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Day 1: 3rd Quarter fundraiser – Eclectablog represents for Michigan, represents for YOU. Please help support US!

Support your local bloggers!

This week we’ll be coming to you once a day for our second quarter fundraiser. I am determined to prove that we can have a successful site where all of the writers are paid. However, that can only happen with support from our readers. Your financial support will also allow us to bring on new writers, something I am keen to do in the coming year.

This past week, Team Eclectablog was at the Netroots Nation conference, helping to promote the causes that we care about and representing on behalf of our state and on behalf of YOU.…

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Today is the day of my actual 10-year blogging anniversary – see my humble beginnings

Although we held our 10-year Blogaversary party last Thursday on May Day, today is the actual anniversary of my very first blog post. Yup, that’s me. With hair.

My first blog was on a site called Modblog and you can view my very first, utterly lame post HERE.

If this doesn’t get your attention, I could …

… just…
… disappear…

Right?

*ahem*

OK.

It’s like this: I like to write. I like to express myself. BUT! I have a really hard time doing this when I don’t have an audience, I pretty much just sit there in front of the keyboard with zero inspiration.

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PHOTOS: The Eclectablog 10-year Blogaversary party a smashing success!

Wow.


Team Eclectablog: (l-r) Jason Sattler (LOLGOP), Charles Gaba (Brainwrap), me, Anne C. Savage, Amy Lynn Smith, and Emma White

Last night’s Eclectablog 10-year Blogaversary party exceeded my expectations in so many ways. We had a tremendous turnout of over 100 people. Everyone who came received an Eclectagrog beer glass (pictured at right), we sold t-shirts, raffled off t-shirts and beer glasses, Lizz Winstead on your answering machine, and the most highly-sought after prizes, four of Anne’s amazing photos.

Below are some photos of the night.


Roger Kerson, Board member of the Ann Arbor Area Transit Authority and all-around good guy explains the importance of passing the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti/Ypsilanti Township transit millage next Tuesday


Some bald dude blathering

The highlight of the evening was having Lizz Winstead talking about her Lady Parts Justice project which is bringing their “V to Shining V” tour to Michigan on September 27th as part of a 50-state effort to make sure Republicans are held accountable at the ballot box for their anti-women legislative actions.…

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Eclectablog 10-year Blogaversary party sponsorship update

We’ve had a great response to our call for sponsors for the Eclectablog 10-year “Blogaversary” party that’s happening on May 1st, 7-9 p.m. at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (formerly the Corner Brewery) in Ypsilanti.

Here’s the latest list:

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS

SILVER LEVEL SPONSOR

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSOR

We are incredibly grateful for the generous support of these amazing partners.

Candidates, progressive partners, unions, and others are invited to join these esteemed and valued sponsors in helping support Michigan’s premier progressive blog.

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(Updated x2) ATTENTION CANDIDATES & PROGRESSIVE PARTNERS! Sponsorships for the Eclectablog 10-year Blogaversary party now available!

We’re pleased to announce our first three four five sponsors for the Eclectablog 10-year “Blogaversary” party that’s happening on May 1st, 7-9 p.m. at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (formerly the Corner Brewery) in Ypsilanti.

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS

SILVER LEVEL SPONSOR

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSOR

We are incredibly grateful for the generous support of these amazing partners.

Candidates, progressive partners, unions, and others are invited to join these esteemed and valued sponsors in helping support Michigan’s premier progressive blog. You can do so at the Gold Level ($1,000), Silver Level ($500), or Bronze Level ($250).…

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Team Eclectablog join the Farmington/Farmington Hills Dems & Kalamazoo Dems this week

If you are in the Farmington Hills area on Wednesday this week, April 16th, please consider joining Anne and I for an Eclectablog presentation to the Farmington/Farmington Hills Democratic Club. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be at the Pipefitters Local 636, 30100 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills. Their Facebook event page is HERE.

The following night, Thursday, April 17th, we’ll be with the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party. That event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at Theo & Stacy’s at 5225 Portage Rd, Kalamazoo. Their Facebook event page is HERE.

At both events, Anne will talk about her photography and her time as a White House photographer during the 2012 presidential election.…

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Last Day, Second Quarter fundraiser

I won’t bore you with a list of reasons to support Eclectablog. You’ve seen them all already this week : ) We simply ask that, if you find value in what you read here, you make a small contribution to keep us going.

Thanks so much.

Here’s how you can contribute:

First, you can make your donation using the PayPal link below. You can change the amount if you wish. The default is $50, less than $1 per week — way less than you would spend on a newspaper subscription, and less than it would cost to buy even a gas station coffee once a week.…

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Day 6, Second Quarter fundraiser: Good news! Federal law allows unlimited donations to Eclectablog!

Speak loudly

We are in an epic battle in this country, particularly here in Michigan, to wrest control of our elections and our government back from the corporate giants that are increasingly more powerful. On one side you have a national network of groups coordinated under the State Policy Network which pump massive infusions of cash into groups like the Mackinac Center. The Mackinac Center then churns out pro-corporatist, anti-labor, anti-public schools propaganda masquerading as “news” and “journalism” and their writers are paid handsomely to do it. They even hire former journalists for these paid positions.

On the other side you have people like the team here at Eclectablog.…

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Day 5, Second Quarter Fundraiser: The life you improve may be your own

Will blog for change.

I won’t lie, I hate asking people for money. It’s the primary reason I would be reluctant to run for office, in fact. But, the reality is that, if we want to sustain the model we have at Eclectablog where writers are paid for their work, we have to do it. As progressives, we talk a LOT about fair wages and treating people with dignity so it’s a model we’re compelled to adopt if we’re going to be true to our values. It’s also the right thing to do.

But here’s an interesting thing: when you give to the causes that you support, it improves your own life in sometimes unanticipated ways.…

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Day 4 (Second Quarter Fundraiser): Knowledge is power — and it can outsmart big money

Bottom line: You need us and we need you.

You know what we’re up against. There’s a giant pile of money being shoveled into Republican campaigns, more than ever since the Supreme Court ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC.

But there’s something money can’t buy: The passion and energy of dedicated people who are devoted to making this country a better place to live and work. Not just for the wealthiest few, but for every single American.

Those dedicated people are you. They’re us. They’re everyone who is going to step up to help Democrats win in 2014 and stem the tide of corporate influence and ruthless attacks on the middle class.…

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