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CALLING ALL PROGRESSIVE PARTNERS! Eclectablog needs YOUR support!

The time has come for me to make a direct appeal to the progressive organizations that we support every single day here at Eclectablog. Whether your cause is the environment, labor, education, LGBTQ, legislative, or the myriad other issues that we cover on this site, our writers work very hard to make sure your message gets out, particularly here in Michigan.

Now we are coming to YOU, our partners in the fight, to show your support for US. We have a fundraiser coming up on July 11th and we need sponsors. You, your candidate, or your organization can sponsor at one of several levels:

  • PLATINUM Level: $2,500
  • GOLD Level: $1,000
  • SILVER Level: $500
  • BRONZE Level: $250

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Announcing three new sponsors of the 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party

We’re pleased to announce three new sponsors of our 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party, all at the Bronze Level.

First we have Planned Parenthood of Michigan, a group whose amazing work and advocacy we write about regularly at Eclectablog.

The second group is Friend of the Blog Clean Water Action. Their amazing work protecting our state’s vital waters is as important as they are effective.

And, last but not least, is DiSano Strategies headed up by the inestimable Joe DiSano. Joe is a veteran political consultant helping Democrats get elected and promoting progressive causes.

We thank ALL of our sponsors for their generous support.…

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Announcing our first Eclectafundraiser sponsor: The Michigan Nurses Association

Announcing our first Eclectafundraiser sponsor: The Michigan Nurses Association

As I wrote about last week, on July 11th, Team Eclectablog is holding its 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party at the Arbor Brewing Microbrewery (“Corner Brewery”) in Ypsilanti from 7-9 p.m. It will be a fun event with free beer, free food, and a free Belgian Eclectagrog beer glass. We are asking for a minimum donation of $25. Donations and sponsorships go toward making sure that Eclectablog remains a vital part of the progressive community both here and Michigan and nationally and that our writers are compensated for their amazing writing and creative output.

Sponsorships are available at four levels:

  • Platinum Level – $2,500
  • Gold Level – $1,000
  • Silver Level – $500
  • Bronze Level – $250

Sponsorships include free passes to the party, free Eclectagrog beer glasses, frequent mention on the site leading up to the event, and your logo or name on our sponsorship board.…

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SAVE THE DATE: Eclectafundraiser party JULY 11th wsg Fmr. Congressman John Dingell & Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

SAVE THE DATE: Eclectafundraiser party JULY 11th wsg Fmr. Congressman John Dingell & Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

The folks here at Team Eclectablog are thrilled to announce the date of the 2015 Eclectablog Fundraiser Party. The event takes place at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (formerly The Corner Brewery) in Ypsilanti, Michigan on July 11th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This year, our special guests will be former Congressman John Dingell and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. We will be honoring John Dingell by crowning him “The Dean of Twitter”. Anyone who has followed his Twitter feed will understand why! As a special treat, Mr. Dingell will be reading some of his “greatest hits” tweets.

Please come help us celebrate my 11th Blogaversary and, more importantly, support Eclectablog writers.…

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In my beginning God created me

This is the first chapter of my new story The Not-So-Holy Bible, which is about a boy trying to fix his mom and himself so they can escape his miserable grandparents. You can get it free for your e-reader here with the code PA52P.

My hope is you’ll enjoy it then share it and give it a positive review — or not!

In my beginning God created me.

And that was nice, I suppose. Though it mostly went downhill from there. But life was never unbearable for long, not until we had to move in with my grandparents and I found out—despite my best efforts and bumperstickers constantly assuring me otherwise—God hates me.…

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Introducing our newest Eclectablogger: Judy Matlock

Introducing our newest Eclectablogger: Judy Matlock

As I so frequently say during our fundraisers, it’s your contributions that not only allow me to pay the regular contributors here at Eclectablog a small token for their creative output, but also make it possible for me to bring on new writers. Last week, in a bit of a “soft launch”, we published the first piece by our newest Eclectablogger Judy Matlock.

I first met Judy in the comments section of Eclectablog. While we have many terrific commenters on this site, Judy’s comments stood out from the others. They showed a level of “insight with an edge” that got my attention.…

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A heartfelt thank you, a racially-conscious redneck, and cats freaking out with bananas

I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who came through in such a profound way for this quarter’s fundraiser. Thanks to your generosity we have enough in the coffer to keep paying our writers and even bring on a new one (who I will be announcing soon.) In particular, the response to Anne’s Facebook post was nothing short of amazing.

Since it’s the last day, I thought I’d dispense with the blah and share my favorite two videos from the week with you. Information on how donate on this final day of the fundraiser follows the second video. And, once again, THANK YOU!

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It takes an internet community...

It takes an internet community…

Earlier this week, I was feeling pretty low. It was Day Two of our quarterly fundraiser and we had gotten a single donation of ten dollars. Usually by the second day we have a couple hundred, at least. It seemed like we were headed for a disastrous week and, with my business checking account nearly drained, there would be no way to pay my writers. I feel pretty certain that all of the Eclectablog writers would do it for free but, although some may see it as a mistake, I simply won’t bring on writers unless I can pay them at least something.…

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Living our progressive values every day

Living our progressive values every day

While we work toward a better America for everyone, we must act “as if.”

Progress takes time. Consider that the first President to propose universal health insurance was Teddy Roosevelt, but the first major step toward that kind of health reform didn’t happen until Barack Obama’s presidency.

But the Affordable Care Act did become law because Democrats and progressives never lost sight of their ultimate goal. It happened because we never stopped working toward that goal and we held fast to the values we share — the values that define who we are.

Democrats and progressives want America to be a place where no one goes broke because they were diagnosed with a serious illness.…

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Has something you rely on ever disappeared?

Throughout the course of my work as a broadcaster, blogger, activist and advocate I often wonder where I would be without Eclectablog. What if, as I shudder, Eclectablog didn’t exist? What then?

I asked Chris Savage, the founder and editor of this great blog, how does he do what he does? How is he so plugged in? (and I am NOT unfamiliar to being plugged in.) He said it was a result of all the mailing lists that he is on. Well, I am on many, if not most, of the same lists. So, although I appreciated his dismissal of my praise, I wasn’t convinced that it was just mailing lists.…

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