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This is what democracy looks like

Protesters march around the capitol.

Protesters march around the capitol.

 

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My favorite poster that I saw all day long.

My favorite poster that I saw all day long.

 

Protesters getting ready to march on the capitol from across the river around 9 am.

Protesters getting ready to march on the capitol from across the river around 9 am.

 

After 9 am, the eastern steps of the capitol building suddenly became a very crowded place.

After 9 am, the eastern steps of the capitol building suddenly became a very crowded place.

 

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The rat king coming home to his castle.

The rat king coming home to his castle.

 

Incident police HQ

Chants could still be heard blocks away from the capitol building.

 

I wish that the 27 had been in Celsius.

I wish that the 27 had been in Celsius.

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Happy Monday, Michigan

MONDAY DEC 10 SOLIDARITY

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10/12/2012 · 05:05

SOS Michigan Pt. 2

12 hours later, my day’s not done as much as I’d like it to be.

I’ve arrived in the state capital of Pennsylvania after a much needed recharge with my neighborhood team from Obama for America.

If there’s ever a time we’ve needed organizing, it’s now.

Tomorrow: Another state capital. On to the mighty Wolverine State where I will be joining protests TUESDAY MORNING at 9.30 against “Right to Work” legislation that Michigan Republicans are sneaking through during the lame-duck session.

Term papers be damned!!! This is our state’s future.

I encourage you to be there with me at the capital, rallying for our great tradition of supporting workers’ rights.

If you can’t be there, I encourage you to SPREAD THE WORD.

I’ve started a petition on change.org – and there’s another petition on Democracy for America. Sign one, sign two, start a third.

Finally, here’s a video of Rep. Brandon Dillon of Grand Rapids speaking out against union-busting. You’ll have to watch it and tell me how it is, the internet at my Motel 6 is too slow to watch it besides in tiny 5 second bursts.

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Vagina

For the backstory, check out this helpful article from MLive.

The best part is Ari Adler, spokesperson for House Speaker Jase Bolger, getting quoted at the end of the article:

“Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas has informed Minority Floor Leader (Kate) Segal that Reps. Brown and Byrum will not be recognized to speak on the House floor today after being gaveled down for their comments and actions yesterday that failed to maintain the decorum of the House of Representatives.

Adler said that under Stamas’ floor leadership, “the House Republicans have allowed more debate on the House floor than ever seen in the past few sessions when House Democrats were in charge. House Republicans often go beyond simply allowing debate by welcoming open and passionate discussion of the issues before this chamber. The only way we can continue doing so, however, is to ensure that the proper level of maturity and civility are maintained on the House floor.”

And here’s what Representative Brown actually said.

So let me echo Representative Brown in questioning this move on the part of Mr. Stamas. Where is the offense? Where is the breach in decorum?Using a medically correct term for female genitals? In expressing her dismay that Christian colleagues are trying to force their religious views on her while she refuses to force her religious views on them?

This is what our democracy has become in Michigan: the rich deciding the fate of the poor, debates over font-size on certified petitions, men deciding what to do with women’s vaginas.

In the words of my favorite bumper sticker: Don’t worry. Keep ignoring your rights. They’ll go away.

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