Upcoming Democratic Events:

Michigan’s Mighty 14th District Democrats!

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence Holds Winter Resource Fair in Pontiac Nov. 20th

Winter Resource Fair. Friday, November 20th. 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bowens Senior Center, 52 Bagley Street, Pontiac 48342.  Free and open to all.  Local agencies and resources will be on hand with tools to help those in need survive the upcoming winter season, including utility assistance and housing.

Fall Fundraiser Social and Potluck with Congresswoman Lawrence Nov. 21st

Join us in fellowship! Saturday, November 21st. 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Southfield Campaign Office, 29207 Southfield Road, Southfield 48076. Please bring an item to share.  $20.00 suggested donation to ‘Brenda Lawrence for Congress.’  Also collecting winter apparel or non-perishable food items for Detroit homeless shelter donations.

Please call (248) 262-7502 or e-mail info@brendalawrence.com with questions.

Funeral Arrangements for Pearl Reynolds

Longtime Democratic activist and active Precinct Delegate Pearl Reynolds passed away on Sunday evening, November 15th. Her funeral arrangements are as follows:

The viewing and family hour will be on Sunday, November 22nd from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This is taking place at Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 W. McNichols Road, Detroit 48235.  Their phone number is (313) 272-9000.

The funeral will be held on Monday, November 23rd at 11:00 a.m.  This is taking place at Greater Christ Baptist Church, 3544 Iroquois, Detroit 48214.  Their phone number is (313) 924-6900.

Condolences can be sent to Ruth Bennett, 1065 Woodbridge, Saint Clair Shores 48080.

Hatchett, Tilley, Farber-Bramson to be Honored at Phil Hart Dinner Nov. 22nd

Oakland County Democratic Party Phil Hart Dinner, November 22nd. Former Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer is Keynote Speaker.

The following 14th District Democrats are being awarded:
– Hon. Mattie McKinney Hatchett, Pontiac, Lifetime Democratic Award
Tiffany Tilley, Southfield, Precinct Delegate Award Recipient
Jill Farber-Bramson, West Bloomfield, Tim Dinan Community Service Award

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 876, 876 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights 48071. Business attire requested, tickets held at door. Hundred Club Reception begins at 5:00 p.m., Program and Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please contact OCDP Director of Operations Amanda Klein at (248) 584-0510 or info@ocdp.org

Senator Gary Peters Birthday Party Fundraiser in Royal Oak Dec. 6th

Save the Date! Sunday, December 6th, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Fifth Avenue, 215 W. Fifth, Royal Oak 48067.

14th District Democrats Annual Holiday Party at Fishbone’s of Southfield Dec. 12th

Save the Date! 29244 Northwestern Highway, Southfield 48034.

The 14th District Democrats are convening in December for our holiday gathering.  This takes the place of our regular monthly meeting for December

Detroit + Michigan: The Heart of American Labor.

A Labor Day update from our Congresswoman, Brenda Lawrence:

Happy Labor Day to you and your family.

Here in Detroit and Michigan, we know about the importance of the American labor movement.  Many of the landmark victories for American workers happened here.  Most of us have had a family member in a union — or are members ourselves.  Thanks to organized labor, our region helped set a strong standard of living for working families nationwide.

In our region, we embody the values of hard work and perseverance.  It is how we roll.

Living in Michigan my entire life and growing up in Detroit, my family has always known hard work.  In addition to my years as a public servant, I spent my career working for the United States Postal Service.  My husband put in decades of hard work as a UAW employee at Ford Motor Company. 

Thanks to the leadership of labor pioneers that fought for decent wages and working conditions, my husband and I were able to raise our children.  We’ve been able to dote on our beautiful granddaughter.  In short, we’ve been able to enjoy a strong quality of life here in Michigan, just like so many other families.

Unfortunately, that pathway forward for working families continues to be under attack.

The attempts to roll back gains by the American labor movement have been relentless.  So much of the benefits we have come to take for granted were the result of hard-fought battles by labor unions to improve working conditions.  Yet, the rights of workers to collectively organize and bargain are being eroded.  In Michigan, of all places, that erosion has been especially devastating.

A race to the bottom ultimately benefits none of us.  We need to move forward and make further gains for American workers.

While only a few months into my first term as a Member of Congress, I’ve made it my mission to fight for our working families in Detroit and Michigan.  Workers around our nation are working so hard to get ahead; they deserve a Congress that will make it easier for their family to prosper, not add further roadblocks.


Here are a few of my recent efforts supporting American workers:

– Co-founding the Congressional Investment in America’s Skilled Workforce Caucus

– Fighting for resources to equip our Michigan workers to succeed

– Introducing the ‘Workforce Development for the Advancement of Manufacturers Act’ (H.R. 1970)

– Promoting the idea of tax credits for employers that provide employees with training programs

– Holding ‘Make it in America’ Initiative hearings with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer in Detroit

– Joining brothers and sisters at area labor union gatherings in fellowship

– Co-sponsoring legislation to increase the federal minimum wage

– Opposing harmful trade agreements


There is still so much more to be done.  With the current composition of Congress, the odds of moving certain pieces of legislation are daunting — but nothing worth doing is rarely easy.  After all, here in Detroit we know about persevering.  I’ll continue fighting for Detroit and our region.  I’ll continue fighting for working families. 

On this Labor Day, I want to say thank you to those in organized labor.  You helped make my family’s life better.  Furthermore, you’ve helped make every American worker’s life better regardless of whether they were ever a union member.

Our nation is stronger because of the caliber of our workforce — and because of the efforts of labor unions.  Again, thank you.

Your friend,


Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Michigan’s 14th District

Fighting for Michigan. Fighting for Us.


Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence Hosts “Make It In America” Forum in Detroit August 31st.

Free Event Features Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Panel

Monday, August 31, 2015

Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers Road

Detroit, Michigan 48235

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.  Your participation is welcomed and encouraged!  Let’s show one of the leading national Democrats our Mighty 14th Congressional District Democrats strength!

Our Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland are holding a panel discussion on the importance of investing and building a 21st Century Workforce. As part of the “Make It In America” initiative, Reps. Hoyer and Lawrence are bringing together a diverse coalition of stakeholders and community leaders to examine what local manufacturers need to help them succeed in 21st century economy.

As champions of America’s skilled workforce, Reps. Hoyer and Lawrence will come together to discuss ways to develop legislation and policy platforms that will restore America’s workforce to the best in the world. Five years ago, Representative Hoyer, along with House Democratic Caucus created the Make It In America plan to encourage private sector job creation in the United States. In those five years, Congress has passed 16 bills into law by President Obama, that are fostering a welcoming environment that encourages manufacturers to innovate, grow and keep good jobs in the United States. As a strong advocate of America’s skilled workforce, Representative Lawrence is using her position as co-chair of the Congressional Investment in America’s Skilled Workforce Caucus (CIASW) to strengthen America’s economy.

Next District Meeting: Saturday, Sept. 12th, 2015.

The 14th Congressional District Democratic Party’s monthly meeting takes place on Saturday, September 12th at the Northwest Activities Center. The address is 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, Michigan 48235.

The Executive Board meets at 10:00 a.m.  The General Membership meeting starts at 11:00 a.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Chairman Rick Blocker at 248-217-1637.

Final Arrangements for the Honorable Mary Lou Parks.

Former State Representative, Democratic Leader, Nominee for Michigan Secretary of State Passes

Public Viewing
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church
21150 Moross Road
Detroit, Michigan 48236
(313) 884-6648
Dr. James Minnick, Pastor

Homegoing Service
Thursday, September 3, 2015

11:00 a.m.

Triumph Church (East Campus)
2760 E. Grand Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48211
(734) 895-1170
Rev. Solomon Kinloch, Jr., Pastor

Oakland County Endorsement Committee Questionnaire.

14th Congressional District Democrats

Oakland County Endorsement Committee Questionnaire


Thank you for filling out the Endorsement Questionnaire for the 14th Congressional District Democrats. Please read each question carefully before thoroughly answering.

(Please limit each answer to no more than 125 words.)

  1. Your Full Name:
  2. Name as it will appear on the ballot:
  3. Office you are seeking:
  4. Community in which you live:
  5. Public Office: State (chronologically) any public offices you have held, including the terms of service and whether such positions were elected or appointed. State (chronologically) any unsuccessful candidacies for elective public office.
  6. Please provide the names of all organizations that have endorsed your candidacy?
  7. What is your plan to get elected?
  8. What is your current political affiliation?
  9. What history of involvement, if any, do you have as a Republican?
  10. Why are you seeking the endorsement of the 14th Congressional District Democrats?
  11. So-called “Right-to-Work” laws or “Freedom-to-Work” laws, while a state issue, may weaken organized labor by restricting what can be negotiated between labor and management. The laws also weaken a union’s ability to collectively bargain and strengthen the middle class. Do you oppose these laws?
  12. What proposals and ideas do you have, if any, to ensure an inclusive community that welcomes diversity? How will you work to have a diverse representation of citizens in the composition of boards, commissions and staff?
  13. Will you publicly support issues that are relevant to the 14th Congressional District Democrats by allowing us to use your name in a press release, website, flyer, or another form of mass communication?
  14. Will you financially support the 14th Congressional District Democratic organization by attending fundraisers, selling event tickets, soliciting others for program advertisements, and so forth?
  15. Are there any issues that may arise during the campaign that you would like to make sure we know when considering an endorsement for your campaign?


For consideration of endorsement by the 14th Congressional District Democratic organization, please e-mail your completed questionnaire to both: rick.blocker325 (at) gmail (dot) com and info (at) 14thdistrictdems (dot) org as soon as possible.


Thank you!

Next District Meeting Saturday, August 8th in Pontiac!

The 14th Congressional District Democratic Party’s monthly meeting takes place this Saturday, August 8th at UAW Local 653. The address is 670 E. Walton Boulevard, Pontiac, Michigan 48340.

The Executive Board meets at 10:00 a.m.  The General Membership meeting starts at 11:00 a.m.

In addition to the meeting, we will also have a Summer Picnic on Saturday at the same location. Food and refreshments will be provided. Come out and enjoy the food and fellowship!

If you have any questions, please contact Chairman Rick Blocker at 248-217-1637.

P.S. — Thank you to the hundreds of amazing Democrats who came out to our successful Annual Dinner this past weekend! Those who participated got to hear an excellent Keynote Address from Congressman Keith Ellison. Thank you again and we’re already looking forward to next year!

Our Next Meeting: Saturday, July 18th in Oak Park.

The 14th District Democrats’ July meeting is this Saturday, July 18th at Sahara Restaurant in Oak Park, 24770 Coolidge Highway, on the southeast corner of Coolidge and 696. The Executive Board meeting is at 10:00 a.m. and the General Membership meeting is at 11:00 a.m.  All Democrats are welcome and encouraged to attend!  Please call Chairman Rick Blocker if you have any questions at 248-217-1637.  #MI14

The current boundaries for our 14th District.