Progress Michigan blog posts.

Corporate Backers quit ALEC, Lansing politicians should follow suit

We’ve written in this space about the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council several times before, but in recent weeks their organization has faced renewed scrutiny. This is in part thanks to revelations that they have worked diligently (and secretly) to pass “Kill-At-Will” laws like Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law that let Trayvon Martin’s killer go…

Liberty and Justice for A Few

Yesterday, local elected officials from across Michigan stood in solidarity to announce that they were signing on to the Local Electeds Against Discrimination (LEAD) statement. This statement recognizes the 18 cities across the state that have put non-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people in place, and expresses the hope that other communities, as well…

Goodbye

Today I say goodbye as Executive Director of Progress Michigan, and after three years here I know exactly what I want to leave behind: a commitment from me and you to keep making progress in Michigan. 

There’s really nothing like Progress Michigan – no other progressive advocacy group that day in and day out gives…

Occupy the Summit

Energizing, Engaging, and Winning. As progressives, that’s our agenda for 2012 – and it’s the theme for The Michigan Summit on May 12. The Michigan Summit has attracted many influential national speakers and panelists. Last year we heard from SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, and in 2010 we heard from Van Jones, former advisor to…

Thanks, Obamacare

This week we’re joining people around the country in saying thanks to President Obama for his hard work in passing the Affordable Care Act two years ago. In honor of the anniversary and the fact that the Supreme Court is holding hearings this week on the constitutionality of the ACA, we thought we’d share some…

Thanks A Lot, Debbie!

Today, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a right-wing, Koch Brothers-funded front group, kicked off what they called a “citizen education effort” to “turn up the grassroots heat on Senator [Debbie] Stabenow.” Unlike most “grassroots efforts,” they’re coming out the gates fully funded with half a million dollars.  Long ago, out-of-state special interest groups like AFP proved…

Here Comes The Sunshine!

We won’t have a government that’s truly by and for the people until we break the grip of corporate money over our politics. That’s why Michiganders are working hard to pass a constitutional amendment that would make corporations follow a simple rule: they must publicly disclose their political donations.  Big corporations and Lansing politicians are…