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Civic Matters: MLK Day Events, Ann Arbor City Council And More

Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiativewill join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  Mary Morgan provides news, analysis, commentary and explains the various ways residents can become more engaged.

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:

• There are so many local events happening this week related to MLK Day that it's hard to choose!  Mary's picks are a talk on Tuesday by Lydia Polgreen, HuffPost's editor-in-chief, titled "Who Gets to Define American Values," and a Penny Stamps Lecture on Thursday by Claudia Rankine titled "Theater Matters: Activism, Imagination, Citizenship."

• Related to MLK Day, many municipal offices are closed on Monday.  Also, meetings typically held on Monday – including the Ann Arbor City Council and Ann Arbor District Library Board – are bumped this week to Tuesday. 

• The city is seeking volunteers to serve on a task force for the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission.  The task force will develop a charter for a new committee focused on police-community relations.  To apply, send your name, contact info and any other relevant material to HRC@a2gov.org.  The deadline to apply is Monday, Jan. 28. 

• Two local state representatives – Donna Lasinski (District 52) and Adam Zemke (District 55)  – are holding constituent hours this Thursday: "Drafts with Donna" at 6 p.m. at the Chelsea Alehouse and "Ale with Adam" at 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Tractor in Ann Arbor.  It's a great opportunity to catch up on what's happening in Lansing and to share your priorities with elected representatives.

• Fun fact: January is Michigan School Board Appreciation Month.  And the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board holds its first meeting of 2018 on Wednesday, Jan. 17 – 7 p.m. at Forsythe Middle School.  [The agenda isn't yet posted online.]

• The University of Michigan's Poverty Solutions program has put together an online interactive map with county-by-county data of poverty statistics in Michigan.  The map includes data on median income, percent of the population below poverty level, percent of single-parent households and other information.  The Michigan Daily recently published a report that describes the project.

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu


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