It began in the fall of 2012, when small groups of Michigan citizens—strangers to each other, but not to Michigan—gathered to talk about our state. The groups included a retired teacher in Flint, an organic farmer in Traverse City, a computer technician in Grand Rapids, a laid-off auto worker from Oakland County, a nurse from Detroit. Democrats, Republicans and independents. Young people with new families and retirees who had made their whole lives here. Single moms and entrepreneurs. Folks successful in their jobs, others feeling pinched, or scrambling to find something new.
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