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Call Gov. Rick Snyder TODAY! Urge Him to Veto SB 789 Authorizes Domestic Violence Perpetrators and Stalkers to Get Concealed Weapons Permits. Click here to read an article in today's Detroit Free Press for more information on this bill that is opposed by Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. Call Governor Rick Snyder 517-373-3400 or 517-335-7858. Randy Block, Director Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network. www.uujustice.org. 1/8/2015

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Is a Pending Disaster. The TPP is a Trojan horse in a global race to the bottom, giving big corporations and Wall Street banks a way to eliminate any and all laws and regulations that get in the way of their profits. Read more from Robert Reich at huffingtonpost.com

Oakland County Executive Election Bill Moves To Senate Floor. The Senate Local Government and Elections Committee yesterday moved a bill that would allow Oakland and Bay counties to change their county executive elections from presidential years to gubernatorial years starting with the 2018 election. THIS IS THE LATEST OF A SERIES OF REPUBLICAN EFFORTS TO CHANGE THE RULES AND RIG ELECTIONS TO PRESERVE THEIR POWER AND MINIMIZE VOTER PARTICIPATION. Contact Amanda Klein or Kelly Garrett at the Oakland County Democratic Party today by calling 248-584-0510 or info@ocdp.org and offer to write a letter to your local paper about this issue.

The new revelations about the Bush administration's secret torture program are sickening. But today, one of the key legal architects of the torture program, former White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, is the dean of a Christian law school. Gonzales has never apologized or repented for his role in drafting and approving the infamous memos that provided the administration's legal justification for torture. Tell Christian university: Torture is unchristian. Fire Alberto Gonzales.

Democrats prepared to vote down Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal . Congressional Democrats say there are enough votes on both sides of the aisle to strike down a Trans-Pacific Partnership if it doesn't include key measures to protect U.S. jobs. Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee says the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other similar deals did the opposite of what they promised. Instead of bringing jobs, they took them. More at michiganradio.org 12/9/2014

Tim Skubick: Democrats will do deep dive into official elections results to figure out what went wrong. Read his article at mlive.com

Strange Bedfellows Are Blocking The McConnell-Obama Trade Deal. President Barack Obama's administration has been negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership since the beginning of his presidency. But Obama has faced two domestic obstacles to enacting his pact: Democrats in Congress, who worry it will exacerbate income inequality, and a bloc of House Republicans, who are up in arms about the deal's implications for executive power and national sovereignty. Read more at huffingtonpost

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Obama's SOTU promoting higher taxes on the wealthy, infrastructure spending, and free community college was ALL SHOW (and NO GO). There is no chance any of it will pass. Why didn't he propose these things when there was a Democratic majority in congress 6 years ago? Meanwhile he is the primary sponser of the Trans Pacific Partnership (or SHAFTA, the South American - Asian free trade agreement), which promises to be worse for us than Nafta. Let's see if he vetos any of the Republican agenda. He already signed on for derivative de-regulation in last December's budget deal. Sheldon Wolberg

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Dear lovers and defenders of Democracy, We all give to charities that provide aid and support and vital assistance on so many levels, this time of year. We write letters and speak as advocates and support good candidates who share our vision. But there is something also important for us to do: Please write tax deductible contributions to the litigious organizations that haul the bigots and haters into courts and force them to cease and desist: *AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE. *SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER (who put the KKK out of business). *ACLU FUND. Their addresses are on Google. Jeanne Korsh

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11th Congressional District General membership meeting on Saturday, Jan 31, MEA Center in Commerce Township, 10:30 AM to Noon. At this district convention we will elect 8 persons for committees of the Feb 14 state convention: 2 members & 2 alternates on the credentials committee, plus 2 members & 2 alternates on the rules committee. Visit 11thdistrictdems.com for more details.

Official Call to Convention 14th District Convention Saturday, January 31, 2015 Ewald Library 15175 E. Jefferson Grosse Pointe, MI Registration 10:00 a.m. Convention starts at 10:30 a.m. Requirements: (1) Enrolled Democrats must be MDP members 30 days prior to election. (2) Precinct Delegates duly elected at the August 5, 2014 Primary Election. (3) Precinct Delegates must be members of MDP on or before January 31, 2015.

CONGRESSWOMAN BRENDA LAWRENCE & CHAIRMAN RICK BLOCKER HOST 2015 PRE-CONVENTION MEET & GREET Join us: Saturday February 7, 2015 Noon - 2:00 p.m. @1917 American Bistro 19416 Livernois Detroit, MI You are cordially invited to be a part of our Pre-Convention Meet & Greet hosted by our Congresswoman and Chair. Also, meet members of the 14th District's 2015 Leadership Team. Food is provided. Cash Bar is available.

14th District General Membership Meeting at the MDP State Convention Saturday, February 14, 2015 Cobo Hall Detroit, MI 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Room 260 (Portside)

February 14 - Michigan Democratic Party State Convention. Cobo Center Downtown Detroit, on Saturday, February 14th. There will be morning caucus meetings, district caucuses at 1 PM, and the convention will start at 3pm. In order to vote at the Convention, you must be a member of the Michigan Democratic Party. That registration must be current as of 30 days prior to the convention.

SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY. International Women’s Day Screening March 8, 2015 • 4:30 pm Maple Theater • Bloomfield MI Tickets at TheMapleTheater.com


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