EVENTS:

Marriage Equality Fundraising Dinner. Supporting the DeBoer v. Snyder Supreme Court Case Saturday, April 11, 2015; 7:00 - 9:00 pm Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI 48150 Tickets: Patron $250, Host $100, Friend $50 Patron guests may attend a 6:30 pm reception with April, Jayne and their Legal Team and other special dignitaries. For tickets and to RSVP, please contact Mary at NationalMarriageChallenge@gmail.com or National Marriage Challenge, PO Box 701013, Plymouth, MI 48170 This event is hosted by the Plymouth, Northville, Canton, Livonia, 11th Congressional District and Southfield/Lathrup Democratic Clubs. All proceeds will benefit National Marriage Challenge, a 501(c)(3) formed exclusively to support the DeBoer v. Snyder case. www.NationalMarriageChallenge.com

Join your NCJW/Greater Detroit friends on Tuesday, April 14th for EQUAL PAY DAY at our State Capitol in Lansing Do you believe that a woman is entitled to the same pay for the same work as a man? We do, too! And yet, that is STILL not the case in 2015! Today a woman in the U.S. earns about 76ยข for every dollar that a man earns for the same job. Help to make a difference! Join with fellow NCJW members as we travel to Lansing to lobby our legislators and rally with our colleagues from around the state for equal pay legislation to be passed this year! We will leave the Southfield office at around 9:00 am on 4/14/15 and return around 3:00 pm.

APRIL 15, 2015 - "$15 and Full Time For All Workers" Rally and March. At 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 (Tax Day), we will gather at Peck Park, Brush and E. Kirby in Detroit's Cultutal Center, for a rally and march around the Wayne State University campus area. Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice

WBLDEMS MEETING APRIL 15 ,2015. 7:00 PM at the Corners in West Bloomfield. Tony Trupiano, radio personality and blogger on Eclectablog will discuss the pros and cons of Proposal 1, commonly called the "road fix bill" to be voted on May 5. All are welcome.

CITIZENS FOR PEACE & PEACE ACTION OF MICHIGAN invites you To "Carry It On" With Musical Storyteller and Songwriter CHARLIE KING 7:00 PM, Friday, April 17, 2015 Unity of Livonia / 28660 Five Mile (Between Inkster & Middlebelt) Admissions: $20 In Advance / $25 At The Door Checks Payable To Citizens for Peace or PAMI More Info: Call (734) 425-0079 or (734) 838-8084

The Affordable Health Care Act in Michigan. Speaker, Josh Fangmeier, Health Policy Analyst at the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation at U of M, will speak about the impact of the ACA in Michigan. Saturday, April 25, 2015 10 AM. Bloomfield Township Public Library 1099 Lone Pine Rd. Bloomfield Township. Sponsored by LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OAKLAND AREA

A PUBLIC FORUM "MAKE GOVERNMENT WORK FOR ALL OF US - AGAIN" Saturday, May 16, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. UAW Region 1A, 9650 Telegraph,Taylor MI 48180 Free admission. Free parking. Free lunch at 11:30 a.m. First, we'll remember a time when government helped with such social programs as Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, public education (Head Start, Pell Grants, GI Bill), civil rights (desegregation, right to vote) and social safety nets (food stamps, unemployment insurance). Then, we'll talk about what government needs to be doing today concerning police violence, living wage for all, student debt, voter suppression, public workers, immigration reform and election finance reform. The goal of this forum is to provide the ammunition (ideas, historical references, articles, facts, personal stories and talking points) union, community and faith activists can use to motivate people to become more actively engaged in grassroots movements AND political action.

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NEWS:

The United States is "The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World Today". Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, April 4, 1967 (One year before his death on April 4, 1968). He would call the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" and note that "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." Sad to say, 48 years later, his words still ring true.

Four years ago, the RNC teamed up with right-wing state legislators to push a plan to gerrymander the Electoral College and guarantee a Republican White House. They backed off at the last minute, and then the American people elected President Obama to an historic second term. Now NBC News says the GOP's Electoral College gerrymandering scheme is BACK. Their first target is my home state of Michigan, where a new GOP bill would give Republicans most of the state's electoral votes, even if the Democratic presidential nominee wins the state. This right-wing scheme could have stolen the Presidency for Mitt Romney in 2012. Now we could get a President Ted Cruz or Scott Walker, not because more Americans vote for them, but because GOP legislators "rigged" the Electoral College. Congressman Mark Schauer

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I agree that the election results and Netanyahu's recent racist, settlement expansion, and Palestinian state comments are bad news. But these comments offend many American Jews. I strongly believe that the 70% of American Jews opposing Netanyahu's policies will hold up. Most American Jews will not accept any of these comments and actions and inaction flowing from them. Most American Jews will be looking for a way to express their strong opposition to all of these. If President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and other administration leaders respond effectively and vigorously, such a response will galvanize American Jewish support for the Democratic Party. I also believe that Netanyahu has forced President Obama to retaliate in some form as a man, an American, and as President. If I was President, I would feel that way. He might well be considering retaliatory measures on behalf of all of us. Regarding worldwide hatred of Jews and increasing anti-Semitism, I agree: Yes, Netanyahu's above comments and future actions will increase anti-Semitism all over the world. Howard Lederman

You know from watching Selma that the historical bridge they crossed is the Edmund Pettis bridge. Pettis was a confederate soldier and later became a member of the Alabama KKK and then a senator. Let's remame this bridge "The John Lewis Bridge, one of our greatest living heroes. Linda Samelson

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