Category: Events

SAVE THE DATE: Third annual Eclectablog fundraising party – May 17, 2016 at ABC Microbrewery

SAVE THE DATE: Third annual Eclectablog fundraising party – May 17, 2016 at ABC Microbrewery

Every day, every week, every month of the year, Eclectablog is here, championing progressive causes and holding those in power accountable for their actions. Day after day, the writers here at Eclectablog are providing essential analysis and advocacy, spreading word of the valuable work of progressive activists and groups, and holding elected officials’ feet to the fire.

In return, we come to you, our readers, and ask you to support what we do. Our model, where all regular contributors are paid for their superlative writing, is rare but it’s one that represents our progressive values.

We come to you asking for money as infrequently as possible and, once a year, we try to do something that’s fun.…

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DON’T MISS IT! – Clean Water Action’s 2016 Great Lake Awards Celebration next Wednesday, April 13, 2016

DON’T MISS IT! – Clean Water Action’s 2016 Great Lake Awards Celebration next Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Next Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Clean Water Action Michigan will hold their 2016 Great Lake Awards Celebration. As in past years, they will be honoring a number of people who have contributed to the important cause of clean water in the Great Lakes State and continue to make waves — keeping the fight to protect Michigan’s most important resources in motion!

Two of this year’s award recipients are personal friends of mine so, as a past recipient of their “Great Lakes Guardian” Award, I am particularly excited about it!

  • State Representative Jeff Irwin – Jeff Irwin is a third-term state representative who has focused on investing in education, equal opportunity for all Michiganders, and protecting our Michigan’s environment.
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EVENT: Youth group Detroit Does Well hosts “Your Vote, Your Voice” event TONIGHT in Ypsilanti

EVENT: Youth group Detroit Does Well hosts “Your Vote, Your Voice” event TONIGHT in Ypsilanti

Detroit Does Well is a student-run organization that recognizes the talent, leaders, and Entrepreneurs that arise from their organization. They focus on showing Detroit in a positive light through mentoring, volunteering, and events that brands individuals through their organization. Tonight they are hosting an event in Ypsilanti titled “Your Vote, Your Voice” particularly aimed at students in the southeast Michigan area:

The event will be held at Big Bob’s Lakehouse on the campus of Eastern Michigan University (near the Student Center) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and they are expecting an audience of between 30-60 students, aged 18 and older, that are of various racial and ethnic backgrounds.…

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Shutting down Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac unites MI-01 candidate Lon Johnson with GOP mayor

Shutting down Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac unites MI-01 candidate Lon Johnson with GOP mayor

Lon Johnson, the former Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, has made shutting down Enbridge Oil’s notorious Line 5 oil pipeline the center of his primary bid for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District seat. The controversial pipeline runs under the Straits of Mackinac and the horror of it rupturing is nearly too horrible to contemplate. Imagine that it fails in the winter time when the lake is covered with several feet of ice. Imagine that hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil are released into Lake Michigan, despoiling the shoreline, destroying entire ecosystems, and having a devastating impact on the Great Lakes fisheries.…

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Michigan Dems pre-debate reception to feature Hillary Clinton (and possibly Bernie Sanders) – Saturday, March 5th

Michigan Dems pre-debate reception to feature Hillary Clinton (and possibly Bernie Sanders) – Saturday, March 5th

The Michigan Democratic Party is holding a pre-debate reception this Saturday, March 5th. In addition to national party leaders, members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation, and members of Michigan’s legislature, they will have special guests Gov. Jim and Janet Blanchard and Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. What’s more exciting is that they have recently announced that Sec. Hillary Clinton is also going to attend and that Sen. Bernie Sanders may as well (details on that are still being worked out.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the MGM Grand (1777 3rd Avenue in Detroit.)

If you’re interested in attending, tickets start at $125 and can be purchased HERE.…

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#FlintWaterCrisis protest rallies planned today and tomorrow in Flint & Lansing (2/18/16 and 2/19/16)

#FlintWaterCrisis protest rallies planned today and tomorrow in Flint & Lansing (2/18/16 and 2/19/16)

There are two rallies planned to protest the Snyder administration’s lack of effective response to the catastrophic poisoning of the drinking water in Flint.

Today, there will be a rally starting at 11 a.m. that being organized by UlltraViolet, MoveOn.org and Democracy for America:

A number of organizations are set to protest in Lansing this week in hopes of getting one million signatures demanding that Gov. Rick Snyder is prosecuted and resigns in regards to the Flint water crisis.

UlltraViolet, MoveOn.org and Democracy for America said in a press release that the groups plan to rally at the state capitol building starting at 11 a.m.…

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EVENT: Join Clean Water Action in showing your “Love For Clean Water” – Ann Arbor, Wednesday Feb. 10

EVENT: Join Clean Water Action in showing your “Love For Clean Water” – Ann Arbor, Wednesday Feb. 10

On Wednesday this week, Friends of the Blog Clean Water Action are having fun event at Arbor Brewing Company - 114 East Washington Street in Ann Arbor - called "We Love Clean Water". Eclectablog is a proud sponsor of this fundraiser where we'll be joined by State Rep. Jeff Irwin. The event starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are only $25 each or $40 per couple (make it an early Valentine's Day night out!) Click HERE to purchase tickets. RSVP on Facebook HERE. Read more ›
PHOTOS: Rachel Maddow brings a message of hope to Flint, says the #FlintWaterCrisis is now a national problem to solve

PHOTOS: Rachel Maddow brings a message of hope to Flint, says the #FlintWaterCrisis is now a national problem to solve

Last night Anne and I were privileged to watch the taping of Rachel Maddow’s Flint Town Hall. It was an astonishing experience for a variety reasons and I think it has the potential to be a game changer in terms of how the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water by the Snyder administration is perceived by people outside of Flint and around the country.

The connection between Eclectablog and The Rachel Maddow Show goes back to April or 2011. In that first “appearance” on her show she called us “Electablog” but it was the beginning of Maddow’s championing of Michigan’s plight under the un-American scourge on democracy known as Emergency Management.…

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LGBT Forum shocker: Proven voter model shows support for civil rights ballot initiative in Michigan at only 42%

LGBT Forum shocker: Proven voter model shows support for civil rights ballot initiative in Michigan at only 42%

[NOTE: This piece has been edited to correct a claim that Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson had helped draft the ballot language. This statement, based on civil rights attorney Dana Nessel’s opening remarks, was, apparently, inaccurate. I have corrected this post and issued a correction with audio HERE.]

Last night, the Jim Toy LGBT Community Center sponsored a “community conversation” about the Fair Michigan ballot initiative to expand civil rights protections to encompass gender identity and sexual orientation. The event was very well attended with around 200 people making up a standing-room-only crowd on the campus of Washtenaw Community College.…

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Washtenaw County WeROC organizers to hold public meeting seeking commitments from local leaders on multiple issues

Washtenaw County WeROC organizers to hold public meeting seeking commitments from local leaders on multiple issues

They rock

In 2012, a group of Washtenaw County organizers from faith, labor, and other community groups came together to work toward improving their community by helping make progress on numerous issues confronting workers and voiceless citizens in Washtenaw County. They eventually dubbed their group the Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition or “WeROC”.

In November of 2013, WeROC held their first public meeting where they asked local leaders to publicly commit to creating positive change by eliminating fees for “7th hour” classes at Ann Arbor public schools which make them unavailable to students whose families are on limited incomes, promoting the “Ban the Box” effort to remove questions about previous felony convictions from employment applications, and enhancing access to reliable and affordable transportation services to medical facilities around the county for patients without vehicles.…

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Show that you #StandWithPP by participating in National #PinkOut Day this Tuesday, September 29th 2015

Show that you #StandWithPP by participating in National #PinkOut Day this Tuesday, September 29th 2015

It’s no secret that Planned Parenthood, an organization that does more to prevent abortions than any other, is under attack. It seems that Planned Parenthood is always under attack but this time the religious zealots in Congress are willing to shut down the government to end funding of Planned Parenthood and prevent them from offering the myriad health services they provide to women (and men!) all across America.

Recent highly edited, incredibly deceptive, and provably false videos are fueling the current push to kill Planned Parenthood the way ACORN was killed several years ago. It’s time that all of us who support Planned Parenthood make ourselves heard.…

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