Progress Michigan http://www.progressmichigan.org No corporate money. Just uncompromised progressive politics for Michigan. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:39:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 When the going gets tough http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/going-gets-tough/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/going-gets-tough/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:11:48 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37022 …emergency managers run for the hills. Or at least that’s what Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s unelected emergency manager, did yesterday when he returned control of the city’s Water and Sewage Department to Mayor Mike Duggan. Orr didn’t hand the mayor this hot mess because he was concerned about the health and well being of the thousands […]

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…emergency managers run for the hills.

Or at least that’s what Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s unelected emergency manager, did yesterday when he returned control of the city’s Water and Sewage Department to Mayor Mike Duggan.

Orr didn’t hand the mayor this hot mess because he was concerned about the health and well being of the thousands of children, mothers, fathers, elders, and families in Detroit whose water he shut off. He dumped the responsibility of the Detroit Water and Sewage Department on Duggan because thousands of people have embarrassed him and Governor Snyder by standing with the people of Detroit, by protesting in the streets and rallying with Canadians who brought water across the border for families in need.

“This is what democracy looks like.” That’s what was chanted by massive crowds in Detroit two weeks ago that put the spotlight on inhumane water shutoffs and garnered media attention from all over the world, and that’s what put power back into the hands of Detroiters.

Now, it’s up to Mayor Duggan to do what’s right. The Detroit City Council adopted The Water Affordability Plan (WAP) in 2005. The plan allows low-income residents to pay based on their income and does away with inhumane water shutoffs. Given that Detroit’s water rates have risen 119 percent in the past decade while poverty and unemployment are still at record levels, the plan is needed now more than ever.

The Mayor also said, “When some Detroit residents don’t pay their bills, those bills have to be paid by other Detroiters. There is no outside funding from the suburbs, from the state, or from the feds. These unpaid water bills are Detroit’s alone.”

So, along with making sure that residents pay their bills, corporations in Detroit that have been off the hook while families have suffered should be held to the same standard. Like Michigan’s premier political blog Eclectablog said, “Perhaps if the Detroit Lions had to cancel some practices or even a game, they’d see their way clear to paying what they owe.” Corporations are not people and corporations don’t need water to survive. It’s time to start holding them accountable, too.

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I’m One of the Faces of Welfare…and I’m Not Ashamed http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/im-one-faces-welfareand-im-ashamed/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/im-one-faces-welfareand-im-ashamed/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:13:39 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37016 When I was a child my parents used food stamps to help feed me and I’m not ashamed. I’m not ashamed because it wasn’t my fault. I’m not ashamed because it wasn’t my parents’ fault. More importantly, I’m not ashamed because no one should be ashamed that at some point in their life they had […]

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When I was a child my parents used food stamps to help feed me and I’m not ashamed. I’m not ashamed because it wasn’t my fault. I’m not ashamed because it wasn’t my parents’ fault. More importantly, I’m not ashamed because no one should be ashamed that at some point in their life they had to rely on the help of others to get by.

Third grade was a transformative year for me. The Detroit Tigers won the 1984 World Series, the Cosby Show was the water fountain conversation at my elementary school and my dad got hurt at work one night and in an instant, my family went from comfortable and working class to struggling to make ends meet.

My dad has always worked hard to put food on the table and provide for his family. When I was born, he was a proud Firestone employee and things were good for his young family. Then the plant closed and life got harder. Always the fighter, my dad found work delivering pizzas at night for minimum wage. He got a break when a local steel plant was hiring and things looked brighter. That is until nearly 10,000 pounds of steel came crashing down on my dad and altered our lives.

I remember my mom, holding back tears, telling my sisters and me that our dad was hurt, he was going to be okay and we didn’t have to worry about anything. I was worried. But I shouldn’t have been as worried as I was. My mom worked hard to make sure we ate and kept our house. My dad focused on healing and going back to college so that he could later become a teacher. But before that happened, my parents had to deal with an employer that cared more about profits than taking care of someone that was hurt on the job. My dad was fired when he wasn’t physically able to return to work.

After exhausting all other options, my mom and dad did something that they probably thought they would never have to do – they applied for food stamps. I think that day was one of the hardest days of my dad’s life. It was harder to ask for help than it was to go through surgeries and physical therapy. But he did it because there was no other way to put food on the table. That’s just what you do when you’ve got mouths to feed.

I learned first-hand why it was so hard to accept assistance a few months later while standing in line to buy groceries with my mom. In the 1980s, food stamps were large, colorful reminders of the poverty you were enduring. When my mom took her food stamps out of her purse to pay, a woman in line behind us began to sigh very loudly and whispered under her breath something about my mom being lazy. Yes, this woman was calling my mom – the woman who was working two low paying jobs, taking care of my dad’s health, raising three kids and doing what she could to help take care of her sick dad – lazy.

In that moment I learned two lessons. First, I learned that too many people make assumptions about others and often shame poor people for the simple act of being poor. Poverty is a circumstance, not a value judgement. Then I learned the second lesson – fighting back works.

I later found out that this wasn’t the first time my mom dealt with people like this. It was, however, the first time one of her kids was with her and that is probably why she finally spoke up. My mom turned to the woman and asked her if she had a problem. The woman said, “No I don’t have a problem, you do because you think it’s alright to use my tax dollars to feed your kid.” At that moment, my mom responded the only way she knew how. She told the woman to do things to herself that I’m still not sure are humanly possible. Then she turned away from the woman, who was now standing still and silent with the color having left her face, and smiled at the cashier and then grabbed me around the shoulders and said, “never be ashamed of who you are or how you got there.”

I never saw that woman again, but I’ve seen her in the nasty tweets that are directed at people struggling to afford basic necessities such as water, I’ve seen her in our state’s requirement that welfare recipients pee in a cup in an effort to shame them for attempting to improve their lives and I’ve seen her in Paul Ryan’s budgets. The woman and other extremists like her do this to make hard-working people feel ashamed.

I haven’t been ashamed to this day. The truth is that my parents worked hard, I deserved to eat and people that get off by talking down to poor people are the real people in need of help.

 

 

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Deadlines, Democracy and Other Inconveniences http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/deadlines-democracy-inconveniences/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/deadlines-democracy-inconveniences/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:07:27 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37013 Deadlines are supposed to mean something. That’s what I learned when I was a reporter (although I, admittedly, wasn’t always the best at hitting them). But somehow, deadlines didn’t seem to apply last Thursday at the Board of Canvassers meeting where they were considering putting a $10.10 minimum wage question — courtesy of Raise Michigan — on […]

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Deadlines are supposed to mean something. That’s what I learned when I was a reporter (although I, admittedly, wasn’t always the best at hitting them). But somehow, deadlines didn’t seem to apply last Thursday at the Board of Canvassers meeting where they were considering putting a $10.10 minimum wage question — courtesy of Raise Michigan — on the ballot.

Raise Michigan was told before by the Secretary of State’s staff (a non-partisan group of folks) that based on a sample of the roughly 318,000 signatures they filed on May 28th, they had enough to qualify. But the powers that be could not — and would not — allow a $10.10 minimum wage on the ballot. The conservative legislature didn’t want it and the restaurant lobbyists didn’t want it. So they did everything in their power to make it so.

The reason Raise Michigan’s question was denied from the ballot is because of a disregard for deadlines — and processes in general.

The restaurant lobbyists issued another challenge to the petitions (their first set were wholly shot down by the SOS staff), but this time it didn’t come until the night before the BOC meeting. That’s 11 days after the deadline for challenges. And (no joke) they blamed the Raise Michigan Coalition for their delay because they claimed they could not properly scan some of the petitions. Seriously?

In a roundabout way, the BOC wound up accepting that challenge, although they never actually voted on it, because they used the merits of the restaurant lobby challenge as a basis to cherry pick names that were supposedly duplicates from the sample in an attempt to prove Raise Michigan didn’t have enough signatures.

They wound up determining Raise Michigan did not have enough signatures to qualify.

The injustice here is that rules were not followed in coming to this decision. If the BOC allowed a challenge that was over a week and half late, then why couldn’t Raise Michigan turn in more signatures on the day of the meeting or the night before? Why couldn’t the SOS staff change the sample size? Why didn’t they count every individual signature among the thousands of pages of documents?

You know why they didn’t? Because that wouldn’t be fair and that wouldn’t be right. That would be against the rules and procedures. But they did it anyway — but only to the benefit of the restaurant lobby.

The Raise Michigan Coalition has been fought tooth and nail at every turn by well-funded corporate lobbyists and the conservatives in the legislature. Along the way, Raise Michigan managed to pressure lawmakers to raise it to $9.25 and include a cost of living adjustment — that’s a victory. However, democracy has taken a beating throughout the process. Raise Michigan followed the rules every step of the way. They sought to give workers a raise that would bring a family of three out of poverty. Conservatives and the lobbyists didn’t want that. They sought to give Michiganders a voice in how their government runs. Conservatives and the lobbyists didn’t want that.

Our legislature and the powers that be like democracy and rules and procedures only when it is convenient for them. When democracy and the will of the people are voicing for change that does not resonate with their narrow worldview, they change the rules in the middle of the game. They rig the system. They ignore the will of the people.

We’ve seen this type of behavior with the wolf hunt, with rape insurance, the emergency manager laws and now, once again, minimum wage.

The Raise Michigan Coalition will be weighing its options and course of action over the coming days. Remember, this is only one issue, but the actions of those in power in Michigan have been troubling at a number of junctures. Politics should be better than this. Democracy allows for better than this. Michigan deserves better than this.

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This Week in Progress http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/week-progress-14/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/week-progress-14/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:20:55 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37010 Another week, another example of people in power rigging the system. This Week in PM Blogging: The Right Tweets The online trolls were out in force during Netroots Nation and my Twitter activity was unknowingly feeding into their zeal. The thing I never expected was the blatant hate and racism being thrown at Detroit and […]

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Another week, another example of people in power rigging the system.

This Week in PM Blogging:

The Right Tweets

The online trolls were out in force during Netroots Nation and my Twitter activity was unknowingly feeding into their zeal. The thing I never expected was the blatant hate and racism being thrown at Detroit and Detroiters.

Detroiters are at the Heart of Detroit’s Turnaround

Is Detroit a little rough around the edges? Sure. But what major city isn’t? The simple fact is Detroit is coming back. And it’s not because of some drastic change in policy or because of a new batch of politicians. It’s because of Detroiters — who refuse to let their city, community and neighborhoods die.

Not Just Another Conference

Social gatherings can be emotional experiences. When you get masses of political activists, writers, organizers and supporters together, now you’ve got something that’s not only emotional — it’s powerful. And it can change the world for the better.

TWIP Clips :

Deadlines are supposed to mean something. That’s what I learned when I was a reporter (although I, admittedly, wasn’t always the best at hitting them). But somehow, deadlines didn’t seem to apply yesterday at the Board of Canvassers meeting where they were considering putting a $10.10 minimum wage question — courtesy of Raise Michigan — on the ballot.

Raise Michigan was told before by the Secretary of State’s staff (a non-partisan group of folks) that based on a sample of the roughly 318,000 signatures they filed on May 28th, they had enough to qualify. But the powers that be could not — and would not — allow a $10.10 minimum wage on the ballot. The conservative legislature didn’t want it and the restaurant lobbyists didn’t want it. So they did everything in their power to make it so.

The reason Raise Michigan’s question was denied from the ballot is because of a disregard for deadlines — and processes in general.

The restaurant lobbyists issued another challenge to the petitions (their first set were wholly shot down by the SOS staff), but this time it didn’t come until the night before the BOC meeting. That’s 11 days after the deadline for challenges. And (no joke) they blamed the Raise Michigan Coalition for their delay because they claimed they could not properly scan some of the petitions. Seriously?

In a roundabout way, the BOC wound up accepting that challenge, although they never actually voted on it, because they used the merits of the restaurant lobby challenge as a basis to cherry pick names that were supposedly duplicates from the sample in an attempt to prove Raise Michigan didn’t have enough signatures.

They wound up determining Raise Michigan did not have enough signatures to qualify.

The injustice here is that rules were not followed in coming to this decision. If the BOC allowed a challenge that was over a week and half late, then why couldn’t Raise Michigan turn in more signatures on the day of the meeting or the night before? Why couldn’t the SOS staff change the sample size? Why didn’t they count every individual signature among the thousands of pages of documents?

You know why they didn’t? Because that wouldn’t be fair and that wouldn’t be right. That would be against the rules and procedures. But they did it anyway — but only to the benefit of the restaurant lobby.

The Raise Michigan Coalition has been fought tooth and nail at every turn by well-funded corporate lobbyists and the conservatives in the legislature. Along the way, Raise Michigan managed to pressure lawmakers to raise it to $9.25 and include a cost of living adjustment — that’s a victory. However, democracy has taken a beating throughout the process. Raise Michigan followed the rules every step of the way. They sought to give workers a raise that would bring a family of three out of poverty. Conservatives and the lobbyists didn’t want that. They sought to give Michiganders a voice in how their government runs. Conservatives and the lobbyists didn’t want that.

Our legislature and the powers that be like democracy and rules and procedures only when it is convenient for them. When democracy and the will of the people are voicing for change that does not resonate with their narrow worldview, they change the rules in the middle of the game. They rig the system. They ignore the will of the people.

We’ve seen this type of behavior with the wolf hunt, with rape insurance, the emergency manager laws and now, once again, minimum wage.

The Raise Michigan Coalition will be weighing its options and course of action over the coming days. Remember, this is only one issue, but the actions of those in power in Michigan have been troubling at a number of junctures. Politics should be better than this. Democracy allows for better than this. Michigan deserves better than this.

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Not Just Another Conference http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/just-another-conference/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/just-another-conference/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:30:45 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37005 I attended my first Netroots Nation in Detroit last week and it exceeded all of my expectations. I learned about what it means to be a progressive from some of the best and brightest advocates in the country. But don’t worry, this blog won’t just be me gushing about all the great people I met […]

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I attended my first Netroots Nation in Detroit last week and it exceeded all of my expectations.

I learned about what it means to be a progressive from some of the best and brightest advocates in the country. But don’t worry, this blog won’t just be me gushing about all the great people I met and new friends I made – it’s even bigger than that.

It’s easy to get caught up in our own day-to-day lives, in the bubble that is state politics and niche issue areas. We are the stars of our own movies after all.

Netroots Nation is an anecdote to that mentality. It is a reminder that even though we sometimes feel like we’re going it alone, we’re not. No man or woman is an island. There are thousands of other progressive activists around the world who are fighting just as hard every day to make communities and lives better for all – including yours.

That’s what the progressive movement is all about – community. As President Barack Obama once said:

“If there’s a child on the south side of Chicago who can’t read, that matters to me, even if it’s not my child. If there’s a senior citizen somewhere who can’t pay for their prescription, who has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer – even if it’s not my grandparent. If there’s an Arab-American or Mexican-American family being rounded up by John Ashcroft without benefit of an attorney or due process, I know that that threatens my civil liberties. And I don’t have to be a woman to be concerned that the Supreme Court is trying to take away a woman’s right, because I know that my rights are next. It is that fundamental belief – I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper – that makes this country work.”

When we all have the freedom and opportunity to succeed, we all benefit. That’s what the progressive movement is all about. Being a progressive is hard. But that’s the difference between conservatives and us. It’s much easier to give someone who needs help the finger rather than a helping hand.

Netroots Nation is over for now, but our work is far from complete. I look forward to reuniting with other progressives next year. In the meantime, I’ll keep fighting.

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Clean Water Action: Office Manager/ Communications Coordinator http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/clean-water-action-office-manager-communications-coordinator/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/clean-water-action-office-manager-communications-coordinator/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:56:21 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37001 CLEAN WATER ACTION AND CLEAN WATER FUND JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Position:  Office Manager/ Communications Coordinator        Posting Date:  July 21, 2014 Location:  Lansing, MI                                                Closing Date:  Until filled Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are seeking a highly motivated individualt to fill the role of Office Manager and Communications Coordinator for our Lansing office, […]

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CLEAN WATER ACTION AND CLEAN WATER FUND

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Position:  Office Manager/ Communications Coordinator        Posting Date:  July 21, 2014

Location:  Lansing, MI                                                Closing Date:  Until filled

Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are seeking a highly motivated individualt to fill the role of Office Manager and Communications Coordinator for our Lansing office, providing communications help and  administrative support to our field canvass and program staff. Clean Water Action is a national, grassroots environmental organization that seeks to protect the environment and safeguard public health, promote strong environmental laws, and help communities address local environmental problems. Clean Water Action has close to 1 million members nationally and 255,000 in Michigan.  Clean Water Fund provides research, education, organizing, and technical assistance to strengthen grassroots environmental efforts around the country, promoting the public interest on issues related to water, natural resources and a healthy economy.  Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund work together on selected campaigns and programs.

This position involves participating in and managing recruitment efforts, maintaining canvass records, answering the phones, screening job applicants, assisting the Canvass Director and program staff with any administrative needs, maintaining the office space, managing our membership database, writing press releases and email communications, maintaining social media accounts and website, and other duties as assigned.  The position is full time (40 hours/wk.).

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the State Director and program staff to develop and implement robust communications strategy that includes: earned media events, drafting letters to the editor, email blasts, website updates, blog posts, and press releases.
  • Answer incoming calls; screen prospective applicants for canvass positions, schedule qualified applicants for interviews with the Canvass Director; take messages for program staff.
  • Coordinate all recruitment activities with Canvass Director including campus outreach, ad placement, and career fairs.
  • Maintain daily, weekly, and monthly canvass reports.
  • Maintain personnel files and track staff benefits accrual and use.
  • Process information requests from the public and refer to appropriate staff.
  • Provide programmatic support, including maintaining issue files and sorting and sending letters generated by the canvass.
  • Stock canvass materials and order office supplies.
  • Ensure accurate and timely transmittal of Michigan’s database members to national database.
  • Maintain office appearance; light cleaning and organizing.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to use e-mail, excel spreadsheets, word-processing and Google docs.
  • Detail oriented, accurate and neat; with strong math skills and personal organization.
  • Hard-working, self-starter.
  • Strong work ethic, punctual, flexible, team player.

To Apply:  E-mail resume and cover letter to Nic Clark, State Director, nclark@cleanwater.org. Internal candidates, contact your supervisor first.

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Detroiters are at the Heart of Detroit’s Turnaround http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/detroiters-heart-detroits-turnaround/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/detroiters-heart-detroits-turnaround/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:26:06 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=36997 Last week, the Progress Michigan team and I spent a fair amount of time in Detroit.  We were there for a retreat and then stayed for Netroots Nation.  It was the first time I can remember ever staying in the city for a long period of time and enjoying the things Detroit has to offer. […]

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Last week, the Progress Michigan team and I spent a fair amount of time in Detroit.  We were there for a retreat and then stayed for Netroots Nation.  It was the first time I can remember ever staying in the city for a long period of time and enjoying the things Detroit has to offer.

I grew up in Ypsilanti Township, about 35 minutes west of Detroit and my childhood memories of the city are probably like what I assume many suburbanites my age remember too.  My family and I went to Detroit only for special events, we parked close and we left as quickly as we could after the event. I was led to believe that the city was treacherous and that spending an extended amount of time there would be put me in danger. Everything I believed was wrong.

Sure, Detroit has had a fair share of issues and I am not discounting the fact that there is still crime (as there is in every major city I have ever visited). But the city has so much to offer: Wonderful food, nightlife, exciting events and great shops. Much more than I could have ever experienced or even imagined from a fast moving car speeding away from the city.

Detroiters have a fighting spirit and are struggling day in and day out to do more than survive — they want to thrive again. They want their city to be a city of hope, instead of one of despair. And they are on the right track.

Conservatives will claim that they put the city on the road to recovery. They will want us to believe that what Detroit needed was an unelected emergency manager that was handpicked by a right-wing governor. They want us to forget about the cuts to revenue sharing and the GOP’s decision to invest in the wrong priorities, like tax giveaways for business. Conservatives want you to believe that they had no hand in the downward spiral of our greatest city and that they deserve all the credit for the rebound.

But we know that isn’t true.  The real credit belongs to the people who have stayed and fought to reclaim their city. We should be thanking the activists, the community groups, the faith leaders and the hardworking people of Detroit who said they wouldn’t let their home be stamped out. Thanks to their sacrifice and dedication, they’ve brought revitalization into the city. Young people are moving in, neighborhoods are getting stronger, and Michiganders once again have a strong sense of pride about Detroit and are willing to fight for it.

We have always known that Detroit built more than just cars  — they built the middle class. Last week for me confirmed what I already knew was true: Detroit and the middle class are worth fighting for and progressives are the ones leading the charge.

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Progress Michigan: Graphic/Web Design Coordinator http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/progress-michigan-graphicweb-design-coordinator/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/progress-michigan-graphicweb-design-coordinator/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:19:24 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=36995 PROGRESS MICHIGAN – GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGN COORDINATOR  Position Summary: Progress Michigan’s mission is to provide a strong credible voice that holds public officials and government accountable, assists in the promotion of progressive ideas and uses state-of-the-art digital media to creatively build grassroots support for progressive issues. This posting is for a Graphic/Web Design Coordinator that will […]

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PROGRESS MICHIGAN – GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGN COORDINATOR 

Position Summary:

Progress Michigan’s mission is to provide a strong credible voice that holds public officials and government accountable, assists in the promotion of progressive ideas and uses state-of-the-art digital media to creatively build grassroots support for progressive issues.

This posting is for a Graphic/Web Design Coordinator that will work full-time in an effort to assist us in our core mission.

Progress Michigan has offices in Lansing and Detroit, Michigan, but we have a statewide reach.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement websites for partners as well as Progress Michigan.
  • Train partners to use their websites.
  • Develop content and update the Progress Michigan website.
  • Design graphics to be used on the web, in blogs, and for printed materials; for Progress Michigan and partner organizations.
  • Take on other relevant tasks as required.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a graphic artist with experience in graphic and web design with a digital media skill-set (Microsoft Office, Final Cut Pro, iMove, Photoshop, Illustrator, and HTML) as well as knowledge of WordPress, Drupal, and related Content Management Systems. The successful candidate must be organized, detail oriented, and able to work effectively in team settings. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across multiple communities and in diverse settings are a must.

Compensation:

Progress Michigan offers a competitive salary and benefits package based on relevant experience.

To apply:

Send your resume, along with a cover letter to jobs@progressmichigan.org with the subject line Graphic/Web Design Coordinator.

This position will be posted until August 4, 2014 or until the position is filled.

Progress Michigan is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Progress Michigan: Digital Media Coordinator http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/progress-michigan-digital-media-coordinator-2/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/progress-michigan-digital-media-coordinator-2/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:17:19 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=36993 PROGRESS MICHIGAN – DIGITAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Position Summary: Progress Michigan’s mission is to provide a strong credible voice that holds public officials and government accountable, assists in the promotion of progressive ideas and uses state-of-the-art digital media to creatively build grassroots support for progressive issues. This posting is for a Digital Media Coordinator that will […]

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PROGRESS MICHIGAN – DIGITAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Position Summary:

Progress Michigan’s mission is to provide a strong credible voice that holds public officials and government accountable, assists in the promotion of progressive ideas and uses state-of-the-art digital media to creatively build grassroots support for progressive issues.

This posting is for a Digital Media Coordinator that will work full-time in an effort to assist us in our core mission.

Progress Michigan has offices in Lansing and Detroit, Michigan, but we have a statewide reach.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implement strategies to broaden Progress Michigan’s digital media reach, utilizing Facebook, Twitter, email platforms and other relevant social media sites.
  • Train partners to help them expand their digital footprint.
  • Manage and grow email lists.
  • Lead Progress Michigan’s online advocacy and fundraising strategies.
  • Analyze our digital media presence and produce timely reports and required.
  • Take on other relevant tasks as required.

Qualifications: 

Experience with social media platforms as well as online marketing platforms. Excellent writing skills necessary. The successful candidate must be organized, detail oriented, and able to work effectively in team settings. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across multiple communities and in diverse settings are a must.

Compensation: 

Progress Michigan offers a competitive salary and benefits package based on relevant experience.

To apply:

Send your resume, along with a cover letter to jobs@progressmichigan.org with the subject line Digital Media Coordinator.

This position will be posted until August 4, 2014 or until the position is filled.

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The Right Tweets http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/right-tweets/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/07/right-tweets/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:52:14 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=36983 Last week during Netroots Nation, I was quite active on Twitter. And so were the far-right tweeters around the country. During my week of tweeting about Detroit, Detroit’s image/perception and the water shutoffs, I was met with some harsh — and at times almost inhumane — tweets that the right-wingers were spewing about the city […]

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Last week during Netroots Nation, I was quite active on Twitter. And so were the far-right tweeters around the country.

During my week of tweeting about Detroit, Detroit’s image/perception and the water shutoffs, I was met with some harsh — and at times almost inhumane — tweets that the right-wingers were spewing about the city and the people who call it home.

Below is sampling of some of the tweets that left me shaking my head. My guess is that none of these folks have been to Detroit and have no concept of the strength and uniqueness the city exudes and represents. Insensitive, racist and downright mean — that’s how I’d describe the words of these people.

This is how the far-right treats fellow human beings. This is how the far-right treats the city that helped build the middle class of this country. This is how the far-right treats people who are struggling.

No one should be subject to this kind of mockery, degradation and insult. There are human beings behind these handles, but I sure question their humanity when they’re so quick to denounce and insult an entire city that’s filled with hardworking people who have fallen on hard times.

A few things these tweeters probably don’t know about the situation in Detroit: The city’s water rates have increased 120 percent over the past decade. And despite record unemployment, Detroiters and others have banded together to help supply water to one another and are attempting to implement a water affordability plan.

Despite the right’s fervor against Detroit, no amount of tweets or words can stop Detroit from coming back. Detroiters are stronger than words can describe and they have legions of fellow Michiganders behind them who will fight like hell for their city because at the end of the day, as Detroit gets stronger, so does our entire state.

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