Category: News Briefs Written by Michigan Chronicle
On Sept. 22, officials at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) broke ground for a new 40,000 square-foot Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus. It marks the first new, freestanding building on the campus in more than 40 years, according to UDM president Antoine M. Garibaldi. “It is most appropriate that the new facility’s primary focus will be on the health and well-being of our students,” Garibaldi said. “UDM emphasizes the importance of developing a well-rounded individual, with a focus not just on the intellectual, but also the spiritual, social and physical well-being of our students.”
The fitness center, located on the east side of the Engineering Building, will feature a two-court gymnasium for recreation and intramural sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton and floor hockey; an elevated three-lane track; a group exercise room; men’s and women’s locker rooms and restrooms; a lobby and student lounge and a “smoothie bar.”
“The new Student Fitness Center will provide more opportunities for our students to enrich their college experience, providing both health and social benefits,” said William C. Young, member of the UDM Board of Trustees, and president and CEO of Plastipak Packaging, Inc. and Absopure Water.
The new fitness center will echo the collegiate Spanish architectural themes found on the university’s other buildings.
The center will face the Kassab Mall, in close proximity to the university’s new tennis complex and pavilion, practice fields, residence halls and historic Calihan Hall. The center is expected to open next fall.
This latest development is coming on the heels of the appointment of Garibaldi as UDM president. A national scholar in higher education, Garibaldi’s career spans more than 35 years as a tenured professor, accomplished researcher and educational administrator. He served as president of Gannon University and was the first provost and chief academic officer at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 October 2011 15:38
Category: News Briefs Written by Steve Holsey
She was an original, and did everything with flair and a style that was as unique as her personality.
June Brown Garner, one of the most important figures in the history of the Michigan Chronicle, died on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in New Haven, Michigan, following a lengthy illness, according to her daughter, Sylvia Mustonen. She was 88.
Detroit-born June Brown, who graduated from Northwestern High School and then attended Wayne State University, began her long and illustrious career at the Michigan Chronicle.
For many years she was manager of Classifieds, the department she literally built from scratch. She made an impact that still resonates to this day.
Brown was also known for a gossip column called “Other People’s Business.” Nestled in the middle of the classifieds, the column was must reading for thousands of Detroiters. She never used names, but gave broad, often hilarious hints. In later years the column combined the gossip with important news and opinions designed to benefit the Black community.
The column was so popular that it caught the attention of the Detroit News. She subsequently wrote a column there that ran several times a week. She also had a TV show that aired weekly on WDIV/Channel 4. On the program she interviewed civic leaders, educators, religious figures and others. Prior to that, she hosted a more entertainment oriented show on another station called “June Brown’s Apartment.”
June Brown and her husband, the late realtor Warren C. Garner, owned the G-2 Ranch, located in Holly, Michigan. There was horseback riding, picnics and much more.
She also created an organization called Bachelor Book, through which single adults could meet other singles. That was in addition to teaching a weight loss and weight maintenance class.
After leaving the Detroit News, June Brown Garner began writing a compendium to the Let’s Read book series called “June Brown’s Guide to Let’s Read.”
At one point, she again became a weekly columnist for the Michigan Chronicle.
In 1996, June Brown Garner and Warren C. Garner retired and moved to Tazewell, Virginia. Following her husband’s passing in 1997, she continued to live in Tazewell. In 2003 she returned to Michigan to be close to her family.
June Brown was unflinchingly honest, creative, tenacious, fun, well-informed, fearless, ambitious, a shrewd businesswoman and, yes, sometimes outrageous.
A private memorial service was held.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 20:09
Category: News Briefs Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
On Aug. 29, WXYZ’s Detroit 2020 program coordinated a bus tour of the city with Inside Detroit. Approximately 15 people from the metro area participated, and many of them learned new things about Detroit.
As the tour bus pulled out of the WXYZ TV 7 parking lot, Marc Barringer of St. Clair Shores said he went on the tour because he was looking to find parts of Detroit he didn’t know about. He said he knew a few things related to entertainment and things of that nature, but not much else.
He wanted to know what’s going on in the neighborhoods, and that he was also interested in how urban gardens and urban farming are developing.
An urban farm was on the tour, the Earthworks Urban Farm, run by Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Tour guide Jenette Pierce said it was started in 1997 by a monk who wanted to be able to get fresh fruits and vegetables to people in the soup kitchen.
The farm backs up to the Gleaners Food Bank.
She noted that urban farming has engaged the neighborhood.
The tour also included Corktown, the oldest and one of the most active neighborhoods in the city.
The neighborhood also includes Hostel Detroit, a nonprofit founded last November, and coordinated by Emily Doerr. It opened this past spring.
Visitors who stay at Hostel Detroit not only have an affordable place to stay, but also get connected to what’s going on in the community.
At one point during the tour, Pierce also pointed out a Honeybee Market, and said the city has 111 full-service grocery stores.
In Mexicantown, she cited “beautiful, amazing murals” and the Matrix Theatre, which offers classes for children of all ages
“It’s really about community development through art and theatre,” Pierce said.
Southwest Detroit is a neighborhood that’s been growing continuously.
As the bus circled Campus Martius Park. Pierce said that despite naysaers, it’s been hugely successful, and that last year it was voted number one transformative park in the United States.
Campus Martius was originally a military training ground. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, erected in 1872, was one of the first Civil War monuments.
Campus Martius Park also marks the point of origin of Judge Augustus Woodward’s original street plan for Detroit.
“Due north is Eight Mile and Dequindre, where all three counties come together,” Pierce said.
As the tour group got out to visit the Guardian Building, Barringer said he didn’t realize that Southwest Detroit is still growing.
Built in 1929 by architect Wirt Rowland as a bank’s headquarters, a “cathedral to finance”, the Guardian Building features a five story mural, a Tiffany clock, Rookwood tiles, and local Pewabic tiles.
Pierce said the majority of people in the metro Detroit region surprisingly have never even heard of the Guardian Building, while people will come from all over the world to see it.
The group got out again at Rivard Plaza, which Pierce described as “the home of the RiverWalk.”
Susan Lough of Canton said she hadn’t expected to see the nicer areas; or that there’s a hostel, or that there is an interest in people who want to come down here.
Lough was pleasantly surprised, saying, “I’d always heard of the RiverWalk and didn’t know that it was actually here,” she said. “It’s really beautiful.”
Becky Lough, her daughter, generally has only come to Detroit for sporting events. She said some of what she’s seen on the tour might prompt her to come down more often.
Jeffrey Lindahl of Redford said he probably went by the Guardian Building many times without noticing it.
Krista Mazzeo of Livonia said, “I’m getting a more positive vibe about the city that counteracts my previous negative feeling.”
Other stops included Indian Village, where the average house is 6,000 square feet, and each is unique, and the Heidelberg Project on Heidelberg Street.
Pierce said people from more than 100 countries have visited the Heidelberg Project, and that it’s the third most visited cultural attraction in the city.
Artist Tyree Guyton, who started the Heidelberg Project, grew up on Heidelberg. His mother still lives there.
The group also visited a 10th floor model loft in the Lofts of Merchants Row, which consists of multiple buildings over two different blocks.
Pierce, who lives a few blocks away, said she can walk to 137 bars and restaurants; to Lions, Tigers and Red Wings games; and the second largest theatre district in the country.
“You have that big city stuff, but it really is that small town community,” she said.
Chris Meller said that even though he was born and raised in Detroit, he had no idea so much was worth going to in the city.
Jane Tate, who grew up in the Brightmoor neighborhood and currently lives in Royal Oak, said she really liked the Guardian Building.
“I knew there was some really cool stuff down there, but I’d never really been in any of those buildings,” she said.
“I really liked the RiverWalk and the park that was down there.”
Inside Detroit’s website is www.insidedetroit.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 17:56
Category: News Briefs Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
According to Detroit Economic Growth Corporation President George Jackson, Jr., Detroiters spend about $1.5 billion outside the city.
“When you have that type of buying power, how can you say this is not still an economically viable city?” Jackson asked. “Let’s take Whole Foods for example. Why did we incentivize Whole Foods? I know that’s been controversial, particularly with the independent grocers and the Chaldean community. But at the same time, I know a lot of people who live in Detroit. I don’t know one who says theybuy their groceries only within the city limits of Detroit.”
Jackson said market forces are such that people have to go outside the city because they can’t find all their shopping and retail needs in the city.
“The average customer who’s going to go to the Whole Foods in Detroit was not going to a local, independent grocer in Detroit,” Jackson said. “They were already going to Whole Foods. They were already going to Holiday Market. They were already going to Trader Joe’s, in spite of the fact you have the independent grocers here.”
This is because all the customers’ needs aren’t being met.
Jackson said the DEGC and Mayor Bing are working to bring some big box stores into the city. He cited Meijer and Walmart, and said those types of projects are progressing well.
He also said people who are coming in to the downtown, Midtown and Lafayette Park areas are highly educated and have money.
“They have large incomes, including the young professionals, and they buy things,” he said. “From that standpoint, that’s going to drive these markets even more.”
He added that if we put the housing in, the high quality retail will come.
“Now we know there is a demand,” he said, adding that he believes this demand will grow faster in certain pockets of Detroit than in suburbs “oversaturated” with housing. He said the desire for an urban lifestyle has hit Detroit.
“I think you’re going to find that the retail and other quality of life issues will surface as we grow this demographic that’s moving back into the city,” he said.
He noted that the DEGC helps businesses in economic and non-economic bases, and spends much time cutting red tape.
“A lot of times, I think you have situations where either people go to the wrong place, or a lot of times it’s unfair to the city. A lot of times people just didn’t get what they wanted.”
He said the DEGC’s job isn’t to give businesses what they want, but to give them what is proper, right, fair and makes sense from an economic and purely business respect.
The DEGC, he pointed out, is seriously and unashamedly pro business.
“We don’t just stop at what our normal charter is,” Jackson said. “We work with the company to help them through whatever they need to do to establish that business or grow that business in the city of Detroit,” Jackson said, adding that the DEGC calls on at least 250 businesses each year in the city. He calls them business retention calls, and said there are three elements: attraction, expansion and retention.
He also said when visiting those 250 businesses, the DEGC often finds their issues have nothing to do with economic development.
“A lot of them are dealing with city services,” he said. “So we will make that connection when we do those calls.”
Jackson said the DEGC calls the decision makers in the city, and lets them know how helping a business with a city service issue in turn helps the city with economic issues.
“That business feels a lot better about the city,” he said. “Also when that business, when they do expand or increase investment, is more inclined to do it in the city than if we had not resolved their service issue.”
He said the DEGC represents the best interests of Detroit and that it has to be a win/win.
Asked about the issue of getting businesses into Detroit and/or encouraging them to stay in the city, and misconceptions he hears from businesses, Jackson said there are a lot of inaccuracies with regard to people’s perception about the city, and everybody who works on the city’s behalf.
“One of the first things we do is we deal with that head-on, and let them know this is who we are and this is how we do business,” he said. “We just cut right to the chase.”
The DEGC makes perception issues a part of the presentation.
He also said the DEGC has gained a reputation among most fair-minded people that it is an extremely professional business.
“I can say that about my colleagues in this administration at this point in time, too,” he said. “I think that’s one of the things Mayor Bing has brought to the table — integrity.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2011 16:47
Category: News Briefs Written by ETECH
Rep. Hansen Clarke (D- Mich.) refuses to work “the Washington way.”
Clarke, a freshman representative, said freshmen are told not to offer amendments to legislation, but he doesn’t accept that tradition.
He said the recent earthquake in Virginia underscores that he did the right thing in offering an amendment to restore the funds after the House Appropriations Committee voted to remove funding metro Detroit’s funding eligibility for Homeland Security dollars.
“We’re not just any other city,” Clarke said. “An earthquake here could have been disastrous. It could have disabled the busiest international border crossing in North America. It could have disabled our huge wastewater and drinking water system. That just helps underscore the fact that what I did was the right thing.”
Clarke also said he will be introducing legislation to better secure drinking water and waste water facilities, saying they are at risk of contamination by terrorists because there is no federal agency in charge of the security of drinking water or waste water.
Clarke also worked to restore food stamps for low income mothers buying food at farmers markets to the agriculture budget.
“We’ve got a major farmer’s market here with Eastern Market,” he said. “I’m trying to grow that market. I’m trying to help make our people in this region healthier by eating fresh fruit and vegetables, not fast foods.”
He said that is how you help stabilize the debt and overspending in this country. Health care costs contribute to that overspending.
“We have a disease management system that doesn’t address the issue of keeping people well before they get sick,” Clarke said.
He promotes metro Detroit as the possible future of the U.S. economy, one involving new manufacturing.
“We’ve got the talent, we’ve got the engineers, we’ve got the research institutions,” he said, adding that all this gives him the chance to highlight the value of Wayne State University.
“All the vacant land and abandoned plants that we have, we have the capacity to grow and build,” he said. “All I need is to provide the right incentives to attract and keep investment here.”
Clarke also said the debt ceiling issue was a politically-created crisis, that has nothing to do with any fiscal crisis. He maintains that the real debt crises are mortgage debt, student loan debt and credit card debt.
“People in this area and around the county who are working don’t have money because they’re paying their income to creditors.”
He said waging war against consumer debt is our mutual responsibility. He pointed out that it took a considerable amount of effort to get other members of Congress to sign on to a resolution that says we’ve got to address consumer debt.
“I had to repeat it over and over again, and here’s why: Essentially, what I’m doing is taking two divergent thoughts of economic policy by stating that if you want to free up Americans’ purchasing power, cut the debt that they have to pay directly,” he said. “That’s the crisis.”
Clarke said his underlying thesis is that for the American economy to be strong in a sustainable way, individuals and families have to be financially secure.
He also outlined a jobs plan to help restore jobs in Detroit and around the county. First, it requires a major reform in tax policy.
“For a five-year period, establish a pilot initiative in Detroit to allow Detroit to keep the federal tax revenue that it generates,” he said. “That’s between $2 billion and $2.5 billion a year.”
He added that “big strings” would be attached. If the city accepts this money, it would have to eliminate city income taxes during that same period.
The city and the Detroit Public schools must also pay off their respective debts, and the city must eliminate the property taxes that were levied to actually pay on those debts.
He said the end result would be a lower taxed region.
“The city of Detroit, I’m going to (look out for),” he said. “They’re still going to get the same money that they raised from their city income tax back in 2000, which is $378 million. They’ll be able to use that for any purpose.”
On the other hand, Clarke said, the remainder of federal money Detroit would be getting for that five-year period can only be spent in public safety and public education.
“The best economic development incentive is to have good schools and safe streets,” he said. “Job training, business infrastructure, public infrastructure, and all that, that plan, and how that money is spent must be approved by a majority vote of City Council and by the Secretary of HUD, money to be administered by the Secretary of the Treasury, so we’re going to have checks and balances.”
Clarke’s second bullet point is zeroing out the capital gains tax for any investment made in the city in a 12 month period.
Point three is to encourage foreign investors to invest in distressed areas like Detroit, Flint and Pontiac. This would involve modifying the EB5 Visa (“green card”) requirements.
“I’ll make it easier for foreign investors to invest a half million dollars to create those jobs by allowing their family members in the U.S. to contribute, and allow venture capitalists to contribute that money, and also expedite the Visa application process, and also provide that immigrant with an expedited road to citizenship.”
“The fourth point,” he continued, “is a bill I introduced with Jim Renacci, Republican from Ohio, which would be to remove the regulations to allow employers to hire someone who’s unemployed, provide them with on-the-job training, and still pay the person more money than they would receive on unemployment. And it would cost less money for the employer.”
Clarke is also looking at a dramatic plan to forgive a large number of student loans. He said student loan indebtedness now exceeds $1 trillion.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:14
Category: News Briefs Written by Michigan Chronicle
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy will host its largest fundraising celebration of the year, “Shimmer on the River,” on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. This night, taking place outdoors on the GM Plaza and Promenade, is expected to attract hundreds of guests with proceeds benefiting the non-profit Conservancy and its continued development of the Detroit Riverfront.
Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner featuring Detroit favorites and Michigan-made products, along with cocktails and dancing on the Detroit RiverWalk with live entertainment by jazz greats the Les Williams Band and One World Island.
In addition, the Conservancy will honor U.S. Sen. Carl Levin during for his decades-long commitment to the transformation of the Detroit Riverfront.
“This is an evening for every Detroit Riverfront supporter to come together and not only celebrate what’s been accomplished, but to also play a role in its continued transformation and growth,” said Faye Alexander Nelson, president and CEO, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. “Being outdoors on the GM Plaza will allow guests to take in the beauty and progress firsthand on the Riverfront.”
Tickets for may be purchased at www.detroitriverfront.org or by calling (313) 566-8206.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 17:25
Category: News Briefs Written by Michigan Chronicle
It’s been called a trendsetter in the history of presidential book publishing as Global Mark Makers (www.globalmarkmakers.com) publishing group in Iowa, announces a six-part series on the Obama presidency written by Bankole Thompson, senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle, and the selection of Bob Weiner, former White House spokesperson during the Bill Clinton administration, to write the epilogue to the second title of the series “Obama and Christian Loyalty,” due in October of this year.
Weiner, former press secretary at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy during the Clinton administration, said, “I am honored to be invited to write the epilogue to Bankole Thompson’s latest book on religion and politics. The abuse of religion by the right is scary for America. God belongs to no party and no candidate. Claiming religious principles for ‘life’ but cutting programs for the poor is about as far from the point of religion as one can be.”
Weiner added, “Rick Perry’s recent pray-in days before his presidential campaign ‘announcement’ and then saying Social Security and Medicare violently violate the Constitution, and Michele Bachman’s revealing that she supposedly makes all her decisions based on her religion while she wants to take health care from those who now have it, show the danger of allowing abuse of the mantle of religion.”
Weiner, who recently was the director of the Daily Press Briefing Room at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, served as a top aide and spokesman to a litany of Washington political figures including the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, Congressmen Charles Rangel, John Conyers, Ed Koch and Claude Pepper.
“Bob Weiner is no doubt a man with remarkable experiential insight into the intersection of faith, politics and governance and how such dynamic intersection affects America’s mainstream and middle class,” notes Global Mark Makers CEO C. Paschal Eze.
The interview-based book, the prologue of which is written by Bishop P.A. Brooks, First Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ Inc., is scoring the opinions of Christians about President Obama’s performance in office across a myriad of issues. The book examines the politics of the evangelical right and explores an important question: If President Obama were White, would anyone in the evangelical right question his faith?
Individuals from around the country interviewed in the book include Rogelio Orta of the Latino Christian Business Network, Hyepin Im of the Korean Churches for Community Development, Christian author TN Williams, education advocate Dr. Brenda Lewis, attorney Kathleen Weidner, a self-described “recovering Catholic,” Cordell Uzonwanne an IT consultant, Republican strategist Paul Welday, and Bishop Charles Ellis, Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW), among others.
The remaining titles in Thompson’s six-part series on the Obama presidency include “Obama and Jewish Loyalty (January 2012), “Obama and Black Disloyalty: Deconstructing Prominent Blacks Against Obama” (April 2012), “Obama and Hispanic Loyalty” (July 2012) and “Obama and American Loyalty” (October 2012).
“The uniqueness of the Obama book series lies not only in the fact that it is in six parts, all published within four years of a historic presidential administration and written by one author, but also the fact that it is interview-based, sourcing meaningful ideas from people both from at the top and middle of society, different ethnic ecologies and political persuasions,” Global Mark Makers said.
Bishop Brooks, in the prologue to “Obama and Christian Loyalty,” said, “The test of true Christian loyalty lies is in the one’s devotion to God and humanity that ‘Christianess’ is proved. For this reason, I am so thankful for the scope of this book.”
The book will be launched Nov. 12 in Detroit.
Thompson’s previous book was titled “Obama and Black Loyalty, Vol. 1.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 17:24
Category: News Briefs Written by Michigan Chronicle
The General Motors Foundation and Chevrolet will serve as the dedication chair; dedication co-chair is The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation; and dedication vice chairs include Aetna, Boeing, BP, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, GE McDonalds, Travelers, and Wal- Mart Stores for the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.
Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, George Lucas, Jamie Foxx and Clarence Avant will serve as celebrity co-chairs. The memorial, the first on the National Mall to honor a man of peace, hope and color, will be dedicated on Aug. 28 in a West Potomac Park ceremony on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech.
Members of the King family, civil rights leaders including Congressman John Lewis, Ambassador Andy Young, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Rev. Joseph Lowery and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will play roles in several events in the nation’s capital to celebrate the memorial’s dedication Aug. 24 through 28. Former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, General Colin Powell, Tom Brokaw, Dr. Maya Angelou, Alpha Phi Alpha general president Herman “Skip” Mason Jr., Tommy Hilfiger, General Motors chairman and CEO Dan Aker son, leaders of the faith-based community and others will participate in Dedication Week events. President Barack Obama will give remarks during the Aug. 28 dedication ceremony.
Located on the Tidal Basin, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial creates a visual line of leadership between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.
The memorial will be an engaging landscape experience conveying four fundamental and recurring themes throughout Dr. King’s life — democracy, justice, hope and love — and features the use of natural elements including water, stone and trees.
A 450-foot inscription wall will feature more than a dozen Dr. King quotes engraved into granite to serve as a lasting testament and reminder of Dr. King’s humanitarian vision. The memorial will include the “Mountain of Despair” and the “Stone of Hope,” which will feature a 30-foot sculpture of Dr. King.
“We deeply appreciate the support of Stevie, Aretha, Berry, George, Jamie and Clarence, leaders from the entertainment community who believe in and portray Dr. King’s universal messages of democracy, hope, justice and love,” said Harry E. Johnson, Sr., president and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.
“The dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial has been long-awaited, and people from around the world are coming to experience this tremendous, historic moment. We are excited to welcome them all.”
A pre-dedication program will commence at 8:45 a.m. and a post-dedication concert will follow the ceremony.
Dedication Week events include:
• Honoring Global Leaders for Peace International Salute Gala: In celebration of Dr. King’s quest for worldwide equality and peace and in tribute to international leaders who share that commitment.
• Honoring Past, Present Future Pioneers Civil Rights Pioneers Luncheon: In recognition of those who dared to stand with Dr. King, those who dare to stand for the dream today, and those who dare future generations to continue to stand for social justice and equality.
• Partners in the Dream Public Expo: Information booths, performances, and a tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., free and open to the public.
• The Message in the Music Concert of Civil Rights Era Music: Entertainment artists will perform legendary sounds of the Civil Rights Movement inspiring hope, strength and change.
• Women Who Dare to Dream Luncheon Honoring Women Civil Rights Leaders: Honoring the women of the Civil Rights Movement whose legacy of strength and dignity continues to inspire hope and special tribute to Coretta Scott King.
• Interfaith Prayer Service: In recognition of faith as a guiding source for Dr. King’s mission, life, and legacy.
• Dream Keepers Encouraging Future Leaders Youth Symposium: Afternoon forum inspiring youth to spread Dr. King’s universal, timeless messages and to live to their potential.
• The Celebration Dream Gala: A gala salute and momentous celebration honoring those whose support has made the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial a reality.
About the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.
A memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is being completed on the National Mall, situated adjacent to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and in a direct line between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.
Congress passed a joint resolution in 1996 authorizing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to establish a memorial in Washington, D.C. honoring Dr. King. The Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Memorial will be dedicated on Aug. 28, 2011. McKissack & McKissack / Turner Construction Company / Tompkins Builders, Inc./Gilford Corporation Joint Venture serves as the Design-Build Team.
For more information or to make a donation, visit www.buildthedream.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 17:17
Category: News Briefs Written by Dr. Michelle Mitcham
The most devastating thing a parent can do during or after a divorce is put the child in the middle of the emotional, financial and psychological warfare that exists in chronically-conflicted divorce cases. In extreme cases, it is common to see alienating behaviors of one parent or both against the other parent, causing the child to have a diminished lose connection with the other parent. It is not a clinical diagnosis but it does warrant some attention. It is important to form an alliance with the other parent and co-parent effectively and not put the child in the middle. Unfortunately, many parents engage in destructive, emotionally scarring, abrasive behaviors that are at worse, parental alienation. SO, what is Parental alienation syndrome or (PAS) you ask? It is a term coined by the American psychiatrist Dr. Richard Gardner to refer to a disorder that results in the context of custody disputes in which one parent deliberately turns a child against the other parent. In this disorder we see a combination of programming (“brainwashing”) of the child by one parent to denigrate the other parent and self-created contributions by the child in support of the alienating parent’s campaign of denigration of the alienated parent. According to the definition, PAS primarily occurs during legal battle for parental custody in the adversary system. The child’s denigrating attitude toward the non-residential parent, usually the father, is the main symptom exhibited by children who suffer from PAS. Despite a court order for contact, the child consistently refuses to see the absent parent, and, when interviewed, talks of his or her hatred for the non-resident parent.
Typically, the alienating parent programs into the child’s brain circuitry ideas and attitudes that are directly at conflict with the child’s earlier experiences. Also, PAS children often add their own scenarios to the campaign of denigration, from their observation that their complementary contributions are welcomed by the programmer. The three level of alienation children can experience are: mild, moderate, and severe. In cases of mild parental alienation there is some parental programming against the other parent however visitation is not seriously affected and the child manages to negotiate having a relationship with both parents without too much complication. In moderate cases there is considerable programming against the other parent, resulting in struggles around visitation. The child usually has difficulty during the transitioning from one parent to the other but in time is able to have a relationship with both. In severe cases the child is adamant about his or her hatred of the targeted parent. The relationship between the targeted parent and the child results in total destruction due to the actions of the alienating parent. Indoctrinating alienation into a child is a form of abuse (emotional abuse) because it can result in progressive attenuation of the psychological bond between the child and a loving parent.
Divorce Toolbox to Avoid Alienation
- Do not discuss negative aspects of other parent with the child.
- Do not send messages through the child to the other parent.
- Do not interrogate your child after visiting their other parent.
- Promote the relevance of the other parent to your child.
- Do not speak disparagingly about your child’s extended family.
- Do allow your child to talk on the phone privately with their other parent.
- Allow them to love their other parent and promote that relationship.
- Remember that your reality is not their reality.
- Do get professional counseling for your grief, anger and loss and not lean on your child for emotional support.
- Sacrifice for your child and be nice; form an alliance with their other parent and demonstrate that just because you and the other parent don’t love each other it does not take away from your love for the child.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 15:48
Category: News Briefs Written by Chronicle Staff
Five buses packed with Michigan’s best and brightest graduating college seniors poured into Detroit, most impressed with the opportunities they had previously been unaware of. The journey came days after census data showed the city had lost 25 percent of its population. But then again, 20-somethings are known for “going the other way’’ and spotting opportunities their elders miss.
LiveWorkDetroit is part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s new focus on attracting and retaining talent from more than 20 colleges.
“Our goal is to attract, retain and develop talent,” said Amy Cell, MEDC senior vice president, talent enhancement.
“Retaining our college graduates is a top priority of our team and of the MEDC. This will be the first of many programs and initiatives to connect Michigan students with great places to live and work.”
Participants arrived at the Fillmore Theater at 10 a.m. and were welcomed by Stefanie Ridenour (program manager for MEDC’s Talent Enhancement program), Shannon Holmes (chief of staff for Mayor Dave Bing), Quantez Pressley and Bryan Barnhill (office of Detroit City Councilman Charles Pugh), and Jennifer Berkemeier (Fillmore Detroit).
Throughout the day, students toured the best places to live, work and play in the city with Inside Detroit, a nonprofit local tour company.
Stops included the Guardian Building, the Heidelberg art project, R. Hirt Jr. grocery store in the Eastern Market, Willy’s Overland Lofts, Avalon Bakery, Bureau of Urban Living, Belle Isle, Earthworks Urban Farm, City Bird, and the Lofts at Merchant Row. Participants enjoyed a lunch break and tour of the Detroit Institute of Arts, where they heard from Sue Mosey, president of the University Cultural Center Association.
Students, many from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, repeated a similar mantra: they had been to Detroit before to attend concerts or sporting events but had no idea just how much the city has to offer.
“The passion of the people in Detroit was very impressive,” said Jeremiah Rivera, a political science student at Michigan State University. “They had the LiveWorkDetroit participants very excited.” Following the Inside Detroit tour, participants converged on the Compuware building for a networking event with employers from Quicken Loans, General Electric, Compuware, GalaxE.Solutions, My- InsuranceExpert.com, Franco Public Relations, Marketing Associates, Honigman, Berg Muirhead, Crain Communications, Digitas, Chrysler, First Element Entertainment and Illitch Holdings.
Detroit boosters Dan Gilbert (founder and chairman, Quicken Loans) and Peter Karmanos (CEO, Compuware) kicked off a line-up of speakers, all of them young Detroiters, that included Hostel Detroit founder Emily Doerr and Bickbot.com founder Henry Balanon. Reactions from students, partners and employers were overwhelmingly positive. Whether the students had never been to Detroit before or were looking at the city from a fresh perspective, they couldn’t stop talking about how worthwhile LiveWorkDetroit is.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 15:53
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