EVENTS:

Ballot Initiative Public Forum. Here's your chance to learn about four ballot proposals that address economic fairness, racial/gender equality and political democracy. Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT. St Paul United Church of Christ. 31654 Mound Rd, Warren, Michigan 48092. RSVP here

Families Belong Together National Protest, June 30th.

Monday, July 2nd: Democratic Gubernatorial Forum! Sponsored by the 14th District Democrats, 13th District Democrats, Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus, and the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit. Democratic Candidates for Governor Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar, and Gretchen Whitmer are all confirmed to attend 6:00 p.m. At Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, 48235. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, July 9th. Last Day to Register to Vote in Primary

Saturday, July 14th: 14th District Democrats Monthly Meeting.

MDP Summer BBQ 2018. Join Chef Bob Greig with Wanda Hammoud, Hedieh Briggs and Kelly Hall for the 3rd Annual MDP Summer BBQ. Sunday, July 15th 1:00-3:00 PM Kensington Park Playfield West - H (4570 Huron River Pkwy, Milford, MI 48380) We will be serving Beef Kabobs, Chicken Kabobs, Cheeseburgers, Veggie Burgers and other great food. Purchase tickets here.

WBLDEMS Annual Picnic - Drake Sports Park Sunday July 22nd from noon to 3:00 PM.

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

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

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

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NEWS:

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

Gay rights, climate change could disappear from Mich. social studies. Potential changes to Michigan's school social studies standards are stirring controversy because they remove references to Roe v. Wade, gay rights and climate change while trimming references to the role of the NAACP. The revisions also eliminate the word "democratic" from the phrase "core democratic values." More at freep.com

An American editorial cartoonist has been fired for skewering Trump. He likely won't be the last. Full article here

Are we on 'The Road to Unfreedom'? Timothy Snyder offers a brief, potent and carefully documented history of Vladimir Putin's consolidation of power in Russia, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Trump was created by the Russians. He is supposed to be a successful billionaire businesssman, but he was actually a failed, bankrupt businessman until the Russians bailed him out. Trump talks like Putin: racist, anti-immigrant, homophobic, anti-semitic ,misosgynistic, constant lying, hatred of media ("fake news"), and love of fascist authoritarian regimes. More here.

Is the Global Economy Just a Giant Debt Scam? Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek finance minister, says capitalism is dead, democracy is crumbling and we're ruled by debt. He says: Democracy has been undermined by the "financialization" of both the economy and politics, capitalism collapsed in 2008, just as communism had collapsed in 1991 - the system we have now is something else, and the Greek bailout was a hoax that did nothing to help the Greek people - it moved money straight from the pockets of European taxpayers to the coffers of the big banks. More here

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I must admit that I was stunned by the reception Trump received from the press when he returned from his surrender trip. He gave the North Korean dictator everything: not just everything he asked for, but everything we had given our allies to defend themselves against this ruthless dictator. And he required none of the built-in requirements of the Iran Pact! Al. More at wbldems.blogspot

Click to see the 20 page letter that Chump's attorneys sent to Mueller. The attachment also has commentaries by the NYT writers. I think the letter is extraordinary for many reasons. As an alternative to reading the letter, you can read my take. Richard's take at wbldems.blogspot.

I feel that Trump's destruction of the Iran Nuclear Agreement will have many disastrous impacts. I feel that him doing so will increase the chances of a long and destructive war between Iran and its allies and the US and its allies tremendously. One side's or the other's resort to nuclear weapons is not beyond the realm of possibility. Further, with advisors like John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, and other war hawks and yes men advising Trump, and with Trump looking for a war to divert attention from his domestic troubles, the chances of war go way up. Howard

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