Important Financial Martial Law repeal townhall this SATURDAY in Ann Arbor

Important Financial Martial Law repeal townhall this SATURDAY in Ann Arbor

This Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is an informational townhall meeting on the effort to repeal the Financial Martial Law Act recently passed by the Republicans in Michigan’s legislature. I will be a featured speaker in the Michigan Forward-sponsored event, talking about the history of the law and what it does. Here are the details from their press release:


Washtenaw Community Members Host Town Hall to Discuss Emergency Manager Law

Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 25, 2011 – The Washtenaw Community Action Team (WCAT) is hosting a town hall meeting to discuss the statewide initiative to repeal Public Act 4.…

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BREAKING: Big news on the fight against Michigan’s EFM law coming tomorrow!

The Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, a non-profit law firm based in Detroit, just released this news:

CITIZENS TO ANNOUNCE MAJOR STATEWIDE ACTION AGAINST MICHIGAN’S CONTROVERSIAL EMERGENCY MANAGER LAW

Over two dozen citizens from across Michigan will announce, on Wednesday, June 22, a major action directed against Michigan’s controversial “emergency manager” law. The new law has serious consequences for local communities in the region.

Wednesday, June 22
LANSING

WHEN: 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Lansing City Hall
Outside near entrance
124 W. Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI
WHO: Bill Goodman, Attorney-at-law
Kym Spring, Grand Rapids resident
Michael Merriweather, Ann Arbor resident

BENTON HARBOR

WHEN: 10:00 a.m.

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Thanks to everyone who supported Netroots for the Troops

I just wanted to take a minute to give my very warm thanks to all the Eclectareaders out there who donated to Team Eclectablog’s fundraiser for Netroots for the Troops (NFTT). If you didn’t get a chance to see what our effort resulted in, have a look HERE.

Also, to give you an update on my friend Tony, the main organizer of NFTT, he spent the night in the hospital after having a stent put in to alleviate the kidney stone blockage. He and his partner in life, Lynn, are back in Charlotte now and he was at the urologist first thing this morning getting checked out.…

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Netroots for the Troops - Recap of a remarkable event (PHOTOS & vid) - UPDATED

Netroots for the Troops – Recap of a remarkable event (PHOTOS & vid) – UPDATED

This is a repost from Daily Kos.
This is primarily going to be a photodiary about our amazingly successful Netroots for the Troops event at Netroots Nation this year. However, I must first tell you that Tony (TexDem) is currently in the hospital in Minneapolis. He has been having trouble with kidney stones and was in a high level of pain and discomfort throughout the week, even as he organized and executed the remarkable thing that is Netroots for the Troops. This morning his pain level sent him to the ER with Lynn (Velovixen). After doing a CAT scan, they learned he had a 1 cm (1 cm!!!

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Dispatch from the Netroots Nation progressive bloggers conference

Dispatch from the Netroots Nation progressive bloggers conference

I’m in Minneapolis for the Netroots Nation progressive bloggers conference. Yesterday I had a full day of workshops, meetings, networking and helping out with Netrrots for the Troops. You can read my write-up at A2Politico:

“Dispatch from the Netroots Nation Progressive Bloggers Conference”

Pictures and everything!

Enjoy.…

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Detroit Mayor Bing planned to become EFM and dissolve City Council and school board

I’m en route to Netroots Nation but had to pull off to blog THIS:

A whistle-blower lawsuit filed by a former top aide to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing this morning alleges that the mayor had plans to be named emergency manager for the city and Detroit Public Schools, dissolving the city council and the school board.

~SNIP~

Collins said in the suit that she worked with “stakeholders” on an effort that would have made Bing emergency financial manager of Detroit and his former deputy Kirk Lewis emergency manager of the public schools, dissolving the city council and the school board.

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Video goodies

My sis-in-law sent me this. Totally a hoot.

“Pay my 80 bucks for six things and get out…” LOL

Replace “West Side of LA” with “South Side of AA” and you pretty much have Ann Arbor.

And then this 30 seconds of cuddlicious kitteh goodness from Lizz Winstead’s tweet stream:

All together now: “Aaaaaawwwwww…”

Off to the Twin Cities for Netroots Nation. Catch ya in a different time zone.…

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Eclectablog on the radio – Wednesday, June 15, 7 am

I’ll be on First Shift with Tony Trupiano radio show in Detroit at just after 7 a.m. Wednesday morning if you’re up and around and interested in hearing my blatherings. I’ll be talking with Tony about the Pontiac EFM who just outsourced the city’s water treatment to a company facing a 26-count federal indictment for violations of the Clean Water Act. I’ll be calling in while in transit to Minneapolis for the annual Netroots Nation conference.

You can listed to it at AM1310 WDTW or at the website as a live stream.

See ya on the radio and all that.…

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Last day to contribute to Team Eclectablog's Netroots for the Troops campaign

Last day to contribute to Team Eclectablog’s Netroots for the Troops campaign

Okay, folks, one more time, this time with FEELING! Tomorrow I leave for Minneapolis to attend the Netroots Nation progressive bloggers conference. My Team Eclectablog thermometer stands at only 56% of my goal of raising $2,500 for this most-worthy cause. Please consider chipping in.

Thanks,
Eclectablog
Every year at the Netroots Nation conference, a group of very hard-working, compassionate and caring people step up to help our men and women in the armed forces in an impressive way. They spend the year raising funds and soliciting contributions and then, in a several hour frenzy of activity, they assemble CARE packages to be sent to our troops in harms way around the world.…

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Washtenaw County kicks off effort to repeal EFM Law this Saturday

As you know, if you read my blog, this past spring, Michigan Republicans passed legislation that Governor Rick Snyder signed into law as Public Act 4 of 2011, otherwise known as “The Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) Law”. Although Michigan governors already had the ability to put EFMs in place in struggling cities and schools, this new law gives EFMs wide-sweeping new powers such as the ability to break contracts with unions and other groups and to dismiss local elected government officials.

Both of these things have happened. In Benton Harbor, EFM Joseph Harris relegated the City Commission to calling meetings, approving minutes and adjourning meetings – essentially becoming stenographers as he reconfigured city commissions and awarded city contracts to companies of his own choosing.…

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Pscholka recall rally in Benton Harbor this coming Saturday featuring Wisc. State Sen. Lena Taylor

Pscholka recall rally in Benton Harbor this coming Saturday featuring Wisc. State Sen. Lena Taylor

On Saturday, June 18th, there will be a rally in Benton Harbor to kick off the recall of State Rep. Al Pscholka and to make sure Benton Harbor and what is happening there stays on the state and national radar screen.


Click the image to download the flyer

From the Facebook page for the event:

Come join us as we kick off the recall of Alton Pscholka on June 18th. There will be a rally followed by a cookout with plenty of petitions to go around!

Special guest speaker will be Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor who was one of the 14 legislators to leave the state during Walker’s crusade!

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Republicans intentionally sabotaging the economy for political gain

I’m not exactly sure why this is news. I and many others have been saying this since about spring of 2009. But, for some reason, some people, like prominent financial pundits/commentators, are just now figuring it out.

Intentionally driving the economy further into the ditch to harm the reelection chances of Barack Obama is immoral, unethical, anti-American, hypocritical and evil. That is your Republican party in 2011.…

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