EVENTS:

14th Congressional District Meeting Re-Schedule July 21, 2018 Executive Board Meeting 10:00 am General Membership Meeting 11:00 am LOCATION: Sahara Restaurant & Grill 24770 Coolidge Oak Park, MI 48237

WBLDEMS Annual Picnic - Drake Sports Park Sunday July 22nd from noon to 3:00 PM. 6801 Drake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, Michigan 48322. Come enjoy friends and politics at our annual picnic. We will have all sorts of picnic food (and feel free to bring a dish of your choice) and drink. We will have visits by government officials, candidates and civic organizations. We expect all the congressional candidates, representatives from the Stabenow, Peters and Lawrence campaigns, and most of the state candidates. The cost is $10 for ages 12 and older and we look forward to having you.

Christine Greig's 5th Annual Grassroots Grillin' and Chillin' Fundraiser. July 22, 2018, 3:00 - 6:00 pm at the Greig's. 21031 Eastfarm Lane Ct, Farmington Hills. Tickets here.

Friday, July 27th - 14th District Democrats Annual Dinner

One Fair Wage Reception with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin on Sunday July 29th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in Birmingham. Invitation and link to RSVP. TICKET LEVELS: Co-Chair $5,000, Host $2,500, Sponsor $1,000, Supporter $500.

Tuesday, August 7th. Primary Election Day. See list of 2018 candidates and their websites, and WBLDEMS endorsed candidates : here

Reception honoring Dana Nessel Democratic Nominee for Michigan Attorney General. Sunday, August 12th, 2018 3:00pm-4:30pm. At the home of Teri & Howard Weingarden 3962 Fieldview Ave West Bloomfield, MI 48324. RSVP here.

Tuesday, October 9th. Last Day to Register to Vote in General Election

The 2nd Amendment on Trial. Friday, October 19 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT. Adat Shalom Synagogue. 29901 Middlebelt Rd. Farmington Hills. Is the right to bear arms absolute? Was the 2nd Amendment meant for militias, or for individual self-defense? Is reasonable regulation a legislative, political, democratic, or constitutional process?

Tuesday, November 6th. General Election Day.

Join our Meetup "Please join us as we modernize our methods and make it easier for local progressives and Democrats to meet, socialize, and share our values." Go to meetup.com/West-Bloomfield-Lakes-Area-Democratic-Club

The West Bloomfield/Lakes Area Democratic Club is on FACEBOOK.. Join Us!

NEWS:

Critics of Trump Have a New Word in Their Vocabulary: Treason. Representative Will Hurd, a Republican from Texas and former C.I.A. operative, suggested that Mr. Trump had become a stooge of the Russians. At nytimes.com

Trump is behaving more and more like a 'controlled spy'. Glenn Carle, a longtime former CIA spy, said he wasn't the least bit surprised by Trump's actions because "it's becoming more and more clear that Trump is either a witting or unwitting Russian asset." More at business insider

Fintan O'Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow. At wbldems.blogspot.

Primary Takeaways: A liberal newcomer ousts top Dem leader. The 28 year old community organizer has never held political office and ran a shoestring campaign. But she managed to defeat a top Democratic House leader who had eyes on the speaker's gavel from his safe New York City seat Tuesday. Ocasio-Cortez backed single payer health insurance, a federal jobs guarantee and abolishing ICE as the nation's immigration policing agency. She cast Crowley, a 56-year old white male with plenty of Wall Street campaign cash, as elitist and disconnected from his diverse constituents. More here

Michigan Congresswoman: I saw immigrant kids held in a cage, crying moms. U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, joined about 25 other House representatives in visits to a Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas. "I saw people lying on cement floors, not just human beings, but children," Lawrence said, "It was like a sea of this silver, thin piece of Mylar, the metal blanket. Once we walked over to the door, all of these blankets came up and you saw these children ... lying on cement floors." Lawrence said the kids seemed lifeless and tired. "We talked to the women detainees, and these women were in tears, saying, 'We don't know where our children are. We want to know where our children are.' They were in tears." More at freep.com. 6/23/18

The King and Queen of Cruelty. You just can't construct prisons for babies. Citizens were outraged. Politicians were outraged. Corporate leaders were outraged. Foreign leaders were outraged. The pope was outraged. At nytimes.com.

Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Showmanship and Democrats' Hypocrisy in the Trump Era. The Democrats are now torn between a popular base that is largely social democratic and a New Democrat leadership that panders to the donor class. If the Democratic Party cannot overcome its deep internal problems and the slow expansion of the economy under Obama and Trump continues without disruption or disaster, the Republican wrecking ball may be swinging away at the foundations of a decent society, and at the prospects for survival, for a long time. More here

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Dotard, the great negotiator, gave a huge and very important geopolitical victory to Putin before their meeting in Finland ever started. More from Richard at wbldems.blogspot

This time, the Democrats will offer something to working people. Most leading Democratic presidential contenders support Medicare for All. Also, Democrats will offer to do something for labor unions. Further, they will campaign on popular federal and state minimum wage increases. Lastly, by the 2020 election campaign, we might be in a Trump recession or even in Trump stagflation. Democrats will offer measures to combat recession or stagflation. Howard

Do you want to know why Bill Gates is a two-faced hypocrite? He freely admits all his other ideas to "reform" education didn't work. Yet, despite the destruction those caused in education, he's on to his next new thing - using his wealth & fame to push something that true educators know once again won't work & will be bad for kids. What's more - somehow all his ideas end up making him even more fabulously rich. Tanya

Here's the game plan from INDIVISIBLE on how to fight for the Supreme Court vacancy. There are phone banking options in targeted states getting constituents in those states to call their senators. Take a look and see if there is something you can do. Don't forget to call our senators to tell them you support their efforts to block a nomination from Trump's short list and to postpone any vote until after the elections. Ellen, at wbldems.blogspot.

WHEN is Enough Enough?. At wbldems.blogspot. Register, educate, , research , vote and encourage others to do the same, including 18 year-old youth! The youth may need to get absentee ballots if they will not be in MI then or in the crucial national election in November. We must exist to resist! We must have balanced, cooperative representatives n MI and in DC. Let's save our democracy! Hannah.

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