Please join the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club at our next meeting, on Thursday, May 19th at 7:00pm at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road off of Telegraph.
Our guest speaker this month will be Marie Donigan, Transit Projects Coordinator for the Harriet Tubman Center:
The next meeting of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club will be on Thursday, March 10th at 7:00pm. We'll be meeting at the Baldwin Public Library located at 300 W. Merrill St. in Brimingham.
Our guest speaker will be Barbara McCallahan, Senator Stabenow’s Director of Community Affairs.
Issues being discussed by the Michigan State Legislature will be reviewed by Representative Jeremy Moss when he speaks at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 13 to the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Party. The meeting will be at Groves High School in Beverly Hills.
Moss is the 35th Michigan House Representative for Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin and Southfield. He will discuss his efforts toward nonpartisan redistricting and expanding the Freedom of Information Act to include the Michgan legislature and the governor’s office. He also will discuss the 2016 election and the Blueprint for state families.
Representative Moss sponsored House Bill 4800 and co-sponsored a house resolution to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission to set political boundaries. "In many Michigan districts," Moss says, "boundaries have been carefully drawn to advantage incumbents."
He tells voters, "You deserve fair and competitive elections. Polls have shown that most voters want politics taken out of the redistricting process." He advocates a Blueprint for Michigan’s Families, which targets the rising costs of raising a family and paying for college.
Further information is available by phoning Matthew Lund, president of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club at 248-359-7300, or through the club’s website, www.bbdems.org. Lund invites the attendance of community residents interested in current issues.
Are There Positive Aspects of a Contested Primary: Will It Excite Us and Help Activate Our Base to Win in 2016?
- Birmingham Baldwin Library in downtown Birmingham
- 300 West Merrill Street
- Lower Level meeting room
- Free parking for the first two hours at any of the parking decks including Chester Street/Martin Street diagonally across from the library.
Senator Bernie Sanders is surging in popularity. He is attracting large crowds for his rallies across the country. His southeast Michigan meetings are packed with people of all ages including young people. Is Hillary Clinton helped or hurt by having another contender in the race? Could another Democrat also enter the primary season – and what affect would this have? Does it help or hurt our chances to win in November? Are any of Hillary Clinton’s possible rivals capable of building the necessary coalitions?
Join Professor Mike Whitty for a discussion about the run-up to the 2016 Democratic nomination.
- Can you meet for dinner or drinks first at Toast on Pierce at 5:30 p.m.? Let us know and we will reserve the right size table. Alternately, join us afterwards at Dick O’Dowd’s on Maple, in the spirit of deepening friendships and inviting newcomers to our events, leveraging our terrific location, edutainment, making politics fun.
The November meeting will be held at the Bloomfield Township Library, 7 p.m. November 11.
The Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club
is proud to join the Troy Democratic Club and other organizations
to sponsor a FREE screening of the film
"Inequality for All" by Robert Reich
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Seating is limited - RSVP HERE to ensure your seat
Troy Democratic Club thanks its co-sponsors
Arab American Democrats
Bangladeshi American Democratic Caucus
Birmingham Bloomfield Democratic Club
Michigan Indo-American Democratic Caucus
Oakland County Democratic Party
Pakistani American Caucus
The status of women in local, state and national politics will be discussed by five politically active women before the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. The club meets at the Baldwin Library in Birmingham.
Meeting chair Christine Jensen will introduce five experts on the subject. They are Rashida Tlaib, organizer of the Take on Hate campaign; former State Representative Dian Slavens of Canton; Barb Fuller of MI List; Shannon Salk, finance director for women candidates, and Sommer Foster of Equality Michigan.
Further information is available by phoning Matthew Lund, president of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club, at 249-359-7300, or through the club’s website at www.BBDems.org. Lund invites the attendance of community residents interested in current issues.
The Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club joins with West Bloomfield Democratic Club members to hear a well-known leader of the party speak Wednesday, February 18th in West Bloomfield. Chris Savage, chair of the Washtenaw County Democrats, will discuss Michigan's political climate and his blog, Eclectablog.com.
The clubs hold their joint meeting at The Corners, 2075 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, at 7 p.m.
Chris Savage has been featured in The Nation and New York Times magazines, as well as on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC. His talk will discuss Democratic activities while the GOP is in control.
Charles Gaba of Bloomfield Hills, enrollment expert for the Affordable Care Act, will discuss progress in the act's second year. Jill Farber Bramson of the West Bloomfield club, will offer information about the film, “She's Beautiful When She's Angry”, to be shown March 8th at The Maple Theatre.
Information about the meeting is available by contacting Linda Samelson of the West Bloomfield Club, firstname.lastname@example.org or Birmingham-Bloomfield Club President Matthew Lund at 248-359-7300 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, January 21st, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club will be holding a joint meeting with the West Bloomfield Democrats!
The dean of Wayne State University's School of Law, Jocelyn Benson, will discuss election issues Wednesday, January 21, before a joint meeting of two Oakland County Democratic Clubs.
Benson speaks at 7 p.m. at The Corners, 2075 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield to the West Bloomfield Democratic Club and the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club. The group will gather for refreshments at 6:45 p.m.
Dean Benson will discuss improving our election process, and the 2014 mid-term elections.
Further information is available by phoning Matthew Lund, president of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club at 249-359-7300, or through the club's website.
The West Bloomfield Dems will be collecting rolls of toilet paper each meeting to donate to the Lighthouse of Oakland County. The average American family uses several rolls of toilet paper a month whereas struggling families are often limited to two for the entire month. It is encouraged for you to bring in a roll- or several- to donate.
Date: Wednesday, January 21 @ 7:00PM (light refreshments served beforehand)
Location: The Corners, located at 2075 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield 48323
Guest Speakers: Jocelyn Benson, Dean of Wayne State University School of Law
A Bit on Our Speaker: Dean Jocelyn Benson was the Democratic nominee for Michigan Secretary of State in 2010. She waged a considerably skillful campaign in a year that heavily favored republicans and- though losing- outperformed the party's gubernatorial and attorney general nominees. That same year, her book, "State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process" was published and became the first major book to address the role of the secretary of state in enforcing election and campaign finance laws.
Benson graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College where she founded the now-annual Women in American Political Activism Conference. She subsequently earned her Masters in Sociology at Magdalen College, Oxford. Before receiving her J.D. at Harvard University Law School- where she was general editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review- she lived in Montgomery, Alabama and worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Benson also co-founded the group, Military Spouses of Michigan. Formerly a member of the American Bar Association's Committee on Election Law, Benson developed and supervised three statewide nonpartisan election protection efforts in Michigan. She successfully blocked the unlawful closure of a secretary of state office in Buena Vista Township in 2007 and in 2008 she led an effort to block the use of foreclosure lists to challenge voter's eligibility on Election Day. Jocelyn is married to Sergeant Ryan Friedrichs of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. They reside in Detroit.
Be sure to join us at the Bloomfield Township Public Library at 1099 Lone Pine Rd. (just off of Telegraph Rd.) for our next meeting on on Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00pm.
Last month, nationally recognized ACA enrollment expert Charles Gaba gave an overview of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") exchanges and brought things up to date.
This month, Gaba will be explaining what to look for in Year Two: Dates, deadlines, rate changes, the potential impact of the Halbig/King SCOTUS cases and much more.
We have also confirmed attendance by the following 2014 candidates and are hoping to have some others on the list attend as well:
- Confirmed: MI-SD-13 candidate Cyndi Peltonen
- Confirmed: MI-HD-40 candidate Mary Belden
- Confirmed: WSU Board of Gov. candidate Hon. Marilyn Kelly
- Confirmed: MI-11 candidate Bobby McKenzie
- Confirmed: 13th Dist. Cty. Commissioner Marsha Gershenson
Be sure to join us at the Bloomfield Township Public Library at 1099 Lone Pine Rd. (just off of Telegraph Rd.) for our next meeting on on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:00pm.
This month, nationally recognized ACA enrollment expert (and, ahem, BB Dems board member) Charles Gaba will be giving an overview of the myths and reality of the first year of the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") healthcare exchanges: What happened, where things stand now and what to expect as the 2nd open enrollment period approachs.
We are also hoping to have some of the following candidates at this month's meeting:
- MI-09 Congressman Sandy Levin
- MI-11 candidate Bobby McKenzie
- MI Supreme Court candidate Richard Bernstein
- WSU Board of Governors candidate Hon. Marilyn Kelly
- MI-SD-12 candidate Paul Secrest
- MI-SD-13 candidate Cyndi Peltonen
- MI-HD-35 candidate Jeremy Moss
- MI-HD-40 candidate Mary Belden
- 12th District County Commissioner candidate Mike Lewis
- 13th District County Commissioner Marsha Gershenson