June 2020 WeROC Meeting of the Whole

Dear WeROC Members, Friends, Supporters…

First, WeROC (virtual!) June Meeting of the Whole will be at 5:30-7:00 pm Thursday June 4 — we hope you’ll join us with the link below.

This heartless virus can take away away lives and livelihoods and our sense of stability; it can keep us away from each other; and it can give us all lessons in what real leadership looks like.  (Elections really do matter, yes?!).

  • But it can’t keep us from finding creative ways of collectively using our hearts and our minds to “triage, transition, AND transform”!  WeROC is so blessed at this time to have access to resources through MOSES and local and statewide allies to make a real difference together for the better.

Here are some things you can do right now that will help us all leverage the great power we have when we’re together, even now.

  • Please take this poll to help us understand the different ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting different individuals and groups, and what you think we might do together as WeROC in the coming months.
  • If you haven’t already, please help us gear up to engage the WeROC community by replying to this email with your first and last names, your best email, your best phone number (textable if possible), and your mailing address.
  • Additionally, WeROC (with MOSES) is using the Outvote app to help us all do powerful “relational organizing,” including around local COVID-19 issues and the upcoming elections. If you haven’t already, please download the Outvote app to your phone or device.
    • Once you have it, search for and connect to the MOSES campaign.
    • Then watch for specific WeROC actions to easily share with your family, friends, and members of your congregation/union/organization/network.  We’ll be devoting much of the June 4 meeting to learning more together about Outvote.

So…disrupted as our lives are, please plan to attend the June 4 WeROC Meeting of the Whole at the link below.  Let’s all get better at using using the tools and resources available to us to maximize our collective power together, even from home.

 

WeROC June Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84376837395

Meeting ID: 843 7683 7395
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Physically distancing; socially connecting!    

Contact:  Tad Wysor, WeROC Organizer and MOSES Liaison (734-883-3225) 

Check out our new, improved Website:  werocmi.org — especially our regularly-updated section on local “COVID-19 Resources.”

And follow and like us at Facebook.com/werocmi.

 

NOTEOne more easy action we can take together THIS WEEK:  Join folks all around Washtenaw in signing up for the COVID-19 Five-Day Equity Challenge from the Washtenaw County United Way.  COVID-19 is exposing the inequities deeply rooted in Washtenaw County. 

  • Daily emails 5/25-5/29 will invite us to explore and confront bias and privilege, on our own and with friends and family.  Sign up here.

May 2020 WeROC Meeting of the Whole

May Meeting of the Whole, Thursday, May 7, 5:30-6:30, Zoom video conference

Dear WeROC Members, Friends, Supporters…Exploring the special role of WeROC in the local responses to the crises…

Well, as if the disruption, grieving, uncertainty, stress of this time wasn’t enough for every one of us, we have to deal with the ugly reality — now clearer than ever — that some sadly see it as economically and politically beneficial to themselves to try to take advantage of this moment for their short-term and, frankly, greedy purposes.  Bad enough to see them ramp up their constant efforts to try to divide us from each other along racial and economic lines.

  • But now to to see them try to implement policies that would actually shift the health dangers and economic devastation even more to the backs of poor and working families, who were already fighting hard for a decent life…AND then blow the tired dog whistles that hint it’s their own fault.

It’s NOT fair.  It’s NOT moral.  AND it’s NOT a foregone conclusion that we need to repeat the ugly past this time.  Join in WeROC’s conversation and practical grassroots leadership development and action aimed at using this moment to build on what we’re seeing in large majorities of people right now — broad agreement beyond race, income, geography, and politics — that we need to finally lean into where our power really comes from:  love, compassion, shared dreams, and caring for oursleves AND each and every one of our neighbors.

On Thursday’s Zoom meeting, we we’ll be exploring several ideas for how we can bring our special resources to bear alongside the many local efforts, to make sure we end up with MORE equity across Washtenaw County, not LESS, whenever we’re on the other side of this thing!

Zoom Meeting: May 7, 2020 05:30 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83640617169

Meeting ID: 836 4061 7169
+1 312 626 6799

Physically Distancing, Socially Connecting, right?  Contact Tad Wysor, WeROC Organizer and MOSES Liaison (734-883-3225) 

Check out our new, improved Website:  werocmi.org — With the NEW section on COVID-19 Resources.

And follow and like us at Facebook.com/werocmi

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Joining a Zoom Gathering (Thanks to Church of the Good Shepherd UCC!)

  • Use the unique link and Meeting ID above for this meeting
  • If you are joining by computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the link.  If you’ve never used Zoom before, you may need to download it and give it permission to use your camera.
    • If you don’t have a camera on your computer, that’s OK.  We won’t be able to see you, but you should be able to see us!
  • You can also call on at the number above from any phone and enter the same Meeting ID.  We won’t see you, but we can hear you and you can hear us!

Zoom Tips and Etiquette

  • Only one device:  It’s best to log into the meeting on one device.  Using multiple devices (i.e., computer and cell phone) can lead to feedback.
  • Menu:  You will have a menu of icons toward the top or bottom of your screen, including Mute, Stop Video, and Chat (sometimes listed under “More”)
  • Muting: In large groups, co-hosts will automatically “mute” you to avoid everyone trying to talk at once.
  • Stop Video: If for any reason you don’t want your camera on, you can click on the “Stop Video” icon, shaped like a video camera.  You will still be on the call.
  • Chat: Since it is not practical to talk all at once on Zoom, the chat feature allows everyone to ask questions or give feedback. The Chat icon is shaped like a cartoon speech bubble.  When you click on it, a chat screen will open up on the side of your screen…the space to type is towards the bottom.

Thanks for your patience!  We know many of you are learning something new and those of us leading the meeting are learning what works as well.

April 2020 WeROC Meeting of the Whole

April Meeting of the Whole, Thursday, April 2, 5:30-6:30, Zoom video conference

Dear WeROC Members, Friends, Supporters…

Well, here we are, all of us suddenly learning together how to adjust our lives to being apart from each other during a huge and scary and stressful health and economic crisis like none of us has ever seen.  But WeROC is about being and working and winning together — and the relationships we build and maintain seem more important than ever, even if we need to be at a distance, right?  

  • So instead of shutting down, WeROC’s leadership team has decided that we — with lots of you faithful members and supporters and new folks, too — have a historic opportunity now to focus together on creative ways that we can all use WeROC as a tool to stay engaged AND be effective together.  

WeROC leaders are of course still figuring this out, but for starters, we want to invite you to join us for our April Meeting of the Whole — for the first time as a Zoom video conference!  The link for this meeting is: https://zoom.us/j/774764359, Meeting ID: 774 764 359Or call in at  929-205-6099; 774764359#.   (Whether you’ve used Zoom before or not, please scroll down for some tips for a successful Zoom call.)

Questions?  Contact Tad Wysor, WeROC Organizer and MOSES Liaison (734-883-3225)