Here is a link to the presentation on community mental health referenced by County Commissioner Andy Labarre during Saturday’s meeting.
Proposed Bylaw Changes
Article III – Membership
- Anyone who is in sympathy with the general aim and policies of the Party are welcome to become Party members.
- To become a Party member one must fill out a membership form, provide contact information, and provide the form to the Secretary or apply online
- In order to vote at Party meetings, one must be a member 30 days prior to any vote.
- The Secretary or the Chair’s designee shall have responsibility of maintaining the membership list.
- There shall be no dues for the Ann Arbor Democratic Party
- Democratic elected officials and nominees may become members at any meeting of the Ann Arbor Dems, and immediately be granted all rights of full membership, waiving the 30 day sign up delay for voting.
Article VIII – Notice of Resolutions
Initial notice of resolutions stating a Party position or changing the structure of the Party organization must be presented for discussion and review at a general Party meeting. Voting on resolutions will occur at the following general Party meeting. Secondary (voting meeting) noticemust be presented to the membership 30 days prior to the date of the meeting by email (unless member has notified Secretary that they are unable to receive email notifications) and posting to Party website and social media platforms.
Please feel free to contact our Chairperson, Susan Baskett, with any questions or concerns.
The following resolution was passed at the May General Membership Meeting.
Resolution to Boycott Nestle Waters North America Inc.
Whereas; A core belief of the Ann Arbor Democratic Club is to be good stewards of Michigan’s natural resources and being a leader in environmental conservation and
Whereas; Nestle Waters North America Inc. has continued to request in nearly doubling its water pumping withdrawal, despite numerous concerns raised from citizens on this action negatively impacting Michigan’s natural habitats, and unanimous refusal from local leadership in Osceola Township and
Whereas; The law of supply and demand is one of the most fundamental concepts in economics, where the relationship between consumer demand for goods and services will lead companies to adjust the supply necessary for a given product. Boycotts impact this economic law.
Therefore, it be RESOLVED; Ann Arbor Democratic Club will NOT purchase Nestle bottled water, including any of its affiliates, while strongly encouraging membership of the party to take similar measures to decrease the demand for their bottled products, rendering the request for additional water withdrawal from Michigan’s natural habit unnecessary, to protect Michigan’s ecosystem and freshwater economy.
Be It Further RESOLVED; Ann Arbor Democratic Club will send a communication commending the Osceola Township Board for their leadership in environmental conservation.
Finally, It Be RESOLVED; Copies of this Resolution to Boycott Nestle Water North America Inc. be distributed to other Michigan Democratic; Clubs, Caucuses, Chapters, and Districts for their consideration.
Below are the Executive Board election results from the General Membership Meeting on Saturday, January 14, 2017:
- Chairman – Susan Baskett
- Treasurer – Georgina LeHuray
- Secretary – Nora Lee Wright
- Vice Chair for Organization – Jane Forman
- Vice Chair for Special Events – Ashley Rutledge
- Vice Chairs for Outreach and Inclusion – Keith Dumas and Lisa Kramer
- Vice Chair for Communications – Jeremy Glick and Brian Briggs
- Chief Technology Officer – Jaime Magiera
- Vice Chair for Voter Registration and Protection – Carolyn Hejkal
- Vice Chairs for Broadcasting and Production – Rod Casey and Jaime Magiera
- Vice Chairs for Legislative Affairs – Grant Shafer and Peggy Rabhi
- Vice Chairs for Statewide Engagement – Hedieh Briggs and Mary Hall-Thiam
- Vice Chair for Women’s Engagement – Anna Zinkel
- Vice Chairs for Social and Digital Media – Leslie Sobel and Jeremy Glick
- Vice Chair for Programs – Patrick Boeheim and Robin Stephens
- Vice Chair for Fundraising – Max Lerner
- Vice Chair for Resolutions, Bylaws and Policy – Graham Teal and Travis Radina
- Vice Chair for Mature Adult Issues – Walter Shwayder
- Liaison to the College Democrats – Collin Kelly
The following resolution was submitted by Alan Haber, on behalf of the Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club, at the January 14th General Membership Meeting. It will be voted on at the February 5th General Membership Meeting.
To: Ann Arbor City Democratic Party, February 5, 2017
From: Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club.
Subject: Resolution. Start Collecting Funds for Library Lot “Center of the City” Petition Legal Appeals.
Whereas in 2016, the Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club adopted a Resolution, the last sentence of which: “appeals to the Ann Arbor City Democratic Party as a whole to initiate fundraising, to pursue legal appeals of City Actions suppressing the “Center of the City” petition.” (copied below PDF), and
Whereas the Ann Arbor Democratic Party adopted a Resolution in 2010 for keeping the Library Lot in public ownership and developing it for public use (copied below PDF), and
Whereas the Ann Arbor City Democratic Party reconsidered the question in 2015 and reaffirmed its support for central park and commons development on the Library Lot (copied below PDF), and
Whereas Ann Arbor City Council Members, Democrats in majority, ignored this desire, and determined rather to sell the Public Land for Private development, and
Whereas many Ann Arbor voters were grieved that the City Council seemed intent to sell our Center of the City Public Land, and
Whereas voters in Ann Arbor initiated a “Center of the City” Petition to seek redress of this grievance, by amending the City Charter to designate this Public Land for Park and Commons development, and
Whereas 4843 individual registered voters signed the Petition, more than the 4616 then required (5% of all registered voters) to put the question on the ballot,
Whereas the City Attorney and City Clerk determined that 433 of the petitioners would not be allowed to be certified because of local rules, and
Whereas on this basis the City Clerk determined that our petition failed to qualify by 206 signatures, for the November 2016 election, and
Whereas a petition to amend the City Charter has one year in which to collect signatures, and
Whereas the City Attorney and City Clerk have refused accept for certification 804 further signatures, to be aggregated with the 4410 already certified, even though the one year period had not completed, and
Whereas a City Council majority, all Democrats, again declined to use its own initiative to put the question on the ballot, and
Whereas it is proper to attempt to hold Elected Representatives and City staff accountable to constituent desires, and
Whereas The City of Ann Arbor Democratic Party stands behind its Resolutions of 2010 and 2015, supporting public use development of the Library Lot, and
Whereas Legal Appeals of these rulings are directed as the proper recourse if a petitioner or petitioners are not satisfied with decisions by election staff , and .
Whereas Legal actions to Appeal these City decisions require funds,
Therefore be it resolved that the Ann Arbor Democratic Party appeals to all its members and friends to contribute to a “Legal Appeal Fund” to pursue legal remedies to restore the Constitutionally guaranteed Right of 5647 registered Ann Arbor voter Petitioners to Petition the Government for a redress of Grievances, and to achieve the democratic desire of Ann Arbor Voters to have a Vote on the future of the Library Lot, at the earliest possible time.
The initiator of the “Center of the City” Petition, and coordinator of the Legal Appeals, is the Ann Arbor Committee for the Community Commons, Inc. (a Michigan Not for Profit Corporation, 531 Third Street, Ann Arbor 48103, )
submitted by Alan Haber in behalf of the 5th Ward Democratic Party Club, the Ann Arbor Committee for the Community Commons, and 5647 petitioners, (more that the 5% required by law) 734 657 8083, email@example.com
The Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club previously passed resolutions regarding the “Library Lot” in 2010 and 2015. They are available below in a single PDF document.