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MLA Connect Coffee Hour: Michigan’s Redistricting Commission
Thursday, July 22, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Category: MLA Connect Coffee Hour

MLA Connect Coffee Hour: Michigan’s Redistricting Commission 

Thursday, July 22, 2021
10:00 – 11:00 am

MLA is excited to welcome Edward Woods III, the Communications and Outreach Director for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission to July's MLA Connect Coffee Hour. Edward will describe the redistricting process, answer questions about the commission, and describe how your library and community can be involved.  Learn more by visiting the MICRC website at https://www.michigan.gov/micrc/.

In November 2018, Michigan voters amended the Constitution with the "Voters Not Politicians" ballot proposal, a constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress every 10 years. Now, the Michigan constitution empowers an independent commission of citizens to draw district lines for the Michigan Legislature and Michigan's members of Congress for the 2022 election and beyond. 

The new redistricting process ensures that redistricting occurs in an open and transparent manner with an opportunity for statewide public participation. Libraries can play an important role by helping to keep communities informed of the process or volunteer to host a town hall forum on the process. 

Guest Speaker

Edward Woods III, Communications and Outreach Director 

As the Communications and Outreach Director for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC), Edward Woods III leads the awareness and engagement efforts as it relates to redistricting for the Commission. In this role, Edward is responsible for collaborating with statewide organizations and community groups to engage all communities of Interest in the redistricting process.

Being a lifelong Michigander, Edward has extensive experience working for governments and nonprofits in senior leadership, communications, and professional development positions. As a two-time elected nonpartisan official and advocate, Edward enjoys this unique opportunity to explain Michigan’s new redistricting process. 

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUldOGoqD4qGdLhHgVzpaVfbDb1RnBdroSY

This coffee hour is free to attend to anyone interested in joining the conversation! A maximum of 500 attendees can join the live event. Registered attendees will receive information and a link to access the meeting on the Zoom platform. A recording of the event will be available on the MLA website for those unable to attend the live event.

Questions? Contact us at (517) 394-2774 or [email protected]

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Contact: MLA at [email protected] or (517) 394-2774

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