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Bob Morris New Biography Pays Tribute to Father, United Auto Workers

Canton, Mich. (PRWEB) April 10, 2014

Brutal beatings. Gangsters. Assassination attempts. This is not the latest Martin Scorsese script.

“Built in Detroit: A Story of the UAW, a Company, and a Gangster” (published by iUniverse) by author Bob Morris, is the real-life history of the United Auto Workers’ struggle against hostile forces as it sought to bring justice to automobile workers in the 1930s and 1940s.

With his father, Ken Morris, playing a significant role in the rise of the union, Bob Morris learned first-hand many untold stories. Bob Morris knew the leaders of a generation when the Michigan labor movement was at its peak in the 1950s and 1960s.

In his new book, “Built in Detroit,” Bob Morris explores the beginning of the United Auto Workers (UAW), its battles with the automobile companies, the union’s internal struggles and the company-instigated violence that followed. Additionally, the book shares Ken Morris’ journey of working in Detroit’s toughest auto plant, his active participation in the fledgling union and his work life after World War II, when he was subjected to mob violence against the UAW.

The story covers the brutal attack against Ken Morris and the assassination attempts against union leader Walter Reuther and Reuther’s brother, Victor. The book trails private detectives to find the perpetrators of this violence and gives readers an inside look at the U.S. Senate’s Kefauver hearings on interstate criminal activities – a one-man grand jury, the Detroit underworld and a crooked Detroit cop.

With vivid descriptions and suspenseful storytelling, “Built in Detroit” aims to provide an authentic look into the day-to-day lives of autoworkers and the mysteries that surrounded their history. It brings to life a lost chapter in Detroit and American history that has relevance to today’s labor struggles.

Built in Detroit

By Bob Morris

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 414 pages | ISBN 9781475994360

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 414 pages | ISBN 9781475994353

E-Book | ISBN 9781475994377

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Bob Morris grew up in southeast Michigan and knew many of the great auto labor leaders in the state. As an adult, he spent his career developing public policy in Lansing, Mich. – the state capitol. Morris currently lives in Canton, Mich.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

Call to Makers Now Open for Maker Faire Detroit 2014 at The Henry Ford

Dearborn, MI (PRWEB) April 01, 2014

Attention all makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers: The call for entries is now open for Maker Faire Detroit 2014 at The Henry Ford. Now in its fifth year, this unique, two-day, family-friendly event promises to bring makers from all over the nation to celebrate their unbridled creativity and resourcefulness. Maker Faire Detroit will be held July 26-27, 2014, from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

To participate in Maker Faire Detroit, an entry form must be completed at http://www.makerfairedetroit.com/call-for-makers. Entries can be submitted by individuals or by groups, such as hobbyist clubs and schools. The Henry Ford particularly encourages exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things. The closing date for all entries is June 6, 2014.

Maker Faire Detroit is looking for a wide variety of eclectic, diverse and out-of-the-box ideas that highlight the DIY and tinkerer spirit. Exhibits and displays can range from student projects, robotics, 3D printers and CNC mills, textile arts and crafts, home energy monitoring, rockets and R/C toys, sustainability, green tech, radios, vintage computers and game systems, electronics, electric vehicles, biology/biotech and chemistry projects, puppets, kites, bicycles, shelter (tents, domes, etc.), and unusual tools or machines.

Help kickoff the Call to Makers this year during Week of Geek, now through April 5. Activities include Tinker.Hack.Invent Saturday inside Henry Ford Museum and open maker spaces at i3Detroit, Maker Works and TechShop throughout the week. GR Makers will be hosting a meeting on April 2 from 8 pm – 12 am. Stop by Detroit Public Library for Crafternoon on April 3 from 4 pm – 5:45 pm and on April 5 Arts and Scraps will be hosting a free Robot Institute from 11 am – 3pm.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.makerfairedetroit.com or like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/makerfairedetroit. Maker Faire Detroit is independently produced by The Henry Ford in collaboration with Maker Media.

About The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized cultural destination where stories and artifacts from 300 years of America’s history bring to life the accomplishments of ordinary and extraordinary individuals alike. A national historic landmark with five unique venues, unparalleled collections and world-class expertise, The Henry Ford is a force for fueling the spirit of American innovation and inspiring a ‘can-do’ culture. More than 1.6 million visitors annually experience its attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.

About Maker Media

Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops “getting started” kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.

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You Are What You Eat, Are You Garbage?

National (PRWEB) March 08, 2014

The AlignLife doctors are on a mission, a mission to educate the public on natural health care. Dr. Esposito, co-founder of AlignLife, believes one of the first steps to natural health care is knowing what is being eaten, stating that many companies are creative with their labeling and sometimes when people think they are eating well they indeed are eating more chemicals than food. Dr. Esposito and all the doctors and staff of the AlignLife clinics are donating time to create educational webinars that are free to the public. The doctors say there is no such thing as a quick trip to a grocery store. Grocery stores stock the items shoppers buy most often at the back of the store, forcing them to travel through other tempting aisles to pick up the essentials. Items such as meat, eggs, dairy and bread are strategically placed in the back of the store, making it hard for shoppers to resist grabbing other items when making a quick trip to the grocery. Grocery managers want to maximize your time in their store by having you travel down as many aisles as possible. Crafting an efficient floor plan with an expertly stocked perimeter keeps shoppers moving through the entire store and pausing at strategic stops along the way, including end-caps. According to AlignLife, this webinar will help people learn how to bypass all of this! In this economy, it’s even harder to eat healthy. Food prices are going up and dollars are being stretched to their maximum. For many Americans, organic, fresh foods don’t always fit in budgets and pre-packaged foods are simply more affordable. Dr. Esposito says affordable doesn’t mean quality.

When Congress passed the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act in 1990, they forever changed the way in which people in this country view and purchase their food items. Being able to see all of the products, added preservatives, calories and fat contents within a single item being purchased at the grocery store led to a slight increase in the population becoming fully aware of what enters their body and just how much of it is doing so in any one sitting. Dr. Esposito makes sure after this webinar you are more educated on reading labels and armed with the tools to make healthy decisions while at the grocery store. AlignLife even gives a free gift just for learning about how to become healthier you.

If you would like to attend the webinar and receive your free gift, go to the following link to register: is http://enhance-my-life.com/the-secrets-behind-the-label/.


AlignLife is a chiropractic and natural health franchise founded in 2007 with the mission to provide the highest quality of natural healthcare services to communities around the nation. The integration of chiropractic with other natural health services has proven to save time and money while reducing the hassles of dealing with the complex American health care system. AlignLife is operated by founder and CEO, Dr. Joseph Esposito and President, Dr. Cristina Esposito. There are currently 20 AlignLife locations within six states around the nation and expansion plans are to have 50 locations by the end of 2014. For more information or to find a clinic new you go to http://AlignLife.com.

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Oneida Nation Homelands (NY) (PRWEB) January 31, 2014

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American Cruise Lines Offers Complimentary Shore Tours and Hotel on Paddlewheel River Cruises

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American Cruise Lines (http://www.americancruiselines.com), the largest U.S. cruise company, announced today that complimentary shore excursions will be offered on all Mississippi and Columbia River cruises aboard its two authentic paddlewheelers, Queen of the Mississippi and Queen of the West. The line will offer complimentary shore excursions in each port, valued at more than $ 300 per person. Additionally, for a limited time, a complimentary pre-night hotel stay will also be offered on bookings made throughout Wave Season. Complimentary tours on Mississippi River cruises include:

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How to Fight Against Citizens United Without a Constitutional Amendment

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We are approaching the three year anniversary of the Supreme Court's January 2010 decision, Citizens United. Recall that Citizens United allows unlimited spending on political campaigns by outside groups, including corporations.

Despite two federal elections and 1,000 or so days passing since Citizens United was decided, the coalition determined to roll back the Court's decision has thus far failed to stop corporate spending from poisoning our democracy.

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This is a great solution to the question of how to take on Citizen's United

It’s simple, we kick the money out of politics

My thoughts are to make all elections from dog catcher to president 100% publicly funded, and when you burn through your war chest IT’S GONE! And you’re not going to get anymore. Equal funding. Equal time. Equal voice.

Wal-Mart Black Friday and Protests

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Wal-Mart sent out a press release.

They say they had more than 10,000,000 transactions between 8PM and midnight yesterday.

Bill Simon CEO also tries to down play protest.

For more on these and other stories check bowlersdesk.com

And as always please feel free to post, re-post, and share.


I think is a testament to the cause of the workers that all the Wal-Mart brass can do is play down the size but cant refute the workers claims

Local police disperse, arrest Black Friday protesters on behalf of Walmart

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The treatment of peaceful protesters compared to the unruly and sometimes violent crowds of stampeding Black Friday shoppers couldn't be more different. While the former is ostracized and forcibly removed by police, the latter is encouraged to come out for a competitive brawl over marked off goods. Nowhere is this contrast more clearly defined than in the police treatment of Walmart protesters over the last 24 hours.

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Thank you much for writing about this.

Black Friday, Black Heart

These are human beings goddamnit, their lives have value!

I’m most likely preaching to the choir and hope the my voice can add to the thousands literally starving for change here in the first world of the United States, and push the issue of labor rights just a bit further. Lets take a look at today’s Huffington Post Black Friday reports. Seriously go take a look I’ll wait… … … … So are you mad or disgusted yet? I hope so. There is a time for anger, righteous anger. That time is now.

Personally I have seen both sides. I worked those way before pre-dawn hours at a big box store for many years. And been a witness to appalling customer behavior, intentional stock shortages and staff pushed beyond levels of decency by management. It would easy to point the blame at retailers like Wal-Mart and say. “You’re an evil corporation that is ruining people’s lives and depriving your employees of a decent standard of living.” And why this is generally true. It’s much harder to stand in front of that dressing room mirror and say “My unconscious consumption is ruining people’s lives and depriving people around the world including Americans a decent standard of living.”

If Americans were more conscious about where and how their money was spent the tide of violence and aggression that has become the day after Thanksgiving could then and only then be stemmed. Private corporations are more democratic than we give them credit for. Your wallet casts a vote every time you exchange currency for goods and the cash register is the ballot box. Every time you purchase a product from a retailer or manufacturer that mistreats its employees you are showing your explicit approval of that companies practices and give them the incentive and capital to not only continue but to expand their immoral practices.

I know its hard not to do this. Most of us work shit jobs that pay shit wages so in return the only places we can shop are places that treat people like shit. It’s a circle that is quickly destroying our nations middle class. I don’t have all the answers on how to break this cycle but I know where we can start. Buy less things for a start. By doing this you can save money. So when it is time to make that purchase of something you need you can spend the extra money to buy something of quality and if possible buy something made in America. We didnt get to this sorry state overnight so it’s going to take time to get us out of it. The only ones with the power to fix this is us, the consumer. The American worker and our very way of life is depending on us.

Look, I’m no hermit. To quote the Dennis Leary song Asshole “I like football and porno and books about war” I like fatty foods and I don’t drive a hybrid and I don’t buy organic. Everyone has their cross to bear. Mine is video games. It’s hard for me to not pull the trigger on the newest murder simulator released every other week. But I have gotten to the point that before I buy that new game I’ll take a look at my shelf and on my computer hard drive and see all the games that have that have gone unfinished and come to the realization that whatever new virtual world that a company is pushing on me at the time is not going to enhance my experience in my actual physical reality. I imagine it’s like kicking an addiction. I still have the trigger to buy new games but I don’t follow through. Your burden might be shoes, clothes or electronics. But make no mistake by consuming these cheap poorly made goods you are consuming the very heart and soul of America.

Before you buy slow down. Think, “Do I need this?” and “what is the real cost of this item in human capital. Am I contributing to suffering or contributing to a living for another human being or a fellow American?”If you do what you know is right with your hard-earned dollars then you will change your life and others for the better.

The Church of Stop Shopping

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"Reverend Billy" wants you to stop shopping. Especially today. Your buying products that have been shipped from sweat shops in Asia caused Hurricane Sandy. Why do you continue to hurt the earth?

The Church Of Stop Shopping believes we are the problem, and that the 99% is somehow related to their overall message. Maybe it's just an attention getter.

Billy even has a choir:

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I re-blogged this because I really like this blog. But this post is a prime example of how you can hear the sermon but miss the teaching completely. Push past the surface not only on a word press blog but with people in general find out who people are and why they think and act the way they do and they might shock you. Like Rev Billy.

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