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A look at workforce development and the skills gap By Jose Reyes This year, marks the 12th season of the Michigan Chronicle Pancakes & Politics. Held at the prestigious Detroit Athletic Club, this four-part series is one of the most respected forums on urban issues in Michigan today. Pancakes & Politics attracts the participation of leading policy and decision makers from throughout the state of Michigan. Forum II, which will be held this Thursday, April 12, will discuss enhancing the region’s economic stability and prosperity through workforce development and talent retention. Mr. Jose Reyes former president of the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation shares his perspective on the issue of workforce development. Since its emergence from bankruptcy the city of Detroit has seen an unprecedented increase in economic investment, opportunity and momentum among the corporate community which has swiftly and dramatically transformed the Downtown and Midtown regions of the city. Yet, these opportunities have been slow to mature Jose Reyes and have not reached all residents of Detroit, especially as it pertains to jobs and livable wage. These are two critical elements in determining and maintaining quality of life, for individuals and their families. So, where is the promise for thousands of Detroiters that stayed here through the tough times and are still here now? The unemployment rate suggests an all-time low in unemployment. Yet, underneath the thin vail of the 9.5 percent unemployment rate lies a murkier reality. First, that this average is twice the state and national average. Moreover, the unemployment rate does not capture the long-term, structurally unemployed. In layman’s terms this statistic does not count individuals that never worked and or have given up looking for employment. Within the realm of Workforce Development many experts such as myself focus on labor participation rate (LPR) to determine the severity of unemployment in the region. LPR scans the percentage of individuals 16 years or older active in the labor force. A workforce study commissioned by J. P. Morgan Chase and conducted by Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) in 2016 indicated that the labor participation rate in Detroit was 53 percent and consequently one of the lowest in the nation. Typically, most other major cities average range between 60 percent to 70 percent. Just for point of reference the state of Michigan average is approximately 62 percent. I guess the fair question is why are

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Flint gets free of state oversight By Lee Claire

strategy that is unique to the City of Flint.”

The city of Flint, long overdue for good news, has caught sight of hope on the not-to-distant horizon. The city of Flint will be released from receivership under the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act and the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board will be dissolved once approved by the State Treasurer.

Miller is widely recognized as one of the foremost economic development leaders in the country, with an extraordinary ability to navigate complex political and business environments, and craft strategies and structure deals to provide long-term value.

While supporters refer to the transition of power as a fresh start, it falls far short of nullifying the need for fresh water or ameliorating the damage by the catastrophic water crisis. Flint was the last municipality to be under state financial oversight through an RTAB. These actions follow a request from Flint’s mayor and a recommendation to terminate receivership by members of the Flint RTAB. City leadership would regain full local control and manage all internal operations and finances without state oversight upon approval. Mayor Karen Weaver announced the municipalities decision to contract with Ascendant Global Consulting to lead a comprehensive economic development effort that will aid in Flint’s recovery and position the city for long-term economic success. The firm is headed by former Detroit Economic Growth Corporation president and CEO Roderick Miller. “This is indeed a great day for the City and for the citizens of Flint. We have a strong economic development team in place that will create an inclusive agenda that will benefit our workforce,” said Mayor Karen Weaver. She added, “Rod and his team specialize in restoring economic resilience to cities with similar challenges and he has the commitment and expertise to design a

During the one-year contract, Ascendant Global, a Detroit-based firm, will take a collaborative, comprehensive approach that will include partnerships with the private sector and civic leadership. Rodrick Miller, Ascendant Global president and CEO, will serve as the principal, managing the day-to-day operations with additional team members providing research, communications, and other support. Work is set to begin on May 2. “We are thrilled to be working with the City of Flint. Ascendant Global specializes in helping distressed communities develop economic strategies that strengthen business and create opportunities for all of its residents,” said Rodrick Miller, president and CEO of Ascendant Global. He added, “Significant progress has been made in Flint’s recovery and now is the time to take a strategic approach to repositioning the city for long-term economic success.” Key components of Ascendant Global’s work include: • Creating a strategic plan for economic development • Development of the business case and value proposition for the City of Flint • Identification of targeted industry sectors  • A promotion and marketing campaign focused on attracting and retaining businesses

velopment department The work is funded by a $2.9 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded in March. This funding is part of the Gray Rock Revival Plan, an initiative aimed at improving quality of life by building a well-managed, financially stable and accountable government focused on creating and maintaining a vibrant and growing community in Flint that will attract and retain residents, businesses, students and visitors. The initiative will address significant challenges stemming from Flint’s post-industrial economy which has been affected by dramatic job and population loss, a shrinking tax base, deteriorating neighborhoods and city infrastructure, resulting in more children and families living in poverty. Ascendant Global will develop nuanced approaches to address a broad range of issues including: securing jobs and investments in urban markets, and poverty alleviation, infrastructure development and access to capital for emerging enterprises. This relatively new focus on attracting and retaining businesses in Flint was previously managed by the Flint Genesee Chamber of Commerce. Ascendant Global’s work will help move the economic development function directly into city government, while continuing to partner with the Chamber. AG will also focus on strengthening workforce development connections and identifying new opportunities in the environmental sector. An emergency manager was present from November 2011 to April 2015, when the financial emergency was resolved and the Flint RTAB was appointed to oversee the city’s transition back to local control. The mayor and city

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NAACP Condemns Fatal Police-Involved Shootings around Nation By Patreice A. Massey

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It seems that on any given day you can turn on the news to find that yet another unarmed African American has been killed by the very people sworn to serve and protect. The latest case causing an uproar is the murder of Stephon Clark at the hands of a Sacramento police officer and the acquittal of the officers involved in the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge in 2016.  The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization, issued the following statement in the wake of the fatal shooting: “The NAACP fiercely condemns these recent examples of our justice system’s failure to protect Black lives. Stephon Clark’s death is the latest chapter of the ongoing epidemic of police brutality in our nation and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s announcement that no charges would be filed against the officers involved in Sterling’s

death represents an all too familiar epilogue to that narrative.” In a video released recently, we see the graphic violence used by the officers in Mr. Sterling’s last moments - methods so

forceful they led to the dismissal of one officer and suspension of the other. “It is hypocritical that the Baton Rouge Police Department recognizes these officers are culpable for Mr. Sterling’s death, yet no criminal charges

have been brought against them. As we await the release of additional videos depicting the events around Mr. Sterling’s killing, we continue to see attempts

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to blame Mr. Sterling for his own death.  As with news stories about Mr. Clark’s past record, we need to recognize these as what they are: deflections.  These deflections cannot take away from the undeniable truth that we are being killed by police who walk away free, continuing to live their lives while families mourn and communities live in fear”

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African Americans make up less than 13 percent of the total U.S. population but account for 23% of those shot by police in 2017. This is an alarming trend that shows no sign of slowing down. “Although the White House would have us believe that the killings of Mr. Sterling and Mr. Clark are simply ‘local matter[s]’, we know better.  The federal government has a duty to enforce federal civil rights laws - a duty to ensure that we live in a nation where local authorities do not kill us with impunity.  We refuse to accept the White House’s abdication of responsibility and challenge this administration to commit to vigorously enforcing the civil rights laws that are guaranteed to citizens of this country.” The tension that surrounds every new occurrence of an unarmed African American being gunned down with impunity is palpable. As a community we are nearing the tipping point and the NAACP is fully aware of this.

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Southfield to hold Opioid crisis town hall meeting The city of Southfield will host an Opioid Crisis Town Hall on Wednesday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. in the Southfield Public Library Auditorium, 26300 Evergreen Road Opioid-related deaths continue to rise in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016 with 40 percent of all overdoses involving a prescription opioid. In Oakland County, 165 people died from opioid-related deaths in 2016 alone. The town hall will discuss the opioid problem in the city of Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Franklin Village, concentrating on the fiscal, social, psychological and economic impact the crisis has on our communities. Panel participants

will include 35th District State Representative Jeremy Moss; Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson; Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard; 46th District Court Judge Debra Nance; Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins; Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee; Attorney Mark Bernstein; and Oakland Community Health Network representative Christiana Nicholas. The Alliance of Community Coalitions for Healthy Communities and the Oakland Community Health Network will be distributing free Narcan kits with on-site training at the event. Narcan is used to reverse an accidental overdose. The event is free and open to the public with no registration required. For more information, contact Southfield Human Services at (248) ­796-4542.

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basis that an armed officer feared harm. This is not right and the NAACP refuses to accept this. We demand justice in the case of Stephon Clark. We extend our deepest condolences to the Clark family, and we stand in solidarity with the citizens of Sacramento voicing their pain through protest regarding the unnecessary and vicious murder of this young father of two. We stand with our Sacramento Branch and our California/Hawaii State Conference President Alice Huffman in calling for a thorough investigation and the vigorous pursuit of justice for the Clark family.”  Mr. Clark’s and Mr. Sterling’s deaths are tragic examples of law enforcement’s failure to adequately protect those they are sworn to serve. And the NAACP pledges “to do everything we can to put a stop to this enduring injustice.”


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Phillip C. Randolph Career Center gets the Green Light By Patreice A. Massey On Jan. 1. 2016, the Detroit Police Department partnered with eight gas stations that have installed real-time camera connections with police headquarters as part of a ground-breaking crime-fighting partnership between local businesses, the City of Detroit and community groups called “Project Green Light Detroit.” Mayor Mike Duggan stated that he hopes to expand two key initiatives at the police department: Project Green Light and Ceasefire, both violent crime prevention and deterrence strategies. As promised, the City of Detroit’s innovative crime reduction program, Project Green Light has signed up its first school partner: The Phillip C. Randolph Career Technical Education School on Hubbell Street. Through a partnership between the Detroit Public Schools Community District, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and several private funders, Randolph CTE has greatly expanded its daytime and nighttime skilled trades training programs. Currently there are 300 students taking classes throughout the day, and the city is in the process of enrolling 300 adults for nighttime classes. “DPSCD students’ safety is key to increasing our enrollment and cre-

ating a learning environment where students can focus on their education,” said Nikolai Vitti, DPSCD Superintendent. “We are grateful for the security camera infrastructure that will protect not only the investments that were made to bring Randolph Career and Technical Center back to a thriving educational institution, but the newly installed cameras will also ensure the safety of our faculty and guests as well.” As part of the new partnership, DESC has paid for the installation of 23 cameras on school’s exterior (21 exterior and 2 interior entrance cameras), which were installed by Detroit-based Infinite Technologies. The cameras will monitor the schools large parking lot, as well as entry and exit points of the school building. Vitti also said that he is in talks with the city about expanding Project Green Light to other DPSCD schools. “We know that safety is one of the top concerns of our parents and our students,” says Detroit Public Schools spokesperson Crystal Wilson. “We’re taking these pro-active measures to ensure that our students feel safe. “So, you get a complete view of the parking and the sides of the building and the back of the building. When parents and adults in the community know that a campus is safe it helps with our enrollment and it also helps them to focus on what’s really important and that’s getting their

education.” Project Green Light, which now has nearly 300 locations, has played a key role in reducing crime at partnering businesses, according to Chief James Craig. The original eight gas stations that became a part of Project Green Light two years ago have seen a nearly 60 percent reduction in violent crime at or adjacent to their businesses. Across all 300 Green Light Businesses, whether they joined the program early on or as recently as 2018, there has been an average 30 percent reduction in violent crime from 20152017. Some parents are happy to have the extra level of protection while others feel it’s unfortunate that such resources are needed. “It’s a shame that this is necessary,” said parent James H. Martin. “But with all the school shootings happening in the country and the overall potential for criminal activity in the area, I do feel more at ease with

my daughter taking night classes here.” That sentiment is not lost on law enforcement. “Ensuring the safety and security of our residents is our number one priority,” said Chief James Craig. “With this exciting new partnership, we will continue our efforts in creating a safe environment for all who live, work and play in the City of Detroit.”

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Wayne State University plans $65 million renovation of historic Hilberry Theater Wayne State University’s Board of Governors have approved A $65 million performance complex in the heart of Midtown Detroit that will enhance the schools already robust cultural offerings. Named The Hilberry Gateway Performance Complex the project will result in renovation of the current Hilberry Theatre and creation of a large addition for a state-of-the-art venue for theatre, music, dance and arts-related events. “The immense talent of our students and faculty at last will have the arts facilities to match,” said Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson. “The Hilberry Complex will make Wayne State a true destination for culture and the arts, which supports our goals to provide leadership in the revitalization of Detroit as well as meaningful and mutually beneficial interactions with our community. I can’t wait for opening night.” The new integrated complex will be the performance home to the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts programs from the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. It will also feature programming from the Department of Music and house the Gretchen Valade Jazz Center and the Jazz Underground. “This space will allow us to create synergy between our nationally recognized theatre, dance and music programs,” said Matthew Seeger, dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.  “It will also allow us to promote Detroit’s legacy in the performing arts, including jazz. In addition to creating our home for the 21st century, the Hilberry Complex will further solidify Wayne State’s role as an artistic leader and serve as a magnet for our committed audiences and patrons.” The project calls for renovation of the existing Hilberry Theatre’s 23,000 square feet and a 71,300-square-foot addition. The total cost of the project is $65 million, $55 million of which will be funded by bonds approved in February by the Board of Governors. The balance will be funded by private gifts, including generous support from business mogul and philanthropist, Gretchen Valade. Since 1963, the Hilberry has featured more than 5,600 performances for more than 2 million patrons. As a result, the facility is showing its age. Additionally, space limitations and near-constant use of the stage have prevented taking

advantage of mixed-use opportunities in collaboration with the Detroit arts community.    Work on the project, which has been in planning for several years thanks to a grant from the Kresge Foundation, will begin this fall with construction of a new main theatre on the corner of Cass and Forest, adjacent to the current venue. The new facility will feature a full-thrust stage with appropriate wing space for the Hilberry to pursue more complicated productions and smoothly transition between productions. The facility will include dressing rooms, makeup rooms and green rooms. The theatre will feature up-to-date lighting, sound and video infrastructure, ensuring students and audiences experience the latest in theatrical and dance production. Adjoining scenic, scenic art and costume studios, as well as scenery storage areas, will be constructed. A modern café, a patron lounge and a gallery showcasing the history of the Hilberry program will also provide space for guests to socialize. Once the new theatre is completed, the current Hilberry Theatre will be reconstructed into the Gretchen Valade Jazz Center. This portion of the project was made possible by $9.5 million in gifts from noted philanthropist Valade as part of the university’s Pivotal Moments campaign. In addition to creating a world-class jazz performance venue and educational hub, Valade’s gifts provide for an endowed chair in jazz studies and an endowed scholarship in jazz studies. Her gift is also designated for renovation of the current Studio Theatre located, renaming it the Jazz Underground. The project will also provide much-needed space for the Wayne States award-winning dance program. A new flexible performance space will allow the program to significantly expand its offerings. This is the latest phase in a historic campus location. The historic Mackenzie House, currently located next to the Hilberry will be carefully moved to a new location on Forest Avenue within the same block. The Gateway Performance Complex is part of Wayne State’s Pivotal Moments Campaign, a $750 million development program that celebrates the life-changing moments the university has helped ignite and creates new ones. 

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As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is important to note that while revisionist history has often cast him as a cockeyed dreamer, he was really a clear-eyed strategist. Dr. King knew that any meaningful movement for black social uplift would have to start with granting black Americans the dignity of equal public accommodations and access to education. But he also knew that the hard-won gains of the Rev. Dee Dee Coleman first phase of the modern civil rights era would be protected only if black Americans had access to the most significant benefit of full citizenship: the right to vote. “Voting is the foundation stone for political action,” Dr. King said. It’s not hard to understand why an African American minister of the Gospel emerged as the leader of the civil rights movement. The African American church has a long legacy of engagement in activism to uplift and empower black people. From African Methodist Episcopal Church founder Richard Allen’s 19th century fight for abolition and black dignity to Rev. William Barber’s modern-day continuation of Dr. King’s campaign to improve the lives of low-income Americans, black spiritual leaders have used the Gospel to illuminate and challenge America’s moral shortcomings. Through the Promote the Vote campaign, black clergy in Michigan have an opportunity to use their voices to fight for the significant expansion of Michiganders’ access to the vote. The Promote the Vote campaign would amend the state Constitution with reforms that would make voting accessible and more secure. If Michigan voters approve the amendment on the November ballot, the reforms would: • Protect the right to vote a secret ballot

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so many people in Detroit absent from the labor force? The CSW report indicated that Detroit unlike most major cities has more people than it has jobs. As such many Detroiters are forced to seek employment outside the city for which transportation is a significant barrier. Yet it is a misnomer to think there are not jobs available in Detroit. In preparation for this article, I queried the State of Michigan’s, Talent Connect database to see how many open job posting there are currently in Detroit. The query indicated over 5,000 jobs, and over 17,000 jobs when expanding the radius to 10 ten miles. This unmet demand for talent is what employers across the nation refer to as the skills gap. Succinctly put this is the misalignment of employee readiness skills (basic skills, soft skills and appropriate vocational training) to meet new employment opportunity. Addressing the skills gap is a space in which workforce boards that develop diverse membership among business, k-12 education, Higher Ed, can flourish in developing innovative, just in-time industry based, demand driven talent pipelines. Yet the challenge here in the city is beyond merely attempting to connect thousands of Detroiters to opportunity through providing work readiness training and minimal support services. If we are to get anywhere in this challenge, we must address the issue head on and call it out for what it is. This is not merely creating on-ramps to opportunity, but rather how we create equity tracks to opportunity, as means of breaking the generational cycles of poverty. In 2016, the Brookings Institute cited Detroit as having the highest concentration of poverty in America. While the poverty rate has moved from 39 percent to 35 percent over the last year the fact remains that over 1/3 of all Detroiters and over ½ of its children live in poverty. The stark reality is poverty impedes quality of life in multiple facets such as housing, health & welfare, mental health, education, career, and wage. The way forward must be laser focus and comprehensive. First, we need to understand not only where the concentrations of poverty exist, but who are these individuals. Demographic data must be analyzed to develop effective outreach and responsive multi-systems strategies aligned to the specifics needs of sub populations of those in poverty. For example, the needs and supports for disconnected youth 16-29 may look radically different than that of a 32 year old mother of

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• Allow a citizen to register by mail or in person until 15 days before an election, and to register in person anytime with proof of residency

One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. In fact, a man convinced of his virtue even in the midst of his vice is the worst kind of man.

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• Ensure that military service members and overseas voters get their ballots in time for their votes to count • Provide the option to vote straight party • Automatically register citizens to vote when they visit a Secretary of State’s office unless the citizen declines

• Ensure the accuracy and integrity of elections by auditing election results In the weeks before Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Dr. King framed the issue for blacks in stark spiritual terms. “There must be a change. There will be a change. For to deny a person the right to exercise his political freedom at the polls is no less a dastardly act as to deny a Christian the right to petition God in prayer.” The same holds true today. Voting is a fundamental right of American citizenship. Why should that right be restricted by rules that serve little purpose beyond making voting more difficult for some citizens? In 1957, Dr. King gave a speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, that decried the sinister network of practices that blocked blacks from voting in the segregated south. He said: “The denial of this sacred right is a tragic betrayal of the highest mandates of our democratic traditions and it is democracy turned upside down.” Voting and voter registration have come a long way since the poll taxes and literacy tests that Dr. King railed against in 1957, but the battle for equal access to the vote is far from over. The Promote the Vote campaign is about turning democracy right-side-up. It’s a moral imperative and a goal worth fighting for. Rev. Dee Dee Coleman is pastor of Russell Street Ministry Baptist Church in Detroit. For more information on Promote the Vote, go to

two, or a 52 year old, returning citizen. Also, given that this level of poverty is generational, dual-generational strategies to combat poverty need to come to the forefront. Once basic need barriers are addressed then we can move into a meaningful phase of perpetual self-sustainment through workforce readiness training and career opportunity. Apprenticeships and Earn and Learn models show the most promise in providing subsidy while moving individual into middle skills opportunity. Obviously, this is a huge lift and no individual organization has a check book big enough nor the bandwidth to take this from concept to concrete. Yet, leveraging resources among government, nonprofits, private sector and the philanthropic community are the building blocks for creating sustainable pathways out of poverty. If done correctly we all win. Improving the quality of life for individuals, improves the quality of life for their family, and in turn these families impact their neighborhoods, and ultimately the neighborhoods impact our city. This doesn’t just make sense, it makes dollars and sense. As a City that wishes to grow and reclaim its status as a world class city, the general fund is a primary source of funding to support making Detroit a great place to live, work and play. Yet, the General fund is comprised of two major funding streams, property tax and income tax. So, it stands to reason those without jobs are unable to buy houses. This also leads into lack of housing tenure, which hinders property values. From an economic development and work-force perspective this talent shortage makes Detroit less competitive in the global market at attracting new business. Anyone remember Amazon? More importantly for the employers that are presently in Detroit they must hunt for their talent from outside of Detroit as opposed to growing their talent right here in Detroit. The staggering level of poverty and its impact on our community is unacceptable and mandates a sense of urgency. Our discussion needs to elevate immediately from purely a jobs and economic development discussion into a comprehensive social engineering strategy. This discussion should be championed by an apolitical, nonpartisan group dedicated to the purpose of promoting social justice, diversity, and inclusion. If we are to be a world class city we should embrace the notion that, what makes a city great is not merely found in the number of buildings, it has nor the amount of revenue it receives but rather the quality of life it affords its citizens.

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The right to vote, from Dr. King to today’s need By Rev. Dee Dee Coleman


Why are some Detroiters Mad?

By Bertram Marks

I have spent a good deal of time working to encourage and promote equality, diversity, and opportunity for all communities disadvantaged by race, gender, or religious affiliation. I am very proud of the gains made here in Detroit. Admittedly, these gains have been on a micro-level. Nevertheless it is very satisfying to see just one life positively impacted by the work for change one has done. As a result of this very noble and gratifying work, I hear wonderful accolades from deeply appreciative beneficiaries and Bertram L. Marks observers regarding the great impact this work has on our community. I would be remiss if I did not also report that I often hear sentiments that fall far short of gratitude. In increasing instances, I am hearing from community members who are angry, impatient, frustrated, dismayed and just down right mad. I am involved in so many great civic, religious, corporate and community collaborations that are delivering amazing results to those in the community most vulnerable that it would be easy for me to dismiss those who remain angered over their circumstances. I could simply ignore those who denounce the efforts I am involved in as mere window dressing. I could challenge them, rebuke them, and chide them with the proverbial generalization that they are never satisfied and simply a part of the problem and not the solution. However for me to confront genuine anger and despair with such indifference would be shortsighted and ignorant. It would also be dishonest. You see, I know why people who struggle in this and similarly situated communities across the United States are angry. I understand their despair. In fact, more often than not, I share their sense of despair. As Stokely Carmichael so eloquently framed it in 1966 an individual or “organization who claims to speak for the needs of a community must be in the tone of that community.”  We can be of no help to those who suffer if we fail to recognize the dialect in which they speak of their pain and suffering. Consider a few statistics. According to a commentary by the New York Times Editorial board published on March 7, 2018, the Center for Investigative Reporting, through its online publication Reveal, found African Americans and Latinos were far more likely to be denied conventional mortgages than whites even when income, loan size, and other factors were taken into account. 31 million mortgage records were examined in 61 metropolitan areas including Detroit and disturbing discriminatory evidence was found in each of those areas. The NAACP criminal justice fact sheet reports that African Americans are locked up more than 5 times the rate of whites. 52% of African American children in trouble are waived to criminal courts. According to the Bureau of Prisons, the United States is 5% of the world population and yet, has 21% of the world prison population. The Bureau of Prisons also reports that African American and Latino men in their late 20’s make up 9% and 4% of all U.S. jail inmates respectively. African Americans and Latinos are 32% of the population and comprise 56% of all incarcerated people in the United States. According to the Department of Justice, although African Americans make up 12-13% of the total United States population, they comprise 37% of jail inmates. It is not hard to see a systemic pattern here. Deny people of color access to economic opportunity, deprive them of their due process and other constitutional rights, incarcerate them at alarming rates especially when they are young and school aged, and you create a permanent underclass. This is especially true when you consider the concepts of for profit prisons and the lack of funding for public, inner city, K-12 schools. We cannot be afraid to speak of these statistics as examples of unfairness and inequitable treatment for people of color and a clear sign of

opportunity and privilege extended to white America. No matter where you are on the spectrum of race and class in America, we all must come to realize what a lack of equity for some and enormous privilege for others looks and feels like. It is only through acknowledgement that we can usher in an new culture of change.     The statistical nightmare of inequities is much more extensive than the few mentioned here. This is why a mere cursory look at the numbers impacting communities of color reveals why no good effort to balance inequities is too much and why there is always a need to do much, much more.  These numbers also reveal institutional, policy oriented marginalization for some and the bold extension of privilege to others. As long as these numbers are real, there can be no world class city, no high achieving school system, no regional cooperation, no safe streets, no sustainable collaborations, and no humane quality of life. The correlation between these examples of inequity and low quality of life is obvious. The traditional approach to eradicating social ills is simply ineffective. Being in denial regarding these numbers by declaring this is all a function of choice and failure to “want” success is also not working and rhetorically, is utter nonsense. We must have a systemic recognition of the concept of privilege and a sustained, persistent, concrete effort to eliminate it for good. Mr. Carmichael also stated in 1966 in an essay published in the Atlantic magazine that “White America will not acknowledge that the ways in which this country sees itself are contradicted by being blackand always have been.” These numbers suggest that sadly, Stokely Carmichael’s statement concerning inequality in America over 50 years ago is still as true today as it was then. In order to avoid another explosion of frustration from inequity such as the one we saw 51 years ago here in Detroit, we must see inequality with our eyes wide open. Once seen we have a duty to denounce and help eradicate it. A review of the numbers reminds us why we must cry out with as loud a voice as possible to denounce these horrifying realities and quadruple down on our efforts to eradicate these inequities. Like those who suffer from these gross inequities, we too, should be mad. Our anger should spur us to action. Speak up for greater regulatory oversight for lending institutions, declare that laws which prevent discrimination in mortgage and other lending are good for us all. Support criminal justice reform in Michigan, no civilized society should incarcerate at the levels we do in America. Demand greater funding and wrap around services for our K-12 children in DPS. Volunteer at a school to be a roadblock to the path to prison. Corporations, encourage your vendors to hire Detroit’s disadvantaged workers. Employees, encourage your corporate employer to invest in your community as it invests in other resources. Parents demand solid school funding policies for our children. Citizens of Detroit demand accountability from your elected officials on how they deliver on reducing crime and violence in neighborhoods. These are some of the key variables which reduce inequality and increase a greater quality of life. Everyone oppressed will not resist the oppressor. Everyone who benefits from privilege will not readily throw off its yoke in favor of equity. Even still, we must remain hopeful that we are not resigned to inequality in America, in Michigan or in Detroit forever. It will take some time but as Dr. King also reminded us “this revolution is genuine because it was born from the same womb that always gives birth to massive social upheavals-the womb of intolerable conditions and unendurable situations.” It is time we revolt against inequity as a community and declare that as a whole community we will not endure or tolerate disparity but will work diligently toward diversity and inclusion, to equity and fairness for the entire community, driving inequality, inequity, and injustice to their final demise.      Bertram Marks is a Detroit Trial Attorney, Faith Leader and former Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner

April 11-17, 2018 • • Page A-5 NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS AND ELECTORS OF THE CITY OF HIGHLAND PARK, COUNTY OF WAYNE, STATE OF MICHIGAN AND THE USERS OF SAID CITY’S WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM OF INTENT TO ISSUE BONDS AND THE RIGHT OF REFERENDUM RELATING THERETO PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of Highland Park, County of Wayne, State of Michigan, intends to issue and sell one or more series of revenue bonds pursuant to Act 94, Public Acts of Michigan, 1933, as amended, in an aggregate amount not to exceed Four Million Eighty Thousand Dollars ($4,080,000), for the purpose of paying the costs of acquiring, constructing and installing certain water main replacements, and additions, extensions and improvements to the water supply system of the City, together with all necessary interests in land, rights-of way, appurtenances and attachments thereto (the “Project”). SOURCE OF PAYMENT OF REVENUE BONDS

DDOT and RTA proposing new 24-Hour bus service DDOT and RTA Partner on proposed service changes to routes 17 Eight Mile and 498 Reflex The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) and The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) are working together to propose service changes to DDOT routes 17 Eight Mile and 498 Reflex. There will be three public hearings held to provide riders with an overview of the proposed service changes. The proposed changes include improving route 17 Eight Mile, making it a 24-hour route, as well as adding frequency. With the addition of Eight Mile, DDOT would have 10 24-hour routes. DDOT and RTA are also proposing to discontinue the 498 Reflex, as DDOT currently services Woodward with the 53 Woodward route and SMART services Woodward with their FAST service. DDOT is encouraging the public to provide feedback, comments and/or suggestions on the proposed changes. If made final, the proposed changes will go into effect on Saturday, April 21st.  These proposed improvements are a

continuance of a number of service expansions and improvements DDOT has made over the years. DDOT remains committed to providing quality public transportation to the city of Detroit as well as providing better access to employment and other opportunities. DDOT is currently accepting all written statements, phone calls and or comments concerning the proposed service changes. Letters can be sent to the Detroit Department of Transportation, Coordinator of Public Hearing, 1301 E. Warren, Detroit, MI 48207. Statements can also be provided via phone at (313) 933-1300 until 4:00 p.m. on the date of the hearing, or via email sent to All comments received by the hearing date will be read into the proceedings. For additional information, please visit


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SW Detroit grocer meets local cuisine and cultural needs By Santiago Esparza Neighbors Staff Writer

Eida Gardula looks around Prince Valley Market and Bakery in southwest Detroit and marvels. The 50-year-old southwest Detroit resident and business owner just cannot get over how fast the store on Michigan Avenue near Livernois has expanded its offerings. “They are moving and fast too,” she said recently. “It is good for the neighborhood.” The market is one of several in southwest Detroit offering shoppers choices for everything from produce to meat to seafood. Prince Valley, owned by the Joe Gappy family, offers a bakery, post office, bill payment services, a metroPCS store, freshly made tortillas and corn ships and kitchen offering fresh-made carryout food on site. They also offer foods that cater to many of the residents’ Latino backgrounds. The brightly-lit store and others in the area defy the stereotype that there are no grocery stores in Detroit. The stores are not national chains, but still work hard to offer service and products, customers said.

Jason Abro, Atlas Market manager with shopper Claudette Cameron


Food for thought in Dexter-Davison-Linwood Area

Southwest Detroit Grocery Stores

By James W. Ribbron Neighbors Staff Writer

■E  &L Supermercado – 6000 Vernor Hwy. ■H  oney Bee Market – 2443 Bagley Ave. ■A  zteca Market – 2411 Central Ave. ■G  arden Fresh Marketplace 6680 Michigan Ave.

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■R  yan’s Foods Super Mercado 5858 W. Vernor Hwy. Dorothy Miller and her adult son, Kevin, live near Dexter but shop at Prince Valley because they like the owners. On a recent visit to get jellybeans ahead of Easter, the Millers joked around with Joe Gappy. “He is a good guy,” Dorothy Miller said as she watched him give a free piece of candy to a child shopping with her mom. “We like that so much is in one spot too.” The store has donated goods for neighborhood events, worked with a neighborhood school and regularly hosts fun community events. “We love our customers,” Gappy said. “We want to keep doing more for them.” Ron Melton, a 36-year-old southwest native who now lives in Toledo, stops at the store a few times a week. He works downtown and the store is on his way home, he said. “I can pay my cell phone bill, get the cheapest bagels around and anything else I need in one spot,” Melton said. “That is a plus.” Allen Kozlauskos, 41 and of Garden City, fondly recalls shopping at the store and has watched it grow. He could shop in the suburbs, but prefers coming to his old neighborhood to shop and meet up with old buddies. “I love spending money in my old neighborhood,” he said. “I feel like I am helping the area.” Along with supporting a neighborhood business, Kozlauskos said he especially likes the tres leche (three milks) cake sold at Prince Valley and other Latino delicacies. “I love the food and the prices are better than big retail markets,” he said.

Grocery stores support community needs Shopping local grocery markets offers several advantages. It’s convenient. It helps boost the local economy, offers locals a place to work as well as shop and sometimes serves as a place where neighbors run into one another. A study commissioned by the American Federation of Food and Petroleum Dealers, which represents independent grocers, determined that local markets generate $15.4 billion for Michigan’s gross domestic product and supported 273,000 jobs in 2014. According to the federation, there were at least 77 independently owned grocery stores in Detroit in 2015. “Grocery stores are part of a community’s infrastructure. They are just non-government infrastructures but still very important to the viability of a community,” federation CEO Auday Arabo said in a statement. Because of the exodus of major supermarket chains from Detroit in the past, the public perception often is that Detroit is dominated by food deserts and with no place to shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products. While that is true in parts of the city, some neighborhoods are well served by independent grocers. Currently, Meijer is the only major chain with stores in Detroit, opening a store on Eight Mile in 2013 and adding another on Grand River in northwest Detroit. Here, in the Neighbors section, we feature some of the independent markets and a few of the people who shop in them..

Three grocery stores are working to meet the grocery needs of residents in the Dexter-Davison-Linwood area on Detroit’s west side: Food Farm located on Dexter Ave., Atlas Market located on Davison Ave., and Family Foods on 12th St. While several residents praised their local stores, some raised concern regarding the freshness of some foods. “Most of my neighborhood shopping is done at Atlas food market,” said Rita Barzart, who lives near Central High School. “I shop neighborhood stores for a significant amount of non-perishable goods and a few perishable goods to fill in during the month.” ■A  tlas Foods -   Community activist and longtime resident 2645 W Davison, Lisa Leverette also enjoys shopping at Atlas. Detroit, MI 48238 “Overall, I like the diversity of products and  ood Farm -   the shopping experience at Atlas Market,’’ Le- ■ F 11550 Dexter Ave, verette said. “They have a good array of fruits Detroit, MI 48206 and vegetables and other items. Their sales are competitive with national brand grocers.  amily Foods -   , anThey hire people from the community for ■ F 8665 Rosa Parks Blvd, cashiers and stock persons. Detroit, MI 48206 Jason Abro, manager of the family-owned Atlas Market located at 2645 W. Davison for the past 25 years says, “I like to keep a nice clean store, I like to help my customers, I am here to help and give my customers more than what they want.” Local shoppers apparently agree. “One of the owners is very friendly and responsive to suggestions. I have made suggestions about items I would like to see in the store and the items were ordered. They have supported a couple of our community clean-ups with donations. The more I treat them like a dedicated local grocer the more they respond.” Leverette says she prefers local, independent stores to big box chains. “I’d much rather support those who chose to stay in the community and who support the community,” she said. “I know my grocer by name. I would, however, like to see more services such as a deli, fresh fish counter and fresh baked breads offered in the stores.” Jarmaine Carroll, who lives on Fuller, raised some concerns. “Each one of those grocery stores in our community should be asked how important fresh food is to their business and if all their food products are up to date on the shelves,” Carroll said. “That’s one of the main concerns dealing with our food markets in my neighborhood; fresh products on shelves beyond their expiration dates.” Claudette Cameron shops at Meijer on Eight Mile near Woodward as well as Atlas and Food Farm. “Atlas and Food Farm have the most courteous cashiers, while Food Farm’s administrators are user friendly,” she said. “My shopping is based on the quality and the availability of items needed for my household. My shopping experience has been good. All have butchers on site. However, all the grocery stores could do better with their produce department but, so could Meijer.”

Dexter Davison Area Grocery Stores


Quality service attracts neighbors to Mike’s Fresh Market Lauren A. Hood

sphere is fostered by store manager Mareeca Boyd and owner Jamal R. Abdro, who regularly contributes to neighborhood events and activities. Mike’s provides in-kind donations to local events and allows the use of its adjacent lots for neighborhood events like the popular Jazz on the Adriel Thornton is a loyal Mike’s Market shopper. Ave each year on ARISE Detroit! Photo credit - Paul Warner Neighborhoods Day.

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Adriel Thornton finds himself at Mike’s Fresh Market a few times a month. He splits his shopping between the grocery store located at Livernois and Seven Mile Road and others in the area, including Meijer on Eight Mile near Woodward, Liberty Foods on West McNichols and Aldi on Eight Mile in Ferndale. He also frequents the Eastern Market in downtown Detroit on Saturdays. But Mike’s is his most frequent choice. He says he likes Mike’s primarily because it is convenient.. While it’s not the closet market to his home in the Winship neighborhood near the Lodge Freeway and Seven Mile Road, it’s close to other neighborhood businesses he frequents on Livernois like Narrow Way Cafe, Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles, Pet Supplies Plus and the Boston Market. He also cites cleanliness and or-

“We’ve been together 35 years. We’re a team!” said Boyd. They met while both were employees at Savon on Livernois near Curtis jusat a mile south of Mike’s.

He says customer service is the number one factor in keeping him loyal to any retail establishment.

Abro started at Savon in 1976 and left in 2003. During his time at that market he built so many relationships with the folks in the neighborhood that by the time he was ready to open his own store in 2007, he knew he had to stay in the Livernois corridor. He said“relationships” are why he stayed. He and Boyd say they know most customers by name, with some having followed them from their Savon days. He also makes it a point to employ city residents, such as Boyd.

That friendly welcoming atmo-

Thornton gives Mike’s credit for

Jama Abdro, owner of Mike’s Fresh Market at a Neighborhoods Day event ganization as reasons for shopping at the store. He likes the staff too. “Even the security guards are friendly, which isn’t always the case in other nearby establishments,” he said.

Livernois, Eight Mile Grocery Markets ■M  ikes Fresh Market – 19195 Livernois Ave. ■S  avon Foods – 18000 Livernois Ave. ■ Liberty  Food Center – 10620 W. McNichols Rd. ■M  eijer – 1301 W. Eight Mile Rd. staying in the neighborhood when there has been such high turnover with other retailers. He’s lived in the neighborhood off and on for several decades and seen “quite a few stores come and go”. Thornton remembers shopping at the Mike’s Fresh location when it was Farmer Jack’s but doesn’t recall the staff having been as welcoming. Another neighbor said she likes the store, but wishes it carried more options for her mostly vegan diet.

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Residents erect bus stop shed in Mcdougall-Hunt neighborhood By Branden Hunter Colin Wheeler, Ben Ryan, and Pat Jacobson noticed that bus riders waiting for the Mack route 31 bus on the corner of Mack Avenue and Elmwood in front of the old Detroit Police 7th precinct had nothing to shelter them from the elements. The three friends live and work in the area and decided to take matters into their own hands. They gathered some scrap materials, which included steel container sides, pieces of wood, and aluminum siding to construct their own bus stop shed. They even topped it off with a sign that reads “31 Mack Ave.” in cursive, equipped with a small bus decal, and a bench to sit down on inside. “We live right up the street and would see people waiting on the bus in the rain and snow”, said Wheeler. “We had some scraps sitting around at our shop and decided to put something together to serve the whole community. The idea really just came out of inspiration.”

On-lookers in their cars waiting for the light to turn green and residents of the Mcdougall-Hunt neighborhood applauded the three friends for their initiative and creativity.

Their bus stop shed went up March 17 and is still there.

“I think it’s a great idea to help spruce up the communi-

ty,” said Katherine Thompson, who lives around the corner on Heildelberg. “We don’t have any bus stop sheds in this area and it’s nice to see someone doing what the city needs to do.” The new bus stop shed has an artistic feel to it and cost the builders literally nothing to

erect. They do not have plans in the near future to build more but hope that their project inspires others in the neighborhood and in other communities around the city to be the change they want to see. “All it takes to do something like this is effort, inspiration,

and a few tools” said Ryan. “We didn’t really expect for this to be a big thing in the city but hopefully it does. There are so many things that people can do in their neighborhoods without the help of the city and this is one of them. It’s for the people.” There have been similar bus stop projects in the past by Detroiters, mostly the building of bus stop benches. And in most of those cases, the city has stepped in to put a halt to those projects. Since the sidewalks are city property, citizens must go through the proper steps and authority to place sheds and benches near the bus stops. Jacobson and his friends knew of those consequences before they built their bus stop shed but decided to go ahead with their project. “If the city forces us to take it down, then we will,” he said. “I don’t see any harm in doing what we’ve done. It’s a great touch for a growing neighborhood and it adds to what the Heidelberg Project has done over the years. We haven’t been living over here very long, but we care about the community we now inhabit.”

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Detroit Riverfront Conservancy redesigning waterfront The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy has slected New York-based landscape architect firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) has been selected as the winning firm of its international design competition to transform the 22-acre West Riverfront Park in downtown Detroit into one of the most dynamic public spaces in the world. “This design competition has captured the interest and the imaginations of not only Detroiters, but of people throughout the world,” said Matt Cullen, chairman of the Conservancy’s Board of Directors. “The creation of West Riverfront Park would be one of the most significant public space projects undertaken in our city’s history. It has the potential to become a world-class gathering place and drive economic growth in Southwest Detroit for generations.” Since the Conservancy opened West Riverfront Park in 2014, it has become a popular destination for Detroiters and tourists alike who enjoy the park’s wide-open spaces and sweeping views of the Detroit and Windsor skylines. At 22 acres, it is comparable in size to Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City, Maggie Daley Park in Chicago and Riverside Park in Buffalo.

“As Detroit’s revitalization continues, one of our guiding principles has been that the riverfront is for everyone, and this design delivers on that promise,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “We all remember just over a decade ago when our riverfront was lined with parking lots and cement silos. The fact that four of the best design firms in the world participated in this competition shows just how far our International riverfront has come under the leadership of the Conservancy.” Sir David Adjaye, principal of Adjaye Associates, a key member of the design team charged with transforming the West Riverfront Park into a world class space, was described by Time Magazine, as “one of the great architectural visionaries of our time.” In 2017, Adjaye was the only architect to be named to the Time Magazine list of 100 Most Influential People. The same year, he won the London Design Medal and received a knighthood from the Queen of England. He also completed the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. “This park will have a profound impact on the lives of Detroiters and will be a regional draw for recreation,” said Mark Wallace, president & CEO, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. “The work that has brought us to this moment has been one of the most inclusive and transparent processes that has been undertaken in public space design anywhere.” From its launch in 2017, the West Riverfront Park Design Competition has incorporated a unique community-led design process in which the public has been encouraged to share their ideas and input. To date, the Conservancy has held more 20 public meetings on the future of West Riverfront Park. Additionally, the Conservancy created a Community Advisory Team (CAT) of Detroiters who visited New York, Chicago and Philadelphia to bring back ideas for the future of West Riverfront Park. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation provided a $345,000 grant to make the West Riverfront Park


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40 Under 40 honorees play a part in Detroit’s revitalization By Branden Hunter Dan Gilbert and Mayor Mike Duggan are not the only men making an impact on Detroit’s resurgence. In a city that is just over 80 percent black, there is an abundance of black men doing their part to restore the city’s glory. The Michigan Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 class of 2018 highlights 19 of those Detroiters, which includes a state senator, entrepreneurs, a judge, educational leaders, and more. “Being a 40 Under 40 honoree is rewarding,” said Wyatt Jones III, principal at Loyola High School and founder of Dream Chasers Mentoring Group. “Often times, we put in work without looking for accolades or thanks. When people see the work you put in, you feel appreciated. Detroit is on the rise and I am simply doing my part to give back to the universe. I know 40 other people personally who could’ve received this award, so there are great days ahead for Detroit.” Detroit’s revitalization has been focused on the return and creation of new businesses in the city, specifically those owned and operated by minorities. Jabs Gym is one of those businesses, with its new location opening in the historic Eastern Market November of 2015. Willie Fortune and Armond Rashad are co-owners of that location and 40 Under 40 recipients. Getting in-shape has seen a resurgence as well in Detroit and Jabs has become the hot spot gym in the city because of its unique offerings. “Building a boxing/fitness gym has a significant magnitude in the resurgence of Detroit,” said Fortune. “We take pride in building not just a ring of champions, but a life of champions, with the education of health, fitness, style, and boxing. We lead a fun, interactive way to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle for Detroiters. We are doing our part by not only helping Detroiters look good but feel good as well.” Education in Detroit, or lack thereof, has also been a huge topic of discussion when it comes to Detroit’s resurgence. You cannot have a thriving city if you do not have a thriving educational system. Jahquan Hawkins is the Dean of Students Services at Oakland Community College,

where he oversees student frontline services. He is a 1996 graduate of Detroit King and a proud product of Detroit Public Schools. He knows first-hand what is going on in the educational community in the city and sees himself as ambassador, providing educational opportunities and awareness to students from Detroit, through OCC. “It is a little known fact about OCC but Detroit is our biggest feeder, in terms of institutions or school districts,” Hawkins said. “I like having that ability to impact students with a positive idea of community college because often times, community colleges get a bad reputation, in terms of the rigor and quality of education and instruction they will receive. I look to change that narrative on what the community college experience is all about.” The black man has always played a vital role in Detroit’s development, politics, educational system, business, and government. And not just the Coleman A. Youngs, Damon Keiths, and Rainy Hamiltons of the city. It is also the leaders we do not hear about in the mainstream, which is the purpose of the 40 Under 40, to celebrate local black individuals who inspire others through visions and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in the community. “I think it’s critically important that those who are truly the foot soldiers in the city become recognized,” Hawkins added. “Our students and our young people need to understand that, the true heroes in the community are not necessarily the people you see on television and social media. It’s the people who take time out of their schedules and take their talents to edify the community around them, through education, public health, civic engagement, and more.”

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to avoid financial scrutiny, especially relating to taxes.” Johnson and Fuller are both graduates of Detroit Cass Tech and have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting. They both recently quit their jobs at Fortune 500 companies to run J&F Advisors fulltime. As the youngest African-American female-owned CPA firm in the Detroit area, J&F Advisors is extremely vested in directly impacting the growth of the small business community in the city. Johnson and Fuller understand, for Detroit’s economy to grow, small business owners must have a certain level of financial knowledge to make well informed business decisions. “Naturally, as a small accounting firm, we work with majority small businesses, individuals, and nonprofits,” said Johnson. “Being a small firm allows us to work very closely with our clients and teach them what it takes to make informed and sound financial decisions.” “We offer training and one-on-one consultations to small business owners. We periodically host classes for small business owners, where we share tools and provide resources to assist with being fi-

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Design Competition possible and further underscoring the power of public-private partnership in rebuilding Detroit. The grant comes from the foundation’s “Livable Communities” focus area that seeks to create strong and sustainable communities by supporting parks, trails and green design. “We’re proud to support the design competition and welcome MVVA to this pivotal project for Detroit,” said David Egner, president & CEO of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. “Transforming West Riverfront Park into a world-class gathering space allows our community to take a significant step toward revitalizing the entire West

Riverfront. This project has the potential to make a significant positive impact that will resonate throughout our region for many decades.” The MVVA models and renderings will be on display for the next several weeks. One of the firm’s winning models will be on display in the Prentis Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts through May 6. Another model and renderings will be on display in the Wintergarden at the GM Renaissance Center through May 10. The winning firm was selected based on the decision of the jury that the Conservancy assembled for the competition, as well as from feedback during the public exhibition of the models and renderings. In addition to MVVA, the other firms in the final

round of competition included: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), Hood Design Studio (HDS) and James Corner Field Operations.

the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation,

Fifth Third Bank, FORD/ UAW, the City of Detroit, Hudson Webber Foundation, the Knight Founda-

tion, the Kresge Foundation and the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Next steps in bringing a transformed West Riverfront Park to fruition include the Conservancy working with MVVA to further engage the public in honing in on the final design elements of the project. Throughout this process, the Conservancy will continue to raise the funds for the estimated $50 million project. In addition to the support received from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation for the design competition, riverfront planning is made possible by

POWER MOVES Jonathan Kinloch appointed to the Detroit Board of Water Commissioners Lifelong Detroit resident Jonathan C. Kinloch has been appointed by Mayor Mike Duggan to serve on the Detroit Board of Water Commissioners. He attended his first meeting as a commissioner on Wednesday, April 4. Kinloch has been a fixture in Detroit and Wayne County’s public policy and community engagement for more than twenty years. He is president of The Kinloch Group, Inc., a multi-faceted entertainment and media company. Kinloch is chairman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. He also serves on the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority and the Wayne County Economic Development Corporation boards. Previously, he was a member of the Wayne County Planning and Development Commission, Detroit Board of Zoning Appeals, Detroit Library Commission and the Detroit Board of Education. He is a member of Triumph Church in Detroit and the chair of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization. The Detroit Board of Water Commissioners holds its committee meetings the first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. The full board meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and held at the Water Board Building in downtown Detroit. The next community meeting will be Wednesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 21001 Moross Road.

Nonprofit hires superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools United Way for Southeastern Michigan has named the superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools as its next president and CEO. Darienne Driver, who began her career as an elementary school teacher in Detroit Public Schools, will join United Way in July. She succeeds Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp, United Way’s COO, who had served as interim CEO since December when former President and CEO Herman Gray left the agencyafter two years to become chairman of pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Driver’s track record, passion for children’s education and community service and connection to the local community made her the right person to lead United Way, said Mark Petroff, chairman of the United Way board. Driver has led the Milwaukee Public Schools district since 2014. Prior to that, she was chief innovation officer for the district for two years.  She has a bachelor’s degree in child development from Spelman College, a master of arts in curriculum development from the University of Michigan, a master of education from Harvard University and a doctorate of education from Harvard’s Urban Superintendent Program.  Prior to joining Milwaukee Public Schools, Driver served as deputy chief of empowerment schools for the School District of Philadelphia, according to her bio on the district’s website. Before that, she was coordinator of strategic management and accountability and special assistant to the superintendent in Clayton County Public Schools in Georgia after beginning her career as an elementary school teacher in the Detroit Public Schools. Driver serves as chair for the Council of the Great City Schools, a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers and a member of the executive committee for Milwaukee Succeeds.  Among other honors, she was named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s list of “40 Under 40” in 2015.

J&F Advisors From page B-3 nancially organized, and to avoid common mistakes. Overall, our goal is to improve the financial skillset of each client, and to leave them better off after our services are done.” “Celebrate the New Detroit” is the slogan for J&F Advisors, which focuses on improving the economy by improving the financial literacy of small business owners. They are dedicated to providing their clients with tools to make sound, informed financial decisions, that will in-turn boost the city’s economy. J&F also provides information to other institutions who share the same vision. “As April is Financial Literacy Month, there will be a ton of programs and resources available,” said Fuller. “The Michigan Association of CPA’s (MICPA) has committed to providing a ton of content to help subscribers become more knowledgeable and fiscally prepared.” “Also, banks, libraries and other financial institutions will have an abundance of information available. It is also not a bad idea to commit to reading a book or doing some research on financial topics that you may be curious about and share your learnings with family and friends.”

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5 Old-School Money Habits You Should Start Using Today view every bill. Look for miscellaneous fees, overspending, high interest rates, and recurring automatic payments for good and services you don’t use.

By Tanisha A. Sykes As a little girl growing up in a West Philly row house with my Grandmom, her five daughters, and their six kids, I marveled at how my Gmom, now 86, kept the home running on all cylinders.

Remember, it’s never too late to create good money habits. My Gmom’s sage advice to “always have a dollar in your pocket” rings true. I used to whip

out my debit card for random purchases. Now I make weekly trips to the bank for cash. I spend less, save more, and funnel a good chunk to a rainy-day fund. Here’s to financial freedom. Tanisha A. Sykes is a personal finance and career development expert. Follow her on Twitter @tanishastips.

Aside from keeping a tidy abode, she always “handled her business,” especially when it came to money. Was she rich? No. But she was a smart money manager who understood what personal finance experts have been evangelizing for years: Building wealth has more to do with creating good money management habits than it does with pulling down a big paycheck. For example, taught me to:



• Pay with cash. • Buy only what I need. • Eat at home. • Pay all my bills on time. • Don’t spend without a budget. Simple enough advice to remember, but sticking to it can be a challenge, especially for African Americans, who experience higher unemployment and lower incomes than the general population. Case in point: The median income of black households in 2014 was $35,398, compared with the national median of $53,657, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report on Income and Poverty in the United States. Even for those African Americans who are doing well, the truth is that we still experience less intergenerational inheritance, higher rates of caretaking for extended family, and differing patterns of home ownership. One way to take steps toward closing the wealth gap is to return to the kind of financial lessons my grandmother espoused. Here are five ways you could make her proud, and help yourself in the bargain. Give every dollar a home. “We need to put a GPS on our dollars and see exactly where they are going,” says Gail Perry-Mason, financial coach and author of Girl! Make Your Money Grow: A Sister’s Guide to Protecting Your Future and Enriching Your Life. “Every cent should have a home, whether it’s for savings and checking, the bills, the credit union, or retirement funds.” To track spending, take advantage of online tools like MoneyMinder. You can quickly see if your spending reflects your values, visions, or goals or if you need to make some adjustments. Dine in. Sure, it’s Friday and you’ve worked hard, why not hit the town? For starters, because spending $100 a week on eating out means you’ll blow through $5,200 a year. If you saved that same amount and earned 5%, after 10 years you would have $68,000, thanks to compound interest. That doesn’t mean you have to be a complete homebody. If cabin fever is setting in, go out on Wednesdays, when you’re likely to order less food and drink than on the weekend. Or hold a pot luck, with everyone’s fav apps and cocktails.

Offer a hand up, not a hand out. We do a lot of emotional spending as African Americans, especially when it comes to helping out family and friends. “People can tug at our heart, while at the same time tugging at our purse strings,” Perry-Mason says. But if the money you’re doling out, whether it’s $20 or $200, isn’t part of your spending plan, then you’re busting your budget. Perry-Mason suggests offering a portion, then helping guide the borrower toward other ways to bring in more income (see some ideas below). Tweak your money mind-set. African American buying power is expected to reach $1.3 trillion by 2017, according to a report published by Nielsen in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association. While the upward trend is good news, it’s not enough just to be able to afford what you want today. “Africans Americans must consume less and own more,” Perry-Mason says. Toward that end, she recommends creating at least five different income streams. That way, if one financial resource dries up, you’ll always have another to fall back on. For example, if you have some extra time, pick up a side hustle on Got extra stuff? Unload it for cash on eBay. And it you have some money left over at the end of the month, make it work harder for you by investing spare change in one of the portfolios at, or read up on how you can build long-term wealth by investing in real estate.

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Take a “mind your own business” day. Think of yourself as the CEO of your own company, and if your budget is stubbornly in the red, make a few layoffs. This week maybe it’s streamlining the cable, next week it could be saying goodbye to custom haircuts and mani-pedis. “You have to realize: My house is not going to be run like a nonprofit,” Perry-Mason says. Re-

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Flint and Detroit natives create Christian Emojis App By Branden Hunter An emoji is a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication. They can be found on any cellphone keyboard, on any brand of phone. Lauren Clayborne and Ashley Green met at Michigan State University through the school’s gospel choir in 2003 and wanted to convey a different type of emotion through emojis. Something that was not being offered on normal keyboards. So they came up with Christian Emojis. “Ashley is the one that actually brought it to the table,” said Clayborne. “Obviously, we are both very involved in ministry, and just the idea of being able to put something in emoji form to kind of support the expression that we already talk about daily, was a great idea to us.”

Pastors blame race and politics in Warren for church demolition decision

By Branden Hunter

The city of Warren has been cast as a racially segregated city. The city is well over 70 percent white and just 13 percent black. Bishop Adolphus Cast of Light Application Ministries Christian Church has been in Warren a long time and believes that race may be the reason the city is making them demolish an unfinished youth activity center the city already paid $1.2 million to build. “Race is certainly a part of it”, said Cast. “But that’s not my issue. I’ve been dealing with the racism in this city for over 50 years. I’m built for it. I worked at General Mo-

tors Tech Center and I’m familiar with getting stopped on my way to and back from work. If you were seen walking or driving, the police would stop and question you. Again, I don’t want to pull the race card but it is certainly a part of it.” The project, which was going to be called the Community Life Center, was stalled due to an unscrupulous contractor and delays by the City of Warren. The city deemed the addition a nuisance and residents called it an eyesore. The Warren City Council hit the church with an order on February 27, 2018 to tear down the church by March 20,

2018, on the city’s tab. Cast said the church has decided to spare the people and taxpayers of Warren the burden of the covering the cost of removal and will remove the building under their own terms and conditions. LAM Christian Church sits on 20 acres of land near Masonic and Schoenherr, accumulated from the purchase of two other churches on the land, and a four-bedroom ranch style home in January of 2015. Cast felt the power and land the church was obtaining in the community made them a target of the powers that be and the community. “I kinda of figured that

when we got that many buildings and that much property, it was going to be a problem,” he said. “That’s why I tried to keep a low profile in this city. Both of those churches came up for sale under the radar, and I know it was God, because they (Warren City Council) would have blocked it.” “I’m assuming that someone wants to run for mayor and someone from the city council started a campaign to take our building down, due to the complaints that it was an eyesore. We even had to hire a lawyer to the tune of $70,000 to represent us at the city council meeting because they would not let us talk.” The church of 700 parishioners has been in Warren for 22 years and has persevered through the racial tension and practices. Cast and his congregation could have left a long time ago but he loves where he decided to build his congregation, the work they do for the community, and wants continue to speak up against the corruption in the city. “The reason why I stayed was to make change,” said Cast. “You can’t change anything running. That is what they would like me to do. They have people calling me wanting to buy the land and it’s not for sale. We are going to stay and fight.”

Local clergy holds Special Service The Metropolitan Spiritual Churches of Christ presented an evening of fellowship and support to provide special assistance to members in need. Bishop James D. Tindall Sr., the International Bishop of Kansas City, MO. Encouraged clergy and congregants to participate and give liberally. Special guest O’Neil Swanson offered thoughtful remarks to inspire participants and gave generously as well. The target fundraising goal was announced and victory was declared. To God Be the Glory! First Row (l-r): Bishop James E. Curry  Jr.; Presiding Bishop Larry H. Williams; O’Neil D. Swanson Sr. Pres./CEO Swanson Funeral Homes Inc.; Bishop Eric Mitchell, Greater Emmanuel Temple of Deliverance. Second Row (l-r):  Bishop James D. Tindall Sr.; Bishop George I. Mason; Third Row (l-r):  Bishop Layne Lapse and  Bishop Laytee Mitchell

“The citizens of Warren, white and black, deserve better governance than what’s going on. They are being used by the city council.”

“I believed the idea came from God,” Green said. “I had the vision of sharing God’s word and my spiritual inspiration through Christian Emojis. I’m a huge texter and I noticed there were so many emojis representing emotions and actions but not many representing Jesus and Christianity. I knew I wanted to do the idea and I knew I needed a strong business partner, and Lauren was the first to come to mind because of her strength and her faith.” Christian Emoji was launched in Ashley Green Lauren Clayborne July 2017 and features 89 emojis, ranging from clergymen and clergywomen in a robe, to worshipers lifting their hands in prayer, praise and mime dancing, and even bread and wine for communion. Clayborne and Green thought of the idea in March and within a few months, their new business venture was off the ground. “We kind of brainstormed the various emojis that we wanted to convey,” said Green, who attends Ebenezer Ministries in Flint. “We got an artist to draft and make those images for us, then we had to hire an app developer, and they work behind the scenes on the technology piece, developing the product and adding it to the app store.” Business has been great for Christian Emojis. Their business filled a particular void and with technology playing a large part in people’s everyday life, there was no way it could fail. Christian Emojis is common terminology that people of God can use on an everyday basis. It is only 99 cents and can only be used by Apple products for now but the company does plan to expand to Android products in the near future, as well as add more emoji options. “I think people were absolutely blown away by this,” said Clayborne, who attends NorthRidge Church and graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. “I wouldn’t say that this was an absolute genius idea, because there are so many apps out there, but it is a unique idea that there is an app dedicated completely to Christianity. The reaction has been nothing but positive and the fact that we did very little promotion and advertising, makes it even better because people have been making purchases all over the world.”

National Women’s Auxiliary President Sis. Cynthia Smith will speak @ The Kay Speight Educational Breakfast, Saturday April 14th @ 9:00 a.m. Location: St John Armenian Banquet Hall - 22001 Northwestern Hwy. Southfield, MI 48075. Additional info (248) 217-3505

It is with great joy we have come to celebrate and to thank the Lord for blessing and keeping the Church of our father Baptist congregation of born again baptized believers together for the past seventy nine years. We are grateful unto God and excited about how JESUS CHRIST has used us in his KINGDOM WORK to win souls and to prepare Christian disciples to do the work of ministry and to continue the work of the ministry. We thank God for enabling us to be a bible teaching church, a bible believing church and a congregation of born again believers standing on the promises of God.(Ephesians 6 v.13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand. Our church 80th anniversary is April 29 thru May 6,2018. Our church revival will be May 2 thru May 4. The Evangelist will be Rev. Dr. John E. Duckworth Pastor of GETHSEMANE Baptist Church Westland MI. Finally, we are excited, we are grateful and we are so thankful unto God our heavenly father for making us able to stand on the promises of Jesus Christ, our Lord until He returns. Yours in Christ Service

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Upcoming Events APRIL


Unified Women’s Empowerment Summit Our Unified Women’s Empowerment Summit was created for all women to join and experience an encouraging word from women entrepreneurs speakers, being pampered, win prizes, food tasting, the latest fashion from designers.


• When: 12pm-6pm, Fashion Show starts at 3 PM • Where: Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit • Cost: $12-$30

Entrepreneur Workshop Summit The Peoples Action will host a workshop to train and empower aspiring entrepreneurs in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Enjoy the social experience of a Black and Brown network of 1,000+ established and aspiring business owners. Get all the tools you’ll need to start and operate a business at Detroit’s first large-scale entrepreneur workshop. Gain valuable insight from guest speakers Ken Harris, former president of Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, and former Detroit City Councilwoman, Joann Watson, who helped found Paradise Valley

25 Free Admission to the Detroit Zoo Seniors 62 and older who reside in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties can experience the Detroit Zoo for free! Seniors will enjoy live music, tram tours, bingo, a senior resource area and zookeeper talks about senior animals who live at the zoo. The event includes free zoo admission and parking for seniors and one caregiver.

• When: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Dequindre Cut Community Clean-Up

• Where: Bert’s Warehouse Theatre, 2727 Russell Street Detroit

Come volunteer with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy as we spruce up the Dequindre Cut! A windy and rainy winter has left us with lots of sprucing up to do and we need your help! We will provide gloves and trash bags as well as snacks and water. We ask volunteers to arrive anytime from 12:00-3:00 pm and feel free to volunteer for as long as you’d like.

• Cost: $10

• When: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • Where: Detroit Zoo, 8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI

Spectrum of Care: Autism Town Hall & Resource Fair

Senior Financial Empowerment Expo

Join the conversation around how to connect with resources, navigate the educational system, and meet the needs of underserved families affected by autism. Event is sponsored by Wayne County Community College District and Autism Speaks.

Parking: Free secure parking will be available at Rivard Plaza and the lot at the top of the Gratiot street entrance to the Cut. Questions? Contact our volunteer manager Renee Rodriguez at info@detroitriverfront. org.

Join the Southeast Michigan Senior Regional Collaborative to learn how to better manage personal finances, network with experts, participate in benefit screenings and win money trivia raffle prizes! To register, call the RSVP Hotline at (313) 446-4444 ext. 5228 by April 18, 2018.

• When: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

• When: April 14, 2018, 12pm-4pm

• Where: Wayne County Community College District, 1001 West Fort Street, Detroit

• Where: Dequindre Cut, Detroit

• Cost: FREE

• When: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. • Where: Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyer Rd, Detroit

• Cost: Free


Girls Entrepreneur Expo 2018 T. ROSE Foundation and Skin So Sweet are preparing to host 40 youth female entrepreneurs at their first Michigan-based Girls Entrepreneur Expo 2018. Guest speakers Elizabeth Mays, MCS Multimedia and presenting sponsor, Theresa Randleman, Founder and CEO of T. ROSE Foundation. Each speaker will offer knowledge and words of encouragement to the young entrepreneurs and attendees during the Expo. For more information contact T ROSE @ or call 616-275-0878 for more details.


The November Mid-Term Election will be pivotal to our community and the social landscape here in Michigan. The Social Justice Ministry of The Empowerment Church will engage selected elected officials and candidates on issues that deeply matter to us and our communities at the “Know Before You Go” Town Hall Forum. Come and learn about the ballot proposals on the Michigan ballot. • When: 1pm-3pm • Where: Shriners Silver Garden | Mystic Ballroom 24350 Southfield Rd, Southfield, MI

• When: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM • Where: Boys & Girls Club, 16500 Tireman Street, Detroit


Know Before You Go – Town Hall Forum

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POWERING POSSIBILITY The DTE Energy Foundation is proud to support nonprofit partners who create opportunities for those in Detroit and throughout Michigan. These partnerships help participants grow and succeed through education and job preparation. From a restored skilled trades program at Randolph Career and Technical School to Greening of Detroit’s adult career training, we are committed to supporting organizations that help people across the state reach their full potential.

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National Poetry Month with Lyrical Phenom

By AJ Williams


old. Brazen and Fierce, repeat Poetry Slam winner Phoenix is a lyrical force. Just like her name Phoenix her poetry speaks to love, struggle and how one can rise from the ashes like the Phoenix. After personally seeing and being blessed to hear her go to sudden death and win at a recent poetry slam, I knew a sit down with her for National Poetry Month would be an honor: City.Life.Style: How did you get started in poetry? Phoenix: I started writing at a young age; I’ve always been a lover of poetry. I was introduced to slam poetry in 2005 when I saw Jamal May aka Versus perform at an open mic spot in the Detroit. I started my journey with slam poetry in 2013, battling in competitions around Detroit. In 2015 I competed and earned a spot on the Detroit poetry slam team FreshWater Wordsmiths. Traveling to different cities and competing against other teams with such diverse talent; made me fall in love with poetry even more. I can’t imagine doing anything different. City.Life.Style: What inspires your poetry? Phoenix: Poetry always finds me through social injustices, life experiences, relationships and music. It’s like I’m a conduit, I allow it to flow through me naturally. City.Life.Style: Your stage presence is amazing, does it come naturally or with practice? Phoenix: I channel the energy of the poem and tap into the emotion I had when I wrote the piece. I believe I’m naturally inclined with the gift of poetry and performance. My pieces are written from raw spaces, so because they are so personal to me its just natural. City.Life.Style: How do you feel about the Detroit poetry scene? Phoenix: I absolutely love my poetry community! We have a rawness about our craft that keeps our sound original. We have a very diverse community; singers, rappers, musicians, comedians, sketch artist, and painters. We are a collective but individuals at the same time. I love that we have black entrepreneurship in our community. I love that our community has black men mentoring other young black men. It goes deeper than just poetry in Detroit poetry scene. The poetry is just the spirit of it all, but we got soul.

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Learn How To Ink Your Next Masterpiece at the Red Ink Conference

By AJ Williams The Red Ink Conference: The Premier Conference for Authors & Editors will empower attendees to write, edit and market their next bestseller—at a fraction of the cost. Many of the attendees will be indie authors who are just starting their publishing journey. Aspiring bestsellers, as well as those who want to take their writing to the next level by editing for other indie authors, are invited to attend in Troy, MI at the Hilton Garden Inn on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Conference speakers to include, Tenita “Bestseller” Johnson, Valerie J. Lewis-Coleman, Vanessa Lynn and Bro. Bedford who collectively have over 30 years of industry experience and run successful businesses that support indie authors nationwide. Together, they are determined to make a dent in the book publishing world and have attendees learn new, innovative information that will position them to build a solid platform as an authorpreneur and speaker. Attendees can expect to glean information on marketing, crafting a solid book synopsis, as well as self-publishing industry secrets that will save them both time and money. In addition, authors and aspiring authors alike will learn how to take their manuscript from the page to the theatre stage. The Red Ink Conference will also debut in Atlanta this year on September 15, 2018 for the first time. Early bird admission tickets are $97 through April 1, 2018 for the Detroit conference. Thereafter, general admission tickets are $167. To purchase tickets, visit ­

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The city’s top performing and underground talents are coming together April 14, 2018 in Detroit to give the Middle Finger to Cancer, celebrating survivors, honoring memories, and standing in support with those still fighting.


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Open Enrollment Legal Notice WAY Academy, a TUITION-FREE Public School Academy serving students and their families announces the 2018-2019 enrollment periods for grades 6-12. Students and their families may enroll April 16, 2018 through May 1, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm at 8701 West Vernor, Detroit, MI 48209 In addition, interested students and their families may contact the academy by calling 313-444-8082. This school is a Public School Academy authorized by Lake Superior State University (LSSU) according to the Michigan Revised School Code. It has an open enrollment policy and does not discriminate on the basis of intellectual or physical abilities, achievement or aptitude, religion, race or gender. Random Selection Drawing In the event student enrollment applications exceed available space, a random selection drawing will be administered Saturday May 5, 2018 from 8:00am to 10:00am at the following location: 369 Main Street Belleville, MI 48111 The random selection drawing, in accordance with the Michigan Revised School Code and the chartering contract provisions with Lake Superior State University, will be conducted under the direction of a third party administrator not affiliated with the academy. If required, the third party administrator will be (TBD). Students and their parents as well as interested community members are welcome to attend. Attendance, however, is not required for inclusion in the drawing.


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STEM Power: Detroit youth part of growing national robotics wave!

Preparing for a bright, technological future: With robotics teams at most high schools in our city, and teams increasingly being formed at the elementary and middle school levels, Detroit is becoming a hotspot for enriching STEM education opportunities for youth. A big thank you also must be extended to Daniel Ernst, who so kindly provided the images that accompany this display. We believe the photographs, all taken by Mr. Ernst, demonstrate the great sense of focus and exhilaration that young robotic team members from our community experience. In closing, the “Best of Young Detroit” wishes to inform our readers that we are on a mission to perform some valuable field work, both before during and after the world robotic championships to learn about some of the team and individual stories of youth participating in robotics from our area. We want to report on the Dixon Tech Owls, Clipert Eagles, Fisher Logo Team, Garvey Academy Tech Team, Mechanical Mustangs, Southeastern Junglebots, RoboPhoenix, The Tenacious Technicians and more, as we shine additional positive light on students, along with their teachers and other supporters that are committed to robotics and STEM education in our community.

Detroit will proudly welcome the world on April 25-28 By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle News flash: An event of monumental importance is about to take place in the city of Detroit! Hosting world-class events is not new to our city. Detroit has hosted a major political convention, a Super Bowl, a Final Four and many other affairs of national and international importance. However, the activities planned for April 25-28 may ultimately impact our city more than any previous extravaganza, because on those dates Detroit will host an event that celebrates and promotes the power of young minds. This special event is the world robotics championship, which is expected to attract roughly 40,000 energized people to two of our downtown venues: Cobo Center and Ford Field. The world robotics championship involves students designing and building robots that battle on a playing field, like many other sports Detroiters have come to enjoy. But robotics, by being a “sport of the mind,” enriches the lives of young participants in ways that go beyond most sports and other activities. Through robotics, boys and girls learn important life and career skills including teamwork, project planning, time computational thinking.



Robotics teams also have proven to be an excellent, fun way to get youth interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, and in this way robotics team participation can have a lasting, positive influence on a young person’s life given that three-quarters of the fastest growing occupations require significant math or science preparation.

As this edition of the “Best of Young Detroit” was being prepared the area teams that will be competing in the world robotics championship were still being determined. District competitions were recently held and a state championship takes place April 11-14. But from the perspective of our community, even more important than the actual teams that will qualify for the world championships, is that Detroit students are a significant part of the nationwide robotics wave. “Almost every high school in Detroit—charter and public— has a FIRST (robotics) team,” said Gail Alpert, president of FIRST in Michigan. FIRST, the sponsor of the upcoming world robotics championship, means For Inspiration and Recognization of Science and Technology. Dean Kamen, a celebrated engineer, inventor and philanthropist and FIRST founder has said he started the robotics competition because he wanted to “make science, technology and engineering both a sport and entertaining.” Ms. Alpert reports that Mr. Kamen’s founding objective for FIRST is being realized in our community. She informed the “Best of Young Detroit” about “great breakout” Detroit robotic teams this season at Osborn High School and East English Village Preparatory Academy, and also two inspiring all-girls teams representing Detroit International Academy for Young Women (DIA) and Mercy Education Project. And she said even more good news is on the way given that local corporate and community partnerships are allowing FIRST to grow the number of local middle school and elementary robotics teams. The “Best of Young Detroit” thanks Ms. Alpert for taking time out during a very busy time for her nonprofit organization to share information about robotics teams in our community.

Photos courtesy of Daniel Ernst

Coming Attractions

Photo courtesy of Roslyn Ruffin Please come back to the “Best of Young Detroit” next week for full coverage of the performances of Detroit youth (including a smiling Jalen Spicer) during the recent National Junior High (K-9) Chess Championship held in Atlanta.

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DPSCD Student Exhibition on display at DIA beginning April 14 The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will be displaying a host of imaginative works created by Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students, as part of the 81st annual “Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition.” The exhibition will be on display beginning this Saturday, April 14 through May 13 in a gallery near the DIA’s Kirby Street entrance. Viewing of the exhibition is free with museum admission, which is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Students in grades K-12 from 21 schools submitted 547 works, from which 177 were chosen for the exhibition by a jury of local artists, retired DPSCD educators and DIA staff. The artworks include ceramics, collages, drawings, videos, textiles, jewelry, paintings, photography, prints and sculptures. “This annual exhibition is so important to the students, their families and the community in general,” said DIA Director Salvador SalortPons. “Creating art provides an outlet for students to express themselves in a very personal way, and sharing their work with the public is a point of pride for them, their families and the DIA. We look forward to the display of this year’s talent.” In addition, each year entries are featured on exhibition promotional materials. This year’s selections are: POSTER

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POSTCARD “Contour Line Self-Portrait” by Kimberly Olguin-Hernandez, Grade 4, Academy of the Americas “Geometric Design” by Fatima Orozco, Grade 6, Clippert Academy “Houses” by DeAsia Broughton, Grade 7, J. E. Clark Preparatory Academy “Just Another Day of School” a group project submitted by seventh graders at Ludington Magnet Middle School BOOKMARKS

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“Purple Meadow” by Arethia Bell, Grade 11, Cass Tech “Diop” by Diop Russell, Grade 12, Cass Tech “Just Me” by Jaleah Green, Grade 12, Cass Tech “Camouflage” by Samantha Johnson, Grade 11 Cass Tech “Orange is the New Black” by Vincent Parker, Grade 11, Cass Tech “RIBBON” by Justice Sheely, Grade 12, Martin Luther King The partnership between the DIA and the Detroit public schools is the longest continuous relationship the DIA has with an educational organization. The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward. Hours are: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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ONE TO CT’s Jordan Reid and Kalon Gervin step into action at MSU spring game Preparation for the 2018 college football season has already revved up for former Cass Tech standouts Jordan Reid and Kalon Gervin. Both recently took the field for Michigan State’s spring game on April 7 at a chilly Spartan Stadium. Reid, a sophomore offensive lineman who appeared in 13 games during 2017 with one start, received another start at right tackle during the spring game. And Gervin, a true freshman early enrollee fresh off of Cass Tech’s 2017 football squad, saw some action in the Michigan State defensive secondary at cornerback. If football champions are truly made in the offseason, Reid and Gervin are off to a great start and the “Best of Young Detroit” wishes them continued success.

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“Best of Young Detroit” As a player and coach, Mackenzie High’s Pepper Johnson was a champion!

The date was April 29, 1986 and with a second-round pick in the NFL Draft the New York Giants selected an All-American linebacker from Ohio State via Detroit Mackenzie High School named Thomas “Pepper” Johnson. Many fans, particularly from the Detroit area, no doubt wondered why Johnson was not selected sooner considering all that he had done on a football field prior to 1986. A fouryear letterman at “The Ohio State University,” Johnson was the Buckeyes’ leading tackler for two seasons, including his 1985 senior campaign when he earned All-American honors. In total, he registered an astounding 379 tackles while wearing an Ohio State uniform. Success was expected of Johnson when he arrived at the Columbus, Ohio campus given that he had been well prepared as a standout at Mackenzie High School by legendary coach Bob Dozier. Johnson also was a product of football camps conducted by another local legend, Reggie McKenzie. Johnson brought all of his immense talents and preparation to the New York Giants, and as the saying goes, “the rest was history.” His individual honors included being a two-time Pro Bowler, a first team All-Pro selection in 1990 and a second team All-Pro pick in 1994. But individual honors do not even begin to define Johnson’s impact as one of the team leaders

for the “Big Blue.” His leadership and inspirational play were key for two Super Bowl championship teams, including the Giants’ Super Bowl XXV squad, which featured Johnson as a starter and one of three defensive Pro Bowl selections on the team. For 13 NFL seasons (that also included stints with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and New York Jets), Johnson earned respect on the field, and then he began to further demonstrate his knowledge of the game as a respected NFL assistant coach. His coaching resume includes a highly successful run with the New England Patriots. As a member of the New England staff, Johnson wore several hats including assistant linebacker coach, inside linebacker coach, defensive line coach and linebackers coach, and was an important contributor to three Super Bowl championship teams. A member of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, Johnson also has proven to be an outstanding citizen and his commitment to helping others has included helping youth in the city of Detroit. For being a champion athlete and human being, Mr. Johnson should always be celebrated in his hometown and presented as a true role model for our youth.

The “Best of Young Detroit” welcomes feedback from our community. Please submit story suggestions and other comments to Scott Talley at or 313-590-3686.

Former Delta Prep standout Burton completes stellar two-year run at MCC A product of the Detroit PSL, Dwight Burton (Delta Preparatory Academy) recently wrapped up an impressive two-year run as a member of the Macomb Community College basketball team. A dynamic combo guard, Burton’s accomplishments include being the school’s second all-time leading scorer (1,194 points), a two-time All Region XII first team selection, a two-time All-Eastern Conference first-team selection, a two-time All-MCCAA pick and the NJCAA District 10 Tournament MVP for the 2016-17 season. The “Best of Young Detroit” salutes Dwight Burton for all that he contributed to the very proud and distinguished basketball program at Macomb Community College, and we wish him continued success in his journey as a student-athlete.

Ella Joyce continues to make acting mark through meaningful roles Can a student sitting in a Detroit Public Schools Community District classroom today become a highly respected artist across theater, television and film? Absolutely, and one of the special people our students can look to for inspiration is Ms. Ella Joyce. The Cass Tech (Class of 1972) product has piled up honors and acting credits during her illustrious career. A tiny slice of her accomplishments includes receiving the 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for Supporting Role in a Play for “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago And fans of 1990s television, will no doubt remember Ms. Joyce in the co-starring role of Eleanor in the FOX hit “Roc.” It recently was announced that Ms. Joyce has been cast as one of the lead roles in “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years,” which will appear at the Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre in Chicago from May 5 through June 10. The production features Ms. Joyce and Marie Thomas as the Delany centenarians, Bessie (1891 - 1995) and Sadie (1889 -1999), respectively, as they trace their family history and life triumphs over prejudices in times of social unrest. Ms. Joyce will play the role of Ms. Bessie Delany, who in 1923 became the second African American woman to work as a dentist in New York City. Throughout Ms. Bessie Delany’s career, she never once raised her prices from $2 for a cleaning and $5 for a silver filling. She retired in 1950 and passed away at the age of 104 in 1995.


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OPEN ENROLLMENT DETROIT DELTA PERPERATORY ACADEMY Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy is now enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year (March 6, 2018 – April 27, 2018) for grades 9-12. A lottery will be held at DELTA PREP on May 1, at 3:30 p.m., if needed. Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy (grades 9-12) is located at 3550 John C Lodge Fwy, Detroit, MI 48201 Please call (313)638-1444 or visit http:// for more information.


The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is soliciting RFQs for Differentials for New Flyer Rehab Buses, Control No. 16-2177C. RFQ forms may be obtained beginning April 4, 2018 from RFQs are due by 3:00 PM ET, April 27, 2018.

REQUEST FOR QUOTES The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is soliciting RFQ’s for lap top computers and adapters, Control No. 18-2661. RFQ packages will be available after April 11, 2018, at



The Detroit Building Authority (“DBA”) requests proposals from experienced and qualified vendors for demolition design and engineering services, as more fully described in the associated Request for Proposals (RFP), at the old Joe Louis Arena located at 19 Steve Yzerman Dr. (AKA 600 Civic Center Dr.), Detroit, MI 48226.

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Interested vendors may obtain a copy of the Request and all associated documents through BidSync ( The unique request is titled “Joe Louis Arena Demolition Design and Engineering” and will be posted the week of April 2, 2018.

RFQ’s are due Friday, April 27 by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

A pre-submittal meeting and site tour will take place at the Joe Louis Arena, 19 Steve Yzerman Dr., Detroit, MI 48226, beginning at 10:00 A.M., Detroit time, on Thursday, April 5, 2018.


The DBA will receive the responses, as herein set forth, via the online procurement platform Bidsync. Bid Proposals shall be submitted not later than 3:00 P.M., Detroit time, on Friday, April 13, 2018, and will subsequently be evaluated to select a contractor for the contract.

The Senior Alliance willThehost Hearings forforinput regarding the Fiscal Year 2019 SeniorTHREE Alliance willPublic host THREE Public Hearings input regarding the FiscalPlan Year 2019 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) focused on prioritizing funding Annual Implementation (AIP) focused on prioritizing funding for services to persons age 60 for services to persons age 60 and older in Southern and Western Wayne County. and older in Southern and Western Wayne County. Monday, May 14, 2018 Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Respondents may only submit one response to this RFP. Participation in more than one submittal team will result in rejection of all responses by that Respondent.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

9:30 A.M. 1:00 P.M. 7:30 A.M. 16, 2018 Monday, May 14, 2018 Wednesday, May Wednesday, May 30, 2018 The Senior Alliance September Days Senior Center Romulus Senior Center Area Agency on Aging 1-C Otisville Shelden Room 36525 Bibbins St. 9:30 A.M. 7:30 A.M. 1:00 P.M. 5454 Venoy 46425 Tyler Rd. Romulus, MI 48174 Twp. MI 48111 Wayne, MI 48184 The Senior Alliance Romulus Senior Center Van Buren September Days Senior Center Area Agency on Aging 1-C will include a36525 Bibbins St. from the Multi-Year Otisville The hearing brief overview and highlights and Shelden Room the majority ofMI time48174 allotted for public comment. 46425 Tyler Rd. 5454 Venoy Annual Plans withRomulus, Wayne, MI 48184On April 27, 2018, the AIP draft will be available online at Van Buren Twp. MI 48111

Proposals are strictly voluntary on the part of the Respondent and the Respondent assumes all responsibility for the preparation and submittal of the proposal in accordance with the terms and conditions of this RfP. The DBA accepts no responsibility for and shall not reimburse the Respondent for any costs incurred in the preparation and submittal of any proposal.

Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday June 1, 2018.

Please send commentsfrom to: The hearing will include a brief overview andwritten highlights the Multi-Year and Annual Plans The Senior Alliance with the majority of time allotted for public comment. 5454 Venoy

Respondents agree to comply with the requirements of the City of Detroit’s Ordinances and Human Rights Department.

Wayne, MI 48184 Attn: Planning Special Projects Manager

On April 27, 2018, the AIP draft will be available online at Call 734.727.2061 for more information Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday June 1, 2018. Please send written comments to: The Senior Alliance 5454 Venoy Wayne, MI 48184 Attn: Planning Special Projects Manager

No response to this RFP may be withdrawn for at least 120 days after the actual opening of the price proposals. The DBA reserves the right to waive any irregularity in any proposal and to reject any or all proposals, should it be deemed in its best interest. If additional information is needed regarding this RFP, please contact the DBA at (313) 224-0174.

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NOTICE Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Opening NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Southfield Housing Commission will open their Waiting List for Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 12:01 am EST. and will close on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Applications will be available during the above listed times at https://southfield2018. Interested families will need to log on to the website and COMPLETE the application during that time period to participate in this process.


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Charter Township of Waterford is taking applications for Entry Level Firefighter. Minimum qualifications and application at Closing date is 4:00 p.m. 05/31/18. EOE

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments seeks an environmental engineer, or other relevantly degreed candidate to work in our Plan Implementation Department. Ideal candidate will have working knowledge of air quality, solid waste, and water resources planning. For more information, please visit EOE City of Eastpointe

There will be a random selection/lottery of the Applications to develop a new Waiting List. After completion of application registration, you will be given a confirmation number. This number will allow you to check the website to see if you were randomly selected to be placed on the Southfield Housing Commission’s waiting list. NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS PLEASE!!! DETROIT EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS CORPORATION A Michigan Works! Agency, in cooperation with the MAYOR’S WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD (MWDB) REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR

Construction Training at Randolph Career and Technical Center On behalf of the Mayor’s Workforce Development Board (MWDB), Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation is seeking vendors to implement one or more occupational training programs that prepare up to 125 individuals to enter skilled trades and/or construction-related employment and career pathways. The training will be held at A. Philip Randolph Career & Technical Education center (Randolph), in the evenings and on Saturdays through December of 2018 (there is a possibility of weekday hours in the months of June and July). DESC expects to award one or more contracts for the services described in this RFQ. The initial contract period will be from May 7, 2018 to December 31, 2018, with the possibility of renewal for two additional contract periods of 12 months each beginning January 1, 2019. All bid packages for this RFQ will be sent via email. Bid packages will not be available for hardcopy pickup and will not be mailed by U.S. mail. Requests for the RFQ package may be emailed to DESC at In order to receive a RFQ package, qualified vendors must submit the following information via email: company name, address, office phone number, fax number, contact person’s name, title, and valid email address. Sealed bids must be received at DESC, 440 East Congress – Suite 400, Detroit, Michigan 48226, no later than April 30, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. A Public Recording is scheduled for April 30, 2018, 3:30 P.M., at the above-mentioned address. The bids will not be available for viewing. Each vendor is responsible for ensuring that its bid is received by DESC on a timely basis. Late bids will not be accepted. Mayor’s Workforce Development Board Cynthia J. Pasky, Co-Chairperson David E. Meador, Co-Chairperson Jeffrey M. Donofrio, Executive Director Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation Board Laura A. Hughes, Chairperson Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation Nicole Sherard-Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer



Provides leadership in developing and executing a coordinated and strategic corporate and foundation relations program that builds and maintains quality relationships with the corporate and foundation sector leading to grant and contributions that advance the University’s programs and priorities. Manage a portfolio of 40-50 corporate and foundation partnerships. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree. Seven or more years of progressive, successful fundraising experience, with at least three years of corporate and foundation relations experience. Strong relationshipbuilding, organizational, management, and analytical skills. This is a full-time position, salary commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by April 16, 2018. Must apply on line to:

Director of Public Works and Services Salary Range: $74,207 - $101,294 with excellent fringe benefit package, starting salary depending upon qualifications and experience. A copy of the job description for this position is posted on the City’s website at Those candidates who meet all minimum qualifications will be required to pass an oral board interview. Prior to employment, applicant must pass city-designated physical examination, which includes drug screening. Minimum qualifications include Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, engineering, construction management or related field and five (5) years of progressively more responsible experience in public works administration or construction management, or an equivalent level of education and experience. A State of Michigan S-1 Water Distribution Certification must be obtained within one year of date of hire. Send application, resume, copy of degree or transcript and certificate(s) to the Personnel Director, 23200 Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe, MI 48021 by May 14, 2018. EOE

City of Eastpointe

Joseph Merucci Acting City Manager

Salary Range: $77,918 - $109,351 with an excellent fringe benefit package. Starting salary depending upon qualifications and experience. A copy of the job description for this position is posted on the City’s website at Those candidates who meet all minimum qualifications will be required to pass an oral board interview. Prior to employment, applicant must pass city-designated physical examination, which includes drug screening.


Director of Public Safety

Minimum qualifications include Bachelor’s degree in political science, criminal justice, police science, fire science, behavioral science, business or public administration, or a related field. Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible law enforcement and/or fire service experience including three (3) years of management and supervisory responsibility. Certification as a Police Officer by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. Completion of FBI Academy or Staff and Command School. Michigan Firefighter II certification and Fire Officer III certification preferred. Send application, resume, copy of degree or transcript and certificate(s) to the Personnel Director, 23200 Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe, MI 48021 by April 30, 2018. EOE WWW.MICHIGANCHRONICLE.COM


Compartment  Integration     Design  Engineer    

Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Engnr,  design,   &integrate  using  UGNX  &Teamcenter   Vismockup  psgr  vehicle  instrument  panel  (IP),   console  &center  stack  module  components   incldg  hush  panel,  glove  box,  glove  box   latch/dampener,  glove  box  door  travel,  dash   acoustic  package,  &interfacing  components   incldg  carpet,  acoustic  package  floor,  steering   column  shroud,  IP  storage  bin  space  claim,   glove  box  storage  configuration,  steering   column  &front  floor  console.  Configure,   ensure  &engr  gap,  flushness  &clearance   criteria  &space  claim  of  cup  holder,  console   storage,  console  mounting,  floor  console   attachment,  console  clearance  to  driver   &occupant,  console  armrest  comfort  zones,   console  clearance  at  floor  &seat,  seat  buckle   hand  clearance  zone,  USB  interface   &clearance  zone  from  the  earliest  ideation   through  the  first  prototypes  built.  Evaluate   &ensure  Class  A  surface  feasibility  of  3D  math   data  dvlpd  by  Design  Studio.  Dvlp  criteria  to   exchange  information  to  Design  Department   guiding  dvlpmt  using  UGNX.  Dvlp  &coordinate   interior  vision  anlys  of  visibility  &obscuration   incldg  cluster  obscuration  according  to   FMVSS  No.101.  Bachelor,  Mechanical  or   Automotive  Engineering.  24  mos  exp  as   Engineer  or  Design  Engineer,  engrg   &integrating  using  UGNX  &Teamcenter   Vismockup  psgr  vehicle  IP  &console   components  incldg  hush  panel,  glove  box,   dash  acoustic  package,  &interfacing   components  incldg  carpet,  acoustic  package   floor,  IP  storage  bin  space  claim,  glove  box   storage  configuration,  steering  column  &front   floor  console.  Mail  resume  to  Ref#49436,  GM   Global  Mobility,  300  Renaissance  Center,   MC:482-­C32-­C66,  Detroit,  MI  48265.    


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Creative Exterior  Designer    

Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Research   &evaluate  vehicle  design  trends  &consumer   aesthetic  preferences.  Design  &dvlp  concept   &production  psgr  vehicles  from  early  napkin   sketch  to  full  size  working  prototype  &/or   production  cars.  Assess  proposed  architecture   solutions.  Participate  in  nexgen  psgr  car,   trucks,  &SUV  programs.  Plan  &act  as  lead  in   2026  &beyond  nexgen  psgr  car  design   program  incldg  design  of  vehicle  exterior  BIW   systems,  incldg  doors,  roof  systems,  hoods,   trunk,  rocker  panels,  front  &rear  fenders,  front   &rear  fascias,  fascia  clips,  A/B/C/D  pillars,   Daylight  Opening,  head/tail/rear  lamps,  turn   signals,  wheels,  radiator  grilles,  outside  rear   view  mirrors  &antennas,  door  handles,  roof   racks  &LED  technologies.  Create  2D  original   idea  sketch  proposals  of  concept  vehicles   &new  types  of  psgr  vehicles  using   conventional/digital  pen  drawing  skills  &tools   such  as  Photoshop  &Illustrator,  dvlpg   &refining  ideas  selected  proposals  using  3D   CAD  tools  incldg  Photoshop,  InDesign,   Illustrator,  Autodesk  Alias,  VRED,  KeyShot,   BunkSpeed,  Rhino  3D,  &PowerPoint.   Bachelor,  Transportation  or  Industrial  Design.   6  mos  exp  as  Automotive  Designer,  Creative   Designer,  Designer  Intern,  or  related,  creating   2D  original  idea  sketch  proposals  of  concept   full  vehicles  or  new  types  of  psgr  vehicles   using  conventional/digital  pen  drawing  skills   &tools  such  as  Photoshop  &Illustrator,  dvlpg   &refining  ideas  selected  proposals  using   Photoshop,  Illustrator,  Autodesk  Alias,   &VRED.  Mail  resume  to  Ref#45102,  GM   Global  Mobility,  300  Renaissance  Center,   MC:482-­C32-­C66,  Detroit,  MI  48265.      

Senior Cost  Engineer    

Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Plan,  coordinate,   &assure  accurate  technical  assessments  of   cost  of  materials,  using  Teamcenter   Vismockup,  TcPCM  &CePro  of  psgr  vehicle   seat  systems  designs,  from  inception  to   production  &JIT/JIS  delivery  at  U.S./global   vehicle  assy  &component  mfg  plants.   Estimate  cost  of  psgr  &autonomous  vehicle   seat  components  incldg  trim  covers,  foams,   heating  &vent  systems,  structures,  switches,   &plastic  side  members  &components.  Create   parts  lists  (mass,  material  specs,   &dimensions)  using  UGNX  &Vismockup.  Dvlp   vendor  tooling  cost  anlys  for  seat  assy   processes  incldg  single  punch  stamping,   welding,  cutting,  sewing,  embroidery,  quilting,   &plastic  injection  molding,  &define  total   program  investment  reduction  in  high  &low-­ cost  countries.  Create,  analyze  &validate   tooling  cost  estimates  &targets,  required  to   produce  GM  components  &parts,  &fixtures   &devices  necessary  to  comply  with  production   assy  &qlty  reqmts.  Evaluate  global  component   costing,  &estimate  vehicle  component   &supplier  tooling  &fixtures  costs  through  anlys   of  content  of  raw  materials  (fabrics,  suedes,   polyurethane,  leather/leatherette).  Bachelor,   Mechanical,  Industrial,  Production  or   Automotive  Engrg,  or  related.  12  mos  exp  as   Engineer,  estimating  cost  of  psgr  vehicle   interior  systems  components  incldg  seating   systems  incldg  trim  covers,  foams,  structures,   and  plastics  components  using  Vismockup   and  TcPCM.  Mail  resume  to  Ref#12178,  GM   Global  Mobility,  300  Renaissance  Center,   MC:482-­C32-­C66,  Detroit,  MI  48265.    


Senior  Creative  Designer    

Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Design  &dvlp   concept  &production  psgr  cars,  trucks,  &SUVs   from  early  napkin  sketch  to  full  size  working   prototype  &/or  production  cars.  Assess   proposed  architecture  solutions  &focus  on   best  interest  of  future  products.  Design  future   vehicle  full  concepts  incldg  vehicle  exterior   BIW  systems,  incldg  doors,  roof  systems,   hoods,  rocker  panels,  fenders,  front  fascia,   fascia  clips,  A/B/C/D  pillars,  head/tail  lamps,   turn  signals,  wheels,  radiator  grilles,  outside   rear  view  mirrors  &antennas,  door  handles,   roof  racks  &LED  technologies,  using  Adobe   Photoshop,  Autodesk  Alias  Automotive,   Autodesk  Showcase,  VRED,  &PowerPoint.   Sketch  &propose  concepts  &mockups  of   vehicle  architectures  &functions  such  as   lighting,  full  vehicle,  front  end,  rear  end   &wheels.  Translate  2D  sketches  into  3D  by   giving  directions  to  3D  sculptors  to  create  3D   models  as  close  as  possible  to  the  sketch.   Dvlp  chosen  design  solutions  by  executive   design  &engrg  leadership  into  3D  properties   as  physical  models  made  by  industrial  grade   clay  sculpted  by  hand  &5-­axis  milling   machines  &3D  CAD  models  in  Autodesk  Alias   software.  Lead  professional  sculptors  to   capture  designs  in  3D  scale  &full  size  clay   models.  Bachelor,  Transportation  or  Industrial   Design.  24  mos  exp  as  Automotive  or   Creative  Designer,  designing  psgr  car,  truck,   &SUV  full  concepts  including  vehicle  exterior   BIW  systems,  incldg  roof  systems,  hoods,   rocker  panels,  fenders,  front  fascia,  A/B/C/D   pillars,  lamps,  turn  signals,  wheels,  roof  racks   &LED  technologies,  using  Adobe  Photoshop,   Autodesk  Alias  Automotive,  VRED,   &PowerPoint.  Mail  resume  to  Ref#12142,  GM   Global  Mobility,  300  Renaissance  Center,   MC:482-­C32-­C66,  Detroit,  MI  48265.    


Design Release  Engineer  -­   Heater  Exchangers  

Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Design  &release   psgr  vehicle  heat  exchangers  incldg   condensers,  transmission  oil  coolers,   compressed  air  coolers,  low  &high   temperature  radiators,  fan  modules  &brackets,   &solve  thermal  engrg  validation  issues.  Lead   multi-­disciplined  Product  Development  Team   &supplier  meetings.  Ensure  that  thermal   systems  meet  &/or  exceed  GM  policies,  safety   procedures,  statement  of  requirements  &legal   agreements  &reqmts.  Collaborate  with   Thermal  BFO  to  define  system  &hardware   reqmts  for  thermal  condensers  fan  &radiators.   Lead  DFMEA  for  condenser  fan  &radiator   systems.  Lead  thermal  suppliers  to  build   prototype,  incldg  prototype  validation  (incldg   thermal  cycling,  pressure  cycling,  &vibration   &corrosion  testing),  &production  thermal   systems.  Ensure  thermal  systems  compliance   with  FMVSS#302  thermal  standards.    Plan,   support  &guide  DREs  on  thermal  prototypes   mfg  build  activities,  such  as  Pre-­Production   Vehicle,  Mfg  Validation  Build  Non-­Salable,   Mfg  Validation  Build  Salable  &Start  of  Regular   Production  to  obtain  Program  launches.   Perform  periodically  Program  &Design  status   reviews  for  company  senior  mgmt  &Directors.   Bachelor,  Mechanical,  Electrical,  or   Automotive  Engrg.  12  mos  exp  as  Engineer,   validating  or  releasing  psgr  vehicle  heat   exchangers  incldg  condensers,  transmission   oil  coolers,  compressed  air  coolers,  low  &high   temperature  radiators,  fan  modules  &brackets,   ensuring  systems  compliance  with   FMVSS#302  thermal  standards.  Mail  resume   to  Ref#50269,  GM  Global  Mobility,  300   Renaissance  Center,  MC:482-­C32-­C66,   Detroit,  MI  48265.        


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