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News from OWOF – May/June 2024

Before we start summer activities, there are some important events coming up. We need to show our support!
Please forward this newsletter to friends and family you think might be interested in the social justice issues that OWOF covers in Western Washtenaw County. To be added to our newsletter list, please contact

Speakers to include Rep. Debbie Dingell, City Mgr Marty Colburn and other local leaders.
Join in the celebration!

Opportunity: Housing as a Human Right

Thursday, May 30 5:30 – 7:30 PM

In-person and virtual event
In-person at Growing Hope, 16 S. Washington, Ypsilanti 48197
Register for virtual option. Registration is free but donations gratefully accepted. Register button on this link

Juneteenth Remembrance

Juneteenth is an often overlooked event in our nation’s history. On June 19, 1865, Union troops freed enslaved African Americans in Galveston Bay and across Texas some two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Long observed in the black community, Juneteenth is finally being recognized as a symbolic end to slavery. It was only in 2021 that President Joe Biden signed a bill passed by Congress to set aside Juneteenth, or June 19th, as a federal holiday.

The Chelsea Human Rights Commission will have a table at the Sounds & Sights event on June 20 to provide informational resources. Please stop by. This could become a permanent observation in the Chelsea Area.

10am – 3pm

OWOF has regularly offered classes on conflict management and restorative justice. This walk is a chance to support the organization that brings these principles to work in the justice system.

Various walks available and community celebration after. Details and registration at this link. All are welcome! FREE food, music, speakers, and activities – bring friends and family!


The final but on-going step in Chelsea’s long police reform process was completed by City Council. The following individuals were appointed to guide the CPD throught the implementation of the Strategic Plan recently adopted. This plan is a 5-year commitment to upgrade the policies and practices of the police department.
Appointed were: Beth Morris-City Council representative; Michael Townley- community member; and Chief Kazyak.
Read the full Strategic Plan here.

OWOF Community Book Read

Join us August 15 at 7pm!  This event will be virtual so you can join wherever you are.

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt is attracting new attention as we approach an election cycle.

Books are available at Chelsea District Library and Serendipity Books in town.
OWOF will have copies to circulate – contact us!


DEI – A piece of good news!

As DEI programs are under attack and frequently being dismantled, a large employer in Chelsea – Brio Living Services which includes the Chelsea Retirement Center – recently reaffirmed their commitment to their DEI program. They publish a monthly DEI newsletter.

This info was shared by the CRC Social Action Committee who meets regularly. If you’re interested in a copy or want to get in touch with them, let us know!

Please consider a donation to help OWOF sponsor important programs and discussions in our community. Click here for online or mail in donation instructions. Thank you very much! Your financial support helps keep social justice matters on the radar!

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