Vote in the DFA Grassroots All-Stars Contest NOW!!

Submitted by Brainwrap on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 09:45

From DFA National:

With all the media attention on the presidential primaries, it would be easy to think they are the only elections in 2008.

That's why for the next three weeks, while the pundits go crazy talking about polling data that's probably wrong, we're going to focus on the 2008 races that will deliver a progressive Congress.

Nominate your favorite congressional candidates for the DFA 2008 Grassroots All-Star endorsement right now:

www.DemocracyforAmerica.com/AllStarVote

DFA endorsements have always been driven by our members. You're the boots on the ground making a difference in your community. When you tell us who you support and why, we listen.

As it happens, here in Michigan's 9th CD, BOTH of the Democratic candidates--Nancy Skinner and Gary Peters are currently in the top 4 in the DFA contest! We're the only district to have two candidates for the same seat in the top 10, so now's the time to visit DFA and vote for the candidate you support!

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.

Kucinich Video for the MI Primary

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Mon, 01/14/2008 - 22:02

Koo-sin-ich Video to help YOU make it happen in Michigan

Please e-mail this Kucinich (Koo-sin-ich) video link to your friends, your lists, especially to folks who are not familiar with Kucinich, a last minute push to get out the vote for Kucinich in tomorrow's primary!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d2C0GzIoug

SPREAD THE WORD! Good Luck! We'll be watching from NYC.

Peace & Thanks -
Thomas Gallagher, former Kucinich Delegate

PS. Voter info in the Video Description:
January 15th, Michigan Primary:
Voter Info: 517-322-1460
http://www.michigan.gov/vote

Paid for and authorized by Kucinich for President 2008, Inc.
P.O. Box 110180, Cleveland, OH 44111 | (877) 41-DENNIS.

First Annual Millie Jeffrey Dinner Hosted by the Justice Caucus of the MDP Sun. Jan 13 2008

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 00:27

You are cordially invited to the Millie Jeffrey Dinner
Sunday January, 13, 2008
to Benefit the Camp Millie Progressive Grassroots Training Organization
Reception 6 to 7 pm
Dinner, Speaker John Cherry, and Awards 7 to 8:30 pm
Master of Ceremonies Amos Williams
RSVP to Fran Brennan at (734) 330-5225

The 2008 Spirit of Millie Jeffrey Awards will be given to

Rosa Holliday of Bay City
As a recording and corresponding secretary for the Michigan Democratic Party. She retired from GM and currently is director of programs & public relations
at Latoya's Health Education Training Center. Rosa is active in Democratic politics from the precinct level to the National Convention Delegate. She is a trustee of Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Saginaw.

Ann Kerwin of Detroit is a member of the 14th Congressional District. She is active on zoning issues for the University District Association and is an active member of the Sierra Club. Ann is the Chair of the Irish Cultural Forum, active in Catholics for the Common Good, and is a member of the Southeast MI Beekepers Association. She has worked quietly beside her spouse Mike Kerwin for 53 years on numerous Democratic activiites.

Kucinich In Michigan. January 10 through the 14th, 2008

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 00:12

Thurday, January 10th
Dennis Kucinich: An Evening with a Presidential Candidate
7pm at the Troy Community Center
3179 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083
Big Beaver at Livernois east of I75; hosted by Troy Democratic Club
Details: Sandy Burgess 248 680 0773

Friday, January 11th
A New Agenda for America and the World
Fri evening rally with Congressperson John Conyers and
Congressperson Dennis Kucinich at the University of Detroit Mercy
7 pm Life Science Building Room 115 at the foot of the lighted Clock Tower
University of Detroit Mercy
McNichols at Livernois, enter off W McNichols east of Livernois
Details: Mike Whitty 248 723 0105

Saturday, January 12th
Dennis Kucinich will talk of The Federal Department of Peace
(not campaigning)
7 pm at Unity of Livonia
28660 Five Mile Rd., Livonia
1/3 mile E. of Middlebelt & W. of Inkster, on N. side of Five Mile Rd
Details: Colleen Mills 734 425 0079

Sunday, January 13th
Dennis Kucinich will talk with Jack Lessenberry moderating Q & A
11 am at St. Andrews Episcopal Church,
340 N. Main St. (also called N. Livernois Rd.),
2 blocks N. of 14 Mile, Clawson
Details: Rev. Harry Cook 248 709 9689

Sunday January 13th
Dennis Kucinich wtih speak at the recepetion preceeding First Annual Millie Jeffrey Dinner
Justice Caucus will be recognizing local progressive political activists at the dinner

Candidates: Tell us why D4MD should endorse your campaign!

Submitted by Brainwrap on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 15:05

Are you a fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidate for office in the Metro Detroit area?

Are you interested in putting the awesome power* of a Democracy for Metro Detroit endorsement to work for you?

Then download, fill out and send in the following Candidate Questionnaire so we can review your situation and decide whether to give you a hand!

http://www.d4md.org/files/d4md_candidate_quest.pdf

*(note: Awesomeness level may vary in your district.)

Berkley: They've sent in the wingnuts.

Submitted by Brainwrap on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 15:17

(cross-posted at dKos, MichLib & BfM)

Part 9 in an ongoing series about the Nativity Display on City Hall battle here in Berkley, Michigan.

(NOTE: While I am a member of Citizens for Religious Freedom, I am posting this as an individual, NOT as an official representative of the group.)

THE SHORT VERSION: We're facing a local ballot proposal in less than 30 days which, if passed, would FORCE the city council to build a Nativity display on city hall property. While this sort of issue pops up several times every year somewhere or another in the nation, to my knowledge this is the first time that there's been a city ordinance on the ballot which would specifically REQUIRE church & state to mix in such a fashion. The backstory can be read here, here, here--oh, never mind; just visit our website to learn more.

The Battle of Berkley Kicks into High Gear

Submitted by Brainwrap on Wed, 10/10/2007 - 01:14

(cross-posted at dKos, MichLib & BfM)

Part 7 in an ongoing series about the Nativity Display on City Hall battle here in Berkley, Michigan.

(NOTE: While I am a member of Citizens for Religious Freedom, I am posting this as an individual, NOT as an official representative of the group.)

THE SHORT VERSION: We're facing a local ballot proposal which, if passed, would FORCE the city council to build a Nativity display on city hall property. While this sort of issue pops up several times every year somewhere or another in the nation, to my knowledge this is the first time that there's been a city ordinance on the ballot which would specifically REQUIRE church & state to mix in such a fashion.

The backstory can be read here, here, here--oh, never mind; just visit our website to find out what the deal is.

THE GOOD NEWS:

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