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Progress Michigan: Kevyn Orr Shouldn’t Give Pay Raises While Residents Go Without Water

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July 8, 2014
Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574sam@progressmichigan.org
Progress Michigan: Kevyn Orr Shouldn’t Give Pay Raises While Residents Go Without Water
Detroit’s emergency manager gives pay raises to politicians, non-union officials

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Onward for Progress

As a young woman, Michigan has recently been a disheartening place to call home.
A few months ago, we watched the conservative Michigan legislature deny women basic health care rights – forcing us to buy an abortion insurance rider, equating it to car insurance.
That so-called rider does not exist.

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ACLU, Insane Clown Posse Appeal Judge’s Decision to Dismiss Juggalos’ Case Against the FBI


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Along with Insane Clown Posse, we're appealing a federal judge’s order dismissing the Juggalos’ case against the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Back in January, we filed the lawsuit on behalf of Juggalos (fans of ICP) after the U.S. government arbitrarily classified the entire fan base as a “hybrid” criminal gang.

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Get registered!

I’ll keep this short: Today is the deadline to register to vote for the August primary.
Once upon a time, Mark Twain famously said, “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.”
I vote Mark Twain is wrong (in this instance.) Sorry, Mark. In reality, voting is one of our most fundamental freedoms and if we want a say in how our state is run then voting is the best way to get it.
Not sure if you’re registered to vote? You can find out here.

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The Week in Progress

It’s been a short workweek, but a hell of a lot has happened.
SCOTUS, maggots, and more SCOTUS! Happy 4th, everyone!

This Week in PM Blogging:
Liberty and Justice for Some
Religious liberty now means having your boss’s beliefs shoved down your throat, thanks to the Supreme Court. But those religious values only apply when you’re talking about providing basic health coverage for women.

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Hope is a dangerous thing

When maggots were found in a food preparation area in a Michigan prison, Governor Rick Snyder told reporters: “The most recent problems are not acceptable.”
He was talking about Aramark, the private, out-of-state corporation he awarded a $145 million, 3-year contract to run our state’s prison food services last year.

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Michigan United: Youth Civic Engagement Coordinator

Organization Background:
Michigan United is a statewide coalition of faith, labor, civil rights, business, and social service organizations working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing. We are currently engaged in campaigns to:

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The Fault in our Court

Imagine if the United States Supreme Court ruled that certain people were “partial” employees, therefore not entitled to the full menu of worker rights, and then on the same day ruled that corporations – you know pieces of paper – had religious views that could be used to deny medical care to human beings that worked for them. Sounds far-fetched, right? There’s no way a court would give corporations more rights than people, right?
Wrong. Yesterday, the Supreme Court made two rulings that have me shaking my head.
“Partial Public Employees”

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Three Ways You'd Be Better Off as a Business

Jonathan Moore, ACLU of Michigan Communications Intern

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Today in “Companies Are Just Like Us” news, the Supreme Court has decided that Hobby Lobby, a for-profit chain of crafts stores that wants to discriminate on the basis of religion and not provide female employees access to contraceptives, is indeed exempt from following federal law!

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Good Workplace Practices Lead to a Vibrant Economy

As state legislatures across the country wrap up their deliberative sessions it’s a good time to review what they accomplished on behalf of working families and small businesses. From Minnesota to Hawaii, states considered and passed minimum wage increases. States also looked at providing seniors with a more secure retirement and low-income workers with the safety of paid leave for illness or family care. These policies represent our vision for the economy, one that is pro-worker and pro-business and makes our workplaces healthier, drives more customers to local businesses, secures a future of prosperity for workers of all ages, and grows our country’s economy.