October 2018

Welcome to the first newsletter

Every month this section of our newsletter will have updates on what’s happening in Southeast Michigan, specifically Wayne, Washtenaw, Macomb, and Oakland counties. Right now, a lot of our focus has been building and growing relationships in Macomb and Washtenaw County, but overtime more updates will come from Oakland and Wayne (and if you’re an organizer from these counties – let’s talk!).

The first post (the one you’re reading) has been done by me, Maria. All following posts will be done by partner organizations. It’s important for us at the We The People that our newsletter showcases the voices and experiences from different people all over Michigan.

There has been a lot going on in southeast Michigan starting with the recent win of Ypsilanti’s community benefits ordinance. Ypsilanti’s ordinance is only the second community benefits ordinance, following and learning from the one in Detroit. Ypsilanti’s CBO requires a community benefits agreement from developers who request $50,000 or more in financial support from the city.

A few counties over, organizers from Oakland and Macomb county have gathered together to address racism and class in the suburbs. Organizers from various organizations, including the Boggs Center’s Democracy Circles have been meeting to put together a strategy plan to engage primarily suburban white folks in post-election conversations. Stay tuned for more updates.

Down below, you can check out photos from a few weeks ago, when SURJ Washtenaw partnered with We the People to do a mini community organizing workshop. We had twelve organizers from four different organizations in the area

Lastly, many organizers in Southeast Michigan are holding down the lame duck resistance plan. With the support of our friends in West and North Michigan we will fight to keep one fair wage and paid sick time!

Are you interested in sharing your campaign or updates in the November newsletter? Contact me at maria@wethepeoplemi.org or 313-779-2801.

Mini organizer workshop!

A couple weeks ago, SURJ Washtenaw partnered with We the People to do a mini community organizing workshop. We had twelve organizers from four different organizations in the area.

Art Reyes