The Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition (WeROC)

Dear WeROC Community,

We need your help. The health insurance plans and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey are trying to change the law so they can take over the state’s public mental health system. Senator Shirkey’s bill will turn over the care management of our loved ones with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse disorders to insurance companies.

This legislation is opposed by the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan and the national Alliance on Mental Illness and many other mental health advocacy groups and programs.

How many more vulnerable people in Michigan have to suffer so insurance executives can get even richer? Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey doesn’t care. He has called the legislation (SB 597 & 598) that will hand over the state’s public mental health system to the health insurance plans his “legacy legislation.” It’s a cash grab, that’s what it is. And 320,000 Michiganders with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders stand to lose the quality of care they depend on to live their best lives.

Click on the link below to view the video.  Below the video is a link to contact information for your state legislators.  Please share this information and video broadly to your networks, organizations and congregations and help protect  some of our most vulnerable citizens.

Don’t let the insurance companies in Michigan win. Again. We need your voice. Calling your elected officials really does work. Learn how below and light up their phones!

Cindy Bodewes, WeROC President, 734-358-6994
Tad Wysor, WeROC Lead Organizer, 734-883-3225
And the WeROC Health Equity Action Team

Agitation is an act of Love

Please join WeROC and other voting rights groups to fight a major political party in Michigan as they roll out a petition campaign to make it harder to vote. Decline to sign the “Secure MI Vote” petition. For more ways to join the opposition to voter suppression in our state, see this message from your WeROC Voter Rights Action Team.

If you have questions or would like to join our action team, please contact Voter Rights Action Team Leaders:

Rita Turner-Sheerin
Jeff Harrold

Our Mission

WeROC brings together faith, labor, community organizations, and individuals to build healthy collective power needed to break down the systems that sustain injustice, racism, and economic inequality.

Our Vision

WeROC‘s vision is to use our organizing process for the purpose of creating opportunities for more people of color, lower income residents, and youth to participate at the tables where decisions affecting them and the broader community are made, so that together we are developing effective strategies for dismantling the structures that stubbornly maintain injustice, racism, and economic inequality in our area.


WeROC leaders are committed to launching a new phase of WeROC’s local history right here in Washtenaw, building on the deep relationships built, meaningful victories won, and collective experience WeROC members have gained in these first years.  WeROC leaders welcome broad participation  in planning the critical next steps underway right now. We know that when the organized voices of those who’ve been pushed to the margins are powerfully heard, all of us in Washtenaw are the better for it.

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WeROC continues to find ways to support the organized voices of our neighbors who are hardest hit by the health and economic crises. As we build capacity for our next exciting phase, we will be grateful for any ongoing financial support from the community – use the “Donate Now” button at the top of this page.