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Advocacy and Politics

Ann Arbor Campus-Community Coalition (A2C3)

(734) 763-1320

Addresses harmful alcohol and other drug use and builds a network of resources and support. Broad-based coalition of community members, including U-M representatives and AA Public Schools. Organizes events and activities. Meets Thurs. noon-1:30 p.m., Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Conference Room, 150 S. 5th Ave.,

Ann Arbor Committee for the Community Commons

(734) 657-8083

Advocates turning the "Library Lot" between Fifth Ave and Division into an urban central park. Meets as needed. No dues.

Ann Arbor Democratic Party

(734) 531-7855

Organizes and educates on issues of local, state, and national interest. Major events include a Gala Dinner in February, Chili & Cornbread Cook-Off in May, Labor Day Picnic, & social mixers every month. Meets 2nd Sat. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Washtenaw County Administrative Building, 200 North Main. V

Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL)

Ginny Rogers, (734) 657-3150

Focused on national policies to address climate change. Provides support, resources and training to volunteers, empowering them to engage elected officials, reclaim democracy and to generate the political will for simple, fair and effective climate policy. Meets 2nd Sat. See website for location.,

Donate Life Coalition of Michigan

4889 Venture [map]
Peggy Burkhard, (248) 770-5172

Advocates for organ, tissue, and cornea donation through statewide awareness, an annual faith seminar, public and professional education and more.,,

Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice

1414 Hill [map]
(734) 663-1870

Addresses issues of racial and economic justice, U.S.- Latin American relations/policies, climate change and earth care, and coordinates the Ann Arbor CROP Hunger Walk. Regular membership: $25, students and low income residents: $10., V

Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC)

319 Braun Ct. [map]
(734) 995-9867

Resource for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied residents of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and greater Washtenaw County. V

League of Women Voters

Local chapter of the nonpartisan national group that studies local, state, and national issues; provides nonpartisan election information; sponsors candidate forums and debates; and lobbies government officials on issues studied by league members. Publishes Your Elected Officials guide, and the online voter guide Open to all people 16 years and up. Dues, (includes national membership): individuals $70, students $20, households $100. See website for meeting info.

Huron-Raisin Libertarian Party

Covers the counties of Lenawee, Monroe, and Washtenaw. Fields political candidates and promotes free-market enterprise and social tolerance. Publishes quarterly newsletter, Washtenaw Libertarian. Meets 1st Wed. 7 p.m., Classic Cup Cafe, 4389 Jackson. Meetings and information free; dues $10. V

Megiddo Peace Project

531 Third [map]
(734) 761-7967: Alan Haber

Speaker each month or round-table discussion with action items having to do with keeping/making peace in Ann Arbor and the world. Meets 2nd Thurs. 7:30 p.m. in accessible public places. Organizes annual Peace Week, Sept. 17-24, 2017, and Ann Arbor Earth Day, April 22, 2018. No dues, donations accepted.

Michigan Nude Beach Advocates

1801 S. Fletcher, Chelsea, 48118 [map]

Members work on naturist activities, especially the development of clothing-optional parks.,

NAACP-Ann Arbor Branch

William V. Hampton, president, (734) 761-9084

Monitors civil rights issues. Events include Juneteenth celebration (June, 3rd Sat.) and Freedom Fund Dinner (Nov., 1st Sun.). Meets 1st Mon. 7 p.m., Sept. & Jan. 2nd Mon., Westerman Preschool and Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk. Dues $30 (includes national membership)., V

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 304

Kaye Taylor, (734) 475-9220

Ann Arbor chapter of national organization works to protect benefits and help members attain them. Open to active and retired federal employees and their spouses and survivors. Meets 2nd Mon. 11:30 a.m., Classic Cup Cafe, 4389 Jackson. Dues $55.

National Organization for Women (NOW) Washtenaw Chapter

(734) 481-1804

Promotes gender equity, social justice, and other issues. Takes action to bring women into full and equal participation in American society. Dues $40, students $15 (sliding scale available)., V

The Nicaragua Project (Capital to Bridge the Divide)

(734) 846-0448

Volunteers work to provide access to medical care, shelter, clothing, food, employment, education, and cultural exchange in Nicaragua, in a sustainable way. Partner group, "El Puente" is helping to build a cultural exchange center and eco-lodge in Nicaragua. Hosts group trips for students, community groups, and volunteers on various construction and gardening projects, and gap year interns to teach English as a second language., V

PFLAG Ann Arbor

(734) 741-0659

Support, education, and advocacy for families and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Occasional speakers. Meets 3rd Sun. 2-4:30 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division.,

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan

3100 Professional [map]
(517) 482-1080

Member activists protect and enhance the ability of Planned Parenthood affiliates to deliver reproductive health care services by influencing policy makers through elections and other activities. No charge to attend activist nights.,

Public Citizens of Washtenaw

P.O. Box 7213, Ann Arbor 48107
Michael-David BenDor, (734) 484-1628

Intergenerational organization for social and economic justice. Works at local, state, and national levels on economic security, health care, civil rights/liberties, political integrity, and other issues. Contact for meeting info. Dues $35 or less (sliding scale), couples $60. Michael-David BenDor,, or Alan Haber

Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM)

103 E. Liberty, #202 [map]
(734) 662-6597

Research, litigation, and advocacy on issues such as consumer rights, public health, and public safety. Dues $25 & up.,

Slow Food Huron Valley

(734) 663-5576

Volunteer organization dedicated to all aspects of community food system. Organizes farm tours, panel discussions, potlucks, a book club, and other community events. Sponsors annual Michigan Good Food Film Festival, and Local Food Summit. Public welcome at leadership team meetings, 3rd Wed., 6:30 p.m. Email for location.,

Veterans for Peace - Chapter 93

803 John A Woods [map]
(734) 662-0818

Dedicated to peace and justice issues, such as abolishing war as international policy and eliminating nuclear weapons. Nonveterans welcome. Regular meetings, schedule online. Dues $40.

Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition

339 E. Liberty #300 (Ecology Center) [map]

Seeks to make Washtenaw County a national leader in bicycling and walking by improving facilities, policies, and community support through advocacy and education. Dues $25 individual, $35 families, $10 students.,

Washtenaw County Democratic Party

418 West Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti [map]
(734) 879-0556

Recruits, trains, and organizes party activists and supports county and statewide Democratic candidates. Offers programs and provides ways to get involved in the political process. Membership meetings, events, and special town hall meetings open to the public., V

Washtenaw County Republican Party

3025 Boardwalk (NCMS Building) [map]
(734) 996-9467

Assists candidates running for public office; participates in local politics. Temporary office open during election years. Membership free to volunteers., V

Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF)

(734) 761-7967

Local chapter of the international organization. Works to create an environment of political, economic, social, and psychological freedom for all members of the human community, so that true peace can be enjoyed by all. Meets 3rd Thurs. in members' homes. Call or email for info.,

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