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I defended Stupak at first, but it seems he is too much of a wingnut on abortion, abstinence only and his connection with the C-street scandal. I am glad he's got a primary challenger.
Connie Saltonstall is a former school teacher (and I like electing teachers to office!) and former Charlevoix County Commissioner. Stupak's people have been trying to portray her as inexperienced, but we know that often just means an insider is upset about being challenged by a political outsider.
From Saltonstall's new website:
Saltonstall, a life-long Charlevoix resident, declared that one of her top priorities is to work for affordable, accessible healthcare for all Americans and to support what the Supreme Court has ruled as a woman’s right to privacy. Saltonstall states, “Our Congressman has let us down. Bart Stupak has threatened to block healthcare reform unless the Amendment that bears his name is included in the final bill. I believe that he has a right to his personal, religious views, but to deprive his constituents of needed healthcare reform because of those views is reprehensible.” Saltonstall has heard from Democrats throughout the First District who are outraged by Stupak’s hard line on this important issue and demand a candidate who will support real healthcare reform.
And just a reminder about Bart Stupak...it isn't just his anti-choice stand that makes him unacceptable:
You can donate to Connie Saltonstall through my new Defending Healthcare Reform Act Blue Site.
Michigan Liberal is an excellent source of news, events and politics in Michigan.
Blogging for Michigan is another excellent source of news, events and politics in Michigan.
Mid-Michigan DFA is a good way to stay connected with fellow progressives in the Lansing area.
The Michigan Coalition for Progress is an independent progressive voice for the people of Michigan dedicated to holding elected political leaders accountable and moving Michigan forward.
MidMichigan Democracy for America:
Email Address: email@example.com
Mailing Address: MMDFA, P.O. Box 18153, Lansing, MI 48901
MMDFA meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. All progressives are welcome.
Location: SEIU Local
1026 E. Michigan Avenue
across from Sparrow Hospital
Lansing area DFA group - Listserve Sign-up:
Monthly Berkley Democratic Club Meeting:
Generally meets on Thursdays from 7pm to 8:30pm and all club meetings are open to the public. Bring your topics, ideas, and opinions to share and interact with other like-minded individuals!
All meetings are held at Anderson Middle School, 3205 Catalpa, Berkley, Michigan in the Media Center. We welcome you to join us!
Contact: http://www.berkleydems.org or info_at_berkleydems.org
And for those who want to combine socializing with politics, here are some Michigan Drinking Liberally groups:
Ann Arbor, Michigan
* Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7pm
* Dominick's, 812 Monroe St. (Behind and across the street from the Law Quad)
* Hosted by Jenay Karlson, Leah Hanzlicek and Jeffrey Schultz, annarbor (at) drinkingliberally.org
Grand Rapids, Michigan
* Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
* Graydon's Crossing, 1223 Plainfield Ave NE (just north of Leonard)
* This month, we're meeting on Tuesday, 4 March at 7:00 for a Primary Results Watch Party
* Hosted by Brent Geers and Phil Skaggs, grandrapids (at) drinkingliberally.org
* Every Thursday, 7:00 pm onward
* Keweenaw Brewing Company, 408 Shelden Ave (Downtown Houghton)
* Hosted by Jeremy Sandrik and Jon Maxwell, houghton (at) drinkingliberally.org
* Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
* Reno's East, 1310 Abbott Rd, East Lansing (Corner of Abbott and Saginaw)
* Hosted by Julielyn Gibbons, lansing (at) drinkingliberally.org
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
* Second Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
* Mountain Town Brewing Company, 506 W Broadway St
* Hosted by Abhik Roy, Will Tomlinson, Scott Dunn and Brandon Mayer, mtpleasant (at) drinkingliberally.org
Oakland County, Michigan
* Third Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm onward
* Rochester Mills Beer Company, 410 Water St, Rochester (Downtown Rochester)
* Great food and some great brews, bring a hunger and a thirst for Democracy!
* Hosted by Ron Wasczenski, oaklandcounty (at) drinkingliberally.org
BIODIESEL IN MICHIGAN:
Here are some biodiesel stations in Michigan. Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Biodiesel can be used in almost any diesel engine. Up to B20 (a 20 percent blend) any diesel engine, whether car or 18 wheeler or whatever, can use it. Above B20 some older engines may have problems, but newer engines should be ok.
Chums Corners: 365 US Highway 31 S, Traverse City, MI 49684, 231-943-3749. Offers B10 (good for any diesel engine). FUELMAN 24 HRS or CREDIT 6-11; SUN-6-10.
Petersen Oil: 6360 N Lafayette St, Greenville, MI 48838, 616-754-3254. Offers B5 and B20 (both good for any diesel engine). Open 6AM-7PM M-F; 8AM-4PM SAT
Boland Tire Breckenridge: 120 S Pine St, Saint Louis, MI 48880, 989-842-5855. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Call for details.
Admiral Petroleum: 1309 E Center St, Ithaca, MI 48847, 989-875-8752. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.
Karbowski Oil: 3790 N Euclid Ave, Bay City, MI 48706, 989-684-7516. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.
Adventure EZ Mart: 3003 Whitehall Rd. Muskegon, MI 49445, 231-766-3563. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.
Atlas Oil Company: 29330 S. Wixom Road, Wixom, MI 48393, 248-374-8530. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.
Meijer Fueling Stations: 3825 Carpenter Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, 734-973-1453. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.
Meijer Fueling Station: 3145 Ann Arbor Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, 734-997-3900. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.
Atlas Oil Company: 24344 Ecorse Road, Taylor, MI 48180, 313-295-1693. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.
Scharfs Service: 6650 E 10 Mile Rd, Center Line, MI 48015, 586-757-2708. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open M-F 6AM-7PM SAT 7AM-5PM; CREDIT OK
Heritage Fuel Food: 3420 S Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307, 248-853-1606. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 7AM-10PM.
WOW Fraser: 31193 Utica Rd, Fraser, MI 48026, 586-296-1975. Offers B2 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.
Maybee Marathon: 7595 Bluebush Rd, Maybee, MI 48159, 734-587-2282. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open MON-SAT 6AM-9:30PM SUN 6AM-8:30PM.
Red Baron Express: 974 Will Carleton Rd, Carleton, MI 48117, 734-869-2101. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.
Atlas Oil Company: 649 West Main Street, Stockbridge, MI 49285, 517-851-9129. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 6:30AM-11PM.
Randys Service: 8030 W Mason Rd, Fowlerville, MI 48836, 517-223-8503. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 5AM-7PM MO-SA 8-5 SUN.
Wacker Oil: 9050 Mi State Road 52, Manchester, MI 48158, 734-428-8366. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine) and B99 (not okay for some older engines, fine for newer engines). Open MON-SAT 7AM-9PM; SUN 8AM-9PM.
Swan Fuel Service, Inc. 1615 E. Mason St. Dansville, MI 48819, 517-623-6087. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.
Continue the Fight for Healthcare reform in Michigan: sign up here to volunteer for the Health Care for America Now campaign in Michigan. About Health Care for America Now:
Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is a national grassroots campaign of more than 1,000 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people dedicated to winning quality, affordable health care we all can count on in 2009. Our organization and principles are supported by President Obama, Vice President Biden, and more than 190 Members of Congress.
We are building a national movement to win comprehensive health care reform by helping mobilize people in their communities to lobby their U.S. Senators and Representatives in Congress to stand up to the insurance companies and other special interest groups to achieve quality, affordable health care in 2009.
Sign up to fight for health care reform in Michigan now. Or contact:
John Freeman, HCAN
MICHIGAN FOOD CO-OPS:
People's Food Co-op & Café Verde
214-216 N. 4th Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Phone: (734) 994-9174
FAX: (734) 769-0150
New Territory Market Cooperative
132 Water St.
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
Phone: (616) 926-9391
FAX: (616) 925-2573
Cass Corridor Food Co-op
456 Charlotte Street
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Phone: (313) 831-7452
FAX: (313) 832-4776
East Lansing Food Co-op
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
Phone: (517) 337-1266
FAX: (517) 357-6086
Dibbleville Food Cooperative
106 East Elizabeth Street
Fenton, Michigan 48430
Phone: (810) 629-1175
Simple Times Farm Market & Buying Club
6081 E. Baldwin Rd.
Grand Blanc, Michigan 48504
Phone: (810) 771-4480
West Michigan Co-op
1111 Godfrey SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Phone: (616) 248-0760
Keweenaw Food Co-op
1035 Ethel Avenue
Hancock, Michigan 49930
Phone: (906) 482-2030
FAX: (906) 482-7845
Hartland's Nutrition Connection Cooperative
1898 Korte Street, PO Box 530
Hartland, Michigan 48353
Phone: (810) 632-7952
FAX: (810) 632-7620
Hillsdale Family Food Co-op
31 N. Broad
Hillsdale, Michigan 49242
Phone: (517) 439-1397
FAX: (517) 439-2443
Brighton Food Cooperative
2715 West Coon Lake Road
Howell, Michigan 48843
Phone: (517) 546-4190
Ionia Natural Food Co-op
Healthy Basics 2, 576 State St.
Ionia, Michigan 58846
Northwind Natural Foods Co-op
116 S. Suffolk Street
Ironwood, Michigan 49938
Phone: (906) 932-3547
People's Food Co-op of Kalamazoo
436 Burdick St. South
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
Phone: (616) 342-5686
FAX: (616) 342-0194
Marquette Food Co-op
109 West Baraga Ave.
Marquette, Michigan 49855
Phone: (906) 225-0671
FAX: (906) 225-1169
Green Tree Grocery
214 N. Franklin
Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858
Phone: (989) 772-3221
FAX: (989) 775-3961
Grain Train Natural Food Market
220 Mitchell Street
Petoskey, Michigan 49770
Phone: (231) 347-2381
FAX: (231) 347-0046
Rainbow Health Foods
66783 Gratiot Avenue
Richmond, Michigan 48062
Phone: (810) 727-5475
FAX: (810) 727-5475
Choice Foods Co-op
Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
Oryana Food Cooperative
260 E. 10th St.
Traverse City, Michigan 49684
Phone: (231) 947-0191
FAX: (231) 947-2516
Woodland Food Co-op
116 N. Main Street
Woodland, Michigan 48897
Phone: (616) 367-4188
Sturgeon River Co-op
8469 Mentor Road
Wolverine, Michigan 49799
Phone: (213) 525-8419
FAX: (213) 525-8419
Ypsilanti Food Co-op and River Street Bakery
312 N. River Street
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198
Phone: (734) 483-1520
FAX: (734) 483-1354
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY GROUPS AND EVENTS IN MICHIGAN:
Here are some statistics from Repower America:
* A new study by Michigan State University revealed that the state could produce as much as 321,000-megawatts of electricity from wind if its offshore resources are developed. This is more than 10 times the total electricity Michigan produces from all its energy sources
* Swedish Biogas International will turn Flint, Michigan's wastewater into fuel for powering vehicles or generating electricity and initially employ 24 to 40 people with their plan.
* Michigan has a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires all public utilities to generate 10% of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2015.
Interested in Buying Biodiesel or Starting a SE Michigan Cooperative??
Please email your name and contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to a list of potential biodiesel users. The author of this site is campaigning for retail stations to carry B20, and a list of potential buyers will be invaluable. A business plan for a Detroit Metro cooperative is also in the works.
Show your interest, Please!! email here: email@example.com Please include full name & town of residence
The Michigan Biodiesel Consortium is a group of individuals and businesses dedicated to improving the environment through the use of renewable fuels.
Our mission is to educate consumers and industry of the environmental benefits of replacing fossil fuels with renewable fuel resources.
We believe increasing farm production of seeds and grain, as well as renewal of waste oil can stimulate the Michigan economy. We will create jobs in the bio-fuel industry and join universities in development of technologies related to bio-fuels as well as promote renewable energy as a mainstream solution to dependency upon foreign oil.
We will bring together urban municipalities, farming communities, labor, industry and individuals to capture the American spirit of independence and entrepreneurship, in the noble endeavor of creating a healthier, and more economically vibrant Michigan.
If you are interested, contact them here:
Systems, production, and grease monkey extraordinaire.
Grants, research and the brains of the operation.
Michigan Biodiesel LLC was formed with fifty-seven farmers and eight biodiesel distributors. It is almost ninety percent Michigan owned and strives to enhance rural development and value-added agriculture production.
Michigan BioDiesel LLC is a group leading the way to the production and sales of B100 to distributors. Michigan BioDiesel LLC is the only full-service biodiesel group offering risk management, raw material procurement, plant construction know-how, biodiesel production and biodiesel sales and marketing services. All planned facilities will utilize batch system biodiesel production technology, methanol recovery and water recycling with zero water release from production, while becoming BQ-9000 accredited. Michigan BioDiesel LLC markets biodiesel to customers through its distributors to many industries including on-highway fleets, maritime, military, home heating and agriculture industries.
Michigan Biodiesel, LLC
700 Industrial Parkway
Bangor, MI 49013
If you need to contact us by phone, at 269-427-0804.
The fax number is 269-427-0904.
If you need to contact John Oakley, the CEO of Michigan Biodiesel, the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Production Development and Chemical Process Manager: Robin Wason, the email address is email@example.com
Sustainable Michigan-Peak Oil Meetup Group
Come to a Sustainable Michigan/Peak Oil Meetup to generate ideas and discuss actions to raise public consciousness, promote sustainable development. Find others concerned about making Michigan sustainable in energy, food production, green building and other key areas related to relocalizing so that we are prepared in Michigan for any energy/resource decline. Get the support to BE the change. To find out more, join this group.
Peak Moment in Monroe:
Peak Moment refers to the period of energy, climate, and economic uncertainty that we now live in as humans rapidly approach the end of the Age of Oil.
Meet others who share your concern. Generate ideas and discuss actions to raise public consciousness.
Advocate for new urbanism and sustainable development. Explore the potential of alternative energy. And join others interested in community gardening. To find out more, join this group.
Here are some Progressive Groups in Michigan:
Gratiot County Democratic Party: You are welcome to join us at our regular meetings on the Third Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Community Room in the Alma Public Library.
You can also help win the MI-4 Congressional seat from the Republicans by donating here.
Monthly Flint, MI Progressive Caucus Meeting
2nd Tuesday of every month, 6:30:00 PM
Asbury United Methodist Church, Flint
Farmington Hills Club Meeting
Farmington / Farmington Hills Democratic Club
Third Wednesday of Every Month
Starting at 7:30pm
Location: Varies...call or check out website for more info.
Pontiac Democratic Club
Third Saturday of Every Month
Starting at 10:00am
Pontiac City Hall
47450 Woodward Ave., Pontiac
Location: Pontiac City Hall, 47450 Woodward Ave., Pontiac