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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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VIDEO: Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice project is coming to Michigan – Why you should care & donate

“From V to Shining V”

Lady Parts-friendly U.S. Senate Candidate Gary Peters and Lizz Winstead, photo by Anne C. Savage

As I’ve been mentioning in the pieces I’ve written about our 10-year “Blogaversary” party, Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice project is coming to Michigan this year with a special event at the Capitol Building in Lansing. And they need your help.

Here’s a bit from their fundraising page:

Who the hell are we and why should you give US your hard earned money?

Because we get shit done. Lizz Winstead, “The Daily Show” co-creator, writer and comedian, and Creative Majority 501(c)(4) co-founders Arun Chaudhary and Scott Goodstein formed Lady Parts Justice to create a series of videos that use humor to reach women and pro-choice voters.

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It’s Eclectablog’s 10-year blogaversary and we’re having a party! Lizz Winstead will be there and you should, too!

OMG!!! 10 years old!!!

It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this for 10 years. But that’s something worth celebrating so we’re having a party! The best part is that Lizz Winstead — comedian, author, co-founder of Air America Radio and co-creator of The Daily Show — will be our special guest. She’ll be doing a special eclectablog comedy set and talking about her exciting new project, Lady Parts Justice, which will be bringing a special political event to Lansing right before the election.

Please come help us celebrate and support Eclectablog writers. We’ll have free beer, free snacks, free Lizz Winstead, and even door prizes!…

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Eclectablog to moderate Plymouth/Canton Dems issues forum this Wednesday

SAVE THE DATE!

On Wednesday night, I’ll be moderating an issues forum organized by the Plymouth and Canton Democratic clubs. The panelists are an all-star cast:

  • Karla Swift, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO
  • David Hecker, president of the American Federation of Teachers of Michigan
  • Emily Dievendorf, executive director of Equality Michigan
  • Libby McGaughey, Vice President of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
  • Heaster Wheeler, an assistant Wayne County CEO and former executive director of the NAACP’s Detroit branch

We will be discussing a wide range of issues including labor, LGBT, education, women’s reproductive rights, voting rights, and social justice, general.…

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EVENTS: Upcoming education forums, EAA Board meeting, and more

Education related events are popping up all over the southeast part of Michigan over the next week. Here is a run-down on those that I have learned about.

FRIENDS OF EDUCATION MEET & GREET – MARCH 8, 2014 (TODAY!) AT NOON IN ANN ARBOR

Today from noon to 2:00 at the Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, a wide variety of elected officials and candidates, including Democratic candidate for Governor Mark Schauer, will be in attendance at a public forum hosted by the Ann Arbor Education Association and the Michigan Education Association. Click the image below for a larger version of the flyer:

There are additional details HERE.…

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ACTION: Marriage equality supporters to hold counter-protest MONDAY MORNING, March 3rd in Detroit

From the fine folks at Equality Michigan:

There are credible rumors that opponents of marriage equality are preparing a rally for 300-600 people TOMORROW morning.

We must respond by turning out in even bigger numbers than we did this past week. Equality Michigan is calling on our members and allies to rally at 8am tomorrow – Monday, March 3 – at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse located at 231 West Lafayette Boulevard in Downtown Detroit.

Show the DeBoer-Rowse family that we have their backs! While those opposing equality will likely be negative in their messages – we encourage everyone to show up with positive and loving messages.

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Netroots Nation ticket prices go up TONIGHT! Plus special rate for Michiganders inside.

You do NOT want to miss this!

As happens every year, the cost of a ticket to Netroots Nation goes up incrementally throughout the year. Tonight prices for the standard rate go up at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time so, if you’re planning on going, GET YOUR TICKET TODAY! You can do so by clicking HERE.

Now, if you’re a Michigander, you can avail yourself of the “locals” price of $195. This is the lowest price you can get a ticket for so definitely take advantage of it by going to http://netroots.me/NN14Local.

This has been your Eclectablog Netroots Nation Public Service Announcement.…

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Equality Michigan’s annual dinner and awards banquet rocks the D

On Saturday night this past weekend, the heroes who are Equality Michigan had their annual fundraising dinner and awards banquet. Although a couple of hundred people attended, it was a surprisingly intimate event on the top floor of the Motor City Casino in Detroit. With the dramatic Detroit skyline dominating the room, LGBT activists and allies gathered to celebrate their achievements and to recognize those who have contributed the most to the cause over the past year.

The following awards were given out:

Partners in Progress AwardBadlands Strategies for their work organizing the Unity Coalition and being a major contributor to the recent success of the One Royal Oak campaign.…

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Ann Arbor Dems to host Annual Strolling Gala fundraiser – March 2nd, 2014

From my pals at the Ann Arbor Democratic Party:

Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Rush Street Lounge on 314 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104, next to The Ark, between Liberty Ave. and William Street.

Please join us for an evening fun featuring great hors d’oeuvres donated from local restaurants (lots of vegetarian and vegan options), desserts, drinks (wine/beer), live music by Shema, Daniel Feranandes, Leigh Daniels and more, guest speakers and other entertainment (Belly dancing). A local Judge will be on hand to renew wedding vows for married couples.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $75 for two in advance, $35 for students or $50 at the door.…

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Eastern Michigan University students and faculty rally to call for severing ties with the EAA

Yesterday nearly 50 intrepid souls braved the “raining Slurpees” weather to attend a rally on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. They were there to protest EMU’s partnership with Governor Snyder’s failed education experiment with Detroit students – the Education Achievement Authority.

The event was organized by the campus group Students for an Ethical and Participatory Education (SEPE) and was well-attended by the students themselves.

Steve Camron, a professor in the Education department, has shown tremendous leadership in urging the EMU Regents and administration to sever their ties with the EAA. Here is a transcript of his remarks during the rally:

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