Very false news: Online video arguing against the VNP ballot proposal

A conservative group, The Michigan Freedom Fund, promotes an online video against the Voters Not Politicians (VNP) ballot initiative (Proposal 2) which would create a nonpartisan citizens’ commission to draw congressional districts rather than how it is currently done when redistricting is left to the dominant party in the legislature. Falsely accusing this initiative as…

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National prison strike highlights mass incarceration and voting rights

Most prison inmates are incarcerated for non-violent crimes. Yet, chronic understaffing, inhumane treatments and for-profit prisons have led to deadly situations , and now they are affecting immigrant detentions as well. After violence in a South Carolina prison this past spring, prison reform leaders and allies like the ACLU launched a national non-violent prison strike to raise…

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“One of the most gratifying experiences I’ve ever had”

by Bev Geltner This morning I volunteered with NextGen America to increase student voter registration for the November elections. It was one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve ever had. NextGenRising’s goal is to turn out half a million young people in eleven states to vote. The volunteers who organized the EMU effort were outstanding! After just…

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Many immigrant children remain separated from parents

According to ACLU, 565 immigrant children remained in government custody as of August 16, nearly a month after the Trump Administration was ordered to reunite families. The problem is complicated by the reality that many parents were deported without their children and without usable phone numbers. And according to immigration attorneys, the Trump Administration withheld phone…

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Don’t consider Kavanaugh for Supreme Court until Mueller investigation is over Enough is enough. Brett Kavanaugh has almost four million pages of White House records, and less than 6,000 have been made public. Republicans are concealing all of the records from three years of Kavanaugh’s work in the Bush White House which could show Kavanaugh’s…

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Children are being torn from their parent’s hands

Perhaps the most disgusting thing this administration has done to date is implementing the “Zero Tolerance” policy, taking children from their parents in order to “deter” asylum seekers from arriving our borders. They aren’t just taking these children, they are jailing them “in cages” according to Oregon Senator Jeff Markley.   Call Secretary of Homeland Security…

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Saturday, June 16. 2018. Michigan Progressive Summit : The Persistence of the Resistance: Voices, Values, and Votes

Plenary speakers include Brandon Dasent, a Parkland school shooting survivor and student activist; Desmond Meade, head of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition; and Erica Ford, a leader in the fight against gun violence and founder of LIFE Camp in New York City.   “We chose the theme because we know people are entering this space at different levels of…

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