Reimagine Community: “Meet the Candidate”

Reimagine what we can accomplish together in pursuit of justice and equity.

Episode 3, was recorded at The N-Word, Inc. Studios in Ypsilanti Township, at 10:00am (EST) on a rainy Saturday, July 30, 2016. IG chats with D’Real R. Graham, a ‘write-in’ candidate for County Prosecutor.

Intentional Grounding is a podcast broadcast on The Keep Ypsi Black platforms to about seven hundred and thirty-four listeners. It is produced by The N-Word, Inc. –a multimedia branch of Radical Washtenaw, delivered to listeners by social media. It is also the only podcast produced, directed, and hosted by #blkflk in Washtenaw County.

Meet and Greet with D’Real R. Graham from 6:30-8:00 on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at beezy’s lab located at 23 North Washington Street, downtown Ypsilanti. (Q&A 6:30-7:30, Dance Party 7:30-8:00.)

Q&A with D’Real R. Graham + Voter Registration Drive from 6:30-8:00 on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Friends Closet located at 310 Perrin Street, downtown Ypsilanti. (Q&A 7:15-8:00, Voter Registration 6:30-8:00.)

Meet and Greet with D’Real R. Graham from 6:30-8:00 on Friday, September 23, 2016 at The Hunter Residence* located on the Upper Westside of Ann Arbor. (Q&A 7:15-8:00, Voter Registration 6:30-8:00.) *Location details available at 734-417-4145.

(Pop-up) Meet and Greet with D’Real R. Graham from 5-7:30 on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Prospect Skate Park located near East Cross Street at Prospect Road in Ypsilanti. (Q&A 5:30-6, Voter Registration + Open Skate 5-7:30.)

Tune in AM1700 (located at 33 North Washington Street, downtown Ypsilanti, MI) on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 6pm; catch DRG in conversation w/ Mark A. Maynard re: corrections + local critical issues.

Pop-up Voter Registration Drive at Project 23 (located at 23 North Washington Street, downtown Ypsilanti, MI), 6:30-9:30, Friday, October 7, 2016. Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016.

#ReimagineCommunity w/ DRG at the Washtenaw County Prosecutor Candidates Forum, 9:45-10:15pm, Tuesday, October 11, CTN Studios, 2805 South Industrial Highway, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI.

Act on your values w/ + join D’Real at the Women’s Council of Washtenaw County and The A2Y Regional Chamber’s 2016 Ballot Overview and Candidate Mixer on Tuesday, October 18th from 4-6 at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center (Superior Room); 4135 Washtenaw Avnuee, Ann Arbor, MI.

Reimagine Community w/ D’Real at the 2016 Political Minority Community Forum (presented by the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Black Chamber of Commerce), 1-4pm, Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center (located at 4135 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI). 

Join the Election 2016 Roundtable Discussion w/ the Washtenaw Reds at the Ann Arbor District Library (located at 343 South Fifth Street, downtown Ann Arbor, MI 48104), 1-3pm, Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Tune in FM88.3 (WCBN-FM is the student-run radio station of the University of Michigan) on Monday, October 31, 2016 at noon; catch @DRG4P in conversation w/ Silas Green re: corrections + local critical issues.

#DRG4P is scheduled to participate in the Community Conversation + Local Candidate Forum at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Koessler Room, Michigan League, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; 911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104). This forum will run from 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. And will be hosted by university* students (*the University of Michigan Vote Mob representatives, Michigan Student Power Network, Divest and Invest Campaign, and Students for Clean Energy) working to bring justice and change to their campus.

Join @drg4p at Project 23 (located at 23 North Washington Street, downtown Ypsilanti) around 6:30 on Friday, November 4, 2016 as FRDM HALL premiere Ava DuVernay’s new documentary 13TH. Write-in Candidate for County Prosecutor, D’Real Graham will introduce the film, and refreshments will be provided. This event is free of charge.

The#‎ElectionPartyReimaginedwas designed as an intentional event for uplifting and affirming the lives of communitarians of color. This courageous space, Project 23, will serve as an intersectional space from 7:30-9pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, to love, uplift, and make time to embrace community, especially queer, trans and gender non-conforming communitarians of color.

D’Real will be in conversation with the My Brother’s Keeper core members re: the current policy and equity landscape in Washtenaw County from 8:30-11:30am on Monday, November 14, 2016 in the Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center Ballroom (room 300A). Reserve a seat at the table and discuss the challenges around the MBK milestones and initiatives in Washtenaw County, and how you can be apart of it as a freedom fighter here.

Join #drg4p at the upcoming Ypsi Youth Summit. This summit will focus on the development of a unified Ypsilanti Youth Advisory Council. It has been a topic of discussion for the past six months and many of our community partners agree that a youth council is needed and should be comprised of the whole community. Please bring your youth and join us from 10am-2pm, on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in Room 201 at the EMU College of Business for what we hope will be the next step in bring youth leadership and advocacy to the 48197 and 48198 zip codes.

D’Real selected as Student Body President / Vice President Campaign Manager for Annie Somerville and Kangakana Koli — Eastern Michigan University students. Learn more by clicking the following hashtag #SomervilleKoli2017, and/or the hashtag #AimingforTruth for details.

D’Real appointed to the Human Relations Commission by Mayor, Amanda Edmonds, December 2016.

D’Real confirmed as Human Relations Commissioner by City Council, Ypsilanti, MI, January 2017.

Why Should You Be A Youth Leader?–Saturday Workshop taught by @drg4p, Sat., Feb. 4, 2017 at #826michigan, 1-3PM.

Join D’Real Graham at Palmer Commons at University of Michigan (located at 100 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI), from 7-9PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 as Muslim Students’ Association at U-M premiere Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13TH. City of Ypsilanti Human Relations Commissioner, D’Real Graham will be available post-film screening to chat about public safety, and refreshments will be provided. This event is free of charge.

“Real Talk” panel discussion -an opportunity to discuss real issues that affect young black men and our society and how to overcome the stigmas they create – w/ @drg4p at the Neutral Zone (located at  310 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI), Sat., February 18, 2017, 1:15-2:30PM.

Join D’Real Graham and Tyler Weston from 3:00-4:00pm (EST), on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse for a sixty minute discussion about how intentionally bridging communities can support improved human relations and increased coalition building. Please consider joining us for this roundtable discussion on civility, the choice between liberation and complicity, + community engagement. The upcoming roundtable will be a great opportunity for all of us to decolonize our minds and reimagine community.

Learn more about the Winter/Spring 2017 Building an Equitable City forum series here:

“Public Health / Public Safety” in-class discussion -an opportunity to discuss real issues that affect young people and our society and how to overcome the stigmas they create – w/ @drg4p at the Washtenaw International High School (located at  510 Emerick Street, Ypsilanti, MI), Fri., May 8, 2017, 8:00-10:30AM.

Offsetting Your Carbon Footprint –Saturday Workshop taught by @drg4p, Sat., June 3, 2017 at #826michigan, 4:00-5:30PM.

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Episode 2.