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Another progressive take on the #BlackLivesMatter protest at Netroots Nation

Another progressive take on the #BlackLivesMatter protest at Netroots Nation

I’m on a listserv along with Working Families Party communications director Joe Dinkin. He posted his initial response to the #BlackLivesMatter protest at the presidential candidates townhall meeting at Netroots Nation last Saturday that I found to be one of the most impressive analyses of the event that I’ve read. He turned it into a piece for The Nation titled “Bernie Sanders Blew a Huge Opportunity at Netroots Nation“, apiece that I highly commend your attention to. Here are a couple of excerpts to whet your appetite:

With the protest, Sanders was presented an opportunity on a silver platter: He could overcome his perceived negatives and grow his base.…
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GUEST POST: A perspective of the Netroots Nation #BlackLivesMatter protest from a person of color

The following is a guest post from Sommer Foster, the Political Director for Equality Michigan and a long time political activist. Like Anne and me, Sommer was at the #BlackLivesMatter protest during the presidential candidates’ townhall meeting last Saturday at the Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix. Anne and I have shared our perspectives as white progressive allies. Sommer brings the perspective of a person of color, someone who lives with the plague of systemic racism and discrimination every day of her life. It’s a powerful perspective, one that should be shared widely.

You can follow Sommer on Twitter at…

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[PHOTOS] #BlackLivesMatter protest at Netroots Nation through the eyes of a photographer.


I’m processing the protest. I’m processing the articles written about the protest. I’m processing comments people are leaving about the protest. I’m processing how prevalent racism still is, even in the progressive community. And I’m processing my photographs.

As I go through the hundreds of images I took during the presidential candidate town hall protest at Netroots Nation on Saturday I understand how my reaction to the protest unfolded. It was chaotic event, but the protesters were impressive. They stood strong, they were organized and they were persistent. The crowd was mostly uncomfortable and annoyed, and the candidates showed their true colors.…

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Post-Netroots Nation reflections on the #BlackLivesMatter protest - it's time to reject "respectability politics"

Post-Netroots Nation reflections on the #BlackLivesMatter protest – it’s time to reject “respectability politics”

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Dr. Martin Luther King

NOTE: You can view more photos from the event in Anne’s post HERE.

In the two days since black activists from the #BlackLivesMatter movement took over a Netroots Nation townhall forum with presidential candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, much ink, virtual and otherwise, has been spilled discussing the action. As I write this, our reporting on it (HERE) has had over 36,000 pageviews and nearly 500 comments. It’s been discussed in countless articles and hashed over on multiple television programs.…

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White progressives get a taste of anger & frustration as #BlackLivesMatter activists upstage Bernie Sanders

NOTE: This post has been updated HERE and you can see more photos from the protest in Anne’s post HERE.

The main event at the Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix, Arizona this year was a “Presidential Town Hall” featuring one-on-one discussions between journalist and undocumented American Jose Antonio Vargas and presidential candidates Governor Martin O’Malley and Senator Bernie Sanders.

I was sitting at a table in the front of the stage when the doors opened. Within moments, a wave of Sanders supported washed into the room to get seats as close to the podium as possible. Many were wearing green Robin Hood caps and sporting large Bernie head signs.…

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VIDEO: John Dingell named “The Dean of Twitter”, reads some of his “greatest hits” tweets LIVE at the Eclectafundraiser

Last Saturday evening, history was made when former Congressman and Dean of the House John Dingell was named “The Dean of Twitter” at the 2nd Annual Eclectablog Fundraiser Party. At the party, he was presented with a custom-made “Dean of Twitter” stole and then he read some of our favorite tweets.

But, not only that. He interspersed his readings with some additional quips and comments that had the audience laughing and applauding throughout. You won’t want to miss it.

Lots of Anne’s photos from the event can be seen HERE.

A HUGE shout out, thanks, a deep gratitude to Brian Greminger of Honey Creek Video.…

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PHOTOS: The 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser with special guest John Dingell, the newly-crowned #DeanOfTwitter

Last night’s 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser is in the can and, in my opinion, it simply could not have gone better. We had well over 100 folks come by, the beer lasted until the very end, and we didn’t run out of Eclectagrog beer glasses to give away.

Oh, yeah. This happened, too:

Yes, history was made when, after being crowned “The Dean of Twitter” and bedecked with a custom-made stoll, the legendary John Dingell read 11 of his most hilarious tweets. He nailed it and made them even more entertaining by providing a little commentary with most of them.

Here are some of Anne’s photos of the event.…

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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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INTERVIEW: Progress Michigan’s Lonnie Scott on their upcoming fundraiser comedy show with The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal

“We wanted to bring everyone in the progressive community together to talk about issues that they are concerned about and working on every day and to have some fun doing it.”

As I wrote about last week, our friends at Progress Michigan are having fundraiser in Ann Arbor on June 3rd that features comedian Al Madrigal from The Daily Show along with others. I sat down with Progress Michigan Executive Director Lonnie Scott to discuss the show, why it is necessary, and what people can expect.

Information on purchasing tickets can be found at the end of the interview.
Tell us a little bit about Progress Michigan.

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EVENT: TOMORROW Wayne State University hosts talk on "Understanding the Complexities of Teaching and Learning in Urban Settings"

EVENT: TOMORROW Wayne State University hosts talk on “Understanding the Complexities of Teaching and Learning in Urban Settings”

Tomorrow night, the Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative for Critical Urban Studies will host its innaugural event, a presentation by Dr. David E. Kirkland titled “The Practice of Freedom – Understanding the Complexities of Teaching and Learning in Urban Settings”.

The Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative is a newly-formed group and is headed up by the amazing Friend of the Blog Dr. Thomas Pedroni, Associate Professor for Curriculum Studies at Wayne State University. The Collaborative was founded in September 2014 to honor the lifework and vision of Leonard Kaplan, an uncompromising advocate for the social and affective well-being of the “whole child” in America’s schools.…

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