American Red Cross Opening Two Warming Centers

Posted for those in the WeROC community who may still be without power after this week’s wind storm or otherwise need emergency shelter:

The American Red Cross will be operating two overnight warming centers in Washtenaw County beginning today.
Washtenaw International High School
510 Emerick St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Bates Elementary School
2704 Baker Rd, Dexter, MI 48130
Both of these overnight warming centers will open at 6PM this evening
In addition to these warming centers, the Lincoln School district will be operating a temporary warming center at the high school.
Lincoln High School
7425 Willis Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(Enter through the east entrance by the Main Office)
Open today from 11AM until 9AM Saturday morning
This location will provide a warm space, bathroom facilities, running water, shower facilities, and meals. In partnership with Aramark, free meals will be served to anyone who is at the building during the following times:
Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Showers will be available at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. You must bring your own towel and toiletries. In addition, anyone who would like to remain in the building overnight will need to be at LHS by 10:30 p.m. and leave by 9:00 a.m. If you leave the building after 10:30 p.m., you will not be able to re-enter.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult the entire time they are in the building
• No pets
• Red Cross will provide cots & blankets along with basic hygiene items
• Bring your own pillows
Further availability of these locations through the weekend will be determined based on need
Please call 734-971-5300 ext. 213 with any additional questions

International Women’s Day Activities

danGaiMarchFor those who might want to participate, there are activities around the International Women’s Day Strike in Ann Arbor today, March 8 2017:

Rally and March – 5 PM, Liberty Plaza (310 S. Division St), Ann Arbor
Facebook event

Historical background:

The origins of the holiday can be traced back to March 8, 1857, when garment workers in New York City staged a protest against inhumane working conditions and low wages, according to the United Nations. The police attacked the protesters and dispersed them, but the movement continued and led to the creation of the first women’s labor union.

“Fast forward to March 8, 1908: 15,000 women marched in New York City for shorter work hours, better pay, voting rights, and an end to child labor. The slogan “Bread and Roses” emerged, with bread symbolizing economic security and roses for better living standards.

“Many of those who protested for working rights were young immigrants from Europe who came to the United States seeking better opportunities, says Carol Rosenblatt of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.”…/where-did-international-women-…

Local Solidarity Rallies With Immigrants

Progressives in Southeast Michigan have 3 opportunities today to demonstrate solidarity with immigrants and oppose Trump’s Muslim Ban:

  1. Peaceful Protest Against Immigration Ban (And Everything Else)
    Where: Federal Building, 200 E. Liberty St, Ann Arbor
    When: 12 PM, Sunday Jan 29
    Facebook event
  2. Emergency Protest Hamtramck: We Stand in Solidarity with Muslims
    Where: Hamtramck City Hall, 3401 Evaline Ave, Hamtramck MI 48212
    When: 2 PM, Sunday Jan 29
    Facebook event
  3. DTW: Emergency Protest Against Muslim Ban
    Where: DTW Airport – McNamara Terminal- International Arrivals
    When: 4 PM, Sunday Jan 29
    Facebook event

Last night, unionized taxi drivers with the New York Taxi Workers Alliance used their power in an inspiring demonstration of solidarity with the rally against the Muslim Ban. Labor and faith communities in Southeast Michigan should do the same and stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters.


Ypsi March for Love, Resilience & Action

Join WeROC and other Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor faith and labor friends in  The Ypsi March for Love, Resilience & Action on Jan. 20th-21st. On Friday Jan. 20th, 7pm, at Bona Sera – 200 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti – there will be a pre-march evening of music, performance, and preparation.


On Saturday Jan. 21st, at 12pm, starting at Bona Sera, we’ll march with our community! In the words of the event’s organizers, “this is a time to express our grief and fear about how [Trump’s] political agenda may hurt many of us. But, it is also a time for us to show our RESILIENCE by marching to locations where activists, past and present, have bravely worked to transform our world through abolitionist, women’s, LGBT, civil rights, and labor resistance.”

Save the Affordable Care Act Rally, Sun Jan 15, 12:30

Via American Federation of Teachers:

When: Sunday January 15, 12:30 PM
Where: Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile Rd., Warren, MI.

“People are fed up with this GOP attack on our health care and folks in Michigan are ready to stand up and say they have had enough. So join me, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Gary Peters, Congressman John Conyers, Congressman Sandy Levin, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, and Congressman Dan Kildee, along with citizens from throughout Michigan, and make your voice heard.”

Two upcoming events

Seems most of us are dealing with a whole range of emotions right now as we try to process what happened at the national level last week and to deal with the uncertainty of what’s ahead for us, our families, and our neighbors. But let’s not forget to be proud that more locally, we saw strong friends of low and middle income and working families win tough races at the state, county, local, and school board levels. And it happened with with our help, both individually volunteering and through our nonpartisan WeROC voter education efforts for County Commission and area school boards.

I also think the instinct of most of us WeROC types is, take a deep breath, take care of each other, and begin to dive back in — to stay active, to get planning, and get into smart, effective, unifying action together when the time is right. In that spirit, a couple of things that will help prepare us for likely next collective steps for our organization:

  • We can learn more about Restorative Justice, this Thursday, Nov 17, 6-8, McKenny Hall, EMU: [flyer] A Community Conversation organized by, among others, our friends in the Faith Leaders Forum on Policing and Racial Justice and Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.
  • And I hope all of us will take 15 minutes…why not today?…to fill out the important local online survey “Prioritizing Race and Policing Policies”. The same allies helping organize this Thursday’s conversation, including Pastor Jeff Harrold of our Education Action Team, put this together, and are now encouraging broad community input as we move toward action together. You can take the survey here!

REMINDER: We will be having our first Thursday Meeting of the Whole, December 1, at Grace Fellowship Church in Ypsilanti (1301 South Harris)!
-Tad Wysor, Volunteer WeROC Organizer

Voter Education – Wash County Commissioner Dist 2 Candidates Q&A

As part of our non-partisan voter education campaign, WeROC members posed questions to Washtenaw County Commissioner District 2 candidates, Michelle Deatrick (D) and Dan Smith (R). Here are the results:

WeROC Washtenaw County Commissioner District 2 Candidate Questionnaire (PDF)

Stay tuned for results of a WeROC questionnaire posed to school board candidates from Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor schools.