MDP Rural Cultural Competency and Outreach Training

The DNC is putting on a series of trainings,beginning with this on outreach to rural constituencies.
You are welcome to sign up for this Wednesday at 4pm ET.  
This is an hour long web-based training. It’s part of a series of Cultural Competency and Outreach sessions hosted by the training arm of the DNC, the Best Practices Institute. Rural is the first training in this series followed by Disability, LGBTQ, Labor, Latinx, Youth, Native Americans, Veterans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Women over the next 6 months.

Anyone can participate in this hour long training, you do not need to be a DNC member, so please forward this to folks who might be interested!

You can register for the training here:

Line 5, Mackinac Tunnel Project in Violation of Treaty Rights, says the Anishinaabek Caucus

The Anishinaabek Caucus of the MDP, chaired by Andrea Pierce, has issued at statement in support of Gov. Whitmer and Atty General Nessel’s proclaimed intention to shut down the dangerous oil pipeline under the straits of Mackinac, and in support of ending negotiations with Enbridge over a possible utilities tunnel.

As a Supreme Court decision last week made clear, the treaties passed between the US government and the indigenous tribes of this land  are still valid, despite the many instances where they have been violated. Neil Gorsuch actually cast the decisive 5th vote, affirming that a member of a Crow tribe in Arizona had the right to hunt on National Forest land. In Michigan’s case, it’s the fishing rights that are a major factor, and previous US Supreme Court decisions have also affirmed that the right to fish includes the right to preserve a viable habitat for fish. The Caucus is pointing out that under the existing treaties, now affirmed to be the supreme law of the land, that is, overriding any conflicting laws, the Federally recognized tribes must be an important part of any decision.

Read the full statement here.

Dem Party News- Choosing Delegates for the 2020 Convention

Your input requested! How do we choose the Delegates to represent Michigan Dems at the 2020 Nominating Convention? From Ryan Covert:

This month, the party is accepting written public comments on our 2020 Delegate Selection Plan, the governing document for how Michigan will select its representatives to the national convention. We’ve put together a plan that we know is going to ensure our delegation represents the diversity of our party in all its forms.

We have already received some great feedback, but we want to hear from as many of our members as possible. Check out our plan here and feel free to tell us what you think by emailing us at

Deadline for submission is Friday, April 5th.

As always, feel free to refer any questions you might have to our office.

Ryan Covert
Director of Party Affairs