EVENTS:

The West Bloomfield School District Board of Education/Parent Communications Network Legislative Community Forum - "Meet Your New Legislators" is scheduled for Jan. 17 at West Bloomfield High School in the iCenter at 6:30 p.m. The format of the event will be a meet and greet, a short presentation on important legislative topics followed by a Q & A panel discussion between Board/PCN members and state legislators. One topic of particular interest that will be discussed is the "Michigan School Finance Collaborative" report. Legislators attending this event include: Rep. Brenda Carter (D) - 29th District, Rep Ryan Berman (R) - 39th District, Rep. Mari Manoogian (D) - 40th District, Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 15th District, Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D) 37th District.

United Precinct Delegates University: Extensive Preparation Course and Coaching. Saturday January 19, 2019, 9am - 4pm, UPD Dinner, 6pm - 8pm. 555 Horace Brown Drive Madison Heights, MI. Register here for both events.

Michigan Democratic Party State Convention Saturday, February 2nd Cobo Hall, Detroit. Convention agenda and details can be found here.

OCDP Meeting Tuesday, February 12th 2019 7:00pm. At the Plumbers Hall Located at 555 Horace Brown Dr. Madison Heights Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.

WBLDEMS MEETING. Tuesday, February 18th, 2019. refreshments 6:45. meeting begins at 7:00. NEW LOCATION: Mezza Grille. 4189 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323.

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NEWS:

LA Teachers Are Mad About Charter School Growth. Why Won't Democrats Acknowledge That? Negotiations collapsed last month over demands to reduce class size and hire more teachers, nurses, counselors, and librarians. But the teachers are also striking against school privatization. The union called for a moratorium on the opening of new charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately run. Los Angeles has 224 charter schools, more than any other city in the country. More here

Bipartisan Group of Senators Pushes Bill to Punish Boycotts of Israel Amid Shutdown. The legislation would give states and localities more legal authority to punish companies that participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The bill is co-sponsored by Gary Peters (Mich.)and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.). At commondreams.org.

American Jews and Israeli Jews Are Headed for a Messy Breakup. My rabbi in Washington, Daniel Zemel, quoted the Israeli Yaniv Sagee during Kol Nidre, the Yom Kippur evening service, this fall: "For the first time in my life, I feel a genuine threat to my life in Israel. This is not an external threat. It is an internal threat from nationalists and racists." More at nytimes.com.

Michigan's GOP Is Stripping Power From the State's Voters. A bill that would have eliminated the secretary of state's campaign finance oversight died in the state House. Outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would have curbed the attorney general's litigation authority. However HB 6595, signed by Snyder just before he left office, contains several provisions that make it harder to gather signatures that would qualify a proposal for the ballot. But most unsettling is a provision that says no more than 15 percent of the signatures collected can be from any single congressional district. More information here. Voters Not Politicians plans to circulate petitions to repeal this law if we get enough people willing to help. We need your reply by Sunday Jan 6, 2018 if you wish to be counted as a volunteer. Volunteer here.

Our country, our democracy, in mortal danger by Jack Lessenberry . I am frightened. Seriously frightened for our people, our nation, and yes, myself, in a way I never have been before. See lessenberryink.com or wbldems.blogspot.com

Progressive International: Yanis Varoufakis & Bernie Sanders Launch New Global Mvt Against Far Right. We are opposing simultaneously the two faces of authoritarianism. One of the two faces of authoritarianism is the liberal establishment, which is neither liberal nor particularly well established anymore, and they are trying to continue business as usual, like the Weimar Republic was doing in the 1920s. And the other face of the axis of authoritarianism, the fascists and the xenophobes. More here.

If you want to understand what's happening to our country, the book you really need to read is "How Democracies Die," by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. The classic example is Hungary, where Fidesz, the white nationalist governing party, has effectively taken over the bulk of the media; destroyed the independence of the judiciary; rigged voting to enfranchise supporters and disenfranchise opponents; gerrymandered electoral districts in its favor; and altered the rules so that a minority in the popular vote translates into a supermajority in the legislature. Does a lot of this sound familiar? It should. You see, Republicans have been adopting similar tactics. More here.

Watch the film the Israel lobby didn't want you to see. The film was made by Al Jazeera during 2016 and was completed in October 2017. It exposes the efforts of Israel and its lobbyists to spy on, smear and intimidate US citizens who support Palestinian human rights, especially BDS - the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. But it was censored after Qatar, the gas-rich Gulf emirate that funds Al Jazeera, came under intense Israel lobby pressure not to air the film. Watch film here

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Democrats are playing politics with the wall. 5.6 Billion is 1 thousandth of the government budget. If Trump wants his wall, we should scrap 11 F-35's (.5 Billion each), 1 new aircraft carrier (cost 13 Billion), stop military aid to Israel and Egypt (4.5 Billion), reduce ethanol tax credits (31 Billion), reduce oil industry subsidies (10 to 40 Billion), reduce farm subsidies (52 Billion), stop Afghanistan war (2018 cost 45 Billion). The government spends Billions on plenty of stupid things, why not the wall? Sheldon

I am very disturbed by the path that Netanyahu is leading Israelis and by the increasing support in Israel for Trump. Linda. See above at nytimes.com. 1/7/19

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