African American Cultural & Historical Museum presents Underground Railroad Bus Tour

The African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County is having an Underground Railroad Bus Tour on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from noon-3:00 p.m.

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes, hidden places, determined citizens and self-liberated people of color seeking freedom. Two essential routes to Detroit and ultimate safety in Canada crossed in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Discover the role Washtenaw County played on this docent guided tour by the exteriors of local and nationally-known Underground Railroad landmarks, sites and homes.

Saturday, October 15, 2011 • 12 noon–3PM


The Golden Limousine bus departs from the Washtenaw Community College parking lot, (in front of the Industrial and Tech Building across from the Fitness Center).

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Sittin kitteh

Break time.

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Michigan Republican wants Governor to have MORE power

Well, at least they don’t try to hide it anymore. Republican State Sen. Dave Robertson of Grand Blanc wants the governor to be able to appoint far more people in the government than he already does, saying “the heart of the issue is political power.”

Michigan’s governor appoints about 100 people directly to run the departments of state government, but that’s not enough to wield much influence over policy, says a state senator who would quadruple the number of gubernatorial appointees.

State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, said term limits (a governor can serve a maximum of two, four-year terms) have created a system in which elected officials have less ability to hire the people they need to carry out their policy agenda.

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The one-percenters are more than just people who “have nice stuff”

I keep coming back to the derisive douchebaggery of Detroit News‘ editor Nolan Finley where he basically called Occupy Wall Street protesters animals (“menagerie of malcontents”) and people who “resent that some people have nice stuff and others don’t”.

It’s a common refrain among the millionaire/billionaire apologists out there. Many of these people are tea partiers, of course, and the best thing written on that lately came from my friend LOLGOP:

When is somebody going to break the news to the Tea Party that they aren’t the 1%? fb.me/1jKtvjI26

So, is that who we’re talking about here? Just some very nice people that just happen to “have nice stuff”?…

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President Obama positively SURGES in most recent PPP poll

Welly, well, well, well. Who whoulda thunk it?

Favorability rating: UP 11 points

Job approval rating: UP 6 points

Congressional Republicans: DOWN a whopping 15 points!

Poor David Nir at Daily Kos just can’t explain it. “I can tell you what changed in our cross-tabs,” he says, “but I can’t tell you why things changed.” It’s a complete mystery why the president could possibly be surging to him? I’ma go out on a limb and say four simple words:

The. American. Jobs. Act.

Pass it. Now.…

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Millionaires March in New York is underway – as is the occupation of Lansing & Grand Rapids

Occupy Wall Street protesters are taking their protest to the homes of mega-wealthy 1-percenters today and the march is now underway, according to a friend who just texted me

Accompanied by an “unreal” number of camera crews, the protesters are protesting, in part, the expiration of a two-percent “millionaires tax” later this year.


“99 per cent of the residents of New York are going to suffer from this tax giveaway so the one per cent who already live in absolute luxury can put more money in their pockets,” one organiser said. It comes as Barack Obama’s senior adviser David Plouffe confirmed that the President is on the side of the Occupy Wall Street protesters – and said the Republicans are not.

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New Mich GOP law will override local laws, roll back LGBT protections – the lie of “small government”

Local control, local government, local self-determination. These are the hallmarks of the tea party Republicans and conservatives in general. Recent efforts by Michigan Republicans prove conclusively that this is a lie. They are not interested in local control; they are interested in conservative control. Period.

In September, I wrote about two bills passed by the House to limit domestic partner benefits for any public employees in the state.

Not that this is any surprise but Michigan Republicans are poised to make sure that schools, counties, cities and the state itself do not offer domestic partner benefits to their employees…

It’s obviously nothing more than a blatant effort to make sure same-sex partners are never afforded the same benefits their “different-sex” counterparts enjoy.

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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Markman refuses to recuse himself in EM case

Last month, I wrote about how Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman was being asked to recuse himself from the suit challenging the constitutionality of the Emergency Manager Law.

Lawyers fighting Michigan’s tough new emergency manager law want a Michigan Supreme Court justice to recuse himself from the case because his wife represents the government in a separate lawsuit challenging the same law.

Lawyers from the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice said in a brief filed Wednesday that Justice Stephen Markman should recuse himself from their challenge of the emergency manager law’s constitutionality, which Gov. Rick Snyder wants sent directly to the Michigan Supreme Court.

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