It's time for our first ever Canton Democratic Club Adopt-A-Road clean-up! For a fun two hours of good conversation and discovery, please join us on Saturday, October 2nd to help make Palmer Road (beween Hannan and Haggerty) look spiffy!
Trash bags and safety vests will be supplied. Please bring gloves and dress appropriately for the weather. Meet us in the CVS parking lot at Palmer and Haggerty by 9:30am. Coffee and donuts will be devoured by 9:35am. If you have any questions, email Mary Griffith at email@example.com.
The Canton Democratic Club Annual Pasta Dinner is back on Friday, September 24th from 6:30 - 9:30 PM and we'd love to have you join us! There will be a delicious pasta dinner, great conversation, a silent auction, and 50/50 raffle (cash only). Tickets available at the door with check or credit card payment. T-shirts available for $20 cash. Silent auction items--check or credit card only, please. We are looking forward to seeing everyone!
We are happy to announce our Keynote Speaker will be
MI Attorney General, Dana Nessel!
Friday Sept. 24, 6:30-9:30 pm
Fellows Creek Golf Club, 2936 S. Lotz Rd. Canton, 48188
More info about Attorney General Dana Nessel can be found here!
Tickets available here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cantondemspastadinner
Canton Municipal Building (Township offices)
1150 S. Canton Center Rd. Canton, 48188
Please join us for our first in-person meeting since February of 2020!
Our featured speaker will be Hallie Fox, Michigan League of Conservation Voter’s Governmental Affairs Legislative Aid. She will talk about the status of the biggest climate issues facing Michigan and the ways that passing the federal infrastructure package will be critical to fighting climate change in Michigan.
We are very excited for our annual June forum. Our focus this year will be on criminal justice.
The Zoom login information is:
Meeting ID: 849 0431 3371
Our forum will be moderated by Canton Township Trustee Sommer Foster and our esteemed panel will include:
ELI SAVIT is an American lawyer, law professor, and politician.
He is currently serving as the Prosecuting Attorney in Washtenaw County, Michigan. His areas of expertise include civil rights, education law, environmental protection, state and local government, and criminal-justice reform.
Prior to his election as Prosecuting Attorney, Savit served as senior legal counsel in the office of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Savit is also a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School.
ANGEL MCKISSIC is a Program Manager in the Just Cities Lab, Detroit Justice Center. She is the founder and coordinator of the Metro Detroit Restorative Justice Network, a collective of volunteers from a wide swath of disciplines and system sectors who are working to advance restorative justice in Detroit.
She is a psychotherapist by training and recently joined the faculty of the psychology department at West Virginia Wesleyan College where she integrates psychological and abolitionist theory in her teaching.
Angel is currently a Racial Equity Fellow with the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) as part of their 2021 cohort. She is the mother of two free-range daughters. She enjoys mushroom hunting and pottery.
LOREN KHOGALI joined the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission as Executive Director in 2018.
Prior to joining MIDC, Loren served as an attorney for 13 years with the Federal Public Defender Office in Detroit, advocating on behalf of persons charged with federal crimes at the trial, appellate and post-conviction stages. During her time at the Federal Defender Office, she participated in the development and leadership teams for the court’s reentry and alternative to prison programs.
Loren earned her B.S. and B.A. from Western Michigan University in 1998 and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2003. She serves on the board of directors for MI Voices, as a member of the State Bar Criminal Jurisprudence and Practice Committee and on the steering committee for Advocates and Law Enforcement for Police and Community Trust (ALPACT). In 2021, Loren was appointed to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court’s Justice For All Commission in her capacity as Executive Director of MIDC.
CHAD BAUGH is Director of Police Services for Canton Township. The Canton Police Department’s administrative team is responsible for establishing and enforcing department policies and procedures.
Baugh manages about 100 police officers, including detectives, sergeants, lieutenants and dispatchers and will oversee all police operations in his new role. He has served the township for nearly 25 years and has been in a leadership role for the past 12 years.
Baugh graduated from Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Madonna University and a master’s degree in technology from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.
Please join us for our May Membership Meeting. We will be joined by Christine Jensen, Executive Director for the Michigan Democratic Party. Christine has been involved in Democratic politics in Michigan for many years and is extremely knowledgeable, having run multiple campaigns in the past.
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We hope you can join us for our April membership meeting. Our featured speakers will be Monica Andrade, from ACLU of Michigan, and our State Senator Dayna Polehanki.
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Monica is an attorney with the ACLU of Michigan, where she advocates for and protects the civil rights of the immigrant community. In this role, she has been involved in many of the ACLU’s legal challenges on behalf of immigrants’ rights, including Hamama v. Adducci, Malam v. Adducci, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center v. Department of Homeland Security, and multiple lawsuits on behalf of Jilmar Ramos Gomez, a U.S. citizen and Marine Corps combat veteran who was unlawfully detained by ICE and placed in proceedings based on his ethnic background.
Before joining the ACLU of Michigan, Monica represented children in immigration court through MSU’s Immigration Law Clinic and handled eviction cases at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau through an Equal Justice America Legal Service Fellowship. She was also an intern at the ACLU of Arizona and a judicial extern for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack.
Prior to law school, Monica was a case worker at an in-custody substance abuse treatment and education program in Flagstaff, Arizona where she worked with individuals to develop transition and treatment plans post-release.
In 2020, Monica was selected by the Detroit Bar Association as the recipient of their Outstanding Young Lawyer award. She is also the current Co-Chair for the Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Senator Polehanki will be giving us a Lansing update and taking us through the 39 GOP voter suppression bills currently in the Michigan State Senate.
Before her election to the state legislature, Sen. Dayna Polehanki was a leader in the classroom.
She is a two-time Teacher of the Year award winner and has almost 19 years of experience in the classroom.
Dayna is up for re-election in 2022 and we, as a Club, are making a commitment to help keep her in office. She has done a tremendous job representing our district.
Monica Andrade, ACLU of Michigan
Please join us for our March membership meeting on St. Patty's Day. We have some great speakers joining us.
We will be hearing about the state's budget from Dwayne Barnes, Community Engagement Specialist for Detroit for the Michigan League for Public Policy. https://mlpp.org/connecting-with-communities-and-expanding-my-family-at-work-and-at-home/
We also will be hearing from Seth Furlow, UniServ Director, Region 2-A, for the Michigan Education Association, about the reopening of schools and how we can help teachers feel safe at work. https://mea.org
Hope everyone can join us!
Meeting ID: 849 0431 3371
We will be holding our club elections at this meeting.
Our club bylaws state:
To be able to vote in the election, a member has to be current on 2021 dues (as of 11:59pm the day before the meeting) and have attended at least 2 of the meetings in the six months prior (July 2020 to January 2021) to this meeting - which includes all Zoom monthly meetings and volunteer events.
If you do not qualify, you are still welcome to join us .. we just ask that you don't vote for the board positions.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any nominations or questions about the process.
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Happy New Year! Canton Democratic Club's January Membership Meeting will be one week early with our featured speaker, Mark Brewer -- Former Chair of MI Democratic Party, President of Association of State Democratic Chairs and DNC Vice Chair; campaign finance, election, nonprofit, and union lawyer. Our usual 3rd Wednesday of the month meeting date is Inauguration Day, so join us on Jan. 13 for our meeting and enjoy watching the Inauguration on Jan. 20.
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Election Recap & Attorney General Dana Nessel
Special guest, Attorney General Dana Nessel, will be giving us an update from her office.
Time to celebrate all our hard work and success on turning Canton so very blue!!
Let's get together one last time before we say goodbye to 2020. I'll be inviting all our newly-elected Democrats to join in.
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We will be having a "Weekend of Action" on Fri. thru Sun. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 10:00am - 1:00pm. The address is 47286 North Pointe Dr, in Canton. It would be great if you all could join - and bring a friend or four. We will be hanging door hangers for the people who are voting at the polls on Nov. 3.
Let's get it done!
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), social distancing and having to quarantine ourselves for an undetermined amount of time are taking their toll on all of us. We wanted to make sure to reach out to our valued members and check-in on your well-being. Please feel free to contact us if you are in need of any assistance. We are happy to check-in, via phone or video, and see if we can connect you to the right resource for help.
We are doing our best to adjust to this unprecedented situation. At this point, we have postponed our brunch, canceled our spring gala and we are looking into ways to convert our April 15th meeting to a teleconference. We will keep you posted with any updates.
Keeping our local Democratic community safe and strong is of the utmost importance to us. I'm also listing some possible resources and volunteer opportunities.
Please take care of yourselves and we will see you soon.
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the
ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” - Barack Obama
The Canton Democratic Club was formed in 2013 to elect democrats, advocate for progressive values, and build progressive leadership. We believe that democracy thrives when informed citizens actively participate in the political process through advocacy, action and discussion. Unfortunately, we now see how fragile our democracy can be. Everyday, it seems as if we are witnessing an assault on the values that we hold dear. Ill-conceived tweets from the White House seek to divide us and threaten our faith in our democratic institutions. There is a systematic dismantling of our healthcare, voting rights, civil rights and economic security.
Now is the time for action! We must work for change and it begins within our own community. It is a day to day, issue by issue battle which requires us to be united as a party as never before with battles to come including healthcare, taxes, climate and the next Presidential Election in 2020.
We are your neighbors, your friends, your school teachers, your union members, and your elected officials. We have close to 200 members. Every day we are building a larger, more diverse and inclusive membership. The Democratic Party in Canton is stronger than ever. Join Today!
Membership meetings occur the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7pm-8:30 pm, followed by a social hour at a Canton establishment. Our meetings provide an opportunity to learn from a variety of speakers invited to discuss hot topics in all levels of government, plus updates from our Elected Representatives.
The Club provides us with an unparalleled chance to meet candidates and ask questions about their platforms. In fact, leading up to the 2020 primary elections, most Michigan candidates running for local, state and federal contests spoke at least once at our meetings or events.
The Social Event Hour occurs immediately following our monthly meetings from 8:45-10pm. We believe that our community has many great things to offer and we want you to come and experience them with us. Each month the Canton Democratic Club chooses a different Canton business to go to after our monthly meeting. This is an opportunity for club members, guests, volunteers, candidates and elected officials to gather in a less formal setting to get to know each other on a more personal level while trying the many different restaurants and gathering places throughout Canton Township. We advertise the locations of our events each month on our social media pages. Please join us at one of our monthly Social Event Hours. We look forward to seeing you at the next gathering!
Past Social Event Hours were held at:
Tony Sacco's Pizza
Shakers Bar & Grill
La Shisho Palace
Buffalo Wild Wings
Basement Burger Bar
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