Archive for February, 2013

Inside Job film screening – Sun Feb 17th at 5pm – Mich Theater – sponsored by University Bank

Posted on: February 17th, 2013 by mhenry No Comments

Thanks to University Bank Ann Arbor Dems may receive free advance tickets, but pre-registration is required.  To register, email your name and address to  Tickets $10 adults, $8 students at the Michigan Theater box office one half-hour before the show.

Inside Job film screening sponsored by University Bank

Inside Job film screening sponsored by University Bank

Forward On Climate Rally in DC Sun., 2/17

Posted on: February 10th, 2013 by Erica Ackerman No Comments

The Sierra Club and are sponsoring the largest climate change rally in history in Washington, DC. A bus is available from Ann Arbor to and from the rally for $100.

When: February 17, 2013, Noon – 4:00 p.m. (please arrive by 11:30 a.m.)
Where: The National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Gather at the northeast corner of the Washington Monument
(Closest Metro subway stations: Federal Triangle and Smithsonian)

The goal of the rally is to move President Obama to take immediate action on climate. One of the most important decisions he can make is to reject the toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Another is to tell the EPA to set carbon standards for power plants. This rally will show the president how large the climate movement has grown, and how urgent this issue truly is.

President Obama must move America forward on climate in 2013 with decisive action to reduce dangerous carbon pollution. His legacy as the 44th President of the United States of America rests on his leadership in the face of an unstable and uncertain climate future. Only the President of the United States has the power to lead an effort on the scale and with the urgency needed to phase out fossil fuels and fire up both energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy sources.

For more information, see

Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Chair Mark Brewer and challenger Lon Johnson to visit Ann Arbor early in campaigns to lead Michigan Democrats – Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Posted on: February 8th, 2013 by mhenry No Comments


Ann Arbor Democratic Party

P.O. Box 7497, Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Phone:  734-531-7855



Contact:  Mike Henry, Chairman


Cell Phone:  313-559-5558


Eric Keller, Co-Vice Chair for Organization


Cell Phone:  734-686-7385








Join members of the Ann Arbor Democratic Party as they host MDP Chair Mark Brewer and challenger Lon Johnson at the Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 North Main Street on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon.


Other speakers will include: Congressman John D. Dingell; State of Michigan Board of Education President John Austin; former Michigan State AFL-CIO President and Candidate for 12th District Democratic Party Chair Mark Gaffney; and U-M Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute Director Dr. John Callewaert.


ANN ARBOR – February 7, 2013 – Ann Arbor Democrats will be among the first in Michigan to see MDP Chair Mark Brewer face off against challenger Lon Johnson.  Brewer has served as MDP Chair since 1995 and is considered one of the most experienced State Party Chairs in the nation.  Lon Johnson has been involved in political campaigns for over 20 years, ran for the Michigan House in 2012 nearly defeating a Republican in a tough district for Democrats, and is married to Obama 2012 Deputy Campaign Manager Julianna Smoot.  At the Ann Arbor Democratic Party meeting this Saturday, both candidates will present cases explaining why Ann Arbor Democrats should elect them as Chair at the MDP Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit February 22nd-23rd.


The Ann Arbor Democratic Party will meet at the Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 North Main Street on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon.  The Party will serve a light breakfast from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM while attendees network and mingle with guest speakers.  The meeting runs from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon.  All Ann Arbor Democratic Party meetings including the general membership meeting this Saturday, February 9th are free and open to the public.


Ann Arbor Democratic Party Chairman Mike Henry explains, “This is the first serious challenge to Mark Brewer’s leadership in about a decade.  I am eager to hear exactly why Lon Johnson thinks his leadership will strengthen us in Michigan.  And more importantly – exactly how he thinks he can mount and execute a statewide program better than Mark.”


On Tuesday, in a letter to party members, the entire Michigan Congressional Delegation backed Lon Johnson of Kalkaska to replace longtime Chairman Mark Brewer.


In a letter from his congressional committee, Congressman John Dingell wrote, “I am concerned that Michigan is a blue state that is increasingly becoming red in representation.  The future of too many things we care about are at stake.  Only with a diverse, vibrant and energized party can we hope to gain victories in 2014 and beyond.  I believe there is one candidate that can do just that:  Lon Johnson.”


In a matter of hours, after Lon Johnson’s announcement went out to party members, Mark Brewer sent a letter detailing his case for another term as MDP Chair.  On Wednesday, Brewer also sent a letter listing his endorsements.


Henry continues, “Ann Arbor residents won’t find a more open or robust forum in the city to engage leaders and elected officials regarding our future and the policies they advocate.  Every month we present a unique opportunity for citizens to have direct contact with decision makers and the people who influence them.”


This Saturday, the Ann Arbor Democratic Party will also host four (4) other key speakers:

1.  Congressman John Dingell will speak on a host of topics affecting Michigan and the nation;

2.  State of Michigan Board of Education President John Austin will address concerns about how Governor Rick Snyder is handling Michigan’s educational and budgetary challenges (Austin is rumored to be a likely challenger to Snyder in Michigan’s upcoming 2014 Gubernatorial race);

3.  U-M environmental sustainability expert Dr. John Callewaert will educate attendees on the effects of hydraulic fracturing in Washtenaw County;

4.  Former AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney will be in attendance to discuss the state of worker’s rights and collective bargaining in Michigan (Gaffney is also a candidate for Chair of the 12th District Democratic Party).


The Ann Arbor Democratic Party meetings regularly attract the Mayor, numerous City Council Members, Washtenaw County Commissioners, members of the State House and Senate, and other government leaders who wish to connect with engaged citizens.


For a complete calendar of Ann Arbor Democratic Party meetings and events visit


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Sat. 2/9: A Speaker on Fracking and Comments by Numerous Political Figures

Posted on: February 7th, 2013 by Erica Ackerman No Comments

The February general meeting will feature Dr. John Callewaert from the University of Michigan Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, who will be speaking on the subject of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”.

In addition, we will be addressed by:

  • Mark Brewer, MDP chair
  • Lon Johnson, candidate for MDP chair
  • John Austin, chair of Michigan State Board of Education
  • Mark Gafney, candidate for chair of 12th District Democratic Party

 All are welcome – membership is NOT required.

9:30 – 10:00 Meet and greet with refreshments
10:00 – 12:00 Meeting
Ann Arbor Community Center
625 N. Main


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