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Free virtual event with renowned scholar of racism Prof. Ian Haney-López – 2/10/22

Free virtual event with renowned scholar of racism Prof. Ian Haney-López – 2/10/22

Pre-registration for this FREE event is required. Click HERE to register. In his recent important essay “Can Democracy Survive Racism as a Strategy?“, Professor Ian Haney-López makes the case that the future of democracy in America lies in the future success of the Democratic Party. With Republicans showing daily that democracy is no longer a bedrock value for their party, […]

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The Lee Chatfield saga gets WORSE and a new gun safety ballot proposal for Michigan

The Lee Chatfield saga gets WORSE and a new gun safety ballot proposal for Michigan

Simon D. Schuster on Twitter: @Simon_Schuster Michigan Campaign Finance Network on Twitter: @MichiganCFN Michigan Campaign Finance Network’s website is at MCFN.org. Sergio Martínez & Simon D. Schuster at the Michigan Campaign Finance Network: Lee Chatfield Raised Millions and Traveled Often. Michigan Law Means Much Remains Secret. Jonathan Weisman and Reid J. Epstein at The New York Times: G.O.P. Declares Jan. […]

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Here, Sign This: Citizen-Initiated Legislation Petitions Confusing Michigan Voters

Here, Sign This: Citizen-Initiated Legislation Petitions Confusing Michigan Voters

Gathering petition signatures is an act as old as democracy itself. It is direct and easy to understand: Sign the petition to show your support. Sign the petition and the person or issue will be placed on the ballot for everyone to decide on. Many of us have signed or circulated petitions for issues or candidates that we believe in.  […]

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America is not getting the type of journalism it needs to survive – with special guest Susan Demas

America is not getting the type of journalism it needs to survive – with special guest Susan Demas

Susan Demas on Twitter: @SJDemas Susan Demas’ work Michigan Advance is HERE. Michigan Advance can be found HERE. Michigan Advance on Twitter: @MichiganAdvance Allison Donahue at Michigan Advance: I tried to interview Sen. Peter Lucido. He told me a group of schoolboys ‘could have a lot of fun’ with me. Preet Bharara’s Stay Tuned with Preet interview with Masha Gessen […]

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What’s next after redistricting? – with special guest Adrian Hemond

What’s next after redistricting? – with special guest Adrian Hemond

Adrian Hemond on Twitter: @AdrianHemond Grassroots Midwest on Twitter: @Grassroots_MW Grassroots Midwest’s website: GrassRootsMidwest.com Michigan’s new state House districts are HERE. Michigan’s new state Senate districts are HERE. Michigan’s new Congressional districts are HERE. Chris Savage can be found on Twitter at @Eclectablog. MoReno Taylor II can be found on Twitter at @MI_MADE_Man. Support the pod by becoming a Patreon […]

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The Fake Electoral College

The Fake Electoral College

Just over 13 months ago, the attempted overthrow of the democratic election of 2020 began.  For those doing math in their heads right now, I am not talking about the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building. I am also not talking about the statements by the former President on Election Night that we should stop counting the ballots because he […]

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With democracy at stake, no one has the luxury of sitting on the sidelines in 2022

With democracy at stake, no one has the luxury of sitting on the sidelines in 2022

Melissa Nann Burke at The Detroit News: Michigan’s new congressional map features 4 races that could decide U.S. House majority 150 Prominent Republicans and Independents Release ‘A Call for American Renewal’ Charting New Path Brittany Gibson at Politico: They stormed the Capitol. Now they’re running for office. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks on the First Anniversary of the […]

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“Two North” – A true Christmas Story

“Two North” – A true Christmas Story

“Two North” is a story about one Christmas when my mom was spending time on the psychiatric ward of our town’s hospital after trying to commit suicide to escape a physically-abusive husband. I was thirteen. It was a cataclysmic event in our lives but it brought us together into a two-person tribe like no other event ever has in my […]

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Educating kids in a time of Covid and rampant school shootings – wsg Randi Weingarten & Tim Ossman, Jr.

Educating kids in a time of Covid and rampant school shootings – wsg Randi Weingarten & Tim Ossman, Jr.

Tim Ossman, Jr. on Instagram: @black_man_beyond Tim Ossman, Jr.’s bio can be found HERE. Randi Weingarten on Twitter: @RWeingarten Randi Weingarten’s bio can be found HERE. Learn more about AFT’s Reading Opens the World initiative HERE. Read more about AFT’s many other initiatives HERE. Chris Savage can be found on Twitter at @Eclectablog. MoReno Taylor II can be found on […]

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This holiday season, I pay thanks to our military caregivers

This holiday season, I pay thanks to our military caregivers

The following essay was written by Monique Baker McCormick. Monique is the Wayne County Commissioner for District 6 and an Army Veteran. As we approach the holiday season and end of the year, many of us are reflecting on the things for which we are grateful. As a U.S. Army veteran myself, not a day goes by that I am […]

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We can’t undo experiences – with special guest data analyst Brandon Jessup

We can’t undo experiences – with special guest data analyst Brandon Jessup

Brandon Jessup on Twitter: @ItsBJessup Brandon Jessup’s bio is HERE and HERE. State Voices website: StateVoices.org Michigan Forward’s website: UPXMichigan.com Michigan Forward on Facebook is HERE. Karin Brulliard, Kim Bellware, Meryl Kornfield, María Luisa Paúl, John Woodrow Cox and Paulina Firozi at The Washington Post: Fugitive parents of Mich. school-shooting suspect in custody after brief hunt Lauren Gibbons at MLive: […]

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