Category: Guest Post

What is a Good Job?

What is a Good Job?

The following guest post was written by Rebecca Thompson. Thompson is a native Detroiter and the Executive Director of Good Jobs Now, a partner of the Center for Popular Democracy. The organization fights for economic and social justice for low wage workers and Detroiters. She lives on Detroit’s east side.

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Today marks the 78th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the law that gave us the minimum wage and a host of other protections to protect workers from the most cutthroat tendencies of capitalism.

While the law is still on the books, its power is fading. The federal minimum wage today – unchanged since 2009 – doesn’t let workers afford the most basic essentials, from a mortgage to monthly groceries.…

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GUEST POST: We have laws regulating voting, why not owning guns?

GUEST POST: We have laws regulating voting, why not owning guns?

The following post was written by a close friend of mine, Mark Ferguson, a self-described “absolutely worst sort of privileged white male with degrees from Michigan State University, Indiana University, and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.”

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Let’s talk about gun legislation

Are your hackles raised yet? It’s a touchy subject fraught with knee-jerk responses. We need to get past that. I think there’s a ready way to frame the discussion.

Gun legislation is, without doubt, a thorny, complex issue. The discussion, as far as it exists, devolves quickly into a “from my cold, dead hands” response from those that oppose any such notion.…

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GUEST POST: Michigan budget passes state legislature with Flint supplemental

GUEST POST: Michigan budget passes state legislature with Flint supplemental

The following guest post was written by Sean McBrearty, Campaigns Organizer for Clean Water Action in Michigan.

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Nayyirah Shariff of Flint Rising addresses a press conference at the State Capitol on supplemental funding for Flint

Last week in a legislative session that went until the early hours of Thursday morning, both chambers of the Michigan Legislature passed the budget for 2017. Included in the budget omnibus bill is $114.3 million in emergency supplemental funding for solutions to the Flint water crisis. As late as the week before it looked like there was a good possibility that the Legislature would adjourn for summer recess without passing funding for Flint.…

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GUEST POST: Michigan House Republicans redefine the concept of “compromise” in legislation to save Detroit Schools

GUEST POST: Michigan House Republicans redefine the concept of “compromise” in legislation to save Detroit Schools

The following guest post was written by Jen Eyer, Vice President of Vanguard Public Affairs. Jen has spent many years in the world of journalism and most recently managed the newsroom for The Ann Arbor News, part of the MLive Media Group. You can read her full bio HERE.

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As Michiganders, we should all be concerned about the way House Republicans rammed through their “compromise” legislation revamping Detroit Public Schools.

Last week, it was Detroit. But pay attention because your city, your school district could be next.

In the business world our Republican leaders are so fond of, a compromise is a mutually agreeable solution between conflicting stakeholders.…

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GUEST POST: Attorneys’ support for Oakland Circuit Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca smacks of apple polishing

GUEST POST: Attorneys’ support for Oakland Circuit Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca smacks of apple polishing

Last year, Tali Wendrow penned two guest posts for Eclectablog. In the first, she described the outrageous treatment her family received at the hands of former Oakland County Prosecuter David Gorcyca and his staff. Here’s what Tali wrote in that piece:

In late 2007, our family suffered a nightmare of enormous proportion as my husband was charged with the worst sort of crime, sexual abuse of our disabled daughter. I was accused of ignoring the crime(s) occurring under my roof. Our non-verbal, autistic daughter allegedly made the statements through facilitated communication, a controversial (to say the least) method of communication we had been using with her.…

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GUEST POST: Any support for Trump is support for bigotry, misogyny, racism, and sexism and deserves to be shamed

The following guest post was written by Ned Staebler, founder of the Michigan Talent Agenda.

I’ve hesitated to write this for several reasons, not the least of which is that I hoped it wouldn’t be necessary. I hoped that, at some point, Republican Party voters would come to their senses. I hoped that GOP leaders would step up and be brave, risking (at least in perception) their own political futures in a real attempt to stop Donald Trump. In my heart, I knew that this hope was unfounded, but without hope there is only despair. I choose hope, even in the face of long odds.…

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GUEST POST: Will State House lawmakers ever stand up for Flint?

GUEST POST: Will State House lawmakers ever stand up for Flint?

The following post was written by Sean McBrearty, Campaigns Organizer for Clean Water Action.

Flint Rising, the coalition of community groups who have been combating the water crisis, has officially launched its website, FlintRising.com. The site is packed with stories from Flint residents and continues the great work that local activists have been doing on the ground to meet the needs of the community.

It was a dark, cold January day, shortly after the state had finally admitted that the people of Flint had been exposed to poisoned water running through their taps. We drove from Lansing to St Michael’s Church in Flint for an organizing meeting.…

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GUEST POST – Michigan: Say NO to discrimination and stand up for small businesses

GUEST POST – Michigan: Say NO to discrimination and stand up for small businesses

The following guest post was written by my friend Chris Armstrong, Partnerships and Government Affairs Director for Small Business Majority. Chris was the former student body president of University of Michigan and experienced first hand the corrosive impacts of anti-gay bigotry at the hands of former state Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell who stalked and harassed him during his time at U of M. Armstrong sued Shirvell and ended up winning a $4.5 million judgment against him.

You can learn more about Small Business Majority HERE.

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Around the country, we’re seeing a troubling trend of states passing laws that effectively legalize discrimination against LGBT people, sometimes known as religious exemption or religious freedom laws.…

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GUEST POST: Education reformers’ “School Choice” is a false choice

GUEST POST: Education reformers’ “School Choice” is a false choice

The following essay was written by Mitchell Robinson and is cross-posted on his most-excellent blog at MitchellRobinson.net. Robinson is associate professor and chair of music education, and coordinator of the music student teaching program at Michigan State University. Follow Mitchell on Twitter at @mrobmsu. His essay is reposted here with permission.

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A major plank of most education reform agendas is the issue of “school choice.” Reformers claim that school choice gives parents the power to move their children to “better schools,” and gives children a better chance of success. But what if unfettered, unregulated school choice didn’t improve academic achievement, and was really a scam designed to defund poor urban school districts and destabilize public education?…

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GUEST POST: What’s next for #PureMichigan?

GUEST POST: What’s next for #PureMichigan?

Today’s guest post is by Laura Packard, a partner at PowerThru Consulting, a growing national progressive digital consulting shop.

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Now that Snyder has effectively ruined our state brand, we should be thinking about what it is we DO want to be known for. We’ll have the chance to replace him in 2018 (or maybe even sooner, if he steps down or is forced to resign), but Michigan needs a lot more than a better leader at the top.

If you think back to the heyday of the auto industry, Michigan was a booming state. My grandparents moved here because there were good-paying jobs to be had in Michigan.…

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EXCLUSIVE: New study proves the connection between race and the imposition of Emergency Managers in Michigan

EXCLUSIVE: New study proves the connection between race and the imposition of Emergency Managers in Michigan

The following guest post was written by Nate Breznau of Mannheim Centre for European Social Research. He is the co-author of a new study that looked at the disparate racial impact of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, Public Act 436. The academic study proves that the elements involved in the imposition of an Emergency Manager in a city go beyond simple financial stress factors. In fact, as their study shows, the racial makeup of the city is a significant independent variable, as well. Their study, linked below, was conducted while both lived in Michigan and when Breznau’s co-author, L. Owen Kirkpatrick, was an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan.…

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