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5th Year Anniversary Iraq !

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 21:50

The 5th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq is just a few weeks away. Groups around the country are working on activities that will both mark this day and project the widespread, deeply felt opposition to this horrendous, ongoing crime. In every corner of the nation, our voices will be heard as we demand an end to the death and destruction.

Most likely in April, Congress will be discussing and voting on whether to give the Bush administration yet another $105 billion for this war! Our activities around the 5th anniversary on March 19th are a perfect opportunity to say NO! No more money for this war!

United for Peace and Justice has been working on three major sets of activities on and around the 5th anniversary:

1) Support for the March 13-16 Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan hearings, organized by UFPJ member group Iraq Veterans Against the War, which will feature testimony from U.S. veterans who have served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground.

You can help exponentially increase the power of these hearings: Organize or promote a gathering in your community where people can witness them via video broadcast. Now is the time to start planning an event and spreading the word. Gatherings can range in size and be public or private -- here are some ideas:

Help Bring Visibility to the Iraq Occupations! df

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 21:45

The 5th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq is Wednesday March 19th, weeks away. Groups around the country are working on activities that will both mark this day and project the widespread, deeply felt opposition to this horrendous, ongoing crime. In every corner of the nation, our voices will be heard as we demand an end to the death and destruction.

Most likely in April, Congress will be discussing and voting on whether to give the Bush administration yet another $105 billion for this war! Our activities around the 5th anniversary on March 19th are a perfect opportunity to say NO! No more money for this war!

United for Peace and Justice has been working on three major sets of activities on and around the 5th anniversary:

1) Support for the March 13-16 Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan hearings, organized by UFPJ member group Iraq Veterans Against the War, which will feature testimony from U.S. veterans who have served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground.

Wed March 19th 2008 is the 5 year Anniversary of the Iraq Occupation

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 21:35

Allow me to introduce you to the new Goodstorm by Zazzle community: http://www.zazzle.com/goodstorm. On March 19, 2008, United for Peace and Justice is calling for and supporting a set of activities on the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq that will manifest the intensifying opposition to the war and help strengthen the anti-war movement.

We are proud to announce our collaboration with United for Peace and Justice to promote their organization, to increase the visibility of this call to action and to support their fundraising efforts for their "5 Years Too Many" campaign (www.5yearstoomany.org).

In the midst of the recent developments with the presidential primaries it is imperative that we do not forget about this senseless war, and we are calling on everyone to get behind the "Make Peace Visible" movement by wearing our anti war products on March 19th:

http://www.zazzle.com/5yearstoomany
http://www.zazzle.com/artistsagainstthewar
http://www.zazzle.com/stopthewar
Given our stated mission to provide non-profit organizations with increased visibility and funding, a portion of all proceeds from 5 Years Too Many" and Artists against the War merchandise will go directly to United for Peace and Justice.

The Impact of the MI Supreme Court on MI State Law 1999-2007

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 21:30

The Michigan Chapter of the American Constitution Society presents:
The Impact of the Michigan Supreme Court on the State of Michigan Law (1999-2007)
Featuring:
Dean Frank Wu
Dean and Professor of Law,
Wayne State University Law School

Gary Maveal
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Jeffrey S. Silver
Visiting Assistant Professor,
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Michael D. Elkins
Founding Partner, Elkins & Associates, P.L.C.

Mark Granzotto
Founding Partner, Granzotto & Nicita, P.C.

Mary Ellen Gurewitz
Shareholder, Sachs Waldman, Professional Corporation

Michael K. Lee
Lee & Associates

Michael L. Pitt
Managing Partner, Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Rivers & Golden

Katherine Razdolsky
Associate Counsel, Assets International, L.L.C.

Douglas B. Shapiro
Senior Partner, Muth and Shapiro, P.C.
With comments by:
Justice Marilyn Kelly
Michigan Supreme Court
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wayne State University Law School
Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium
471 W. Palmer Street
Detroit, Michigan

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 4:30 pm and during a break in the program. Free parking is available next to the auditorium on a first-come, first-serve basis.
RSVP here.

Support Michigan Electoral Reform with a donation!

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 21:19

Michigan Election Reform Alliance with a donation. As all of you know, Election Protection and Integrity are critical areas where erosions in safety of the processes and procedures has left our elections wide open for hacking.

This group in Michigan is worthy of your donation to help them build and support their 2008 Election Protection Plans.

On March 16th they had an Irish fundraiser. Unfortunately I didn't get it posted but you can still donate online today to their efforts!

See below:
The Michigan Election Reform Alliance.Org is pleased to invite you to join us for a fundraiser and party on March 16 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Corner Brewery, 710 Norris Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 48198. Suggested Donation is $25.

MERA Council will supply Irish food and there will be a cash bar at the brewery.

Shepard's Folly, a traditional Irish band, will offer music - songs and dance tunes.
The core of the group consists of
Ray Kamalay - a world class guitarist and vocalist, well known in mid Michigan,
Patti Ann Lea - one of the most refined celtic voices you will find anywhere, and
Phil Shepard - flute and whistles (he's the "fool" the band is named after).
A few guest musicians may also join the group.

Please come, help out a good cause, and enjoy a good party!

Planning has begun for the George W. Bush Jr. Presidential Library - Political Humor

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Mon, 02/11/2008 - 23:10

The George W Bush Presidential Library is now in the planning stages.
You'll want to be the first at your corporation to make a contribution to
this great man's legacy. The Library will include:

1. The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.
2. The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you can't remember anything.
3. The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't have to even show up.
4. The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.
5. The Guantanamo Bay Room,where they don't let you out.
6. The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room (which no one has been able to find).
7. The Iraq War Room. After you complete your first tour, they make you go back for a second, third, fourth, and sometimes fifth tour.
8. The Dick Cheney Room, in the famous undisclosed location, complete with shooting gallery.
9. Plans also include: The K-Street Project Gift Shop - where you can buy (or just steal) an election. 10. The Airport Men's Room, where you can meet some of your favorite Republican Senators.
11. Last, but not least, there will be an entire floor devoted to a 7/8 scale model of the President's ego.

To highlight the President's accomplishments, the museum will have an
electron microscope to help you locate them.

DFA Monthly meetup _ Feb 6, 2007 7 pm Birmingham Unitarian Church _ Guest Gary Peters

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 18:44

Hello all,

Sorry for the late posting. Meetup is scheduled tonight at 7 pm and we have some new info from DFA national about the direction we are going to be working on this year.

The three main topics will be election protection, helathcare for all and getting our local candidates elected.

Attending training camps will be encouraged.

Gary Peters was planning to attend the meeting tonight so I hope all of you can attend. I know the weather is crummy so if the attendance is poor I'm sure we'll catch up with Gary somewhere soon!

We need folks to go vote in the www.democracyforamerica.com/allstars competition and help keep our MI 9th candidates on top of the National Stage!

Hope to see you tonight and hope more of you will start getting active now that it's an election year!

Steering Committee Jim
info@d4md.org

A MESSAGE FROM JENNIFER GRANHOLM ABOUT VOTING IN THE MI PRIMARY AND MORE

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Mon, 01/14/2008 - 22:49

Dear friends,

Tomorrow, Michigan will play a critical role in choosing the next President of the United States. The decision to move our primary to January 15th has put us in the national spotlight and, now, all eyes are on Michigan as we cast our votes for presidential nominees. With so much attention being given to our state, this is an opportunity for us to send a message to the nation that we are ready for a change in the White House and we're going to deliver that message through our votes.

Visit JenniferGranholm.com and find your polling location.

There is, perhaps, no other state who has more invested in this presidential election than Michigan. Our economy has been ravaged by the unfair trade policies of an administration that has turned a blind eye to our manufacturing sector. We have seen jobs shipped overseas as our president fails to enforce the trade pacts negotiated with our trading partners. And our manufacturers and small businesses have struggled to compete as the cost of health care rises and employers are left to foot the bill.

Tomorrow, we can take the first step to create real change in the White House. Click here for more information on getting your friends and family out to vote.

Here's a message from Jeffrey - A Ron Paul Supporter

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Mon, 01/14/2008 - 22:40

Jeffrey sent you this message from The Detroit Democratic Party
Meetup Group on Meetup.com:

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Due to violating party rules, the Democratic National Committee
has stripped Michigan of all its delegates to the Democratic
National Convention. You can vote in the Democrat?s primary,
but no Michigan delegates will be sent to the DNC to vote for
you.

As if that isn?t bad enough, most candidates running for the
Democrat?s nomination didn?t even register to be on the ballot
or have withdrawn their names. Here is a list of people who
will be on the ballot: Hillary Clinton, Mike Gravel, and Dennis
Kucinich. So if you wanted to vote for Barack Obama, John
Edwards, or any other candidate you?re SOL because they won?t
even be on the ballot.

Instead of casting a meaningless vote on the Democrat?s ticket,
you can vote in the Republican primary, helping bring a ?win-
win? ballot for the 2008 Presidential election by voting for
Ron Paul. The war in Iraq has consistently rated the highest
issue important to voters. Another issue not polled which I?m
sure matters to voters is the restoration of our civil
liberties.

Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate who is against the
Iraq war and for the restoration of our civil liberties. All of

An interesting Op_ed sent to the Lansing Journal about voting in the MI Primary Jan 15th 2008

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Mon, 01/14/2008 - 22:31

Here is my Op Ed Editorial sent to the Lansing State Journal
The Michigan Presidential primary election is a sham. In Iowa and New Hampshire, more than two thirds of voters chose someone other than Sen. Hillary Clinton. In Michigan, that is the voters’ only real choice. Michigan Democratic party officials have given no good answer to why any voter should vote in this primary. It is not a choice to "write-in" a vote for Obama or Edwards. Write-in votes will not count since the candidates are not registered as write-in candidates. Uncommitted delegates will be selected only after the primary vote (on March 20, 2008). They are chosen by party insiders, and are not bound to vote for any particular candidate. A vote for uncommitted delegates is a meaningless gesture.
I will not vote in the Michigan Democratic primary if the state party does not fix this primary. Voters should boycott the election or vote in the Republican primary as a spoiler. The state party is forcing me to vote Republican or not at all after a lifetime of voting in every Democratic Presidential primary. I shook George McGovern’s hand in Flint in 1972 and stood near Jimmy Carter the night before the 1976 general election.

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