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INTERVIEW (with photos) with one of Michigan’s rare married same-sex couples on their one-year anniversary

One year ago today, Anne and I spent an extraordinary day at the County Clerk’s offices in Washtenaw and Oakland counties, watching as some of the 300+ same-sex couples were legally married for the first time in our state’s history. You can revisit that day with us in the post (HERE) that we put up featuring many of Anne’s outstanding photographs.

We even got to see Judith Levy, the first openly-gay federal judge in the 6th Circuit Court perform the first ceremony of the day in Washtenaw County:

1st same-sex marriage in Washtenaw Cty being officiated by the 1st openly gay 6th Circuit federal judge Judith Levy pic.twitter.com/7UNJHUFcsE

— Chris Savage (@Eclectablog) March 22, 2014

As a follow-up to that day, Anne did an interview with Connie Greer and Diane VanDorn, two women from our hometown of Dexter who Anne had shadowed the day they were married to document their experience.…

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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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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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PHOTOS: 300 Michigan same-sex couples wed during a one-day window of marriage equality

Same-sex marriage makes people cry

[All non-Twitter photos by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.]

Around 300 same-sex Michigan couples took advantage of a one-day window when they were allowed to marry legally yesterday. Four County Clerks — Nancy Waters in Muskegon, Barb Byrum in Ingham, Lawrence Kestenbaum in Washtenaw, and Lisa Brown in Oakland — opened their offices on Saturday to make it happen. The response was like a water-swollen damn bursting.

The infectious tears of happiness and relief flowed in crystal droplets of joy.

Gay marriage and #MImarriageequality makes people cry #MarriageEquality pic.twitter.com/45ge77QT7Z

— Chris Savage (@Eclectablog) March 22, 2014

Anne I started out at the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office just as it was opening at 9 a.m.…

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Last Day! 1st Quarter Eclectablog fundraiser – No blather, just dog and cat photos to thank you.

A big thank you to everyone who has made a contribution during our fundraiser this week. I can’t express how much it means to us that so many of you have stepped up to support the important work we do here. I’m convinced this is a model that can succeed and your financial support is a critical part of that.

For those of you who have not contributed, there are three ways for you to do so.

First, you can make your donation using the PayPal link below. You can change the amount if you wish. The default is $50 which is basically $1 per week, a pretty good value.…

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Eclectablog photographer Anne C. Savage featured in the American Journalism Review

Wifeproud

The American Journalism Review recently relaunched itself as a web-only publication, a major move for a major publication.

The central article on the newly launched site is a piece by Jackie Spinner titled “‘Identity Crisis’ in Photojournalism”. It’s a terrific piece that discusses the new trend of major print media outlets shedding photographers and having their writers taking photos and video for their reporting, often using smartphones. The journalists and photographers she interviewed for the article talk in depth about how this compromises the quality of both the photos and the writing.

Spinner was the editor for The Daily Egyptian, the campus newspaper for Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, when Eclectablog photographer (and my wife) Anne C.…

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REPOST: The day Detroit went bankrupt: A photographer’s story.

With the announcement that Detroit is officially in bankruptcy and at the suggestion of my good friend Emily Hauser, we thought it would appropriate to rerun a photographic journey to Detroit taken by Eclectablogger and photographer extraordinaire Anne C. Savage the day Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed the bankruptcy paperwork – July 18th, 2013. It’s an antidote, if you will, to the Detroit ruin porn your likely to see all this week.

While these are dark days for the Motor City, it’s worth remembering Detroit’s city motto: “Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus” or “We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes”.…

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PHOTO ESSAY: New York City – An unforgettable day, an unforgettable city

Twelve years ago I was living in St. Louis working for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. I was single with two dogs and a parrot, and spent my free time going to bars and listening to music and watching sporting events with family and friends. I hadn’t even met Chris at that point.

Now, 12 years later I work for myself, live in Michigan, and just cerebrated my 9-year wedding anniversary. In the last 12 years I have gained two step kids, three nieces, a nephew, a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, and a whole new set of pets. Much has changed over 12 years.…

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The day Detroit went bankrupt: A photographer’s story.

“Like the phoenix, Detroit WILL rise again” – Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm

I had a meeting yesterday with a client looking for current photographs to reflect their growing business, with its many new employees and in its new location only 10 miles north on Woodward Avenue from downtown Detroit. This client was a good 50-minute drive away from where I live so, rather than making the trip for in for a short meeting, I decided I would spend the rest of the day in Detroit to get some photographs.

Detroit has been in the news a lot lately, as you well know, and it’s been on my mind a lot too.…

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PHOTOS & QUOTES: Joe Biden rallies Dems in Detroit, “the figurative & literal engine of the middle class in America”

“[T]he grit and the determination and the confidence, the certainty, the absolute commitment that this country has…is more exemplified by Detroit, Michigan than any other state in the Union.”


All photos by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog. Not for reuse without permission.

Last night’s Jefferson Jackson dinner was a rallying point for Michigan Democrats and every speaker from former Congressman Mark Schauer to Vice President Joe Biden called out Republicans for the harm they are doing to our country, our state, and the middle class and called on Democrats to rise to the challenge of seizing back the reins of power in Michigan.…

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