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Thursday January 7th, 2021 - 9:34 am

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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)

Nominating Committee:

Cindy Bodewes
Pastor Jeff Harrold
Tad Wysor
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Thursday January 7th, 2021 - 9:28 am

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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.

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We encourage our affiliates and members to speak out against these acts of domestic terrorism and invite them to use our statement as needed.
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Friday November 6th, 2020 - 6:15 pm

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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

Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 - 11:41 am

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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)
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Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 - 8:30 am

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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
-Bank statement
-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
-U.S. passport
-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.
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Great FYI for voting questions today:

Monday November 2nd, 2020 - 9:11 am

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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
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Turn in your ballot to your clerk TODAY! If you dont 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:  https://vote.michigan.gov/
and here: RockTheVote.org

Wednesday October 7th, 2020 - 8:44 am

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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!
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Wednesday September 30th, 2020 - 9:58 am

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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.
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Monday September 28th, 2020 - 7:46 am

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How To Vote!

drive.google.com/file/d/1iC5_Pj9DMlONiqXfPTAECHoVEBE8nq9H/view
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Friday September 18th, 2020 - 8:45 am

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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 info@cflcypsi.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.
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Friday September 18th, 2020 - 8:21 am

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Thursday September 17th, 2020 - 6:42 pm

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Dear U-M Community,

After more than a week of courageous organizing with solidarity from all corners of campus, GEO members have decided to accept an offer from the U-M administration. The conclusion of the strike deserves a moment of reflection. However, we also know that this work is far from over: join us this Friday to build on our commitment to these issues beyond our strike.

By working together as faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, staff, and alumni, we have made important strides towards making our campus and classrooms safe and equitable. We still have more to teach the university administration, and more to learn from each other, about what this looks like.

On Friday (9/18) from 1-3pm, #UMTeachTogether will now serve as an opportunity to reflect on and build the momentum needed to continue the work we have started over the past two weeks.

Together we will:
- Learn from brief faculty teach-ins about the context for further progress on GEO’s key demands
- Reflect on our collective experience of organizing together
- Build our community connections into the future

By working collectively to demand safety for everyone at U-M, we have not only mobilized together toward a common aim, but have united across diverse parts of our community. Now, we must join together to ask: how do we continue to strengthen these ties in order to build the transformative change necessary to face the many challenges we have to come? Sign up at bit.ly/UMTeach to commit to beginning that conversation on Friday, together.
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Tuesday September 15th, 2020 - 12:39 pm

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Monday August 31st, 2020 - 8:50 am

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WeROC September Meeting of the Whole Thursday September 10, 5:30 pm (delayed from first Thursday this month): More to come, but please mark your calendar and plan to join as we develop our local Get Out the Vote efforts in this crucial election WHILE taking solid steps to expand WeROC's long-term capacity. ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday August 12th, 2020 - 7:35 am

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Wednesday August 5th, 2020 - 12:55 pm

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Thursday!
Join Ypsilanti Mayor Lois Allen-Richardson’s first Millennial Town Hall to share your experiences, goals, and visions around important issues in the city that impact life in Ypsilanti. This will be a facilitated dialogue between Millennial residents of Ypsilanti to produce shared generational wisdom toward the goal of guiding the city’s future.

www.facebook.com/events/1006201043146527/?__mref=mb
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Monday August 3rd, 2020 - 9:09 am

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EMUFT (EMU Federation of Teachers), representing lecturers at EMU, was one of the institutions that created WeROC years ago, and has been a faithful partner over the years. Now THEY need OUR help: After months of what seemed like constructive negotiations for their next contract, EMU’s Administration threw a wrench in the process with an unexpected demand to remove the remaining opportunity for part-time lecturers to move toward full-time positions.

EMUFT has decided that they just can’t accept that, and is asking for allies in the community to show that we’re watching and that we care, and we expect better of a key institution in our community as the bargaining now gets tougher. Two things they’re asking as many of us as possible to do:

Take a selfie of yourself with a sign that says “#IamEMUFT” and send it to Matt: cooper492@yahoo.com or text it to 734-536-8891 (See mine below!) so they can show tangible community support, AND
Join an in person rally by the Ypsilanti Water Tower on Thursday August 13, 11 am – 12:30 pm, weather permitting and with social distancing and masks. Example signs to bring: “I support the Part-time lecturers” or “Job Security for EMUFT!”
Also, if you prefer, drive around in a circular route around the Water Tower protest area, with supportive horn beeping!
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