michigan policy summit

Want to be a reporter for MM.com? There’s a big Michigan Progressive Summit taking place this Saturday in Lansing that I can’t attend, and I’d like to have someone there, covering it for the site. Here’s the rundown as it was relayed to me by MoveOn:

…It’ll be huge. The 2008 Michigan Policy Summit will bring together folks in the environmental, civil rights, labor, faith based, LGBT, education, reproductive rights, student, disability, health care reform, human service, and blogging communities.

The summit will develop progressive policies for Michigan in the areas of education, the environment, and health care…

This summit was created last year in response to a big corporate summit that takes place in Michigan each year, where policy goals are developed and powerbrokers are wined and dined. Progressives felt like corporations shouldn’t be the only ones collaborating about Michigan policy, and decided to work together.

In addition to developing policy goals, this summit will create new networks of activists and organizations who can work together to advance the summit’s policy goals over the next year. Plus, trainings will take place for individuals and organizations, to make everyone’s advocacy more effective.

Registration is just $30. Meals are included. And you’ll hear from two guest speakers: author Jim Hightower and radio host Amy Goodman. If you have the time, it’s a great way to invest a Saturday…

And, I just received an email from Carl Levin saying that he’d be there too.

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  1. Posted May 7, 2008 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be there, mostly promoting the Torture is Wrong banner campaign and doing a bit for the Health Care for Michigan campaign.

    What are you looking for in coverage? I’ll be happy to put something together.

  2. mark
    Posted May 7, 2008 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    That would be great, Chuck. I’d settle for a list of a half dozen things that struck you as promising.

    And best of luck with the Torture is Wrong campaign. It’s amazing that we’d have to ask churches, or for that matter individuals, to make that declaration. It seems as though that would be the de facto answer. We’re living in strange times though.

  3. Posted May 8, 2008 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be there too, but as an observer.

    I’m interested in meeting folks who specialize in database maintenance.

    I’m also interested in meeting folks who are truly interested in independent progressive politics. Not progressive as has been branded by Lakoff schooled framing wonks, but fiscally responsible socially progressive folks who are interested in building electoral capacity among independent and third party candidates.

    I’ll most definitely be blogging about the events of the day and would be happy to share with your readers my observations.

  4. Posted May 9, 2008 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    I agree on it’s a sad state of affairs the the torture campaign is even necessary, and that I heard from one pastor that he didn’t want to get into displaying “controversial” banners.

    What the $^#@ is controversial about saying “Torture is wrong”!?!

  5. Posted May 9, 2008 at 7:34 pm | Permalink


    If you would like to carpool, I’d be happy to drive.

  6. mark
    Posted May 9, 2008 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Maybe you could offer a “Most of the Time, Torture is Wrong” banner for those churches that feel as though they need a little wiggle room. Or maybe, “Torture is Wrong, but Water Boarding isn’t really Torture – it’s Kind of Like Swimming.”

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