EVENTS:

IRP 2015 Kirsh Lecture Series. The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, WB
Wednesday, July 8, 7:30 p.m. Professor Saeed Khan Lecturer in Near Eastern Studies at Wayne State University: "ISIS in the Middle-East: 100 Years in the Making"
Wednesday, July 15, 7:30 p.m. Melvyn Levitsky Retired ambassador and professor at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy:
"Russia, Ukrainian and the United States: Past, Present and Future"
Wednesday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. Howard Lupovitch, PhD Associate professor of History and director, Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University:
"Is Israel's Leadership in Crisis?"
For advance reservations, please call The Berman at 248.661.1900, or visit www.theberman.org. IRP members: free Non-IRP members: $6/lecture or $15/series Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact the IRP office, 248.967.4030 ext. 2018 or irp@jccdet.org.

Detroit for Bernie - Weekly Meet-Up. Sunday, July 12, 2:00pm - 5:00pm. The Huma Room at HopCat - Detroit 4265 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201. HopCat has benevolently agreed to be our hosting venue for our Detroit weekly Sunday meet-ups! During our first meeting we will review our first group agenda. This event is all inclusive, but please RSVP at facebook.com/MichiganForBernie. Detroit is feeling the Bern!

WBLDEMS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING, SUNDAY JULY 19, 2015. 3:00 PM West Bloomfield Library

7:00 PM West Bloomfield Township Board Meeting Monday Jul 20, 2015. 4550 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI

Fellow Dems, A friend of mine made me aware of this disgusting event featuring prominent leaders in the local Republican Party: Time For Divorce? Jews and the Democratic Party The event will be held at the Young Israel of Oak Park: 15140 West 10 Mile Rd. OakPark, on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm. The Oakland County Republican Party is hosting an event that will discuss the Jewish American community's longstanding commitment to the Democratic Party and whether the community's interests are still being served by the Left. ARE YOU..? JEWISH, DEMOCRATIC, & PROUD? If so, join us to peacefully protest this Oakland County Republican Party event on July 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Questions or to RSVP- contact organizer Daniel Baum @ danielalexbaum@gmail.com

WBLDEMS SUMMER PICNIC AUGUST 16,2015. MARSHBANK PARK. All are welcome. There will be no meetings at the Corners in June and July. Enjoy the summer.

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NEWS:

Today, Senate Republicans passed a package of bills they claim will fix our roads. In reality, this plan will devastate our already depleted state budget and cause further damage. It hits working families hardest, gutting the Earned Income Tax Credit and hiking the gas tax, while potentially cutting funding to schools, higher education, and public safety. Senate Democrats voted no because we want a real solution to our road funding crisis. We want a plan that offers the residents of Michigan assurance that our roads and bridges will be taken care of for years to come. We want everyone who uses and benefits from our roads to help pay the cost of maintaining them - not just working families. Senator Vincent Gregory 7/1/2015

Politics & Prejudices: Welcome to our ideologically based nightmare. Well, it's now clear what kind of future the Republicans who run the state legislature have in mind for us. The roads will continue to fall apart, though we will throw a little money at them by raising taxes on the working poor. But they do have a plan for economic growth: Michigan is to become the nation's privatized penal colony! Read Jack Lessenberry at metrotimes.com

ADL raps Michael Oren for stereotyping Obama in new essay. The Anti-Defamation League criticized Michael Oren, Israel's former ambassador to the United States, for an "insensitive and unjustified" attack on President Barack Obama. The essay, said ADL National Director Abraham Foxman, "veers into the realm of conspiracy theories, and with an element of amateur psychoanalysis he links U.S. policies in the Middle East to the president's personal history of having a Muslim father."

OBAMA AND THE REPUBLICANS PREVAIL ON "FAST TRACK" IN THE SENATE On Tuesday June 24 the Senate voted 60 to 38 to approve "fast track", with 60 being the minimum number required. 47 Republicans and 13 Democrats voted for the bill, and 5 Republicans and 31 Democrats voted against. Democrats voting "for" were: Feinstein CA, Coons DE, Donnelly IN, Shaheen NH, Wyden OR, Cantwell WA, Murray WA, Manchin WV, Bennet CO,Carper DE, Nelson FL, McCaskill MO, Heitkamp ND, Kaine VA, Warner VA. Republicans voting against were: Sessions AL, Shelby AL, Rand KY, Cruz TX, Collins ME.

State Senate Committee Votes to Pay Young Adults Poverty Wages. Continuing their trend of attacking workers' wages, conservatives on a Senate committee voted this morning to lower the wages of young Michiganders working at a minimum wage job. The bill, SB250, would lower the minimum wage for workers under 20 years old to 85 percent of the state's minimum wage or the federal minimum wage whichever is greater. Read the article at progressmichigan.org

Michigan's legislature is quickly and quietly advancing a far-reaching preemption bill. Michigan's legislature is working to strip away local control in favor of big money lobbies like the Michigan Restaurant Association and other corporate special interests. This bill will be taken up by the Senate any day now and, if passed, will bar local municipalities from enacting economic justice measures that exceed state or federal minimums. It will effectively ban localities from passing paid sick days and ban the box laws, prevailing wage laws and minimum wage increases, fair scheduling ordinances, and apprenticeship programs. 6/3/2015 Help stop this bill.

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Everyone: I agree that we must get rid of gerrymandering. On the gay-lesbian-transgender marriage issue, the state legislature might hit a new low. A Republican legislator has just introduced a bill barring county clerks, state, county, and local judges, and all other state, county, and local public officials from marrying people. The bill would give the clergy the exclusive right to marry people. Just like Israel. What progress! Howard Lederman

If 2016 is your answer to the debacle in Michigan last week, then we are asking the wrong question. I don't have all of the answers, but I do have the will, the fight, and the belief that what is happening in Lansing right now has to be stopped before November 2016. What this and the last legislature have done cannot be easily undone by a single election. Don't be fooled into thinking that it can, because it cannot. We have an obligation, a mandate, to stop this insanity NOW. How we do that is up to us, but thinking that 2016 is some magic fix is foolish thinking. Read Tony Trupiano's article in eclectablog.com

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