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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

How Volunteers Can Save Democracy

Voters Not Politicians (VPN) Grassroots Change

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Voters Not Politicians (VNP) is the nonpartisan grassroots citizens group that led the 2018 ballot initiative to pass an anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment. The amendment established an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw maps for Michigan electoral districts: U.S. Congress and the State House and Senate. VNP is now working to ensure success for the Commission and it is also pursuing other initiatives to enhance democracy. These 3 classes will explain what VNP has accomplished, how VNP created a unique volunteer experience, and how citizens can continue to improve our democracy. Participants will learn how they can participate productively in making Michigan government work better.

Connie Cook has a Ph.D. in Political Science and recently retired from the University of Michigan. She now serves in a volunteer role as Regional Education Coordinator and Special Counsel to the Executive Director of Voters Not Politicians. Rena Basch has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, and fifteen years-experience as an elections administrator, serving as the Ann Arbor Charter Township Clerk. During the VNP campaign for Proposal 2, Rena led the state-wide Outreach Committee, and currently volunteers as the leader of Community Engagement. Connie and Rena will be joined by additional VNP volunteers in sessions on Fridays from February 7 through 21.
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