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Civic Matters: Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission, Sustainable Ann Arbor, And Ann Arbor City Council

Jan 8, 2018

Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative in Ann Arbor

Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  Mary Morgan provides news, analysis, commentary and explains the various ways residents can become more engaged.


Mary Morgan brings a wealth of experience to the airwaves.  While heading up the CivCity Initiative now, Mary was previously co-founder and publisher of the Ann Arbor Chronicle.  Prior to that, she served as a reporter and editor for the Ann Arbor News when it was a daily, print-edition newspaper. 

Resources for this week's topics:

• The local League of Women Voters is hosting two training sessions this month to teach people how to register voters.  The first one is on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor District Library's Westgate Branch. The League's 2nd session is on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 10-11 a.m. at the downtown library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. (The next local election is May 8 – if any proposals on placed on the ballot. The deadline to register for that election is Monday, April 9.)

• The first Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum of 2018 is on Thursday, Jan. 11 and focuses on electric vehicles.  From 5-7 p.m., a variety of electric vehicles will be on display at the Library Lane parking lot. Then at 7 p.m., EV experts – including representatives from GM, DTE, the Ecology Center, the Michigan Electric Auto Association and Mahindra GenZe – will participate in a forum at the downtown library, 343 S. Fifth Ave.  They'll likely touch on info about EV parking and charging stations in Ann Arbor and the city's Drive Electric Ann Arbor Partnership.  

• The Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission meets on Wednesday, Jan. 10 and is expected to continue discussing recommendations about community-police relations.  Activists from Transforming Justice Washtenaw are planning to lobby the commission in support of a Community Policing Review Board.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at city hall, 301 E. Huron.

• The Ann Arbor City Council holds its first meeting of 2018 on Monday, with a fairly light agenda.  The main item is a public hearing and final vote on creating a new chapter in the city code that outlines procedures for removing councilmembers from office.  The council also has a working session scheduled this week at an unusual time – Friday morning at 11 a.m. It will focus on DTE's Southern Power Project. 

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu