Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President and CEO Benjamin Jealous signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the NAACP's 104th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.
The Agreement will expand outreach to traditionally underserved communities through the NAACP network of more than 200,000 members. Through the MOA, FEMA and the NAACP have joined forces to ensure the needs of underrepresented communities are more fully incorporated into disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation-related activities. The two agencies also will share information such as lessons learned, best practices and training resources, to improve community resilience.
"As a nation, our resiliency depends on our ability to work together to empower communities as part of the emergency management team before, during and after a disaster," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "Today's agreement builds on a long-standing partnership between FEMA and the NAACP, and leverages both institutions' resources and networks to improve the 'Whole Community's' disaster preparedness, response and recovery."
"We are pleased to expand our partnership with FEMA to ensure all communities are prepared when confronted with an emergency," stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. "This is a critical step toward providing underrepresented communities the tools and training they need to respond and recover after disasters."
"From the Deepwater Horizon Incident, to the 2011 Tornadoes in Alabama, to Superstorm Sandy, we have seen the worst and best of disproportionate impact of disaster on marginalized communities and inspiring community resilience. Communities have been devastated by loss of life, property, culture and more," said Jealous. "While at the same time there have been awesome examples of communities coming together to build stronger neighborhoods with cooperation between community members and equity and justice based allocation of resources. With this partnership we will work together to improve the ability of emergency management systems to serve people on the margins as well as strengthen community resilience," said Jealous.
The NAACP has been an active member of the emergency management team through collaborative efforts including: NAACP senior leadership participation on FEMA's National Advisory Council, hosting emergency preparedness engagement activities at the NAACP Annual Convention, and NAACP staff training on emergency management and community preparedness. The Agreement strengthens the "whole community" approach to emergency management and will greatly improve communities' access to information to help individuals, families and communities stay safe before, during and after an emergency or disaster.
More information and resources for helping communities prepare for a disaster are available at www.CitizenCorps.gov.
Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 16:34
David Alexander Bullock and Change Agent Consortium (CAC) Denounce $1.4 Million Payment to Jones Day Amidst Detroit Financial Crisis
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Rev. David Bullock and Rev. Jesse Jackson enjoy the revelry at NAACP Freedom Fund Walk
Jones Day, the law firm hired to handle Detroit's financial restructuring, has billed the city for $1.4 million in fees for a mere six weeks of work. The fees were approved by emergency manager Kevyn Orr – who just resigned from Jones Day before taking the emergency manager position in March. Orr is expected to return to Jones Day once his contract with the state of Michigan is up.
"It is outrageous to think that a financially challenged city must contemplate busting union contracts, break work rules and change pension plans while it eagerly pays $1.4 million to the Jones Day law firm. It is insulting that the state appointed overseer wants us to join his crusade against pension recipients while he approves a $1.4 million payment to his former employer. The calls for financial responsibility are hallow and it seems the City of Detroit continues to pay for rap sheets when it needs recovery," said David Alexander Bullock, Change Agent Consortium national spokesperson.
Last month Orr met with over 100 of Detroit's creditors in an effort to get them to take pennies on the dollar. Today his restructuring team is meeting with the city employee pension and retiree groups. A bus tour of Detroit was scheduled for Wall Street creditors yesterday, but cancelled on Tuesday.
Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 13:51
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Doug Gross, CNN
T-Mobile is making a bid to become the wireless world's "un-carrier," rolling out a plan that will let users update their phones up to twice a year for a modest fee.
That's a sharp departure from the traditional model for wireless companies, which usually requires customers to complete a two-year contract before they can get a new smartphone at the discounted rate that makes them affordable.
"At some point, big wireless companies made a decision for you that you should have to wait two years to get a new phone for a fair price. That's 730 days of waiting," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, in a written announcement.
"(That's) 730 days of watching new phones come out that you can't have. Or having to live with a cracked screen or an outdated camera," he added. "We say two years is just too long to wait."
The company's new JUMP! plan will cost $10 a month per phone and includes insurance for phones that are damaged, lost or malfunctioning. Some wireless customers already pay for such protection.
Customers can upgrade after being enrolled in the JUMP! program for six months.
At a New York event, T-Mobile also announced an expansion of its 4G LTE network, which it says will reach 157 million people in 116 metro areas across the United States.
The announcement is part of T-Mobile's newly aggressive approach as the carrier tries to move up from fourth place in market share in the United States. It trails first-place Verizon, then AT&T and Sprint.
Research firm comScore says Verizon has about 31% of the market, followed by AT&T at 27%, Sprint at 16% and T-Mobile at about 13%.
In March, T-Mobile took another big leap, announcing that it would offer wireless plans with no contract. It also began selling the iPhone 5 for $99 in April.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 13:41
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by News One Staff
Married couple Lauren Hood and Andrew Jones of Detroit had their first baby Monday afternoon, but the little one was just one of many for the doctor who delivered him.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the couple's baby boy, Austin Brian Jones, was Dr. Richard Smith 8,000th delivery.
Richard Smith 8000th Baby
Brenda Hood sits next to her daughter, Lauren Hood, and her husband, Andrew Jones, after Dr. Richard Smith delivers her son. It was his 8,000 delivery. Dr. Smith delivered Lauren 24 years ago.
"Maybe I'll shoot for 10,000," Smith said while visiting his patients' bedside Wednesday, according to the Free Press. "Because it is one of the best things you can do to help new life come into the world and work with these wonderful families."
Twenty-four years ago, Dr. Smith delivered the boy's mother. Hood said the nurses teased her as they prepped her for delivery. "They were like, 'It's baby 8,000th. Do you know what your number was?' " Hood said. "I have no clue."
What she was sure of was who to call when it was time to deliver her child. "I thought how amazing if the guy who delivered me, delivered my child," said Hood, who just finished a stint as a third-grade teacher in Patterson, N.J., in the Teach for America program.
Hood's mother, Brenda Hood, said she was grateful that Smith was her doctor. "When I was having Lauren, I had complications," she said. "Just the care he gave, I knew I was in good hands, so I wanted to ensure that my child was, too."
Dr. Smith, 61, graduated from Howard University Medical School at 23-years-old. He began his career at a now-closed hospital, where women in labor were dropped off in taxis at the loading dock. Although Hood and her husband will move to Chicago in a few weeks, the new mother knows who she wants to deliver her next child.
"Of course, Dr. Smith can deliver my next child," said Hood. She wants a girl next time.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 14:09
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by RJ Barnhill
The new Meijer, located at Eight Mile and Woodward, will open to customers at 6:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 25. Meijer leadership are eager to celebrate with the local community as the grocer becomes a neighbor in the new 350,000 square-foot shopping center.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 12:14
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