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CALLING ALL PROGRESSIVE PARTNERS! Eclectablog needs YOUR support!

The time has come for me to make a direct appeal to the progressive organizations that we support every single day here at Eclectablog. Whether your cause is the environment, labor, education, LGBTQ, legislative, or the myriad other issues that we cover on this site, our writers work very hard to make sure your message gets out, particularly here in Michigan.

Now we are coming to YOU, our partners in the fight, to show your support for US. We have a fundraiser coming up on July 11th and we need sponsors. You, your candidate, or your organization can sponsor at one of several levels:

  • PLATINUM Level: $2,500
  • GOLD Level: $1,000
  • SILVER Level: $500
  • BRONZE Level: $250

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Announcing three new sponsors of the 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party

We’re pleased to announce three new sponsors of our 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party, all at the Bronze Level.

First we have Planned Parenthood of Michigan, a group whose amazing work and advocacy we write about regularly at Eclectablog.

The second group is Friend of the Blog Clean Water Action. Their amazing work protecting our state’s vital waters is as important as they are effective.

And, last but not least, is DiSano Strategies headed up by the inestimable Joe DiSano. Joe is a veteran political consultant helping Democrats get elected and promoting progressive causes.

We thank ALL of our sponsors for their generous support.…

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Announcing our first Eclectafundraiser sponsor: The Michigan Nurses Association

Announcing our first Eclectafundraiser sponsor: The Michigan Nurses Association

As I wrote about last week, on July 11th, Team Eclectablog is holding its 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party at the Arbor Brewing Microbrewery (“Corner Brewery”) in Ypsilanti from 7-9 p.m. It will be a fun event with free beer, free food, and a free Belgian Eclectagrog beer glass. We are asking for a minimum donation of $25. Donations and sponsorships go toward making sure that Eclectablog remains a vital part of the progressive community both here and Michigan and nationally and that our writers are compensated for their amazing writing and creative output.

Sponsorships are available at four levels:

  • Platinum Level – $2,500
  • Gold Level – $1,000
  • Silver Level – $500
  • Bronze Level – $250

Sponsorships include free passes to the party, free Eclectagrog beer glasses, frequent mention on the site leading up to the event, and your logo or name on our sponsorship board.…

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SAVE THE DATE: Eclectafundraiser party JULY 11th wsg Fmr. Congressman John Dingell & Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

SAVE THE DATE: Eclectafundraiser party JULY 11th wsg Fmr. Congressman John Dingell & Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

The folks here at Team Eclectablog are thrilled to announce the date of the 2015 Eclectablog Fundraiser Party. The event takes place at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (formerly The Corner Brewery) in Ypsilanti, Michigan on July 11th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This year, our special guests will be former Congressman John Dingell and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. We will be honoring John Dingell by crowning him “The Dean of Twitter”. Anyone who has followed his Twitter feed will understand why! As a special treat, Mr. Dingell will be reading some of his “greatest hits” tweets.

Please come help us celebrate my 11th Blogaversary and, more importantly, support Eclectablog writers.…

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REMINDER: Progress Michigan event tonight wsg Al Madrigal from The Daily Show. Limited number of free tickets available.

REMINDER: Progress Michigan event tonight wsg Al Madrigal from The Daily Show. Limited number of free tickets available.

As I have written about (HERE and HERE), Friends of the Blog Progress Michigan are holding a fundraising event this evening in Ann Arbor featuring stand-up comedy by The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal. There will also be a comedy set by Kathie Dunbar, a former touring comedian who is now a Lansing City Councilwoman.

Eclectablog is a proud member of the host committee for this fun event. It takes place at the Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor and starts with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with the main show starting at 7:30 p.m. It will be hosted by the always-hilarious “Fake Rick Snyder”.…

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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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Tickets now on sale for Progress Michigan's annual fundraiser featuring The Daily Show's Al Madrigal

Tickets now on sale for Progress Michigan’s annual fundraiser featuring The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal

I consider Eclectablog to be a partner with a number of progressive groups here in Michigan and across the country. But the one group with which I have the closest partnership with is Progress Michigan. No other groups does more work on behalf of a whole host of progressive issues than Progress Michigan. Whether its the environment, privatization of government services to for-profit corporations like the odious Aramark, immigration, or government malfeasance, Progress Michigan is there to fight the good fight and hold lawmakers, policymakers, and others accountable. And that’s merely a partial list.

That is why Eclectablog is a proud member of the host committee for Progress Michigan’s upcoming fundraiser.…

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Please help my Eclectakid do something really cool to help underprivileged budding musicians in Cleveland

As the publisher of Eclectablog, every once in awhile, I get to indulge in some shameless self-promotion. In this case, it’s actually helping to promote something my daughter Arleigh is doing. That’s her on the right. Unfortunately for her, she graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Master’s degree in bassoon performance while the country was still recovering from the Great Recession. She’s been unable to find a job (yet) as a professional bassoonist but that hasn’t stopped her. Along with some fellow musicians, all graduates of the Cleveland Institute of Music, she formed the North Coast Winds Quintet.…

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A heartfelt thank you, a racially-conscious redneck, and cats freaking out with bananas

I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who came through in such a profound way for this quarter’s fundraiser. Thanks to your generosity we have enough in the coffer to keep paying our writers and even bring on a new one (who I will be announcing soon.) In particular, the response to Anne’s Facebook post was nothing short of amazing.

Since it’s the last day, I thought I’d dispense with the blah and share my favorite two videos from the week with you. Information on how donate on this final day of the fundraiser follows the second video. And, once again, THANK YOU!

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It takes an internet community...

It takes an internet community…

Earlier this week, I was feeling pretty low. It was Day Two of our quarterly fundraiser and we had gotten a single donation of ten dollars. Usually by the second day we have a couple hundred, at least. It seemed like we were headed for a disastrous week and, with my business checking account nearly drained, there would be no way to pay my writers. I feel pretty certain that all of the Eclectablog writers would do it for free but, although some may see it as a mistake, I simply won’t bring on writers unless I can pay them at least something.…

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