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EVENT/ACTION: Michigan United’s “Capitol Day” and “Billionaire’s Ball” – Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 (UPDATED)

Michigan United is a broad coalition of grassroots faith, labor, and other organizations that are “fighting for the dignity and potential of every person.” As they say in their “About” page, they “are committed to a participatory democracy at every level, an economy that works for the many, and a society that dismantles racism while uplifting our common humanity. To ignite the power of our communities and shift the balance of power, we cultivate the leadership of those directly affected by injustice, and build popular institutions for the future.”

This Tuesday, September 30th, they are converging on the State Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan to talk to legislators and their staffers to discuss issues related to social justice.…

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EVENT: Ann Arbor fundraiser for Democratic Secretary of State candidate Godfrey Dillard this Tuesday – 9/23/14

This coming Tuesday, September 23, 2014, there will be a fundraiser for Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Godfrey Dillard at Mélange in Ann Arbor starting at 6:00 p.m. Dillard is trailing incumbent Republican among definite voters by only 4.4% in one poll, just outside the margin of error, despite having just become a candidate. In another poll, he’s in a statistical dead heat, and in a final poll, he’s leading her by 3.6 points.

Here are the details:

HONORARY HOST
Honorable Rep. Jeff Irwin (State House Representative)
Honorable Monica Ross-Williams (Ypsilanti Township Park Commissioner)

HOST COMMITTEE
John Carter * Michael Henry * Wilma Gold-Jones
Robyn McCoy * Christina Montague * Ronnie Peterson

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Host – $50.00
Guest – $25.00

Melange Bistro
312 S Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(Corner of S.

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EVENT: Livestream of Citizens United debate between David Cobb & James Bopp in Ann Arbor – 9/8/14


Move to Amend’s David Cobb

Tomorrow night, the Ann Arbor-area group Reclaim Our American Democracy (ROAD) will livestream a public debate between Move to Amend‘s David Cobb and corporate attorney James Bopp over the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision. The event takes place at the Pittsfield Township Hall (Pittsfield Township Administration Building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor) and starts at 7:00 p.m.

I have interviewed Cobb twice, HERE and HERE.

Here is a description of Monday’s event:

“Citizens Divided: Corporate Money, Speech, and Politics” – Public Debate featuring David Cobb & James Bopp
September 8, 2014

Indiana University in Bloomington will host a public debate between David Cobb of Move to Amend’s National Leadership Team and James Bopp, General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech.

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REMINDER: Michigan Teachers & Allies for Change rally for public schools in Ann Arbor TODAY!

I am reposting this as a reminder that there is a rally to support public education TODAY in Ann Arbor from 5:30-6:30 at Liberty Plaza. Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Lisa Brown will be the headliner.
Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change (M-TAC), a grassroots group of teachers and allies working on behalf of public education, is hosting a rally in support of public education this TODAY, from 5:30 to 6:30. The event will take place at Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor.

Speakers include Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Lisa Brown, State Representative Jeff Irwin, Ann Arbor Education Association president Linda Carter, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift, and Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher Quinn Strassel, among others.…

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EVENT: Michigan Teachers & Allies for Change rally for public schools in Ann Arbor this THURSDAY, 8/28/14

Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change (M-TAC), a grassroots group of teachers and allies working on behalf of public education, is hosting a rally in support of public education this Thursday, August 28th, from 5:30 to 6:30. The event will take place at Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor.

Speakers include Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Lisa Brown, State Representative Jeff Irwin, Ann Arbor Education Association president Linda Carter, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift, and Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher Quinn Strassel, among others.

The event will also include readings from the 2014 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Team and free ice cream and face painting for kids.…

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EVENT: Rally for marriage equality in Detroit, Thursday, August 21st

This Thursday, there will be a rally at the Detroit Courthouse to support marriage equality in Michigan and the 300 same-sex couples who were married in March.

Here are the details, via Michigan for Marriage:

Join us in Detroit at a rally for the freedom to marry
After a federal judge struck down Michigan’s marriage ban in March, more than 300 same-sex couples legally married across the state before that historic ruling could be stayed.

The federal government is already recognizing these marriages as legal but Governor Rick Snyder won’t budge—putting hundreds of Michigan families in legal limbo as Michigan’s marriage case makes its way through the courts.

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EVENT: Citizens Climate Lobby to discuss climate change and how you can get involved – Ann Arbor, 8/11/14

A newly-formed chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby in Ann Arbor is holding an event on Monday, August 11th, 2014 at the Ecology Center titled “Climate Change: Learn How YOU Can Make A Difference!” The speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Del Buono, MD, a Climate Reality Presenter and Citizens’ Climate Lobby Volunteer and she will discuss global warming and why it is urgent that we take action to address this problem.

From their Facebook event page:

Dr. Buono will explain the solution proposed by Citizens’ Climate Lobby and favored by economists as the most efficient way to transition away from fossil fuels: placing a price on greenhouse gas emissions, and she will teach us how we can become citizen advocates to ensure that this solution is enacted.…
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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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