MICHIGAN FOCUS: Darwin Day, Blogs, Food Co-op, Native Vote, NAACP, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events
Republican’s State Of The Union Responder Would Tax Middle-Class At A Higher Rate Than Millionaires...you see, to me Republicans are all about redistribution of wealth from the working and middle class to the rich.
Dingell on Violent Rhetoric
More Right Wing Extremism: Glenn Beck talking about Democrats: "You're going to have to shoot them in the head."...and then we wonder why crazy people start shooting people in the head.
And yet more right wing extremism: Bomb planted on MLK parade route: "They haven't seen anything like this in this country"
More Jobs In 1 Year Under Obama Than 8 With Bush
The cost of repealing the Affordable Care Act in Michigan is HIGH...Republicans AGAIN have it wrong.
More on the benefits of Obamacare: Obamacare reduces the deficit
Obama's Triumph of Unity & Palin's Failure to Divide
Further evidence that DEMOCRATS are the fiscally responsible ones: Democratic Governor Granholm Left Millions in Budget Surplus...more on Granholm's excellent legacy: Granholm leaving positive legacy, especially for U.P.
As banks become worse and worse, people are turning to Credit Unions in droves: Vive Les Michigan Credit Unions...personally I have switched mainly to USAA and TD Bank, but I know many people who are turning to credit unions and liking them. Almost ANYTHING is better than the corruption and lousy customer service of Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and Citibank.
DARWIN DAY EVENTS IN MICHIGAN: February 12th is Charles Darwin's birthday and is celebrated as International Darwin Day. Below are some of the offical Darwin Day events for 2011 (not all are on Feb. 12th itself)
Darwin Discovery Day
Date and Time: 2011-02-13 13:00:00
Event Website: http://museum.msu.edu/events/naturalhistoryidday
A day of free activities at the Michigan State University Museum, including
Michigan State University Museum
West Circle Drive
East Lansing/MI 48824
Sponsor: Michigan State University Museum
Contact: Danita Brandt
The International Darwin Day Foundation promotes public education about science and encourages the celebration of Science and Humanity throughout the global community. IDDF is administered by the American Humanist Association (AHA).
PROGRESSIVE TALK RADIO:
Check out their program schedule here.
Check out their calendar of local Detroit events here.
Lefty Blogs Michigan: a roundup of Progressive News in Michigan
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.
Democracy for Metro Detroit: a progressive grassroots political action organization that seeks to elect socially and fiscally responsible candidates to state and local office in Michigan. We are affiliated with Democracy for America, the political action committee led by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean.
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.
Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) - Michigan Chapter
Hook up with the Michigan Chapter of APAP on Facebook
APAP is a national network of progressive Asian Pacific Americans and friends. Our goals are to represent and organize for the electoral empowerment of those throughout our diverse communities who share our progressive values and dedication to political action. To those ends, we hold: Dem Sum brunches forums and panels, voter registration drives, activist training sessions , fundraisers and friend-raisers for candidates, etc.
For more info contact: email@example.com
National Website: http://www.apaforprogress.org
Phone: 586 770 9180
43769 Sweetwood Dr
Sterling Heights, MI
MidMichigan Democracy for America:
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
From the ballot box to the classroom, the dedicated workers, organizers, and leaders who forged this great organization and maintain its status as a champion of social justice, fought long and hard to ensure that the voices of African Americans and other minorities would be heard.
For one hundred years, it has been the talent and tenacity of NAACP members that has saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
Here are some local branches of the NAACP in Michigan:
Saginaw, MI 48605
Saginaw Youth Council
Saginaw, MI 48601
Saginaw Correctional Branch
9625 PIERCE ROAD
Freeland, MI 48623
3455 LIPPINCOTT BLVD
Flint, MI 48507
Flint Youth Council
Flint, MI 48507
Albion, MI 49224
Lansing Youth Council
1801 W MAIN ST
Lansing, MI 48915
Olivet College Chapter
320 S MAIN STREET
Olivet, MI 49076
Battle Creek Senior Branch
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Three Rivers Branch
Three Rivers, MI 49093
Metropolitan Kalamazoo Youth Council
804 W NORTH STREET
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
203 S PAUL ST
Dowagiac, MI 49047
Van Buren County Branch
PO BOX 61
Covert, MI 49043
Allegan Co Branch
3458 121ST AVE
Allegan, MI 49010
Greater Grand Rapids Branch
640 EASTERN SOUTHEAST
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Grand Rapids Youth Council
1653 NELSON SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Central Michigan University
UC BOX 065
Mt Pleasant, MI 48859
Bay City Branch
P. O. BOX 335
Bay City, MI 48707
Kinross Prison Branch
200 TONE ROAD C/O SPECIAL ACTS. DIR
Kincheloe Afb, MI 49788
Wayne State University
5221 GULLEN MALL RM 50 MAILBOX #23
Detroit, MI 48202
Detroit Central Branch
Detroit, MI 48202
Detroit Youth Council
Detroit, MI 48224
Monroe County Branch
Monroe, MI 48161
Highland Park Branch
Highland Park, MI 48203
South Oakland County Branch
PO BOX 2769
Southfield, MI 48037
Western Wayne County Branch
PO BOX 558
Inkster, MI 48141
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
NATIVE VOTE MICHIGAN:
The state of Michigan encompasses 12 American Indian tribes within its borders. The American Indian and Alaska Native population makes up 1.25% of the state, and 1.12% of eligible Michigan voters.
Native Vote, is a nation wide resource for encouraging voter turn out in Indian Country. Organized by the National Congress of American Indians, get out the vote efforts in Indian Country have been supported by NCAI since 1955.
For more information or to get involved contact:
Portal Michigan Latinos/Latinos de Michigan:
The most comprehensive portal for Michigan Latinos. Search for businesses, news and events.
Latin and nightlife and entertainment city guide for local Hispanic events, salsa clubs, Latin restaurants, and Latino culture in Michigan.
Stonewall Democrats University of Michigan Chapter
The Stonwall Democrats are part of the Gay Rights Movement. A movement which was started at the Stonewall Inn on June 27th, 1969.
Stonewall Democrats, University of Michigan Calendar
If you would like to get into contact with someone about the group, please email:
E-Board - UMSDExecs@umich.edu
Michigan 14th District Democratic Party Asian American Caucus
Allen Park, MI
Check them out on Facebook
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
Here are some Progressive Groups in Michigan:
We are a statewide organization and a dominant force for change, diligently focused on education, activism, collaboration, assistance, advocacy, human rights and political power to promote equality and eliminate discrimination that is based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
19641 WEST SEVEN MILE RD. DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48219-2721 PHONE: (313)-537-7000
Find out more here: http://equalitymi.org
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
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY GROUPS AND EVENTS IN MICHIGAN:
There are several companies in Michigan involved in helping energy customers switch to green energy, including landfill methane gas use (which reduces methane emissions from landfills while generating energy), wind power and solar power. The cost is generally less than 3 cents per kilowatt-hour more than you currently pay for energy. By participating you contribute to reducing carbon emissions, cleaning up Michigan's environment, and stimulating Michigan's economy. Three important ways of helping your local community, local environment and local economy, all for less than 2 cents per kilowatt-hour of energy you use. In fact, buying green energy is cheaper in Michigan than in most states. When my wife and I made a similar switch in New York, we barely noticed the difference in our energy bill. We also switched to compact fluorescent bulbs at the same time and the energy savings reduced our bill by one-third even with the small increase from buying green energy. Together, we reduced our carbon footprint by about 30% while overall saving money. I highly recommend the switch.
GreenCurrents is Michigan's voluntary renewable energy program. By enrolling, you are supporting the generation of electricity from Michigan-based, renewable energy sources. Eighty-nine percent of the renewable energy we provide comes from wind energy and 11% from biomass including landfill gas and methane gas from cow manure.
The GreenCurrents program is designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and strengthen Michigan's energy independence. Become a GreenCurrents customer today! It's a great way to create a bright future and a cleaner world.
Choose the option that works best for you:
Kilowatt-Hour Block Enrollment - $2.50/month
This option enables you to choose a participation level that is right for you and your budget.
You can purchase a "block' of 100 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy for $2.50 per month. You can purchase up to 10 individual blocks. This monthly cost is in addition to your normal monthly electric charges.
100 Percent Match
This option enables you to match 100 percent of your monthly electric consumption for 2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The monthly cost is based on the amount of kilowatt-hours used each month, and is in addition to your normal monthly electric charges.
SIGN UP HERE to begin helping Michigan's environment and economy.
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.
Interested in Buying Biodiesel or Starting a SE Michigan Cooperative??
Please email your name and contact information: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Production Development and Chemical Process Manager: Robin Wason, the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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