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Social and Political Activism - Week of February 12, 2018

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February 2018
 7 p.m. 

"Dignity v Rights: Exploring the Practical Effects of Constitutional Principles in US and German Prisons": Michigan Friends Center.

  community member   < less heron

This presentation addresses "how we do prisons" in the US and Germany and the Constitutional backdrop that informs practices, architecture, and policy-what we very generally would call "prison conditions." As the nation with the highest incarceration rate in the world the US is "exceptional" in its use and abuse of incarceration as punishment. Michigan incarcerates more than 58,000 individuals, only 10,000 fewer than the entire country of Germany (68,000 in a population of 80 million). What accounts for this difference historically? What can we learn from it as we seek to change our practices?
Conversation about how and why we use prisons to punish and what advocacy/resistance strategies and state-based reforms are in motion in the current moment.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea. Donations welcome.. 734.475.1892. http// [map]



February 2018
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Meet the Candidate": Jeff Irwin for State Senate.

  community member   < less Jeff Irwin for State Senate

Come have a cup of coffee with Jeff and share what you'd like to see from your next State Senator!
RoosRoast Coffee, 1155 Rosewood St b, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. $0. 7348347152. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Coffee With Anuja": Anuja Rajendra For State Senate.

  community member   < less

Meet a candidate running for state senate in district 18! Share your thought and concerns for the district as well as ask any questions you might have.
Biggby Coffee in Ypsilanti, 1510 Washtenaw Avenue, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Coffee with Michelle Deatrick, State Senate Candidate: Friends of Michelle Deatrick.

  community member   < less Michelle Deatrick

Have some coffee and share your thoughts on how we can improve our community and state! I'm running for Michigan State Senate because I believe that working together, we can achieve a bold progressive vision for our state: clean air and water, great public schools that our children love, an economy that works for everyone, big money out of politics, and a single-payer healthcare system.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and concerns, and I hope to earn your vote in the August 7th primary. Coffee is on me!
Biggby Coffee: Ypsilanti, 1510 Washtenaw Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-707-8486. [map]

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