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News from OWOF – December 2023

Happy Holidays!  Event reports and a few more important engagement opportunities before the New Year!

Hope to see you at something soon!

Please plan to attend this presentation of the draft strategic plan for the Chelsea Police Department. We are now seeing concrete results of the work that was started with the Listening Sessions back in 2020!! As always in this process, community input is important! Please spread the word and show up to support the work of this Group!

New community vision being proposed – Monday, Dec 18

Three long-standing challenges have been discussed in our community for years. A visionary plan to address these as a combined solution will be presented to City Council on Dec 18. These challenges are:

• a long-desired Community Center,
• the possible closing of our district court and the need for a Western Washtenaw Service Center for county offices and
•mental health services, specifically ways to spend our share of the Community Mental Health millage.

This will be the first public airing of this vision and an important opportunity to hear the ideas behind it. Major opportunities and plans are taking shape in our town and this may prove to be one of the most significant. City Council meets Monday 12/18 at 7pm in the Council Chambers in the Chelsea Police Building.

MLK Days of Service/Action – January 2024

The 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Chelsea will again be a collection of activities sponsored by various community groups and organizations. Activities will be scheduled for the two weeks starting with the January 15 holiday. One World One Family will be hosting the kickoff event on Monday evening from 5.30-6.30. More details to come.

We are still looking for ideas and especially helpers. Do you have a service project that youth could do? Know a group that needs help? Let us know!

Civility Month – November 2023

November saw a host of offerings in our community that spoke to civility.

The kickoff event was on November 6 featuring a Panel Discussion on the Role of Media on Civility sponsored by the Human Rights Commission.. From left to right panelists included Lucas Smolcic Larson, local government reporter for MLive; Chuck Colby, Publisher of The Sun Times News: moderated by Councilmember Tony Iannelli; Kerstin Woodside, Saline Diversity Equity Inclusion Committee.
Article in Sun Times – Local Leaders Discuss Social Media’s Influence on Community Decorum

Intro to Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution, sponsored by OWOF, and facilitated by OWOF Board member and Dispute Resolution staff member Carolyn Stilwell, took place November 15 in the Chelsea City Council Chambers.

Understanding LGBQIA+, sponsored by Equality Chelsea, took place November 20 at the Chelsea Senior Center. Over 40 people attended to gain greater understanding of LGBTQ issues and terms.

Finale of the 3-Part Fall StorySlam Series

The Queer Storyslam on November 14 was an extremely moving event, thanks to this wonderful group of storytellers!
Joanna Whaley, a multiple Moth Story Slam winner, came back to Chelsea, bringing her guest storytellers Jessa, Naomi, Laci, and Iggy to participate in the November 14 Queer Story Slam Performance. Chelsea resident Jeanne Franks gave a poignant story on behalf of her storyteller who could not be present. All of their stories created deeper understanding and empathy for the trauma and resilience experienced by the LGBTQ+ and Allies community.
From left Jessa Joyce, Naomi Zikmund-Fisher, Joanna Whaley, Jeanne Franks; from center left Laci Marie, Doug Iggi Courter)

Indigenous Peoples Day

Heather Bruegl was the guest speaker for this event at Serendipity Books sponsored by the Chelsea Human Rights Commission on October 24.

Would you like to make a donation to OWOF this year? Please go to our PayPal link to make an online donation. Thank you very much! Your financial support helps us plan important social justice work in our community!

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