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Join Congressman Sandy Levin to walk in Memorial Day Parades Saturday, May 23rd Madison Heights Parade- 10:00 a.m. Sunday, May 24th St. Clair Shores Parade - 1:00pm Monday, May 25th Royal Oak Parade- 9:00 a.m. Sterling Heights Parade - 10:00am. For further information and/or to RSVP: Please contact Monica Chrzaszcz at sandy@levinforcongress.com or (586) 804-5485

Pushing Away From The Pipeline: Keeping Students in School and on Track About 12% of Michigan's students overall are suspended each year. For children with disabilities the rate is 20%. How can parents and students become better advocates when facing push out from school? Thursday May 28 , 2015 5:30 PM Birmingham Unitarian Church 38651 Woodward Ave. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Refreshments Provided. For additional info contact: education@aclumich.org

FREE CAMPAIGN TRAINING. Monday June 1 at OCC Southfield Campus, 23222 Rutland Drive, 6-9 pm. Attend 3 of the 5 sessions: Best Practices for Local Chairs, Campaign Finance and Compliance, Budget and Fundraising, Campaign Planning and Recruitment, Communications. Register online at southfielddemtraining.eventbrite.com

WBLDEMS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING, SUNDAY JUME 14, 2015. 4;00 PM Barnes and Noble, WB

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:

May is National Mental Health Month. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness one out of every four Americans suffer from this illness. That means everyone knows at least one person who suffers from mental illness. Yet, historically, mental health illness was viewed as a non-issue. The Democratic Party is leading the way and speaking out on this epidemic. The Mental Health Parity Law, that the Democratic Party supports, requires insurance companies to have equal benefits for mental and physical health illnesses. Twenty-six percent of the homeless, 20% of state prisoners and 21% of local jail prisoners all suffer from mental illness. Nancy Quarles First Vice Chairman, Michigan Democratic Party

Luis Lang quits GOP, calls for Single Payer. Lifelong Republican Turns On His Party, Embraces Obamacare Luis Lang, who is currently crowdfunding for medical expenses that he can't afford because he didn't sign up for insurance under Obamacare, has become a viral sensation. However, the 49-year-old South Carolina resident says he doesn't want to be the poster child for the Republican Party's opposition to health care reform anymore. Read more at dailykos.com

We've all suffered from Michigan's deteriorating road conditions. To compound those problems, nearly 30 percent of Michigan's bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, according to the Federal Highway Administration. At a time when hundreds of bridges around the country are in need of repair, the last thing that needs to happen is the expiration of the federal Highway Trust Fund, which funds infrastructure projects around the country. Add your name and support a long term reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund. Brenda Lawrence

Stop the Capital View Boondoggle' Press Conference, Lansing, Mi. 5/20/15 Michigan State Republican Senate legislators want to move into a new senate building which would cost up to $134 million dollars over the next 30 years while Michigan's citizens are struggling with crumbling roads & over-crowded classrooms, etc.! Updating bathrooms & lighting in their current building would cost $11.5 million. And these are all the renovations that are basically needed. The reason they give for moving into a new building is the desire for all senators to have a view of the Capital which all senators currently don't have. According to the Free Press, the developer behind this deal has donated $219,000.00 dollars to Republicans since 2005. Jill Farber-Bramson

We need the U.S. Postal Service; they deliver our mail, medicine and packages. Now they need us. Three facts about the USPS: 1. The Postal Service uses no tax dollars. 2. The USPS goes everywhere - private shippers don't. As a result, the Postal Service has delivered more than 470 million UPS and FedEx ground packages for them. 3. More than 140 mail processing facilities have closed since 2012, and 82 more are scheduled to close in 2015. Postal workers want to keep post offices open, expand hours, offer shorter wait times and continue prompt mail delivery. But they can't do that if their offices are shut down or remain understaffed. These cuts affect you personally. They affect how fast you receive your mail and the hours your local post office is open. Tell Postmaster General Megan Brennan that you stand with postal workers. Tracey Conaty AFSCME Digital

OBAMA AND THE REPUBLICANS "FAST TRACKED" THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP IN THE SENATE 5/21/15. President Obama states that this bill would not take American jobs and would protect worker rights, unlike the Nafta agreement. "When people say that this trade deal is bad for working families, they don't know what they're talking about," Obama said, "I take that personally. My entire presidency has been about helping working families". However the trade pact is being written in secret with no input from legislators or workers. Democratic opponents accuse their party's leader of putting more effort into this bid to aid corporate America than anything he's done for the middle class. 38 Democratic Senators including Senators Peters and Stabenow voted against this treaty. Senator Stabenow said: This afternoon, I voted against the latest fast track deal in Congress that would smooth the way for yet another bad trade deal at the expense of American workers. Debbe Stabenow asks you to sign this petition

In 2009, more than 11,300 untested rape kits were found in a police storage facility in Detroit. The revelation was jarring. Since then, the state and local officials in Michigan have done their best to alleviate this backlog, but to finish testing all of the kits, the state would need an estimated $10 million. Will you sign on and demand federal funding to help victims of sexual assault receive justice? Brenda Lawrence

Albom: Michigan's no-fault insurance bill a shameful grab. You always should be wary when lawmakers move fast. This same body that couldn't get its act together to fix our roads - so it told US to go vote on them - has somehow greased a bill that spent one day in a Senate committee, three days in a House committee and could be voted on the floor this week - a bill that would cap, cut, alter and reassign the benefits that catastrophic victims rely on. Call your state legislator today! Read Mitch Albom's article at freep.com

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PROGRESSIVE RADIO (or how to combat mainstream media). Right now, I'm listening to Bill Press on Tune In. 1) Download app 2)Go to Browse 3)Click on Talk 4)Click on Progressive talk 5)Click on Bill Press The lineup is: Bill Press (6:00 am-9:00 am), Stephanie Miller (9:00-12:00), Thom Hartmann (12:00-3:00), Norman Goldman and many others Not sure who is on after Thom because I switch to Michael Signoreli who is on Sirius (not free) @( 3:00-6:00) Tony Trupiano is at blogtalkradio.com/aunamerica live but only online. He is a great progressive talk show host on from 9:00 am-12:00. We need to patronize our progressive media for obvious reasons. Of course, they are preaching to the choir when we listen. We have to get people in the mainstream to listen. Linda

OK, so that's that. For good or for bad, Prop 1 went down in flames. While I did vote Yes in the end, I did so only grudgingly, and have no ill will whatsoever towards anyone who voted No. It's done. Now, there's three things which could happen: More at wbldems.blogspot.com. Charles Gaba 5/6/15

How much money was wasted advertising a yes vote? This money could have been spent on the roads. We need to vote the Republicans out of office but it takes work. Read Leonard Pitts article in yesterday's Free Press. We need to get involved in the political process. Thom Hartmann always says at the end of his show: "Tag...you're it. Politics is not a spectator sport." Linda Samelson 5/6/15

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