Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Over 1,000 Detroiters shut down traffic, demand the city “Turn the Water On”

I’m heading back into the conference now, but here are a few photos from today’s protest in response to the water issue in Detroit… I don’t know what the powers that be in Detroit must have been thinking when they decided to shut the water off now, just as 3,000 of our nation’s most radical […]

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Mark Ruffalo runs on stage at Netroots Nation to advocate for action in Detroit on recent water shut-offs

I think everyone here at Netroots Nation was going to attend anyway, but actor Mark Ruffalo just ran out on stage, as Senator Elizabeth Warren made her way off, urging everyone to attend this afternoon’s big Keep The Water On rally outside of COBO Hall. Here he is, making his plea. (The women at my […]

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Privatization of Michigan’s prison food service industry pays off in maggots, violence and increased corporate earnings

Rick Snyder, the 48th Governor of Michigan, took office in 2011 pledging to put politics aside, and do what was best for the State. Unlike other Republicans, he said, his intention was not to push a hardline agenda of privatization and union busting. “I don’t believe in privatization,” the self-proclaimed ‘tough nerd’ said in 2012. […]

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Immigration crisis on the Mexican border brings out the worst in Michiganders

Since October, more than 57,000 children have crossed over our border with Mexico, requesting asylum. These children, it would seem, are being sent north by their families not only to escape poverty, but the gangs and organized crime syndicates that are increasingly a part of life in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. And, now, thanks […]

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Tiny ripples of intolerance and hate begin to make their way through society in the wake of yesterday’s Hobby Lobby decision

On Monday, when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned that the high court’s Hobby Lobby decision would send our country careening into a “minefield” of complicated legal issues, she was absolutely right. Less than 24 hours after the ruling, which established both that corporations could profess religion, and that U.S. laws couldn’t compel them […]

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