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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”

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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EVENT TONIGHT: Chelsea teachers to hold public forum in effort to secure contract

The teachers in the Chelsea Public Schools system have been working without a contract since June 30, 2014. Negotiations for a new contract began in the spring and continued throughout the spring and summer. However, the Chelsea Education Association (CEA) and the school board were unable to come to an agreement. As a next step, the CEA has requested a fact-finding process:

[T]he Chelsea Education Association requested that a third-party fact-finder be brought into the union’s negotiations with the Chelsea Board of Education. The school board is complying with the request.

Teachers have been working without a new contract since the school year started.

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GUEST POST/EVENT: Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents meeting to discuss ending relationship with the EAA, 12/5/2014 (UPDATED)

I have updated the post to give details on the EMU Board of Regents meeting. See the end of the post.

Today’s guest post is from Eastern Michigan University College of Education faculty member professor Stephen Wellinski. Prof. Wellinski has been a leader in demanding that EMU end its partnership with Gov. Snyder’s failed education experiment on Detroit school kids known as the Education Achievement Authority.

Along with a host of other faculty members, students, and activists, Prof. Wellinksi has been tirelessly advocating for his university to stop betraying its legacy as one of Michigan’s top bastions of higher education when it comes to educating the public school teachers of the future.…

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EVENT: Social Foundations of Education Conference – “The Assault on Common(s) Values: Imagining and Creating Collective Responses to Neoliberalism”

This Friday, November 21st, the Social Foundations of Education program at Eastern Michigan University will hold their 2nd annual fall Social Foundations of Education Conference. This year, the title is “The Assault on Common(s) Values: Imagining and Creating Collective Responses to Neoliberalism”. As part of the conference, there will be a panel discussion at 6 p.m. titled “EAA Storytelling and the Contradictions of Neoliberal Governance” which features “Friends of the Blog” Steve Wellinski, Steve Camron, John Fields, and Tom Pedroni.

If you aren’t familiar with the term neoliberalism, it refers to “ideas associated with economic liberalism, which advocates — under reference to neoclassical economic theory — support for great economic liberalization, privatization, free trade, open markets, deregulation, and reductions in government spending in order to enhance the role of the private sector in the economy.” In other words, it’s about as non-liberal as you can get these days.…

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Scenes from yesterday’s “street trial” of Foreclosure Vulture David Trott

Although I has unable to attend yesterday’s “street trial” of Foreclosure Vulture, Republican David Trott, my friend Katie Jacob was able to attend and sent me some photos and video of the event.

There has been very little coverage of this event except for one article. I’m told Trott was seen leaving his office through a back exit to avoid being seen by the protesters or the media who were there to cover it.

Trott’s Democratic opponent for the 11th Congressional seat, Bobby McKenzie, released his first ad yesterday and the Washington Post calls it “one of the most brutal attack ads you’ll ever see”.…

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Trott Survivors to conduct “Street Trial” of parasitic leech on the jugular vein of society, Republican David Trott

In the process of amassing his vast wealth Republican candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 11th District, David Trott, has left a wake of devastated victims. Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22nd, some of his victims will hold a “street trial” in front of his offices in Birmingham.

Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, Oct. 22; Rally at noon, Street Trial at 12:15 pm
Where: In front of Trott partnership, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel, 294 E. Brown St., Birmingham
Who: Homeowners, Trott Survivors, Detroit Eviction Defense

Trott Survivors will make the case on Wednesday that David Trott, congressional candidate and millionaire front-man for Bank of America, was paid for the dirty work in foreclosing on thousands of Michigan homeowners — 80,000 in a single year by Trott’s account.

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EVENT: Betsy Coffia’s “no PAC money” campaign to hold Ann Arbor fundraiser while her GOP opponent buys Facebook “likes”

One of my favorite Democratic candidates in Michigan is Betsy Coffia from Traverse City in the 104th State House district. In addition to being a good friend, Betsy combines a straightforward populist message with a value system that perfectly aligns with mine and wraps it all up in a tornado of exuberant energy that is positively infectious.

During the last election cycle, Coffia won her primary taking no PAC, SuperPAC, or out of state money. She did the same in the General Election but was unable to prevail in what is a very red district. You can read my interview with Betsy from that time HERE.…

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EVENT: Mark Schauer, Gary Peters + other Dem candidates to rally in Schauer’s hometown of Howell this Saturday

This Saturday, October 11th, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer will return to his hometown of Howell, Michigan for a pep rally to fire up Livingston County volunteers.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Operating Engineers Local 324 Training Facility, 275 E. Highland Road, Howell Township.

In addition to Mark Schauer, a long list of other Democratic candidates will be at the event:

  • The Hon. Gary C. Peters – U.S. Senate
  • Eric Schertzing – 8th Congressional District
  • Godfrey Dillard – Secretary of State
  • Richard Bernstein – Michigan Supreme Court
  • Mark Totten – Attorney General
  • Shari Pollesch – 22nd State House
  • Timothy Johnson – 42nd State House
  • Jordan Genso – 47th State House
  • All 9 Livingston County Commission candidates

For a printable flyer, click the image below.…

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EVENT: “Women in Politics” Meet-and-Greet featuring Lisa Brown, Debbie Dingell, and many others – Oct 7th in Ann Arbor

Next Tuesday, October 7th, the Ann Arbor Dems along with the Washtenaw Community College Political Science Club are hosting a “Women in Politics” meet-and-greet on the campus of Washtenaw Community College. Attending the event is an all-star line-up of exceptional Democratic women from around the state:

  • Lisa Brown, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
  • Chairwoman Debbie Dingell, Candidate for United States Congress, 12th District
  • Shari Pollesch, Michigan State Senate, 22nd District
  • Rep. Gretchen Driskell, Michigan State House of Representatives, 52nd District
  • Veronique Liem, Candidate for Washtenaw County Circuit Judge
  • Judge Deborah A. Thomas, Democratic Party Nominee for Michigan Supreme Court Justice
  • Tracy Van den Bergh, Candidate for Washtenaw County Probate Judge

Here are the full details:

Women In Politics

Please Join

Hedieh Briggs ▪ Louis Green ▪ Mike Henry
The Ann Arbor Democratic Party ▪ Washtenaw Community College Political Science Club (Committee in Formation)
for a Meet & Greet Reception with special guests

Lisa Brown, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Judge Deborah A.

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