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Resolution to Boycott Nestle Waters North America Passes at May General Membership Meeting

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Jaime Magiera No Comments

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.

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Executive Board 2017

Posted on: January 21st, 2017 by Jaime Magiera No Comments

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

Proposed Resolution from Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club

Posted on: January 21st, 2017 by Jaime Magiera No Comments

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.

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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.
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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, )

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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, megiddo@umich.edu



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.

Ann Arbor 5th Ward Democratic Party Club – Commons Resolutions 2010-2015

Candidates for the Executive Board 2017

Posted on: January 7th, 2017 by Jaime Magiera No Comments

The Nominating Committee of the Ann Arbor Democratic Party met on Saturday, January 07, 2017. The following list of candidates were voted on and will be recommended for election by the General Membership at their 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
  • 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

The following positions are still open:

  • Vice Chair for Programs
  • Vice Chair for Fundraising
  • Vice Chair for Resolutions, Bylaws and Policy
  • Vice Chair for Mature Adult Issues
  • Liaison to the College Democrats

Submitted by,
Mary Hall-Thiam
Vice Chair of Organization

Ann Arbor Dems Executive Board Elections 2017

Posted on: January 1st, 2017 by Jaime Magiera No Comments

The Nominating Committee will be meeting on January 7th 2:00PM at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor. At that time, members of the party will be nominated for positions on the Executivce Board. The election will take place during the General Membership Meeting on January 14 9:30am-12n at the Washtenaw County Administration Bldg, 200 North Main Street, Ann Arbor.

If you are interested in running for any position on Ann Arbor Dems Executive Board, please contact Mary (mhallthiamaka@gmail.com). You can also just attend the Nominating Committee meeting and let the committee know you are interested. The meeting is open to public.


The Executive Board positions are:

  • Chairman
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Vice Chairs for Organization
  • Vice Chairs for Programs
  • Vice Chairs for Special Events
  • Vice Chair for Fundraising
  • Vice Chairs for Resolutions, Bylaws, & Policy
  • Vice Chairs for Outreach & Inclusion
  • Vice Chair for Communications
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Vice Chair for Mature Adult Issues
  • Liaison to the College Democrats
  • Vice Chair for Voter Registration & Protection
  • Vice Chair for Broadcasting & Production
  • Vice Chair for Legislative Affairs
  • Vice Chair for Statewide Engagement
  • Vice Chair for Womens Engagement
  • Vice Chair for Social & Digital Media

The officer election process is defined in Article IX of Ann Arbor Democratic Party Bylaws.

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