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News from Progress Michigan

February 23, 2017

Contact: Marissa Luna, 989-798-3051,

The Michigan Progressive Summit Returns to Lansing

Conference features speakers, panels, skill-building workshops

LANSING – On Saturday, March 4, hundreds of residents and activists from across Michigan will convene in Lansing for the 2017 Michigan Progressive Summit, entitled “March Forth: Building a Michigan that Works for All of Us.” The Summit is an opportunity for people across Michigan to come together and gain new skills, learn how to organize in their communities, and find out how to get more involved in the progressive movement.

“In the wake of the new Trump administration and the many challenges that our communities face, it is critical that we come together to learn, organize, and strategize if we’re going to fight back against injustice and build a more equitable society,” said Marissa Luna, deputy communications director for Progress Michigan and lead organizer of the Michigan Progressive Summit. “So many people have been standing together and raising their voices at the Women’s Marches and solidarity events across the country, both those who have been involved in the progressive movement and those who are just now becoming involved, and it’s important that we harness our collective energy to take back our country from the grips of tyranny and create the world we want to see.”

The Michigan Progressive Summit will take place on March 4 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Lansing Center. The event will feature keynote addresses from Charlene Carruthers, national director of BYP100; Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List; and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha who exposed elevated lead levels in the blood of Flint children. There will also be a panel discussion on “Journalism in Trump’s America” featuring Michael Cohen from the Boston Globe and Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza from the Center for American Progress, moderated by Nancy Kaffer from the Detroit Free Press.

The event is open to the public and registration is $25 per person, scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the cost of attendance. For more details visit and to register visit


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