Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
When the summer heat reaches extreme temperatures, it is critical to take steps to keep cool and prevent heat illness. To provide a safe and cool way to protect yourself from the heat, the Detroit Recreation Department has four locations available as respite centers that provide air conditioned comfort and protection from the heat. Please see the information below for tips on keeping cool in summer's heat, followed by the locations and hours of respite centers.
When temperatures rise above 90 degrees, everyone is at risk, but the elderly and the very young are most susceptible to heat and heat-related illness. Signs of heat-related illness include headache, dizziness, nausea, heavy sweating, confusion and pale or flushed skin. The American Red Cross recommends the following treatment for persons with heat-related illness:
· Move the victim to a cool place.
· Give cool water to drink.
· Apply ice packs or cool wet cloths to the skin.
· If a victim refuses water, vomits, or loses consciousness, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Preventing Heat Illness
· Stay indoors if possible. Stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a public place with air conditioning. If outside, stay in the shade.
· Drink water. Even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
· Wear light-colored clothing. (Avoid wearing black clothes, especially if you're in direct sunlight.) Loose fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects away the heat. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
· Never leave a person, especially children or the elderly or a pet in a closed, parked vehicle. The temperature inside the car can increase to 30-40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.
· Slow down and avoid strenuous activity. If you must work outside, take frequent breaks.
· Visit persons at risk twice daily and watch them for signs of heat illness.
· Speak with your doctor about any medications you are taking to learn if they may interfere with your body's ability to regulate temperature.
· Do not use salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
Recreation Centers serving as respite centers from the heat:
Crowell Community Center
Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., M-F
Patton Community Center
Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., M-F
Lasky Recreation Center
Hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., M-F
Heilmann Recreation Center
Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., M-F
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:30
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
During the weekend of September 27-29, 120 lucky young men will experience a powerful and life-changing weekend of learning, inspiration and empowerment. In partnership with WMXD-FM, Fifth Third Bank is sponsoring The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men at the Northwest Activities Center. The program is a two-day, two-night program designed to teach young men between the ages of 13 through 18 the principles of manhood. The program is open to young men in the 13-18 age range who live in a single, female-headed household. The goal of the program is to help the participants of the program realize their potential and to help break misguided ideas about manhood and introduce role models that portray a positive image of manhood.
Since 2009, more than 700 boys across the country have participated in The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men, chosen from thousands of applications. In 2009, The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend began conducting The Steve Harvey Regional Mentoring Program. Regional programs were launched in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans and Atlanta.
The program duplicates The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men’s national camp core program in Dallas and includes a series of workshops and breakout sessions that focus on personal responsibility, dream building, and the importance of nutrition and physical fitness. The workshops are conducted by positive role models from business, the military, entertainment, media and from the local area.
The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men was created in direct response to calls to action from the community to help break through the negative influences that play a significant role in whether young men who come from challenging environments become successful or not.
This month, WMXD is airing announcements encouraging listeners to engage young men to qualify by simply registering on the WMXD website for an opportunity to be chosen to participate in the weekend. Registrants will be asked to write a short essay with subject matter that includes what it is like to grow up without a father and how they think the camp can change their lives. The registration process will end around August 20. All applicants should be between the ages of 13-18 and be in Grades 8-11 during the time of application and essay submission.
Fifth Third will offer young men assistance at the Fifth Third eBus on August 15 at the Northwest Activities Center. Young men interested in submitting an application and essay will have an opportunity to write their essay with the assistance of a writing coach who will be on hand at the bus to help applicants smooth over any rough spots in their essay submissions.
The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men is one of four community programs in the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation. The goals and mission of the foundation is to instill the principles of integrity, responsibility, respect, honesty, patience, discipline, service and courage in the young people who take part in their programs.
To get more information about The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men, find out about how to become a mentor or donate to the organization, you can visit their website at www.steveharveymentoring.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:30
Category: Community Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
The history of America is still being written and the acquittal of George Zimmerman of second degree murder by a Florida jury of five White women and one Hispanic female in the mindless shooting death of 17-year-old African American teenager Trayvon Martin is now an important chapter in that history that gave birth to centuries of slavery and Jim Crow.
Like so many, I was shocked by the verdict and could not comprehend how in 2013, a jury purporting to be part of balancing the scales of justice would let go a martial arts trained man with a gun who got out of his car, soaked in his prejudice and tired of seeing Black youths in the neighborhood, followd an innocent teenager and killed him. The prejudiced jury, as evidenced by the interview juror B-37 gave to CNN Monday night, revealed the dark character of a system of justice that has long been failing young Black boys. How long will this continue before those who administer justice finally right the wrongs of the criminal justice system?
Even though juror B-37 admitted that Zimmerman went too far and should not have gotten out of his car with his gun and followed Trayvon, she still believed “George,” as she referred to Zimmerman repeatedly, was on the right side of the law. Then she said both Trayvon and Zimmerman were responsible for what happened, but she assigned no culpability to Zimmerman. More troubling for the juror was when she described Trayvon’s female friend, Rachel Jeantel, as not “credible” because of her “communication skills,” and that she was “using phrases I never heard before,” showing the deep-seated prejudice of a jury whose life experiences do not equate to Trayvon, his female friend or any other Black person.
Apparently, by referring to a Black witness as not credible and using phrases she claimed she does not understand, juror B-37 confirmed to us that the jury members have had limited or no dealings whatsoever with the Black experience.
They have no inkling of the life of a Black teenager and sought to compare the behavior of 17-year-old Trayvon to that of a grown man like Zimmerman.
Makes us wonder why the prosecutors would, in the first place, if they were really interested in winning this case and given the national attention it received, allow a jury that is not diverse in thought, belief systems and life experiences to examine one of the most important racial justice cases in history.
Did the prosecutors conclude that Trayvon’s life was not worth vigorously fighting to convict his killer by throwing the entire book, including racial animus, at Zimmerman? Did the prosecutors decide because of national attention they would just charge Zimmernan for the sake of charging but not put up a strategic and strong fight since their own Sanford Police Department showed no value in a dead Black boy’s life by letting his killer talk his way out of an arrest and go home to sleep on the night he killed Trayvon Martin?
Why didn’t the prosecutors object when their own witness, Chris Serino, the lead detective from the Sandford Police Department, on the witness seat converted into a glowing character witness for Zimmerman? Given what they knew and the information they were privy to, including forensic evidence regarding how Trayvon was killed, why did the prosecution allow their witness, Serino, to collapse their case and not even object? Were the prosecutors, Sanford Police Department and the jury eating from the same plate of racism?
The fact is, if young Trayvon Martin was a White boy, Zimmerman would never have followed him in the first place. But even if he had followed him and shot him to death, he would never have gone home that night. He would have had a lot of explaining to do in the interrogation room and the prosecution would have moved heaven and earth and even planet Jupiter to convict this killer. Everyone from the prosecution, to the Sanford Police Department to the jury would have all identified with a young White boy killed because he could be any of their sons. Their pursuit for justice would been a personal mission to uphold the law and they would make sure Zimmerman did the time for the crime.
But in Trayvon’s case, he became a tragic victim of his skin color which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said five decades ago should not be used to judge people. King said on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that people should be judged by the content of their character. Trayvon’s only crime was that he fit the description as has been the case with most young Black boys who come into contact with the criminal justice system. They are treated as adults instead of children while their White counterparts are given the full benefit of the doubt, as children. Their White counterparts generally receive a lesser sentence or probation when it comes to drug selling and other substance peddling, or less egregious crimes.
Even the media coverage — it wasn’t until recently that it has been changing in some media markets — of young Black male suspects, was more pervasive than their White counterparts whose mug shots hardly make it on the evening news but the Black suspects are splashed all over the television screen. This is the unequal society we live in and it is time to tell the truth about it.
Trayvon Martin’s death should tell us something about the need for criminal justice reform and the dangers of a non-diverse jury exercising in the words of Dr. King “interposition and nullification” under the pretext of interpreting the law and rendering justice.
His death should tell us that something is wrong and rotten in our justice system, notwithstanding the good faith efforts of reform-minded administrators of justice in our communities.
His death should tell us that Florida’s justice system has failed the nation and African-Americans and that it is time for real reform in a state where the Trayvon Martin verdict mirrors what Rev Jesse Jackson calls “old South justice.”
His death should tell us that this innocent and handsome young man, who could have been a member of any of our families, did not deserve to become a victim of a vicious, deadly crime.
His death should remind us that despite having the first African- American president, we are still in a crusade for human dignity. That no matter your background, life experience or the way you speak, you should not be a victim of prejudice, as was juror B-37. That juror showed her true colors when she dismissed Martin’s female friend’s testimony because of the way she spoke and her unfamiliarity with a young Black female’s experience.
His death should send a message to everyone in the justice system that they have a responsibility to protect every person, regardless of their ethnicity or where they are from.
His death tells us that some of our intolerant police departments across this country, like the Sandford Police Department, should be made to embrace and to institute diversity and improved race relations. That the life of a Black boy killed should carry the same weight as the life of a White child, and there was no excuse for letting his killer walk away that night.
His death is a reminder that it is time to call out the blatant hypocrisy of Southern extreme right wing politicians who feast at the table of racism and exclusion, still in denial of a rapidly growing multiracial America, as evidenced, by the latest Census report.
His death should force us to reject and wage a collective assault on the intricate and evil system of racism that permeates our society. Every life should count and should matter .
Trayvon Martin has become a martyr in the struggle against racism and reforming the criminal justice system. His death should make us look inwardly at gun violence in our own communities and force us to be equally outraged at what is happening in Detroit, Chicago and the rest of the nation where urban centers have rapidly become war zones as our children die daily.
His death should cause us to build and strengthen coalitions with communities to collectively condemn what happened in Sandford and to show solidarity in knowing that what affects one community has a direct bearing on the other.
Trayvon’s untimely and premature demise — taken away from his parents — is a stark reminder of the residue of what General Colin Powell calls “the dark veins of intolerance,” still haunting us. It is a bold reminder of the crucial role the federal government has to ensure crimes on the basis of prejudice and hate are prosecuted vigorously and to the fullest extent of the law.
Despite being troubled and angered, we can take comfort in the bold and courageous leadership of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder who has pledged to renew investigation into the Zimmerman verdict, and who has demonstrated in other areas to be a practical champion on issues relating to protecting people’s rights.
The nationwide reaction to the verdict showed Trayvon Martin did not die in vain. All of us are charged through our various responsibilities to ensure that in our communities we can prevent another horrific tragedy that retells the Trayvon Martin saga. And that can only happen if we commit once and for all to never letting what happen in Sanford take place in Detroit or anywhere else, because we believe if it happens our justice system will deal with it as it should be dealt.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 09:59
M-1 RAIL PROVIDES UPDATE ABOUT STREETCAR PROJECT AT DOWNTOWN DETROIT PARTNERSHIP STAKEHOLDER MEETING
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
M-1 RAIL officials presented at the Downtown Detroit Partnership's Summer Stakeholder Meeting Tuesday afternoon, telling the crowd their goal is to minimize the impact the construction of the 3.3-mile streetcar circulator has on businesses, residents, pedestrians and visitors of the Woodward Avenue corridor.
With construction scheduled to begin by late summer/early fall of this year, M-1 RAIL's Chief Operating Officer, Paul Childs along with Director of Governmental and Community Affairs, Sommer Woods presented some of their planning details to the people who attended the meeting at the Compuware Building.
"We have had some very good stakeholder meetings over the last several months, but today's was very productive," said Woods. "Our team was able to provide updates on key topics that are important to greater downtown businesses and institutions. Today's meeting also brought to light some questions we still need to answer as we work to finalize our plans for construction."
Maps, Streetcars and Stations
As a part of their 30-minute presentation, officials with M-1 RAIL tried to help those in attendance envision Woodward Avenue with a streetcar by showing documentation from the supplemental environmental assessment, illustrative renderings of the stations and a sample rendering of the type of streetcar that likely will be used.
Along with showing a picture of a sample streetcar, M-1 RAIL officials said six Americans with Disabilities Act compliant streetcars that meet the Buy-America standards are going to be purchased; and they are still exploring whether Detroit's streetcar will be on-wire or off-wire.
Segment 1 Construction
Construction for the streetcar line will occur in two segments with the first segment—Larned to Adams—scheduled to break ground this year. Today's presentation helped to begin to set expectations. M-1 RAIL team members explained construction includes track construction, utility relocations, and station platforms. They also discussed the tentative construction schedule, the impact it will have on businesses, and the traffic management strategy, which includes bus routes, street closures, supply deliveries for businesses, and parking.
"Right now our team is investing a significant amount of time identifying the various ways greater downtown stakeholders may be impacted by the construction of the streetcar line and devising mitigation strategies," said Childs. "During construction there will be some short-term inconveniences that will bring long-term benefits, however our goal is to minimize the inconveniences as much as possible to corridor users."
Childs and his team shared preliminary plans for:
• Woodward Avenue will be closed to traffic and pedestrians but clearly marked detours will be available. Construction is expected to be limited from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday – Saturday.
• All cross-streets will be accessible during construction except for when active work needs to take place in the intersection. Anticipated time for closure for each intersection is four calendar days.
• One lane of vehicular traffic will be maintained around Campus Martius Park during construction
Transit Systems & Utilities & Emergency Responders
• DDOT, SMART and Transit Windsor will maintain service during construction and M-1 RAIL is working with them to redirect bus routes and create temporary stops.
• Utility service interruptions will be avoided when possible; however when necessary stakeholders will be given 5-days advance notice.
• Access for emergency responders will be maintained at all times. A complete emergency access plan is being developed.
• Crosswalks will still be provided at major intersections.
• Sidewalks will be provided during construction; however, they will be no larger than six-feet in width.
• Limited number of short-term sidewalk closures may be required, but will occur on one side of street during off-peak hours.
• M-1 RAIL, Midtown Detroit Inc., and the Downtown Detroit Partnership and other partners are working on developing a comprehensive business mitigation strategy that will be introduced before construction begins.
• M-1 RAIL established a Business Advisory Council to provided advice and input to the projects throughout construction that meets monthly.
• M-1 RAIL has created and begun to distribute a survey to businesses along Woodward Avenue to help inform how to best assist them during construction.
• Businesses will be accessible to customers at all times during construction; debris will be kept from the sidewalks.
• Access to alleys and driveways will be maintained to allow for regular business deliveries.
Parking & Garage Access
• On street parking between Grand Circus Park and Campus Martius Park will not be allowed during construction.
• Parking garage access will be provided from cross-streets at all times.
• Contractors will be required to observe all noise ordinances.
• Contractors and M-1 RAIL will inform businesses of upcoming work in their area on a block-by-block basis.
"When speaking with any group our team is focused on setting realistic expectations," said Woods. "We do not want people to be caught off guard about what happens during a major infrastructure project like this one.
More specific details about the construction schedule and activities will be announced after a Construction Manager is in place, which is expected to be in the near future.
"Even though it is a more fluid period in the project timeline, people today were receptive to the information we could provide them at this stage" Woods continued. "As we get closer to breaking ground, and throughout the construction our communication and outreach will become increasingly more frequent and robust."
Construction Segment 2—north of Adams to West Grand Boulevard—will begin next year.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:05
Financial Guru and Author, Gail Perry-Mason Hosts the 18th Annual “Money Matters for Youth” Summer Camp
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Once again, Gail Perry-Mason well known in the city as a financial guru and community advocate is hosting the 18th annual Money Matters for Youth Camp, being held at Wayne County Community College's East Campus 5901 Conner, Detroit Michigan, July 22 – July 26, 2013. Every year the popular camp fills quickly with a wait list of youth from elementary to high school age students.
Gail Perry-Mason is a leader in the financial industry as Director of Investments for Oppenheimer a leading full service investment firm. She has always shared her expertise with others, especially children. With a passion for saving youth, she is committed to teaching them how to be wise with their money, carry themselves with personal integrity and ensure they reach back into the communities they live in. The annual money camp is a favorite of the youth and their parents, many of whom return as volunteers.
Gail Perry-Mason's passion for helping youth is very genuine. Growing up in foster care, she was unable to walk and labeled as a special needs child, until adopted by a social worker and showered with love. She no longer holds the title of a special needs child, however she is indeed considered special by all that cross her path. She now jet-sets around the country speaking to audiences anxious to hear her story, words of inspiration and financial advice. As co-author of Girl, Make Your Money Grow, featured on the Oprah Show, she continuously puts her focus on youth development. "No matter what the problem or how little one has, with love and faith anyone can be successful. All they need is exposure and development," Gail says.
The five-day workshop is designed to teach young people financial literacy in investment strategies and give them an introduction to economics, budgeting, investing and other resources that can help them build wealth. Perry-Mason, a team of financial coaches, business leaders and local entrepreneurs – some former students will lead the camp participants through a five-day interactive experience, which includes workshops on:
Financial literacy, budgeting, economic principles, and business etiquette
Starting your own business, business plans and product promotion
Credit, debt, student loans, scholarships
Personal banking, checking and savings accounts, and debit cards
Wall Street, the Wall Street Journal and stock exchange literacy
The importance of giving back
Investing in health/self-care
This year's sponsors: Bank of America, State Farm, NASP Ariel Investments, and DTE Foundation have made it possible for the Money Matters for Youth Camp to bring this important information to the youth while at the same time allowing them to enjoy a week of fun and excitement during their lessons on financial literacy and working in a professional environment.
Registration is full, but parents may put their child on the waiting list by calling Ivory at 313 962-7155.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 09:57
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