WeROC engages in targeted action campaigns deeply rooted in our values, and develops new leaders who can effectively work for equitable outcomes and resources in:
- Veterans Issues
- Public Health
- Mental Health Services
- Economic Opportunity
- Criminal Justice Reform
WeROC’s People-Powered Victories for a Stronger Washtenaw, 2012-2019…and Just the Beginning!
Here are some of WeROC’s lasting victories, won by united community leaders in grassroots campaigns at 3 Major Public Meetings and countless group meetings with public decision-makers in recent years… DOWNLOAD WeROC Victories 2012-2019
- “Banning the Box” on job applications in 5 key County municipalities, to help ex-offenders re-enter the life of the community
- “Bus to the Clinics”: Achieved agreement with U of M transportation officials, so U of M and AAATA work together to make it easier for people to get to Domino’s Farm area for their medical appointments
- Resisting “7th Hour Fees”: Ensured Ann Arbor Public Schools found ways to avoid charging families for important classes
- Keeping kids in school: Won commitments from members of the 3 urban School District Boards to measurably reduce unnecessary expulsions and suspensions (in alliance with Student Advocacy Center), leading to more focus on Restorative Practices and less on punishment
- AAATA millage: Organized targeted door to door campaigning for this winning ballot initiative which greatly increased bus service in eastern Washtenaw (in alliance with Huron Valley Area Labor Federation)
- Earned Sick Time and Regional Transit: Provided key local grassroots support for 2016 ballot initiatives
- WeROC Mental Health Equity Campaign: Launched in 2017 responding to urgent concerns voiced by local clergy and County mental health worker unions, to demand serious improvements in mental health services, especially in eastern Washtenaw:
- WeROC quickly engaged by building grassroots support for the County-wide Mental Health and Public Safety millage, which passed overwhelmingly across the County
- Created a focused community voice at follow-on community meetings discussing how to most effectively spend the new money generously voted by residents
- Pushed for and won regular meetings with Community Mental Health director Cortes and her staff to support mental health crisis services
- Worked with Labor allies to strategically build a majority on the County Commission to save front-line mental health worker jobs and increase wages
- Rising for Economic Democracy in Ypsi (REDY): Joined with new community leaders to create REDY, a new grassroots group that built a successful campaign to develop and pass a local Community Benefits Ordinance in the City of Ypsilanti — one of the first such successful efforts in the country to ensure the community is involved at every step of local economic development projects
- Veterans Action Team: Most recently, WeROC members have shone a light on the special issues of veterans, especially veterans of color, leading to this exploratory action team
- The Mission of MOSES is to organize communities, develop faith-based leaders and build relationships to advocate for social justice through a group of diverse congregations.
- The Gamaliel network of community organizing projects (gamaliel.org) empowers ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives. Gamaliel’s diverse members apply their faith and values to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all, shared abundance, and stronger, more prosperous communities.