CALL TO ACTION!
This is a co-creative space and we invite our members to share opportunities for community involvement related to social justice and activism. Please contact us or fill out the Call to Action form if you have a call to action opportunity so that we can share it here. We will also share those opportunities that are discussed in our gatherings.
Community Inspired Action welcomes all viewpoints interested in the pursuit of social justice and spirituality. Calls to Action do not necessarily reflect the interests of all members.
Election Preparedness and Response
CIA is working both as a team and as individuals to engage in these efforts. Here are some important resources for all!
If you don’t know where to start, then start here! A great guide to getting involved.
Join grassroots groups from all over the country in phone call campaigns specific to their communities: https://www.seedthevote.org
Be trained and prepared as an ally, ready to defend elections from voter suppression as an Election Defender with SURJ (Stand Up for Racial Justice): https://actionnetwork.org/forms/apply-to-be-an-election-defender
Check out Choose Democracy for strategies and trainings to work with others across the country to prevent a coup: choosedemocracy.us
Supporting Community During COVID
Here are a number of ways to support our community during this time:
Fund to support nurses in getting protective gear
Fund to support undocumented immigrants in Southeast MI during COVID shut downs
Petition for Washtenaw County residents, asking to protect our friends, family, and neighbors who are currently incarcerated.
Join the Mutual Aid Network to stay tuned to how to the many ways we can show up for our community right now.
Follow our friends at Peace House to keep up-to-date on ways to support those experiencing homelessness during this time
August 10, 2019
Sunrise Movement, ICE Protest, Get out the Vote
Lament: Close the Camps Protest
Protest in Dearborn to close the immigration detention camps and demand that local police end their contract with ICE. Join Jewish and Muslim allies to call for the end of the terror against immigrants.
Sunrise Movement A2
Ahead of the DNC vote to include a climate debate among presidential candidates, local climate activists are flooding the phone and email of local representatives. Join us from your home or work by sending an email and making a phone call on Aug. 21st!
Postcards to Voters
Write and mail postcards to Democratic voters reminding them of upcoming elections. Postcards are handwritten and can be done individually or as a group. Scripts, names, and addresses are provided.
May 11, 2019
Free Black Mama's
National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists. They are working with groups all over the country on Mother’s Day to bail out as many Black Mamas and caregivers as they can, but you can donate any time of year.
March 9, 2019
Student Advocacy Center Live Storytelling Fundraiser
Come and celebrate the art of live storytelling, while supporting the Student Advocacy Center! Join us for an evening full of powerful speakers who, with the help of the SAC, have overcome educational challenges and come together to inspire, challenge, and create community.
July 13th, 2019
Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights
This month we are reminding folks about WICIR, which we highlighted in November of last year. As threats against immigrants increase in this country, we need to be showing up. WICIR is a group of local organizers working on immigrant rights from all ends of
the issue; emergency response teams, legal support and other related resources, as well as political advocacy around immigrant policy. It is easy to sign up to volunteer and help local asylum seekers get protection and support.
April 13, 2019
Climate Change: Get Involved Locally
The UN predicts that we have 11 years to prevent the most extreme impacts of climate change. We need all hands on deck. Here's a few ways to get involved locally to support the large-scale, systemic changes that are needed.
February 9th, 2019
Me And White Supremacy Workbook
Part education, part activation, the Me And White Supremacy Workbook by Layla F. Saad is a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy. Its 28 journaling prompts offer deep reflection to support us in our anti-racist activism. Download it for free and come share your experiences with CIA!
October 13th, 2018
Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights
WICIR is a local organization working on immigrant rights from all ends of
the issue; emergency response for those threatened with deportation,
legal support and other related resources, as well as political organizing around immigrant policy.
Indigenous Rights & Ending Mass Incarceration in Washtenaw County
Check out Liberate Don't Incarcerate to follow important and liberatory steps to dismantling mass incarceration right here in Washtenaw County. The prosecutor election is coming up soon and there is a lot of information on the candidates here!
Please support the Mashpee Wampanoag indigenous community by adding your name to this petition. Their land, a designated reservation, is being threatened as the federal government debates removing that land’s status as belonging to the Native American tribe.
September 14, 2019
Climate Strike, Pipeline Protest, and Resource Generation
Global Climate Strike!
On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Join locally in Ann Arbor!
Protest the Oil Pipeline in the UP
We must make sure that no tunnel is able to be built and we get Line 5 out of the Great Lakes! Join the phone bank on Sept. 19 from 7-9p.
Are you a young person with class privilege who cares about social justice? RG helps young people address challenges of wealth in an inequitable world and provides guidance for redistribution in game-changing ways. To join locally, contact Lauren.
June 8, 2019
Constructive White Conversations
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. SURJ of Southeast Michigan facilitates race discussion groups for White people on the 1st (in Ann Arbor) and 3rd (in Ypsi) Mondays of every month from 7:30-8:30p. This is a great opportunity to process what you're learning from the Me and White Supremacy Workbook with other White folks!
Email Amanda at
March 9, 2019
Global Climate Strike
As part of the March 15 Global Climate Strike, join students and people across Washtenaw County as we walk out to demand urgent, tangible action on climate change from policy makers at all levels of UM, Washtenaw County, and the state of Michigan. Strike at 11:11am on March 15th, gather at the Diag on UM campus at 12pm.
January 12th, 2019
Indigenous Peoples March
A unification of the Indigenous peoples across the world to stand together bringing awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women, children, and the two spirits. Help bring awareness to:
Missing and murdered Indigenous women
Native Lives Matter
Honor our Earth; Respect our Treaties
Protect Indigenous Children
This event takes place January 18th in Washington DC, follow Indigenous Peoples Movement on Instagram or Twitter or join the movement: indigenouspeoplesmovement@ gmail.com
November 10th, 2018
Michigan Democratic Party
Consider joining the Michigan Democratic Party, it gives you the right to vote in Washtenaw County Dem meetings, where many young activists are working hard to keep the party progressive, relevant, and responsive- your
vote really counts!
HVDSA book club Sat Dec 15 from 2-4 to discuss Emergent Strategy
Resource available: large, free meeting space at Sunward Cohousing, Katy can reserve it for you!