Powering Progress Together at Michigan Summit


The Women's March isn't over. Progress Michigan is asking the community to continue to harness its collective energy to help take back the country from the grips of tyranny. That's why the organization is hosting a Michigan Progressive Summit, "March Forth: Building a Michigan that Works for All of Us," on March 4 at 8 a.m. at the Lansing Center, 333 East Michigan Ave. in Lansing.

The summit seeks to be a place where progressive individuals from all over the state can gather to discuss the challenges we face during a Trump presidency, learn important organizing skills, and connect with progressive organizations that focus on topics that mean the most to them, and network with like-minded individuals.

"In the wake of the new Trump administration and the many challenges that our communities face, it is critical that we come together to learn, organize, and strategize if we're going to fight back against injustice and build a more equitable society," said Marissa Luna, deputy communications director for Progress Michigan and lead organizer of the Michigan Progressive Summit. "So many people have been standing together and raising their voices at the Women's Marches and solidarity events across the country, both those who have been involved in the progressive movement and those who are just now becoming involved, and it's important that we harness our collective energy to take back our country from the grips of tyranny and create the world we want to see."

Progress Michigan is expecting a diverse crowd that includes community activists, small business owners, union members, elected officials, and many new faces who have recently been bitten by the political bug to attend this year's event.

The event will feature keynote addresses from Charlene Carruthers, national director of BYP100; Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List; and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha who exposed elevated lead levels in the blood of Flint children. There will also be a panel discussion on "Journalism in Trump's America" featuring Michael Cohen from the Boston Globe and Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza from the Center for American Progress, moderated by Nancy Kaffer from the Detroit Free Press.

The summit is open to the public and costs $25 per ticket. It's an opportunity for people across Michigan to come together and gain new skills, learn how to organize in their communities, and find out how to get more involved in the progressive movement. Sign up for the Progress Michigan email list.

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