5 Minute Activism – Night Shift with Tony Trupiano


I was on with Tony Trupiano last night to discuss 5 Minute Activism. We include 5 Minute Activism at the end of every BFM Weekday Briefing. In this podcast we discuss, What is 5 Minute Activism? Why is 5 Minute Activism important? Some examples of 5 Minute Activism Avoiding overcommitment as an activist 5 Minute […]

What do I do now? Creating a personal legislative agenda


Note: This post was originally published on June 10, 2012, and discussed on air with Tony Trupiano on Monday July 9, 2012. In writing this post it occurs to me that I don’t know enough about my fellow bloggers, activists, progressives, etc. I mean, I know pretty much what we all stand for and where […]

Tony Trupiano returns to the air with Night Shift

That didn’t take long. To follow up on my previous post, here’s an email announcement from Tony: I am pleased to share with you that I will be returning to the airwaves on Monday, January 28, 2013 in a new time slot on a new station here in the Detroit market. The show is being […]

Is there a Night Shift with Tony Trupiano on the way?

I normally don’t blog rumors but this one is just too much fun to resist. I’m hearing that First Shift with Tony Trupiano will be coming back to Clear Channel sometime this month. The show will most likely be an evening show, rebranded as “Night Shift” and will feature many of the same guests with […]

Pepper spray politics: one woman’s story of being maced in the face

The following comes from an activist who was standing near Mark Schauer when they were pepper sprayed by the Michigan State Police. She is a retired teacher and she attended the rally as part of a group event from her home town. I was in the group of people, including former Sen. Mark Schauer, that […]

Update on the Blue Tiger Bloggers

I wanted to give you a brief update on the progressive blogger caucus, now known as the Blue Tiger Bloggers. We held a Google hangout Thursday night for a little over an hour; we had about a half-dozen people in there. We discussed the goals of the caucus, some organizing tools, and how this would […]

GOTV and protect the vote on election day


I’m throwing this together last minute, but I want to get it out there as a reference for our volunteers. The first point that I’d like to make is that if you cannot vote, for whatever reason, you can still help out. Voting is obviously important, but if you legitimately cannot vote for whatever reason, […]

Strike a blow against intolerance


Yesterday I suggested that Troy, Michigan’s mayor Janice Daniels was the Worst Mayor in the World. Today I need your help removing this intolerant, ignorant and incompetent mayor from office. She told high school kids of a Gay Straight Alliance club that being gay was a “dangerous lifestyle”. She posted on facebook, “I think I […]

Notes from the MDP progressive blogger caucus

We had a great time yesterday at the MDP Progressive Blogger Caucus meeting. Thank you Mark Brewer & staff for putting us on the agenda and getting us a room. The caucus turnout was about what I expected; we had between 20 – 30 people there most of the time, with many people coming & […]

Easy activism: Making a difference when you’re life is nuts


I’ll be discussing this topic on The Ed Show with Tony Trupiano at about 12.20 today This post was originally published on June 24 2012 “Yeah, I wish I could help you, but my life is nuts right now.” Unless you’re one of those crazy (but lovable!) people who can’t say no, you’ve probably said […]

Voter ID Laws Are An Attack on Democracy


[youtube]http://youtu.be/gBT7T1YYgb8[/youtube] On May 22, 2012, the Michigan House Redistricting and Elections Committee voted to approve Senate bills 751, 754 and 803, which would make it harder for people to vote. The proposed laws would require registered voters to provide two forms of identification (or birth certificate) when hitting the ballot box. It would also create […]

Getting started in political blogging

I’m going to be on with Tony later this morning to discuss political blogging. I thought I’d start at the very beginning. What is political blogging, and is it for you? To keep things simple, let’s define political blogging as the act of writing articles about civic affairs. These articles could be editorials designed to […]