May 2020 Updates and Annoucements

Greetings Soulardarians (is this a thing?? Hoping, if not, it totally can be!)

I am sending this message hoping that everyone is staying safe while sheltering in place and taking time for movement and quiet as needed!

My name is Lex Draper, the new Membership & Resources Organizer for Soulardarity.  I met and connected with many of you while working on the Grassroots Gala last November.  For those I'm meeting for the first time "Hello!!"  Relationship building is something I am very passionate about so I'm excited and very much so look forward to building with you. 

The majority of my career has been working within the non-profit sector and most recently, inside of the social justice community.  Rather than spend our time here you all about my resume, I'd rather just let you know that you can find me with brightly colored hair, contemplating my next tattoo, rocking a bright lipstick, a cleverly worded t-shirt, and sneakers, supporting independent business!  


BOARD UPDATES

Join me in congratulating Nancy Gambrill on returning as a Board Member and Welcoming Bryan Lewis as our newest Board Member based on the votes from our 2020 election at our annual meeting!


WE NEED YOUR INPUT!

Please click this link to take the Soulardarity Jemez Principles Evaluation. 

This will allow us to be able to measure where we stand on fulfilling our principles and make any necessary adjustments to better serve our community.  Please fill out this survey by June 1st.


 

WORK FOR ME, DTE!

Click here to read our progress with the Michigan Public Service Commission.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Community Advocacy Impacted Public Service Commission Ruling on DTE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 12, 2020

Contact: Bridget Vial, 313-720-4330, bridget.vial@gmail.com

 

Community Advocacy Impacted Public Service Commission Ruling on DTE 

 

DETROIT - Last week, the Public Service Commission – the 3-member, governor-appointed Commission which regulates utilities – approved a 4.6% rate increase for DTE Energy in the midst of a pandemic and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. 

There’s good news, however. Facing mounting pressure from advocates, the Public Service Commission took DTE to task for a number of outrageous budget items, nixing hundreds of millions of dollars requested for bloated executive compensation, and unjustified spending on fossil fuel plants and IT infrastructure. Most notably, the commission ruled to reduce DTE’s return on equity from 10% to 9.9%, flaunting DTE’s request for an increase in profits.

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Make It Count HP - Phone Bank for 2020 Census

census_logo.pngWe are phone banking to get to 100% completion rate for census in Highland Park - let's make it count!

Use the form above to sign in to the calling system being used by the count committee.

You will receive instructions from there.

VOTE BY MAY 2ND: Board Elections & Annual Meeting 2020

Hoping this email reaches in you and yours in good health! Election time is here! Your Vote is Needed Soulardarity Members!

CLICK HERE TO REVIEW 2020 BOARD CANDIDATES & CLICK HERE TO VOTE!


VOTING INSTRUCTIONS: 

  1. You must be a Soulardarity member whose dues are paid (you gave given at least $10 in the last 12 months) in order to vote. Need to start or renew your membership to vote? Click here
  2. Each member has one vote for each available board position.
  3. After reviewing the candidate information, use the 2020 Election Form to rank the candidates from the one you support the most (First Choice) to least (Third Choice). ****DO NOT select a candidate more than once!****

Two of the three candidates will be elected to the Soulardarity board. You can see the list of other board members on soulardarity.com/board


VOTING WILL CLOSE AT 1PM ON SATURDAY MAY 2ND, DURING THE ANNUAL MEETING

Members are encouraged to attend the meeting by phone or computer. Candidates will be in attendance to answer questions from the membership. 

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR OUR (VIRTUAL) ANNUAL MEETING on 5/2/2020

 

 

 

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Membership & Resources Organizer - Accepting Applications

Soulardarity is hiring a part-time Membership & Resources Organizer to build organizational power through member leadership, grassroots fundraising, and engaging democratic practice. Their work will focus on training and supporting members to become strong Soulardarity leaders, increasing the capacity of the membership for collective management and governance, building a liberatory membership culture, and growing grassroots fundraising to self-support member activities.

Open the post to read more or click here for a shareable PDF of this information.

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Highland Park 2020 Organizing Fellowship

UPDATE: Application deadline opened up! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled!

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The 2019 Annual Report is Out!

We're On The Front Page

We just got a front page story in the Detroit Free Press about our struggle for energy democracy in front of the Michigan Public Service Commission.

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Breaking It Down: DTE's Dirty Dealings and What To Do

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Photo by Valerie Jean at the 12/6/19 Climate Strike in Detroit

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Hey there everyone! If you're still wrapping your head around the news about DTE lately, I'm here to help.

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