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Civic Matters: #StopSpencer-A Week Of Action At The University Of Michigan And More

Nov 27, 2017

Some students at the University of Michigan are conducting a "Week of Action" in protest of a potential campus speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer

There is plenty going on in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County this week. WEMU's David Fair and CivCity Initiaitive executive director, Mary Morgan, cover it for you in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative

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:

• A lot is happening this week at UM in response to the administration's decision to consider allowing white supremacist Richard Spencer to speak on campus.  Students have organized a #StopSpencer "Week of Action" with events that include a Tuesday night protest on the Diag. 

• On Tuesday, the League of Women Voters is hosting a Brews & Views focused on reform of the state's criminal justice system, specifically looking at its impact on youth.  The event will feature a representative from the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency. It starts at 7:30 at HOMES Brewery on Jackson Ave.

WEMU recently reported on capacity and warming centers for the homeless during winter months, so now's a good time to donate items on the Delonis Center "wish list."  The center's website lists a wide range of very practical needs, including toothbrushes & toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, new socks and underwear, combs/brushes and much more.

• A reminder that Wednesday, Nov. 29 is the deadline to apply for a seat on the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council.  There are six vacancies and you must fit one of the following sectors: Nutrition, human services, rural agriculture, waste management, planning, funding, transportation, food retail, urban agriculture, food manufacturer and distributor, labor, health care, or education.  Terms are two years starting on Jan. 1, 2018.  Click here for details about how to apply.

November 28th is Giving Tuesday!  89.1 WEMU is conducting a one-day, $50,000 pledge drive. It will also feature a live jazz, jam session anchored by Kurth Krahnke and his Trio! Get all the details, make a donation and learn how you can enjoy live jazz all day Tuesday at WEMU's home in King Hall on the Eastern Michigan University campus, by clicking here.  Find out how you can help support and sustain the important work work being done by Mary Morgan and the CivCity Initiative, by clicking here.

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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