Progress Michigan blog posts.

We’re in Detroit. It’s going down.

Despite residing in a state that is completely controlled by conservative politicians who favor their corporate donors over middle class Michiganders, living in Michigan does have some perks. This Thursday through Sunday, the ninth annual Netroots Nation conference comes to Detroit. Netroots Nation is the largest gathering of progressive activists in the country. And guess…

This Week in Progress

For TWIP I want to make one thing clear: Kids are kids. And they deserve compassion. This Week in PM Blogging: Get registered! If you’re planning on voting in the August primary and you’re not registered, you’re SOL. But fear not! You can still register to vote for the big kahuna — the November General…

Onward for Progress

As a young woman, Michigan has recently been a disheartening place to call home. A few months ago, we watched the conservative Michigan legislature deny women basic health care rights – forcing us to buy an abortion insurance rider, equating it to car insurance. That so-called rider does not exist. And then we have Terri…

Get registered!

I’ll keep this short: Today is the deadline to register to vote for the August primary. Once upon a time, Mark Twain famously said, “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” I vote Mark Twain is wrong (in this instance.) Sorry, Mark. In reality, voting is one of our most fundamental…

The Week in Progress

It’s been a short workweek, but a hell of a lot has happened. SCOTUS, maggots, and more SCOTUS! Happy 4th, everyone! This Week in PM Blogging: Liberty and Justice for Some Religious liberty now means having your boss’s beliefs shoved down your throat, thanks to the Supreme Court. But those religious values only apply when you’re…

Hope is a dangerous thing

When maggots were found in a food preparation area in a Michigan prison, Governor Rick Snyder told reporters: “The most recent problems are not acceptable.” He was talking about Aramark, the private, out-of-state corporation he awarded a $145 million, 3-year contract to run our state’s prison food services last year. Apparently, maggots near the meatloaf…

The Fault in our Court

Imagine if the United States Supreme Court ruled that certain people were “partial” employees, therefore not entitled to the full menu of worker rights, and then on the same day ruled that corporations – you know pieces of paper – had religious views that could be used to deny medical care to human beings that…

Liberty and Justice for Some

In this country, we value religious liberty. Religious liberty means more than possessing the right to practice your beliefs as you wish, it also means having the freedom not to have religion imposed on you by others. Religious freedom has always been just that, free. But as of today, that freedom has a price tag.…