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Michiganians Get Lessons on How to "Use a Megaphone"

July 7, 2008

Jackson, MI – For some Michigan residents, it's time to move from being a wallflower to taking center stage. They are getting a crash course this week at "Camp Millie," learning how to get involved in local government and politics.

Organizer Fran Brennan says the camp teaches fundraising, campaign finance laws, public speaking and how to write letters to the editor.

"Sometimes it's hard to stand up for ideas and issues that you think are important and that you have concerns about. We are trying to promote doing it the way that Millie Jeffrey did it, which was always to be respectful."

"Camp Millie" is named in honor of Millie Jeffrey, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000. The camp will be held in Jackson this weekend. It is the latest in a series of trainings around the state to get regular people interested in government and politics.

Brennan notes the presidential race this year is part of the reason so many diverse people are taking notes on politics and how it affects their neighborhoods.

"We have high school students, and we have senior citizens. The philosophies that we discuss and the desire to promote your feelings out in the community are not age-related."

More information on the citizen action camp is at www.justicecaucus.org.


Jim Mishler/Steve Powers, Public News Service - MI