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Ann Arbor for Public Power

May 2022 Newsletter

 

 

Second annual Public Power Festival: Sunday, May 22, 2022, Burns Park Shelter from 5-9 pm.

Our campaign for an Ann Arbor municipal electric utility continues to advance. Help us celebrate at Burns Park on Sunday, May 22—we’d love to see you in person. Our newly formed Advisory Board will share their thoughts with us. There will be food trucks, two music ensembles (Mustard’s Retreat and Ralph McKee Blues Band), games for children, free children’s books about climate action, and free native plants. An artist will develop a painting on an environmental theme to share with all of us. We will have A2P2 t-shirts, caps, yard signs, and bumper stickers. Participate in the silent auction, which you can do in-person on the day of the festival. Also, bring you own chair! There aren’t enough at the Shelter for all of us.

      We are asking for a suggested donation of $20 at the event however you can pre-register for the Public Power Festival instead here. By pre-registering you can select different tiers of support that will include various A2P2 materials, such as a yard sign, t-shirt, cap, bumper sticker. See below what these look like!

 

 

 

Become a Supporter Today!

Unfortunately our fight for a green future is expensive, if you can please consider becoming a supporter to help us! You can make a one time donation here,  however we have just added a new monthly supporter option that will be billed every month. Please consider signing up to become a recurring monthly supporter to help fund a clean and publicly owned future here!

A2P2 presents the municipal electric utility at the May 26 Ann Arbor Environmental Commission. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm

On Thursday, May 26th, A2P2’s president, Greg Woodring, will present to the Ann Arbor Environmental Commission about a municipal electric utility. This will be a virtual meeting. You can watch it on CTN, the city’s video channel: here’s the link to access it directly. We’re grateful to the Environmental Commission for this opportunity.

Join us at Green Fair, Friday June 10, 2022

We’ll be at the Green Fair together with other local “Green” organizations. Time: 6pm-9pm. Location: Downtown Main Street and the Council Commons. (They will be closed to vehicle traffic.) We had a great time at last year’s fair. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors.

In case you missed our Round Table #3 on April 21, 2022, it’s still available on our website.

The theme of Round Table #3 was “Public Power Around the Country: Campaigns and Exemplary Existing Munis; the Path to 100% Renewable Electricity?” Panelists included Maine State Rep. Seth Berry for Our Power Maine, Ursula Schryver, Vice-President of Strategic Member Engagement & Education for the American Public Power Association (APPA), and Darren Springer, General Manager of the Burlington Electric Department and its Burlington VT Municipal Electric Utility. You can find it here on our youtube.

Read about “the power of community utilities: mobilizing anchor institutions, expanding democratic ownership” in this article by the Democracy Collaborative

The article starts with the premise that we need to eliminate fossil fuels. Recommendations for action include “Resisting Privatization, Democratization, Organizing to Contest for Power and Control, Public-Public and Public-Community Partnerships,” and many more. Available here!

Welcome, Volunteers!

If you’d like to get involved with A2P2, contact us at annarborpublicpower@gmail.com. Let us know how you would like to help. For example, you can put up one of our handsome new yard signs on your lawn. For the more ambitious, become a campaign organizer. Also, we’ll be spreading the word about our muni in door-to-door canvassing or through social media. If you have a special skill, let us know. All are welcome.

Join our Discord

Want to join the fight for energy justice and democracy in Ann Arbor? Join the discussion in Ann Arbor for Public Power's Discord server! Our Discord server has up-to-date information about our plans and events. To join, send an email to annarborpublicpower@gmail.com with "Discord" in the subject line and we'll send you an invite!

The situation in Ukraine

As we stated before, we lament Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a war that is claiming many lives. Our sympathies are with the Ukrainian people as they suffer from the senseless violence of armed conflict. We admire their determination to fight for their country. We hope that a ceasefire and end to the hostilities can be negotiated as soon as possible.

 

In the meantime

We’re proud to be doing our part in Ann Arbor to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and to establish our own municipal electric utility. Please join us. We welcome everyone to our events. Check out our website at annarborpublicpower.org or contact us directly at annarborpublicpower@gmail.com.

Have questions, concerns, or just want to say hi? Reach out to A2P2 at annarborpublicpower@gmail.com!
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