Jun 23

Invoicing Project

invitation to contribute to the invoicing project

Open Project Document

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Jun 04

Volunteering Makes You Feel Good

St Patty's parade 2015
We need your help reaching out to voters at local festivals and parades. Just a small amount of your time can make a huge difference and it’s a lot of fun!! To volunteer at any one of these events contact Marilynn Springman.
Rock The Block
Saturday, June 11th, 11am – 6pm at Madison SE near Hall, Grand Rapids, 49507.
Grand Rapids PRIDE
Saturday, June 18th, 11:30am – 6pm, located at the Calder Plaza located on Ottawa Ave between Michigan and Lyon NW,  Grand Rapids, 49503.

Hollyhock Parade

July 4, 8am, staging at Alexander SE and Calvin SE in Grand Rapids, 49506.

Kentwood Parade
July 4, 9:30am, staging at Kentwood Community Church, 1200 60th St, SE, Kentwood, 49508.

East Grand Rapids Parade
July 4, 11am, staging at Sherman and Wealthy SE, East Grand Rapids, 49506.
Saturdays, 9am-3pm, located at the Disabled American Veterans, 4800 Eastern SE, Grand Rapids, 49508.

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Jun 04

Garden Party Fundraiser for Kent County Commission Candidate Phil Skaggs

Phil Skaggs launch
Join candidate Phil Skaggs for a Garden Party at a fundraiser to support his campaign and to support a winning majority of Democrats on the Kent County Commission. The event will be held Thursday, June 23rd 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, at the home of Janice Yates, located at 2622 Hall Street, East Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Phil is running for Kenty County District 19, covering East Grand Rapids and Southeastern Grand Rapids. Suggested donations are $50 for an individual, $75 per couple with sponsorships available. For more information, contact Phil at philskaggsmi@gmail.com to RSVP or to sponsor. Check out his website here.

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Jun 04

Kent Dems Meeting Wednesday, June 2

Chris Reader
Chris Reader for Kent County Clerk will be talking about the issues like voter suppression and local elections. He will be challenging House Republican Lisa Posthumous-Lyons who spearheaded the fight to eliminate straight-ticket voting in the state of Michigan. Kent County Commission candidate Betsy Melton of district 13 will also be talking about the issues in Kentwood and what you can do to get involved in helping our candidates win. We are still collecting donations for the Grand Rapids Veteran’s home. Join us this Wednesday, June 8, beginning at 7pm at the American Postal Workers Union at 2554 Burlingame Ave S.W., Wyoming MI, 49509.

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May 08

State Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo Stands Up for Detroit Public Schools

gay dagnogo (1)Early Thursday morning the state house narrowly passed a $500 million relief package for Detroit Public Schools, but stripped meaningful provisions that were included in the Senate bill, which was a bipartisan deal to help DPS through meaningful reforms. Lawmakers had agreed to the creation of a Detroit Education Commission which would oversee the opening and closing of all public schools in Detroit — traditional and charter. The commission also had support from Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. However, House Republicans instead opted to expand state control, punish teachers and under-fund financial assistance to repair the financial damage the state emergency managers caused.

We have learned that the debt of Detroit Public Schools is in excess of $800 million, and it is imperative, that an audit be conducted of DPS from 1999 through the present to find out exactly what happened. As we have already seen in Flint, having a single person in charge of all major decisions being made in a city or a district, with the sole directive of cutting costs, spells disaster for the people they’re supposed to be serving. Those ill effects are compounded by how much time emergency managers have been in control of DPS with no checks and balances.
We’ve seen time and time again their refusal to build relationships with local stakeholders or school board members, to listen when our teachers and our administrators.

The fear and anger of our teachers is rising, and it will only grow exponentially until something is done about the crisis facing the Detroit Public Schools. There are too many problems that need fixing and questions that need answers which an audit will help to determine the best path forward when it comes to funding as well as ensure there are no gaps in pay or instruction.

The cost to bring DPS buildings up to code would exceed the $715 million dollars currently touted in the senate bill package. Our kids were already condemned to learn in substandard environments, and now we see that those environments are truly, physically unsafe. If that is not proof that we need to seriously rethink the emergency manager act, I don’t know what else could be. Emergency Manager Darnell Earley had a role in both the Flint water crisis and the crisis now in DPS. I’ve introduced House Bill 5253 to amend PA 436 (Emergency Manager Rule) for this very reason, to ensure we halt the mounting effects of disasters created under Gov. Rick Snyder’s watch.


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Apr 11

10 Reasons Not to Vote for Trump

Godfather Trump

Story By Lena Peak


We don’t need to work very hard to come up with reasons to not vote for Donald Trump, we highlight just a few below, and this list certainly isn’t exhaustive:

  1. He’s hypocritical about everything – Trump has admitted to being good friends with the Clinton family, yet now he slews vulgar attacks at Hillary just like the other GOP candidates. In a 1999 interview with Meet The Press, Trump stated, “I am very pro-choice” – which is completely contradictory to his most recent statements that women who have abortions should be punished. Seems like Don is flip flopping on a lot of issues in order to deceive his Republican base.
  2. Drumpf to Trump. The oh-so-powerful Trump dynasty once had a less memorable surname – Drumpf. Drumpf for President just doesn’t have the same ring to it, especially when he’s talking about himself.
  3. Trump University – As if Trump needed another thing named after him, he created his own “university” that claimed to make people rich and successful like himself through education with prestigious real estate mentors. Turns out the whole thing was a complete scam, teaching people little to nothing and robbing them of their money. When all was said and done in 2010 after the “university” failed, nearly $40 million was scammed from these impressionable students
  4. He talks in 3rd person – The narcissism of having your name on everything including buildings, clothing, scamming universities, and even steaks – yes steaks – is one thing, but talking in third person is a whole new level of crazy. The only time anyone should be able to get away with talking in third person is if they star in Sesame Street and their name is “Elmo”.article
  1. He doesn’t really “tell it like it is”- Many Trump fans claim to like Trump because he “tells it like it is”. If this is the case, “telling it like it is”  means being blatantly racist, bigoted, and spewing false information. PolitiFact has reviewed 117 statements made by Trump and found a whopping 77% of them to be either mostly false, false, or pants on fire. Only a mere 3% of Trump’s statements were completely true.
  1. The Donald hates women- Donald Trump has had a bad history of misogyny. he once tweeted “26,000 unreported sexual assults [yes he misspelled assaults] in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” Trump has also made offensive statements about numerous women, including Rosie O’Donnell, Megyn Kelly, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz’s wife, and more. I imagine if he were here to defend himself he would say something along the lines of, “I don’t hate women. I know women. Women love me. I’ve had three wives, I don’t hate women”. Speaking of Trump’s three wives – so much for those republican “family values”, right?
  2. He’s got the worst comb over of all time- It’s hard to take a man seriously with hair like that. Seriously.
  3. He said he’d date his daughter- Direct quote from a 2006 interview with The View: “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her”. Just ew.


  1. The Wall- Trump wants a wall and he wants Mexico to pay for it, to which former Mexican President Vicente Fox responded, “I’m not going to pay for that f—ing wall.” Last Week Tonight’s host, John Oliver, breaks down just how absurd the notion of building a wall across the US-Mexican border really is.
  2. He normalizes hate- All jokes aside, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign shouldn’t be taken lightly. Trump’s rhetoric normalizes hate and incites violence. Sadly, an alarming population of our country shares aligning views. As members of the Democratic Party, we must denounce these ideologies and continue striving for a tolerant union.

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Apr 04

Get Your Tickets Now!


Join us at our annual Spring Gala on Friday, April 22. This year we will have special guests Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Gretchen Whitmer, Rep. Winnie Brinks, and Lupe Ramos-Montigny. Tickets 75.00 per person, available until April 15th. The event will be held at the GVSU Banquet Room Eberhard Center, 301 Fulton W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Cocktails at 6:00PM, Dinner at 7:00PM, the program begins at 7:30PM. We hope to see you there!
Please mail checks no later than Friday, April 8th, payable to Kent County Democratic Party at 2922 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.


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Mar 12

Rep. David LaGrand’s Swearing-In Ceremony

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Mar 11

2016 Post Primary Volunteer Round-Up with Brandon Dillon

Brandon Dillon

Michigan Democratic Party Chair, Brandon Dillon. Photo courtesy of Electablog.

It’s time for the Post-Primary Volunteer Round-Up!

Whether you’re for Hillary or for Bernie, we’ve all worked hard to support our candidates in the primary. Now is the time to rally together! Join us Tuesday, March 15th from 6-8pm at the American Postal Workers Union in Wyoming. We are currently building an army to support Democrats up and down the ticket. Democrats are fired-up, organized, and gearing up to win 2016!

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon will be on hand to talk about what’s at stake for the next election and how important it is to volunteer. We need your help to make a 2016 Democratic victory a reality.


-becoming a precinct captain or a delegate
-mobilizing voters
-running for office
-fundraising and more
-internship opportunities


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Mar 07

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Contrary to popular belief, women have been involved in politics since the beginning of the republic, continuously shaping public policies that impact not just themselves, but also the entire nation. The once rebellious acts of women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul gave women a voice in policy decisions. After 72 years of campaigning, beating, and arrests, women finally won the right to vote in 1920. It’s easy for young women to take the right to vote for granted, but what they don’t know is unmarried women are now crucial to deciding elections.


“If all unregistered 22.4 million unmarried women register and show up to vote, they could literally determine the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.”

Women in Office

While women are making strides in public policy, in the Michigan legislature, women make up only 20.3%. Grand Rapids’ very own Winnie Brinks contributes to part of that 20.3%. Brinks has followed in the footsteps of these notable women in history by being a progressive voice in West Michigan for women and family rights. Her platform and accomplishments include investing in education, fighting for women’s access to health

Candace Chivis

Kent County Commissioner Candace Chivis

care, bringing tax relief to Michigan families, and protecting domestic violence victims.

Women of color are particularly underrepresented in government. On local level, Kent County Commissioner Candace Chivis was the first African-American woman elected to the Kent County Commission was elected to District 17 in 2010. Since then she has served on the Veterans Subcommittee and Agricultural Board.

“Not all parts of Kent County are diverse.  It’s important that women and particularly minorities participate in government,” said Candace. “I’m also the first single mother to serve on the board. Without my voice, the other commissioners wouldn’t know how it is in my district. I’ve actually used county services like WIC and Friend of the Court, this experience is vital to making policy decisions that impact my constituency.”


First Woman President
Bold women throughout history have paved the way for our current and future female political leaders. We again witness history as Hillary Clinton may very well be the first woman president of the United States. Whether or not she has your vote for the presidential primary, her accomplishments should not go unnoticed. Hillary used her public image as First Lady to push for progressive policies and eventually created a political identity of her own independent of her husband.

As first lady, she helped create the Child Health Insurance Program that provides health coverage to more than 8 million children. Later as a New York senator, Hillary fought to rebuild New York City after 9/11 and provide first responders necessary health care. In her role as Secretary of State, Hillary negotiated a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in June of 2008.

When Hillary ran for president back in 2008 she stated, “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it, and the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time.” 

Perhaps 2016 will mark another milestone as the year we elect the first woman president and break that hardest glass ceiling once and for all. While the fight for equality is far from over, the progress women have made is nothing short of amazing. These astounding historical and contemporary women have built a foundation that will allow future generations of young women to stand firm and fight for progressive values.




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