Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, government entities, community leaders, and schools in Washtenaw County worked together to slow the spread of the virus and distribute the vaccine. More than 60% of Washtenaw County residents over 16 years of age have now received at least one dose of the vaccine. This public health achievement is in no small part due to the efforts of these groups to expand access and locate pop-up clinics in schools, churches, and community centers. Cross-sector collaboration allowed the county to overcome traditional barriers in serving the hardest-to-reach communities.
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Pride Month and PEG is a proud supporter! However, PEG’s primary function is to promote equality in government. The ACLU has a comprehensive list of these bills, divided by category and has links to each specific bill in the state legislature showing descriptions, status, and more. Click Here for actions you can take to support local, state, and national policies and legislation for our LGBTQ+ neighbors.
Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19,1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas and other parts of the southwest. The day is honored or recognized as a day of remembrance in 47 states. 2021 marks the 27th anniversary of the A2-NAACP’s Juneteenth observation here in Ann Arbor, however this is the first year the city officially recognizes the date as a holiday. To get the week started, Chuck Newman will focus on Juneteenth for his Conversations! show, sponsored by the JCC, on Sunday, June 13 at 7:30 pm. Guests will be William Hampton, President of the A2 Branch of the NAACP and PEG’s own Leslie McGraw, descendant of the Elbert Williams, a NAACP officer and voting rights activist killed in the line of duty. RSVP Here. Find out more information about this and other Juneteenth events under Events. Watch the virtual 2020 Juneteenth celebration in Ann Arbor below.