News and Recent Activities
List of some of the January 21st rallies and marches happening the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, both in Washington, D.C. and locally.
1) Washington D.C.: 77 organizations, including NOW, are collaborating to host this march. All the appropriate permits have been obtained. It will begin at 10 AM and start at Independence Ave and Third Street SW. For further information, go to:
The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice has arranged for buses: www.icpj.org
NOTE: Michiganders attending the Washington, D.C. March are having at meet-up at Hancock Park at 8 a.m. the day of the March so that we can all march together. Details HERE.
2) Lansing, Michigan: Rally on the Capitol steps in Lansing from 1-3 PM on Saturday, January 21. There will be music and speakers, including gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, Lavonia Perryman, Dizzy Warren and Gretchen Driskell.
The march will be followed by The Women Organize Michigan Summit at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. Details can be found at marchonlansing.org.
3) Ypsilanti, Michigan: March for Love, Resilience and Action : This ad hoc group plans a procession route that will pass by and honor Ypsilanti locales significant to the movements for civil rights, women’s equality and human rights. It will conclude in a performance space where our people power will be celebrated as WE inaugurate OUR vision for an interconnected future. The procession will begin at 1:00 PM. For details, go to
4) Ann Arbor, Michigan: Women’s March Ann Arbor. 2-4 p.m. Meet up outside the Federal Building at 5th & Liberty before marching across the city and rallying at The Diag. This is a march in support of women’s and human rights, with speakers ranging from elected officials to activists and community leaders from across SE Michigan. Learn more and RSVP at WomensMarchA2.com.
Michigan House Dems have chosen their leadership and they picked Ann Arbor-area Representative Adam Zemke from the 55th House District to be the caucus Chair. As the Chair of the WCDP and someone who has watched Adam in action, I know he’s going to bring very exciting energy and new ideas to the House Dems. He is an indefatigable campaigner and is bursting with ideas about how Democrats can begin to chip away at the Republican dominance they enjoy thanks largely to gerrymandering done in 2000 and 2010.
“In a time when it may seem that there is more that divides us than unites us, I am ready to bring the House Democratic Caucus together to remember why it is we all came to Lansing in the first place,” Zemke said in a statement. “Michigan’s working families, seniors and students depend on us to provide better paying jobs, to maintain the stability of their retirement and to improve the affordability of their education. I look forward to uniting the caucus in these next two years to fight as one for Michiganders everywhere.”
Adam joins East Lansing Representative Sam Singh, the House Democratic Leader, Jeremy Moss, the caucus Whip, and Christine Greig, the House Democratic Floor Leader, as the new faces of leadership for Michigan House Democrats. Godspeed to all of them and a hearty congratulations from everyone here at the WCDP.
The following is the Call to Convention for 12th District Democrats which includes part of Washtenaw County. This Convention is to elect delegates to the Rules, Resolutions, and Credentials Committees for the Statewide Spring Convention happening on February 11th at Cobo Hall in Detroit. I will have a similar Call to Convention for 7th District Democrats when that date/location have been determined.
Note that the 12th District Convention is immediately preceding the 12th District Holiday Party.
The 12th Congressional District Convention will convene at 3:00pm on Sunday, January 22nd at
UAW Region 1A, 9650 Telegraph Rd, Taylor MI, 48180. Registration will begin at 2:00pm and
continue until 3:00pm. The purpose of this Convention shall be to elect for the following:
Wayne County Elections:
1 (Member, Female) to the Credentialing Committee,
1 (Member, Female), 1 (Alternate, Male) to the Resolutions Committee
1 (Member, Male), 2 (Alternate, Male & Female) to the Rules Committee
Washtenaw County Elections:
1 (Member, Male), 2 (Alternate, Male & Female), Credentialing Committee
1 (Member, Male), 1 (Alternate, Female) Resolutions Committees
1 (Member, Female) Rules Committee
We will also consider resolutions to be forwarded to the State Party.
Article IV Sections B & C of the MDP Rules stipulate the following qualifications for candidacy
and eligibility to vote:
In order to hold Party office or vote at any Convention, Caucus, or meeting at any unit of the Michigan Democratic Party at any level, a person must be a member of the Michigan Democratic Party for at least thirty (30) days prior to that Convention, Caucus, or meeting. A Party member must be a qualified elector in order to vote on nominations for public office.
Precinct Delegates, Democratic elected officials, and Democratic nominees to partisan offices are exempt from the thirty (30) days advance membership requirement. However, Precinct Delegates, Democratic elected officials, and Democratic nominees to partisan office must be member in order to vote and may join the same day as the Convention, Caucus, or meeting.
A. Call to Order
B. Election of Permanent Convention Chair
C. Appointment of Convention Secretary
D. Credential Report
E. Rules Report
F. Election of Convention Committee Members & Alternates
G. Consideration of Resolutions
H. Good & Welfare
At their meeting yesterday, the WCDP Executive Committee voted the following people to the Executive Board (the officers were elected on December 10, 2016):
Chair – Chris Savage
Vice-Chair – Hedieh Briggs
Treasurer – Doug Scott
Secretary – Linda Horne
Vice-Chairs for Membership – Susan Baskett and Anne Brown
Vice-Chairs for Communications – Satish Ramade and Julie Baker
Vice-Chair for Programs – Mary Hall-Thiam and Ashely Hall
Vice-Chair for Fundraising – Bill Worzel and Kelly Tebay
Vice-Chair for Outreach – Kathy Wyatt and David Greco
Vice-Chairs for Precinct Organizing – Catherine Daligga and Jane Forman
Vice-Chairs for Resolutions, By-laws, and Policy – Eli Savitt and Denise Kirchoff
Vice-Chair for Legislative Programs – Justin Hodge and Solomon Rajput
Vice-Chairs for Visibility – Melinda McCabe and Amanda Mayer
Vice-Chair for Social Media – Jeremy Glick and Allie Van Zoeren
Vice-Chair for Administrative Affairs – Susie Catherman and Nathan Longhofer
Vice-Chairs for Social Events – Steve Kwasny and Jelani McGadney
(Photo by Anne Savage. Not shown in the photo are Mary Hall-Thiam, Anne Brown, Allie Van Zoeren, and Linda Horne)