Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Parola Perspective In Brief: On Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Dr. Ford.

By PWP contributor, old buddy and fellow Flintoid Brooks Parola.
Anyone who witnessed what they did to Anita Hill, ought to be surprised that Dr. Ford came forward at all. Frankly, I don't think I would have. I don't trust that the "Me Too Movement" has brought about that much change to America as a whole, much less to today's Republican Party. And the disdain she's getting for not coming forward sooner, or for Dems not reporting it sooner, (maybe Ford asked them to hold back) is classic victim blaming.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Statement from Congresswoman Debbie Dingell regarding former Congressman John Dingell.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell issued the following statement:

“It appears John Dingell had a heart attack early this morning. He’s alert and in good spirits, cracking jokes like always. He’s in the process of being admitted to Henry Ford Hospital. Our sincere thanks to all the medical professionals and nurses at our sides. We’ll know more later.”

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Washtenaw County Health Department: Advisory For Harmful Algal Bloom In Ford Lake.

 Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a September 14 statement, Washtenaw County Health Department, in consultation with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), is issuing a public health advisory for a confirmed harmful algal bloom in Ford Lake in Ypsilanti, Michigan. People and pets should avoid direct body contact with scums in the lake, water that is blue-green, or water that looks like it has a green sheen or spilled paint on its surface. People and pets should also avoid swallowing the lake water.

According to the statement, recently, a resident reported a suspicious bloom to MDHHS via the MI-TOXINS and Health Hotline.  Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) collected water samples. The water was analyzed and microcystin toxins were detected at elevated levels. The toxin was present near the Ford Lake boat launch when the sample was collected on September 12, 2018.  A second sample was positive for the toxin at a lower concentration elsewhere in the lake. At both of these sites, visible scum was present. MDEQ will retest waters the week of September 17, 2018.

People can water ski, boat, and tube but it is advised that caution be taken in doing so in areas with visible algal scums. Breathing in water droplets with algae from the boat spray may cause nose and throat irritation. Swallowing large amounts of water containing cyanotoxins while swimming, wading, or playing in the water may cause flu-like symptoms, gastrointestinal illness, or neurotoxic symptoms. These may include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, numbness, headaches, dizziness, or difficulty breathing. Swallowing large amounts of cyanotoxins can harm the liver or kidneys, according to the press release.

Read the following information below released by the WCHD  and MDHHS.

At this time, for your safety:

  *   You can swim in the water but stay away from water that has scums or mats, looks like spilled paint, or has colored streaks.

  *   Keep children and pets away from algae in the water or on the shore.

  *   Do not let pets or livestock drink the water or eat scum on the shore.

  *   All fish should be caught and released and not consumed. Ford Lake is under a Do Not Eat Fish Advisory<http://www.washtenaw.org/pfas>.

  *   Do not drink water from lakes, ponds, or rivers.

  *   Rinse people and pets off after swimming.

  *   When in doubt, keep people and pets out of the water.

  *   Call you doctor or veterinarian if you or your pet get sick after going in the water.

Algae Blooms

Although most blooms are green algae and not harmful, there are some that are a type of cyanobacteria that have the ability to produce toxins – and can result in a harmful algal blooms (HAB). These toxins may affect the liver, nervous system and/or skin.

Washtenaw County Health Department wants residents to be aware that the potential for HABs exists on the lake. Residents should remain cautious about contacting algae or potential HABs until at least two additional samples of the lake test clear of algal toxins.

What causes HABs to form?

Factors that can contribute to HABs include: sunlight; low-water or low-flow conditions; calm water; warmer temperatures; and excess nutrients (phosphorus or nitrogen). The primary sources of nutrient pollution are runoff of fertilizers, animal manure, sewage treatment plant discharges, storm water runoff, car and power plant emissions, and failing septic tanks.

What should I do if I see a HAB?

  *   Do not let your children or pets play in HAB debris on the shore.

  *   After swimming or wading in lake water, even where no HABs are visible, rinse off with fresh water as soon as possible.

  *   Never swallow any lake or river water, whether you see HABs or not.

  *   Do not let pets lick HAB material from their fur or eat HAB material.

  *   Do not drink or cook with lake water.

  *   See a doctor if you or your children might be ill from HAB toxins. If your pet appears ill, contact your veterinarian.

More Information

The State DEQ Environmental Assistance Center number is 800-662-9278. Information on reporting suspected algal blooms can be found on the DEQ website. For detailed information visit:

  *   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) – Associated Illness site https://www.cdc.gov/habs/index.html

  *   The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s website https://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_3681_3686_3728-383630--,00.html

  *   The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s website http://epa.ohio.gov/habalgae.aspx.

Washtenaw County Health Department
The Washtenaw County Health Department promotes health and works to prevent disease and injury in our community. Our mission is to assure, in partnership with the community, the conditions necessary for people to live healthy lives through prevention and protection programs. Visit us at washtenaw.org/health<https://www.washtenaw.org/health> or call 734-544-6700.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

British Rockers Mongrel Dogs Out Of East London UK Rock Like a Hurricane With New Releases.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

In 2017 I struck up a correspondence with British rockers Mongrel Dogs after they sent me what was then their latest single/video 'High'. I reviewed their excellent rocker 'High' in May of 2017 and have been in touch with the guys ever since. This band is based in East London in the UK, although they sound like they could have easily come straight outta Detroit Rock City. Major influences on Mongrel Dogs include Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix, though their sound possess the punch and firepower of Guns And Roses and legendary Detroit band The MC 5.

Last week Mongrel Dogs forwarded me their recent single/video 'Come On' and a brand new single titled 'We'll Paint This Town Red'. Once again I'm very enthusiastic about this band. Listen, all of you fellow Motor City fans of straight ahead meaty Rock and Roll, these guys are good!

Both new singles, 'Come On', and We'll Paint This Town Red' serve up  irresistible hooks and swirling lead guitar fills to create a frothy brew of good ole rocksteady, high octane, high energy Detroit Rock City type Rock & Roll. Check em out right here.

Parola Perspective: On originalist vs progressive view and the constitution.

By PWP contributor Brooks Parola.

The conservative, strict constructionist, or originalist view of the constitution is outraged by the progressive view that the constitution is a living document; one that must evolve over time.
The originalists say the progressives are putting words in the mouths of the writers of the constitution that they never intended; all the while of course, insisting that THEY KNOW what was really in their heads.
This is fundamentally why we cannot get a more practical view of things like the Second Amendment, and the constitution in general. If it was up to the Originalists, we'd have NO rights under the constitution as it relates to our rapidly changing and evolving world.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ann Arbor Huron Valley Ambulance has deployed crews to Hurricane Florence.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a statement from HVA,  Huron Valley Ambulance, along with several other Michigan EMS agencies, has been deployed by FEMA to provide aid and response in the area impacted by Hurricane Florence.
HVA is part of a national Emergency Response team contracted through American Medical Response (AMR), a national EMS agency that operates in many states, including Michigan. When areas in the country declare a state of emergency requiring FEMA involvement, AMR coordinates extra resources such as EMS support to aid local public safety teams.

According to Huron Valley Ambulance, "When HVA received the Hurricane Florence deployment notice, our National Response Team was activated. For this mission, the team consists of a six-person crew of paramedics and EMTs, two ambulances, and a mobility transportation vehicle."

Chief Operating Officer, Dirk Borton shares, “We have a National Response team we keep prepared and ready to go for events like this. The team trains for deployments and when we receive a notification of possible response, team members volunteer to be part of that mission.” The team responding to Hurricane Florence has committed to a minimum of two weeks and is equipped with extra medical supplies, tactical rescue gear, and personal items like cots, extra uniforms and a supply of groceries. “The team is well supplied until they reach the FEMA staging area,” states Borton.

According to HVA, this is the third activation for the HVA Response Team. Past deployments have included responses to Category 5 Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in the late summer of 2005.
When the response team arrives at their destination, they could join other EMS agencies in an Emergency 

Response Team staging area where they will be sent on missions that include transferring patients out of the storm area as well as backing up local EMS on emergency 9-1-1 calls as the storm intensifies. “Hospitals in the projected path are at risk of flooding,” shared Borton, “if needed, the team will help transport patients to a safer area as a precaution. Once the storm hits, the missions tend to focus on emergency 9-1-1 calls.”

HVA stated that Borton expresses that HVA EMTs and Paramedics are more than willing to join deployments and he commends their sacrifice. “Responding to a national emergency is an undertaking that involves a lot of commitment, our crews are missing time with their families and are putting their own needs aside to provide aid to those impacted by the storm. We applaud their dedication.”

Friday, September 7, 2018

Parola Perspective: On Heather Ann Thompson's, "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and it's Legacy.

By PWP contributor Brooks Parola Formerly of Flint.

Folks, I HIGHLY recommend, Heather Ann Thompson's Pulitzer Prize winning, "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and it's Legacy".
Leading up to that uprising, people KNEW about bad prison conditions, and were ready for reform. But after the uprising, due to gov't. lies and misinformation, (used to justify the police going in and shooting/killing not just prisoners, but hostages as well) prisoners to this day have not gotten the reforms needed to prevent these types of uprisings, and people's attitudes about prisoners have completely changed. Today, we view prisoners as animals, and that attitudes comes from the lies the gov't. said about the Attica prisoners.
"Nonetheless, the false statements about what happened at Attica profoundly shaped how Americans saw that uprising in particular and prison activism in general. “On the eve of Attica, right as the prisoner protest was starting, Americans were quite sympathetic to these prisoners; they understood that prisons were hellholes that needed reform,” Thompson says. “And after Attica they are quickly deciding that, no, these guys are animals.”

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Parola Perspective: On Michigan Football.

By PWP contributor Brooks Parola formerly of Flint.

Congrats Notre Dame fans. Wolverine fans, we’re frustrated. But, so are Michigan State fans, Penn State fans, and lots of other teams. It’s the first game of the season, and ours wasn’t the only team with problems.
I’m shocked that once again, the offensive line is still problematic. But frankly, it’s the only thing I’m concerned about. As that improves (hopefully it will) the QB play and offense will improve as well.
The defense had far too many dumb mistakes in the first half. But true to form, Don Brown made the right adjustments at halftime, and they played a much better second half.
The bottom line: If the O-line improves, the offense will too, and we should have a pretty good team...don’t give up hope.
Now, carry on, and GO BLUE!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Michigan has extended Do Not Eat Fish Advisory for Huron River to Lake Erie.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

  Friday August 31, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an expanded ‘Do Not Eat’ fish advisory for all fish in the Huron River in Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw, Wayne, and Monroe Counties. The original advisory was issued on August 4, 2018, according to a statement MDHHS.
The ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory for the Huron River starts where N. Wixom Road crosses in Oakland County and extends downstream to the mouth of the Huron River as it enters Lake Erie in Wayne County. This includes:
  • Norton Creek (Oakland County)
  • Hubbell Pond, also known as Mill Pond (Oakland County)
  • Kent Lake (Oakland County)
  • Ore Lake (Livingston County)
  • Strawberry & Zukey Lake (Livingston County)
  • Gallagher Lake (Livingston County)
  • Loon Lake (Livingston County)
  • Whitewood Lakes (Livingston County)
  • Base Line & Portage Lakes (Livingston/Washtenaw County line)
  • Barton Pond (Washtenaw County)
  • Geddes Pond (Washtenaw County)
  • Argo Pond (Washtenaw County)
  • Ford Lake (Washtenaw County)
  • Bellville Lake (Wayne County)
According to the statement,The extension is a result of new perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) fish data from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Base Line Lake and Argo Pond fish fillet data, downsteam from Kent Lake, were found to have high PFOS levels. Additionally, high PFOS surface water levels were found upstream of Kent Lake.
Touching the fish or water and swimming in these water bodies is not considered a health concern as PFAS do not move easily through the skin. An occasional swallow of river or lake water is also not considered a health concern.
For current guidelines relating to PFAS fish contamination, visit Michigan.gov/pfasresponse. For more information about the Eat Safe Fish guidelines, visit Michigan.gov/eatsafefish.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Michigan Congresswoman announces grant for ACCESS to help prevent youth substance abuse.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

August 29, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) announced that that Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS) in Dearborn will receive $125,000 grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Drug-Free Communities Support Program to implement programs to prevent youth substance use, including abuse of prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol, according to Dingell's office.

The ACCESS Substance Abuse and Tobacco Prevention/Cessation program provides Dearborn students and parents with the information and skills necessary to make healthy choices about drugs, alcohol, and smoking. Much of the program’s work focuses on the hookah or argileh, a tobacco water-pipe popular among Arab Americans and others.  In addition to tobacco, the program educates local youth and parents on the risks of marijuana, alcohol, and prescription drugs.

"This critical funding will help ACCESS continue their important work in addressing the serious risks of drug and tobacco use," said Dingell. "Tackling the substance abuse problem in our local community will need local solutions. I will continue to work with ACCESS and others to address the substance abuse and erase the stigma associated with mental health issues." This according to a media release from Dingell's office.

“We thank Congresswoman Dingell for being such a pivotal voice in addressing the substance abuse crisis among our youth and greater community,” said Mona Makki, Director of ACCESS Community Health and Research Center. “We are witnessing an increasing number of youth using vaping devices, marijuana and prescription drugs. The funding from this program will allow us to further enhance our preventive efforts to address the epidemic and associated stigmas by empowering our youth to be the lead advocates in our community, and to allow their families to build a network of support. Our mission is to empower families and community partners to prevent and reduce substance use among youth, and this funding will help sustain our efforts into the future with the ultimate goal of becoming a drug-free community.”

As stated in the August 29 press release from Congresswoman Dingell, prescription drug abuse prevention is one of the core measures of effectiveness for local Drug-Free Communities coalitions, and coalitions nationwide have led innovative opioid prevention initiatives. Drug-Free Communities’ 2017 National Evaluation End-of-Year Report found that at least 97% of middle school and 94% of high school youth report that they have not misused prescription drugs in the past 30-days in Drug-Free Communities.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Flint Activist Melissa Mays On Day #1559 of Flint Water Crisis.

Downtown Flint. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Contributed to PWP by Melissa Mays of Flint.

Looks like it's another day of Justice and Clean Water for residents of Flint. Oh... wait... got that backwards. 😡 But it IS Day #1559 in the #FlintWaterCrisiswith no justice, clean water or recovery for most. And a note taped to my door about my latest lead test. Fun.
Class Action Lawsuit update: We are still in the fight!! Wouldn't it be nice if the State and all responsible parties said "Innocent Flint residents, we are sorry we failed you (like Governor Snyder said Jan 2016) so let's hear what YOU need to start to rebuild your bodies, homes and lives." Oh, wouldn't that be lovely. For the people that participated in the poisoning of our city, who ignored our cries for help and who covered it up as people suffered and died actually did what is right and fixed what they broke?!?!?! Hmmm... Luckily for us, we have attorneys that will not stop fighting until we see #Justice4Flint!!! DO NOT GIVE UP!!!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rutherford Pool Kids Triathlon at Recreation Park in Ypsi Saturday: Summertime Fun, smiles and Sweat.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

90 talented, determined and most athletic kids aged 4-12 proudly participated in the annual Rutherford Pool Kids Triathlon event Saturday morning at Recreation Park in Ypsilanti. It is safe to say that all involved, from our young Ypsi athletes, to the large crowd of spectators, left the event wearing big smiles! The annual event also featured face painting, juggling and food for participants. Not bad!

The non-competitive triathlon is a fundraiser for Rutherford Pool presented by the Ypsilanti Kiwanis in cooperation with Friends of Rutherford Pool. According to co-organizer Amyleigh Johnson the Triathlon event Saturday raised over $2,000 for Rutherford Pool.

The event entailed swimming, biking, and running. Although the event was non-competitive, the challenge was to finish the course. However, I must admit that I couldn't help cheering my daughter on to victory!

EMU Police Dept 1st Annual Bike Rodeo A Big Hit With Area Youth in Ypsilanti Saturday at Convocation Center.

EMU Police Officer Tim Siecinski takes a participant through the bike course Saturday. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

The 1st Annual Eastern Michigan University Police Dept Bike Rodeo was a rousing success with kids and the entire community Saturday at the EMU Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. Temperatures hovering in the upper 80's did not dampen the fun for Ypsi kids or the many participating EMU police officers who were having just as much fun as the kids were. The event ran from 10 am until 2 pm.

The Bike Rodeo was free and welcomed all ages, but the kids ruled the day as moms and dads happily looked on. The event included a free safety check and helmet fitting. EMU police officers provided kids instruction on the rules of the road, helped them practice their skills, taught them bike safety, provided food and handed out lots of cool free stuff. That's hard to beat!

The Bike Rodeo was coordinated by EMU Police Sgt Joe Torres and it was clear through speaking with him that the department is very intent on building a positive relationship with the Ypsilanti community and that's pretty fantastic.

Fraser Bicycle located on Packard St between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor set up a tent at the event and donated 20 free bike helmets, stickers and water bottles, according to General Manager of Sales Ed Renauer.

A strong and steady flow of kids participated in the Bike Rodeo Saturday. As of 11:30 am an impressive 60 kids had participated in the 1st annual Bike Rodeo. Make sure to come on out again when the event returns next year!

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

The folks from Fraser Bicycle

Huron Valley Ambulance.

Making an appearance Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hold on to your Horses! EMU Police Dept Bike Rodeo is coming Saturday August 11 to Convocation Center in Ypsilanti!

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Hold on to your horses, I mean bicycles, because this weekend, Saturday, August 11, the Eastern Michigan University Police Department will be holding their first Bike Rodeo at the EMU Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. The event is free and will be held from 10 am until 2 pm.

The Bike Rodeo will welcome folks of all ages, but kids need to bring a parent. This most awesome event will include a free safety check and helmet fitting. Participants can also learn the rules of the road, practice their totally awesome skills learn how to bike safely and there will be food and drinks available to boot! How cool is that?! Oh, there will also be free stuff. I love free stuff!

For more info or RSVP contact emubikerodeo@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

As of Tuesday morning voter turnout looks strong in Ypsi for primary.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to Ward 2 primary election volunteers at Estabrook Elementary in Ypsilanti voter turnout has been strong and steady. The high turnout is not surprising as large numbers of residents in Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County have taken a vested interest, perhaps more so this primary election than previous elections. This may be in large part due to the numbers of highly charged campaign rallies in Ypsilanti over recent weeks in support of governor candidate Abdul El-Sayed.

A little over a week ago several hundred residents packed Brown AME Church in Ypsilanti for a rally for El-Sayed that featured supporter and new energetic face of the Democratic Party Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of  New York.

A rally for Abdul El-Sayed this past Sunday at the Marriott Eagle Crest Hotel in Ypsilanti featuring speaker Bernie Sanders drew roughly 1000 people in the sweltering heat.

Notable near the entrance of  the Ypsilanti Ward 2 voting site Tuesday morning was the presence of a group supporting Proposal 2 which would amend the Michigan Constitution to create an independent redistricting commission. Proposal 2 will appear on the ballot in November.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Large Crowd in Ypsilanti Shows Support In Sweltering Heat For Abdul El-Sayed Rally With Bernie Sanders Sunday.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Temperatures soaring into the the mid nineties did not discourage the enthusiasm of approximately 1000 sweltering supporters as they cheered candidate for governor Abdul El-Sayed and Bernie Sanders at the Abdul For Michigan Get Out The Vote Rally with Bernie Sanders at the Eagle Crest Marriott Hotel in Ypsilanti Sunday.

The event was held on the rolling back lawns behind the hotel adjacent to the golf course that happened to be teeming with golfers during the rally. The picturesque setting provided an interesting backdrop to the inspiring rally that was bursting with palpable optimism, enthusiasm and dissatisfaction with the status quo.

Those attending the rally responded to speakers with passion and exuberance as they melted in the heat. Not a soul left the rally uninspired because the messages from Abdul El-Sayed and Bernie Sanders rang loud, true and right on target.  "People in Michigan are good people. We must reach beyond the division and hatred between people," stated El-Sayed to the riveted crowd. "When will we stand up for healthcare for all." "Why is it that people in Flint still don't have clean water?"

At approximately 6:45 pm Bernie Sanders was met by loud cheers as he approached the podium to stir up support for the Abdul for governor campaign. "We are not going to allow demigods to divide us up. We are going to come together!" stated Sanders. "This is a transformative election. This is saying here in the United States we want to do things differently."  Sanders message was clear and neatly summed up the positive and important mission in the Abdul For Governor campaign when he stated, "We should not have a president who is dividing us up based on color and ethnicity.

With days left before the primary election the campaign for Abdul El-Sayed could not have done a finer job getting out their message of change and defeating the status Quo and just as importantly, Getting Out The Vote.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

A golfer cheers for Bernie from her golf cart.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Senator Bernie Sanders campaigning with candidate for governor Abdul El-Sayed in Ypsilanti and Detroit Sunday.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a media release from the Abdul El-Sayed campaign, on Tuesday, United States Senator Bernie Sanders announced that he will travel to Michigan to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed. Senator Sanders will speak at two rallies in Detroit and Ypsilanti on Sunday, August 5th, alongside Our Revolution President Nina Turner. The campaign tour comes as Abdul El-Sayed continues to surge in the final days of Michigan’s Democratic gubernatorial primary election.

Sunday, August 5
3 p.m.Detroit Rally with Senator Bernie Sanders, Grand Riverview Ballroom, Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

5 p.m. Ypsilanti Rally with Senator Bernie Sanders, Eagle Crest Marriott, 1275 S. Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

“I’m proud to endorse Dr. Abdul El-Sayed for Governor of Michigan. As governor, Dr. El-Sayed will fight for a government in Lansing that represents all the people, and not just wealthy special interests. Under Abdul’s leadership Michigan can help lead the nation in guaranteeing health care for all through a Medicare for All single-payer type system, tuition free public colleges and universities, a minimum wage of $15 per hour and strong environmental protections.”
-- Senator Bernie Sanders

“I am honored and humbled to have the support of Senator Sanders in this race. Bernie Sanders is one of the country's most important political leaders and the progressive standard-bearer, and I'm thankful that the Senator has recognized that there is only one progressive running for Governor of Michigan. Senator Sanders has always been a relentless advocate for justice and equality, and I have been so inspired by the progressive movement that he has been able to build. Bold ideas like single-payer healthcare and tuition-free and debt-free college have been pushed to the forefront of our political conversation because of the work that he has done in Michigan during his historic primary win in 2016. I look forward to carrying that mantle forward to solve problems for Michiganders as Governor.”
-- Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Democratic Candidate for Michigan Governor

In 2016, Senator Sanders won the Michigan Democratic primary in one of the greatest upsets in modern political history, having never led in a poll in the state. Senator Sanders is a key progressive standard-bearer nationwide. Senator Sanders is the only member of the United States Senate to make an endorsement in this race, according to the press release.

Abdul was also recently endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and his bold, progressive platform has earned his candidacy a number of endorsements from progressive organizations like Our Revolution, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Working Families Party, Democracy for America, Justice Democrats, The People for Bernie Sanders, and the Michigan Nurses Association. Abdul has also earned the support of progressive leaders like Congressman Ro Khanna, State Representative Abdullah Hammoud, Chuy Garcia, Michael Moore, Shaun King, Linda Sarsour, and Ady Barkan, according to Friday's release. To see Abdul’s full list of endorsements, visit AbdulForGovernor.com/endorsements.