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United Way of Washtenaw County

  • We are living in a society in which we are listening less and reacting more. Flipping that, so listening is a priority and actions are co-created, is the mission at the Dispute Resolution Center in Washtenaw County. Learn more about the efforts to build greater equity and provide greater agency for the marginalized in our community as WEMU's David Fair checks in with the center's executive director, Belinda Dulin.
  • Many are unaware that August is Black Philanthropy Month. The Reverend Mashod Evans Sr. is senior pastor at Bethel AME Church in Ann Arbor. He joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the longstanding tradition of charity and philanthropy in the African American community and the generational impacts it has made.
  • We talk a lot about equity and inclusion in our community. It's about access to opportunity. For those with disabilities, gaining full access can still prove difficult. Alex Gossage has used his personal experience with disability to guide the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living to a brighter and more accessible future. He talks about some new programs and initiatives underway to change that in our area with WEMU's David Fair.
  • The August 2nd primary elections are right around the corner. Redistricting has a number of things in Washtenaw County, including voting districts and some polling locations. All the while, there are important races and ballot issues to decide and knowing who and what you are voting for is vital. Informing the electorate is the mission of the non-profit, the League of Women Voters of Washtenaw County. WEMU's David Fair caught up with the organization's new president, Lynn Kochmanski, to discuss those efforts.
  • Policing in our community and across the nation remains under scrutiny, and reforms are being called for at every level of government. There are a good number of different approaches to re-imagining public safety. Dr. Lisa Jackson is working toward that end as chair of the Ann Arbor Independent Community Oversight Commission, a member of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, and co-founder of the Coalition for Re-Envisioning Our Safety. She joined WEMU's David Fair to share her perspective.
  • A good number of systemic obstacles remain as work towards equity and opportunity in Washtenaw County continues. The Interfaith Council of Peace and Justice is making efforts to build community power and the practice of democracy by adding more diverse voices to leadership positions throughout the area. The organization's co-director, Eleanore Ablan-Owen, joined WEMU's David Fair to share the plan for progress.
  • Mitigating inequity continues to prove difficult. That can be said for people of color, women, and those on the low-income side of the economic scale. Now, imagine trying to overcome those barriers fresh out of prison. Helping overcome those obstacles for convicts returning to society is the purpose of "A Brighter Way" in Washtenaw County. Adam Grant is a former inmate himself and now serves as its executive director. He joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss his story of redemption and the work underway to help others do the same.
  • There are a number of firsts this year in the United Way of Washtenaw County's Justice Fund allocations. The aim is to put money in the hands of more nonprofits and organizations that are working most closely with those in need—particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). WEMU's David Fair is joined by Bridget Herrmann, UWWC's vice president for community impact and advocacy, to discuss the refocused lens being used to shape community investment moving forward.
  • As Pride Month continues, we remember a trailblazing, social justice force that forever changed Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. Jim Toy passed away this year at the age of 91, but his work not only lives on, but it also continues to grow in his name. WEMU's David Fair is joined by Jim Toy Community Center board member, Leigh Greden. Together, they explore the community and attitudinal changes Mr. Toy brought forth on behalf of the LGBTQ community and the work his legacy requires to be carried forward.
  • We are days away from the national and local celebration of Juneteenth. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas. 157 years later, racial issues and matter of inequity and inequality remain at the fore of our social discourse. WEMU's David Fair is joined by the founder of Survivors Speak, Trische' Duckworth, to talk about Juneteenth as a platform to advance the dialogue and look at Ypsilanti's annual Juneteenth celebration while also marking the one-year anniversary of the painting of Ypsilanti's Black Lives Matter Boulevard.