Marvin Winans' Perfecting Church Invites Bankole Thompson to Moderate Final Detroit Mayoral Debate August 2 Ahead of August 6 Primary
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Perfecting Church, one of the most prominent African American churches in the country with 4,500 members based in Detroit, MI, and its Bishop Marvin L. Winans, a grammy award winning national gospel singer and minister who gave the eulogy at Whitney Houston's funeral will host the final Detroit mayoral debate on Aug. 2.
This will be the final debate ahead of the highly contested and most observed Aug. 6 primary election featuring all of the major candidates.
Bankole Thompson, a distinguished journalist and one of the most influential writers in media and politics, is the moderator of the debate. Thompson, the recipient of many awards including the NAACP 2013 Great Expectation Award "for the ability to speak truth to power," is the editor of the Michigan Chronicle as well as a radio and television analyst.
Thompson's forthcoming book on Detroit is titled "Rising From the Ashes: Engaging Detroit's Future with Courage."
The confirmed candidates for the debate include Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan, former Detroit Corporation Counsel Krystal Crittendon and former State Representative Lisa Howze. The doors of the church located on 7616 E. Nevada will open at 5:30pm.
In 2008, Thompson, moderated the heated Congressional debate in Michigan's 13th Congressional District election at Perfecting Church, where former Congresswoman and head of the Congressional Black Caucus Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick faced tough challenges from former State Representative Mary Waters and former State Senator Martha Scott.
Bishop Winans, believes that the upcoming Detroit mayoral election will be among the most important in Detroit's history, because of the emergency manager and the city's filing of chapter 9 bankruptcy.
"Whoever is in leadership once Detroit emerges from financial despair ... and it will emerge will chart the city's comeback," Winans said. "The right person must be in position to bring the city back to greatness."
Winans said it is important that Detroit voters hear from the candidates one last time before the August 6th primary.
For more information about Perfecting Church Ministries and Pastor Winans visit perfectingchurch.org
Visit www.bankolethompson.com to learn about the moderator of Friday's final Detroit mayoral debate.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:09
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
As Congress consider additional and inflexible work requirements for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly food stamps) recipients, anti-hunger advocates at the Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) worry that lawmakers are proposing new rules without considering who actually gets SNAP and why. According to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, 92 percent of recipients nationwide are children, the elderly, the disabled, or people who are already working. The overwhelming majority of SNAP recipients who can work, are working. People who voluntarily quit work are disqualified from benefits under current rules.
Advocates say the SNAP program has grown in recent years – not because people are avoiding work, but because the program and community partners are both doing a better job of reaching out to those who aren't earning enough to make ends meet. "SNAP is a very important supplement for working households and for social security benefits that are too low to pay for all household expenses," says CCJ's Executive Director Terri Stangl. "The program should not be attacked because it has been successful for finding and helping those who it was ended to help. It was intended to help those who – after paying housing, childcare and child support expenses – simply don't have enough money left each month to feed their families."
In Michigan, more than 50 percent of SNAP households with at least one working-age, non-disabled adult are receiving income from work. More than 80 percent worked in the year prior to or go back to work the year after receiving SNAP. The rates are even higher for families with children – more than 60 percent work while receiving SNAP and almost 90 percent work in the prior or subsequent year. SNAP helps both low-wage workers and those who are between jobs. A recent report by the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows the size of SNAP grows when jobs are scarce and shrinks somewhat after the job market improves. http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3996
Some GOP lawmakers have met to discuss how to downsize the program with one approach being a proposal by Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) that would allow individual states to test new work requirements. During the debate over the combined farm bill that was eventually defeated, the House approved the Southerland amendment. A more far-reaching amendment that would have cut $3 billion a year from the program and imposed new work rules was rejected.
"It doesn't make sense for Congress to be spending a lot of taxpayer money creating and administering new work rules and the related red tape when most of the people on the program already are working, soon to return to work, or have shown themselves unable to work," says Stangl.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 12:27
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Heroes' Alliance is is gearing up for its annual Parental Boot Camp. It takes a village to raise a child and the Parental Boot Camp program is committed to strengthening the village and supporting Detroit's youth. Be a part of the conversation of ensuring economic and career opportunities for our children's future.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Topic: Advanced Manufacturing: What it is, and why it is the solution to rebuilding and sustaining the Middle Class.
This discussion will take a global approach to the idea of advanced manufacturing and technologies that will knit community,
education, labor, business, and government together with the end result being authentic economic opportunities for all.
Speakers: Dr. Leonard McKinnis, National Policy Director for Manufacturing Renaissance
Kevin Jones, Vice President of Programs for Manufacturing Renaissance
Friday, August 16, 2013
Topic: Empowerment through Collaboration: The Critical Role of Education
Speaker: Reginald Lane, Founder of Heroes' Alliance, Inc. and host of InnerView
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Family event: Students will have hands on experience working robots and learning about advanced manufacturing. Students will observe an official VEX Robotics Competition from various Detroit student robotic teams. Back to School items will be handed out to participants.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 12:34
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Michigan Shifting Gears, an intensive career transition initiative sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, kicks off a new three-month session on Tuesday, September 24. Registration for the Fall 2013 session is open now through Friday, September 13.
"Michigan's economy is growing, with small businesses and entrepreneurs leading the way," said Michael Finney, President and CEO of the MEDC. "At the same time, many talented Michiganders are looking for new career opportunities. Michigan Shifting Gears provides participants with a roadmap to their next great job, and start-up companies with the skilled workers they need to continue to grow."
The program is designed to help experienced professionals, returning veterans, stay-at-home parents and others facing a career crossroads fine-tune their skills to fit the needs of small businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups. Launched in 2009 by Ann Arbor SPARK and Sensei Change Associates, Michigan Shifting Gears is a unique opportunity for seasoned professionals and other transitioning job seekers to learn how to put their talent and experience to work in an entrepreneurial environment.
Participants in Michigan Shifting Gears receive a professional career assessment and career coaching, attend eight days of workshops, participate in networking events, and take part in a three-day small business simulation. Students are paired with volunteer mentors from the entrepreneurial community who work one-on-one to review their resumes, provide career advice, and help with their career transition.
Each Michigan Shifting Gears participant also must complete an 80-hour pro bono internship with a small business. The internship provides valuable first-hand experience in a small business environment. In turn, Michigan Shifting Gears interns bring valuable skills and business expertise to their host companies.
Prior to registration, interested individuals are required to participate in an informational program overview and Q&A webinar where they will have the opportunity to ask questions about the program. Following completion of the overview, participants will receive a link to register for the program. Anyone interested in attending the Fall 2013 session must complete the informational overview and Q&A session, and register no later than Friday, September 13.
Early-Bird registration ($500) deadline: Midnight Monday, August 19
Discounted registration ($550) deadline: Midnight Tuesday, September 3
Final registration ($575) deadline: Midnight Friday, September 13 (deadline will NOT be extended)
Payment plans are available. MEDC underwrites the balance of the program cost to help the state retain and retool top talent to meet the needs of Michigan's small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Michigan Shifting Gears has an impressive rate of success, with 49 percent of graduates landing new jobs within three months of completing the program. Sixty-one percent of graduates land positions within six months, and 82 percent find work within nine or more months.
"Michigan is blessed with a talented workforce possessing skills and expertise we can't afford to lose," said Amy Cell, Senior Vice President for Talent Enhancement at MEDC. "Michigan Shifting Gears is one way we can help these transitioning professionals and at the same time provide employers with the top-notch talent they need to thrive and grow."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 12:06
Category: Community Written by Mlive staff
The Detroit Riverfront has expanded its riverfront actives at Rivard Plaza Monday with the addition of a beach volleyball court, large lawn games like giant checkers and tic tac toe, lounge chairs to soak in some sun and an a wine and beer bar for a causal drink after work, July 29.
Starting this week, on Mondays and Thursdays come check-out a volleyball to play on the sand court from 6-9 p.m. Saturdays are open play from, noon - 3 p.m., but you must "BYOV (Bring your own volleyball)," according to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. The Rivard Plaza cafe also offers food and drink specials as well.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:31
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