• General Membership Unity Meeting with the Eastern Washtenaw Dems

    Forum to discuss May 5th Ballot Proposal for a 1% SALES TAX INCREASE
    Ypsilanti Whittaker Road Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI
    Saturday, March 7th from 10:30 a.m. until noon

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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

MSNBC host Joy Reid to speak in Ann Arbor Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is pleased to invite the public to see a talk by MNSBC Host of “The Reid Report” Joy Reid. Ms. Reid is the former Manager Editor of TheGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion website focused on stories and perspectives that impact the lives of African Americans.

Tickets to this fundraising event are $65 per person and can be purchased in advance at http://www.annarbordeltas.org or at the event.

Where: Sheraton Hotel at Boardwalk, 3200 Boardwalk Dr, Ann Arbor
When: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015

Click HERE to download a flyer for the event.

WCDP General Membership meeting with the Eastern Washtenaw Dems – forum to discuss Proposal 1, the 1% sales tax increase ballot proposal

This coming Saturday, March 7th, from 10:30 until noon, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party will hold its March General Membership meeting in conjunction with the Eastern Washtenaw Dems. The meeting will be a forum to discuss Proposal 1, a ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax by 1% to pay for road repairs, improve school funding, and other elements. Prop 1 will be on the May 5th ballot.

We will be joined by state Representatives Jeff Irwin and Adam Zemke and others to learn more about this ballot proposal.

The event will take place at the Ypsilanti Whittaker Road Library at 5577 Whittaker Road in Ypsilanti and is free and open to the public. Please join us!

For a printable flyer for the event, click HERE.

Washtenaw County Democratic Party passes “Community Coordination & Law Enforcement Standards” resolution

At their County Convention on Saturday, January 31st, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party passed a resolution on Community Coordination and Law Enforcement Standards. The resolution expresses their support for the strengthening and targeted improvements of law enforcement standards and practices. This statement of values comes in light of multiple incidents of police shootings of black civilians both in the community and throughout the nation.

“This is a crucial issue to our community and country,” said Washtenaw County Democratic Party Chair Chris Savage. “Both our citizens and the officers who are sworn to protect them need to be safe and protected from the possibility of undue violence. The Washtenaw County Democratic Party, along with the Ann Arbor Democratic Party that recently passed a similar resolution, wants to ensure this protection in a way that is fair to all members of our community. We encourage local municipalities, interested organizations, and the Michigan Democratic Party to take up similar resolutions which will raise the volume and attention of this debate.”

The Washtenaw County Democratic Party resolution will now be sent to the Michigan Democratic Party resolutions committee, which will examine and consider additions to the Party platform in the future.

The full text of the resolution is below.

Resolution on Community Coordination and Law Enforcement Standards

The Washtenaw County Democratic Party is committed to uphold civil rights. We are saddened to have to address the recent deaths of several African American citizens in police incidents. Our democracy is suffering because segregation by race and class has again resulted in tragedy and reactions based on fear, splitting communities and the country at large.

Therefore, in order to protect the rights of all citizens, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party supports:

1. Improved communication, coordination and alignment among the law enforcement agencies operating in the county;

2. Improved communication, coordination and alignment among law enforcement, mental health, human services, substance abuse, domestic violence, homeless prevention, legal, and other community support agencies operating in the county;

3. Ongoing and improved diversity, sensitivity and de-escalation training for police officers;

4. Objective video and audio documentation for all first responders;

5. Mental health evaluations for police officers;

6. Improved community engagement by police officers;

7. A citizen oversight board with the authority to handle individual complaints; and

8. Transparent investigation policies for all deadly force incidents in which a citizen is seriously wounded or dies.

The Washtenaw County Democratic Party seeks to work with the community and law enforcement agencies to implement these improvements.

Washtenaw County Democratic Party endorses Mike Henry for MDP Black Caucus Chair

At our County Convention on Saturday, January 31st, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party endorsed Mike Henry, Chair of the Ann Arbor Dems, to be the next chair of the Michigan Democratic Party’s Black Caucus. The vote was unanimous.

“Washtenaw County has a wealth of activists and organizers and Mike Henry is one of the best,” said WCDP Chair Chris Savage. “Mike has proven himself to be a terrific leader who gets things done and helps Democrats to win up and down the ticket. This is why he earned our endorement and he will be an outstanding Chair for the MDP Black Caucus.”

Mike is kicking off his campaign for MDP Black Caucus Chair tonight, Wednesday, February 3rd, at the Melange Bistro in Ann Arbor (312 South Main Street (between Liberty & William Street). The event runs from 5:30-8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Event hosts include:

  • Rep. David Rutledge
  • Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton
  • Rep. Jeff Irwin
  • The Hon. John Hieftje
  • Martha Darling
  • Ann Arbor School Board Trustees Susan Baskett & Simone Lightfoot
  • Marty Fischhoff
  • Louis Green
  • Eric Keller
  • Current Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus Chair Lavonia Perryman
  • Washtenaw County Democratic Party Chair and Eclectablog publisher Chris Savage
  • Washtenaw County Democratic Party Vice-Chair Hedieh Briggs
  • Harvey Somers
  • Paquetta Palmer
  • Rod Casey
  • Ned Staebler
  • Joe Malcoun
  • Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson
  • Adam Kasha
  • Dr. Mary Hall-Thiam
  • Tracy Van den Bergh
  • Veronique Liem
  • Elizabeth Janovic
  • The Hon. Joan Lowenstein
  • Erane Washington
  • David Nacht
  • Travis Gonyou
  • Alex Yerkey
  • Sonja Karnovsky
  • Dmitry Kalinchenko
  • Brad O’Conner
  • Leo Cartier Jr.
  • Eastern Washtenaw Democrats Chair Cleveland Chandler*
  • The Hon. Margie Teall
  • Graham Teall
  • Tracy Jensen
  • Mazin Assanie
  • Max Lerner
  • Ann Arbor City Council Member Chuck Warpehoski
  • Sam Firke
  • Satish Ramade
  • Huron Valley Central Labor Council President Ian Robinson*
  • Michael Masif White

* = For identification purposes of the individual listed. Not intended to imply endorsement by an organization.

Seating is limited but you can reserve a space instantly online HERE. You can learn more about Mike Henry and his candidacy at the Michigan Black Agenda website.

[Photo by Anne C. Savage, used with permission]

WCDP General Membership/Unity Meeting with Ann Arbor Dems – Sat., February 7th, 2015

This coming Saturday, February 7th, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) will hold its February General Membership meeting. This meeting is a Unity Meeting with the Ann Arbor Dems and will be hosted by them.

The meeting starts with breakfast at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting itself beginning at 10:00. Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson will on hand for an open and frank discussion about what the MDP has done well and what went wrong during the past election cycle. Johnson is running to continue as the MDP Chair. Any challengers who make their candidacy known between now and the meeting will be invited, as well.

We hope to see you Saturday.

What: WCDP/AADems February General Membership/Unity Meeting
When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. until noon
Where: Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 North Main Street, Ann Arbor

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