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February: It's A Short Month -- Take Action NOW!

By Nan Melke - Posted on 22 February 2011

As part of it's commitment to Coalition Building, the Justice Caucus urges members and friends to take action in support of Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Workers and Alternative Energy. 

Since we can all use help with messaging, there's help from George Lakoff.


Public Broadcasting

Do You Have Five Minutes?
That's all it takes to save the public broadcasting programming you love. Congress is considering several bills that would severely cut or even eliminate funding for public broadcasting.

Take action here to tell Congress that public radio and television are too important to cut!

The Audience: 170 Million Americans (each month)
381 Television Stations
889 Radio Stations

Need more information?


Wisconsin Workers

From: Salters, Iris (President, Michigan Education Association)

It pains me that I have to come to you with bad news so early in the day.  Our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin need our help!
This week in Wisconsin, the rights of thousands of public workers are at risk.  And your rights could be next on the chopping block!
Wisconsin’s new Republican governor is trying to ram a bill through his Republican Legislature attacking public employees and working families, eliminating collective bargaining and the ability of unions to advocate for the middle class. Guised as a budget solution, it’s nothing more than yet another political attack on working families and the unions that represent them.
MEA has sent assistance to our union brothers and sisters in Wisconsin to help fight this attack. But we need your help as well!
Log on to the Wisconsin Education Association Council’s website or WEAC’s Facebook page to learn what’s happening and post messages of support.  Urge your members to do the same – forward this message to their home emails.
These difficult times won’t end at Wisconsin’s borders – attacks on Michigan public workers are probably on the way.  Please stay informed and help your colleagues in Wisconsin in their time of need.
-- Iris K. Salters – MEA President
Alternative Energy


HFCC Alternative Energy Summit Hits Campus Feb. 25!

Date:  1/20/2011 - 2/25/2011
Time:   8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location:  Andrew A. Mazzara Administrative Services & Conference Center

The HFCC Alternative Energy Summit, titled 'Green Entrepreneurship,' will take place on campus Friday, Feb. 25, 2011. Join us to learn from industry experts about how to create a start-up company in the emerging green economy. In this high growth sector, green entrepreneurship will be a leading source of jobs and economic growth. Learn about this opportunity and much more at the Summit.

Keynote speakers include Scott Minos of the U.S. Dept. of Energy; Chuck Conlen of DTE; and Matt Roush of WWJ News Radio. Breakout sessions include

    * Create a Green Start Up Company;
    * Get Energy Efficiency in your Business or Home;
    * Electric Cars--What's the Technology?
    * Go Green in Your Business; and
    * Cities Go Green--Learn how.

Attendees can also visit the hands-on business expo and take a ride in a hybrid car.
This event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. A limited number of vendor tables are available. For more information, call 313.317.1550 or 313.845.9798.


Messaging, from George Lakoff (via

George Lakoff | What Conservatives Really Want

George Lakoff, Truthout: "Conservatives really want to change the basis of American life, to make America run according to the conservative moral worldview in all areas of life... What is saddest of all is to see Democrats helping them. Democrats help radical conservatives by accepting the deficit frame and arguing about what to cut...

Democrats help conservatives by not shouting out loud over and over that it was conservative values that caused the global economic collapse: lack of regulation and a greed-is-good ethic... Democrats help 'conservatives when they use conservative words like 'entitlements' instead of 'earnings' and speak of government as providing 'services' instead of 'necessities'... Is there hope? I see it in Wisconsin, where tens of thousands citizens see through the conservative frames and are willing to flood the streets of their capital to stand up for their rights."

Read the Article.