April 1, 2015

Detroit Activist Maureen Taylor’s message to those who think it’s only those people’s problem

Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor's message is succinct and  prescient There was a gem that many missed at Netroots Nation 2014. That gem was a well-received speech by Detroit activist Maureen Taylor. I recorded her on Thursday of the event, uploaded it to YouTube, and then went on to another panel. As I recorded I remember thinking that more people needed to be in that room. In her prose was a subtle message that every poor and middle class American needed to hear. I blogged about Maureen Taylor before. She is the brave woman that stood up to Hank Winchester, a reporter at Detroit Local 4 (WDIV-TV). Maureen Taylor was rightfully upset when in a segment on MSNBC they both appeared on, Hank Winchester made a rather insensitive statement. He said some of the Detroit residents would rather pay their cable bill than their water bill. Ms. Taylor understood the dog whistle clearly. If I had not seen Maureen Taylor on MSNBC, there is a good chance I would not have attended the panel because it was not advertised in a manner … [Read more...]

MCCLATCHY: Sen. Warren is tribune of left and its fondest White House wish

Elizabeth Warren

A few weeks ago I went to Netroots Nation 2014 and was interviewed by a McClatchy  reporter. Of course she chose the most simple statement I made and did not use any of the analysis I gave her on Elizabeth Warren v. Hillary Clinton. Sen. Warren is tribune of left and its fondest White House wish BY LESLEY CLARK, MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU DETROIT -- “Is this the line for the groupies?” Amanda Knief asked the question with a laugh, but liberal fervor for Sen. Elizabeth Warren runs deep, as evidenced by the fans who’d gathered some 90 minutes before the Massachusetts Democrat took the stage in Detroit recently at the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists. Volunteers with a group that’s hoping to convince Warren to launch a bid for the White House handed out “Warren for President” stickers and hats. As the senator signed copies of her latest book, “A Fighting Chance,” supporters pressed her to consider a run in 2016. Warren’s pugnacious battle against Wall Street titans and her … [Read more...]

Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit, a recommitment to the fight for a return to moral policies

Detroit Rally

Netroots Nation 2014 attendies protested in solidarity with Detroit residents I got to the hotel just before four o’clock. The excitement that is felt just before registration was palpable. I was ready. I am in Detroit. Flying over Detroit looked like any other city. I was hoping to fly over some of the blight that the traditional media made synonymous with Detroit. It felt like the flight ensured no one saw it. Was that by design? The week before, from my keyboard in Kingwood I got into an electronic altercation with a Detroit reporter. While watching MSNBC, Detroit reporter Hank Winchester and Detroit activist Maureen Taylor were being interviewed. It turns out the Detroit water department began shutting off the water of all those who are $150 behind in their water bill. They were shutting off the water of the poor, the unemployed, the disabled, and everyone in between at the rate of 3000 per month. Of course, corporation owing thousands were left alone. The reporter went on MSNBC with a huge … [Read more...]

These guys intend to cleanup and rebuild Detroit


Detroit's Blight Busters If one listens to the common wisdom on Detroit from the outside, one would believe the city is a lost cause. Being in Detroit with Netroots Nation 2014 told a completely different story.It was evident that that continuous spark necessary to rebuild the city is coming from within.  Maybe that is why no one much talks about the plight of Detroit except during extreme situations. The water shutoffs brought back attention to Detroit. It was evident that even the fight between Detroit citizens and the water department was going to be waged from within. While walking the exhibit halls at Netroots Nation 2014, I ran into John J. George, Founder and President of Motor City Blight Busters Detroit Inc. John said that his organization is removing homes, trees, illegal dumps, and anything that brings negative energy to the community. Gordon Soderberg who is ex-navy and has disaster experience from his Hurricane Katrina work, brings veterans in to assist in the cleanup along with Blight … [Read more...]

Use Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams story as the spark to move forward

Stacey Abrams

Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams has the answer to a Blue South Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is not very well known nationally. She has been on a few news segments for the traditional media but none of those appearances have garnered her national recognition commensurate with her accomplishments. It is obvious she was well aware of that when she gave her speech at Netroots Nations 2014. “I want to start by telling you a story which I need to do,” Stacey Abrams said. “Because you have now heard from a list of very exciting people and you have no idea who I am or why I am here. So, I am going to tell you why.” Stacey Abrams went on to tell her story. She grew up in Mississippi. Her father was from the poor side of town. Her mother was from the side of town that was even poorer. “Her family was the family poor people made fun of,” Stacey Abrams said. Her mother was a second grade dropout. The woman that her mother cleaned for insisted that her mother go back to school. A … [Read more...]

Reverend William Barber’s inspirational speech at Netroots Nation 2014

William Barber

Reverend William Barber electrifies Netroots Nation 2014 Reverend William Barber visited Netroots Nation 2014 and provided an inspirational speech that electrified the entire room. Most importantly Reverend William Barber gave a history lesson on moral fusion movements. Reverend William Barber described the moral fusion movement in the context of the first and second reconstruction. He is imploring the effecting of the third reconstruction. Reverend William Barber said that today’s moral fusion movement in the form of the third reconstruction must be effected not in a Right/left manner. He said it is not about Democrat or Republican. It is about a moral principle, the establishment of justice. Reverend William Barber had a rather funny moment in a very serious speech. He told his Liberal friends that he does not understand why many of them do not like the Bible. He stated that the core of Liberal values are codified in the text of the Bible. “It is extreme and immoral to suppress the right to vote,” … [Read more...]

Detroit resident Atpeace Makita details Detroit’s problems and her hopes going forward

Atpeace Mikita

Atpeace Makita, a Detroit resident and activist speaks of going forward On Friday the Detroit citizens protested in downtown near the COBO convention center. They then marched to the renowned Hart Plaza on the riverfront. Netroots Nation 2014 attendees comprised a very large number of the protestors in solidarity with the cause. A few weeks ago the Detroit water department began shutting off the water for those citizens that owed $150 or more. Most of these people are unemployed, poor, or disabled. It has even drawn criticism from the United Nations. There was an explosive exchange recently between community activist Maureen Taylor and Detroit reporter Hank Winchester on MSNBC as the reporter used dog whistles in describing those that have been unable to pay their bills. Interestingly, many corporations owe thousands, tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Their water is never at risk of being shutoff. After the protest, a very insightful young woman, Atpeace Makita, spoke to me. … [Read more...]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s compellingly middle-class centric speech at Netroots Nation 2014

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren gave a compelling middle class centric speech at Netroots Nation 2014. She was treated like a rock star as she entered to give her speech. She kindly told folks to sit down so she could get to her message. Her message was not unlike the accumulation of all the subjects she speaks about. Elizabeth Warren continues to prove she is one that understands the subject from all points of view. Stay tuned. LIKE My Facebook Page – Visit My Blog: EgbertoWillies.com Follow @EgbertoWillies … [Read more...]

Vice President Joe Biden heckled at Netroots Nation 2014 ‘Stop deporting our families’

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Vice President Joe Biden displays poise when heckled about deportations Vice President Joe Biden visited Netroots Nation this afternoon. The room was full of excitement as he was introduced. The Vice President thanked the Netroots Nation community for demanding and coaxing politicians to effect a progressive agenda. He stated the fact that it would not be possible without the Netroots. In the middle of the speech Vice President Joe Biden was heckled. It first started softly and progressively got louder. A group of attendees stood up in the front side of the room and started yelling ‘Stop deporting our families.’ The Vice President did not get frazzled or perturbed. “I respect your views and I share your views,” Vice President Joe Biden said. “But let me take these issues one …” The hecklers continued for about a minute thereafter. They were then escorted out of the room peacefully. “You should clap for those young people. …” Vice President Joe Biden said. “Can you imagine the pain, the anxiety, … [Read more...]

Maurice Bradford Politically Aware Rap At Netroots Nation Promoting Wolf-PAC (VIDEO)


Maurice Bradford AKA  Macarone At Netroots Nation 2013 Maurice Bradford, AKA Macarone performed in the lobby outside the main exhibit halls at Netroots Nation 2013. In a recent interview: With his name and his residence in conservative Orange County, California, Maurice Bradford could be an attorney or an accountant. But instead he's Macarone, a self-styled "rap activist" who is carving out a niche as a hip-hop spokesman of the political Left. Messaging Matters caught up with Macarone at his recent performance to benefit Cenk Uygur's Wolf PAC: When did you discover your interest in performing music, and what you did to pursue that interest? As far back as I can remember, I had a desire to perform. I started doing music in the garage with my friends and family, which is still what DOP Inc is to this day, a family. I had a group called Nutthouse with some of my homies and eventually my little brother Trashman and my cousin Hitman. We performed the Orange County/Los Angeles circuit and released … [Read more...]