Washtenaw NOW News #17

Dear Feminist Friends and Allies,

If you have been following your Washtenaw NOW chapter activities on line, but have not yet participated in an event, here are your next opportunities to meet some of the other passionate feminists in our county!

Thursday January 14, 2016 from 7-9 PM our First Annual Meeting will pre-empt our usual Feminist Happy Hour!  This meeting will include a dynamic program with local historian Matt Siegfried speaking about some of Ypsilanti’s amazing African American “foremothers.”  Elections for Board officers for 2016 will be held, we will discuss possible actions for the New Year and we will celebrate with cake!   The meeting will be held at the Ypsilanti Historical Museum Archives at 220 North Huron Street in Ypsilanti (NOT at Bona Sera this time).

Nominees for the 2016 Washtenaw NOW Board are:

Cheryl Farmer                                   President

Georgina Hickey                              Vice President

Anna Vockel                                      Treasurer

Pratiksha Menon                             Recorder

Kaitlyn Witjes                                   Communications Coordinator

Thank you to our Nominating Committee (Pratiksha Menon, Chair, Elena Chesney and Kaitlyn Witjes)  for putting together this slate, and for writing the informational email and letter about the elections process that went out to all paid members on November 29th.  Since no additional nominations came in from the general membership by the December 13th deadline, there are no contested positions and we will have a voice vote by acclamation.

This year already promises to be interesting and informative!  You will want to save the dates in your calendar for the following events:

Political Empowerment Summit for Women: Monday January 25, 2016 from 9 am-12 pm, location on the EMU campus to be determined.  The brainchild of EMU student Giovanteey Bishop, this event will include State Representative Kristy Pagan, State Senator Rebekah Warren, and Yvonne Gamble – Vice President of Development for the National Women’s Political Caucus as speakers. EMU, Washtenaw NOW, AAUW/Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood and MI-ACE’s Ready to Run will be co-hosting.  As soon as I have the exact campus location, I will update you.

Speak Out Against Domestic Violence:  Thursday January 28th, 2016 at 6PM, location on the EMU campus to be determined.  Hosted by Washtenaw NOW, this important and informative program was developed for us by EMU student Samantha Campbell, one of our two NOW Interns last semester.  The program will feature Chloe Roland, EMU Social Work Undergrad and member of the Michigan Army National Guard, sharing her experiences with domestic violence within the military.  This program will also benefit Safe House.  Attendees who are able may wish to donate any of the following needed items:

  • Pens, paper, coloring books, toys, 3 ring binders, crayons, or markers
  • Toiletries such as shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes/toothpaste, lotion, toilet paper, wash clothes, towels, hand towels, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, or Feminine hygiene items
  • Any baby products such as disposable diapers, baby powder, baby lotion, diaper rash cream, formula, or baby wipes

Pregnancy Risks among Black Women: Tuesday February 9th, 2016, from 6:30-7:30PM.  Hosted by Washtenaw NOW, this important and informative program was developed for us by U of M student Asia Paige, the other of our two NOW Interns last semester.  OB-GYN Dr. Timothy  Johnson will be our featured speaker.  Come and learn about pregnancy risks that black women face disproportionate to those faced by other women in the United States, how to help prevent these risks and the resources that are available.   The program will be held in the Connector Multi Purpose Room at U of M’s West Quad dorm, 541 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI.

I hope to see you at one of these exciting events soon!

Cheryl Farmer MD, President

Washtenaw NOW