National liberal activists holding Detroit convention this week

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    A national network of liberal activists is organizing its annual convention in Detroit this week, following the NAACP’s Detroit convention that concludes Wednesday and preceding next week’s Democratic presidential debates.

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    The Center for Popular Democracy Network, which says it encompasses progressive organizations in more than 30 states, will host its second annual People’s Convention in Detroit in partnership with Detroit Action, the activist group formerly known as Good Jobs Now.

    The coalition will also hold an event it calls the “Local Progress convening,” where progressive local officials from across the country will confer and develop a local policy agenda. That event will be hosted by Detroit Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield and Detroit Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López.

    The organization also said it would begin its process for endorsing a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary during this week’s events.

    Ana Maria Archila, the group’s co-executive director, described the convention in a statement as “popular democracy at work: collective decision-making, conversation across difference, creating the space and capacity for a bold reimagining of our economy and our democracy,” and said it represents “the type of civic participation that we need to represent the interests of all people in this country.”

    Events will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel and Cobo Convention Center in Detroit.

    Derek Robertson
    Derek Robertson is a former reporter for the Advance. Previously, he wrote for Politico Magazine in Washington. He is a Genesee County native and graduate of both Wayne State University, where he studied history, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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