Category: Events

Support Michigan teachers at #StopTheAppeals protest rallies across the state TOMORROW! (8/3/2016)

Support Michigan teachers at #StopTheAppeals protest rallies across the state TOMORROW! (8/3/2016)

From our fine friends at the Michigan Education Association (MEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT):

MEA and AFT Michigan members will gather together at 10 sites across the state tomorrow (Wednesday, August 3rd) to protest Gov. Rick Snyder’s frivolous appeal of a court ruling that school employees are owed 3% of their salary that the state illegally stole from their paychecks.

Snyder’s decision to appeal is just another example of the wrong priorities that Snyder and his allies have about public education.  School employees are fed up with Snyder’s constant disrespect and attacks on educators and public education.  It’s time to gather together and make our voices heard and to advocate for the public schools that Michigan students deserve.…

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Judge Deborah Thomas announces run for Michigan Supreme Court, endorsed by House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel

Judge Deborah Thomas announces run for Michigan Supreme Court, endorsed by House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel

Circuit Court Judge Deborah Thomas recently announced that she is running for the Michigan Supreme Court. This is her second supreme court race and her candidacy is generating a lot of energy and enthusiasm. She’s a fierce and lifelong advocate for those in society without a voice in the judicial system and, in addition to her job as a Circuit Court judge, she travels the state at her own expense, giving forums and workshops on issues like having a criminal record expunged and the scourge of human trafficking in our state and beyond.

For a comprehensive look at Judge Thomas’s life and mission, you can read my interview with her, conducted during her first run for supreme court.…

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Democratic progressive warrior Rep. Elijah Cummings to headline MDP Justice Caucus Millie Jeffrey Awards Dinner June 26

Democratic progressive warrior Rep. Elijah Cummings to headline MDP Justice Caucus Millie Jeffrey Awards Dinner June 26

The Michigan Democratic Party Justice Caucus is hosting their 2016 Millie Jeffrey Awards Dinner later this month and their keynote speaker is progressive champion Congressman Elijah Cummings. The Ranking Member on the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Cummings has been a fierce warrior for a wide array of progressive issues and has held the line again Republican partisanship and game playing. His comments and questions during the Benghazi hearings, the inquisition against Planned Parenthood, and in holding Michigan Republicans like Gov. Rick Snyder culpable for their actions in the Flint water crisis are recent examples of Rep. Cummings leadership.…

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Give MichUHCAN and its 2016 Health Care Heroes a hand

Give MichUHCAN and its 2016 Health Care Heroes a hand

Tickets for the 11th Annual Health Care Heroes Celebration on June 17 available now!

Even those of us who applaud the gains made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) agree: there’s a lot more work to be done. And MichUHCAN is one of the state organizations that’s critical to keeping the promise of health reform moving forward.

Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network (MichUHCAN) is a state-wide network that promotes comprehensive health care for all. The organization also works to make Michigan healthier through education, strategy development and advocacy.

MichUHCAN’s annual Health Care Heroes Celebration on June 17 is its biggest fundraising event of the year.…

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TOMORROW (5/19/16) – #FlintRising Lobby Day and Rally for Pipes & Justice in Lansing

TOMORROW (5/19/16) – #FlintRising Lobby Day and Rally for Pipes & Justice in Lansing

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 19th, our friends at Clean Water Action are holding a Lobby Day and rally in Lansing demanding that state legislators FIX FLINT!

Here’s their plans for the day:

In the next few weeks, legislators in Lansing will decide how much money will be allocated to Flint to address the water crisis, deciding whether or not to move emergency supplemental funds to Flint now. They will decide how much money our children deserve for education and nutrition. They will decide whether the State of Michigan will help Flint residents have a healthy and safe future. But far too many of them think the “Flint issue” has blown over.…

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Mustard’s Retreat to play at Eclectablog’s 3rd annual fundraiser + more sponsors!

Mustard’s Retreat to play at Eclectablog’s 3rd annual fundraiser + more sponsors!

I’m very happy to announce that the amazing folk duo Mustard’s Retreat will play some music for us at our 3rd annual Eclectablog fundraiser party in Ypsilanti next Tuesday, May 17th. As part of their set, they’ll be playing their song “Take the Children and Run”, a remake of Don Lange’s song written after the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant disaster.

You can hear the song HERE.

Tickets to the party are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. You can buy them now by clicking HERE. As in previous years, we’ll have a raffle, complementary food & beer, and a limited edition “Eclectagrog” beer glass as a souvenir.…

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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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