Meetings

August 2021 WeROC Meeting of the Whole

Summer greetings, WeROC Community–

Register here for Thursday’s (Aug 5) monthly (still virtual) Meeting of the Whole, 5:30-6:30 pm.

As many of you have been a part of, WeROC’s 3 new Action Teams — Voting Rights, Health Equity, and Justice Matters — are taking this moment that history has offered us seriously.  These Teams have already begun to help WeROC do its part to build the cross-racial, cross-County, bottom-up movement we’ll need to turn these opportunities into real progress in local and regional equity.

We’ll hear updates (and opportunities!) from the Action Team leaders and take any questions you may have.  A bonus will be getting a report and reflections from our Justice Matters Action Team (JMAT) co-chair Alyshia Dyer on the virtual week she just spent as a part of the major national community organizing training offered regularly by the Gamaliel Network for affiliates like WeROC and MOSES.

We hope you’ll consider finding a role that fits you and your time with one of the Action Teams, and join us for as much of Thursday’s meeting as you can (that link again)!

Building the Beloved Community right here in Washtenaw,

Cindy Bodewes, WeROC President cbodewes@umich.edu, 734-358-6994
Tad Wysor, WeROC Lead Organizer tadwysor@gmail.com, 734-883-3225

Agitation is an act of Love

July 2021 WeROC Meeting of the Whole

Hello, all.   After our fun and insightful group “power analysis” exercises at last month’s meeting, this Thursday’s July Meeting of the Whole (register here) will be a chance to hear from leaders of our three Action Teams — Voting Rights, Health Equity, and Justice Matters — about how the Teams are processing what we’re learning together, and about how you might want to plug in.  If there was ever a time for some creative and effective bottom-up local and regional organizing, this would seem to be it, right?  

Hope you can join us this week (still virtually at this point) on Thursday July 1, 5:30-6:30 pm — Register at link above.

Cindy Bodewes, cbodewes@umich.edu, 734-358-6994
Tad Wysor, tadwysor@gmail.com, 734-883-3225

Agitation is an act of Love

June 2021 WeROC Meeting of the Whole

Want to learn together more about how things work in Washtenaw County? Things that really matter to all of us, especially to our neighbors impacted most by major decisions? Register at this link.

We hope you’ll join WeROC THIS Thursday June 3, 5:30-7pm for a special group Power Analysis exercise. Together, we will support the three new WeROC Action TeamsJustice Matters (local justice system), Health Equity (local public health and mental health systems), and Voter Rights (expanding democracy at all levels) — in identifying key local power players in each of these issue areas, AND more deeply understanding how they influence all our lives.  And of course, how the healthy bottom-up power we are building together can more and more be a part of that…

  • This kind of community Power Analysis works by relying not so much on “experts,” but on each other.  So we look forward to your participation, experiences, and insights.
  • Homework: If you can, please come to the event with a short list of local officials, decision makers, organizations, etc who you think do or can influence decisions around our three current issue areas above.

Leaders of the 3 new Action Teams that came out of our recent Issues Convention will have updates and info on how you can plug into our local campaigns and our regional and statewide coalitions through MOSES and the Gamaliel Network.  We hope you’ll join us!  Again, register here.

Cindy Bodewes, cbodewes@umich.edu, 734-358-6994
Tad Wysor, tadwysor@gmail.com, 734-883-3225

Agitation is an act of Love

May 2021 WeROC Meeting of the Whole

Calling all WeROC members and friends to attend our next Meeting of the Whole, Thursday, May 6th , 5:30-6:30pm —  Click here to register and receive the meeting link, then scroll down for some helpful preparation for putting words into action.    

This Months WeROC Meeting of the Whole, May 6, 5:30pm-6:30 pm will be exciting and empowering.  In last month’s Meeting of the Whole we had a “mini” issues convention and identified the three top issues on the mind and hearts of WeROC members.  The top issues as voted by members were:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Health Equity
  • Voting Rights

In the meeting this Thursday we will discuss these issues and identify which issues members are willing to support with their time and talents.  Please come and bring your questions, comments and ability to work on any of these important issues.    All of these issues represent concerns about the times in which we are living and are critical to creating a just and beloved community.  WeROC Leaders have volunteered to organize each of these Action teams, select team leaders, and recruit members.  Teams will cut the issues, decide who are the targets, and plan actions.  We need your hearts, minds and skills to make these decisions.  See you Thursday!

Cindy Bodewes
cbodewes@umich.edu
734-358-6994

Agitation is an act of Love

April 29 2021 MOSES Action Advocacy Training

WeROC’s Leadership Team wanted our supporters to see this statement from MOSES on the Chauvin verdict, if you hadn’t already. Mixed emotions as we move forward with next steps, including this training we hope that you and others from your congregation, union, or network can join us for, as we work together to build healthy, bottom-up power and become more effective agents for real, transformational change, starting right in our own communities.

We take a deep breath after Chauvin’s guilty verdict on all counts as a turning point in a system of injustice and lack of accountability that has plagued our country for too long.

But true justice would be a country where we can all feel safe in our communities and live without fear that those sworn to serve and protect will kill us just for existing. We all want to be free to safely walk in our neighborhoods, play in our yards or sleep in our beds without fear of the police. Click here to read MOSES Full Statement on the Chauvin Verdict.

MOSES Action Advocacy Training

Join us on Thursday, April 29 at 6 p.m.

To register, click here.

April 2021 WeROC Meeting of the Whole

Calling all WeROC members and friends to attend our next Meeting of the Whole, Thursday, April 8, 5:00-6:30pm —  Click here to register, then scroll down for some helpful preparation for this special participatory event…    

We are moving our WeROC Meeting of the Whole one week, from the regular “First Thursday” meeting day (due to conflicts with religious services/gatherings, as well as conflicts with other social justice meetings that some of you let us know about).  We’ll meet April 8th, and we will start a half-hour earlier (5:00 pm) to allow time for us to conduct what we’re calling a “Mini” Issues Convention.  Here’s why we want a broad cross-section of our constituency (you!) on the 8th…

  • Normally we would have an Issues Convention in person, for several hours.  Given our restraints due to the Covid virus, we are condensing the time and process in order to still allow our members, friends, and allies to participate democratically in clarifying together the best issues for us to work collectively on in the coming months.
    • To prepare for this meeting, it will help greatly if each of you will give some ahead of time to this question Of the (dozens of!) serious problems facing us and our neighbors right now, which are YOU most passionate about, and which might YOU want to devote some of your time and talents to?
  • We will then go through a “multi-vote” process together, to hear from each other and prioritize the best organizing issues that we can build Action Teams and healthy community power around.

Nothing’s off the table, so bring your candidate issue(s) and let’s have a meaningful — and fun! — time together.  Some things to think about in considering potential issues…

  • It is in line with WeROC’s mission and vision?
  • Is there a local decision-maker?
  • It it winnable?
  • Does it increase WeROC’s visibility in the community?
  • Does WeROC have the resources to engage?

Please join us on April 8th and help determine priorities for WeROC and the formation of Action Teams — at what feels like an incredible moment in history.

ALSO, SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday, April 17th 10:00am-2:00pm for an important next step:  an “Organizing 101” training with our sister organization MOSES in Detroit, on ZOOM.  Look for an invitation shortly — and whether you’re a seasoned WeROCer or a newcomer, let’s all keep learning about building blocks like 1:1’s, self-interest, building power, and more.

Cindy Bodewes
cbodewes@umich.edu
734-358-6994

Agitation is an act of Love

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March 2021 WeROC Meeting of the Whole

WeROC Members, Friends, Supporters —  Click here to register before this month’s WeROC Meeting of the Whole.  THIS Thursday, March 4, 5:30-6:30.

Attached are the Agenda for Thursday’s Meeting of the Whole and a one-page tutorial for powerful 1 on 1’s.

Building relationships to build long-term grassroots power through 1 on 1’s.  Our agenda Thursday will help us all learn more about why our ability to make real change depends on building our networks of strong human relationships with each other, with our allies, and with local decision-makers.  Ongoing 1 on 1’s are the foundation of the organizing tools that WeROC and MOSES share with our fellow Gamaliel Network affiliated organizations around Michigan and the country.

We will have a demonstration of a 1 on 1 (as requested in the February meeting).  This will better prepare us for additional training opportunities we’ll be offering in the coming months in techniques for long-term organizing for community power.

The relationships we build now are the path to winning real improvements in County residents’ lives through campaigns for more equitable criminal justice, mental health, and COVID services — and other equity improvements that bubble up from you and your congregations, union locals, community organizations, and neighbors.

We hope you’ll register now for some healthy power-building this Thursday….!

Cindy Bodewes for the WeROC Leadership Team

Leadership Team Contact info on our updated Website: werocmi.org;

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Cindy Bodewes
cbodewes@umich.edu
734-358-6994

Agitation is an act of Love

February 2021 WeROC Meeting of the Whole

WeROC Members, Friends, Supporters —  Click here to register before this month’s WeROC Meeting of the Whole.

Please join us this Thursday, February 4th, 5:30-6:30 where we will talk about building power in relation to our past, current, and future initiatives like the Justice Matters Campaign and our Mental Health Equity work.  We will have a short tutorial on power-building using a “case study” of our Mental Health Equity Action Team (attached), followed by a discussion of the next steps and actions for digging into criminal justice, mental health equity issues, and the intersection of the two.

We will talk about the Gamaliel Network’s brand of power-building and next steps in planning WeROC actions to grow the power and voice of people on the margins.  The new WeROC Leadership Team wants to hear your thoughts and aspirations for our organization and for your role in helping to build the Beloved Community.

Please plan to be with us on Thursday the 4th to share your thoughts for power-building for a more just, united, and caring Washtenaw.

Cindy Bodewes for the WeROC Leadership Team

Leadership Team Contact info on our updated Website: werocmi.org;

Like and follow our Facebook Page:  Facebook.com/werocmi.