan University invites the public for a panel discussion on prison privatization during their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. The theme of the panel is “The Illusion-Privatization of Prisons, Felonies are now the New Jim Crow & The Media as a Catalyst for Change”. The panelists for the event are author and Professor of Criminology Paul Leighton, Honorable Judge Deborah Thomas, and Michigan Chronicle Newspaper Editor Bankole Thompson.
Date: January 19th , 2015
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Eastern Michigan University Student Center Building, Room 350 (3rd floor), 900 Oakwood St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
For more information, contact Rod Casey at email@example.com.
You can learn more about scourge of prison privatization by viewing this short video:
University of Michigan School of Social Work to host panel discussion – “Policing Black Bodies: A dialogue on Poverty, Police Brutality, and the Way Out”
On January 19th, the University of Michigan School of Social Work will host a panel discussion titled “Policing Black Bodies: A dialogue on Poverty, Police Brutality, and the Way Out”.
The failure to indict the police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown Jr. and Eric Garner has re-ignited public debate about the value of black life. These events exhibit tensions that emerge at the intersection of urban crime control policies, policing practices and community life for black and brown people in the USA. In the spirit of Dr. King and the long struggle for civil rights, these events have given rise to new forms of activism. A new generation of students, organizers, artists, and everyday people stage die-ins at their universities, raise their hands at hip-hop concerts and use their bodies to choke expressways and thoroughfares.
The panel will lead a dialogue on the underlying racial tensions and the ways in which a new generation of activism can provide a way forward.
The panelists will be:
- Dr. Shaun Ossei Owusu – Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California
- Dr. Kamau Rashid – Asst. Professor of Education at National Louis University
- Finn Bell – PhD student in the joint doctoral program in Social Work and Sociology at the University of Michigan
Date: Monday, January 19, 2015
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: University of Michigan School of Social Work Educational Conference Center (Room 1840), 1080 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event’s website at http://ssw.umich.edu/events/list/2015/01/19/47822-policing-black-bodies-a-dialogue-on-poverty-police-brutality-and-the-way-out.
Join the 12th District Dems,Team Dingell, and the Washtenaw County Dems for a State of the Union Watch Party
Date: Tuesday January 20th, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Corner Brewing Company, Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Appetizers and pizza will be provided.
To RSVP call, 313-791-2707
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Join us for an evening featuring gourmet and hearty hors d’oeuvres (lots of vegetarian and vegan options), desserts, live music by the Gwenyth Hayes Band, and limited guest speakers and more!
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Rush Street Lounge, 314 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Ticket Price: $40 in advance, $20 for students.
Ticket Purchase: https://secure.actblue.com/page/demsgala.
If you have any other questions about event, email Hedieh Briggs, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (734) 904-4264.
Kids are welcome. Hope to see you there!