July Meetup at Birmingham Borders Books in the Coffee shop area. July 2, 2008, 2nd Floor On Woodward south of 15 MIle Rd.

July Meetup at Borders Books in the Coffee shop area. July 2, 2008, 2nd Floor
On Eastside of Woodward just a few buildings south of 15 Mile Rd.

7 pm to 9 pm or sooner if nothing more to talk about.

On the agenda - the various races for Oakland County.
Would you like to put on a forum for the Oakland Races in 2008?
What's happening in the 2008 Races.
Come tell us what you're doing to volunteer this year!

Steering Committee Jim

Take A Stand Against Fox Bad Behaviors!

Dear Friends,

Right now, Fox News is trying to paint Barack Obama as foreign,
un-American, suspicious, and scary. They're trying to send Americans
the message that our country's first viable Black candidate for
President is not "one of us."

I've joined on to ColorOfChange.org's campaign to push back on Fox,
publicly demanding they stop their race-baiting and fear mongering.
If that doesn't work, then we'll go to their advertisers and the FCC.
I wanted to invite you to sign on as well. It takes only a moment:

http://www.colorofchange.org/foxobama/?id=2150-603971

Here's what happened recently:

After Senator Obama won the nomination, he and his wife gave each
other a "pound" in front of the cameras. Fox anchor E.D. Hill called
the act of celebration a "terrorist fist jab." Then last week, a Fox
News on-screen graphic referred to Michelle Obama as "Obama's baby
mama"--slang used to describe the unmarried mother of a man's child.
It was a clear attempt to associate the Obamas with negative cultural
stereotypes about Black people, an insult not only to Michelle Obama
but to women and Black people everywhere.

After each of the incidents mentioned, Fox issued some form of weak
apology. But what does it mean when you slap someone in the face,
apologize the next day, then slap them again on the third? It means
the apology is meaningless.

Take the Poll - Say no to Cliff Taylor!

Subject: poll for Thomas vs. Taylor race

Lawyers Weekly is conducting a survey on how Judge Deborah Thomas would fair in a race against Justice Clifford Taylor. Pass it on. If Thomas does very well in this poll it would go a long way in increasing fund raising efforts for Thomas and securing her becoming the candidate of the Democratic Party.
The poll can be found at: http://www.michlaw.com/webpoll/index.cfm No matter who the Democratic Nominee is... Cliff Taylor Must Go. He's been a Disaster for the people of Michigan. Look for more to come in the near future.

Please make time for a training this month!

There are two great trainings this month. One is this weekend in Lansing. The National DFA Training Academy is coming after a long time. See Recent Diary Entries for more. It's going to be fun. Be there!

Then on June 20-21st Camp MIllie is coming to Detroit on Sat and Sun June 21 and 22,2008. RSVP at www.justicecaucus.org

Camp Millie Detroit June 21-22, 2008

"The Training that You Need to Succeed!"

is coming to Detroit
Sat and Sunday
JUne 21-22, 2008
8 am - 5 pm
UNITE Local 24
300 River Place Dr. Ste 2,700
Detroit, MI

For more information www.justicecaucus.org/campmillie

Or email Fran B at campmillie@justicecaucus.org
(734) 330-5225 for questions about the camp, food, fees, rules etc.

A great camp for candidates ( new and old) as well as anyone who plans to volunteer and want to be more effective helpers!

DFA Training Academy comes to MI June 7 -8, 2008

DFA Training Academy in Lansing
Sat and Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2008
9 am to 6 pm
Lansing Community College
5708 Cornerstone Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917

www.lcc.edu/maps/westcampus.htm

A donation is expected.
Materials provided.

Pointes for Peace Talk Wed March 31, 2007

To all peace with justice activists and friends,
Please attend and distribute widely

Cosponsored by Pointes for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace,Detroit & Palestine Office,

"Bil'in Habibti," translated as "Bil'in My Love," is a cutting edge documentary film of numerous moving stories, in the traditions of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr, of Palestinian non-violence actions against the Israeli Military Occupation.

The film will be screened in the presence of Director Shai Carmeli Pollak and non-violent Palestinian activist leader Mansour Mansour, who will participate in a discussion following the film at

7:00 PM on Wednesday March 12, 2008
at the Albanian Islamic Center
19775 Harper Ave.
Harper Woods,MI 48225.

There are two other scheduled screenings on Thursday March 13 2008 at the following locations:

4:00 pm at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
(CASL Building, Room 1030)

7:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham
(1669 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham, MI 48009)

All people committed to peace and justice should not miss this unique event. It brings to our community a different narrative of Palestinian and Israeli cooperation in nonviolent confrontation against the occupation than what is projected on the six o'clock news. Please come and tell your friends.

5th Year Anniversary Iraq !

The 5th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq is just a few weeks away. Groups around the country are working on activities that will both mark this day and project the widespread, deeply felt opposition to this horrendous, ongoing crime. In every corner of the nation, our voices will be heard as we demand an end to the death and destruction.

Most likely in April, Congress will be discussing and voting on whether to give the Bush administration yet another $105 billion for this war! Our activities around the 5th anniversary on March 19th are a perfect opportunity to say NO! No more money for this war!

United for Peace and Justice has been working on three major sets of activities on and around the 5th anniversary:

1) Support for the March 13-16 Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan hearings, organized by UFPJ member group Iraq Veterans Against the War, which will feature testimony from U.S. veterans who have served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground.

You can help exponentially increase the power of these hearings: Organize or promote a gathering in your community where people can witness them via video broadcast. Now is the time to start planning an event and spreading the word. Gatherings can range in size and be public or private -- here are some ideas:

Help Bring Visibility to the Iraq Occupations! df

The 5th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq is Wednesday March 19th, weeks away. Groups around the country are working on activities that will both mark this day and project the widespread, deeply felt opposition to this horrendous, ongoing crime. In every corner of the nation, our voices will be heard as we demand an end to the death and destruction.

Most likely in April, Congress will be discussing and voting on whether to give the Bush administration yet another $105 billion for this war! Our activities around the 5th anniversary on March 19th are a perfect opportunity to say NO! No more money for this war!

United for Peace and Justice has been working on three major sets of activities on and around the 5th anniversary:

1) Support for the March 13-16 Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan hearings, organized by UFPJ member group Iraq Veterans Against the War, which will feature testimony from U.S. veterans who have served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground.

Wed March 19th 2008 is the 5 year Anniversary of the Iraq Occupation

Allow me to introduce you to the new Goodstorm by Zazzle community: http://www.zazzle.com/goodstorm. On March 19, 2008, United for Peace and Justice is calling for and supporting a set of activities on the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq that will manifest the intensifying opposition to the war and help strengthen the anti-war movement.

We are proud to announce our collaboration with United for Peace and Justice to promote their organization, to increase the visibility of this call to action and to support their fundraising efforts for their "5 Years Too Many" campaign (www.5yearstoomany.org).

In the midst of the recent developments with the presidential primaries it is imperative that we do not forget about this senseless war, and we are calling on everyone to get behind the "Make Peace Visible" movement by wearing our anti war products on March 19th:

http://www.zazzle.com/5yearstoomany
http://www.zazzle.com/artistsagainstthewar
http://www.zazzle.com/stopthewar
Given our stated mission to provide non-profit organizations with increased visibility and funding, a portion of all proceeds from 5 Years Too Many" and Artists against the War merchandise will go directly to United for Peace and Justice.

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