Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Gregory will be available to discuss details on the state budget and other community and State issues with area residents
FERNDALE—State Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) is inviting members of the community to join him for coffee and conversation regarding state and community issues—including the status of the state budget—on Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Ferndale. This will be an excellent and convenient opportunity for Ferndale residents to meet with Senator Gregory and sit down with him to discuss these and other issues.
WHERE: Ferndale Public Library, 222 East Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220
WHO: State Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield)
WHEN: Thursday, June 13, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Senator Gregory’s office at 517-373-7888.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 09:37
Category: Community Written by Implode - Explode
Michigan is supposed to receive about $1.1 billion in benefits from the mortgage settlement. Just under $900 million of that amount is to come in the form of loan modifications, loan principal reductions, short sales or similar measures to help homeowners in the state, according to Schuette`s office.
The mortgage servicers made a $97-million direct payment to the state last year that went into a Homeowner Protection Fund. That money goes to eight initiatives, including foreclosure prevention counseling, home-buying grants and blighted property demolition.''
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 02:23
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The Metro Coalition of Congregations (MCC) and Michigan Abolitionist Project (MAP) are co-hosting a Human Trafficking Awareness and Advocacy Event on Monday June 10, 2013 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083.
The free event will give the community resources to join with abolitionists across the state in ending human trafficking. The meeting will also outline concrete steps towards action at the local and state levels.
The evening will feature a panel of experts, including: State Sen. Judy Emmons (R-33); Brad Riley, iEmpathize, Founder and President; Kathy Maitland, MAP, SE Michigan Director; Lt. Wendy Reyes, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office; Dr. Bonita Laudeman, Light Ministries. There will also be a short video, showing a local teen’s story of being kidnapped, trafficked and rescued.
“The first hurdle is changing people’s perception of human trafficking. If we want to impact human trafficking, we must raise awareness that it is happening right here in our neighborhoods,” said John Burow Pastor Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (Clawson, MI) and Co-Chair of MCC’s Human Trafficking Task Force.
Burow stressed that “the time for action is now,” with Attorney General Bill Schuette’s newly formed Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking researching the issue and state legislation currently being drafted.
“Whenever we think human trafficking is only happening somewhere else, whenever law enforcement looks at someone who is arrested for prostitution as a criminal and not a victim, whenever people patronize strip clubs or pornography - we are feeding the beast,” said Burow.
Reyes, who also sits on the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking, said it is up to an engaged community to put a stop to the crime, “Victims of human trafficking do not self report as victims of car theft, robbery and assault would - if you don't go look for them you won't find them.”
The event is being hosted by Embassy Covenant Church International (Troy, MI). The MCC will follow the forum with a training about upcoming legislation and how to engage elected officials and law enforcement. Monday July 15, 2013 6-9 pm Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 15:27
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Recognizing the tremendous needs of area Veterans, Detroit VA Healthcare System staff will roll out outreach events and summits to assist Veterans with everything from housing to financial repair to legal issues and health care.
“We are here each and every day for our Veterans, so we are able to see what they need and how we can work with our community partners to assist them,” said Dr. Pamela Reeves, Medical Center Director. “This summer, we are focusing our attention on certain areas where we feel we can help as many Veterans as possible. All they must do is show up for these free events and we have staff that’s able to place them in particular programs.”
The following events are just a few planned for the busy summer:
Disabled Veteran Open House, June 11, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Detroit VA Healthcare System, Room B1290: The focus for this event is the disabled Veteran community, many of whom cannot easily access services and care.
“We must educate the disabled Veteran community on what is available to them both here in our medical center and also in the community,” said Dr. Reeves. “Also, this is our chance to recognize many of our community partners who assist us every day in meeting the needs of our Veterans.”
This event will take place both indoors and outdoors, with tables and booths set up that will feature organizations such as the VFW, DAV, in-house services including Human Resources, Prosthetics, Registration and Veterans Benefits Administration.
Staff from various departments within the organization and community agencies will be on hand to help guide the Veteran and answer his/her questions.
Veterans Legal Fair, June 17, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Detroit VA Healthcare System: Sponsored by The Legal Aid and Defender Association and the Detroit VA, this is a free program for all Veterans. Featured workshops will include expungement of criminal records, Social Security claims and child support issues. Will Gunn, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will speak at 10:00 a.m.
“We have seen great success with our Veterans Justice Outreach program in recent months,” said Dr. Reeves. “We are realizing that many of the issues our Veterans face don’t only involve health care and it’s our responsibility to help provide them with the resources to not only learn more about these legal issues, but assist them in tackling what can be a difficult system.”
Also on-hand will be U.S. Congressmen John Conyers Jr. and Gary Peters along with area judges and their staffs. The fair is funded by a grant from Quicken Loans with additional support from various agencies.
Veterans Resource Fair, June 26, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Detroit VA Healthcare System, Room B1290: This is a program sponsored by the Vet 2 Vet program and the medical center’s Veterans Consumer Council.
“This is more or less a resource fair organized by Veterans for Veterans,” said Dr. Bella Schanzer, Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health. “No one knows what Veterans needs are, better than Veterans themselves, so we looked to these organizations within the medical center for insight on what resources to bring in.”
Veterans will be able to learn more about everything from health care to education, employment and help for homelessness. There will be assistance on-site, to help Veterans navigate the processes for many of the resources available to them in the community.
All Veterans of all eras are welcome to attend each of the programs.
Since 1939, the Detroit VAMC has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. In 1996, the medical center moved from Allen Park, Michigan to the current location in Detroit. The John D. Dingell VAMC located in Detroit, Michigan is one of the newest VA facilities in the country. We consider it our privilege to serve the health care needs of our Veterans. Services are available to more than 330,000 Veterans living in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and St. Clair counties. This population represents approximately forty-four percent of the Veteran population in the lower peninsula of Michigan. For more information, visit http://www.detroit.va.gov
Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 16:31
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff Writer
As we prepare for another exciting season and transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts, we look forward to discovering new talents. Current Sphinx Competition winners are performing as soloists with the nation's top orchestras!
Will YOU be the next
Sphinx Competition winner?
Please click here to view the rules and regulations for the 17th Annual Sphinx Competition: https://sphinx.myreviewroom.com
Ade Williams, Junior Division 1st Place Laureate Photo: Glenn Triest
Registration for the upcoming competition is now open. The application deadline for the 17th Annual Sphinx Competition is:
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 @ 11:59pm EST.
Those who advance will be invited to the live semi-finals and finals round from February 19-23, 2014 in Detroit, MI.
Senior Division Prizes (Ages 18 – 26)
1st Place- $10,000 cash prize, solo appearances with major orchestras, performance with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra at the Finals Concert
2nd Place - $5,000 cash prize, performance with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra at the Finals Concert
3rd Place - $3,500 cash prize, performance with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra at the Finals Concert
Junior Division Prizes (Ages 17 and under)
1st Place- $5,000 cash prize, solo appearances with major orchestras, performances with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and at Finals Concert, nationally-broadcast radio appearance on From the Top
2nd Place - $3,500 cash prize, performance with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
3rd Place - $2,000 cash prize, performance with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
As we continue to build diversity in classical music, we hope you will also share this information with your friends and colleagues.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 13:25
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