Saturday, January 14, 2017

Gubernatorial candidate to headline rally for progressive groups on Jan. 21
    Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, a candidate for the party’s 2018 nomination for governor, will headline a rally planned by area progressive groups on this Saturday, Jan. 21. The gathering begins at 10 a.m. at the Brighton Mill Pond gazebo in downtown Brighton.
     Livingston County Democrats said that the rally “is in support of protecting and expanding on the progress of the last eight years rather than rolling back the clock,” adding that “It is timed to coincide with events being held around the state and in Washington, D.C., the day after the inauguration of the new president, and represents an alternative for people who can’t afford the expense and time associated with traveling to the capital.”
   “We want to let progressives in Livingston County know that there is something they can do right here to protect the progress made under President Obama and to fight to expand in the years ahead,” said Dan Luria, vice chair for strategy for the Livingston County Democratic Party and the coordinator of the rally.
   “We not only won’t accept rolling back progress on health care, workers’ rights, responding to climate change, and women’s and LGBTQ rights, but we will be fighting to expand progressive programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.”
   The Rev. Deon Johnson, pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, will give the invocation.
    Whitmer, who served in the Michigan Legislature as a representative and then as a senator and more recently as the interim prosecuting attorney for Ingham County, recently announced her candidacy. 

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