June 2019

Hey fam!

I hope you all are having a beautiful June all across the state of Michigan!

First, a big gratitude to all those who came out to the We The People workshops in Detroit and Charlevoix last month. It was such a powerful experience spending several days hearing stories, supporting leaders in building strong teams, and helping build and sharpen some powerful campaigns from migrant justice and reproductive rights in Northern Michigan to environmental justice and racial justice in Southeast Michigan. I’m reminded time and time again about the power that lives in our communities and the beautiful movement that we can build together across Michigan.

I’m also excited to announce that after a long search, We The People has hired our Learning Director! We believe that as a movement, if we’re not learning, we’re dying. Often though, movement organizations don’t have the capacity to intentionally build learning systems to continually evaluate and strengthen the work. We believe that should change, and we are so excited to welcome Vidhya Aravind to the team to lead us in this new role of the work! Vidhya originally moved to Washtenaw County to earn her Master’s of Information from the University of Michigan, and now plans to call the area home forever. After coming out as trans while a student, she participated in immigrant, labor, trans, and police accountability activism, and was particularly instrumental in major wins by the Graduate Employees; Organization Local 3550. She comes with an incredible background in research and evaluation, teaching and facilitation, and cross-movement organizing. Please join us in Welcoming Vidhya to the We The People family!

There is so much powerful work happening across the state, so please check out the regional updates in the newsletter to see what happening across the state, and for those of you in Southeast Michigan, please join us for The People’s Happy Hour on June 14 at PizzaPlex in Southwest Detroit.

Much love and solidarity,
Art

Megan Collier Hess