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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.…

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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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WeROC 2015 meeting

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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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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