Meet the Panel
The next WCDP Community Forum and Membership Meeting, centered around Black History Month, will dig into the sordid and ongoing story of voter suppression. Speakers will include Trische’ Duckworth, William V. Hampton, Justin Hodge, and Joel Rutherford. This event is on February 1, starting at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit our event calendar.

Trische Duckworth
Trische Duckworth is a social worker who works as a community activist and social justice advocate. Since graduating from the University of Southern California in 2014 with a Master of Social Work, she has been active in mobilizing people and helping individuals find empowerment within themselves and their surrounding communities.

She believes that true healing comes from within and by giving a voice to our pains and passions. Her own passion grew and gave birth to the nonprofit Survivors Speak. Trische’ and her team work to address taboo topics as well as social injustices through the arts, community conversations, and other creative avenues.

William V. Hampton
In addition to currently serving as the president of the Ann Arbor branch of the NAACP, William was a charter member and first president of the Ann Arbor Black Employees Association. He was the chair of the City of Ann Arbor’s Diversity Action Committee and a charter board member of the Ann Arbor Shelter Association.

William Hampton is the proud recipient of many different awards for his work in the social justice arena including the Washtenaw County Bar Association’s Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream Award” for outstanding service for his dedication to building trust and respect between the community and the legal system, for his tireless devotion to the cause of social justice, and for his commitment to secure, fair, and equal treatment for all individuals under the law.

Justin Hodge
Justin Hodge is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan. He works to promote socially just policies through his engagement in governmental and political organizations. He was appointed by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to serve on the Community Action Board and Board of Health. He also serves as chair of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Community Advisory Board for Law Enforcement where he brings a social justice perspective to advising on policing.

Hodge was elected to serve the Washtenaw County community on the executive board of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party where he provides leadership on state level advocacy issues. Nationally, Hodge serves on the board of directors of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy, which works to expand the participation of social workers in federal legislative and policy processes.

Joel Rutherford
Joel Rutherford is the Chair of the Official Black Caucus of Macomb County as well as an executive board member of the Macomb County Democratic Club and the Warren Area Dems Club. He helped turnout the largest number of African American candidates for Warren City Council in its history, along with candidates in other cities in Macomb County. He is also Vice Chair of the Friends of Rutherford Pool, a 501c3 non-profit in Ypsilanti, MI.

He is a twice retired air traffic control specialist from both the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense. Joel enjoys spending his retirement travelling, but most of his free time is spent on getting more people of color involved in the political process. He is instrumental in finding and connecting with allies of the Democratic Party to make progress and expand inclusion in our “big tent” party.