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Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 20:58:26 -0500
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
From: Harold Stokes <hstokes@bignet.net>
Subject: Ronnie Dugger in Detroit in Ann Arbor, May 8-9 & 11 with Alliance
 for Democracy


This weekend, people in the Detroit area and beyond who are concerned about
the direction in which our nation is proceeding and in representing the
people instead of transnational corporations are invited to a special
conference with Alliance for Democracy (AfD) co-founder, noted author,
contributor to Nation magazine, and founder of the Texas Observer, Ronnie
Dugger, to mutually discuss what we can do to take back control of our
lives by establishing a true democracy and attaining social-economic
justice and equity.  The conference is free.

An article written by Dugger titled, " A Call to Citizens: Will the Real
Populists Please Stand Up," printed in an August 1995 issue of The Nation
(copies available at the conference) catalyzed the formation of a grass
roots movement that came to be called the Alliance for Democracy.  The
national organization is made up of over 50 autonomous local chapters plus
at large members across the country.

The common thread that has caused environmentalists, labor people, peace
groups, women's rights organizations, health care advocates and many other
social justice minded individuals to band together is the recognition that
organized big corporate interests have systematically maneuvered themselves
into positions of such influence that the interests of common people have
become secondary.  The increasing acquisition of material and financial
wealth at the expense of others and the environment must be stopped.

All institutional authority should and must come from the will of the
people.  It's time to identify and assert that will.

The free three day program in Detroit and Ann Arbor is as follows:

FRIDAY, May 8th, in Detroit

3-5pm - Rally with "MICHIGAN MUSIC IS WORLD CLASS" to protest corporate
  strangulation of micro radio stations at the Federal Bldg, 477 Michigan
  Avenue, Detroit -- Dugger and Representative David Bonior will be
  addressing the group.


6pm - Informal reception preceeding Dugger talk at the University of
  Detroit, Mercy Campus, room 109 in Marian Hall, (On Outer Drive at
  Southfield, between 6 Mile and & 7 Mile Rds.)


7pm - "THE SECOND COLD WAR:  TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS VS DEMOCRACY",
  presented by guest speaker Ronnie Dugger, co-founder and co-chair of
  Alliance for Democracy
  *Invited to speak, U.S. Representative John Conyers and a representative
  from the Michigan Environmental Council

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SATURDAY, MAY 9.at the University of Detroit, Mercy Campus, room 109 Marian
  Hall, (On Outer Drive at Southfield between 6 Mile and & 7 Mile Rds.)


CONFERENCE ON CORPORATIONS & GLOBAL JUSTICE


10am Forum:

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS:  ARE THEY BENEFICIAL TO PEOPLE?
  *Dr. Gene Perrin
  *Brad Markell, economist, UAW Research Department


11:30am - 1pm:  Lunch


1pm Forum:

MEDIA AND CORPORATIONS:  DOES THE MEDIA GIVE PEOPLE THE INFORMATION THEY
NEED?
  *Ronnie Dugger
  *Sunday Journal person


3pm Forum:

THE PURPOSE OF CORPORATIONS:  DO THEY SERVE HUMAN NEED OR HUMAN GREED?
  *Al Fishman, Peace Action of Michigan
  *Donnelle Wilkins, Detroit Environmental Justice;

4:30 - Informal reception


8pm - Fundraiser mixer at Shirley and Harold Strom's house - drinks and
  hors-d'orves with Ronnie Dugger  (details available at Conference)
  *Anonymous donor will match what we collect up to $5000 to advance AfD
  mission at local, state and national levels

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MONDAY, May 11th, At the United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, at Huron &
State Streets -- FREE.

1pm - TAKING DEMOCRACY BACK FROM CORPORATIONS:  HOW THEY DOMINATE OUR
LIVES,THE ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, CULTURE AND GOVERNMENT -- Ronnie Dugger

We will bring at least three pieces of information with our visit to Ann
Arbor for free distribution as follows:
  * Dugger"s article in The Nation Magazine of August 1995 that led to the
    formation of the Alliance for Democracy.
  * An AfD 4-fold brochure
  * A short article on MAI


4pm  Environmental leaders will meet in Lansing with Dugger.


FOR MORE INFORMATION request by email or leave a message at (313) 533-2784,
(734) 462-2423 or (248) 594-7596.  THE NATIONAL INFORMATION WEB SITE IS:
http://www.ea1.com/alliance

ps:  EDEN Calendar editor Scott Heinzman, Dr. Mike Whitty of the
University of Detroit and I along with several others formed a
Metro-Detroit chapter of the Alliance for Democracy in January.  Up to
now, the chapter is doing exceptionally well and is seeking along with other
members and like minded groups to obtain a true representative democracy and a
just and equitable society, the mission of the AfD.

Harold (Hal)






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