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VIDEO: The riveting speech of the Rev. William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays movement, at Netroots Nation

For me, one of the highlights of last week’s Netroots Nation conference was the powerful, riveting speech by Rev. William Barber, the charismatic leader of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement. He spoke about “a moral movement for a moral crisis as the only way to higher ground” and what he calls the “moral fusion movement”. There have been several times in the history of the USA when our country faced a catastrophic moral crisis — slavery and the civil rights era, for example — and a movement rose up to meet and defeat it.

Today, Rev. Barber told us, we face a similar crisis and a new movement must rise up to meet it.…

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PHOTOBLOG: A recap of the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit

Last week, over 3,000 people from around the country and around the world came to Detroit to participate in Netroots Nation, the largest conference for progressive organizers in the world. Team Eclectablog was there to help, of course, but none so much as Anne Savage who was a staff photographer for the event. Anne took all of the photos for this piece (except for the one of her).

I was privileged to be the opening speaker for the conference, welcoming everyone to Michigan and to Detroit. I was, of course, contractually obligated to make reference to everyone’s built-in map of our state.…

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Activists to rally in Detroit on Friday to protest water shutoffs, call for accountability for Wall Street banks

As Netroots Nation lands in Detroit, it does so during an unprecedented time in our country’s history. In an attempt to get over 90,000 water customers to pay upwards of $90 million in unpaid water bills. Over ten thousand Detroit residents have already had their water source eliminated in this draconian effort. Meanwhile, major businesses still have water flowing despite their own massive unpaid bills:

A local news investigation revealed that Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings, owed $82,255 as of April. Ford Field, where the Detroit Lions play, owed more than $55,000. City-owned golf courses owed more than $400,000.…
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Team Eclectablog will be at Netroots Nation and we hope you’ll join us! Here’s where we’ll be.

When Netroots Nation, the nation’s largest progressive activist conference, hits Detroit this week, most Team Eclectablog will be there. Here are some of the things we’ll be involved in.

First of all, I have the distinct honor and privilege of being the opening speaker at the Thursday evening Opening Keynote, welcoming Netroots Nation attendees to our fine state and our state’s largest city. The Keynote Speech that evening will be the Rev. William Barber, the charismatic preacher who is the driving force behind North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement. I will hit the stage at 7:20. Other speakers Thursday evening include Senator Chuck Schumer, Joel Silberman, Christina Jimenez, Ilyse Hogue, with the evening emceed by the always-entertaining Elon James White.…

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ATTENTION MICHIGANDERS! – Special discounted rate for Netroots Nation available

As regular readers of Eclectablog know, the Netroots Nation conference starts on Thursday morning (with some events happening Wednesday night.) Tomorrow I’ll post about the various activities that Team Eclectablog is involved in but I wanted to be sure that all of my progressive pals in Michigan are aware that there’s still time to avail yourself of the discount being offered to Michigan residents. All the information you need follows, courtesy of the fine folks who are making Netroots Nation happen.

This Thursday through Sunday, one of the biggest political events of the year will take place in Detroit (and you’re invited): the ninth annual Netroots Nation conference.…

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Join Mark Schauer for a Happy Hour Fundraiser at Netroots Nation – July 18, 2014

On Friday, July 18th, Michigan’s next governor Mark Schauer is holding a Happy Hour Fundraiser during Netroots Nation in Detroit. It takes place at the Anchor Bar at 450 West Fort Street and begins at 6 p.m. Buy a ticket and get a free drink (while supplies last ; )

This is a terrific chance to meet Mark in person. When you do, I feel certain that you’ll come away understanding like I do that he is the real deal: a genuine Democrat with a heart of gold and a strong determination to win this election so that we can take the control of our state government back from the corporatists and tea partiers who are running it into the ground now.…

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SAVE THE DATE: Partnership for Music Ed. Policy Development to host a Music Education Policy Summit on June 14th

Next Saturday, June 14 the Partnership for Music Education Policy Development will host a Music Education Policy Summit from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on the campus of Michigan State University at the Cook Recital Hall in the MSU Music Building.

The purpose of the Summit is to examine the most pressing needs regarding music education policy in the state of Michigan. The morning session will focus on policy from a legislative/political perspective. The afternoon session will examine policy from the perspective of the educator. Both sessions will feature guest speakers and a panel discussion with opportunity for questions and dialogue to take place between participants and the Summit attendees.…

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EVENT: Activists work to stop oil exploration and drilling in Washtenaw County

A new group has formed called Citizens for Oil-free Backyards (COFBY)to oppose oil and gas exploration, drilling, and extraction in Scio Township, just outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in other parts of Michigan. Their efforts are in response to an effort by Traverse City-based West Bay Exploration to begin exploring for oil in Scio Township. More than 300 people attended the first hearing (more on that HERE.)

Tomorrow, COFBY is holding an informational session in at the Scio Township Hall from 7:30-9:30. The speaker will be environmental consultant and former Department of Environomental Quality official Dr. Christopher Grobbel. Click the image below for a PDF flyer for the event:

The group’s efforts are gaining widespread support.…

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Ann Arbor fundraiser for Mark Schauer/Lisa Brown – May 15th, 4:30-6:30p. Please join us!

Anne and I are pleased to be part of the host committee for an upcoming fundraiser for the gubernatorial campaign of Mark Schauer and his running mate Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown. The fundraiser is being sponsored by our amazing friends at Citizens Against Government Overreach (CAGO) and the Michigan Education Association PAC.

The reception is from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15th at the Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor (114 East Washington Street) and will feature music by David Roof. Mark will join us at 5:00 p.m. to discuss their campaign and his plan to lead Michigan out of the corporatist morass we find ourselves in today.…

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Netroots Nation announces its panel line-up for Detroit and it is spectacular!

Don’t miss it!

The Netroots Nation conference is, as you likely already know, in Detroit this summer (July 17-20 at Cobo Hall). This morning, they announced the panel line-up and it’s astonishing.

I was privileged to be part of the panel selection process which was nothing short of excruciating. We had to take a list of nearly 400 excellent submissions and winnow it down to 80 of the best. And the best they are. Here is a list of the ones that are Michigan-specific:

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