Civic Matters: Affordable Housing In Ann Arbor, Get Out The Vote, Huron River Days And More

May 14, 2018

Ann Arbor City Council takes up the issue of affordable housing again tonight.  The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber will take up the issue on Wednesday.  In this week's edition of WEMU's "Civic Matters," we also focus on other civic engagement opportunities on the issues of voting, suicide prevention and protecting and celebrating the Huron River. 

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

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: 

• Monday night's Ann Arbor City Council Work Session focuses on equity and affordable housing, and includes a presentation by the director of Ann Arbor's public housing system, Jennifer Hall.  As always, the meeting will be broadcast on Community Television Network Channel 16 or online here.

• On that same theme, equity in housing and development in Washtenaw County is the focus of the Wednesday, May 16 Early Edition, hosted by the A2/Ypsi Chamber.  Panelists are Rhonda Weathers of SOS Community Services; Tyler Weston of Real Estate One in Ypsilanti; Wayne Hoffman of Spence Brothers; and Ed Ridha of the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors.  The event starts at 7 a.m. at the Kensington Hotel, 3500 S. State St., Ann Arbor.  

• Looking ahead to August, the Detroit Free Press has launched a major initiative to draw attention to the Aug. 7 primary election. It’s called the "10-5-1" pledge, and asks you to contact 10 family members, friends or acquaintances that you suspect won’t vote in the primary and encourage them to do so.  Closer to the election, talk directly to at least 5 of those folks about the primary.  Then on election day, promise to take at least one person to the polls or help them vote in person.  Click here for details

  • Also related to elections, on Wednesday, May 16 the League of Women Voters' Brews & Views is focused on how to increase voter access and turnout. It includes a presentation about the Promote the Vote ballot initiative.  The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard, Ann Arbor.  Click here for details.     



         • On Tuesday, May 15, several local government and community groups are hosting a screening of "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" – a documentary highlighting the impact of suicide on a community.  A resource table and trained professionals will be on hand to answer questions on suicide prevention.  The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Goodrich Quality 16 at 3686 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor.  Click here for details.  And for more information about this issue, check out the Washtenaw County Suicide Prevention Plan

              • Finally, celebrate the Huron River on Sunday, May 20 at the 38th Annual Huron River Day!  Festivities at Gallup Park include live music, nature hikes, food carts, "river critters," antique/classic boat show, discounts on kayak rentals and much more.  Click here for details.

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