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It all started with an idea....



Seriously, at times, the owner of this blog Monica RW (Ross-Williams) have ideas in her head which she writes down either online or otherwise and express. In this case, Independent Underground News & Talk staff was not able to attend Netroots Nation.



Reason number one being a requirement to attend work -- highly appreciated after nearly two years of being an 99er (Long-Term Unemployed/Underemployed American previously exhausted from Federal Unemployment Extensions) without a full-time job.

The second occurrence tied into our inability to attend Netroots Nation in San Jose, CA this year was directly tied into the first reason. As previously being without our former middle class income for a extended period of time, to date we are still catching up with bills due from being unemployed/underemployed.

Despite our personal situation as described briefly above, we have managed to maintain this Independent-Left ideology based lending blog and weekly podcast Independent Underground Radio LIVE (formerly ROJS Radio LIVE) since 2010. Operating both areas of alternative news and media under a shoestring budget, off of a firm belief the Public in Michigan, our Nation and citizenry around the World desire a medium for unbought, raw and opinionated written and verbal works presented from a "common-sense" point-of-view.

Photo Credit - Monica RW
Owner of Independent Underground News & Talk - Monica RW
with Jim Dean Chairman of Democracy for America at
Netroots Nation in 2012, Providence, Rhode Island
But, back to the idea. On Thursday, June 20th, a bit down in the dumps -to say the very least- of not being able to attend Netroots Nation as we did in 2012 via Providence, Rhode Island thanks to a wonderful scholarship on behalf of the Democracy for America Organization, we decided to write. Specifically, visit Netroots Nation Facebook Page and ask or in our heart - BEG - for the Daily Kos affiliated team of location planners to consider bringing Netroots Nation to the "D" or Detroit, Michigan.



We had no idea exactly where in the United States Netroots Nation would choose for its' 2014 conference. Furthermore, Independent Underground News & Talk was in no position of possible influence either being located over 2000 miles away from the biggest progressive blogging conference in the World. Yet, we had a dream centered around, "Ask and you what seek MIGHT be received".



Imagine our shock today when we seen this:
Photo Credit - Netroots Nation 2014 Page
WOO HOO!! Netroots Nation is coming to the "D" in 2014!!! 



Instead of first focusing us, our minds immediately thought about all the great bloggers in or near Southeastern Michigan who finally will have an opportunity to attend this great Conference, if they so choose.



Bloggers like Jeremiah Bannister and Autumn Smith over at Paleo Radio.us who stories about Battle Creek's Police Department corruption represents one of the greatest pieces of citizen journalistic work of this year, hands down. Voice of Detroit's Diane Bukowski who has done the best work in the state hands down without much deserved fanfare on the City's fight against Emergency Management.



Motor City Muckraker journalist/blogger Steve Nealing and his team who bring on a near daily basis must read -- don't miss citizen journalism at its finest -- about Detroit and State related politics. Unemployment/Citizen activist, blogger for Unified Jobs for America, radio host and one of the originators for the nationwide 99er movement -- Rhonda Taylor, along with being a dear, dear friend.



Since Netroots Nation will visit the "D" next year --just in time for Michigan's critical 2014 election cycle where state residents will decide to keep Governor Rick Snyder (R) and State Republicans "Ultra-Corporatism" political strategies or send them a one way ticket out of our Lansing Capitol-- all of the above mentioned citizen journalists and more can experience this conference!

Netroots Nation Conference Location Planners -- THANK YOU! The "D" is mighty proud to welcome you  to "The Automobile Capital of World" in July 2014. See you next year!
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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 0-)

    Michigan based Citizen Journalist Owner/Podcast host at Independent Underground News at http://www.rojsnews.com and our weekly radio show Independent Underground LIVE at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rojsradio.

    by kayla9170 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:26:09 PM PDT

  •  This is so exciting! Going into one of these (7+ / 0-)

    states that is greatly suffering under Republican regressives will be exactly the right thing to do a few months before the 2014 elections.  

    We need to get Gretchen Whitmer to speak--she is a Democratic leader who is fighting mightily against the Snyder regime.

    If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

    by livjack on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:32:34 PM PDT

  •  Extremely cool, eh? My personal hope is that... (9+ / 0-)

    ...NN14 winds up with about 25% of the registered attendees coming from Detroit and nearby.  

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:44:40 PM PDT

    •  HEY Meteor Blades (((HUGS))) From the "D" (2+ / 0-)
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      It wasn't in the budget this year to hang out with you and the crew in San Jose this year but I CAN'T WAIT to see everyone in 2014, in my hometown of Detroit!

      Also, since 2014 is a HUGE election year in Michigan (we have a task ahead of us to end Republican "Ultra-Capitalism" in Lansing with Rick Snyder and the GOP crew) I think your hope will be granted.

      Plus, I will continually plug this on my podcast Independent Underground Radio LIVE as we get between 17-25K downloads per month.

      In FACT.... if Netroots Nations Location Planners have a 30-45 MP.3 bumper spot (or be able to create one) I will add this to the rotation FOR FREE up until next year conference. Just let me know!

      Michigan based Citizen Journalist Owner/Podcast host at Independent Underground News at http://www.rojsnews.com and our weekly radio show Independent Underground LIVE at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rojsradio.

      by kayla9170 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:50:37 PM PDT

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    •  You must have written this comment looking at that (2+ / 0-)
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      photo of Detroit from Windsor's perspective, eh? LOL!!!

      Having grown up in the 'burbs of Detroit, I could not be happier with that announcement. Now my economy needs to get better! That isn't a cheap trip from CA. Hubbie mentioned earlier this year that it has been awhile (6 yrs) since I have been home to visit the parents. They are in their 70's now. I really need to get my act together and get that Canadian passport. I don't think I can get back and forth with just my green card anymore.

      And I will totally pimp the Henry Ford Museum! It is a must see! If anybody suggests attending the Windsor Ballet - it isn't what you may think.
       

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:49:38 PM PDT

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      •  Oh and the Food! (2+ / 0-)
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        Fishbones in Greektown a MUST! Slows-BBQ in the old Tiger Stadium or the Boneyard in Dearborn Heights, eat breakfast at a Coney Island is another MUST --try L. George's in Canton about 20 minutes from Detroit for BIG HUGE PORTIONS of whatever you order-- and of course -- Ypsilanti own Sidetrack or Aubrees in Depot Town for a historical favor!

        Don't forget to stop by Dairy Queen (Classic) around the corner from Depot Town for Dessert.

        Hungry yet?

        Michigan based Citizen Journalist Owner/Podcast host at Independent Underground News at http://www.rojsnews.com and our weekly radio show Independent Underground LIVE at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rojsradio.

        by kayla9170 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 11:11:50 PM PDT

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  •  I looked at the registration page (2+ / 0-)
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    but I wonder if there is such a thing as a one day registration?  and the price?

    Would it be for any one day or only a certain day?

    I was wondering about Saturday in particular.

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:50:13 PM PDT

  •  Fantastic! Very close to me. (3+ / 0-)
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    I will be there or be square.

    What would Mothra do?

    by dov12348 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:55:32 PM PDT

  •  Lotta People Live Within Easy Driving Distance of (6+ / 0-)

    Detroit.

    Lansing, Ann Arbor, Gary, Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Indianapolis....

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 09:00:14 PM PDT

    •  DC is easy driving distance to Detroit. (4+ / 0-)
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      that's exiting news.

      •  Mimi.... (3+ / 0-)
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        Just about under eight hours or so. There are many of cool places to stay in or near Detroit.

        Check out the Marriott in Ypsilanti Twp. (about a 30 minute drive from Cobo Hall). The real cool thing about the Marriott is it's right off beautiful Ford Lake and near North Bay Park.

        P.S. -- I know a thing or two about Ypsi Twp. Parks :), as one of nine Elected Park Commissioners here!

        Look forward to meeting you in 2014 in the "D"!

        Michigan based Citizen Journalist Owner/Podcast host at Independent Underground News at http://www.rojsnews.com and our weekly radio show Independent Underground LIVE at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rojsradio.

        by kayla9170 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 09:21:05 PM PDT

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        •  as long as I can sleep on the first or second (0+ / 0-)

          floor in the Marriott ... otherwise I would rather sleep in a bus or tent. Last time I was at the NN in Chicago, I had a room in the 14th floor of a highrise hotel with windows stretching from the ceiling to the floor and my bed was just a meter away from the window.

          I got dizzy and seasick in my bed just by the thought I had to look out the window and ended up to sleep on the floor further away from the window.

          I won't use highrises anymore, unless I am on the ground or first floor. :-)

        •  They just re-opened the Ponch next to (0+ / 0-)

          Cobo Hall.  If people can afford it, it is a must see.   Book Cadillac is another great place to stay, and then there's

          Are you concerned that all of the "entertainment" venues you mention are far away and require transportation?    If you don't own a car, it is virtually impossible to get anywhere from Cobo Hall.     Royal Oak is closer than Ypsi and Ann Arbor, but it would still require a car.    

          In any event, it is great news; and I look forward to the event.  NN is something I've been wanting to do and never have.   Detroit will be my first.   If I can help in anyway, please let me know.   I know people at Oakland County Economic Development, the Detroit Chamber and MEDC.  I might be able to help you get information on what to see and do in Detroit that they put together for Super Bowl visitors and other large events.     Do we have someone who could do a map of Detroit and the immediate tri-county area that pegs different things to do and see?   A jaunt to Windsor through the tunnel and over the bridge, Bell Isle, Lake Shore Drive, Fisher Theater, Fisher Building, Guardian Building, Mexican Village, Roostertail,  Hart Plaza, Riverwalk, river cruises, and the infamous "people mover".  We are such a large and spread out venue with so many great things to see and do.    Do we know a date?   It would be nice if it came together with the festivals in Detroit.   We should have a map or a list of Detroit's historic buildings.  We have so many.

          Thanks also for all of the links to local bloggers.  I will bookmark and check them out.  I didn't know they were there.    

          PS - I'm glad you got what you asked for.

          What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Elizabeth Warren 2016

          by dkmich on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 04:05:29 AM PDT

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      •  Then That Adds In Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cinci, (5+ / 0-)
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        Nashville, Louisville, Springfield, Saint Louy, maybe Des Moines, Milwaukee, Madison....

        Back in the 50's/60's Cleveland had a logo "best location in the nation" due in part to about 80% of the North American market being within 1 surface transportation day's distance away.

        Definitely one of the higher density parts of the country yet with a thorough mix of urban and rural people.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 09:28:29 PM PDT

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      •  maybe we can get an (3+ / 0-)
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        mrsgoo, kayla9170, mimi

        exciting orange roadtrip organized or something...

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:51:16 PM PDT

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        •  But of course!! (0+ / 0-)

          So many places to visit, so much to do. Depending on how far you want to travel -- a visit to one of our Five Great Lakes -- Lake Erie is about 40 miles away from Downtown Detroit, near Monroe.

          Michigan based Citizen Journalist Owner/Podcast host at Independent Underground News at http://www.rojsnews.com and our weekly radio show Independent Underground LIVE at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rojsradio.

          by kayla9170 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 11:15:46 PM PDT

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        •  yes, that would be real super fun ... (0+ / 0-)

          looking forward to organizing it with you guys. :-)

      •  Indeed! Hooray! Road trip! (1+ / 0-)
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        I had my fingers crossed for a location that a) was no more than 12 hours away by car and/or b) I'd never visited before.  Got both!  Yay!

        Looking forward to the road trip!

        "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world."
        Jack Layton, 1950-2011

        by SSMir on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 08:00:29 AM PDT

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    •  See ya there, goose! :-D (0+ / 0-)

      GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

      by LordMike on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 09:25:53 AM PDT

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  •  traffic will be a nightmare in 2014 (4+ / 0-)
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    I 96 is going to have construction going on from I275 to Telegraph, which will effect traffic coming and going to Ann Arbor.  Plus they are going to be doing construction on I75 from 8 Mile to M59, I94 is going from Conors to I96, these last two I don't know the dates.  The I96 bridge construction is supposed to take the full year I believe.  The information has to be verified, but we live off the service drive of I96 and I walk my dog across the overpasses and bridges every day, and know I will have to figure out how to reroute our walk.  A couple of the bridges will be totally rebuilt.  The I75 and I94 involves them adding lanes.

    •  Hopefully some of our on-going construction... (2+ / 0-)
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      projects will be toned down around the Netroots Nation Conference time. There's always Michigan Avenue or Telegraph to MI Ave. as an alternative route.

      Michigan based Citizen Journalist Owner/Podcast host at Independent Underground News at http://www.rojsnews.com and our weekly radio show Independent Underground LIVE at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rojsradio.

      by kayla9170 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 09:54:51 PM PDT

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    •  What's the deal on the Ambassador Bridge rebuild? (1+ / 0-)
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      Off the top of my head, I think I would fly in the Saturday before, commute from St. Joachim across to Detroit for the Wed/Thur days then get a hotel for Fri/Sat and fly home Sunday or Monday. hmmmm..... Maybe some enterprising Canadians will have hotel/bus deals out of Windsor!

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:55:47 PM PDT

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      •  There is possibly.... (1+ / 0-)
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        Some minor construction will go on in the summer on the Ambassador Bridge but that's it. The new "International Bridge" will take another 5 years or so to build.

        Also, there's another route via the tunnel (under the Detroit River) you can take from Canada (otherwise known as our friendly neighbor to the North).

        Michigan based Citizen Journalist Owner/Podcast host at Independent Underground News at http://www.rojsnews.com and our weekly radio show Independent Underground LIVE at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rojsradio.

        by kayla9170 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 11:19:45 PM PDT

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        •  I almost forgot about the tunnel. Usually hit DTW (1+ / 0-)
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          and i-94 to the bridge which drops you right onto the 401 to the folks house. I can make it in 45 minutes. Well, as long as you get a friendly customs agent!

          But don't forget! Windsor is technically South of Detroit.

          The only part of Canada that is south of the United States.

          Yo, paging Adam B - got a Pub Quiz question for ya!!

          And yes - the tunnel brings you out within walking distance of Cobo. If I only had a dime for every time I've been through that thing.

          Maybe this will finally be the motivation to quit smoking - look honey! I saved all this money so you CAN'T bitch about me going to NN14.

          And - I moved to CA from MI in '88 when I was still 27. So 2014 will basically mark 50% of my life in CA and 50% in MI.

          Sure good to see folks like you active. It may be the only hope MI has is the independent news outlets. Snyder has really screwed over my home state.  

          if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

          by mrsgoo on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 11:39:02 PM PDT

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          •  You're RIGHT! (0+ / 0-)

            Windsor is to the South! I almost forgot.

            The Tunnel is the alternative way besides Blue Water Bridge.

            I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Canada by the way. Never forget the Hubby and I trip to Niagara Falls via Canada's QEW Highway while driving on the bike (Motorcycle). Talk about an awesome ride, great roads and spectacular views for miles. Never, ever will forget looking down at Hamilton while driving passed the city on the bike -- the most beautiful sight I have ever seen.

            Yes, without Independent Media, we would have quite an informed public in Michigan. MLive does a Okay job but the major news resources (known newspaper names and local broadcast stations) for the most part -- not so much.

            Michigan based Citizen Journalist Owner/Podcast host at Independent Underground News at http://www.rojsnews.com and our weekly radio show Independent Underground LIVE at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rojsradio.

            by kayla9170 on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:15:46 AM PDT

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    •  wow-that WILL be inconvenient. On the other (0+ / 0-)

      hand, somewhat encouraging that they are undertaking--god forbid--infrastructure projects in Michigan.

      If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

      by livjack on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 07:19:47 AM PDT

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  •  Good news (3+ / 0-)
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    I just started getting Social Security, but not in time to afford going to NN this year.  Knowing it's so close I can drive from Milwaukee.

    Gotta start stashing some cash away.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:04:55 PM PDT

    •  Come on over.... (1+ / 0-)
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      Our Wisconsinite Neighbor to the Northwest. We'll be happy to have you stop by for visit!

      Michigan based Citizen Journalist Owner/Podcast host at Independent Underground News at http://www.rojsnews.com and our weekly radio show Independent Underground LIVE at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rojsradio.

      by kayla9170 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 11:22:55 PM PDT

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  •  Just snuck down to the corner for a smoke. (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm at the Sainte Claire. The young úns are out in full force! For a brief moment I wished I was in my 20's again! It passed. So much angst. I'm headed for le sack soon. NN has far exceeded my expectations. Fully intend to enjoy the "last day" sniff.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 11:14:04 PM PDT

    •  Have fun MrsGoo! (1+ / 0-)
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      And enjoy your Saturday at #NN13!

      Michigan based Citizen Journalist Owner/Podcast host at Independent Underground News at http://www.rojsnews.com and our weekly radio show Independent Underground LIVE at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rojsradio.

      by kayla9170 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 11:29:42 PM PDT

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  •  You wanted the best and you got the best! (0+ / 0-)

    Love the motor city. I miss my annual pilgrimages to Tiger Stadium.  Looks like I'll have another Detroit excursion next summer!

    GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

    by LordMike on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 09:31:46 AM PDT

  •  Should have done it in Ann Arbor. /nt (0+ / 0-)

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 01:04:35 PM PDT

  •  Absolutely thrilled! (0+ / 0-)

    You will love it. There's grit and real spirit here, rebuilding from the rust.

    Don't just think "autos." Think strength.

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