Come join us for our May Monthly meeting! We’ll be hearing from Oakland County Commission Chairman and candidate for County Executive Dave Woodward, and from Oakland County Democratic Party Chairman Vaughn Derderian.
Our meeting starts at 7 but we’ll be there early at 6:30 with pizza. We’d love to see you there early!
Our first canvass of 2019! Let’s head out into our community and tell our neighbors about all the good things we’re working on. Meet at Biggby Coffee on 9 Mile in Ferndale at 5 for training and put teams together. This canvass will focus on outreach to Royal Oak Township.
Rescheduled! Our fundraiser has been moved to May 2, and we encourage you to join Oak Park Mayor Marian McClellan at Sahara on April 25 for her re-election kickoff!
Join us for our annual happy hour Fundraiser! $5 admission at 5th Avenue in Royal Oak, and we’ll have an opportunity for you to join the club as well if you haven’t yet.
A fundraiser for the Michigan House Democratic Fund! Join Democratic House Leader Christine Greig, Representative Robert Wittenberg and Senator Jeremy Moss, and the rest of the Oakland County Legislative delegation as we start the path to the majority!
$25 a ticket, $50 for Friends, $100 for Supporters, $250 for Sponsors.
RSVP To: email@example.com or online at www.actblue.com/donate/Oakland2019
Checks payable to Michigan House Democratic Fund, PO Box 16193, Lansing, MI
What will be covered in this meeting?
• MDP Response to 2018 concerns from Mona DeQuis
• How we got here as a group…John & Susan Erich, and Mona DeQuis
• Moving Forward: Explanation of suggested subcommittees…multiple PD’s will present and solicit everyone’s ideas/involvement
• Q & A – What have we missed?
Come join us for our February meeting! We’ll be discussing our goals for the club for the next two years and splitting into working groups to help everyone find a way to participate. Working groups include:
Political Action Team - Active team that incorporates legislative and policy information and seeks to engage in voter contact throughout our community.
Programming Team - Determines scope and direction of club events, including outreach to potential speakers/guests, etc.
Communications Team - Responsible for updating and maintaining information through email, Facebook, and website regarding club events and happenings.
Membership Team - Responsible for making people feel welcome and a sense of community, and for keeping our membership engaged.
Start thinking about which of these sound interesting to you!
Please note that we are meeting in the basement of the Huntington Woods Library this month.
On Thursday, January 17, at 7:00 p.m., the Oak Park-Huntington Woods Democratic Club kicks off the new year.
We will have a panel discussion on “What Happened And What’s Next?”
Panel members and their areas of expertise are:
Suzanne Bailey - Proposition 2
Erica Peresman - Proposition 3
MoReno Taylor II (MDP staff) – campaign effectiveness
We will also have our own election of leadership for a two-year term to commence immediately. The candidates are:
Chair: Max Milstein
OP Vice Chair: Carolyn Burns
HW Vice Chair: Bree Stocker
Treasurer: Ksenia Milstein
Secretary: Manju-la Egan
Corresponding Secretary: Concetta Pellerito
Trustee: Jaimie Powell Horowitz (1 year term)
Trustee: Thomas Franco
Board: Marian McClellan, Zakiya Hollifield, Andrew Cissell, Nina Abrams, Mildred Warren, Brian Price, Thomas Zerafa, Esther Ingber, Lucinda Keils, Rose Wolock.
Please join us for a Holiday Potluck Brunch for the democratic club at our home in Oak Park at the home of Sarah Roberts and Brian Price. It is just an informal get together to talk, build friendship, and share some great food!
December is a busy month and we tried our best to pick a date and time, but know there is a lot going on for folks. Please feel free to come the whole time or a short time. Whatever works for you.
Significant others, spouses, children, and friends welcome! We do have an 8-month old puppy named Francios. He is a bit of a barker, but sweet as can be.
What: Holiday Potluck – please bring a brunch dish, drink, or sweet. Anything is great. We will provide coffee and tea, a vegetarian egg strata/casserole and something sweet.
When: Sunday, December 16th 11 AM to 2 PM
Where: 24230 Manistee Street, Oak Park, 48237
Any questions please feel free to call/text Sarah at: 586-909-6820 or email Brian at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Garlin Gilchrist II, Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor for a very important Oakland County Precinct Delegates meeting.
Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you can attend.
She’s funny. She’s bright. She’s been the incredibly hard-working sparkplug of many successful Democratic campaigns. Our October speaker is one of Michigan’s top professional political operatives: the one and only Christy Jensen! Christy is the Statewide GOTV (Get out the Vote) Director for the One Campaign (the Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign for the state slate).
Christy will share the plans and schedule for GOTV and go into the strategies. She will address how we need to frame the issues for our most effective appeal. Christy will share how the OPHW can help out and she will take your questions on the state of Democratic politics in Michigan.
Join us and bring a friend, and maybe a snack to share if you have the time.
August Meeting • Summer Picnic
August 16 • 6:00 PM
Shepherd Park • 24198 Church St, Oak Park
Fellow Democrats, Valued Independents, and Concerned Citizens:
We all have been anxious and stressed-out about the beating democracy has taken in our state and country. And we’ve worked hard to resist the undoing of important rights and safeguards.
That’s why we plan to chill out on Thursday, August 16, with a picnic at Shepherd Park (Shelter #1) at the corner of Church Street and Northfield Boulevard in Oak Park. Let’s celebrate our friendships and the good in our communities and nation.
We’ll meet at 6 p.m. to take advantage of the last of the long summer days. The Oak Park/Huntington Woods Democratic Club will supply the food, and kids can enjoy corn hole, hula hoops and of course, the choo-choo train at the park.
Don’t expect any big speeches, but we have asked candidates to come and mingle, maybe even say a few words.
Feel free to invite a neighbor and bring your children!
Our General Meeting will be at Bagger Dave's in Berkely on Thursday, July 19 from 7 - 9. We will be watching the Democratic Gubernatorial Debate at 8 pm. At 7, we will hear from candidate for Governor, Bill Cobbs; Nancy Quarles, Incumbent and Candidate for the 17th District, Oakland County Board of Commissioners; Yolanda Smith Charles, candidate for the 17th District Oakland County Board of Commissioners, as well as Yvette McElroy Anderson, and Dr. Anil Kumar who are running for Wayne State University Board of Governors. Beer, wine and apps are $4 on Thursdays!
Bill Cobbs, write-in Candidate for Governor was born and raised in Detroit. After graduating from Cass Tech he attended the University of Michigan. Because his parents could only afford the first year of college, he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1971. There he was selected for the Navy BOOST Program (Broadened Opportunities for Officer Selection and Training), which allowed him to return to U of M to complete his undergraduate education. After leaving the Navy, he attended Wayne State University Law School, and to help pay his way through school, became a Detroit Police Officer. As an Officer, he was a member of police unions DPOA and POAM. After graduating law school, Cobbs took a job with Xerox and worked his way up to becoming the Global Vice President for Consulting and Systems Integration for the U.S., Canada, Latin American, and Europe. Later in life, he served as the Marketplace President with IKON, and then President and CEO for a Danish software company focused on search engine optimization.
Nancy Quarles currently serves on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners for the 17th District and is candidate in the upcoming election. Quarles graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a BS in Business Administration, and received her Masters in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. She served on the Oakland County Commission for District 21, the Michigan House of Representatives from 1996-2002, is a member of the Michigan Women's Political Caucus; a member of the Michigan Society of Planning Officials, the Oakland County Economic and Development Commission, and the Salvation Army Advisory Council.
Yolanda Smith Charles, also a candidate for the 17th District Oakland County Board of Commissions, is a product of Southeastern Michigan. A graduate of Southfield Public Schools, Yolanda has enjoyed what it means to live in Oakland County. For decades Yolanda has had a birds-eye view of this community and the county that represents it.
As a youngster during the summer months, Yolanda learned community working in the 46th District Court and Southfield's Human Services department learning from champions of the Lathrup Village, Oak Park, and Southfield communities.
Yolanda earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management Information Systems and a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology. As an adjunct professor at the Wayne County Community College District teaching video game design and art for animation, Yolanda is expressly aware of the importance of workforce development and information systems infrastructure for the viability of our district and the county.
As an 8 year Trustee on the Southfield Board of Education, Yolanda learned what it takes to work collaboratively but also the necessity of diversity in thought and approach. Yolanda wants to take that intensity to the County Commission office to better serve the people of District 17.
Currently, Yolanda is developing an Android Application to be used to keep constituents invested, engaged and informed.
Yvette McElroy Anderson is a candidate for the WSU Board of Governors. Anderson has over 20 years of higher education advocacy. She has served as the VP for Wayne County Community College, Downtown District, Field Director for Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee, is a 2008 Graduate of the Political Leadership Program, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, served on the Michigan Democratic Party Executive Committee, was a precinct Delegate for 20 years, and served on the steering committee for African American 490 Challenge. She is endorsed by the Fannie Lou Hamer PAC, the Michigan AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the UAW, the 13th Congressional District, the 14th Congressional District, AFT, the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters,and the MEA Democratic Educators Caucus. She is focused on increasing retention and graduation rates, ensuring that tuition remains affordable, improving research opportunities through increased business incubator support services. See "Elect Yvette McElory Anderson for Wayne State Board of Governors" on Facebook.
Dr. Anil Kumar, is also a candidate for WSU Board of Governors. He is a former candidate for Michigan's 11th Congressional District in 2014 and 2016. He currently serves as the MDP Director of Community Outreach. Dr. Kumar completed his residence in Urology at Wayne State and is a WSU Medical School graduate. There he met his wife, both of their sons graduated from Wayne Statue undergrad, and their eldest went on to graduate from Wayne State Medical School. Both he and his wife are active alumni, and his wife has served a co-chair of the Alumni Association. He is endorsed by Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Congressman Sandy Levin, State Rep. Christine Grieg, State Rep Kristy Pagan, and Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman.
You are invited to join Rep. Jeremy Moss, Rep. Robert Wittenberg, Commissioner Helaine Zack, Mayor Marian McClellan, Judge Jamie Wittenberg, as well as a surprise guest, on Thursday, June 28 from 6 - 8 pm to support the OPHW Democratic Club. Tickets are $20 a person at the door, and $18 for the second person you bring #bluewave2018. We'll have hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and great conversation - don't miss this fun event with your local Dems!
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Andy Levin Candidate for Congress
Jeremy Moss Candidate for State Senate
Tony Lewis Policy Director for Shri Thanedar for Governor
The Precinct Mobilization Team Steering Committee will be meeting from 6-7pm prior to the meeting.
***UPDATE***: The Shri Thanedar for Governor campaign regrets that the candidate will not be coming to our meeting tonight. He will be represented instead by Mr. Tony Lewis, his Policy Director.
Ahead of our June meeting this evening, the OPHW Precinct Mobilization Team Steering Committee will share food and strategy to help elect Democrats in 2018.
Andy Levin will address us on why he should be elected to Congress. Levin served as Assistant Director of Organizing for the national AFL-CIO for 11 years, and created the Union Summer program, which put more than 1,000 young people on the front lines of union campaigns in the summer of 1996. From 2007-2011 Andy served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth and as Michigan’s first Chief Workforce Officer. Levin’s extensive record in labor activities and as a clean energy entrepreneur is outlined in greater detail at www.andylevinforcongress.com.
Jeremy Moss of Southfield will be speaking as a candidate for State Senate. Moss was elected by his colleagues to serve as the House Democratic Whip and was appointed by the Speaker as the top Democrat on the House Committee on Regulatory Reform. He also serves as a member of the Elections and Ethics Committee, Local Government Committee, and the Joint House and Senate Committee on Administrative Rules. During his first term, Moss served as acting chairman of the House Local Government Committee, marking the first time in recent years that a member from the minority party has chaired an entire legislative committee meeting with action items on the agenda. Learn more at http://votejeremymoss.com.