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Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
7:45 am
call today to protect LGBT kids in schools!
from Equality Michigan:

Anti-bullying bill must protect ALL students! Call today!

The Michigan Senate is considering a new anti-bullying law, but the bill still lacks important components such as reporting requirements and specific protections for groups that are often victimized by bullying and harassment, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. There is still time to amend this bill before it comes to a vote — please call Senate leadership and ask them to pass a bill which creates real protections for Michigan students.

Senate Bill 137 will be considered by the entire Senate soon – please CALL Senate leadership and urge them to add these protections!

Listing protected categories, such as race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity, does not just protect these groups, but strengthens anti-bullying policies for all students. Students in schools with these policies report less bullying and harassment, are more likely to report feeling safe at school, and are three times less likely to skip a class because they feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Comprehensive policies are especially important for protecting LGBT students because they provide educators with tools to intervene and remove all doubt that LGBT youth are protected from bullying and harassment.

This bill also lacks critical reporting requirements. An effective reporting system for incidents of bullying and harassment is needed to allow Michigan to gather data on the prevalence and types of incidents, create real accountability for schools, and effectively target anti-bullying programs.

CALL TODAY -- Tell the Senate leadership to amend SB 137 to add crucial reporting standards and protected categories!

Please call both:

Senator Randy Richardville – Senate Majority Leader at 517-373-3543
Senator Rick Jones – Sponsor of Senate Bill 137 at 517-373-3447

You may use the following points when you make your call:

I am a student (or parent, educator, Michigan resident, etc.) who cares about safe schools. I’m calling today to thank the Senator for his leadership on the issue of school safety and ask him to include reporting provisions and specific protected categories in Senate Bill 137.

Listing categories of students that are specifically protected by the law protects ALL students, not just those listed. Of course the bill should protect all students, but listing categories will let educators and students know frequently overlooked groups of students should be protected.

Students in schools with these policies report less bullying and harassment, are more likely to report feeling safe at school, and are three times less likely to skip a class because they feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

Listing specific categories is necessary to make the bill effective. Research shows that students in states without enumeration have the same experience of bullying as students who live in states without any anti-bullying and harassment laws at all.

Reporting language is necessary to allow Michigan to determine the scope of the bullying problem and develop programs that effectively address it. This will help create real accountability for school districts.

I ask the Senator to show his commitment to protecting Michigan students by adding enumeration and reporting language to Senate Bill 137.

Thank the staff member for their time.
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
7:37 pm
More disturbing news from the state legislature
Michigan state Representative Jim Slezak (Dem., Davison Township), has decided to start tilting at windmills in his very first term in office—if by "windmills" you mean women's wombs. Slezak has proposed an amendment to the state constitution that would functionally make abortion illegal in Michigan. Slezak's amendment asserts that every person has a right to life with personhood defined as beginning at conception.

For more see: http://sf.carnalnation.com/content/36187/10/representative-introduces-law-ban-abortion-michigan
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
7:02 pm
Coal Energy Discussion in West MI

For anyone who lives around Grand Rapids, knows someone who does, or is planning a road trip next week:

Friday, February 6:
  WMEAC’s First Friday Speaker and Luncheon, St. Mark’s Church, Grand Rapids—Presentation and discussion on coal energy and the Holland Coal Plant expansion. 

Lee Sprague, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter’s Clean Energy Campaign Manager, will discuss the potential environmental effects of the proposed Holland Coal Plant expansion. Join WMEAC and the Sierra Club for this important discussion.

12 – 1pm

St. Marks Episcopal Church

134 Division Ave. N, Grand Rapids, MI  49503.  (click for map)

Free parking is available next to the church.

Yummy food from Harvest Health!

Cost: a $10.00 donation is requested for those who plan to have lunch. 

A $3.00 donation is requested from those who bring their own lunch.

Please call WMEAC at 616-451-3051 ext. 33 or email rsvp@wmeac.org to make a lunch reservation.

--Taken directly from WMEAC mailing list.  mrp

Friday, January 23rd, 2009
10:09 pm
PETA " Sea Kittens " and I'm a vegetarian
This is my response video to the video below my video. If that makes sense.


Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
8:52 pm
Know any queer rural zines? x-post (if this doesn't belong/breaks rules, sorry; tell me&I'll delete)
Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but my friend Jenna (a.k.a. trashcan_chica) needs some help:

"does anyone know of any queer zines about living in rural areas or going to rural areas?

any help/pointing in the right direction would be amazing. i went through the whole Queer Zine Archive and couldn't really find anything.

jenna b

p.s. i just got a wordpress site, sassyfrasscircus.com!"

Her (AIM) away message also says: "is looking for zines about/by members of radical queer ANTI-URBAN communities, so if you know of any..."

So please comment if you can help at all; thanks. :]


Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, December 7th, 2008
9:44 am
Join me in writing an email to your legislators to encourage them to support a 21st century public transit plan for Michigan! Public Transit is a critical investment that can bring jobs and redevelopment to Michigan while strengthening the economy.

You can write a letter to your legislators by going to: http://progressmichigan.org/page/speakout/fundmitransit

Thank you!
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
11:56 am
Lansing Write-a-Thon for Amnesty International
Everyone is welcome at the Lansing Write-a-thon! Organized by Amnesty International in honor of International Human Rights Day, this is the world's largest letter writing event, as had made real change in the world. Come, join us, and write as many letters as you are able. Childcare will be available for participants with children, and snacks will be provided. Bring cash for stamps and donations for Amnesty if you're able, but most important is to bring yourself!

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Time: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Lansing First Church of the Brethren
Street: 3020 S Washington Avenue

I hosted one of these before when I lived in Tucson, and it was a lot of fun, in addition to being very fulfilling! If there are other causes you are passionate about, you are welcome to bring information and sample letters and request others to write letters for your cause as well.
Monday, November 17th, 2008
12:22 pm
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
6:19 pm
Hello All!!

My wife and I are moving to Royal Oak in a month and I am going to be car-less for a while. I am driving a Mercedes Wagon currently running off of WVO, which I am selling before we move.

Is anyone experienced with biofuels here in Michigan? Is Biodiesel readily available? Are there any garages that do diesel conversions for WVO?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance!
Friday, July 18th, 2008
12:14 pm
Free Bus Rides
All day today, the Rapid bus transit system in Grand Rapids, MI will be offering free bus rides to all passengers on all fixed routes because of a declared Ozone Action Day.  I just learned about this and thought it prudent to pass it on.  Are other cities offering this service too?  Let us all know so others can take advantage of it.

Info: http://www.ridetherapid.org/newsInfo/OzoneAction/

x-posted to the_green_life
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
9:11 am
Public Transit Mtg.
The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is holding 3 public transit mtgs. next week regarding "future transportation investments" that affect the 7 counties surrounding Detroit.  If that's you, consider attending and letting them know what you think.

More info: http://crainsdetroit.com/article/20080715/REG/324947313/-1

-- July 21, 4-7 p.m.: SEMCOG, 535 Griswold, Suite 300, Detroit.

-- July 22, 4-7 p.m.: Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield.

-- July 23, 9 a.m.-noon: Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Ann Arbor.

Just passing the word if you weren't already in the know...
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
8:24 am
Free Market Event
The Bloom Collective in Grand Rapids is hosting a free market event whereby folks can bring items to share with others at no cost.  It's like a Freecycle event but flea market style or at least that's how I understand it.  I have no part in it personally but thought I would share the information courtesy of Media Mouse.  Direct all questions to the Bloom Collective e-mail address in the cut below.

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
8:32 am
Light Rail and BRT in Michigan
Plans have been proposed for an ambitious light rail system in Detroit and a state of the art bus rapid transit system in Grand Rapids.  This is extremely positive news because federal funding is available provided that the state matches some of it.  For a wonderfully written article, please read Andy Guy's piece, "Grand Rapids: Gateway to Michigan’s Transit Success" on the Michigan Land Use Institute website, courtesy of the Great Lakes Bulletin News Service.

I am ecstatic about this because I am car less and our major cities need and deserve these services so badly.  Please consider writing your reps and the governor to support these proposals.  A lot of research has been done and I would hate to see bad politics ruin Michigan's chance to get ahead.  Transportation is a major factor in reviving the Michigan economy and citizens have been very supportive in turning out in favor of bus and rail expansions around the state.

I thought if anyone would be interested in this issue, it would be some of you.  I apologize for not posting this sooner.
--Partially x-posted from my own journal entry.

Current Mood: determined
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
11:18 am
Obama in Grand Rapids Wednesday!
Rally with Barack Obama in Grand Rapids

Where: Van Andel Arena
130 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

When: Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
Doors Open: 5:00 p.m. It is highly suggested to be in
line before 5pm, seating is first come first serve.
Program Begins: 7:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but
an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is on a first-come,
first-served basis.

You can RSVP here:


We need volunteers to help with the event.
If you can be on the "advance" team, you need to attend a meeting in
Grand Rapids at 6:3 on Tuesday and plan to be at the event on
Wednesday, May 14 at 3pm.

If you cannot make it to Grand Rapids on Tuesday night, but still want
to help, we could use you if you can get to the event on Wednesday, May
14 by 3pm.

Please contact me ASAP if you can volunteer to help.
Mary Bacon
Northeastern Regional Coordinator
Michganders for Obama
Home: 989-631-9019
Cell: 989-297-6368
Email: MaryB6368@AOL.com
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
1:39 pm
locally grown (sometimes organic)
A friend of a friend is interested in starting a
business of selling locally grown (sometimes organic)
FROZEN produce. She is doing her market research and
would love your feedback. If you are interested in
such a thing, go to the link below to take a survey
and help her out.


Sustainably Yours,
Friday, January 11th, 2008
2:25 pm
Rally for an Emission-free Future

Not Our Car Culture!

Rally for an Emission-free Future
January 13, 2008

North American International Auto Show
Detroit, MI

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. meet-up at Hart Plaza on Jefferson Ave. W at Woodward Ave. for 12:00 p.m. march and rally at Cobo Convention Center

The North American International Auto Show opens on Sunday, January 13. A glitzy Vegas-like showcase of new gas guzzlers and concept cars, the auto show offers a tremendous opportunity to raise our voice in challenging one of the world’s biggest industrial global warming polluters – the auto industry. We will rally to demand zero emissions, oil alternatives and economic and job security through green manufacturing.


Contact Jodie@ran.org or Nick@globalexchange.org for more information
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
10:53 am
town hall meeting TODAY for animal control laws, Van Buren Township
On Wednesday, Jan. 9, the Public Safety Committee in Van Buren Township, Mich., will be presenting and discussing a draft ordinance to modify the township's current animal control laws. The ordinance, which has not been published, will reportedly include a limit on the number of pets per household and a possible breed ban.

If you live in or near the township, please attend the meeting and voice your opinion on the proposed ordinance.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: 46425 Tyler Road, Van Buren Township, MI 48111

In October 2007, the township attempted to ban pit bulls and other breeds it deemed “dangerous dogs.” The Public Safety Committee considers the proposed ordinance a "work in progress," so your input is important!

(I know this is beyond last minute, but this was the first chance I had to post this, and better late than never, right? Maybe somebody local can swing this.)
Saturday, January 5th, 2008
2:47 pm
super short intro
hi! i'm new :)

i found this community in an odd roundabout way that involved catswap, and i was excited because I'd like to get a little more involved. i've only been in michigan for about three years (i'm from new england originally), and the state of the world (and the state) kinda depresses me. i want to be part of the solution.

so i'm currently in a MS program (technology studies) at EMU, and i am interested in teaching the public about science and technology-- for a basic understanding, and to learn not to fear it! this includes respecting our environment and our fellow animal creatures, including non-human animals.

anyhow, i'm glad to find this community! thanks :)
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
8:32 am
an inquiry
Okay, so here is this idea I have been kicking around in my head for some time:

A monthly "committee of correspondence." A group of people who gets together on a regular basis and writes letters, to their representatives, to the editor of their local papers, etc. People would bring information on causes that were important to them, and then could pick and choose of the information presented to write letters. People could share expertise on issues and writing effective letters, and encourage each other to write more. Handwritten letters are so much more effective than those emails and petition signatures we dash off when pressed, but let's face it, without regular motivation, many of our good intentions go unheeded.

The idea could be expanded to include taking up a donation for a different featured cause each month. Maybe bringing snacks, and encourage "suggested donations" to pay for them. Or crafts!

I did this once in Tucson, and it was great.

I would like to do this in the Lansing area, hopefully monthly. I was thinking on a Sunday afternoon, but I'm not sure what would be an appropriate venue. In Tucson I held it at my house, but of course, I don't live in Lansing!

So here are my questions for you:
If you're in the Lansing area, or within driving distance, would you be interested?
Could you come on Sunday afternoons? Or would another day be better?
Do you have an idea for a good venue?

(x-posted from my journal)
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
4:23 pm
a human rights and environmental issue all in one
WHERE: Applebee's, 1005 Eisenhower
WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 12:00 noon
WHY: Brooke Ryan, a mother of 8 from Kentucky, was
asked to cover herself and her baby with a blanket when she was
nursing in a Lexington Applebee's. An attorney for the franchisee who
owns that Applebee's said that perhaps in the future they'd keep
blankets on-hand at the restaurants for mothers to cover up with!
Read the story at: http://www.kentucky.com/471/story/162525.html
WHO: contact Vera Davis, vera@davisfarm.com, for more info on the
local protest or to take on some of the work!

Please email Vera (vera@davisfarm.com) to let her know you plan to participate, so we can get some idea of the numbers we will have.

See http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/bwb_lactivist/ for
information on the national protest.

Why attend this nurse-out?
• Many women choose not to breastfeed, or wean early, because
of the fear of nursing in public.
• This location is a corporate store. Applebee's corporate has
not responded satisfactorily to this situation.
• Many business managers are ignorant of the Ann Arbor city
ordinance protecting breastfeeding anywhere in Ann Arbor.
• Our protest in Ann Arbor helps to make this a nation-wide
protest, bringing more attention to the issue.
• Breastfeeding rates will not be high until we have
a "breastfeeding culture," that is, until breastfeeding is expected,
accepted, and normal. This protest helps educate people, moving us
toward that goal.
•Breastfeeding is beneficial to the environment and a valuable renewable resource!

Not near Ann Arbor? Contact Monica (monica3674@aol.com) for metro Detroit nurse-out info.
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