Hello, WeROC community! City of Ypsilanti Mayor and long-time WeROC leader Lois Allen Richardson encourages us all to check in on this event TODAY… Good information to use and share, wherever in the region we are. —Tad Wysor ... See MoreSee Less
Lunch with LEO: Community TownHall will be on February 19th from 12-1pm. RSVP at bit.ly/LEOTownHall ... See MoreSee Less
Local labor action, supporters needed: There are 5,600 workers at the Amazon facilities in Bessemer, Alabama, negotiating for recognition. The national solidarity action is this Saturday, February 20th. An ad-hoc group is planning to stage a demonstration Saturday, the 20th, at 1:30 pm, on Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor, in front of the Whole Foods market. (Whole Foods is wholly owned by Amazon.) Please join us with signs, and feel free to forward this message to other groups. ... See MoreSee Less
Local labor action, supporters needed: There are 5,600 workers at the Amazon facilities in Bessemer, Alabama, negotiating for recognition. The national solidarity action is this Saturday, February 20th.
An ad-hoc group is planning to stage a demonstration Saturday, the 20th, at 1:30 pm, on Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor, in front of the Whole Foods market. (Whole Foods is wholly owned by Amazon.) Please join us with signs, and feel free to forward this message to other groups. ... See MoreSee Less
Join author and former columnist at the Detroit Free Press Rochelle Riley for a live Q&A––Friday (Feb. 12) at 6pm! Riley discusses her latest book, That They Lived: Twenty African Americans Who Changed The World, and answers your questions: aadl.org/node/575870 ... See MoreSee Less
The Washtenaw County Health Department apologizes to our community members for the difficulties many experienced at last Saturday’s KN95 mask distribution. We regret our mistakes led to the breakdowns in our service. We value our residents, and our mission is to serve you with respect and dignity. We are working to improve every aspect of distribution at this Saturday’s event. It is our goal to get available masks to those that need them.
Masks are intended for individual and household use. We are unable to accommodate requests from groups, organizations, or schools. Supplies are limited. This is a drive-thru or walk-up event.
Individuals who need masks can request one (1) adult and one (1) child pack per household. The adult packs contain five (5) KN95 masks. The child packs contain 10 multiple-layer masks. Our available supply of children’s packs is more limited than the adult ones.
Pre-Registered/Reserved - If you previously called or completed the online request, your pack(s) will be available anytime between 2:00 and 5:00 pm on Sat., Feb 6. There is no need to come early.
Not Registered - If you did not reserve already, do not worry. A limited supply of additional packs has been received since last week and masks are available while supplies last.
✅ What: Mask distribution for individuals
✅ How: Drive-thru or walk-up. Please do not line up before the event start time
✅ Who: Open to everyone. Intended for those who may not be able to purchase their own masks.
✅ When: Sat., Feb 6 from 2:00-5:00 pm (or while supplies last)
✅ Where: Washtenaw County Health Department, 555 Towner St., Ypsilanti. Enter on from Michigan Ave to Center Street. Distribution will take place in the parking lot.
We understand that there is tremendous need for these resources, and we are working hard to get available supplies to those who need them. Future community distributions are being planned through partner organizations and the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED). ... See MoreSee Less
America Without Racism—Making the Vision a Reality: What we must have in the aftermath of COVID-19 takes place February 5-6. This virtual conference is organized by Washtenaw Faces Race.
Join us in a free, virtual, two-day community conversation as we imagine a world free of racism and explore what must be done to create this future. Experts will talk about the fundamental changes needed in the institutions of policing, work, health care, and the commons, with interludes by local musicians, poets, and artists. We’ll conclude with a visioning session for all.
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Register here: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sfF9XF1tR4aBdkjWxY_ddA ... See MoreSee Less
Hello all -- this is a time when all of us as WeROC supporters can remember and feel some pride for the past -- and anticipation for the future -- of our brand of bottom-up power-building for a more just Washtenaw County.
WeROC leaders asked the three of us to serve as a Nominating Committee to put forward a slate of candidates for a "WeROC Provisional Leadership Team." We'll vote as a body at the January 7, 2021 Meeting of the Whole. The officers elected will serve for one year, or until we complete the formal process laid out in our Bylaws of establishing formal institutional memberships -- among local congregations, labor organizations, and community organizations -- and then creating a formal Board of Directors from delegates from these member institutions.
We are excited to put forward for the consideration of the WeROC body this slate of committed WeROC leaders who have agreed to be candidates as Officers of the WeROC Provisional Leadership Team. We believe that together, these leaders -- who regular participants in WeROC know from many meetings -- would represent the best of WeROC on many levels. The "floor" is open now until this Thursday December 24 for any other nominations.
Nominating Committee Proposed Slate for the WeROC Provisional Leadership Team (with affiliations for identification):
President: Cindy Bodewes, Church of the Good Shepherd
Vice President: Charlotte Tillerson, President, Ypsilanti Community Education Association
Secretary: Audrey Anderson, Community Church of God
Treasurer: Rita Turner-Sheerin, Voters not Politicians
Clergy Representative: Rev. Jeff Harrold, Pastor, New Beginnings Community Church of Washtenaw County
Lead Organizer: Tad Wysor, First Congregational UCC (Ypsi), AFGE Local 3907 (EPA), Huron Valley Area Labor Federation (AFL-CIO)
Pastor Jeff Harrold
Tad Wysor ... See MoreSee Less
This is a joint statement from Rev. John Welch, Rev. David Bigsby, and Gamaliel Executive Director Ana Garcia-Ashley on the treasonous protests and unlawful breach of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 20201.
Gamaliel Statement on the Treasonous Protests in Washington, D.C.
Chicago, IL –– The Gamaliel Network denounces the unlawful breach of the United States Capitol Building this afternoon.
We condemn the violent attempt to disrupt the democratic process and to discredit the results of the 2020 election. We call upon every member of Congress and President Donald Trump to acknowledge the results of the election and to demand that protestors leave the Capitol Building. We call upon leaders at all levels of government and on both sides of the aisle to call this action what it is: an act of domestic terrorism, and an attempted coup. We call upon all Americans to demand and support a peaceful transfer of power.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Washington, D.C and with all Americans in this dark moment. We mourn the violence inflicted upon our nation’s capital. We pray for a safe and peaceful end to this atrocity.
We encourage our affiliates and members to speak out against these acts of domestic terrorism and invite them to use our statement as needed. ... See MoreSee Less
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Timeline PhotosThere will be Count Every Vote actions across the country this Saturday. Here in Michigan, there will be rallies Saturday afternoon in Traverse City, Lansing and Detroit. Check wemakemichigan.com/count-every-vote/ for information. ... See MoreSee Less
Experience problems at the polls? See something that doesn’t look right? Call the Election Protection Hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE
(Assistance in additional languages: www.michiganvoting.org/election-protection-hotlines) ... See MoreSee Less
Great FYI for voting questions today:Today is Election Day.
Here is what you need to know:
1) Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM local time. You have the right to vote if you are in line by 8:00 PM.
2) If you still have your absentee ballot it must be received by your city/township clerk by 8:00 PM.
3) You can register to vote in-person at your clerk’s office.
You must show proof of where you live. Documents must have your name and current address. You can show a digital copy of any document. Acceptable documents include:
-Michigan driver’s license or State ID card
-Current utility bill
-Paycheck or government check
-Other government document
After registering, you can vote an absent voter ballot at the clerk’s office or you can vote at your polling place on Election Day.
To be eligible to register to vote you must be:
-A Michigan resident (at the time you register) and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days (when you vote)
-A United States citizen
-At least 18 years of age (when you vote)
-Not currently serving a sentence in jail or prison
4) If you have an absentee ballot that has not been returned, you can surrender the ballot and vote at the polls.
5) If you have NOT received your requested absentee ballot in the mail, can vote at your polling place on Election Day. You simply have to sign a statement stating that the ballot was lost or destroyed then you can vote at the polls. Track your absentee ballot here: mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index
6) If you mailed your ballot and it hasn't been received by your clerk, you can still vote in person, but you MUST cancel your absentee ballot first at your local polling place. Track your absentee ballot here: mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index
7) There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has already been received by the clerk.
8) You will be asked to show ID when you check in to vote. If you don’t have one, you can still vote.
If this happens, expect a poll worker to ask you to sign a form before you vote that explains you didn’t have an ID. Your ballot will be included with all others and counted on Election Day.
ID types you can use to check-in are:
-Michigan driver's license or state ID
-Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state
-Federal or state government-issued photo identification
-Military ID with photo
-Student identification with photo from a high school or accredited institution of higher learning
-Tribal identification card with photo
9) The ACLU recommends reporting intimidation to:
The Election Protection Hotline, 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
The U.S. Department of Justice Voting Rights Hotline, 1-800-253-3931, or teletypewriter line,1-877-267-8971
Voters can also call the Michigan Department of Civil Rights' election protection hotline at 1-800-OUR-VOTE. ... See MoreSee Less
Turn in your ballot to your clerk TODAY! If you don't have a ballot, go to your polling place TOMORROW! You can also register to vote at your clerk today or tomorrow. And please remind others to VOTE!!
more info here: vote.michigan.gov/
and here: RockTheVote.org ... See MoreSee Less
Join us on Saturday, October 17th from 4pm - 7pm for a statewide education candidate forum!
Throughout the summer, our partner organizations across the state hosted listening sessions and surveyed their communities, asking students, educators, parents, and families how they reimagine schools. Using everything we heard, we developed a state-wide education justice platform. Come hear where candidates stand on education justice issues so you can vote for candidates who align with your values! ... See MoreSee Less
Timeline PhotosJoin us for an evening of bedtime stories that will settle little souls to sleep. A selection of children's books by EMU alumni authors are sure to captivate the imagination of children while taking them on an adventure to remember. Tune in tomorrow at 7 p.m. via Facebook Live! Special credit to two current Eagles, Korrine Stevens and Ashley Sacha, for their video editing expertise.
This program is brought to you in partnership with EMUCU – the credit union for Eagles near and far. ... See MoreSee Less
Help us spread the word to increase the impact on our community!
FB lives are bi-weekly.
Small group discussions are Sundays at 4pm. Participants get self-care kits.
Click here to sign-up for weekly small group discussions or individual therapy scholarships-- forms.gle/eUHkKgB54NupAL647
Questions or more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is the joint effort of Collaborative ChangeMakers, Grace Fellowship Church - House of Solutions, and Community Family Life Center. Funded by United Way of Washtenaw County. ... See MoreSee Less