We need you to take action- Locally and in Lansing. Make Posters for your car.

When Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons recorded "Silence Is Golden",
I don't think they were referring to groups like ours. Are there any
real progressives out their who are at all interested in action or is
this group only committed to the silent philosophical aspects of
Progressivism?

We need to be planning and carrying out political action in our local
communities and not just going to Lansing and Detroit when the call
goes out.

Here's a great idea of activism.

Make several signs on poster board and carry them in the trunk of your car. When there's a parade or festival or even a traffic jam on your local street pull out your signs and let 'em know how you feel! Need a message? Take inspiration from one local activist who's sign read: Send Governor Snyderengler To China Bring Our Jobs back Home". She received an overall very positive response.

By the way, I hear recall petitions for Snyder will be ready as early as July 1, 2011. Sign up online if you are interested.

Steering Committee Jim

Tell Democrats to Stand Firm Against Irresponsible Tax Cuts that Weaken America - SIGN THE DFA PETITION TODAY

Stand up with Democracy for America and Credo Mobile! It's time each American takes leadership in telling Congress what kind of budget you deserve! The budget is a moral document that reflects our values as a community/society. Each of us has a responsibility to communicate with our representatives about what kind of budget we want to have! Sign the petition today and then call YOUR representatives! I said CALL Y-O-U-R Representative! You have the power!

Sign the petition now and lets get started protecting America from Republican Ruin!

http://www.DemocracyForAmerica.com/NoNewCuts

End Apathy Today; Take Action!

Steering Committee Jim

Koch Brothers Products to Boycott

Many have been asking how to fight the Koch Brothers and their Union-busting assault on our American middle-class friends and family. For those of us working on take back our political process and our country, the Koch brothers represent the worst offenders of those wealthy corporations who are buying up our government officials to push their agenda, not ours. Many have already joined a boycott of the following products. Won't you join us too? While it might not seem like much, we know that when we all band together we can hurt their pocketbooks. The bank account is the place that motivates Republican businessmen the most. Join us and let's see if we can't change some behaviors. We certainly don't need to be helping billionaires get richer when they have an agenda to make the rest of us poorer and dependent on on them with our every paycheck.

Here's the product list being boycotted:

Angel Soft toilet paper
Brawny paper towels
Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
Mardi Gras napkins and towels
Quilted Northern toilet paper
Soft 'n Gentle toilet paper
Sparkle napkins
Vanity fair napkins
Zee napkins
Georgia-Pacific paper products and envelopes
All Georgia-Pacific lumber and building products, including:
Dense Armor Drywall and Decking
ToughArmor Gypsum board
Georgia pacific Plytanium Plywood
Flexrock
Densglass sheathing

Election News 2010!

Hello fellow Democrats and friends of Democrats!

It's election time again. One of the extra important elections of all times is fast approaching! Those people elected in Michigan in just under one month will be instrumental in the redistricting of Michigan! Do you want a Republican to do that? Or would you like your friends in the Democratic Party to have the majority rule in this process? I hope it's the latter!

Already absentee ballots are in the mail. Your help is needed immediately to make calls to voters. There are many creative uses of technology going on this election including calling from home, facebooking, texting, tweeting, and so much more. Of course the traditional ones still remain the favorites like door-knocking and phoning voters.

No matter what your ability, there is a place for you!

Volunteer online for any of your favorite candidates or groups.

Virg Bernaro is at http://www.votevirg.com/ (He's passionate about main street not wall street)
Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State is at http://www.votebenson.com/ (The most talented person ever for SOS)

In the legal races you need to help
Attorney General Candidate David Leyton http://www.davidleyton.org/ (It's about consumer rights folks!)

and MOST critically we need to [b]educate all Democrats and friends of Democrats to vote the THREE D's:[/b]

We hope all our friends in the LGBT community will donate and volunteer for Gary Peters!

Gary Peters is a mighty fine candidate who walks the walk for our progressive issues like repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell.

This is a must see 90 second clip.

This clip features the responses of Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski and U.S. Representative Gary Peters to a question about DADT. Raczkowski is challenging Peters to represent Michigan's 9th Congressional District, currently held by Peters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtIQBULn-A4

Donate and Volunteer today at http://www.petersforcongress.com

Most importantly, be sure to vote November 2, 2010 or via absentee ballot before then! Tell your friends and family in Oakland County, Michigan to vote for Gary Peters!

Steering Jim

PS: The contrasts between these two candidates is like nightmare (Raczkowski) and day (Gary Peters).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtIQBULn-A4

Democracy for Metro Detroit - Meet Justice Alton "Tom" Davis on The Daily Show Sept 2010

Enjoy the video of Supreme Court Justice Alton "Tom" Davis:

http://www.thelawshow.com/davis

Won't you help us reelect him and elect Denise Langford Morris. You can sign up to volunteer or donate at www.justice4michigan.org

We need everyone's help! Yes, you!

Steering Jim

Rocky Does NOT Work for Us. Oakland County Michigan Voters -Don't take us in Reverse with Rocky!

Rocky R thinks he's worthy to be a Congressman. The reality is he's got some legal issues and some very big ethics issues. Tell Rocky he does not represent us!

http://rockydoesnotworkforus.com/

Share the link with your family and friends in Oakland County!

http://rockydoesnotworkforus.com/

Steering Jim

Disturbing story on voting machine hacking and why we need more passionate citizens working on this issue!

"Moss versus machines: on the fifth anniversary of the death of election protection activist, Bill Moss, news report easy hacking of ATM machines, hence, electronic voting machines" Bob Fitrakis

http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/3/2010/1843

If you want to help out in Michigan contact the Michigan Election Reform Alliance at
http://www.michiganelectionreformalliance.org/

Or Nationally at Election Defense Alliance
http://electiondefensealliance.org/

Every voice matters! You could be the one to save our Democracy and Elections!

Steering Jim

The Afghanistan War is too costly and not winnable. Selected Articles cross posted from Carol C.

I have Afghanistan on my mind a lot lately. I read what our contemporary progressive writers and speakers are saying and wonder what it will take to stop the endless war. Here's a selection of articles on Afghanistan from Commondreams. I pasted representative text under each link. I share it with you in hopes you will share it with others. ~ Carol C.

“The Afghanistan War is too costly to continue. ~Phyllis Bennis
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/03-2

The WikiLeaks documents provide a treasure trove of evidence--of what we already knew. This war has already failed. Every death, of civilian and soldier, is needless. The cost of this occupation and this war--in Afghan blood, in U.S. and NATO military blood, in billions of dollars needed for jobs at home and real reconstruction in Afghanistan and elsewhere--is too high.

We need to stop the funding now, bring the troops and contractors home, support regional diplomacy, and begin the long effort of repaying our huge debt to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Thanks to WikiLeaker, Afghan War Will End Soon ~ Ted Rall
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/03-6

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