Tag: Democracy

Federal court rules Michigan’s Congressional, State House, and State Senate districts unconstitutional – Here’s why that’s a BFD

Federal court rules Michigan’s Congressional, State House, and State Senate districts unconstitutional – Here’s why that’s a BFD

In what can only be described as some of the best news I have heard this year, particularly regarding Michigan, a three-judge federal panel declared many of Michigan’s Congressional, State House, and State Senate districts to be unconstitutional. Their decision (which you can read HERE) was unanimous: The “predominate purpose” of the redistricting plan approved by the GOP-led Legislature in […]

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Michigan Dems offer a one-sentence bill to repeal Emergency Manager Law that GOP apologists irrationally still defend

Michigan Dems offer a one-sentence bill to repeal Emergency Manager Law that GOP apologists irrationally still defend

On Monday, Michigan Democrat David Knezek introduced Senate Bill 734. The bill contains a single sentence: The local financial stability and choice act, 2012 PA 436, MCL 141.1541 to 141.1575, is repealed. Wouldn’t it be beautiful if the entire anti-democratic failed experiment known as Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, a law and policy that has done so much harm to our […]

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Ban on straight-ticket ballot option in Michigan may not pass Senate because it doesn’t make voting difficult enough

Ban on straight-ticket ballot option in Michigan may not pass Senate because it doesn’t make voting difficult enough

This week the Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 13, a bill that would eliminate the option of straight-ticket voting on Michigan ballots. While they claim it’s to make us all “more responsible” voters, the obvious intent is to make it just that more difficult to vote in Michigan. In fact, Progress Michigan recently showed how […]

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Mich. GOP Senate Elections Committee Chair thinks “voting should not be effortless”, introduces bill making it even harder

Mich. GOP Senate Elections Committee Chair thinks “voting should not be effortless”, introduces bill making it even harder

Sen. Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc Township) is the chairman of the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee. You would think that a man in that position would be working night and day to figure out how to make voting as easy as possible so that we would have more Michiganders participating in the democracy that is the bedrock of our […]

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Patriarchal Michigan Republicans decide democracy is not for YOU, quash yet another ballot initiative

Patriarchal Michigan Republicans decide democracy is not for YOU, quash yet another ballot initiative

Democracy, deschmocracy First it was citizens overturning the majority vote of Michigan citizens to overturn our state’s anti-democratic Emergency Manager law. Then it was rape insurance. Then it was a drive to ban wolf hunting. Then it was the effort to raise Michigan’s minimum wage. In each instance, Republicans in the Michigan legislature decided that it wasn’t appropriate for us […]

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You can have democracy in the Daddy State of Michigan when patriarchal Republicans say you can

You can have democracy in the Daddy State of Michigan when patriarchal Republicans say you can

This week Michigan legislators passed a package of bills dubbed “The Grand Bargain” that will help our state’s largest city, Detroit, get back on its feet. Missing from that package was a bill that would have prevented regional municipalities from renewing the existing voter-approved 10-year millage or the levying a new millage to fund the Detroit Institute of Arts. (Details […]

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Detroit faith community rallies to promote democracy and citizen engagement

Detroit faith community rallies to promote democracy and citizen engagement

Rekindling Democracy

This past Sunday, the group Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES) held a rally titled “Fire of Faith: Rekindling Democracy” at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. MOSES is a group of faith communities from around the state that is working on social justice issues. They are an affiliate of the Gamaliel Foundation where President Barack Obama was a trainer and consultant for a time in Chicago and their approach to community organizing is very evident in the Obama For America (OFA) approach. (For more information about the Gamaliel approach, check out this post from just after the 2008 election: “I Want POWER and I Will Be Ruthless”.)

Sunday’s event involved nearly a dozen faith communities from around Michigan. Christian churches. Muslim mosques. Jewish synagogues. All were represented and all had a common goal of engaging their congregations in the democratic process. Young people from Crossing Boundaries, Building Bridges (CB3), a youth outreach effort by MOSES were well represented, as well.

Much more after the jump.

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Fighting on: A stunning response to the lie that stole the voice of a quarter million Michigan citizens

Fighting on: A stunning response to the lie that stole the voice of a quarter million Michigan citizens

Speaking truth

My good friend Brit Satchwell, educator and president of the Ann Arbor Education Association, is always on the forefront of fighting for workers and for those in Michigan who are most acutely impacted by the Republicans that currently have control of our state government. Whether it’s circulating petitions for the repeal of Public Act 4 — Michigan’s vile Emergency Manager law — or to recall Governor Rick Snyder or to enshrine collective bargaining rights in our state constitution, Brit is there, defending our democracy.

When the Board of State Canvassers met last week and two Republican men betrayed and silenced the voice of nearly a quarter million Michigan citizens with a vote based on a concocted lie, Brit was there and on his feet shouting “Traitor!” at those men. Detroit News photographer captured the moment exquisitely (you can see it HERE.)

Brit took pen to paper recently and composed a heartfelt and perfectly-worded response to this egregious act which he then sent to the Board. I am reprinting here from the blog of Michigan Forward with permission…

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So, Michigan Dems, you gonna go support the guy that’s against kids going to college?

Breathe deep and think about what you are doing Tomorrow is the Michigan primary. A significant number of Dem-leaning pundits and commentators are encouraging Democrats to cross over and vote for Rick Santorum in the GOP primary. You can do that. It’s totally legal. I’m asking you not to. I’ve already gone on record as to why I think this […]

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