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US Sen. Cory Booker to deliver keynote at Detroit NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner By Roz Edward U.S. Sen. Cory Booker will deliver the keynote address to an audience of more than 10,000 at the annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner at Cobo Center on May 6. The Detroit NAACP chapter president, Rev. Wendell Anthony, noted that Booker is the latest in a long list of influential speakers at the annual dinner. "Speakers in the past have included presidents, secretaries of state, governors, historians, labor leaders, civil rights Cory Booker icons and those who shake the social foundation of our very society," Anthony said. Booker, whose mother is a native Detroiter and whose grandfather was a card-carrying member of the UAW during World said in an exclusive interview with the Michigan Chronicle that a comprehensive approach for resolving problems, foregoing quick fixes for long term and permanent solutions are key to advancing the national agenda. The New Jersey senator and former mayor of Newark, N.J. appears to be on a course similar to that of Barack Obama in route to the Oval Office. Obama first addressed the historic Fight for Freedom Fund dinner in May of 2005 while serving as a U.S. Senator from Illinois. Obama delivered later delivered keynote speeches in 2008 and 2009 at the NAACP’s 100th annual celebration in New York. “My intention is to run for reelection. I’m not going to play coy. I’d definitely consider [a presidential run]. But my focus right now is running for reelection,” said Booker in an earlier interview. But while the popular statesman maintained that he's not ready to announce a run for the presidency, his role in the Trump resistance has Washington insiders and politicos looking more closely at Booker for the nation’s top job. Many are still talking about the laser-like focus and righteous anger he showed at a recent senate hearing when questioning Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielsen regarding whether or not she heard Donald Trump’s now infamous “sh-t hole countries” comment. Booker countered that Trump referred to people from Africa and Haiti with "the most vile and vulgar language" and said "when ignorance and bigotry are allied
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Wayne County Land Bank announces ‘Action Before Auction’ Program By Roz Edward Wayne County’s auction program to decrease blight, increase investment In a heightened effort to relieve neighborhood blight and decrease the availability of homes to detached real estate speculators who very often purchase properties, displace residents, fail to maintain homes, and contribute to disinvestment in Detroit neighborhoods, the Wayne County Land Bank Authority has implemented the Action Before Auction program. Under this groundbreaking new program, the Land Bank will partner with eligible residents living in foreclosed properties to assist them with continuing to occupy the property either as a rent or a homeowner. “I’m very focused on this program,” says Bali Kumar, Wayne County Land Bank, executive director. Kumar, 33 took the position in October of 2017. “Last year the County and the Wayne County Land Bank came together and launched a pilot program to remove properties from auction by way of the Right of Refusal Process, where we can acquire foreclosed properties from the state and municipalities and remove them from the [conventional] auction process,” explains Kumar. The County’s housing auction process has been criticized historically for contributing to a counter-productive culure of speculation, allowing buyers from around the country and the world to accumulate properties in Detroit, force residents out and leave the properties abandoned and neglected for years, usually with the intention of selling at a profit at a later date. “Too often what has happened is
that a renter is living in the property, paying their rent on time, but the landlord doesn’t pay the property taxes and the property goes in to foreclosure. But letting that property go to auction can result in people who did nothing wrong getting kicked out of their homes … just because the landlord has a different business model,” said Kumar. The new pro-Detroit pro-neighborhood Action for Auction Program will end the speculation process which for decades has been a primary contributing factor in neighborhood decline and distressed communities. The Wayne County Land Bank, as part of its mission to promote community redevelopment in Wayne County, has begun accepting applications for the 2018 Action Before Auction program. Currently the County Land Bank owns approximately 1,300 properties. The Action Before Auction program will build on the Land Bank’s success of 2017, when it ran a pilot program that removed 141 properties from the foreclosure auction. All 141 properties are currently in the process of being rehabilitated and returned to productive use. Notably, out of the 64 properties that were identified as occupied, in the majority of those houses — 54 total, or 84 percent — occupants were given an opportunity to remain in the home or were given re-housing assistance as a result of the pilot program. “We’re pleased with the success of last year’s pilot, but we are not going to rest there.” Kumar said. “By improving and expanding on the pilot program, we can increase the number of properties we can affect and the number of Wayne County residents we can serve.”
The Action Before Auction program will operate on two separate tracks. Under the first track, participants will work closely with the residents of foreclosed residential properties, with the goal of turning those residents into successful homeowners. “We want to cast a wider net this year. The more participants, the greater the impact we can have.” Kumar said. wanted scenario. Rather than selling at auction to the highest bidder, a property placed in the program will be assigned to a participant that has the resources, capacity, and experience to work with residents and rehabilitate the property. Under the second track, participants will focus primarily on remediating foreclosed properties, investing in the properties, and then returning those properties to productive use. Both tracks work together to accomplish three goals: to avoid speculation, to keep residents in their homes, and to promote investment across Wayne County. Since the programs primary objective is remediation of blight, Kumar says that bidders who will not be selling or renting a property to residents, under the Acton for Auction program they are required to make a minimum $25,000 investment for improvements to the property. “The foreclosure process creates community upheaval,” Kumar. “Every foreclosed home perpetuates a cycle of divestment, transiency and blight that spreads from one property to other homes on a block, and from one block across entire neighborhoods. We want to take action to stop this cycle of blight
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Wayne County, Rock Ventures reach tentative deal to build Criminal Justice Center Gratiot jail to be demolished, $533-million criminal justice center expected in 2022
spring/summer of 2022, with Rock responsible for estimated costs of about $153 million, as well as any cost overruns;
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans announced last week a tentative agreement with Rock Ventures to build a new $533 million criminal justice center, providing the County with four state-of-theart buildings as a solution to its long-stalled Gratiot jail project. As part of the deal, the County would invest $380 million with Rock covering the remaining costs and any overruns.
If the actual cost of the criminal justice center is less than the budgeted amount, the County and Rock will share the savings based upon an agreed to schedule;
“We made the best of a tough situation and have a definitive path forward to address the failed jail project. It’s been an albatross for the County for far too long,” Evans said. “At the end of the project we will have an entirely new criminal justice complex, and most importantly, the County’s construction costs are capped. We now know what we are going to pay and can budget accordingly. That better posi-
tions us to tackle other facilities and infrastructure challenges beyond our jails.” As part of the deal, the newly constructed criminal justice center will house the County’s 2,280-bed jail, sheriff and prosecutor staff and administrative offices, criminal courthouse and juvenile detention facility.
The center will be completed on property bounded by the I-75 Service Drive and East Warren Avenue, which is being acquired from the City of Detroit. Key components of the deal, which now head to the County Commission and Building Authority for approval, include: Completion is expected in
Rock will operate and collect net parking revenues capped at $30 million present value for various parking sites around the criminal justice center, after which the County will take over operation and collection of parking revenues. The County, however, retains complete control of 119 secured parking spaces for County use at no cost; Rock has agreed to invest at least $250 million into a mixedused development on the properties it acquires from the County, while utilizing at least 51% of Wayne County residents in the jobs required for development of
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the properties; and Rock agrees to perform outreach to County-based businesses for their participation. Rock will contribute $500,000 to parks located in Wayne County and $250,000 to support career and technical education programs for previously incarcerated citizens. In exchange, the County will transfer to Rock, the existing Division I and II jails, juvenile detention facility and Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. Upon approval and execution of the deal, these parcels will be leased back to the County for $1.00 per year until the criminal justice center is complete and the County has transitioned to the use of the new facilities. Rock will also, in a separate transaction, purchase, the property where the unfinished Gratiot jail is located. The County will pay its portion of the construction costs with remaining bond proceeds from the Gratiot failed jail project, new bonds
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and try to keep people in their homes.” To select participants for Action Before Auction, the Land Bank has issued a Request for Qualifications which can be downloaded from the Land Bank’s website at LINK. The Land Bank invites all stakeholders interested in making a difference in Wayne County—from non-profits to community groups to real estate developers—to apply for participation in the program. “Ensuring diversi-
specific to the current project and some general fund revenue. Based upon discussions with the Internal Revenue Service, Wayne County’s bond counsel has advised the administration that the transactions, as structured, will satisfy applicable federal tax requirements. “This has been an extraordinarily complex process involving over half a billion dollar development deal with land acquisition from a third party. I couldn’t be prouder of my team, for all the work it took in reaching the best possible solution,” Evans said. “I’m also pleased that building the new jail will allow us to close the County’s three existing jails, leading to improved efficiency, cost-savings and addressing the long-standing poor conditions.” Under terms of the deal with Rock, Barton Malow will serve as the general contractor while Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. will serve as the architect. The County retains the authority to approve the designs as it moves from schematics to development and finally construction. The criminal justice center must be designed and constructed in accordance with “Outty in the program is crucial,” said Kumar. “The more diverse the participants, the broader our impact.” In addition to its Action Before Auction Program, the Wayne County Land Bank also operates several other initiatives to rehabilitate depressed properties in Wayne County, including the Compliance Program, Side Lot Program, Nuisance Abatement Program, and Quiet Title Program. For more information please visit www.WayneCountyLandBank.com or contact the Land Bank at (313) 967-3669.
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From page A-1 with power, it is a dangerous force in our country. [Ms. Nielsen] your silence and your amnesia are complicity.” Earlier this year Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act — a bill that would end the federal prohibition of marijuana and right some of the wrongs of the failed War on Drugs. “For decades, the failed War on Drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders — especially for marijuana-related offenses — at an incredible cost of lost human potential, torn apart families and communities, and taxpayer dollars. The drug war has had a disproportionately devastating impact on Americans of color and the poor,” said Booker. The Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner is the largest sit-down dinner of its kind in the world. Serving approximately 10,000 guests with a first-class meal, world-class entertainment, and some of the nation's most renowned speakers. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivered the Fight for Freedom Fund dinner keynote in 2017. Past speakers include: President Barak Obama, President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former Vice President Joe Biden.
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Gay-Dagnogo bill seeks to equip the law with tools to help children A bill sponsored by state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) passed the Michigan’s House of Representatives recently, making it possible for law enforcement officers and prosecutors to share videotaped interviews of young victims of neglect or physical or sexual abuse. The videotapes will be shared across county lines for training purposes. The bill now heads to the Senate. “No one likes to think about the innocence of our youngest and most vulnerable children being violated, but it does happen. And when it does, we want our law enforcement officers and prosecutors to be trained and prepared Sherry Gay-Dagnogo with the tools they need to bring the offenders to justice,” Rep. Gay-Dagnogo said. “This bill does that by allowing them to share information across county lines while still preserving the privacy and the dignity of the child who was harmed.” House Bill 5403 would require a non-offending parent or legal guardian to give their time-limited, revocable consent to have the interview used for training. Once signed, the video could be used by law enforcement or prosecutors in any county in Michigan so long as those who viewed it signed a non-disclosure agreement to protect the child’s identity. “This bill strikes a strong balance between protecting a child whose world has already been shaken and preparing our dedicated men and women in law enforcement to go after those who have harmed her,” Rep. Gay-Dagnogo said. “I’m grateful for the support of my colleagues in the House, and I look forward to its speedy passage through the Senate.”
City to establish $250M fund to preserve 10,000 affordable housing units Mayor Mike Duggan during his recent State of the City address announced plans to establish a $250 million multifamily affordable housing fund that sets two major goals for the city. First, to preserve 10,000 existing affordable housing units in neighborhoods across the city. Second, to develop 2,000 new affordable housing units in the City’s coordinated neighborhood planning areas. The Affordable Housing Leverage Fund will be comprised of $50 million in grant funds, $150 million in low-interest borrowing, and $50 million in public funds from expected Federal and City funds for affordable housing over the next five years. “The preservation and creation of affordable housing is the cornerstone of our growth strategy,” explained Mayor Mike Duggan. “Affordable housing offers stability for the city’s low-income res-
idents and provides options to households at a range of incomes in all neighborhoods. This is what we are talking about when we say that we are building one city for all of us.” The document from Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department details the city’s strategy to guarantee equitable development as Detroit’s housing market continues to recover in the wake of decades of disinvestment. Goal No. 1 is to preserve 10,000 existing affordable housing units through the expansion of initiatives that already have helped to preserve 1,772 units of affordable housing across the city since 2015. Preservation and maintaining the affordability of an existing unit over time, are critical to retaining the city’s existing population and ensuring future affordable housing options for all Detroiters. The targeted
residential units for preservation are at risk because of expiring low-income housing tax credits and deteriorating conditions, especially in neighborhoods that have seen improved market conditions. The plan will preserve units by engaging owners of regulated and “naturally occurring affordable housing” to make sure they are ready to extend their affordability requirements and rehabilitate and extend the life of their existing affordable housing. The City will also prioritize and target the approximately 3,500 most atrisk units for investment. To do this, the City will seek a preservation community development financial institution (CDFI) partner with HRD and create the pipeline of preservation units. The plan will also continue and expand initiatives that have helped to develop 852 units of new affordable
The Department of Housing and Urban Development Act which established HUD as a cabinet-level agency declared a purpose: “[T]o provide for full and appropriate consideration, at the national level, of the needs and interests of the Nation’s communities and of the people who live and work in them.” This purpose is sustained through the agency’s mission to “build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.” Secretary Carson’s action not only threatens HUD’s founding purpose but also reveals plans of regression. “Dr. Carson’s attempt to diminish HUD’s mission comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission’s report which affirmed that discrimination and segregation had long permeated much of American life and continues to threaten the future of every American, and at a time when the Trump administration seeks to cut billions of dollars in housing aid for low-income families,” said NAACP’s Sr. Director of Economic Programs, Marvin J. Owens, Jr. Despite these attempts, the promise of discrimination-free practices lives on in the Fair Housing Act which has the central objective of prohibiting race discrimination in sales and rentals of housing. The hope of continued progress in America rests in the hands of communities across the country that continue to push their elected leaders to preserve programs designed to help disadvantaged communities and promote policies that make economic inclusion a reality.
The Mayor has charged the Housing & Revitalization Department and City partners like the Detroit Housing Commission with the job of implementing the plan, starting with the creation of the Office of Policy Development and Implementation. “We have had a chance to observe and speak with leaders from Washington D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco and learned how they have had to make major investments in affordable housing after the real estate market grew and missed some opportunities to include affordability in their revitalization,” said Arthur Jemison, who is Detroit’s Director of Housing & Revitalization. “With a strategy and fund of this kind, we hope to learn from their efforts and invest in affordable housing now.” The City will also continue its work with the Detroit Housing Commission to make that organization a high-performer and a MovingTo-Work Housing Authority. With those milestones, housing authorities have been able to create project-based rental assistance benefits or their equivalent, serving households earning below 60 percent of Area Median Income range. The City will also work to create more permanent supportive housing to support ending chronic homelessness in.
NAACP critical of Ben Carson’s attempt to change HUD’s mission statement The NAACP is deeply concerned about Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson’s move to dilute the critical agency’s long-standing mission.
housing since 2015. The Housing and Revitalization Department will work with the Planning and Development Department to identify vacant city-owned parcels and existing buildings for rehab in the designated neighborhood planning areas, as well as preservation targets within those neighborhood planning areas for redevelopment.
City launches web page to connect Detroiters with Key programs By Meagan Wilson After a politician speaks to his/her constituents, and he leaves them ripe with hope and anticipation, many are still left wondering how to take advantage of the policies and programs that were mentioned. And usually, contacting a municipality for information ends up in a series of wrong numbers, transferred calls and long hold times. Mayor Mike Duggan and his team plan to change that by making the information outlined in his fifth State of the City address – easily accessible. Now, there is a State of the City website, which features information about many of the programs that Duggan mentioned, from improving access to education, connecting residents to jobs and training, city safety and quality, affordable housing. The information residents can find on the website includes: • The Detroit Promise – Free college tuition for all Detroit high school graduates. • Grow Detroit’s Young Talent – 8000+ summer jobs for Detroit youth. • Detroit at Work – Connecting Detroiters to thousands of open jobs and trainings in
career fields like health care, technology, transportation, manufacturing and hospitality. • Randolph Career Tech – A Construction Trades Career and Technical Education school for high school students and adults interested in a career in construction and building trades. • Motor City Match – Small business support connecting new and expanding businesses with funding, real estate opportunities, and tools to fuel the city’s entrepreneurial revolution.
• Entrepreneurs of Color Fund – A new source of business capital for Detroit businesses owned by entrepreneurs of color and businesses that primarily hire people of color.
• Project Green Light – The real-time crime-fighting and community policing program aimed at improving neighborhood safety, and promoting the revitalization and growth of local businesses.
• Building Detroit – The Detroit Land Bank Authority’s website dedicated to selling and renovating Detroit’s blighted properties.
“Your Detroit Directory,” a community resource guide, includes everything from financial help to health and wellness information to neighborhood resources like how to form a block club or find out when to expect yard waste pick-up.
• Detroit’s Multi-Family Affordable Housing Strategy – The city’s strategy to provide quality, affordable housing to residents, preserving 10,000 affordable units and creating 2,000 more.
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Gun safety is about freedom By Derrick Johnson NAACP President and CEO
Fear at school was something the Little Rock Nine knew all too well. Facing vitriol, racism and merciless violence, the Little Rock Nine were escorted, for their own safety, by federal troops to their high school classes. For those brave students selected to make the promises of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision a reality, fear and terror were a normal part of the school-day routine. Decades later, fear and terror still exist in our children’s classrooms. Due to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the politicians that support them, meaningful discourse on the issue of gun control is nearly impossiDerrick Johnson ble, and in that silence, school shootings from Sandy Hook to Parkland keep the classroom a battleground, not a place of learning. Some African American communities know well the potential danger associated with everyday activities, as gun violence spills into our communities from various angles. Yet, for the most part, schools have remained safe places for our young people. Given the disproportionate damage gun violence is having on our communities, the NAACP has advocated for sane, sensible laws to help eliminate or at least to decrease the damage and death caused by gun violence. Requiring universal background checks on all gun sales and transfers, banning military-style, semi-automatic assault guns, enacting tough, new criminal penalties for straw purchasers and gun traffickers, and allowing the Center for Disease Control to research gun violence as a major public health issue are just a few of the reasonable steps lawmakers could take to stem the tide of gun related deaths in neighborhoods across the nation. Unfortunately, years of ridiculously easy access to guns and ammunition has yielded an epidemic with deadly consequences for all Americans, but has been particularly fatal for communities of color who are disproportionately impacted. Gun violence is the number one killer of African Americans ages 15 to 34. Though African Americans make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, we represent nearly 50 percent of all gun homicide victims. Over 80 percent of gun deaths of African Americans are homicides. Roughly speaking, one out of every three African American males who die between the ages of 15 and 19 is killed by gun violence. African American children and teens were less than 15 percent of the total child population in 2008 and 2009, but accounted for 45 percent of all child- and teen-related gun deaths. These numbers are tragic and intolerable, but most of all they are preventable. Critics might call such policy interventions naively ambitious in our current political climate. However, com-
I sat quietly at the kitchen table trying to resist the urge to eat a piece of sirloin steak. I have been on a no meat diet for about a year. My success has involved avoiding the sight and smell of meat. I would eventually briefly backslide and enjoy the pleasure, yielding to temptation. Martha Smith, my aunt, is 82 years old. She is lively and intelligent. I sat listening as she sparked an interesting conversation about my grandma, Lucille. “David,” she said, “Do you know why your grandma moved to Boston from South Caroli- David A. Bullock na?” Actually, I did not. In fact, I had not thought about it much except in passing. I figured my grandma was in search of a better job or more educational opportunities. I would find out that the truth was much darker and riskier. It turns out my grandma was sent to Boston by her father. Her sisters would follow her to Boston later. They were scurried out of South Carolina because there was a very real and present threat, now that they were young women, that they would be raped by local white men in the area and be denied justice. Forced sex with black girls was a kind of rite of passage at the time, a sweaty, bloodied and violent baptism into the world of white supremacy for the girls. A victory lap in a race that honored white privilege for the men. Thankfully, she made it to Boston before being “baptized.”
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Just look to Australia.
The results were both clear and staggering—there has not been a single mass shooting in Australia since 1996. Additionally, data shows that in the ten years following the Tasmanian massacre, gun-related homicides and suicides dropped by 59 percent and 65 percent, respectively. While there is still room for improvement, the immediate and directly correlative impact of Australia’s gun control reform demonstrates the potential of policy to promote peace. Australia’s gun control intervention was not achieved without encountering significant opposition. Like America, Australia holds a near fetish-like obsession for rugged individualism, which caused many to resent the government’s action and to perceive it as an insult to gun owners and a breach of power. To be fair, a 28-day waiting period on gun purchases hardly fits the image of the reckless, rough-and-tumble Outback presented by media and movies. But, as President Obama praised in 2015, the Australian people ultimately united in favor of national safety and progress. Australia’s success story is an example for us all. America will remain a deadly nation for our children, its schools caught in the crossfire, unless we insist politicians and the NRA curb their lobbyist efforts and allow the creation of policy that acts in the best interests of public safety. The solution is simple. America needs sane and sensible gun safety laws. The NAACP has spoken out, delivering a loud and clear message, on the most urgent and impactful policies pending, and we will continue to push and monitor federal action on these proposals. The disproportionate impact on communities of color does make gun control a civil rights issue, but gun violence is a national issue and should be a matter of national concern. It is also a matter of freedom. Without sane gun laws, parents are faced with the daily and ever-present fear of another shooting at their child’s school that could have been prevented. All Americans deserve this freedom regardless of skin color, political affiliation, or zip code. This is one freedom that the NAACP is committed to fighting for. Derrick Johnson is the president and CEO of the NAACP. Follow him on Twitter: @DerrickNAACP.
It is time to oppose white power By David Alexander Bullock
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prehensive, sustainable gun control is achievable. We know this because someone has done it. In the past 20 years, Australia has proven that sensible reform can prevail over partisan divides and high rates of gun ownership. In the spring of 1996, Australia faced the deadliest mass shooting in its history when a 28-yearold man opened fire at a tourist resort in Tasmania, killing 35 and wounding 23 with a semi-automatic rifle. Following the massacre, the party in power—the center-right Liberal coalition—surprised the country and world by joining with groups across the political spectrum to implement a radical intervention on gun violence. Over the course of mere months, the Australian government bought and destroyed over half a million firearms, banned automatic and semiautomatic weapons, created a national firearms registry, and enforced a 28-day waiting period for gun purchases.
My grandma was 98 when she died. My aunt is 82. My father is 75. I am 40. I had never heard that story. I was too shocked to be upset at the hidden truth, but in the later moments began to wonder why the story of white power had not been shared along with the family history. Deeper, I thought, why was running and silence the custom-made solution to white supremacy for black folks? Richard Spencer is a modern-day spokesperson for the kind of white power that bombed 16th Street Baptist Church, raped Recy Taylor and murdered Emmett Till. The alt right is the sanitized cover of a dirty culture that authorizes the prison industrial complex, rising hate crimes in America and invisibility of the urban black poor. He is scheduled to speak at Michigan State University during spring break. As the school becomes famous for rapists and racists, black folks and their allies have not changed their response to white power — we still are running and silent. Hate speakers are appealing to the moral constraints of liberty. They claim to have a right to engage in the marketplace of ideas. They intone about their fear of being a minority. This is nonsense on stilts. Slave owners used white power to overcome their numerical minority in the American south. Plutocrats use white power to overcome their numerical minority in the world. There has not been a real marketplace of ideas in the Western world controlled intellectually by the white racial frame. In truth, white power speech is the oldest freely exercised speech. As Richard Spencer evangelizes to the lost of his kind and opens the door of his perverted fellowship, it is our task to stop being silent and speak, and to stop running and stand.
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Rename Pershing High School for first African American coach, Will Robinson By John Telford Many of us Detroiters hope that the DPSCD board will rename Pershing High for William Joseph “Will” Robinson (1911-2008). Perhaps if Pershing alumni object to a name change, the board could name another school for him. Will Robinson became the first African American coach of a Michigan high school when he came to old Detroit Miller in 1943 and led its basketball teams to city titles (there was no state compe- John Telford tition for Detroit schools in the later 1930s, the 1940s, and the 1950s). He also coached state champion teams at Pershing and winning teams at Cass Tech. Robinson was an All-State high school quarterback in Ohio (his 98 percent white football team won the state title), and he was an All-American collegiate quarterback at West Virginia State when his team won the African American football organization’s national championship. He was also the first African American coach of a Division One NCAA basketball team, achieving five winning seasons at Illinois State. In addition, he was the first African American scout in the NFL (Detroit Lions) and the NBA (Detroit Pistons), and the first African American executive in the NBA
when he served as the Detroit Pistons assistant general manager well into his nineties. Also, Detroit icons Etheline Crockett, M.D., and abolitionist Jared W. Finney — whose names were illegally removed from schools by recent emergency managers without permission of an elected Board — should have their names restored. As for Will Robinson, I’ve known that great man since 1952 when he and his fellow Miller coaches Leroy Dues and Lorenzo Wright and my Detroit Track Club relay teammate and future Mumford Principal Pete Petross attended the track meet at Denby when my Denby teammates snapped Miller’s streak of 45 wins in track and those four men recruited me to run at Wayne. I coached with Robinson for two years in the mid-1960s at Pershing, where my runners were the state’s best in track and Will’s players were the state’s best in basketball. Will and I became lifelong friends and I wrote his biography. I gave board president Iris Taylor a copy of that Robinson book for the board’s library. Will Robinson definitely deserves to have a school named for him. He sent 300 Detroit high school basketball players to college on basketball scholarships, and 30 of them went on to play professionally. John Telford is a poet, author, and former DPS superintendent. His radio show airs on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on WCHB AM1340.
Everyone is working hard and smartly to eliminate foreclosures By Phil Cavanagh Assistant Deputy Treasurer, Wayne County
No matter which side of an issue you may be on you have to respect passion and hard work. There are many individuals and organizations who have dedicated themselves to reducing the number of property tax foreclosures, especially by assisting homeowners. The numbers have been so staggering there is plenty blame to spread in Wayne County if that is what you want to focus on. I personally have been passionate about Phil Cavanagh stemming the tide of the tsunami of foreclosures. As a former state representative, I introduced a bill to grant relief for homeowners by lowering the state-mandated 18% interest rate on properties in delinquency. Almost four years the bill languished until Mayor Mike Duggan, who recently praised this effort in his State of the City Address, and Wayne County Deputy Treasurer came to Lansing to support it. With this effort the bill passed allowing for Interest Rate Stipulated Payment Agreements (IRSPAs) reducing interest rates to 6% for struggling homeowners. The Wayne County Treasurer’s Office has offered these plans for three years now and it has made a difference – over 36,000 households encompassing over 100,000 residents have successfully utilized IRSPAs to remain in their homes in the last three years. A total of 50,000 households have avoided foreclosure. This is just one example of how government leadership is working together. Treasurer Eric Sabree and Mayor Mike Duggan have both stated publicly that they want zero occupied homes in Tax Foreclosure Auction this September. A few years ago this may have seemed impossible, but since Mr. Sabree became Wayne County Treasurer two years ago, tax foreclosures in Wayne Country are down 72%. And foreclosure of owner occupied properties are down 83%! This decrease is because of his leadership in bringing together non-profits, advocacy groups, the business community, the state, the county and all municipalities, including the City of De-
troit, coming together. It is making an impact. The fact is we all must follow the law and to suggest government can wave a magic wand and place a hold on all foreclosures is not lawful. Further, It would be unfair to every non-delinquent taxpayer in the county (95%) if Treasurer Sabree just pulled from the foreclosure list all the occupied properties whose owners have not paid requisite taxes due. Not just unfair to those current on their property taxes but also a disservice to those delinquent taxpayers if we don’t address the underlying problems that lead to foreclosure. What we are doing — expanding outreach, holding neighborhood workshops, providing free credit counseling, pushing Principal Residence Exemptions (PREs) and Poverty Tax Exemptions (PTEs), and even raising private dollars to help pay property taxes for the most impoverished. There is a very successful pilot program designed to help good tenants whose landlords just took their rent but ignored the property taxes. This program is helping to make rent paying tenants into homeowners. Its success, may result in program expansion. The McGregor Fund also sees the progress and has given nonprofits $500,000 to help struggling homeowners stay on their IRSPAs. Quicken Loan Community Development Fund (QLCDF) gave $350,000 last year to the Renters to Homeowners pilot program. Without the support of Detroit and County Treasurer, the program would not have happened. Now, QLCDF has challenged that if matching funds are raised, it would donate $1 million. The Wayne County Treasurer’s Office is also working with the City of Detroit, J.P. Morgan Chase, the Bloomberg Foundation and Cities for Financial Empowerment on creating a permanent Center for Financial Empowerment to offer financial coaching to every resident of the county. Today there is a new spirit of cooperation in Wayne County. We are all meeting, coordinating resources and working together to solve the tax foreclosure crisis. The 2018 goal is clear – zero owner occupied foreclosures. Government can help stop tax foreclosure, but it must be done in a legal, common sense, non-reactionary manner to solve the problem. Working together, I have no doubt that we can solve the problem of foreclosures in Wayne County.
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“Queen Mother Helen Moore,” by native Detroit artist Mario Moore
Recently acquired painting by Mario Moore now on display at DIA The Detroit Institute of Arts has installed the recently acquired painting “Queen Mother Helen Moore,” by native Detroit artist Mario Moore. The painting was featured in the museum’s recent exhibition “Art of Rebellion,” and is an intimate portrait of the artist’s grandmother proudly displaying framed photographs of her sons. As Moore explained to PBS NewsHour about the painting, “As soon as you turn on the news they tend to show the mourning black mother. That’s the narrative that you get. And I believe that [the narrative] is a way to find compassion for the ‘mother.’ But once it gets used over and over and over again, it los-
es its value. For me, the women in my family have a very different perspective. They’re very protective, very powerful.” Moore, who currently lives in Brooklyn, earned a Master’s of Fine Arts in painting at Yale University, and is an alumnus of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. The painting is on view in the DIA’s suite of African American art galleries in a section with the theme of social and political consciousness. The DIA is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.
Canada beats US to the punch and adds black woman to currency By Parker Riley Remember when Harriet Tubman was supposed to be on the U.S. $20 bill? It was one of the many things President Obama fought for in his last year in office. However, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin basically shut that down. In January, he said, “We haven’t made any decisions on whether we will change the bill or won’t change the bill.” Obviously, this means a black woman will not be on any U.S. currency during the Trump administration. Now, Canada has decided to get with the times. The Guardian reports,” civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond was se lected from the more than 26,000 submissions that rolled in after the Bank of Canada announced plans to put a Canadian woman on the country’s circulating currency for the first time.” If you aren’t familiar with Desmond, back in 1946 she refused to leave the whites-only section of a Canadian movie theater. This act of protest
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New Martin Park District Association Meeting Seeks for More Involvement The New Martin Park District Association on Detroit’s northwest side is looking to ramp up its membership. The group represents the territory bounded by McNichols to the north, Puritan to the south, Log Cabin to the east and Livernois to the west. Its next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 2, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 16100 Lawton. Meetings are usually held the first Monday of every month. Milton Lanier, interim secretary, regularly canvasses the community and passes out fliers to invite residents to attend.
5 ways to get involved in your neighborhood Whether you just moved into your neighborhood a week ago or you’ve lived there for 25 years, getting to know your neighbors has always been an important part of community development in Detroit. As our neighborhoods transition, the people in closest proximity to you – and the people who will be able to help you most immediately – are your neighbors. So, reach out and touch one.
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1. Talk to the folks on your block: This is the first step toward getting organized. Host a pot luck or a barbecue. You’ll often be surprised what you have in common with your neighbors.
Leverette’s Legacy of Neighborhood Commitment Runs Deep
2. Get organized: Join your block club. If you don’t have a block club, start one. Remember most people are waiting to be engaged. Organized neighbors make strong neighborhoods. 3. Identify problems: Once you and your neighbors have identified the important issues in your neighborhood, you can develop a plan to solve them. Do you need to start a CB patrol, hire a snow removal contactor, etc? 4. Collaborate: There are lots of groups, association and churches that are working on issues, and many of them are looking for partners. Find out who they are and get to know them. 5. Look for resources: In Detroit a number of organizations assist with strategic planning, funding and identifying or providing resources for neighborhood groups. These groups include Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Impact Detroit, and Michigan Community Resources. If you are interested in more information, contact ARISE Detroit! for a referral to an organization or program for assistance. Phone 313-921-1955; email, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.arisedetroit.org.
By James W. Ribbron Neighbors Staff Writer
NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMPIONS Residents who are willing to tackle community problems and work with others are the key to creating better neighborhoods. This issue of One Year In The Life takes a look at three Detroiters who are champions of change for their neighborhoods -- Elizabeth Valdez, Lisa Leverette and Milton Lanier.
Community activist Lisa Leverette’s commitment to working in and improving the area where she lives runs deep and wide. She’s a third-generation resident of the area bounded by Twelfth Street, Dexter, West Grand Blvd. and Clairmount. And she owns three houses in the community. To keep houses from going into disarray or becoming havens for squatters and drug seekers, Leverette purchased the houses on each side of her home. “I bought the homes six years ago for a very attractive price,” she said.
LISA LEVERETTE Lisa Leverette, Central Durfee Coalition and Highland Sturtevant Community Association. Her philosophy: “I care because this is my home, my community. If not me, then who? ” Getting Involved: Interested in joining? Email the Central Durfee Coalition at email@example.com for community updates and notices of upcoming meetings.
That’s just one way Leverette demonstrates her longstanding commitment to the community where she has lived for 22 years.
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Valdez on Fire for Southwest Detroit Pride By Santiago Esparza Neighbors Staff Writer
Elizabeth Valdez is tough to miss.
Elizabeth Valdez , president of Detroit Southwest Pride
The 42-year-old, life-long resident of southwest Detroit is usually at the front of neighborhood improvement efforts, her blazing red hair blowing in the wind and her voice heard above the crowd. She has adopted the motto “Woman on Fire” as she works to make her southwest Detroit neighborhood safe, blight-free and full of positivity for young people.
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Her philosophy: “Once they see you out doing work, not just talking about it, they take you seriously.” COMMUNITY MEETING: Detroit Southwest Pride will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 3-5 p.m. March 25 at Boyer Park. The park is at West Vernor and Dragoon, next to a Burger King restaurant. For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page or call (313) 986-1610.
Valdez has two daughters —Nyasia, a thriving 22-year-old and Karizma, an energetic 18 year-old — and she’s committed to making a better world for them.
To that end, she is president of Detroit Southwest Pride, a grassroots community group active since 2011. A community cleanup project was held that year and the group grew from that effort. Valdez is a founding member. “We go door-to-door knocking,” Valdez said. “We try relationship building. That is why it’s important to build relationships. Once they see you out doing work, not just talking about it, they take you seriously.”
The grassroots organization annually organizes such activities to provide positive activities for youth
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One Year in the Life, a new monthly supplement to the Michigan C hronicle ROOTS section, is dedicated to exclusive coverage of the Detroit experience at a grass roots level. The edition is the result of a partnership between ARISE Detroit!, a nonprofit community mobilization coalition of more than 400 organizations and the Michigan Chronicle is the state’s oldest and most respected African American newspaper. The project is made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan.
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Leverette From page B-1
Leverette volunteers in two neighborhood empowerment organizations: the Central Durfee Coalition and Highland Sturtevant Community Association. “I enter into relationships with neighbors to make sure we share information, look out for each other, advocate for the best interests for our area and do what’s possible to have a positive quality of life,” Leverette said. “We meet and stay in contact to discuss any irregular activities in the neighborhood, organize clean-ups, advocate for the interest of residents; ensuring our needs and wants are respected.” The groups also support student activities and work to strengthen relationships with area businesses.” Her service to her neighborhood is praised.
Grand Circus cracks the code with 1,000 students By Amelia Beard
The Grand Circus impact, by the numbers:
Grand Circus, a technology training institute headquartered in downtown Detroit, has educated and graduated 1,000 students from its coding program.
■ 1,000 students graduated from coding boot camp, prepared to be an entry-level technology professional
Since opening in 2013, Grand Circus has been influential in Detroit’s tech revitalization by preparing 1,000 students to enter Michigan businesses.
■ Over 2,000 people have attended free Intro to Coding workshops, which are held weekly
“Our journey has been exhilarating, exhausting, and through it all, filled with learning moments. Best of all, we’re making an impact in the lives of Michigan residents and businesses, and on the talent pool in the region,” said Damien Rocchi, Grand Circus CEO and co-founder.
■ $1.95 million in scholarship dollars provided to coding students
Over the past five years, Grand Circus has been vital in providing a platform for Michiganders looking to start a career in the computer technology field,” said Teresa Wynn, Senior Vice President of Technology at Quicken Loans. “The success of the training center continues to prove that anyone looking to secure their spot in Detroit’s tech revitalization can, and we are proud to have Grand Circus graduates as some of our best and brightest minds on the Quicken Loans Technology team.”
creased pay. The technology field offers these opportunities, with 1 million job openings for computer programmers expected by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Most of the graduates have some college education when they begin, but not all. Most are looking for a career with greater upward mobility and in-
■ 250 Detroiters have graduated ■ 41% of our graduates are women ■ 30% of our graduates are underrepresented minorities in technology
Beyond the excellent technical training, Grand Circus was a bridge between my skills and employers looking to hire. I was introduced and able to network with dozens of employers who I otherwise would have never met,” said Landall Proctor, 2015 alumni. “Instead of being a person begging for an interview, Grand Circus allowed me to be a candidate they wanted to interview.” Proctor is a Detroit Labs software developer, and was previously a college
career advisor. Coding bootcamps are 10-weeks long, full-time, with an additional 2-weeks of pre-work. Candidates are interviewed before being admitted to the program. Classes happen quarterly and are taught by instructors who are skilled programmers - including two who are former students. One of those students-turned-instructors, Antonella Solomon, found her way to Grand Circus for a Java bootcamp in 2015 when she was in her 30s. “I can relate to many of our students, who come to us with little to no background in coding. By the time bootcamp is through, they are capable and prepared to be valuable employees, just like I was.” Solomon was a software developer before becoming a fulltime instructor at Grand Circus. Alexis Marien graduated in 2016. The millennial, and former truck driver, is now a web developer at GE and credits Grand Circus with being the catalyst to totally change her life. “These stories of growth fuel us to continue. We’re constantly asking for feedback and retooling our offerings to be as relevant, inclusive, and valuable as possible,” said Rocchi. “Students end up being champions for one another, and sometimes coworkers after they leave the program. We are immensely grateful to be a part of their journeys,” said Rocchi.
“Lisa Leverette has been a source of resources and information that is vital to the history, growth, economic and educational productivity of this historic area,” said area resident Claudette Cameron. Leverette said she can’t help but give back as others have given to her. Besides, she says, her family is generations-deep in the community. “I live between Davison and Clairmount several blocks from Linwood,” she explained. “My mother and uncle Warren David Small, who played football, both went to Central High School, and my grandmother raised her six kids in the Philadelphia area.” Leverette sees both challenges and change in her community, but is inspired by the resiliency and pride of residents who stayed when many others fled. “Our communities are often neglected, i.e. less city services,” she said, adding some people move out of the neighborhood for that reason. “Then you look up and see people who do not resemble the residents that left purchasing homes in the neighborhood. “Property is power,’’ Leverette said. “I want to be a part of making policy and decision making; owning property is one way to realize that goal.” Leverette refuses to give up. “I have to keep going because I would not be here were it not for the people that came before me,” said Leverette, who is Executive Director and Chief Change Orchestrator (CCO) of the Community Connections Grant Program. “I care because this is my home, my community. If not me, then who? It’s not a choice for me,” she said. “It’s organic. I am hardwired to make every effort to make things better for myself and those with which I share space and destiny”. Residents interested these community groups email Central Durfee Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valdez From page B-1
and as a way to fight blight and negative emotions that may stem from it. “I want to leave a world for my daughters that is peaceful and compassionate,” Valdez said. It is not funded through any official source, relying on donations from the community to keep its activities going. Detroit Southwest Pride has partnered with area businesses such as Danto Furniture for cleanups and persuaded other businesses to join the Detroit Police Department’s green light program. As part of the program, businesses pay for high definition video surveillance cameras which police officers can monitor in real time. A green light outside the business shows that it is a participant. Members also have worked to head off violence between gangs by intervening and providing judgement-free help to find peaceful ways to end conflict. “We are taking the initiative to keep people safe,” Valdez said. The organization also has taken the initiative to unofficially adopt Boyer Park, located at West Vernor and Dragoon in the heart of the neighborhood. Members mow grass, pick up litter and debris and work to maintain the small park that was recently renovated by The City of Detroit.
Take One Community Program Child Abuse Prevention fundraiser Take One Community Program will hold its annual fundraiser for Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness on March 29, as it prepares for events and activities to raise awareness for child abuse prevention throughout the month of April. The agency annually organizes events to alert the public and elevate the dialogue for child abuse prevention. The Take One Community Program will partner with California Pizza Kitchen at Somerset Mall in Troy for a worthwhile dine and donate experience on March 29. Supporters are invited to visit the restaurant anytime from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and donate to the cause by purchasing a meal — dine-in or carry-out — and mention Take One Community Program’s name. California Pizza Kitchen will offer 20 per-
cent discounts on Take One meals in contribution to this important program. The organization’s programs provide comprehensive after school programs that are fun, lively, and creative in a safe and secure environment. On a daily basis, young participants are encouraged to engage in programs to nurture them intellectually, physically, and spiritually. Take One’s goal is to support local communities and the nation by empowering children to develop stong character and healthy behaviors which are vital for youth in today’s society. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to raise financial support for our children.” said Take One Community Program CEO, Yohannes Bolds. “Our organization is very excited
about this event. The work we do helping children live a better quality of life is challenging but worthy they deserve so much.” Facts: • Every 10 seconds, a child in the United States experiences abuse. • Every day between four to seven abused or neglected children will die as a result of that abuse. • Half of all abused children experience abuse before their fifth birthdays, with the greatest risk of abuse occurring during the first year of life. • Much of the abuse occurs in the form of sexual abuse. One in five girls and one in ten boys will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday; one-third of these cases happen before the
child is 7. • More than 90 percent of all abuse occurs at the hands of someone the child knows, loves and trusts. • Child abuse happens in all communities, in all neighborhoods, and has the potential to occur in any household. National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.
The organization hosts events for children such as an Easter Egg Hunt planned for March 25. It started in 2012 with 1,000 eggs and has grown to 10,000 eggs, attracted lines of children around the park. Alyssa Gray, 27, regularly takes her daughters -- Eliyannah Moore, 8, and Kiersteynn Moore, 6 – to the group’s events. “It is very organized,” Gray says. “It makes me want to help out.” Valdez, who works at a dollar store in the neighborhood that is benefiting from her volunteerism. ‘I am most proud of being able to bring about a positive and productive change in our community,” she said. “And being able to keep our youth safe and engaged.” Santiago Esparza is a southwest Detroit-based freelance writer.
Detroit Southwest Pride will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 3-5 p.m. March 25 at Boyer Park. The park is at West Vernor and Dragoon, next to a Burger King restaurant. For information, check out the group’s Facebook page or call (313) 986-1610.
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AT&T Michigan gets new president AT&T recently named David Lewis as the president of AT&T Michigan. Lewis is a near 10-year veteran of the company’s external, government, and public affairs efforts. A native of Indianapolis, Lewis joined AT&T Indiana in 2009 as the company’s Director of External and Corporate Affairs. In addition to his service to AT&T, Lewis has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Central Indiana, the Hispanic Business Council, Fort David Lewis Wayne Urban League, and the NAACP state education committee. “We are absolutely thrilled to have someone of David’s background and professional experience leading our team in Michigan,” said Paul La Schiazza, AT&T North Central Region president. “Michigan has an impressive track record of implementing forward-thinking public policy when it comes to communications and technology, and I am confident that David’s leadership will continue to position AT&T as a leader in this effort.” AT&T has more than 6,000 employees working and 13,000 retirees living in Michigan, and the company has invested more than $1.4 billion in its best-in-class wired and wireless networks in Michigan between 2014 and 2016. “AT&T’s reputation around the State Capitol and in communities across Michigan is strong, and the work we are doing is bringing greater investment and innovation to benefit everyone,” Lewis said. “I am excited, honored, and eager to lead the AT&T Michigan team and to make Michigan my new home.” Lewis began his distinguished career in public service as an Indiana Governor’s Fellow. Following his fellowship, David worked for the Indiana Department of Commerce in the Community Development Division before joining the Office of Lieutenant Governor as special assistant for legislative affairs. In 2001, David joined U.S. Senator Evan Bayh’s office as his Regional Director for Central Indiana, and in 2003, was appointed as Indiana’s Clerk of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Tax Court, making him the 4th African American in the history of Indiana to serve as a state-wide elected official and the 2nd African American to serve as Clerk. Lewis is an undergraduate of Ball State University, with a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Honigman invests in Detroit’s youth through Partnerships with United Way and TutorMate Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP has underscored its commitment to the community with the formation of the Honigman Academy, an innovative program that provides local public high school students with a broad overview of life at a corporate law firm. The inaugural eight session program, which is the first of its Khalilah V. Spencer kind in Detroit, was made possible through a partnership with United Way for Southeastern Michigan and their College and Career Pathways work with Cody Academy of Public Leadership High School. The partnership was spearheaded by Honigman’s Chief Community Officer Fritz Morsches, Inclusion, Equity & Social Responsibility partner Khalilah V. Spencer, and Vice Community Involvement partner Gabrielle L. Sims. Joining United Way was a natural fit due to the close ties between the organization and Honigman’s leadership team. The firm’s Chairman and CEO David Foltyn has been a member of United Way for Southeastern Michi-
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All aboard the QLine … but no free ride
By Donald James Special to the Chronicle
It’s hard not to admire the relatively new and futuristic looking QLine streetcars in Detroit that appears to glide effortlessly up and down Woodward Ave., between New Center and downtown. Yet, for some QLine riders on the 6.6 round-trip route, it is apparently a problem to pay the required fare. Like most transit systems across the United States, there’s a segment of individuals who want to ride free for various reasons. Cities with mass transit systems, like New York, Chicago, and Atlanta among others, have faced fare evading riders for decades. However M-1 RAIL, who owns and operates the QLine, is hoping to slowdown and stop offenders for fare evasion, with a newly enforceable method. Qline officials say they however, first intend to give people every chance to
purchase tickets to ride.
According to Dan Lijana, communications officer for M-1 RAIL, there are three ways in which riders can purchase QLine tickets: pay cash on the respective streetcar, purchase tickets through a mobile app or purchase tickets with a credit card at one of the QLine stations. Lijana said there are ambassadors on the streetcars to assist riders needing to purchase tickets, especially during peak travel times such as morning and evening rush hours, as well as when major events are happening downtown. The ambassadors help make the entire QLine ride experience enjoyable in multiple ways. While there are several methods to assist riders for ticket purchases, there are still riders who can’t, don’t or won’t pay. So what happens when a rider refuses to pay to ride the QLine? “The transit police become in-
volved,” said Lijana, if the ambassador is at an impasse with the passenger. “Last week, transit police issued 17 fare evasion tickets, which are misdemeanors. The fare evader is required to make an appearance before 36th District Court, where the court sets the punishment, which can be anywhere between no fine at all, or a fine of up to $500.” Lijana said the 36th District Court also has the authority to sentence a fare evader to jail. He emphasized that M1/QLine does not set the punishment, nor did it make the determination that fare evasion is a misdemeanor. In addition, he says he doesn’t understand why people don’t or won’t pay to ride one of Detroit’s newest attractions. The QLine opened to the public on Friday, May 12, 2017, and offered free rides until Tuesday, Sept. 5, the day after Labor Day. During the free-ride
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Business great Faye Nelson takes the stage for WIN By Roz Edward
troit Riverfront Conservancy. During her 10-year tenure at the conservancy she worked to develop strategies and implement the transformation of Detroit’s riverfront. She served on the Board of Directors for Compuware Corporation for 14 years. Her current board service includes the; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Q-line, New Detroit, Midtown Inc., Henry Ford Hospital & Health Network and the Sphinx Organization.
When accomplished business and civic leader Faye Nelson speaks, people do more than listen, they learn. Faye Nelson, former DTE Energy VP, board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation, and currently a 2018 Sojourner Truth Fellow at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is one of the nation’s most respected experts on public- and private-partnerships. In addition, she is one of Michigan’s most admired champions of business ethics, philanthropic responsibility and civic engagement.
Nelson is the recipient of numerous awards and in 2016 was named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan. She is also the recipient of the Damon J. Keith 24th Annual Soul and Spirit Humanitarian Award and is a lifetime member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference. Nelson is a member of the International Women’s Forum, the Executive Leadership Council and the State Bar of Michigan.
Nelson, who implores women in business to “be present, be prepared and be grateful,” will deliver the keynote address at the Women’s Informal Network (WIN) Women’s History Month Luncheon on Saturday, March 31 at the International Banquet Center in Greektown. “I am extremely honored to have been given such a prestigious opportunity, which I do not take lightly,” said Nelson of the invitation to speak at the annual WIN luncheon. “The theme for this year’s luncheon — Nevertheless, She Persisted: Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women — is quite appropriate for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the importance of highlighting the continuation of challenges that women face in the work place, and the importance of lifting our collective voices in sisterhood and support of each other,” explained Nelson. The Women’s Informal Network established by czarina of commerce, Patricia Cole, stemmed from Cole’s insistence on more equitable representation for women in Detroit’s business arena. In 1995, Cole brought together 57 women who shared her vision of celebrating, supporting and nurturing African American businesswomen to establish the organization. “Over the many years, I have been a supporter and admirer of WIN, specifically its leadership, founder Patricia
Faye Nelson Cole and president Malinda Christian; and the organizational accomplishments and its overall mission of supporting women of color in the Detroit region,” said Nelson, also a WIN honoree. WIN continues to promote the highest standards of achievement in education, social and economic awareness and civic leadership for women competing in Detroit’s business arena. The organization has been called a vanguard for advancing the role of women in the city’s bourgeoning business climate. Nelson a long-time advocate of women in business, successfully launched the Board Ready Women Program to promote ethnic and gender diversity in corporate cultures and encourage women to secure public board seats. Prior to joining DTE, Nelson was the first president and CEO of the De-
Since its inception, WIN has honored the contributions of nearly 500 African American Women representing all areas of professional vocations. WIN supports several programs and initiatives including: Heads-Up, a girl mentoring program; Holiday Gift Card Program for families; the Detroit Area Agency on Aging Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program; St. Patrick’s Senior Center; the AugMe Foundation which makes prostheses for breast cancer patients and the North End Youth Improvement Council. WIN is currently researching and creating a Female Veteran Resource Center for returning female veterans, and the WIN Closet, an upscale retail store with a special feature called the Celebrity Corner, with gently used clothing from TV and Radio personalities as well as community leaders. For more information on the WIN Women’s History Month Luncheon from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at the International Banquet Center, 400 Monroe Street email: info@womensinformalnetwork. com or call 313-963-4946.
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FIB announces Kenneth Kelly as chairman and CEO First Independence Bank is pleased to announce Kenneth Kelly as its new chairman and CEO. Kelly, whom the board of directors appointed in 2017, will be responsible for leading the bank’s financial operations and assets, policies and regulations as well as overseeing the company’s management infrastructure. In 2016, the bank moved its headquarters to its new location on Woodward Ave. in midtown Detroit – bringing the bank closer to its neighborhood customers and its local business customers. Bank industry experts say First Independence is positioned for continued growth and resurgence in Detroit as demonstrated by its double-digit loan growth over the past two years. “As chairman and CEO, Kenneth brings deep and experi- Kenneth Kelly enced business leadership to First Independence Bank. His knowledge, relationships and expertise will be extremely valuable in leading the bank’s growth opportunities in Detroit,” said Linda Forte, of FIB board of directors and chairwoman of the Human Resources Committee. “The bank is fortunate to have Kenneth at the helm.”
New York Designer Upholstery and Trim By Jabria Earl and Roz Edward The masterpiece.
First Independence Bank is the 10th largest African American-controlled commercial bank in the country (as reported by Black Enterprise in 2016). In a recent ratings report, the bank is a five-star ranked financial institution according to BAUERFINANCIAL
Contrary to the name, New York Designer Upholstery and Trim is a homegrown business. Located at 8530 W. McNichols across from Marygrove College, they have been involved in beautifying the Detroit Metropolitan Area for decades. Owner, Christopher Majors and manager Deanna Carpenter are renowned for their artistic furniture stylings as well as couture apparel since June of 1996. New York Designer Upholstery and Trim’s talented staff of artisans, handles everything from patterns and design, to fabric selection and framing. Customers boast that one of the company’s best feats is taking an item from concept to shipping the customized product in less than a week. NYDU&T’s creative ethic is based on the working principle; Attitude is Everything 360. Company co-owner, Christopher Majors was inspired to explore textile and upholstery design while studying at Randolph College. Upholstery. “I began building on the idea and the business grew right out of my mother’s garage,” he said. The exclusive design company caters to a diverse group of Detroit businesses. “New York Designer Upholstery and Trim recently landed the Marygrove College contract to redesign and re-upholster the iconic school’s auditorium,” adds manager Deanna Carter. Noted for finding a niche in nightclub décor, the company’s work is on display at nighttime hotspots like Nikkis Lounge, Opyom, Autorama and has provided island inspired décor for locales as far away as The Bahamas.
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gan’s Board of Directors since 2012 and he currently serves as its Vice Chair. “We are intensely proud of the Honigman Academy, which is the culmination of more than five years of team work with United Way,” said David Foltyn. “As a firm, we’re committed to giving back to the community in a way that will impact these students’ overall learning experience. Moreover, as the first law firm to host such a program in Detroit, we hope Honigman Academy will serve as a model for our peers across the legal and professional services industries.” Through the United Way partnership, Honigman worked with the leadership of Cody APL, a public high school in Northwest Detroit, to develop the Honigman Academy. The semester-long program exposes students to the full spectrum of legal and business disciplines required for a corporate law firm to operate. Volunteers from Honigman include lawyers, accountants, human resource staff and others. The Honigman Academy is a vital part of United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s College and Career Pathways program, which aims to graduate students prepared for college and a career.
QLine From page B-3 period, the QLine accommodated almost 50,000 riders, an average of a little more than 7,140 daily. Since the QLine began charging in September, the streetcar system is averaging about 3,000 rides per day, which, according to Lijana, is what M-1 Rail projected. “For the most part, riders are paying the fares,” Lijana added. “That’s why the QLine has ambassadors on streetcars, to help individuals with methods and opportunities to pay. Sometimes people get on because they are in a hurry and didn’t get a ticket at the station. Our ambassadors can help.” QLine ticket prices are $1.50 for a three-hour pass, $3.00 for a day pass,
Kelly has extensive business knowledge and financial experiences as a cross-functional leader. As a former business development manager at the Southern Company who retired in 2017 after 27 years of service, he also held many leadership positions in the communities in which he has lived. He achieved success in a variety of roles across engineering, marketing, finance, supply chain and acquisitions that included leading negotiations for solar projects totaling over $3.4 billion in partnership value.
From 1996-2007, the company also made its mark in the auto industry earning awards for auto related detailing which successfully merged craftsmanship and upholstery. NYDU&T’s team of highly specialized seamstresses have provided personalized design and textile services for local and national celebrities including Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace and Katt Williams. Even Next Friday’s, Mike Epps makes it a ritual to stop by the shop and get a custom-made hat anytime he’s in Detroit. And with the company’s steady growth in the industry and its celebrity clientele, they’ve expanded their company headquarters and design center from a 2,500 sq. ft. building to an 8,000 sq. ft. building. “Attitude is everything … so stay close to see who’s next to raise up from the black,” concludes Majors. To see more of these captivating creations visit them on Instagram at, #NYD313 or on Facebook at, New Yorks Upholstery & Trim, or call 313861-7272.
“Our partnerships with vibrant companies like Honigman, who are leaders in their respective professions and are eager to share their crafts with our young people, are key to the success of the College and Career Pathways initiative” says Tammie Jones, Vice President of College and Career Pathways, United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “We value our longstanding partnership with them and their unwavering commitment to supporting this region’s next generation of leaders.” Honigman’s dedication to education is not limited to the Honigman Academy; the firm also has a vibrant partnership with online volunteer tutoring program TutorMate. More than 70 Honigman attorneys and staff from its offices in Michigan and Chicago participate in the TutorMate program which is dedicated to helping improve childhood literacy across the nation through oneon-one virtual tutoring. “Honigman is the kind of partner that we dream about,” said Dan Weisberg, TutorMate’s Online Literacy Program’s National Director. “We hope that even more corporate partners will get involved and follow Honigman’s outstanding participation example, so that we can truly move the needle in our efforts against illiteracy.”
$30.00 for a monthly pass, and $185 for an annual pass, which is prorated depending on when it’s purchased. Senior fares are half the price of tickets available to other non-senior riders. With the warmer weather of spring and summer approaching, Lijana is confident ridership will increase. He strogly encourages everyone to get on board the QLine, but please pay. “Our main goal is to make sure that we provide all riders with safe, enjoyable and consistent streetcar service,” Lijana said. “But, we want people to ride and we want people to pay. We have no incentive to want transit police to issue tickets. We don’t recoup any money from any judgements that may result from fare evaders appearing and possibly paying fines in
36th District Court.” Marvin Jeffers and his wife Carli, are frequent QLine riders downtown from their residence in New Center to attend Detroit Pistons’ games. “I really haven’t seen anyone get a ticket for not paying, and as another rider you don’t know who has or does not have a ticket in their possession,” said Marvin. “Sometimes, especially during Red Wings and Pistons games at Little Caesar Arena, the QLine is so packed. But, my advice is that it’s best for everyone to just pay the fare to ride, because it’s much cheaper than what they’re going to pay at the 36th District Court.” For more information about purchasing tickets and other pertinent information log on to www.Qlinedetroit.com.
Sterling Love was recently hired as a recruiter with Detroit Manufacturing Systems. In this position, he will be responsible for enhancing all facets of the recruiting process throughout the organization. This will be achieved through the development of local and national recruiting plans, employing traditional sourcing strategies and resources, as well as developing new, creative recruiting ideas. Prior to this position, Love was a Teacher with Moody Bible Institute where he provided a variety of learning materials and Sterling Love resources for use in educational activities and instructed and monitored students in the use of learning materials and equipment. He was also an Associate Pastor at River Rouge Bible Assembly. Love attended William Tyndale College and received a bachelor’s degree in history.
Government Delorean Holmes was recently appointed as Interim Deputy Director at Detroit Wayne County Port Authority. In this position, he will work to advance southeast Michigan’s maritime and related industries with the purpose of implementing prosperous programs and economic benefits for the citizens and businesses of southeast Michigan. Preiously, Holmes was Team Chief with the United States Army Reserve. While there he commanded and controlled Civil Affairs operations with combined armed forces during combat and peacetime. He also coordinated employment Delorean Holmes of Civil Affairs Soldiers at all levels of command. Holmes received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and his master’s degree from Liberty U niversity. Do you have good news to share? A new promotion, opened a new business, authored a new book, landed a contract? Let us know at the Michigan Chronicle so that we can share your accomplishments. Please send your information to
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Business advice for the aspiring entrepreneur By Roz Edward Entrepreneurs in need of direction to elevate that business plan from endeavor to enterprise, while navigating the path to business success can avail themselves of some expert advice from one of the most successful black leaders in the nation’s history. Automotive giant, Dr. William Pickard, has penned an Amazon #1 Bestseller, Millionaire Moves: Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship, a working guide for African American business owners pursuing their business dreams and building lifelong legacies.
7 Quick tips for black entrepreneurs 1. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room, but you should surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. “I was a C-student ... I didn’t
black?’ And I said, ‘yes.’ But that doesn’t mean I’ll make him the CEO,” said Pickard adding, “He or she may have to start in the mailroom or something, but I’ll hire them, because someone hired me.”
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5. Become an entrepreneur to create generational wealth because you can’t pass a job down to your kids.
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6. Failure is a natural part of the entrepreneurial process. If you fail, dust yourself off and get back up. “Failure is never fatal, and success is never final,” Pickard counsels. know anything about business. But, I know people,” Dr. Pickard says. “My life is an example of what God and hard work can do with ordinary intelligence.” 2. Raising capital to start your business is the easiest part of the entrepreneurial
process. “If you approach 100 people for seed capital, 99 of them may say no, but you just need that one,” according to Pickard 3. Work hard so people will want to invest in you. “I don’t bet on the horse,” Dr. Pickard quips. “I bet on the
jockey.” Master networker Dr. George C. Fraser adds, “Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle.” 4. Support other black businesses, and hire black people. “Someone asked me, ‘would you hire someone just because they’re
7. Stop faking it until you make it. “Save, save, save. Be careful of what you wear and what you drive,” he advises. “Use common sense. Don’t show up at the bank [applying for a business loan] and you’re wearing two Rolex watches. And stop buying what you want
Services for Julius Bender, Jr. were held on Saturday, March 10, at James H. Cole Home for Funerals, northwest chapel. Mr. Bender, a man of many accomplishments, passed away on March 1, 2018.
Bender opened two social lounges and then explored other passions, always in business for himself, in computer science and education, working with such major clients as IBM and Detroit Public Schools.
Julius Bender, Jr. was born on Nov. 6, 1948 to Julius Bender, Sr. and Eloise Smith Bender in Selma, Alabama, one of eight children. The family relocated to Pensacola, Florida in 1957 and to Detroit in 1959.
Mr. Bender was affiliated with many organizations and had many commission and board appointments. He was a churchgoing man and at the time of his passing was a member of Northwest Unity Baptist Church.
Julius Bender, Jr. he was drafted by the New York Yankees, but his baseball career was cut short due to an injury. While at U of D, he met and fell in love with Marva Jean Johnson, and they were married in 1980 and blessed with a daughter, Jaida Danielle. In his lifetime, Mr.
Cherishing the memory of Julius Bender, Jr. are his daughter, Jaida; grandson, Beau Langston; stepson, Terron; and many other relatives and friends. Arrangements were handled by James H. Cole Home For Funerals.
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Detroit native Romeo Weems finds success in New Haven By Branden Hunter
continued to support us, and I love the community here.”
hen Romeo Weems entered high school three and a half years ago, he was supposed to attend Detroit Country Day. Problem was, he and his family moved away from Detroit, settling an hour away in New Haven, MI. So, he decided on New Haven High School and it turned out to be the best decision for him. The state’s top junior basketball player, Weems led the Rockets to their first Class B state basketball title in school history in 2017. On the back of the team’s warm-ups, is the word “Family” written in cursive, and that is exactly the type of atmosphere Weems has experienced at New Haven since he arrived there. “It’s a great community,” Weems said of New Haven. “They came to every game, even when it was in Flint, which is far. They came here and everybody has
One person that Weems continuously gives the praise to, as far as his basketball development and journey as young man goes, is his head coach, Tedaro France. The affable coach graduated from New Haven High in 1997, and played basketball, football, and ran track while there. France returned to the place that taught him the game of basketball and the game of life, to spread his wealth of knowledge to players like Weems and his teammates. “Coach loves us,” said Weems. “It’s more than just basketball with him. He really loves us. Even if we’re just outside playing or something, he’ll just come out and play with us. He’s a great guy. If we need something, he’s there. If we are in trouble, he’s there to help. We needed tutoring and he got us tutoring this year. So, it’s more than just basketball with
coach.” France told the story of how a fan came up to him and thanked him and his team for bringing joy to his dying wife’s through their enthusiasm on the court. France’s kids are rock stars on and off the floor, especially Weems, who is a coveted college prospect across the country, and as humble as they come. “I tell them all the time they that are not playing for just themselves, but for the whole town,” France said. “I am so proud of them for how hard they have worked, and that hard work is going to continue to pay off for them in the form or more championships.” “Romeo is one of the leaders of our team and his play is why we have had so much success as a program. With him being a highly-touted player, if you come to our gym, he’s taking charges, diving on the floor, and getting his teammates involved. It’s just good to see a kid that is still 16years-old have the IQ of a fifth-
year senior. He plays the game so smart. He can do it all, and he’s such a tremendous kid.” Weems is being courted by some of the country’s top programs, including Michigan and Michigan State. Most compare his game to Josh Jackson, who won a state title in 2014, leading Detroit Consortium to the Class C state title. Jackson went on to become a McDonald’s All-American as the top player in the nation out of high school, starred in college at Kansas, and was taken by the Phoenix Suns in the 2017 NBA Draft last June. Weems’ game has been compared to Jackson’s when he was a sophomore, and he is on pace to accomplish all that Jackson had done in high school and more. “I want to win another state championship, get better, try to win Mr. Basketball, and be a McDonald’s All-American,” said Weems. “I think all of that is possible.”
Brandon Graham receives Spirit of Detroit Award
By Branden Hunter Brandon Graham was the hero for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 41-33 win over the New England Patriots last month in Super Bowl LII. His strip-sack of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the final moments of the game helped preserve the lead for the Eagles, en route to the team’s first ever Super Bowl win. He became a hero in his hometown of Detroit when he was presented with the Spirit of Detroit Award by Andre Spivey and the rest of the City Council members. “Brandon (Graham) is a native son of Detroit and it is an honor for me to present him with this award,” said Spivey. “Not only did he represent himself and his family on the big stage, but the entire city of Detroit as well. And I believe Philadelphia would not have won if
it had not been for the sack and fumble [caused] by him.” Graham played at nowclosed Detroit Crockett High from 2002-2006 when the school was near the Detroit Medical Center. He was the top player in Michigan in 2006 and an Army All-American, becoming the first from the state of Michigan to play in the all-star game for the country’s elite high school football players. At the University of Michigan, Graham made All-American status again and was taken in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Eagles. Accolades have always been used in describing Graham and his football career, but the Super Bowl win and Spirit of Detroit Award were a bit more special. “’For me, standing up here now accepting this award is an honor and a privilege,” Graham said. “There has been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get to
this point. I never won a championship growing up all through football, so this one means so much to me. I wouldn’t have gotten here without my support system and it means a lot to stand up here and be honored with this award from the city I was raised in.” Graham accepted the award at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building, surrounded by a host of family members, including his wife Carlyne, daughter Emerson, parents, grandparents, and former high school coach at Crockett Rod Oden. Graham was one of Oden’s first player when he began coaching at Crockett in 2004 and the two have maintained a close relationship since. Oden was present in Minnesota when Graham and the Eagles hoisted the Super Bowl trophy.
“I am so proud of Brandon and all that he has accomplished in his football endeavors,” said Oden. “I told him to make sure that people remembered his name and he has done that, and more. Of course, people are going to know him for what he did in his No.55 jersey, but what is more important are things like this, being recognized for your work in your community.” The Spirit of Detroit Award is typically given to someone for outstanding achievement or service to the citizens of Detroit. Graham has exemplified just that, through his Team Graham organization, which he started with his wife. It focuses on supporting undeserved youth facing hardships. He holds a football camp for boys and girls every year in Detroit,
focusing on team building, healthy eating and other valuable behaviors. “Right now, we are planning for our Team Graham Select 100 camp,” said Graham. “We are trying to figure out our dates and once we get everything out there, we will get the information out there to the people. I was given a chance to participate in football camps when i was a kid, so it’s important for me to give that right back to my community.” Graham has lived and played in Philadelphia for eight seasons and plans to continue his philanthropic work in that area this season. But geography will not take away from the work Team Graham does here in Detroit, as he’ vowed to always make programs available to free of charge in Detroit.
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Reflections By Steve Holsey
The time is right Last week, I received an interesting, insightful and well-written email from Van Jones, president and founder of an organization called The Dream Corps, pertaining to the history-making blockbuster film “Black Panther.” “Every once in a while, a movie arrives right on time,” Jones wrote. “President Trump has insulted people of African heritage, and his words were an affront to countless people and to American values. But while the White House is putting us down, ‘Black Panther’ is lifting us up. “‘Black Panther’ brings a technologically advanced, culturally rich mecca of black experience to life. It takes place in Wakanda, a fictional, fully autonomous Chadwick Boseman African nation, rich in resources and innovation. The nation is home to a brilliant ecosystem of black technologists.” He continued, “The story shifts our understanding of where the power of African-descended people can come from. It underscores the fact that such power, in the new century, will come from access to technology more than any other source. This film will lift the self-esteem of black children for a long time, and it will inspire young people of color to pursue technology professionally.” MAVIS STAPLES, one of the most important voices and entities in the history of black music — R&B and gospel — has always been one to express herself just as she really feels it. At no time was that more clear than when she “let it flow” regarding DonMavis Staples ald Trump, the man who drags the presidency through the mud on a daily basis.
‘Flint Town’ hits home “
Flint has been devastated by the loss of employment opportunities and, of course, poverty breeds crime. Everyone complains about the police, but no one wants to do the job we do.
— Detective Scott Watson
By Lee Watson
community policing the community.”
While I haven’t lived in Flint in many years, and my immediate family has moved to the suburbs where crime and clean drinking water isn’t much of an issue, it is still painful to watch the people of my hometown in such dire straits.
etflix debuted its highly anticipated 8-episode docuseries, “Flint Town,” earlier this month. “Flint Town” follows police officers as they go about their jobs in a community in crises. Flint, Michigan is one of the most crime-ridden cities in the country. With a population of about 100,000, they have a police force of only 98 officers. The officers featured in the docuseries discuss the challenges of policing a community with low employment rates, low graduation rates, high crime rates and high levels of lead and other containments in the city’s water supply. It is a gritty reality type series in the vain of “Cops.” As a Flint native, watching the docuseries was surreal. I recognized many of the streets and places, and one of the featured officers in the docuseries is very familiar as he is my brother; 21-year vet, Detective Scott Watson. “Flint has been devastated by the loss of employment opportunities and, of course, poverty breeds crime. Everyone complains about the police, but no one wants to do the job we do," says Watson. “It is often difficult to fill department vacancies because young people don’t want the be associated with law enforcement and be considered a 'snitch' by their friends and family. We need people of the
The Flint water crisis has only worsened the situation in Flint. The citizens must deal with the health aftereffects of being exposed to contaminated water, including low birth weight and mental deficiencies in infants, skin rashand an an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in addition to other unexplained and untreatable ailments. The docuseries shows that many of the people of the city of Flint feel hopeless and abandoned by the government. The consistently shortstaffed police force must respond mostly to the violent and imminent threat calls leaving Flint ripe for many criminals to run wild. "Fliint Town" is indeed worth watching. It gives the viewer further insight into the city that is now the subject of made-for-TV movies and nightly news reports. “The police are humans too. We want a safe city to live and raise our families just like the rest of the public. We have to get everyone invested in making Flint a much better place,” says Watson.
“He’s worse than any president I’ve ever seen,” she said. “There’s suddenly been a rebirth of bigotry and hate.” But this is my favorite part, when Staples said bluntly, “It’s like Satan is in the White House.” THERE are those who have somewhat of a problem with nonblack artists such as Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Christina Aguilera, Bruno Mars and others (most of whom are very good), being so successful —and making so much money — doing black music. Others believe race has nothing to do with it; they say it’s just a matter of doing what one loves Christina Aguilera and feels, and therefore comes naturally. George Clinton, innovative black music icon, was certainly diplomatic when he was recently asked to express his opinion on this matter. In true Clinton fashion, he said, “It’s all one world, one planet and one groove. We’re supposed to learn from each George Clinton other, blend with each other. It moves around like that.” I guess what Clinton was saying is, “one nation under a groove.” HERBIE HANCOCK, jazz megastar, surprised everyone with his funk-driven 1983 Top 10 R&B
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Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III talks
Jazz In The Gardens
By AJ Williams
Jazz In The Gardens is gearing up for a fantastic 13th year, and Mayor Oliver Gilbert III is at the center of it and Miami Gardens continued growth and success. Mayor Gilbert talks all things Jazz In The Gardens and which artist’s performance he’s anticipating most. City.Life.Style: There are so many exciting things happening in Miami Gardens what do you attribute to the success of the citiy's partnerships thriving? Mayor Oliver Gilbert III: The City of Miami Gardens is a vibrant community of 112,000 proud residents who are committed to seeing their city progress and grow into an environment that nurtures the best in all of us. It is that spirit of city pride and commitment to innovation that attracts the kinds of partners like Starbucks and Top Golf.” CLS: JITG is celebrating 13 years.
Why does it continue to grow and be successful? Gilbert: There is a special magic about Jazz In The Gardens. The intersection of world-class artists, great food, amazing weather and lots of dancing make Jazz In The Gardens a “can’t miss” experience. The word has spread all over the country that Jazz In The Gardens is one of the best festivals in America. CLS: Who are you looking forward to seeing perform? Gilbert: I’m personally looking forward to seeing Anita Baker sing my personal favorite, “Fairy Tales,” and watching tens of thousands join me in singing along. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.JazzInTheGarden.com.
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Celebrating Women’s History Month 2018!
Striking a life-changing pose: Girls and boys in Detroit that have been touched by the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation display their enormous joy. To learn more about the special history maker who founded this organization and more, please see “Lessons From Legends” on this page.
‘Find your passion and stick to it,’ says history maker Wendy Hilliard think that’s very important for all youth.” What is your advice for young people in preparing for their future? Wendy Hilliard: “The most important advice I can give young people is to work hard, to work hard and be very diligent in what you’re doing and strive for excellence… I would also tell them to learn how to write—a text will not do it when you have to do business. I have to admit that I am a proud graduate of Cass Tech. The fact that we did so many things at Cass and you were really expected to appreciate the arts, but writing was very important too. I would say learn how to express yourself in writing and that way you can give it to the rest of the world.”
Lessons From Legends The heightened level of cultural pride that can be felt around town and in African American communities across the country has caused me to think often about an incredible woman and educator—Mrs. Catherine C. Blackwell (December 10, 1919 – February 1, 2014.) Long, long before a “Black Panther” movie was ever conceived, and even before most readers of this section were school-aged or born, Mrs. Blackwell was teaching Detroit youth to think positively about the continent of Africa and the cultural origins of African Americans. Her task was not easy, given that she began her career as an educator during a time when there was little if any mention of positive African culture in school textbooks and African Americans were virtually invisible in daily newspapers, even in urban centers like Detroit. Nonetheless, the proud graduate of Northwestern High School was not deterred, and she began making trips to the African continent, during a time when it was not particularly fashionable to do so, but she did it and then she began sharing Africa with her students. This included students at Bagley Elementary School, which was right down the street from my childhood home. I was not blessed to have had Mrs. Blackwell as a teacher or school administrator, but I was fortunate enough as a youngster to meet people who had been touched by her, and these young men and women contributed greatly to my wonderful childhood neighborhood. And then later, as an adult trying to find my way in the workforce and world, I would meet Mrs. Blackwell, which was the beginning of a most special friendship that is still very much with me today. She welcomed me into her home in Detroit’s Sherwood Forest neighborhood on many occasions and showed me many of the poignant African pieces from her collection that she shared with many students and institutions like the Charles H. Wright Museum through the years. Known for her captivating storytelling ability, Mrs. Blackwell did not have to talk about Africa to make you feel proud, you felt proud because she respected the totality of your humanity, and she displayed that pride through the lovely smile she kept on her face. It would take volumes of pages to adequately praise and thank Mrs. Blackwell, but in closing I hope the current Detroit Public Schools Community District students at the Catherine C. Blackwell Institute (9330 Shoemaker) are taught about this special person. If they have not, Women’s History Month would be a wonderful time to start and I know for a fact that learning about Mrs. Blackwell is a most uplifting experience that can last a lifetime. By Scott Talley
For this special Women’s History Month edition of “Lessons From Legends,” we turn our attention to Ms. Wendy Hilliard, a proud graduate of Cass Technical High School and New York University. To say Ms. Hilliard has made history during her lifetime is an understatement. She was the first African American to represent the United States in rhythmic gymnastics, which included competing in three world championships and traveling to more than 15 countries, and Ms. Hilliard also was the first African American to be elected president of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Ms. Hilliard’s journey drives home the importance and need for recreation centers in our city, because Detroit recreation centers like Crowell, Northwest Activities Center and Tindal, along with other sites in the metro area, allowed her to develop talents, which she later presented superbly on a world stage. In a spirit befitting a true Detroit legend, Ms. Hilliard founded the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation in Harlem, N.Y. more than 20 years ago to provide a high-quality, low-cost gymnastics program for youth, and her wonderful program has also been brought to Detroit for the benefit of our young people. Our friend Mike “Tiger” Price conducted an awesome interview with Ms. Hilliard on behalf of the Detroit Sports Zone’s Detroit High School Hall of Fame. We are always thankful to “Tiger,” when he shares interviews that can empower our readers, but we are even more thankful to him this time, because the “Best of Young Detroit” intends to follow up with the youth in Ms. Hilliard’s Detroit program, so that some of their individual positive stories can be told. In the meantime, following are a few nuggets of wisdom shared by Ms. Hilliard during the Detroit High School Hall of Fame interview: How did your parents stress education as a key for success? Wendy Hilliard: “You had to do it (obtain your education); there was no exception. Because rhythmic gymnastics isn’t a collegiate sport, I had to spend a lot of time training and maybe taking a semester off. I would go train in Bulgaria and I had to travel around the world, but my parents made sure that I knew that I always had to finish college and that I had to put in that work… To be honest with you the sport helped me in school. I had to work very, very hard to finish school. I started here at Wayne State and so it was really nice that I had this background of hard work to get through school. As great as sport is, I really believe that it’s a trio—you have to be a good athlete; but you have to be educated, you have to be smart; and, you have to appreciate the arts. That’s kind of the Olympic theme and I
What are your insights for developing goals, visions or missions? Wendy Hilliard: “I had this passion for gymnastics—I was lucky, it was a God-given talent and also it was a blessing for me. And my mission is to share it and give it to others, so you should look very hard to what really fills your heart and moves you. And from there, it may not be the top thing that makes you a lot of money, but in the end, it will fill your heart and bless you more if you find your passion and stick to it. And I have to say that perseverance is extremely important—you just have to keep on keeping on to be successful. It’s a combination of hard work and luck, but luck doesn’t come unless you work hard.”
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Micaela Kelly and Darrell Davis Jr. fulfill hoop dreams
Collegiate student-athletes from Detroit high schools have experienced special moments this year including an NCAA Tournament berth for Micaela Kelly (Martin Luther King) and a career scoring milestone for Darrell Davis Jr. (Frederick Douglass).
The setting was Quicken Loans Arena, home of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, during the late morning and early afternoon of March 10, instead of “King James” holding court, the fans at Quicken Loans were being entertained and mesmerized by a Basketball Queen from Detroit named Micaela Kelly. With an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line, Kelly, a redshirt freshman guard out of Martin Luther King High School was simply brilliant for Central Michigan University in the Mid American Conference Tournament championship game against Buffalo. An All-State performer at King, Kelly showed the basketball world that she has only gotten better, as she was deadly from three-point range, drove to the basket brilliantly, skillfully directed the Central offense, and played tenacious defense en route to registering 26 points, six rebounds and four assists in an exciting 96-91 Central victory.
As CMU’s respected coach Sue Guevara said: “March is all about guard play.” And Kelly, who drained five threepoint baskets in the championship game, certainly received the message. In three extremely hard fought Mid American Conference Tournament games, Kelly totaled 52 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. A couple of days before Kelly’s heroics in the MAC championship game, another distinguished student-athlete from Detroit, Dayton’s Darrell Davis Jr., had his own special moment on the basketball court. In a second round game of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, Davis, a senior guard out of Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men, scored 14 points en route to becoming the 48th player in Dayton history to reach the 1,000-point mark. Davis finished his Dayton career with 1,008 points. In 2014, UAW-Ford sponsored a special ScholarAthlete publication within the Michigan Chronicle to honor distinguished graduating Detroit scholar-athletes. Among the honorees in that section was Darrell Davis Jr., and from the comments he recently provided on social media about his college journey, Davis is just as worthy now of our admiration as he was in 2014. Of his days as a scholar-athlete at Dayton, following is a slice of what Davis had to say: “During my time here at the University of Dayton, I’ve learned a lot of things. I value each and every group of people here, from the fans to the community. After wins and losses you all have been there cheering me on at all times. You all are so noisy it seems like you could go straight through the TV. “Game after game you guys are the ones who kept me going these last four years. I can’t thank you enough. For my past and late teammates, y’all have rallied around me, turning me into a leader for our team and becoming my brothers for life. For my mentors, you have completed an enormous task by helping me make smart decisions, step by step. For my sports advisors, words can’t express how appreciative I am for you folks. Without the proper grades there is no basketball, and you ensured I remained in the know regarding my evaluations so that grades never became an issue for me in school. “And for the athletic trainers, I’m forever indebted to you because of the insane amount of time you all put into helping me recuperate game by game. I’m very sad to leave, but I’m excited to have developed and matured into my own person…” The “Best of Young Detroit” salutes student-athletes like Darrell Davis Jr. and Micaela Kelly for making the most of their collegiate experiences, while making their hometown proud in the process.
Detroit voices will call March Madness
During their high school, collegiate and professional basketball careers, two Detroit legends—Steve Smith and Chris Webber—provided plenty of shining moments for hometown fans. The two greats have traded in their basketball gear for custom suits and broadcasting headsets, as they will be part of TV broadcasting teams calling this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, which will be carried by four national television networks—TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. “Smitty” and “C-Webb” have both distinguished themselves as studio and game analysts for college and professional basketball contests, while demonstrating to youth that life can successfully continue beyond an athlete’s playing days. During this year’s tournament, Smith will get busy early by calling two of the “First Four” games on March 13, which will air on truTV. Smith is part of a tournament announcing team that includes fellow analyst Len Elmore, play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes and sideline reporter Ros Gold-Onwude. Webber will be a part of a broadcast team that includes play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson and sideline reporter Lisa Byington.
COMMUNITY Melissa Butler sends powerful message of positive self-identity Can a student sitting in a Detroit Public Schools Community District classroom today become a successful entrepreneur and “challenge the beauty standard” in the process? Absolutely, and one of the special people our students can look to for inspiration is Ms. Melissa Butler, a graduate of Cass Technical High School and Florida A&M University. Ms. Butler is the founder and CEO of the Lip Bar, which features beauty products that are vegan and “cruelty-free” and absent of harsh chemicals. On Feb. 18, Lip Bar lipstick made its debut in Target Stores across the country and the company also operates a retail store in Detroit (8015 Agnes Street). On her website, Ms. Butler provides a mes-
State of the City’ resource site is now online
sage that the “Best of Young Detroit” believes is most appropriate during Women’s History Month in March and always. She says: “I am passionate about creating an inclusive narrative on what beauty is and reminding women that we don’t have to settle for anything. You are beautiful just the way you are. You don’t have to transform to look like the next ‘It Girl.’ You don’t have to do anything but be you, because you are enough.”
The “Best of Young Detroit” wishes to inform parents and youth that the City of Detroit has launched a website which contains important information about programs recently covered during Mayor Mike Duggan’s “State of the City” address. Many of programs highlighted can empower youth, families and young professionals including Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, Detroit Promise, Detroit At Work, Randolph Career Tech and more. The site can be found at www.detroitmi.gov/stateofthecity
“Best of Young Detroit” Daedra Charles: An enduring winner out of St. Martin dePorres
Following are some of the top performers in recent high school state tournament basketball games involving teams in the Detroit Public School League.
Class B (District Championship)
Class A (Regional Championship)
Anthony Roberts, Henry Ford, the AllCity performer scored 22 points in a 54-48 defeat against Old Redford on March 9.
GIRLS Kailee Davis, Renaissance, the freshman All-City guard contributed 10 points in a hard fought 40-36 defeat against King on March 8. Dalyn Henderson, Renaissance, the senior guard/forward scored 16 points against King on March 8. Jordan Lewis, King, registered 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Crusaders’ second-half comeback against Renaissance on March 8. Del’Janae Williams, King, contributed eight points against Renaissance on March 8, as the Crusaders rallied from a 23-19 halftime deficit.
Class C (District Championship) Johnny Davis, Pershing, the senior forward contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 71-44 victory against Clinton Township Clintondale on March 9. Ron Hill, Pershing, the senior guard registered 14 points and seven assists against Clinton Township Clintondale on March 9. Please note that as this section was being prepared, quarterfinal games in the girls state tournament were being played and regional games in the boys state tournament were underway. The “Best of Young Detroit” also would like to send a special get-well message to Mr. William Winfield, the Hall of Fame girls basketball coach at King High School, who has long been a pillar of our community through his tireless dedication to youth.
Wearing number 32, Daedra Charles stood in the back row of this 1988-89 Tennessee team photo, but she never took a backseat to anyone on the court. The date was March 25, 1989 and the University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball team used a 16-4 run in the second half to seize a 94-80 victory against Long Beach State in the East Regional final of the NCAA Tournament. The victory sent the Lady Vols to the Final Four in Tacoma, Wash., and a key player in that win and many other Tennessee victories was a powerful post player from Detroit named Daedra Charles. The pride of Detroit St. Martin dePorres, where she was a Michigan Miss Basketball award winner, Charles was nothing less than dominant while playing for the storied Tennessee program. Her sensational college resume included being a two-time Kodak All American (1990, 1991), the first player from the Southeastern Conference to win the prestigious Wade Trophy (1991), and the Southeastern Conference’s Female Athlete of the Year (1991). The consummate team player, better known to some as “The
Train,” Charles helped legendary coach Pat Summitt and the Vols win national championships in 1989 and 1991. After playing for Coach Summitt, Charles played professionally, mostly overseas, and was a three-time member of USA Basketball’s Senior National Team, which included winning a bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics. She would later share her knowledge and love for the game as a coach on different levels, and has demonstrated her strength and humanity even more as a breast cancer surviver. A member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Mrs. Daedra Charles-Furlow should always be celebrated by fans of college basketball and by the people in her hometown. For her commitment to excellence on and off the court, and for the unyielding strength of her character, she continues to set a high standard for today’s youth.
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March 14-20, 2018
THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE
INVITATION TO BIDDERS
City of Highland Park Public Hearing for Public Comment on the Request for Alley Vacation by Wayne Metro
Weston Preparatory Academy
Replacement of Security Screen Doors & Entry Door Hardware Dwelling units Projects MI008-001, 002, 003, 004 Capital Fund 2016-17 Program $75.00 Non-refundable fee for the Bid Packet Cashier Check/Money Order Only Payable to: River Rouge Housing Commission 180 Visger Road River Rouge, MI. 48218 Bid Packets are available: March 14, 2018 PRE-BID MEETING:
March 21, 2018 @ 10:30 am @ Hyacinth Court 460 ½ Lenoir Ct. River Rouge, MI. 48218
Closing Date: March 28, 2018 @ 2:00pm Submit to: Lori D. Long, Executive Director / Contracting officer • 313 382-1414 for questions or concerns
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority (D-WJBA) owner/operator of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC) is interested in securing the services of a professional service firm to assist in developing an outreach strategy designed to encourage firms to bid and provide contracting and vendor services to meet the goals of the D-WJBA for its operational and capital spending plan at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center Detailed Request for Proposal may be obtained by appearing in person at: The Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1316 Detroit, Michigan 48226 Or Submit a request via e-mail to Commissioners@dwjba.com Interested firms must submit (4) four sealed submission and one electronic submission due no later than Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 12:00 Noon (with public opening to follow) To: Detroit -Wayne Joint Building Authority Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1316 Detroit, MI. 48226 Attention: Gregory McDuffee, Executive Director
ATTENTION QUALIFIED CONTRACTORS EASTSIDE COMMUNITY NETWORK, is seeking qualified contractors to design a Storm Water Detention Design Plan and improve pedestrian access from the sidewalk onto the property located at 4401 Conner, Detroit, MI 48215, as outlined in a concept plan included in the bid packet. This work should be performed in accordance with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s design guidelines and credit system with the goal of maximizing reductions in monthly storm-water drainage fees. Contractors desiring to bid shall demonstrate the following qualifications: □ At least 5-years experience in designing green infrastructure; □ Licensing, as required by state and/or local law; □ Understanding of best management practices in green storm water infrastructure; and □ Understanding of the DWSD’s Drainage Charge Credit Guides and Application Process □ At least 5-years experience in project and construction management experience Insurance: General Liability and Auto Liability with EASTSIDE COMMUNITY NETWORK, and The City of Detroit named as Additional Insured. Workman’s compensation insurance is also required.
PROPOSED STATEMENT NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Notice is hereby given that the City of Highland Park will hold a Public Hearing on: Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:00 at: City Council Chambers 12050 Woodward Ave. Highland Park, MI 48203 The purpose of the Public Hearing will be to obtain views from the community on the proposed alley vacation by Wayne Metro.
The primary objectives of the Alley Vacation by Wayne Metro are to:
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1) Create a contiguous space for the Cortland Community Impact Center. 2) Provide a safe and secure play area for children participating in the Center’s education programs and secure parking for visitors. 3) Provide an attractively landscaped site.
All bids will be publicly opened on April 9, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at EASTSIDE COMMUNITY NETWORK, 4401 Conner, Detroit, Michigan, 48215. All interested parties are invited to attend. EASTSIDE COMMUNITY NETWORK, will award a contract to the lowest, most responsive and responsible bidder – however, EASTSIDE COMMUNITY NETWORK reserves the right to waive any irregularity in any bid or to reject any or all bids at its sole discretion. The contracts will be executed under the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund administered by the City of Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department, CDBG Initiatives Division, The successful contractor(s) will be required to comply with federal laws governing equal employment opportunity, with the prevailing wage requirements of the Federal Labor Standards Act, which also incorporates Davis-Bacon Act requirements; will have to be cleared and approved by the City of Detroit; and comply with: Executive Order No. 2016-1, which states, in part, that all City of Detroit project construction contracts shall provide that at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the workforce must be bona-fide Detroit residents. Bidders are required to furnish a bid guarantee equal to (5%) of their bid. The Bid guarantee shall be in the form of either a bid bond or a certified check, made out to EASTSIDE COMMUNITY NETWORK. The successful bidder is required to furnish payment (Labor and Materials) and performance bonds in the amount covering the faithful performance of the contract and the payment of all obligations arising thereunder, in the amount of 100% of their contracts, executed by a surety, which is licensed to do business in the State of Michigan. The contractor will be required to comply with the federal government Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 3 (24 CFR Part 135). All contracts (subcontracts) shall include the “Section 3 Clause” found in the City of Detroit Section 3 Plan template. The Section 3 program is administered by the Department of Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity (CRIO). For information and questions, please contact CRIO directly via department web page on the City of Detroit website, email CRIOsection3@DetroitMi.gov, or phone 313-224-9515, program manager, Patricia Ford.
Legal Notice The Detroit Service Learning Academy District announces the 2017/18 open enrollment period for grades K-8 through Thursday, May 1, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Detroit Service Learning Academy 21605 W. 7 Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 48219 or the Redford Service Learning Academy 25940 Grand River Ave. Redford, MI 48240. In the event student enrollment applications exceed available space, a random selection drawing will be held if needed on Saturday, August 4, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at 21605 W. Seven Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 48219.
Your comments are encouraged. For additional information or to submit written comments, contact Theresa Johnson, Director of Community and Economic Development, 12050 Woodward Avenue, Highland Park, MI 48203 or 313-252-0050, ext. 251. Comments must be received no later than March 16, 2018.
This institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and disability.
Weston Preparatory Academy Attention: Vended School Meal Companies The Weston Preparatory Academy is requesting proposals for school food service vended meals. The Vendor would provide meal services according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and guidelines as well as State of Michigan Department of Education policies and guidelines. Vendors and/or their representatives may submit proposals to: Weston Preparatory Academy 22930 Chippewa Street Detroit, MI 48219 The Weston Preparatory Academy Board of Education reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all proposals or to accept the proposal that it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in the best interest of the school district. A copy of the RFP will be available by email at Rbehr@charterschoolpartners.com by March 26, 2018, upon request. A mandatory pre-bid meeting is scheduled for March 26, 2018, at 10:00 am at 22930 Chippewa Street, Detroit, MI 48219. Attendance is mandatory. All proposals must be submitted no later than April 17, 2018, at 10:00 am. All proposals should be delivered in a sealed envelope and addressed to the Weston Preparatory Academy and be clearly marked: Food Service Vended Meal Proposal.
Bid packets will be available at: EASTSIDE CCOMMUNITY NETWORK, 4401 Conner, Detroit, MI 48215. Contact Nicole Perry at (313) 331-3485, or email@example.com with questions regarding project specifics as found in the bid packet. A mandatory pre-bid meeting and examination of the premises will take place at the project site (4401 Conner, Detroit, Michigan, 48215) on Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:00 A.M. Sealed bids will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018, at EASTSIDE COMMUNITY NETWORK, 4401 Conner, Detroit, Michigan, 48215. No bids will be accepted after this time. All bids must be submitted by trade and line item.
A Tuition-Free Public School Academy, announces its Open Enrollment period for the 2018-2019 school year for grades K-8. Applications may be picked up at the school, 22930 Chippewa, Detroit, MI 48219, www. westondetroit.com (313)-387-6038, during Open Enrollment period April 9, 2018 through April 23, 2018 during school hours as well as April 12th from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 14th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. If enrollment applications exceed the number of available spaces, a random selection drawing will be held at Weston Preparatory Academy on May 14, 2018 at 2:00 p. m.
Legal Notice George Washington Carver Academy Attention: Employee Leasing Companies The George Washington Carver Academy is requesting proposals for employee leasing services.
OFFICE ASSISTANT II AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY Engineering & Computer Science
Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years general office work, including experience in prioritizing work and meeting deadlines. Ability to operate standard office equipment. Knowledge of proper grammar, spelling & punctuation, intermediate word processing, spreadsheet and database applications. Ability to effectively interact with the public, students, faculty, and staff. This is a full time, clerical-technical position, with a salary of $39,693 annually. This is a grant funded position. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by March 26, 2018. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
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The George Washington Carver Academy Board of Education reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals or to accept the proposal that is in the best interest of the school district. All proposals must be submitted no later than 10:00 a.m. on March 27, 2018. RFPs may be requested from Alma Hollins at (248) 440-7318 or at alma@ provision4solutions.com. All proposals should be delivered in a sealed envelope and addressed to George Washington Carver Academy and be clearly marked: Employee Leasing Proposal.
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Vendors and/or their representatives may submit proposals to: George Washington Carver Academy c/o Provision Business Solutions Attention: Mrs. Alma Hollins 17336 W. 12 Mile – Suite 200 Southfield, MI 48076
Wayne County Community College District Health and Wellness Education Center
Project Address: 971 W. Fort Street, Detroit, MI. 48226 HNS Project Number: 2016043
Construction Manager WCCCD Tooles Contracting Group, LLC Jacob Keli 535 Griswold, Suite 2550 1001 W. Fort St. Detroit, MI 48226 Detroit, MI 48226 Phone No: (313) 221-8500 Bid Due Date:
EEO Joseph Merucci Acting City Manager
To perform a variety of highly specialized complex technical para-professional analyses of considerable difficulty and to coordinate multiple lower level technical functions required to provide services in an integrated system. Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Five years progressively responsible office experience, including direct experience in office coordination, i.e., prioritizing work assignments, maintaining workflow to meet deadlines. This is a full time, clerical-technical position. Salary is $44,658.00 annually. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by March 21, 2018. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
Bid Package 2-Core/Shell and Landscaping
TCG Project Number: 255
Job description, minimum qualifications and instructions for testing through EMPCO are posted on our website at cityofeastpointe. net. Application must be made through EMPCO. You must take and pass the EMPCO exam by April 16, 2018.
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CITY OF EASTPOINTE $47,610 – $70,521 Plus Comprehensive Fringe Benefits Package
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Tooles Contracting Group is soliciting Bids for Bid Package 2-Core/Shall and Landscaping on behalf of Wayne County Community College District Board of Directors, Jacob Keli, and the Procurement Department. TCG will receive sealed bids for construction of the Health and Wellness Facility (approximately 70,000 sq. ft. building) located at 971 W. Fort Street, Detroit, MI. The bids must be presented in the form of a stipulated sum for the entire project. Bid Package 2 includes the following: Bid Categories: BC-04 Masonry BC-09A Tiling BC-12C Bleachers BC-06A Carpentry, Drywall & Ceilings BC-09B Flooring BC-12D Interior Scoreboard BC-06B Doors, Frames, & Hardware BC-09C Wood Athletic Floor BC-21 Fire Suppression BC-06C Exterior Envelope BC-09E Painting BC-22 Plumbing BC-07A Joint Sealants BC-12A General Trades BC-22 HVAC BC-07B Roofing BC-12B Gym Equipment BC-26 Electrical BC-07C Fireproofing & Intumescent Fireproofing BC-08A Entrances, Storefronts, Curtainwall, Glass Guardrail & Railings BC-09D Fluid Applied Athletic Flooring BC-33 Site Improvements & Landscaping A Non-Mandatory Pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10:00 am local time, at Wayne County Community College District Downtown Campus (1001 West Fort Street – Room 223) to clarify or answer questions concerning the Project schedule, Drawings and Project Manual for the Project. The Board of Directors will receive bids until 2:00pm on Thursday March 29, 2018 at Wayne County Community College District Building, 1001 W. Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226 – Purchasing Department on 4th Floor. Bids received after this time will not be accepted. Bids will be opened in Room 236 and publicly read aloud immediately after specified closing time. All interested parties are invited to attend. Bidding Documents, including specifications will be available on the Tooles Contracting Group Bid Solicitation Software BuildingConnected website on March 14. Please accept the invitation and you will be connected to all the current drawing and specifications. Drawings and specifications can be viewed or downloaded once you access the website. Successful bidders and all subcontractors shall conform with the requirement to pay Prevailing Wages pursuant to the Michigan Prevailing Wage Law, Act 166, P.A. of 1965
Office of Research Administration
Responsible for working directly with faculty, departments, centers, and programs to strategically identify and pursue external funding. Will also work with faculty to further their competitive positioning and develop tools and strategies to improve competitive capacity and reduce time spent engaging in the preaward activities required to obtain external funding.Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in Engineering, Materials Science, Computer Science, or in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. At least five years’ experience editing and developing nationally competitive grant proposals for external, peer reviewed competitions. This is a full-time position with salary commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional minimum requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by March 21, 2018. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
DIRECTOR OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY Office of Research Administration
Direct the administration of externally funded grants, contracts, and other sponsored programs in compliance with relevant regulations and university policies. Oversee the development, processing and administration of pre- and postaward documents; negotiate contracts; manage compliance with export control regulations; coordinate technology transfer activities as needed; and serve as liaison between the university, sponsors, and government agencies. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Economics or Accounting or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Five years of experience in research administration or related fields. Knowledge of federal Uniform Guidance and state and private sponsor regulations and procedures relating to grants and contracts. This is a regular full-time position. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional minimum requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by March 22, 2018. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
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Applications can be obtained at City Clerk’s office 14400 Dix-Toledo, Southgate, MI 48195 734-258-3015 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon. thru Fri.
• Applicants must provide proof at time of application that they are/have: • Be at least eighteen (18) years old. • MFFTC FIREFIGHTER I, II certified, or currently enrolled in a MFFTC Firefighter I, II curriculum.
Design Release Engineer - Brake System Warren, MI, General Motors. Engr &dvlp truck &SUV brake system components from concept to launch vehicle. Engr, dvlp &release full-size truck vehicle &SUV brake system components incldg brake pedals, accelerator pedals, clutch pedals, brake corner assemblies, park brake pedals, park brake cables, park brake drum in hat, wheel speed sensors, &brake hoses, using UGNX &Teamcenter. Dvlp &coordinate Component Timing Chart with Tier I suppliers, to ensure timely delivery of brake systems components meeting reqmts &imperatives. Dvlp, refine &finish brake system criteria &typical sections using math data. Use of CAE for brake system dvlpmt. Attend physical tests &teardowns &correlate CAE or FE simulation results to physical test. Perform DFMEA &DRBFM during brake system dvlpmt. Bachelor, Mechanical or Automotive Engrg. 12 mos exp as Engineer, engrg &releasing passenger vehicle brake system components incldg brake pedals, accelerator pedals, brake corner assemblies, park brake pedals, park brake cables, brake hoses, using UGNX &Teamcenter. Mail resume to Ref#17194, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
• Licensed Paramedic by State of Mi. and current ACLS certification or awaiting State of MI licensing test.
• Passed written and CPAT portion of Firefighter Test offered by The Conference of Western Wayne through Schoolcraft College (734-462-4806).
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• Applicants must have an associate’s degree or the equivalent of 60 credit hours or five (5) years of certified fire service. • Applicants must meet all established hiring criteria, which is enclosed with the application form. Applications must be submitted and received by the Clerk’s office by: 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 1st 2018. Janice M. Ferencz City Clerk
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Warren, MI, General Motors. Evaluate passenger vehicle interior systems incldg door systems, consoles, garnish &trim, &exterior systems incldg fascias, body side molding &wheels, subcomponents, components &systems sketches &designs by Creative Designers, evaluate data vectors &perform feasibility studies using UGNX settings, &forward design packages to engrg for evaluation, &return engrg proposals with new instructions to Creative Designers for modifications &/or changes to sketches/designs. Evaluate design sketches to ensure vehicle component DFM/DFA. Evaluate future designs against current &future component Technical Specification, Sub-System Technical Specification, Vehicle Technical Specifications, &certification compliance with regulations (US, Europe, Asia, Middle East &Latin America) defined by FMVSS, ECE, NCAP crash &durability standards, &IIHS ratings. Use UGNX &Teamcenter to conduct dimensional &engrg design evaluations of parts, assemblies &systems. Bachelor, Mechanical or Automotive Engrg. 12 mos exp as Engineer, evaluating vehicle interior &/or exterior sketches &designs by Creative Designers, evaluating data vectors &performing feasibility studies using UG Settings, &forwarding design packages to engrg for evaluation, &returning engrg proposals with new instructions to Creative Designers for modifications and/or changes to sketches &designing proposals, &certification compliance with FMVSS, ECE, NCAP crash &durability standards, &IIHS ratings. Mail resume to Ref#35578, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Posting Date: March 9, 2018 Reports To: District Director, Public Safety Grade / Level: Non Union ($20.00 per hour) Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Summary of Duties: Under the direction of the Director of Public Safety, law enforcement work involving the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of laws and ordinances on all property owned and operated by Wayne County Community College District. Employees may be designated to represent the police department in various uniform and non-uniform capacities. MCOLES sworn police officer will perform all related duties including, but not limited to, patrolling on foot or by vehicle, college property and on the public way adjacent to all college owned or controlled property to prevent and discover the commission of crimes; enforce State and Federal laws; enforce traffic regulations; conduct investigations on criminal offenses and traffic accidents to gather evidence, obtain witnesses and make arrests; provide documentation and testimony to Judicial Board and courts; and provide general security for college properties and citizens on campus to insure a safe environment for all. Education: • Must be a high school graduate, or equivalent, Associates Degree preferred
General Requirements • Must be MCOLES certified. Previous experience as an MCOLES police officer preferred. • Must be a U.S. Citizen, at least 21 years of age. • Possession of a valid driver’s license. • Ability to work as a team player in a multi-cultural diverse working environment. • Experience with multi-cultural students and staff preferred. • Each applicant must meet the minimum employment standards for Police Officers as established by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). http://www.michigan.gov/mcoles/0,4607,7-229-150169--,00.html Additional Requirements: Successful candidate must demonstrate ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Applicants are subject to a background check for criminal convictions; a drug/alcohol dependency test (medical) will be conducted as a condition of employment. Please reference this staffing number on all documents: E010-18 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M/F/H/V Mail Resume to:
Wayne County Community College District, Attention: Human Resources, 801 W. Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226 Or e-mail your resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Design Release EngineerFront & Rear Closures
Warren, MI, General Motors. Engineer, develop &release performance car &SUV front/rear closure systems including hatches, hoods, liftgates, &reinforcements using UGNX &Teamcenter tools. Engineer &release liftgate composite material system with aluminum reinforcements &high pressure die casting. Design &develop front &rear closures system open &close efforts, &performance criteria suchas N&V, durability, &fatigue. Initiate development to Start of Regular Production. Define front &rear closures performance according to Component Technical Specification, Sub-System Technical Specification, Vehicle Technical Specifications &certification compliance with regulations defined by U.S. FMVSS, NCAP crash &durability standards, &IIHS ratings. Perform component level studies &alternatives, recommending program direction based on cost, mass, timing design for assembly, variation &other program imperatives. Bachelor, Mechanical Engrg or Automotive Engrg. 12 months’ experience as Engineer, engrg &releasing passenger vehicle front &rear closure systems including hoods, liftgates, &reinforcements using UGNX &Teamcenter. Mail resume to Ref#823, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Creative Designer Warren, MI, General Motors. Design &dvlp original sketches &renderings of passenger vehicle interior systems, with Class A surfaces, incldg steering wheels, stalks, HVAC controls incldg digital integration &screen based touch interaction, shifters, instrument panels ¢er stack modules, &controls incldg haptic feedback, from first concept sketch to production models, incldg packaging criteria/new vehicle architectures, &compliance with U.S. FMVSS & OBD safety &display reqmts. Create full-scale clay models of car interiors, giving direction to clay &3D sculptors building ergonomically perfect interior models. Create 2D original idea sketch proposals using conventional/digital pen drawing skill, dvlpg ideas, &refining selected proposals using 3D CAD tools incldg Autodesk Alias &Autodesk Showcase. Generate pre-Program Framing Initiated (PFI) design interior/component concepts with digital sketching/rendering using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Autodesk Alias &VRED. Visualize &present various stages of concepts incldg Rapid Prototype models to Class A surface models using Open Graphics Library. Bachelor, Transportation or Product Design. 3 mos exp as Design Intern or Designer, creating 2D original idea sketch proposals of passenger vehicle or light sport aircraft interior components or systems using conventional/digital pen drawing skill, dvlpg ideas, &refining selected proposals using 3D CAD tools incldg Autodesk Alias &Autodesk Showcase, or related. Mail resume to Ref#1270, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
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Warren, MI, General Motors. Dvlp, test, write test plans &scripts, &validate multiple new sensors, radars, lidars, &vision systems for GM conventional &electric passenger vehicle autonomous active safety features incldg Lane Centering Control, Lane Keep Assist, &Collision Inhibit Braking, Engine Control Module, Electric Brake Control Module &Electric Transmission Range Selection using dSPACE tool. Perform root cause analysis of issues incldg logging &analyzing CAN bus data using neoVI &Vehicle Spy. Perform functional safety bench level testing on multiple new safety critical features. Create &execute test plan. Dvlp test methods &models to test new safety critical components &features. Automate test scripts &work with HIL setups to execute test procedures in closed loop model environment. Dvlp models to run on stand-alone test box (Micro Auto Box) to intercept, alter, &deliver corrupted messages to various modules. Perform functional safety testing on multiple new safety critical features on electrical system benches. Master, Electrical, Electronics, or Computer Engineering. 6 mos exp as Engineer, automating passenger vehicle test scripts &working with HIL setups to execute test procedures in closed loop model environment, dvlpg models to run on Micro Auto Box to alter, &delivering corrupted messages to modules. Mail resume to Ref#2890, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Warren, MI, General Motors. Plan &assure accurate technical assessments of cost of materials, using Teamcenter Vismockup, Teamcenter Product Cost Management (TcPCM) &CePro of psgr vehicle body component designs, from inception through to production at U.S. &global high volume vehicle assy &component mfg plants. Estimate cost of psgr vehicle body components incldg underbody structures, front &rear floors, pickup box floors, front structures. Create detailed vehicle parts list (mass, material specs, dimensions) using Unigraphics NX &Vismockup. Calculate &optimize blank size using Hyperform module for an accurate cost anlys. Perform deep anlys of engrg parts list, seeking cost optimization in mfg process changes without compromising the product design &performance. Dvlp vendor tooling cost anlys for progressive, tandem &transfer dies, pinjection molding, welding &checking fixtures cells, &define total program investment reduction in low cost countries. Create &validate tooling cost estimates &targets, required to produce GM components &parts, &all fixtures &devices necessary to comply with production assy &qlty reqmts for injection, stamping, &welding processes. Bachelor, Mechanical, Industrial, or Automotive Engrg. 6 mos as Cost Engineer, Value Chain Engineer, or Advanced Product Engineer, planning &assuring accurate technical assessments of cost of materials, using Vismockup, TcPCM &CePro of psgr vehicle body component designs, from inception through to production at U.S. or global high volume vehicle assy &component mfg plants. Mail resume to Ref#889, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
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Production Digital Sculptor
Warren, MI, General Motors. Deliver &release production qlty vehicle interior &exterior Class A surfaces according to internal specs for major high-volume production &concept show car programs using UGNX, Alias AutoStudio &Teamcenter. Interpret design sketches, drawings, &clay models to dvlp, design, &build shaded photorealistic digital sculptures/models of psgrr vehicle interior systems, garnish &trim &exterior systems. Achieve DFM, safety, cost, Virtual Reality Room, &ease of assembly reqmts based on engrg data using Alias &NX CAD tools. Deliver production qlty Class A surfaces for vehicle interior systems such as IPs, door trim, overhead consoles, header/quarter panel/door trim, &exterior systems such as body front/rear fascia, windshields, headlamps, side panels, doors, hoods, roofs, trunk lids, fenders. Produce final production surfaces meeting U.S.FMVSS, CMVSS, Brazil Conselho Nacional de Transito, China GB, UNECE standards, & NCAP/IIHS recommendations. Execute final Class A surfaces focused on compliance with regs for “pedestrian, driver &passenger protection by vehicle design” such as Head Impact Regulations (Steering wheel ECE-R-12, Interior fittings ECER21, Interior Head Impact FMVSS 201, 201P, 201U, 202A) &Pedestrian Safety (ECE-R127). Bachelor, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engrg, or related. 24 mos exp as Digital Sculptor, Digital Modeler, or Creative Digital Sculptor, delivering production qlty vehicle interior &exterior Class A surfaces for major high-volume production &concept show car programs using UGNX, Alias AutoStudio &Teamcenter. Mail resume to Ref#23214, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Subsystem Validation Engineer – Chassis Structures &Suspensions
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Cost Engineer - Electrical Warren, MI, General Motors. Plan, coordinate, &assure accurate technical assessments of cost of materials, using Teamcenter Vismockup, Teamcenter Product Cost Management (TcPCM) &CePro of passenger vehicle electrical component designs, from inception through to production at U.S. &global high volume vehicle assy &component mfg plants. Estimate cost of new electrical components incldg electronic modules, batteries, generators, wiring harnesses, instrument clusters, horns, sensors, airbag electrical components, &brackets. Create, analyze &validate all sort of tooling cost estimates &targets, required to produce components &parts, also the fixtures &devices necessary to meet production assy &qlty reqmts in processes (Injection, Stamping &Foundry). Evaluate global component costing, &estimate vehicle component &supplier tooling &fixtures costs through anlys of content of raw materials, component mfg processes such as milling, machining, stamping, welding, casting &injection mold, required equipment for component mfg facilities, &required component volumes. Bachelor, Electrical Engrg. 24 mos exp as Value Chain Engineer, Cost Engineer, Lead Cost Engineer, or related, analyzing cost of passenger vehicle electrical components incldg electronic modules, generators, wiring harnesses, instrument clusters, horns, sensors, airbag electrical components &brackets, using Vismockup &TcPCM. Mail resume to Ref#791, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265. Studio Design Engineer
Design Group Manager
Warren, MI, General Motors. Lead, plan, supervise, &manage passenger vehicle Exterior Trim team of Design Leaders Technical/Creative Designers to design U.S., global &emerging market passenger car, truck &SUVs in CAD dvlpmt of head lamps, taillamps, body side moldings, air inlet panels, fuel filler doors, license plate appliques, emblems, spoilers, rocker moldings, wheel opening moldings, fixed windows, roof racks, &washer &wiper systems, using UGNX, Teamcenter (Tc) &Vismockup incldg design solutions to meet sub-system reqmts. Manage files dvlpmt execution of team on Global Vehicle Development Process Deliverables for Virtual Structure Vehicle Assessment, Integration Vehicle Build Release &Production deliverables. Lead team to meet design &qlty targets using CAP tool to provide formally constructive feedback &recognize employees’ contributions. Evaluate performance of SMC designers to guide external suppliers on math models &drawings releases for programs dvlpmt execution &change mgmt post production release. Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Design, Industrial Engrg, or related. 36 mos exp as Product Design Supervisor, Product Design Manager, or Design Manager, planning &leading global/emerging market passenger vehicle Exterior Closure/Body Structure or Exterior Trim team in CAD dvlpmt of body in white exteriors &/or vehicle exterior trims, using UGNX, Tc &Vismockup incldg design solutions to meet sub-system reqmts. Mail resume to Ref#826 GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265. THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE
Warren, MI, General Motors. Engnr &validate passenger vehicle chassis structures &suspension subsystems incldg shock absorbers (Passive, Magnetic Reaction, &DSSV), coil springs, leaf springs, stabilizer bars, stabilizer bar links, knuckles, yokes, control arms, suspension bushings, isolators, jounce bumpers, mounts, cradles, frames, cross members &trailer hitches. Ensure components comply with Component Technical Specification &Subsystem Technical Specification, structural/fatigue &corrosion reqmts, &are in compliance with U.S., global, emerging market &RoW standards ®s. Dvlp &monitor completion of ADVPR to ensure tests &schedules are performed on time to meet program dvlpmt plans. Ensure suppliers perform Design Validation with prototypes before first Integration Vehicle Engineering Release assembly, &Product Validation with parts from final production lines one month before Product Validation Completion Letter milestone. Support qlty process &audits in supplier facilities. Use &apply qlty tools as DOE, DFSS to validate, understand &probe failure modes. Bachelor, Mechanical or Automotive Engineering. 12 mos exp as Engineer, engrg &validating passenger vehicle chassis structures &suspension subsystems incldg shock absorbers, springs, stabilizer bar links, knuckles, yokes, control arms, suspension bushings, mounts, cradles, frames, &cross members. Mail resume to Ref#855, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Systems Test Engineer
Warren, MI, General Motors. Execute system level testing &write CAPL scripts for OnStar infotainment &telematics systems using Qualcomm tools (QXDM, QCAT), Intrepid tools (CANoe, VehicleSpy, RadStar &RadGalaxy) &Wireshark to execute test procedures. Perform end to end telematics vehicle interface validation. Define &test in various vehicle architectures. Create comprehensive test plans, test scripts, &system level cases to support test objectives. Dvlp &update manual &automated test procedures based on latest technical specs. Automate test cases to increase efficiency &ensure adherence to testing standards &best practices. Verify proper implementation of Engineering Change Proposal for each functional area &upgrade existing test procedures as required. Design, dvlp &update test plan according to launch of OnStar modules such as Vehicle Communication Platform, Telematics Connectivity Platform, Center Stack Module for each vehicle line. Integrate OnStar modules to infotainment Radio Modules built by Tier 1 radio suppliers. Monitor performance parameters &reporting KPIs measurable such as SMS &Packet Data. Master, Computer Science, Information Technology, or Computer Engrg. 6 mos exp as Engineer, executing system level testing &write CAPL scripts for passenger vehicle infotainment/telematics systems, performing endtoend telematics vehicle interface validation, &create test plans, test scripts, &system level cases to support test objectives. Mail resume to Ref#33061-208, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Advanced Body CAE Engineer
Warren, MI, General Motors. Engineer &improve vehicle Body in White (BIW) &Body on Frame (BOF) structures, performing complex FEA &simulations considering linear &non-linear models &quasi-static &dynamic methods using LS-DYNA, NASTRAN, Optistruct, Primer, Animator &HyperWorks, ensuring component &full vehicle compliance with N&V, durability, reliability, fatigue, &crashworthiness standards &reqmts for global &emerging markets. Perform structural nonlinear dynamic optimization based on metamodels, using Kriging &Radial Basis Functions as response surface methods, applying Evolutionary Algorithms Methods such as Genetic Algorithm approach to perform optimization of sections &gauges &define optimized load paths together for non-linear &linear evaluations to optimize the full vehicle performance &reduce mass from current &future architectures. Perform vehicle dvlpmt to meet the structural reqmts for Anchorage of Seats &Safety Belt Assembly Anchorages in FMVSS 207 &210, UNECE R14, &China GB14167-2013. Master, Mechanical Engrg, Solid Mechanics (Engrg), or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, engrg &improving vehicle BIW & BOF structures, performing complex FEA &simulations considering non-linear models &quasi-static &dynamic methods using LS-DYNA, NASTRAN, Primer, Animator &HyperWorks, or related, ensuring component &full vehicle compliance with durability, fatigue, &crashworthiness standards &reqmts for global &emerging markets. Mail resume to Ref#961, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Ricardo, Inc., Van Buren Township, MI. Perform passenger vehicle &genset engine mechanical dvlpmt, durability verification, &component &system failure anlys related to powertrain &other energy &power conversion systems for gasoline, diesel, &dual fuel engines. Coordinate &plan activities related to mechanical dvlpmt with Design &Test Teams. Prepare test specs for test rigs &powertrain testing, carrying out (&delegating to co-Engineer) data anlys &verification. Prepare test validation reqmts. Serve as team member in broad engrg environment. Lead &guide CAD designer/drafter to make changes to engine component design incldg crankshafts, cylinder heads &power cylinder assemblies. Assure reliability &qlty activities, incldg performing Weibull Analysis, warranty anlys, DFMEA, DVP&R, &Ishikawa Diagrams (causal analysis). Responsible for engine/transmission mechanical dvlpmt using engrg tools &software such as Solidworks, CATIA &Unigraphics NX CAD, &VisualBasic, Mathcad, LabVIEW, Inca, AVL Indicom tools. Master, Mechanical or Automotive Engrg. 6 mos exp as Engineer, performing engine mechanical dvlpmt (using CAD software &AVL Indicom tool), durability verification, &component &system failure anlys. Mail resume to Ref#42545, Ricardo, Inc., 40000 Ricardo Dr., Van Buren Twp, MI 48111.
Reporting Analyst – GCCX Finance
General Motors, Detroit, MI. Translate OnStar business reqmts to technical specs &technical design documents. Perform anlys on data structures &data elements to design &present reporting solution to support month end close. Analyze &optimize IT month-end financial system processing mgmt &support. Design &dvlp data warehouse interfaces connecting enterprise’s business analytics &reporting needs, using IBM DataStage version 11.3 Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) tool. Implement slowly changing dimensions to preserve history of record &facilitate historical reporting. Gather reqmts, analyze, perform integration &systems testing, &write test cases. Perform user acceptance testing. Optimize &tune SQL queries for high performance &quicker run times. Design reporting solution using Cognos BI tool to automate &schedule daily &monthly reports. Design Business Intelligence Analytics for 4G data plan &refunds. Dvlp &generate reporting analytics for B2B client invoicing. Perform unit, system, integration &user acceptance testing. Create key performance indicator (KPI) dashboard visualization using Tableau tool for leadership. Bachelor, Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Engrg or Electronics and Communication Engrg, or related. 60 mos exp as Software Developer, ETL Developer, Reporting Analyst or related, designing &/or dvlpg data warehouse using ETL tool. Mail resume to Ref#2155-108, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Published on Mar 14, 2018