News & Info from The CivCity Initiative
Civic March Madness: Polls, Police & Pot!
Got your attention? Here are three ways you can take local civic action this week!
1. Find at least one person you know who isn't registered to vote and help them register! To vote in the May 2 special election, you must be registered by Monday, April 3 – ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!
2. Sign up for the Washtenaw Citizens Police Academy. (And debate whether or where to put the apostrophe in "Citizens"!) The deadline to register is April 28.
3. Learn about the ballot initiative by the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. The group hopes to put a statewide proposal on the November 2018 ballot.
Read on for info about these items and more, then go forth and be civic! (And if you missed previous Civic To-Do Lists, catch up on the "Get Involved" section of CivCity's website.)
WE'LL SAY IT AGAIN: Monday, April 3 is the deadline to register to vote in the May 2 special election. Click here for details on how to register. And check out CivCity's AnnArborVotes.org for info about the ballot proposal to fund school infrastructure.
One More Time: Deadline Looming for Voter Registration
Yes, of course you're registered to vote. You're a sentient citizen, right?
But are you sure all of your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers are registered? Probably not – so you've got some work to do by April 3!
Click here to check voter registration status. Need to register? Click here to find out how.
You must be registered by Monday, April 3 in order to vote in the May 2 special election. In Ann Arbor, voters will be deciding whether to support a tax increase for school infrastructure.
Check out CivCity's AnnArborVotes.org to learn more about what's on the May 2 ballot!
Washtenaw Sheriff: Citizens Police Academy
The Washtenaw Sheriff's Office is offering a Citizens Police Academy
to get a behind-the-scenes look at local law enforcement. It meets every Wednesday night from May 31 through Aug. 9. (Bonus: Dinner is provided, and it's free!)
Space is limited to 50 people, with a registration deadline on April 28. You must be at least 18 years old to participate.
The academy will cover topics like arrest procedures, dispatch operations, K-9 demonstrations, crime scene investigations, a jail tour and more.
State Ballot Initiative: Regulating Legalized Marijuana
Last week, a group called the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol released draft language for a statewide proposal to legalize pot
. They hope to put the proposal on the November 2018 ballot.
Jeff Irwin, an Ann Arbor resident and former state legislator, is part of this effort. The group will be holding public forums around the state to discuss the initiative.
What We're Reading
The article explores tensions between students of different economic and racial/ethnic backgrounds, and how UM's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
initiative is trying to address those issues.
An excerpt: "And while the university has acknowledged the lack of socioeconomic and racial diversity on campus and embarked on a long-term plan to improve the numbers and campus climate, students say the school isn’t doing enough and that the pace of change is too slow."
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Jane Goodall, primatologist and animal rights activist
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