notes on the michigan policy summit

A few days ago there was a policy summit for Michigan progressives in Lansing. I wasn’t able to attend, but, thankfully, two MM.com readers were. Following are their notes. The first comes from Chuck Warpehoski, the Director of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice:

Number one thing that rocked: The best part of the summit was the way it brought the Michigan progressive community together.

When 800 people from all over Michigan and all areas of the progressive movement come together, you know that’s a good thing.

I had the chance to hear what ACCESS is doing about immigrant rights and what Transit Rider United is doing to promote rail transit Michigan. I also had the chance to tell the Unitarian Universalist Social Action Network about the Torture is Wrong banner campaign.

It was a great chance to build a stronger, more cohesive Progressive movement in Michigan.

Number one thing that sucked: For all this great group of people, they didn’t find a good way to get people connecting with each other. Most of the summit was based around the people listening: listening to Amy Goodman, listening to the workshop leaders, listening to Jim Hightower.

There’s not a lot of chance to make connections there.

Next year when I go (and I am definitely going), I may just skip the workshops and use that time to talk to people.

Other things that rocked:

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2 Comments

  1. Robert
    Posted May 16, 2008 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    That reminds me…
    When is the Key West ice carving festival?

  2. Robert
    Posted May 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to ask Governor Granholm to appoint me chairman of the Michigan Deckchair Rearrangement Committee.

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