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Buy Earth Friendly Supplies from Michigan!

The world needs to stop spending our precious fossil fuels making plastics. Especially plastics that we only use once to eat and then throw away! Why not buy products for your next picnic, work lunch room, or business that are environmentally friendly and help to save our natural resources!

Check out http://www.michigangreensafeproducts.com/

Download the catalog and enjoy shopping in an eco-friendly way!

http://www.michigangreensafeproducts.com/

Thanks for doing your part! Please spread the word as far and as wide as you can! I know I am!

Steering Jim
info@d4md.org

Missed Democracy Fest 2009? Watch the videos online!

If you missed Democracy Fest in Burlington Vermont. You don't have to be sorry any longer! Some of the highlight talks are posted online now thanks to the local public TV station in Vermont!

Check out the videos here:
http://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/series/democracyfest

You might want to see the former Vt Governor Madeline Kuhnin, or Howard Dean. Also some great presentations on peak oil, law enforcement against criminalization of drugs, and many more!

To be sure you don't miss next years Democracy Fest be sure you check out their webpage at www.democracyfest.net

In order to ensure proper funding for next years fantastic event consider contributing a mere $10 monthly to help ensure this great conference continues year after year! Just like with Public Radio and Public TV, we all need to do our part in order to be free of commercial biases.

Thanks so much for reading. Enjoy the videos!

Steering Jim
info@d4md.org

Stop Democratic Senators Who are Selling Us Out on the Public Healthcare Option!

Join DFA and sign up to have your name added to the ad that will publicly air in the districts of Democrats who are going to sell out our efforts to get a public option added to the healthcare reform effort.

You can sign your name here:

http://wewantthepublicoption.com/p-dfa-fe1

Join the growing list!

You can also donate to help the effort at

www.democracyforamerica.com

It's time to hold Democrats accountable for moving our agenda forward. Most of those who are opposing a public option have taken large amounts of money from the Insurance and Health Industry. DFA recently sent out an email asking you to vote on who's district should get the ad.

They included senators from MT, MA, CA, IN, LA, NE, CT, and more. If you didn't get the email you should sign up at www.democracyforamerica.com!

Become educated and active in healthcare reform!

Steering Jim

A new hero on the environment - Watch the Video posted on Youtube

A new hero for the environment...
[from TED Talks]

In this image-filled talk, Yann Arthus-Bertrand displays his three most recent projects on humanity and our habitat — stunning aerial photographs in his series “The Earth From Above,” personal interviews from around the globe featured in his web project “6 billion Others,” and his soon-to-be-released movie, “Home,” which documents human impact on the environment through breathtaking video. (TED Talks)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJxSRo564Dc&feature=player_embedded

5 Days of Action Against Torture - Sponsored by Veterans for Peace!

Monday June 8, 2009

5 DAYS OF ACTION AGAINST TORTURE

Veterans For Peace is sponsoring five days of action to stop the use of torture! Each day this week you will receive an email with one important step you can take to Stop Torture Now.
DAY 1
ACTION AGAINST TORTURE
Picture Yourself Against Torture

Add your face to the growing list of others who call for no more torture. We will eventually give all photos to the White House!

Policies of the Bush Administration, specifically under the encouragement of Vice-President Dick Cheney, have led to aggressive interrogation techniques being used consistently by our government. As veterans, we have an important role in speaking out against the justification and use of torture!

That is why Veterans For Peace joined the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations in the recent lawsuit that forced release of the Bush White House torture memos last month. We are also party to the law suit seeking release of remaining torture photos. Unfortunately, President Obama is refusing to release those photos.

Why Tradition Isn't Really What We Need in the Marriage Debate!

As George Lakoff says, "Marriage is the realization of love in a lifetime committment. There is nothing more sacred than love and committment!"

Check out this great video on Youtube called, "The License"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntC0PNHFRgU

Stop divisive Republican, anti-marriage ammendments and efforts where they occur.

Jim

See the hilarious Gregory Brothers' creation(s) on Youtube.com

Thanks to Rachel Maddow for making us aware of the musical fun versions of the daily news which they create by putting the speakers works through a music software. Check out this version which includes Newt advocating for jacuzzi's and Katie Couric reporting on lead and pesticides in your food. It's quite fun.

http://www.youtube.com/schmoyoho

If you want to know more about Rachel Maddow you can find her at www.rachel.msnbc.com

Cheers!

Steering Jim

Attend the 2009 Michigan Policy Summit! Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dear Friend,

It is often said that we are the change we have been waiting for and Michigan's issues demand that you be the change that reshapes our approach to public policy.

That is why you will not want to miss the Michigan Policy Summit taking place 2009 Michigan Policy Summit at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, May 16th, 2009.

Click here to go to the 2009 Michigan Policy Summit Website http://www.mipolicysummit.org/

The theme and agenda for this year's conference will focus on investing in Michigan and providing progressive answers to Michigan's economy. Our four priority issues include Clean Energy, Labor, Health Care and solving the Foreclosure Crisis.

This year's event will be groundbreaking as we welcome our keynote speaker, Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. His remarks will be followed up by a dynamic panel of Michigan experts moderated by none other than Charles Pugh, former anchor on Fox 2 News and radio host for FM 98 WJLB. More details are available at http://www.mipolicysummit.org/

Registration is just $30 and you will be treated to the best minds in Michigan's progressive movement and have the opportunity to build new networks that will shift the issue climate in Michigan.

Register now for the 2009 Michigan Policy Summit.

Thank you and I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Learn how to become a citizen activist with DFA Night School! Defeat the Lobbyists! Training May 26, 2009

There are over 30,000 lobbyists working in Washington, DC right now. Corporations are spending millions to block open access to a public healthcare option, cap and trade legislation and a host of other progressive priorities this year.

They are organized and well funded -- the only thing that stands in their way is you.

This month DFA Night School and Gov. Howard Dean M.D. are teaming up to teach you how to beat them at their own game:

Citizen Lobbying with Special guest Gov. Howard Dean M.D.
Tuesday, May 26th, 8:30pm Eastern
www.democracyforamerica.com/citizenlobbying

This free online training is open to all DFA members. No matter what issue drives you; DFA Night School will help you influence the elected leaders in your community.

The corporate lobbyists may always have the money, but the real power to change this country is always in your hands.

-Matt

Matt Blizek, Training Director
Democracy For America

P.S. Things are heating up on healthcare reform. DFA will be hosting meetings nationwide to use the training and get your local officials to support the choice of a public healthcare option. Don't miss this Night School: www.democracyforamerica.com/citizenlobbying

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