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GUEST POST: Ann Arbor super activist Michael Rains explains why he is Getting Out the Vote and how YOU can, too!

I first encountered my dear friend Michael Rains on the streets of Ann Arbor. He had a cart he has dubbed “the Democracy Machine” and there was a crowd of people around him, waiting to sign petitions to recall Governor Snyder and to repeal Michigan’s anti-democratic Emergency Manager law. If there is a crowd of people in Ann Arbor – and often elsewhere in the state – Michael can often be found there with the Democracy Machine, distributing information and gathering petition signatures for causes he believes in.

Today, Michael is sharing with us his reasons for getting out the vote (GOTV) for the November Election and has information on how you can get involved, too.…

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EVENT: “Women in Politics” Meet-and-Greet featuring Lisa Brown, Debbie Dingell, and many others – Oct 7th in Ann Arbor

Next Tuesday, October 7th, the Ann Arbor Dems along with the Washtenaw Community College Political Science Club are hosting a “Women in Politics” meet-and-greet on the campus of Washtenaw Community College. Attending the event is an all-star line-up of exceptional Democratic women from around the state:

  • Lisa Brown, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
  • Chairwoman Debbie Dingell, Candidate for United States Congress, 12th District
  • Shari Pollesch, Michigan State Senate, 22nd District
  • Rep. Gretchen Driskell, Michigan State House of Representatives, 52nd District
  • Veronique Liem, Candidate for Washtenaw County Circuit Judge
  • Judge Deborah A. Thomas, Democratic Party Nominee for Michigan Supreme Court Justice
  • Tracy Van den Bergh, Candidate for Washtenaw County Probate Judge

Here are the full details:


Women In Politics

Please Join
-Hosts-

Hedieh Briggs ▪ Louis Green ▪ Mike Henry
-Sponsors-
The Ann Arbor Democratic Party ▪ Washtenaw Community College Political Science Club (Committee in Formation)
for a Meet & Greet Reception with special guests

Lisa Brown, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Judge Deborah A.

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EVENT: Ann Arbor fundraiser for Democratic Secretary of State candidate Godfrey Dillard this Tuesday – 9/23/14

This coming Tuesday, September 23, 2014, there will be a fundraiser for Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Godfrey Dillard at Mélange in Ann Arbor starting at 6:00 p.m. Dillard is trailing incumbent Republican among definite voters by only 4.4% in one poll, just outside the margin of error, despite having just become a candidate. In another poll, he’s in a statistical dead heat, and in a final poll, he’s leading her by 3.6 points.

Here are the details:

HONORARY HOST
Honorable Rep. Jeff Irwin (State House Representative)
Honorable Monica Ross-Williams (Ypsilanti Township Park Commissioner)

HOST COMMITTEE
John Carter * Michael Henry * Wilma Gold-Jones
Robyn McCoy * Christina Montague * Ronnie Peterson

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Host – $50.00
Guest – $25.00

Melange Bistro
312 S Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(Corner of S.

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EVENT: Livestream of Citizens United debate between David Cobb & James Bopp in Ann Arbor – 9/8/14


Move to Amend’s David Cobb

Tomorrow night, the Ann Arbor-area group Reclaim Our American Democracy (ROAD) will livestream a public debate between Move to Amend‘s David Cobb and corporate attorney James Bopp over the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision. The event takes place at the Pittsfield Township Hall (Pittsfield Township Administration Building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor) and starts at 7:00 p.m.

I have interviewed Cobb twice, HERE and HERE.

Here is a description of Monday’s event:

“Citizens Divided: Corporate Money, Speech, and Politics” – Public Debate featuring David Cobb & James Bopp
September 8, 2014

Indiana University in Bloomington will host a public debate between David Cobb of Move to Amend’s National Leadership Team and James Bopp, General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech.

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PHOTOS: 300 gather to support public education in Ann Arbor

Yesterday, nearly 300 teachers and advocates gathered in Ann Arbor for a rally to support public education, sponsored by Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change (M-TAC). Attendees listened to speakers like State Representative Jeff Irwin, Ann Arbor Education Association President Linda Carter, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift, and Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher Quinn Strassel. The headliner for the event was Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Lisa Brown. Brown reminded the crowd which candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor are on the side of teachers, students, and public education, in general. (HINT: It’s not Snyder/Calley.) She told the crowd that education is the number one priority for her and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer.…

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REMINDER: Michigan Teachers & Allies for Change rally for public schools in Ann Arbor TODAY!

I am reposting this as a reminder that there is a rally to support public education TODAY in Ann Arbor from 5:30-6:30 at Liberty Plaza. Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Lisa Brown will be the headliner.
Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change (M-TAC), a grassroots group of teachers and allies working on behalf of public education, is hosting a rally in support of public education this TODAY, from 5:30 to 6:30. The event will take place at Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor.

Speakers include Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Lisa Brown, State Representative Jeff Irwin, Ann Arbor Education Association president Linda Carter, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift, and Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher Quinn Strassel, among others.…

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EVENT: Michigan Teachers & Allies for Change rally for public schools in Ann Arbor this THURSDAY, 8/28/14

Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change (M-TAC), a grassroots group of teachers and allies working on behalf of public education, is hosting a rally in support of public education this Thursday, August 28th, from 5:30 to 6:30. The event will take place at Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor.

Speakers include Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Lisa Brown, State Representative Jeff Irwin, Ann Arbor Education Association president Linda Carter, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift, and Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher Quinn Strassel, among others.

The event will also include readings from the 2014 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Team and free ice cream and face painting for kids.…

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EVENT: Citizens Climate Lobby to discuss climate change and how you can get involved – Ann Arbor, 8/11/14

A newly-formed chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby in Ann Arbor is holding an event on Monday, August 11th, 2014 at the Ecology Center titled “Climate Change: Learn How YOU Can Make A Difference!” The speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Del Buono, MD, a Climate Reality Presenter and Citizens’ Climate Lobby Volunteer and she will discuss global warming and why it is urgent that we take action to address this problem.

From their Facebook event page:

Dr. Buono will explain the solution proposed by Citizens’ Climate Lobby and favored by economists as the most efficient way to transition away from fossil fuels: placing a price on greenhouse gas emissions, and she will teach us how we can become citizen advocates to ensure that this solution is enacted.…
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EVENT: Activists work to stop oil exploration and drilling in Washtenaw County

A new group has formed called Citizens for Oil-free Backyards (COFBY)to oppose oil and gas exploration, drilling, and extraction in Scio Township, just outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in other parts of Michigan. Their efforts are in response to an effort by Traverse City-based West Bay Exploration to begin exploring for oil in Scio Township. More than 300 people attended the first hearing (more on that HERE.)

Tomorrow, COFBY is holding an informational session in at the Scio Township Hall from 7:30-9:30. The speaker will be environmental consultant and former Department of Environomental Quality official Dr. Christopher Grobbel. Click the image below for a PDF flyer for the event:

The group’s efforts are gaining widespread support.…

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Univ. of Michigan law prof Steven Croley confirmed by Senate as general counsel for U.S. Energy Dept.

University of Michigan law professor Steven Croley was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as general counsel for the U.S. Energy Department this week. Croley, the husband of State Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, has been working for the White House as deputy assistant and deputy counsel to President Obama and spends his weeks working at the White House. He is currently on leave from his position as professor at the University of Michigan law school.

A University of Michigan law professor will become the top attorney at the U.S. Department of Energy after the U.S. Senate voted Monday to confirm his appointment.…
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