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Trial run? — If you want to see George W. Bush stand trial (sort of) for his alleged misdeeds during the past four years, head to Xhedos Café in Ferndale at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25. The Raging Grannies, a group of somewhat elderly women dressed in bonnets and aprons, will stage a mock trial to protest Bush’s decision to invade Iraq and other controversial (aka foolish) acts. The Grannies, who stand on the left of most public issues, plan to have a fictitious prosecutor hold the president accountable, as much as one can in a fictitious trial. They accuse Dubya of sending about 30 Michigan soldiers to their deaths in Iraq, losing thousands of state jobs and harming the environment. Show up and be the judge and jury.

VOICELESS CONCERNS — In the spirit of true democracy, and the pluralism that is supposed to abide in it, Alliance for Democracy member Dan Butts and University of Detroit-Mercy professor Dr. Mike Whitty will host “Contrasting Visions for America and the World,” at 3 p.m., Oct. 24, in the Student Union Building of UDM’s Livernois campus. A panel of socialists, libertarians and Green Party members, as well as Democrats and Republicans, will discuss the issues that the presidential debates skipped, skimmed or pretended don’t exist, such as privatization of public services and human rights.

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