Baxter Jones was a Detroit middle school teacher and track coach in 2005 when his car was struck from behind by another vehicle. The horrendous accident left him with traumatic brain injury and he is now unable to walk or speak clearly. Five years later, while on family medical leave, he was let go from the Detroit Public School system when former Emergency Manager Robert Bobb controlled the district. Jones, who had purchased a home near Jackson under a First Responder Program after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, kept up mortgage payments until he lost his job. Wells Fargo then foreclosed on his home, refusing to enroll him in a forebearance program for disabled people facing foreclosure.…
As protesters call for Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline to be shut down, Enbridge promises NOT to do something it’s NEVER done
This past weekend, protesters from around the state gathered at the Mackinac Bridge to call for the shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline. The pipeline (actually TWO pipelines) are 62 years old and were built in a time when regulations were far more lax than they are now. Had the Great Lakes Submerged Lands Act been in place when the pair of pipelines were built, a permitting process would have been in place to ensure the safety of some of the most valuable fresh water on the planet. Instead, Line 5 has been able to operate for over six decades without the need to get approval.…
Greenpeace protesters hanging from Portland bridge prevent icebreaker from returning Artic oil drilling area
A group of 13 Greenpeace protesters are suspended from the St. Johns Bridge over the Willamette River leading to the Portland, Oregon harbor. The icebreaker MSV Fennica has been in the harbor for repairs and planned to return to Shell Oil’s artic drilling area. Oil drilling there cannot take place without the equipment being delivered by the Fennica.
— Rachael Rafanelli (@RachaelKGW) July 30, 2015
In addition to the suspended protesters who are now on their second day, dozens of “kayaktivists” are in the water in kayaks to aid in preventing the ship from leaving the port.…
What I thought was going to be a review of the premier of the documentary that made its Michigan debut on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield, MI, titled, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is turning more into a testimonial in many ways. Many deeply personal ways.
Director/Producer/Writer Mary Dore was in attendance for the premier on Sunday and I had the great fortune of meeting her and actually getting a chance to visit with her for a short while before the film. That was a gift unto itself. I was actually honored to be asked to host this amazing event that sold out to more than 300 people.…
BREAKING: EMU Dean of Education resigns from board of failing Education Achievement Authority, protest against EAA planned for TOMORROW
Even top educators are walking away
The “school district for wayward schools”, Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority, has been under increasing scrutiny over the past year. Questions have been raised about the veracity of their testing and test scores. State legislators on the Education Committee have raised red flags only to be told they have to file Freedom of Information Act requests to get the information they need to make a realistic assessment of the EAA’s performance. Here’s Rep. Ellen Cogen-Lipton from my interview with her earlier this year, talking about the Republican effort to expand the EAA:
Cop who pepper-sprayed UC-Davis students scores worker’s comp payoff bigger than students’ award from lawsuit
He was depressed don’tchya know
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John Pike, the UC-Davis university police officer who painted a line of seated, subdued students participating in an Occupy protest received a workman’s compensation payment last week to the tune of $38,059.
Apparently, he was depressed and suffering from anxiety after receiving death threats for his inhumane treatment of fellow humans. He was eventually fired for the obscene behavior.
As Business Insider points out, this is actually more than the students themselves received from their class action lawsuit:
Borgess Health Park in Battle Creek being built mostly by non-union workers without health insurance coverage
Knee-deep in ironyA new health care facility being built in Battle Creek is being fiercely criticized for hiring mostly out-of-town, non-union workers. Borgess Health Park, a 65,000 square foot facility which broke ground late last year, has hired 21 contractors for the nearly $27 million construction project. However, of those, only two of the 21 contractors are local and only one of the two is unionized. In a true bit of bitter irony, very few of the construction workers who will build the facility have health insurance coverage themselves meaning that they probably would never be able to afford the services Borgess will provide when construction is completed in 2014. Click through for details.
Be there or ... hell with that, just BE THERE!There will be a HUGE rally at the State Capitol Building in Lansing on Tuesday, November 11. Labor groups, progressive allies and Planned Parenthood are teaming up to demonstrate a show of solidarity unlike any we've seen yet. Details and more after the jump.
This is going to be bigNext Saturday, May 5, 2012 is the kickoff of the second attempt to recall Rick Snyder. It will start with a huge rally at the state Capitol building and you won't want to miss it. The event starts at 2:00 and thousands of people are expected to attend. In fact, it's essential that thousands of people DO attend. The huge rallies in Wisconsin galvanized the activists and volunteers there and we need to do the same here as we fight back against a conservative/corporate takeover of Michigan. Please plan to attend and help spread the word throughout all of your networks. Speakers include...
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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had quite a day yesterday. First, he was greeted by upwards of 2,000 protesters at an speech for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Then, when he got to Michigan, he was greeted by a crowd estimated to be anywhere from 1,300 to nearly 3,000.
The Republican governor is trying to hold onto his job in the aftermath of his successful efforts to curb collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin.…
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