Get involved with the Party
Attend meetings or events. Meetings are held every second Saturday of the month from 9:30 to 12:00 at:
- Washtenaw County Administration Bldg
- 200 North Main Street
- Ann Arbor, MI 48015
The first half hour of the meeting is always devoted to networking (and noshing). We also usually have a speaker on a topic of interest, such as health care or the environment.
- Find out who’s running in your Ward and volunteer. There are two council members representing each ward, and they are elected for staggered 2-year terms. The candidates are always looking for people to walk the neighborhood with them, make phone calls, pass out literature, and help with mailings. It’s not easy running for office, but you can help immensely.
- As 2012 draws near there will be more and more opportunities to volunteer. Contact your ward chair or barackobama.com for more information.
- Come to a Mixer! We regularly hold events where like-minded people can get together to network and socialize. Check the Events page of this website for announcements.
- Help support the Ann Arbor Democratic Party with your financial contribution. Most of the money we raise goes directly to Democratic city candidates (post-primary). Please donate to help us help our great candidates, with their mailings, yard signs, and election day efforts.
§ To donate, please either click the Donate link on this website, or mail your checks, payable to “Ann Arbor Democratic Party”, P.O. Box 4178, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.
§ Contributions are not U.S. tax deductible.
In April of 2011 State Senator Rebekah Warren gave a Town Hall about the current budget negotiations. She outlined important steps that people can take and provided valuable links. Her suggestions are presented here, and are also available for download as a pdf.
Senator Warren’s Ten Ways to Take Action
- Write a letter to the editor. It does not need to be long to make an impact. Simply write a few sentences explaining how this budget will affect you and others throughout the state.
- Sign the petition to save the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on www.eitcworks.com. Then click on the link to share how the EITC helped you or someone you know. Oftentimes a personal story is the most powerful lobbying tool.
- Contact Governor Snyder. Whether it is a quick phone call or a handwritten letter, it is important that the Governor hear from you.
- Governor Rick Snyder
- P.O. Box 30013
- Lansing, Michigan 48909
- PHONE: (517) 373-3400
- PHONE: (517) 335-7858 – Constituent Services
- FAX: (517) 335-6863
- E-MAIL: Rick.Snyder@michigan.gov
- Testify before our House and Senate committees. Committee meetings are open to the public and anyone is allowed to testify. You can sign up electronically for House committee agendas at http://house.michigan.gov/committees.asp and email Senate committee clerks at http://www.senate.michigan.gov/committee/committeeinfo.htm. Or, if you can’t make it to Lansing, send written testimony to members of the committee.
- Stay informed. Join Senator Warren’s email list by sending a request to email@example.com, “like” her on Facebook and sign up to follow her on Twitter, so you can get the most up-to-date information on what is happening in Lansing.
- Pay a visit to the Capitol. Whether you take part in a collective lobby day, or drive up on your own, nothing shows your commitment more than making the trip to Lansing.
- Ask the experts. Find the groups and organizations that work on these issues day in and day out. Take advantage of their knowledge and get involved in their efforts.
- Write to your legislators. You can contact your State Representative and Senator at http://www.legislature.mi.gov/.
- Spread the word. Talk to your family and friends, open your holiday card list, and share your concerns with your own social media networks. Ask them to take action too.
- Repeat steps 1-9. Budget negotiations often last for several months and can include complicated maneuvering. As constituents, it is vital that you continue to work to hold your elected officials accountable throughout the entire process.