October 2018

Welcome to our very first update from Northern Michigan!

We’re going to gather here once a month to read about what’s going on in the region. This is your friendly organizer Megan today. In the future, I invite individuals and groups to submit content, including pictures! We can share what we’ve learned or accomplished, the relationships we’ve built, opportunities for people to join in the work -- anything!

In this first update I’d really like to applaud all of the exciting efforts around voter engagement that have been happening around the region. Like, I want to shout it from the rooftops.

Many of you know that our region recently received $25,000 in funding for more voter engagement, and as I was writing the proposal for it, I detailed the work that many of our groups in the northern lower peninsula and UP have done over the last 18 months. Seeing all that work captured in one place was really powerful for me. There are a lot of times where it seems like we have SO MUCH work to still do, that it’s easy to lose sight of the wisdom we’ve gained and the mountains we were able to climb since 2017. (Hint: it’s lots of wisdom and lots of mountains.) I’m really, really proud to have the opportunity to work with all of you.

(And if you want to get in on the voter engagement stuff, shoot me an email - megan@wethepeoplemi.org)

I also want to give a shout out to the dozen folks who made the trip to The Idlewild Convening in July to represent the north! It was such a powerful and beautiful weekend, with people from different identities and communities sharing meals, learning, and making plans together for the first time. On the final day, we ratified the statewide People’s Agenda, which was built out of our regional agendas, and then we returned home to get to work on realizing it.

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Long-haul work

After Idlewild, we got together in a virtual meeting to begin setting up our region to be a real force for organizing and building power. Check out the long-term work at left.

Right now, thought groups of about 3 to 6 people are creating a vision for what each pillar will look like and accomplish. Soon, we’ll need working groups who can begin to bring these visions into reality.

That means you! More on that coming soon.

The Regional Summit, coming February 2019!

Stay tuned.

Art ReyesComment