Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
CLINTON TWP — It’s not all bad news in the banking industry, despite banks eliminating thousands of positions in recent years. Bank of America alone just announced it will cut 16,000 jobs by the end of December, closing 200 branches this year after 178 shuttering bank branches last year.
But Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union is bucking the trend, announcing they have not only hired and trained nearly 100 new employees this year — they also plan to continue hiring.
“In a time of layoffs and cutbacks, it is heartwarming to be a part of Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union, knowing that our growth directly helps our state, our neighbors and better serves our members,” said MSGCU Vice President of Human Resources Mike Zalewski.
The credit union’s hiring is up 29 percent this year, including 66 positions created to help better serve its members.
Much of the credit union’s growth stemmed from the opening of three branches this year, located in Chesterfield, Warren and Royal Oak.
In terms of asset size, MSGCU is also one of the 10 largest credit unions the state and is ranked in the top 2 percent nationally among financial institutions.
“Our credit union plays a central role in our community and that means doing everything we can to support the families and businesses we serve, including hiring locally and creating jobs,” said the credit union’s President and CEO Pete Gates. “As we enter the year’s end and look ahead to our continued expansion in 2013, I am excited that we are able to help people with setting it right more than ever.”
MSGCU’s main branch is at 40400 Garfield Road, just south of 18 Mile Road, in Clinton Township.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 09:00
Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) - The U.S. Coast Guard and police are investigating the discovery of a body found floating in the Detroit River.
Police told WWJ Newsradio 950 the body was spotted at around 9:45 a.m. along west Jefferson near the Delray boat launch. It’s reportedly that of a black female in her 40s.
Police aren’t releasing an identity and no further details about the deceased were immediately available.
Officials believe that the woman was not in the water very long.
An autopsy is expected to be performed on Friday.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 14:01
Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
MELVINDALE (WWJ) - A program to prevent high school dropouts is getting a boost by way of a $300,000 check from AT&T.
The donation will support “ACCESS Pathways to Success” at Melvindale High School and the Frontier International Academy.
“In the Detroit public school system only 62 percent are graduating — and that’s the highest it’s been since 2007,” said Anisa Sahoubah of ACCESS. “Both of these schools pull in students from that community.”
Melvinsdale sophomore Abraham Perev said the tutoring program gave him a positive push.
“Throughout sports and everything my grades were not as I wanted them to be. I would get home tired after practice and ACCESS just made time … I went to after school tutoring and it made time for me to improve my grades and better myself as a person,” Perev said.
Parev said he’s now in the National Honor Society and planning to study Marine Biology in College. “Because of ACCESS NHS inducted me in and it’s a very hard club to get into,” he said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:51
Category: Breaking News Written by Amber Bogins
Ed Hochuli--NFL Referee
Halleluiah! The NFL referee lockout is over! Expect to see union refs officiating tonight when the Baltimore Ravens host the Cleveland Browns.
Following the travesty that was the Packers v. Seahawks game Monday night, the fines and players taking to twitter in out-right defiance, the NFL was hard pressed to end the lockout and remove the replacement refs.
An agreement between the NFL and the NFLRA was reached Wednesday night and is expected to be ratified Friday in Dallas, Texas. The NFL conceded to an eight-year deal which allows the officials to keep their pensions through 2016 and switch them to 401Ks in 2017.
Tonight, players, coaches and fans can sit back and enjoy the game and know that the integrity of the game has been restored.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:34
Category: Breaking News Written by WHTC.com
DETROIT (WKZO) -- A federal corruption case against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick continues.
According to officials, the prosecution will now turn its focus on Kilpatrick's wife Carlita. During the first few days of the trial, the court heard from people who claim that the former mayor stashed money throughout his home in places such as vacuum cleaners and pairs of shoes.
The question the prosecution is expected to focus on over the next few days is, was the money that Contractor Bobby Ferguson was giving to Carlita Kilpatrick really being used for charitable purposes.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:42
Category: Breaking News Written by Politics 365
Why is it that with the Black jobless rate astronomically high, schools crumbling in Black neighborhoods, low test scores and dropout rates plaguing Black children and home foreclosures, incarceration, death and disease soaring in Black communities, why is it that some Black people are saying they will not go to the voting polls because President Barack Obama agrees with same-sex marriage?
That is the question that brought the Rev. Jesse Jackson to tears on Saturday, Sept. 22, during a forum at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference. The question also riles the Rev. Al Sharpton, who believes some people are actually being paid to advocate staying home on Nov. 6.
Rev. Jackson used a handkerchief to wipe away tears as he sat on the panel at the Saturday morning brunch, recalling how he was jailed on July 6, 1960 for trying to use a public library and still targets pervasive racial injustices across America. Given the atrocities he sees, he’s “not quite ready to prioritize same-sex marriage” as an issue in the Black community.
Teaching the audience a quick lesson that brought them to roaring and empathetic laughter, he asked them to respond to the following questions:
“How many of you have a relative in jail? Raise your hand…How many of you support Medicare and Medicaid? Raise your hand…How many of you support social security? Raise your hand…How many have or know someone with home foreclosure? Raise your hand…You know somebody in student loan debt? Raise your hand…You know somebody with credit card debt? Raise your hand…You know of voter suppression? Raise your hand…You know somebody who needs a job? Raise your hand.”
With nearly every hand raised in response to most questions, Rev. Jackson then hit the audience with the unexpected question: “How many have ever been invited to a same-sex marriage?…How many has ever had one in your church?” Not a hand was raised in the room of about 300 people, who broke into laughter – mainly at themselves.
“While we [should be] arguing about our option of Medicare, Medicaid, housing, jobs, and justice, we are arguing about whether someone has the right to engage in a wedding that you were not invited to,” Rev. Jackson said as the audience roared with applause and laughter.
Rev. Jackson said he believes the same-sex marriage debate in the Black community is being caused by right wing conservatives who have pushed their priorities onto the Black community. “I don’t want anybody to jump line and pull on us their priority,” he said.
Likewise, the Rev. Al Sharpton also believes the pervasive discussion on same-sex marriage is a sinister agenda on the part of a stealth right wing that might even be funding those Blacks who advocate not going to the polls.
“I would say that that is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard,” Sharpton said in a brief interview during Saturday night’s CBCF Phoenix Awards Dinner. “First of all, we have disagreed with every president on something. Bill Clinton put bills through that hurt us – welfare reform..We’ve never talked about not voting. I think that some of the people who are saying this are sponsored by our enemies because show me anywhere in history where we’ve ever said we’re not going to vote because we disagree with the opinion of a president. He didn’t propose a law, he didn’t say he was going to campaign for a law. He gave an opinion and then all of a sudden they tell people don’t vote? Somebody’s sponsoring this.”
The Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, who has aimed to register a million voters before the Nov. 6 election says he has been told directly by some pastors that they will not be voting because of President Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage. This position gives civil rights leaders an even greater urgency to inspire people to go to the polls.
“President Barack could actually win the debates and lose the election,” said Jackson. “I would urge us to keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on. Hold on. Don’t win the same sex debate and lose the right to a house, health, education, jobs, and justice.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:21
Category: Breaking News Written by thegrio
The Oprah Winfrey Network will premiere a television special on October 14 following the journey of the first graduating class from Oprah’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
The two-hour special, The First Graduating Class: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, will give viewers a look into the challenges and victories the 72 girls, who were only twelve and thirteen when they left home to enroll in the school, faced during their time at the academy.
“I have an especially close connection to this first graduating class,” Oprah said in a recent statement. “I hand-picked each of them. I can see who they are, where they came from and the potential of who they can be.”
The special will share the girls’ stories from the time they arrived at the academy up to their graduation this past January. Viewers will follow along as they prepare to graduate, apply for college, and make their first visit to the United States to tour universities.
The leadership academy’s doors first opened in 2007, fulfilling a dream Oprah had ten years ago to provide quality education to the poor in South Africa.
“To create a school that is able to change the trajectory of these students’ lives has been one of the greatest gifts of my life,” she said.
The idea for the school came to Oprah from a conversation she had with former South African president Nelson Mandela. She told him she wanted to fight poverty in the country by giving a “world-class education” to those who need it.
She invested six years and $40 million to build the school, which currently has about 400 students.
“I’m such a proud mother,” Oprah told ABC’s Diane Sawyer before the graduation in January. “They have taken this moment, this opportunity, and seized it in a way that I could only dream of.”
The special will premiere Sunday, October 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 09:40
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
Rev. Jesse Jackson joined HuffPost Live Wednesday morning for a conversation about the presidential election, President Obama's speech at the UN and the Middle East.
Jackson knocked Romney, saying he is "running in [Obama's] tracks but his shoes are much smaller than the tracks are." He also praised Obama's
"When President Barack came in, we were in a real collapse," he said. "Now all the arrows are pointing upward. They're not as high as you want them to be. That's because the hole was so deep."
But Jackson worried that despite polling data showing President Obama is pulling ahead in key swing states, voter suppression efforts would prevent an easy Obama victory.
"You could win the debates and lose the elections based on the level of shameless thievery," he said. "A million point one [votes] purged in Ohio. A million votes purged in Pennsylvania. 500,000 purged in Florida. The attempt to determine the outcome by purging voters and by voter suppression. All lawsuits have shown patterns in the attempts to suppress the votes of seniors, and blacks, and browns, and young people. So the attempt to undermine our voting outcome by this thievery is a source of shame."
Click the link below to see Rev. Jesse Jackson on HuffPost Live
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 09:00
Category: Top News Written by Michigan Chronicle
Local leaders split over state’s emergency manager law
A University of Michigan survey showed that less than half (38%) of Michigan’s local leaders support the state’s emergency manager law, while about a third (30%) oppose it, and the rest are neutral or unsure, according to a University of Michigan survey.
Other findings in the poll by the U-M’s Ford School of Public Policy indicate that a majority (53%) of those who feel fairly well informed about the law think it would be effective at helping to protect or restore the fiscal health of Michigan’s local governments.
The emergency manager law (Public Act 4), one of the most controversial reforms of the Gov. Rick Snyder administration and the state Legislature, took effect in March 2011. It expands powers available to emergency managers, under certain circumstances, to reject, modify or terminate collective bargaining agreements; shrink or void decision-making powers of local elected officials; sell a local jurisdiction’s assets and more. PA 4 has been suspended, pending a referendum on the November ballot.
The poll, part of the Michigan Public P olicy Survey series, reports that:
Less than half, or 43%, of local leaders think PA 4 will be effective at helping to protect or restore the fiscal health of Michigan’s local governments across the state, while 19% think it will be ineffective. Belief in the law’s effectiveness climbs to 53% of leaders when excluding those who know very little about the law.
Support for PA 4 is more strongly correlated with beliefs about the law’s effectiveness than with other factors, including partisanship.
Levels of support or opposition among local officials also differ along a number of other lines including whether the official is elected or appointed, whether the jurisdiction has a public sector labor union or not and other factors.
The study, conducted April 9 to June 18, involved surveys sent via hardcopy and the Internet to top elected and appointed officials in all counties, cities, villages and townships in Michigan. A total of 1,329 jurisdictions returned valid surveys, resulting in a 72% response rate. The survey had a margin of error of 1.43 percentage points either way.
Local officials are divided in support, belief in effectiveness of emergency manager law
Among the most far-reaching reforms launched recently by Governor Rick Snyder and the state legislature, Michigan’s new “emergency manager law” took effect in March 2011, replacing PA 72 of 1990. The new law formally known as the Local Government and School District Financial Accountability Act, or Public Act 4 (PA 4) of 2011, significantly expands the powers available to emergency managers to deal with local government fiscal crises.
PA 4 includes features that, under certain circumstances, allow an emergency manager to: reject, modify, or terminate collective bargaining agreements; set aside all substantive decision-making powers of local elected officials; sell, transfer, or lease a local jurisdiction’s assets (with approval of the state); and more.
Currently, PA 4 has been suspended, pending a referendum on the law on the November 2012 statewide ballot. Public Act 72 of 1990, which preceded PA 4, is now back in effect. For a thorough review of PA 4, its current status, and Michigan’s history with prior legislation governing local financial emergencies, see recent papers by Eric Scorsone at Michigan State University,1 and by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.2
To get a sense of how Michigan’s local government leaders view PA 4, the Spring 2012 MPPS asked a series of questions about the law and some of its key features.
Overall, 14% of local leaders say they are very familiar with PA 4, while 50% say they are somewhat familiar and 25% say they have heard of PA 4 but know very little about it.
Finally, 9% say they have never heard of PA 4 and 2% say they don’t know how familiar they are with the law. Analysis in this report excludes those who say they have never heard of PA 4.
Only 38% of local leaders overall support PA 4, although another 32% are either neutral on the question or say they don’t know if they support or oppose it. Meanwhile, 30% of local leaders oppose PA 4 outright.
A number of factors are associated with local leaders’ support or opposition to the law. Among the strongest factors are the views of local leaders on PA 4’s effectiveness at helping to protect or restore the fiscal health of Michigan’s local governments across the state.
Overall, 43% of local leaders believe PA 4 will be effective, while 19% believe it will be ineffective (see Figure 2). Another 14% think the law will be neither effective nor ineffective (which could be
interpreted as belief that it will not make much of a difference, and therefore might be closer to the view that PA 4 will be ineffective).
At the same time, nearly a quarter (24%) of local leaders say they are unsure about how effective or ineffective the law will be.
Among those who believe PA 4 will be very effective, 83% support the law and only 9% oppose it. At the opposite end, among those who think PA 4 will be very ineffective, 73% oppose the law, and only 9% support it.
When excluding officials who have heard of PA 4 but know little about it, 53% of the remaining local leaders believe the law will be either somewhat or very effective.
Beyond belief in the law’s effectiveness, other factors are also associated with support or opposition to it. For example, local officials who hold appointed positions (such as county administrators, or city, township, and village managers) are more likely to support PA 4 than are elected local officials. In addition, leaders in jurisdictions that have local government labor unions are more likely to support PA 4 than are leaders from jurisdictions without unions. Furthermore, Republican and Independent local officials are more likely to support PA 4 than are Democratic local officials.
Overall, statistical analysis accounting for a wide variety of possible influences on support or opposition to PA 4 finds that belief in the law’s effectiveness is, by far, the factor most strongly associated with support for the law.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 02:15
Category: Top News Written by Michigan Chronicle
The Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, a top aide to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, the watershed momemt of the Civil Rights Movement, will be in Michigan on Thursday, Sep 27, to deliver a lecture on “Race, Voting Rights, American Politics: The Civil Rights Era and Today,” at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The forum, which starts at 4 p.m., will be held in Auditorium A. Angell Hall. The event, which is open and free to the public, will also feature UM professor Vincent Hutchins who is the University of Michigan principal investigator for the American National Election Study for the 2012 election.
The highlight of the program will be a special screening of the acclaimed film “Freedom Riders” which features Lafayette among the Freedom Riders who were crucial to the battle for civil rights. While at the University of Michigan this week Lafayette will also lead a two-day training session, Sept 28-29, on Kingian nonviolence, something for which he has been invited by nations including Nigeria and organizations around the world to conduct workshops and seminars on the philosophy of nonviolence as an effective tool for social change.
A respected member of the Joshua generation of the civil rights movement, Lafayette co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, and he was a core leader and strategist of the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville, Tenn., in 1960 and in Selma, Ala., in 1965. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and was appointed by Dr. King to be the national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Currently, a distinguished senior scholar-in-residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Lafayette occupies an important seat in the history of the Black pilgrimage in America.
In 2010, Lafayette sat down with Michigan Chronicle editor Bankole Thompson at the King Center in Atlanta for an exclusive interview for Thompson’s forthcoming book that year titled “Obama and Black Loyalty,” which was published by Global Mark Makers in Iowa.
During the interview, Lafayette was asked whether some Tea Party protesters in Washington who carried placards with racially tinged messages mocking President Obama showed any real change of heart on race.
“The change of heart has come through the majority of the people that made it possible for Barack to be elected,” Lafayette explained. “You are always going to have elements in the community in our country that hold fast to some of their old attitudes and traditions.
“Basically it is a product of their fears, and that fear comes from a lack of information, knowledge and exposure and interpretation of their experiences. So we see this kind of attitude coming forth and people being very negative, showing forth their ugliness but it does not prevail. That’s the main thing, it’s not predominant.”
Asked whether Black leaders should criticize President Obama, Lafayette said yes.
“I think that if people feel the necessity of giving their critical evaluation and remarks, that’s part of our freedom of speech. We should not silence people and say because of their particular ethnicity, they should not express their true criticism. That also represents the kind of change that we are talking about,” Lafayette said.
“Too many people are at war with each other over some superficial identification such as tribal and religious which really are not essential to the issues we are talking about. But they hide behind those kinds of cloaks in order to justify their attacks on people. Unfortunately, that is the case. The fact that Blacks can criticize other Blacks says we have come to another level.”
What would Dr. King have said about the Obama presidency? Lafayette said this about the man for whom he worked as a confidant:
“I think he would be very proud of what has happened and he would be very happy. I think he would be happy because here is an individual, a fellow American who is concerned about the conditions of poor people. But more importantly, King in his last campaign, the Poor People’s Campaign, put the burden and responsibility of changing the conditions of poor people on the government. Not a political party, not an individual but the government should be responsible for making sure that every person would have an opportunity to have a good paying job and be able to take care of their family and their communities.”
Lafayette added, “So the fact that Barack is a person of color, a Black man, would be an additional asset which really reflects the change that is taking place in our country. But King would be proud if he had been a White man, Native American or Hispanic or Asian.”
That’s what King was fighting for, he noted, for people to be accepted regardless of their ethnicity.
“But King would also have been in favor of those who want to criticize and have a debate about these issues,” Lafayette said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 14:28
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