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UAW Triple Strike Against Detroit Automakers

Detroit’s Best Chance at Black Representation in Congress Just Got Kicked Off the Ballot

A Night of Elegance and Excellence at the 10th Annual Michigan Chronicle

Former state senator Adam Hollier won’t be on ballots across Detroit’s 13th Congressional District in this August’s primary election.

Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garett officially disqualified the Democratic congressional candidate for Detroit from the primary election ballot after current U.S. Shri Thanedar challenged the legitimacy of more than half of the voter signatures Hollier submitted.

Late Thursday night, Sept. 14, a historic moment unfolded in American labor relations as the United Auto Workers (UAW) union initiated a strike against Ford, General Motors (GM), and Stellantis. For the first time, the union took simultaneous action against all three major Detroit-based automakers. The action involves approximately 13,000 UAW members in assembly plants across Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri, who walked off their jobs after existing labor contracts expired at 11:59 p.m.

IGarrett’s election staff issued a report on Thursday, May 16, saying that 690 signatures collected by Hollier’s campaign were invalid for issues ranging from duplicate signatures to signatures from people not registered to vote. That left Hollier with just 863 valid signatures — 137 signatures short of the 1,000 required for U.S. House candidates to qualify for the ballot.

n a breathtaking celebration of talent, determination, and the unyielding spirit of Black excellence, the Michigan Chronicle marked its 10th Annual 40 Under 40 event Thursday evening. This year’s soirée, drenched in the theme “All Black Everything with Gold Accents,” transcended expectations and essential ly illuminated the golden gems within the true essence of Black excellence. Hosted by the charismatic duo of Andre Ash and Lynzee Mychael from Michigan Chroni cle’s Finally Friday, the night was a triumph for the city of Detroit and its vibrant community of young Black pro-

The evening sparkled with a golden promise as we celebrated remarkable individuals from various walks of life. Among the honorees were the brilliant and visionary co-founders of Detroit Hives, Nicole Lindsey and Timothy Paul Jackson. Their work has not only changed the landscape of beekeeping and urban farming in Detroit but also exemplified the transformative impact Black professionals can have on their communities.

Shortly before midnight on Sept. 14, GM released a statement expressing disappointment with the strike action, despite offering what it termed an “unprecedented economic package” that included historic wage increases. Stellantis also expressed disappointment in a statement, saying the company immediately went into contingency mode to protect its operations.

“I am adopting the staff’s recommendation and hereby determine the nominating petitions are insufficient in number to allow candidate Adam Hollier’s name to appear on the August 6, 2024 primary election ballot for the office of U.S. Representative in Congress - 13th District,” Garrett wrote in a Tuesday letter to Thanedar.

ed, accomplished, and popular people that look like me. I’m geeked. I started making and selling clothes as a kid and I always knew that I would have a business, but I never knew it would be Detroit’s brand name business, so I take a lot of pride in the fact that our business represents our city’s pride.”

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Taking home the Corporate Excellence Award was Dannis Mitchell, Director of Community Engagement at Barton Malow.

“Together we have created a social, environmental, and financial impact through bees,” said Jackson. Lindsey followed that sentiment with, “It is through our local partnerships and collaborative efforts that we exist in over 28 plus locations managing the health of 4.5 million honeybees – humbly speaking our movement has inspired others locally, nationally, and even internationally to take on similar missions.”

ness district that had been the lifeblood of the community.

‘Michigan Should Be the Innovation Hub of the Midwest’: Pancakes & Politics Forum III Recap.

For many Detroiters, Interstate 375, or I-375, has long been just another stretch of urban highway, a concrete artery connecting different parts of the city. To some, it’s a mere convenience; to others, it’s an unremarkable part of their daily commute. However, there’s a deeper, far more troubling story beneath the surface of this seemingly ordinary freeway—a story of pain, displacement, and the lasting impact on Black Detroiters.

Detroit Hives, a pioneering organization founded by Lindsey and Jackson, harnesses the power of urban beekeeping to revitalize neighborhoods in the Motor City. Their initiative not only addresses critical issues like environmental conservation but also provides valuable education and employment opportunities to Black De-

The UAW has branded the industrial action as the “Stand-Up Strike,” focusing on specific plants within each automaker. UAW President Shawn Fain stated, “This strategy will keep the companies guessing. It will give our national negotiators maximum leverage and flexibility in bargaining. And if we need to go all out, we will. Everything is on the table.” Union leaders have also indicated that additional plants could be targeted in future waves if negotiations remain stalled.

“I am extremely disappointed with the news from the Wayne County clerk following her professional review of our petitions,” Hollier said in a statement Tuesday. “Not for myself, but for the voters across the 13th District who deserve a real choice in who their next Congressperson will be.”

“It is so important to recognize that there are young leaders across the country, many that are born here in Detroit. I represent our city nationally and I tell people, ‘Yea I’m a D-girl I’m from the west-side of Detroit,’” Mitchell expressed. “But more importantly, I’ve been able to have experiences within an industry that not many of us, specifically women of color, have the opportunity to engage in and I’ve been the youngest person in the room, the only Black person in the room, and the only Sistah in the room, and I really had to articulate the importance of showing up, giving chances when others won’t, and being persistent.” As a trailblazing Black woman thriving in a predominantly male-dominated industry, her unwavering commitment to fortifying the connections between businesses and Detroit’s communities is unde-

It’s a history marred by pain, injustice, and economic devastation. More than 130,000 residents, primarily Black, were forcibly displaced. Families were uprooted, generational wealth was obliterated, and a thriving community was torn asunder. The wounds inflicted by I-375 run deep, transcending the physical barrier of a freeway to penetrate the very soul of Black Detroiters.

towards mending the wounds inflicted on Black Detroiters and restoring a sense of belonging that was so callously torn away in the past.

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The I-375 Boulevard Project is about more than just correcting historical injustices; it’s about redefining the future. It will connect downtown Detroit to surrounding neighborhoods, bridging the gap that was placed upon the city decades ago.

infrastructure, strategic partnerships, and a supportive business environment that fosters growth and innovation.

Hollier could find himself running as a write-in candidate in his race to dethrone the first- Thanedar, but he didn’t clarify whether he would run a write-in campaign. “I will have more to say soon,” he said in his statement.

and scale Black entrepreneurs. We care about Black entrepreneurs, we care about women entrepreneurs, and we have the receipts to prove it,” Gilchrist proclaimed. Reflecting on his own journey, he shared, “In 2005, there was absolutely no opportunity here in Michigan for tech, so I moved to Seattle to pursue a career in software engineering and helped create SharePoint. Today, to all the people that have heard no, Michigan is here to say yes.”

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This painful legacy can be traced back to the nation’s interstate highway program of 1956—a program that aimed to connect the country but often did so at the expense of marginalized communities. In the case of I-375, it meant carving a path through the heart of Black Detroit, reinforcing segregation, and perpetuating inequality.

tragically claimed the life of a popular and beloved security guard following a dispute with a patron. The male suspect allegedly shot the guard before fleeing the scene, while his female companion is accused of concealing the weapon in her bra.

Thanedar challenged nearly 800 signatures that Hollier’s campaign team submitted in time for the filing deadline to get Hollier added to the ballot. More than 100 of the challenged signatures turned out to be valid, but Thanedar asked the Wayne County Clerk to disqualify Hollier from the August primary over what he said were forged and invalid signatures.

Detroit is no longer just the Motor City. It is on the cusp of redefining its identity as a premier destination for technology and innovation. This transformation was the focal point of the Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics Forum III, held on May 23, 2024, at One Campus Martius. This pivotal event brought together some of Michigan’s most influential leaders to discuss how the city can cultivate a dynamic culture centered on cutting-edge technology and innovation. Moderated by the insightful Dennis Archer Jr., the forum showcased Detroit’s ambitious vision and the strategies necessary to realize it.

The tale begins in what is now Lafayette Park, once known as Black Bottom—a neighborhood rooted in African-American culture and history. Named after its dark, fertile soil, Black Bottom flourished during the mid1900s, nurturing the dreams and aspirations of prominent Detroiters like Coleman Young, Joe Louis, and numerous other Detroit legends. But in the name of urban renewal in the 1950s, this vibrant neighborhood was systematically dismantled, erased from the map, and replaced by a lifeless stretch of asphalt.

These incidents unfolded during an unseasonably warm spring, leading to increased pedestrian traffic and heightened tensions in the densely populated downtown area.

A Holistic Approach to Providing Shelter and Support for Detroit’s Unhoused People

Homelessness continues to plague urban communities, with families and individuals grappling with the challenges of making ends meet in today’s economic climate. Whether it’s struggling to meet monthly mortgage payments or coping with soaring rental costs in a housing market marked by shockingly high prices, a variety of factors contribute to the growing issue of people becoming unhoused.

The panel featured Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, CEO of Michigan Central Josh Sirefman, Chief Growth and Marketing Officer of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Hilary Doe, and CEO and Co-Founder of Black Tech Saturdays Johnnie Turnage. Their collective insights illuminated the path forward for Detroit, addressing both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

While the residential areas bore the brunt of this demolition, the heart of Black Bottom, its thriving business center, remained largely untouched. Restaurants, theaters, clubs, and bars—the very places that brought Detroit’s Black community together—were concentrated around Hastings Street, the epicenter of African-American culture in the city.

Housing Resource Helpline in response to the challenges that residents face in navigating the complex system of housing services. The helpline provides a single point of contact for people seeking housing assistance and connects them with the resources they need.

For one to aptly recognize the harm caused by such projects, it is vital to note that some of the planners and politicians behind those projects built them directly through the heart of vibrant, populated communities—oftentimes to reinforce segregation and sometimes as part of a direct effort to replace or eliminate Black neighborhoods.

Gilchrist also highlighted the Michigan Venture Capital Fellows Program, designed to diversify investment in the state. “People invest in people who look like them, which is why we’ve started this program. We want everyone to have an opportunity,” he explained. This program underscores Michigan’s strategic efforts to attract and retain top-tier tech talent, ensuring that the state remains competitive in the rapidly evolving tech landscape.

Today, the resurgence of Paradise Valley stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of Black Detroiters and the enduring legacy of Black excellence. This historic district, once a vibrant hub for Black businesses and culture, is experiencing a renaissance that harkens back to its glory days. The destruction of Black Bottom may have torn apart a thriving community, but the resolute determination of a new generation of entrepreneurs and visionaries is reclaiming that lost legacy.

The surge in crime and the influx of visitors to Detroit’s downtown core garnered the attention of the Detroit Police Department (DPD), catching them somewhat off guard.

But now, after decades of enduring the scars of I-375, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Plans have been unveiled to transform this once-divisive freeway into a vision that seeks to right the wrongs of the past while heralding a new era of inclusivity and community revitalization.

Hilary Doe, Chief Growth and Marketing Officer of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation provided insights into strategic pro-business public policies that can drive economic growth. “Michigan has a goal from now until 2050 to stay on a path to sustainable growth to retain and attract young people, ensuring that we have enough jobs and workers to fill any gaps,” Doe said. She highlighted Michigan’s rich history of innovation and its potential to regain its status as a leading economic powerhouse. “Michigan once had five out of ten of the wealthiest communities in the world, including Detroit. Today, we are on a path to be at or above the median income level nationally again. We’ve always been this innovative place. We have every right to be at the vanguard of that.”

Hollier immediately conceded that 85 of his 1,552 submitted

Fain clarified the union’s strategy: “I want to give a major shoutout to the thousands of members who are on the picket lines right now fighting for all of us. The Stand-Up Strike is a new approach to striking. Instead of striking all plants at once, select locals will be called on to stand up and walk out on strike. This is our generation’s answer to the movement that built our union – the sit-down strikes of 1937. We told the Big 3 that Sept. 14 was the deadline and we meant it. We gave the companies our economic demands eight weeks ago and it took more than a month to get to the table.” The union is pushing for a comprehensive list of demands. This

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist kicked off the discussion with a powerful message about Michigan’s commitment to supporting Black and women entrepreneurs.

“For the first time, we have a $22 million investment in Black-led opportunities to help

Historically, shelters have provided a temporary respite for those in need, often serving as the first or second option after exhausting alternatives like staying with friends or family. Shelters offer a place to rest one’s head and a warm meal, albeit sometimes for extended periods. For others, being unhoused means living in cars or makeshift outdoor

Then, in a cruel twist of fate, Hastings Street, too, was obliterated a few years later, making way for the construction of I-375. This marked the final blow, sealing the fate of Black Bottom and signaling the beginning of the end for Paradise Valley, the Black busi-

Support for the helpline comes from the Gilbert Family Foundation, which has pledged $10 million over three years to fund the program. Wayne Metro Community Action Agency manages the helpline, making it accessible to all Detroit residents. This initiative simplifies access to the City’s various housing services, ensuring that residents in need can easily find assistance.

Josh Sirefman, CEO of Michigan Central, emphasized the importance of creating a fertile ground for tech companies in the region. He detailed how Michigan Central is positioning itself as a hub for innovation, leveraging Detroit’s unique assets to attract businesses and talent. “We are laying the groundwork for a tech ecosystem that not only supports existing companies but also nurtures startups and new ventures,” Sirefman stated. His vision for Michigan Central includes robust

The causes of homelessness are as diverse and complex as the individuals experiencing it. In response, the City of Detroit has adopted a holistic approach to combat this issue.

“Providing services and high-quality housing to persons at risk of or who are experiencing homelessness is a key priority of the City of Detroit, said Julie Schneider, Director of Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department.

What a Federal Government Shutdown Could Mean for Detroiters?

“This means focusing on building the pipeline of supportive housing and coordinating with the Continuum of Care on the delivery of critical resources such as emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, and diversion and prevention programs. It also means preserving and expanding affordable housing options for Detroiters of all incomes and improving housing stability though comprehensive service offerings available through the Detroit Housing Resource HelpLine and Detroit Housing Services Division within HRD.”

President Joe Biden’s trip to Detroit on Sunday, May 19, marked his second official trip to the city this year. The first came in February when he stopped to meet with UAW leaders as a follow-up to his 2023 visit to stand on the picket lines with striking auto workers. This visit looked a little different. He

In May 2023, the City of Detroit launched the Detroit

From the days of the Great Migration when thousands of Black families flocked to Detroit in search of jobs and a better life, to the pivotal role they played in the city’s cultural and musical heritage, Black Detroiters have left an indelible mark on the city. However, in recent years, Detroit has experienced significant gentrification, which has raised concerns about the displacement of long-standing Black residents. Similar to a setting sun, there’s a rising spirit, and Black Detroiters are reclaiming their place in the city, despite the challenges posed by gentrification.

“The city and its partners offer a lot of great services to help Detroiters with their housing needs, but they don’t mean much if people don’t know how to access them,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Thanks to the efforts of our partners and the generous support of the Gilbert Family Foundation, we now have a simple process to guide residents to the right housing resource and a growing number of programs to help them.”

The Gilbert Family Foundation’s broader commitment involves pledging $500 million to support projects across Detroit over the next ten years, with housing initiatives being a significant part of their contribution.

Notably, Detroit has witnessed a consistent decrease in recent years, with the number of unhoused residents steadi ly declining. In 2019, approximately 7,847 people were unhoused and entered the City’s community response system. In 2021, about 5,687 people experienced homelessness.

According to the City of Detroit, since the start of the fiscal year 2019 to 2021, Detroit saw a 28% decrease in the

James White, Chief of Police for the Detroit Police Department, said: “We were caught somewhat flat-footed right out the gate. By design we went into the spring deployment, which is less than the mid-summer deployment, and saw we say an uptick in violence that first warm weekend.”

Chief White attributes the violence in Greektown to a combination of weather conditions and a surge in population.

Fueled by more than $100 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and other partners, this ambitious project aims to create jobs, remove barriers to economic growth, and reconnect the neighborhood with the rest of Detroit. It is a step

In the heart of Paradise Valley, Blackowned businesses are not just flourishing but thriving, offering diverse services, products, and experiences that pay homage to the past while paving the way for a prosperous future. From jazz clubs to soul food restaurants, the Black Press, and art galleries to fashion boutiques, this revival is breathing life into the very essence of what once made this neighborhood a vibrant cultural epicenter. It’s a resurgence that extends beyond brick and mortar; it represents the resurgence of a spirit that refuses to be subdued.

Johnnie Turnage, CEO and Co-Founder of Black Tech Saturdays shared the inspiring story behind the grassroots initiative that is transforming Detroit’s tech landscape. “Black Tech Saturdays started with me and Daren Riley having a conversation on a Saturday about what we want out of our tech dreams. After a while, we thought, other people should be in this room,” Turnage recounted. “Ever since April 29, 2023, BTS

He explained, “ We saw numbers downtown that we have not seen, ever. People are emerging from COVID and there’s a feeling that we’re in a post-COVID era… and with the venues downtown and the reasons to come down with all the activities that are going on, we saw hundreds of more people and, in particularly, young folks, teenagers that we hadn’t seen.”

Detroit City Councilman Fred Durhal III, representing District 7, where Eastern Market resides, told the Michigan Chronicle, “It’s still very early in the process, MDOT is

Responding swiftly to the surge in violence, DPD adjusted its deployment plans. Rather than waiting for mid-summer, they deployed officers in the spring itself to address the situation.

During the Great Migration, thousands of Black families from the South came to Detroit in search of jobs in the booming automobile industry. Despite facing discrimination and segregation, they built vibrant communities on the city’s east and west sides. Over time, these neighborhoods became centers of Black culture and entrepreneurship. According to Historian Jamon Jordon Black resilience in the city has

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still stopped at a local business – CRED Café – and he still met with local elected officials and clergy like he did on his previous visit, but his agenda was clear: try to win the Black vote. Currently, according to a recent poll from the Pew Institute, 83 percent of Black voters say they would vote for Biden today. This is only slightly lower than the 88 percent who said they would vote for Biden in 2020. The problem for Biden, though, is that 49 percent of the Black voters who were polled in the study said that they’d vote for a different candidate altogether than Biden or former President Donald Trump. So Biden’s trip to Detroit included a private conversation with Black residents in the Rivertown neighborhood near downtown and a speaking engagement at the Detroit NAACP’s 69th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner – the largest NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner in the country. The sold-out crowd included Detroit’s most influential people, from business leaders to policymakers, the state’s top-ranking officials in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Sen. Gary Peters, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, and so many others. After Detroit NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony delivered a riveting opening for Biden – one The President’s Visit to Detroit Was as Much Anti-Trump as it Was Pro-Biden See PRESIDENT'S VISIT page A2 Detroit Planning Commission Approves Zoning Change for New Transformations at RenCen Tower Money. A5 Acclaimed Chef JJ Johnson and Blue LLama Jazz Club Fuse Afro-Caribbean Flavors in Epic Collaboration

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has taken off. It works, and they want us everywhere now.” Turnage and his wife, Alexa, were ready to move to Houston due to the lack of opportunities for Blacks in tech. However, BTS has changed that narrative by providing opportunities for Black people in tech and entrepreneurship right here in Detroit.

cine and healthcare, may be adversely impacted by the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

innovation hub of the Midwest.”

“PPMI has been preparing for this moment since the results of the 2016 election were final. We recently filed a lawsuit to stop the 1931 law from going into effect, and we’ve also asked the state courts to affirm that the Michigan constitution does already contain a right to abortion. Our advocacy arm, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, is a founding member of the coalition that launched Reproductive Freedom for All, a ballot initiative to affirm the right to abortion and reproductive freedom in the state constitution,” said Vasquez Giroux. “The bottom line is that we will do everything in our power to keep abortion legal in Michigan, and if SCOTUS makes that impossible, we will do everything we can to ensure our patients can access the care they need.”

Elected officials are also working to keep Roe v. Wade intact thus holding off Michigan’s 1931 trigger ban. Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a statement saying, in part:

The panelists also addressed the critical issue of talent retention, with a focus on creating environments where tech professionals can thrive. “Folks want great opportunities, great spaces, and beautiful communities,” Doe remarked. She emphasized the importance of Michigan’s ambitious campaign to retain and attract talent.

“I hope we’re bragging a little bit more about Michigan. We are dependent on folks to tell the world it’s important to retain and attract talent. We have the most ambitious campaign when it comes to retention and growth and quite frankly, Michigan should be the

corporate boards to have more diverse representation and pass the legislation.

The discussion was not only informative but also a call to action. Michigan is not just rising; it is thriving, and Detroit is leading the way. Hiram E. Jackson, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle and CEO of Real Times Media, underscores through each forum that it is conversations like this that set Michigan Chronicle Pancakes and Politics apart from any other forum and panel discussions. These dialogues are critical, and the time is not just now but right now. This dynamic and game-changing dialogue changes the city of Detroit and this state for the better, bringing light to the real issues and concerns in a way like no other, and everyone notices.

“The words ‘Roe overturned’ are no longer theoretical. I want every Michigander to know— no matter what happens in D.C., I’m going to fight like hell to protect access to safe, legal abortion in Michigan…”

More than legal implications, overturning Roe v. Wade would impact several systems across the spectrum. With the potential to drive both foster and adoption numbers upward, a ban on abortions could leave many women to choose a less safe route restoring ‘back alley’ and illegal abortion practices, including self-abortions. Moreover, African American women and women of color, who already have a long-storied history with access and inclusion in medi-

For those unable to attend in person, the Michigan Chronicle, in collaboration with media partner WDIV, ensured that the conversation reached a wider audience through a live broadcast. This partnership allowed viewers across De-

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troit and beyond to witness the pivotal dialogue shaping the future of tech and innovation in the region. The live broadcast, accessible at pancakesandpolitics, provided an opportunity for a broader audience to engage with the insights and strategies discussed by the panelists.

“What we are really concerned about is the impact on our patients. Access to abortion is already out of reach for far too many Michiganders, especially Black people and people of color who face additional barriers to care as a result of systemic inequalities and institutional racism. Losing access to legal abortion will impact those communities most, forcing people to become parents or expand their families against their will. Being able to decide and control if, when and how to become a parent is central to building and living a healthy, happy life,” said Vasquez Giroux.

The event concluded with a sense of optimism and urgency. Detroit is poised to become a vessel of tech innovation, and the leaders at Pancakes and Politics Forum III are at the forefront of this transformation. As Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist aptly put it, “Michigan is here to say yes.” This sentiment echoed throughout the forum, inspiring attendees and viewers alike to contribute to Detroit’s tech renaissance.

Beyond the scope of pro-choice versus prolife, the fight for reproductive choice is one of freedom. As Michigan officials work to ensure each woman who finds herself in the position to choose has access to care without the threat of legal action, many wonder

Looking ahead, the conversation continues at the next Pancakes and Politics Forum on Tuesday, June 18. This upcoming forum promises to build on the momentum generated at Forum III, delving deeper into the strategies and initiatives that will propel Detroit forward. As the city continues

that stirred up memories of the famous “10,000 Tongues” delivered by Rev. Dr. Charles Adams at Rosa Parks’ funeral – the President of the United States wasted no time in addressing the concerns of the predominantly Black audience.

Better collection and analysis of criminal justice data: BLAC recommends data collection and professional analysis be initiated with the assistance of our Attorney General, Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES), Association of Michigan Prosecutors and other stakeholders to collaborate, collect and analyze data strategically.

Increase school funding: Statutory changes to increase the School Aid Fund revenue by at least $3.6 billion and establish a permanent weighted funding formula based on student and community needs and universal preschool (0-3).

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core strengths of America,” he said. Later in his address, he said, “Folks are trying to erase Black history, but Black history is American history.” He made it apparent that the “folks” he was referring to were people being led by Trump. And that’s when Biden’s address went from being a pro-Biden rally cry to an anti-Trump message.

Ban no-knock warrants: Urging the House Government Operations Committee to hold hearings on HB 5013 and other legislation that would ban or limit the use of noknock or quick knock warrants, and urging the state legislature to pass meaningful reform and advise Gov. Whitmer to sign the bill after the leg-

“Because of your vote, it’s the only reason I’m standing here as President of the United States. You’re the reason Donald Trump is the defeated former President and you’re the reason Donald Trump is going to be a loser again,” Biden said.

In perhaps in his most direct shots at Trump, Biden quipped: “He just can’t accept that he lost. He lost. He’s not only obsessed with not losing 2020…he’s unhinged. … What do you think he would’ve done Jan. 6 if Black Americans had stormed the Capitol? … Trump said if he loses in November, there will be, quote, ‘Bloodshed.’ What kind of person is that?”

Politics involves a lot of mudslinging.

And early polling numbers indicate that a lot of voters going to the polls this November will do so to cast a vote against one candidate as opposed to voting for another.

Reject censorship in history instruction: Encouraging Gov. Whitmer to ensure the goal for Michigan schools should be history instruction that is presented by professionals with the subject matter expertise, pedagogical skills, and judgment necessary to present complex information to students that are grounded in provable facts and add to the understanding of modern-day America.

The health committee recommends reviewing state licensure policies to address the barriers that Black psychologists face in obtaining licensure in Michigan.

It’s become an interesting time in American politics when so many voters feel as though their votes are being cast for who they think is “the lesser of two evils” instead of for the candidate who they feel can effectively impact the changes they want to see.

Ensure equitable distribution of state health funds: Ensure all Michigan communities with a significant Black population receive adequate funds to address mental health issues.

But here we are. It’s our reality. Michigan is an important battleground state and has historically been a key factor in determining the outcome of the presidential election. Not since presidential hopeful John Kerry’s 2004 campaign has a nominee won the Michigan vote and failed to be voted into office as President.

Increase mental health supports for the Black community: Recommending Michigan set a goal of increasing the number of Black mental health service providers by 20% each year over five years.

Biden’s approach to winning over the crowd with anti-Trump rhetoric isn’t uncharted waters politically. Trump has notoriously taken the same approach – taking shots at Biden at every turn. He did so when he was in Michigan earlier this year, and he’s made it his personal approach to garnering support.

“Under crooked Joe Biden, every state is now a border state. Every town is now a border town because Joe Biden has brought the carnage and chaos and killing from all over the world and dumped it straight into our backyards,” Trump said during his visit to Grand Rapids in April 2024.

Protecting Black voting rights: Urge state officials to remain vigilant in the fight against schemes to disenfranchise Michiganders of color.

“BLAC members have worked hard to identify the needs of the Black community and we feel these recommendations will provide a solid first step towards breaking down barriers in education, community safety, health and business,” said BLAC Co-Chair Dr. Donna L. Bell.

Part of the issue with Biden’s approach, though, is that the Black voters he’s trying to appeal to have a clear understanding of Trump’s track record. The rhetoric that Black voters are somehow siding with Trump because of the criminal charges levied against him or because he released a sneaker is so farfetched. Black voters want to see tangible changes in their socioeconomic status. Black voters want tangible changes in the healthcare options available to them. Black voters want to see more police accountability. Black voters want to ensure that they have opportunities they’ve historically been disenfranchised from. Black voters want better education in underserved communities. So, if there seems to be a disconnect between the Black voter base and Biden, the POTUS would be best served by continuing his approach to the first part of his Detroit visit. Continue having conversations with Black voters and allow them to feel seen and heard. But also follow up on these conversations with actions they can see and feel in their lives.

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BLAC will hold a virtual town hall meeting to discuss its policy recommendations on Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m. Join BLAC and a virtual audience in discussing the recommendations to support the Black community.

to evolve, these dialogues remain crucial in shaping a future where Detroit stands as a leader in technology and innovation.

what the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming days. Despite the decision, advocates on both sides of the argument are willing to continue their pursuits.

In summary, the Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics Forum III was more than just an event; it was a testament to Detroit’s potential and a blueprint for its future. The insights shared by the panelists provided a clear roadmap for transforming Detroit into a thriving tech hub. With continued dialogue, strategic investments, and a commitment to inclusivity, Detroit is on the cusp of a technological renaissance that will redefine its identity and set a new standard for innovation in the Midwest.

“Overturning Roe v. Wade would be a terrible break with nearly 50 years of judicial precedent and – more importantly – a blow against individual freedom. It is my hope that the majority of justices will reject the findings of this draft. If that is not the case, we need to stand with Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Gov. Whitmer in support of their efforts to preserve the right to reproductive freedom,” said Chair Alisha Bell, on behalf of the Wayne County Commission.

re-election in that district.

were invalid but initially contended that although he did not inspect every one of the signatures and that his team of campaigners and canvassers had followed proper protocol in securing the minimum number of required signatures.

So what does this mean for Hollier’s bid for the 13th Congressional seat? For starters, it could mean that for the second straight election, an 80% Black city could be without Black representation, as the 2022 election marked the first time in 70 years that Detroiters didn’t elect a Black congressperson. Second, Hollier could still appeal the Clerk’s decision through the Secretary of State, but the removal from the ballot would make a write-in campaign much more difficult for Hollier’s run.

Third, Detroit isn’t foreign to the concept of writing in the candidate they want to hold office. See: Mayor Mike Duggan, 2013. Duggan faced challenges similar to Hollier, having been removed from the ballot over the issue of when he established residency within the city, but he ran a successful write-in campaign and won his race.

Michigan’s 12th Congressional District also includes parts of Detroit, but Palestinian American U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib has what looks to be a clear path to

Candidate Mary Waters, whose name will appear on the ballot for the 13th district, could see a significant boost in the polls depending on Hollier’s decision to continue his race or bow out. Waters, a former state House representative, has been relatively quiet since announcing her campaign, and she’s only raised about $10,000 in campaign funds, which would be hard to compete with the financial backing of Thanedar.

Ultimately, the race in 2024 will look a lot different than the previous 13th Congressional District race in 2022. During the race in 2022, nine candidates appeared on the primary ballot. In that election, voters delivered Thanedar the primary victory with 28.3% of the votes, followed by Hollier (23.5%) and Portia Roberson (16.9%). But it was clear that with nine candidates, the Black vote was decidedly split among constituents, and there was no consensus favorite among the Black voters, even with Hollier taking the most votes among Black candidates. Ultimately, whether or not Detroit will regain Black representation in the 13th Congressional District after this year’s primary on August 6 and the general on November 5, as always, is up to the people. And it could come down to a write-in process if Hollier decides to pursue that option in an attempt to dethrone Thanedar.

“I think of transformational leadership as a thoughtful approach that causes people to change but also causes the systems and circumstances they are operating in to change too,” Ivory said. “Transformational change doesn’t just ask people to do certain things; it asks them to change their view of what’s possible and excites them to drive that change together because they believe that what they’re doing will create positive change for everyone. That’s how entire systems change because people believe that they need to for themselves and others to live better lives.”

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“Chancellor Ivery is a true transformational leader and an outstanding CEO, who is more than worthy of the CEO of the Year Award he just received, “ said Prof. James C. Mays, who teaches entrepreneurship and supply chain management at WCCCD’s Corporate College. “In his 27 years at WCCCD, Dr. Ivery has elevated WCCCD to become nationally recognized for excellence and innovation and preparing our students professionally and personally to do great things in the world.”

It’s going to be a long five months between now and November’s general election. Only time will tell if Biden’s approach is a success or a failure.

BLAC is housed in the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Members represent many professional backgrounds, including economics, law, public safety, health and wellness, arts and culture and media. They leverage their experiences and expertise to make recommendations to the governor on critical issues affecting the Black community.

To learn more about BLAC and this upcoming event, visit the chancellor embraces.

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DTE Energy fuels talent pipeline, closes gap with Energy Efficiency Academy

Creating opportunities to help build Detroit’s local workforce and foster thriving communities is what fuels DTE Energy. That fuel has sparked a new passion for graduates of DTE’s Energy Efficiency Academy as they transition into a new career within the clean energy industry, earning more than double the state’s minimum wage. Demetria Tucker took an interest in the program after seeing a posting on social media about a paid training opportunity.

“I was looking to make more money to support my growing family,” said Demetria Tucker, a graduate of the Energy Efficiency Academy. “Although I was apprehensive, I submitted my application and the rest is history.”

Demetria, along with several other trainees, completed the program last June earning Building Analyst and Healthy Home Evaluator certifications through the Building Performance Institute, and secured full-time energy efficiency roles with wages up to $30 per hour. The positive experience has further driven Demetria’s interest in advancing her clean energy career, while making a difference in community by teaching others how to reduce their energy use.

“I’ve become quite knowledgeable on how to make homes more energy efficient and have seen a reduction in my own home energy costs by applying what I’ve learned from the academy,” said Tucker. “I am now looking to further my education within this field and get a certification in lead abatement. I’ve found my career, and I am so grateful for the DTE Energy Efficiency Academy.”

The Energy Efficiency Academy is DTE’s latest workforce development program, in partnership with Walker-Miller Energy Services, to address the growing demand for energy-efficient home repairs in Detroit. Its spring cohort kicked off late last month, with the intention of increasing reach and driving impact across neighborhoods in Detroit facing the highest energy burdens. With a focus on education and upskilling, the training program provides participants with the resources needed to achieve home repair satisfaction, while implementing cost-saving measures and reducing energy use.

For more information about the Energy Efficiency Academy, visit To learn more about DTE’s energy-saving programs, visit

returning citizens for Day 1 reentry success

Now in its third year, the Road to Restoration has

DTE invests $100 million to improve reliability in Pontiac

Summer is almost here and that means more time to spend outdoors with family and friends, but it also brings the increased risk of extreme weather. That’s why DTE is committed to reducing outages by 30% and cutting outage time in half by 2029.

To do this, we’re continuing to build the grid of the future, which includes transitioning to a smart grid, upgrading existing infrastructure, rebuilding significant portions of the grid and trimming trees. And all this work is happening right now in Pontiac.


From 2012 to 2030, we’re investing more than $100 million to build a smarter and stronger grid. This work includes:

• Accelerating our transition to a smart grid. This technology allows the equipment in your neighborhood to seamlessly communicate with our system operations center: de-energizing lines that have fallen to keep you safe, identifying for our crews exactly where the damage is so they can begin restoration faster and rerouting power so that your lights stay on while our crews make repairs.

• Modernizing the substations that power Pontiac. Substations deliver power to neighborhood homes and businesses from our power plants, solar farms and wind parks. Improving substation equipment greatly increases reliability.

• Rebuilding the system that delivers power to customers. There are areas of Pontiac’s grid that will be completely rebuilt, including, new substations, power lines, manholes, poles and transformers. Where we do this work,

While the NFL Draft was only in Detroit for a few days, the league wanted to leave a lasting mark on the Motor City.

That’s why it teamed up with Verizon and the Detroit Tree Equity Partnership, including founding member DTE Energy, to plant 20 trees at Patton Park on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, to help bring lasting benefits like lower surface temperatures, better health and less water runoff to the area.

customers can expect a 90% increase in their reliability.

From 2012 to 2026, this work is happening across northern Pontiac.

We also have rebuilding projects planned for the southeast and southwest areas of the city in the coming years.

• Rebuilding the city’s unique underground vaults. These vaults contain the underground cables and equipment that deliver power to the historic core of downtown Pontiac.

• Trimming trees near power lines. Trees and branches that fall into and damage electrical equipment account for half the time customers spend without power. Tree maintenance reduces and prevents outages.

• Maintaining and upgrading existing equipment. We’re inspecting poles and pole-top equipment — replacing or upgrading the equipment as needed. This includes new, stronger poles, more durable cross arms made of fiberglass and more. All of these are better able to stand up to storms and extreme weather.


This work will make the grid in Pontiac safer, stronger and more reliable. It will also make the system ready to handle growing power needs in the city.

Stay informed on work happening throughout Pontiac and the other communities we serve at reliability-improvements.

Working with DTEP was a perfect fit for the NFL as they looked to have a positive impact on the Detroit community. Launched in fall 2022, DTEP is a pilot program that aims to plant 75,000 trees in parts of the city that needs them the most. More than 12,000 trees are already in the ground and 5,000 more are slated to be added to Detroit’s tree canopy by summer.

The Earth Day event welcomed volunteers from the NFL, Verizon, DTE and other DTEP partners and featured speakers like the director of NFL Green Jack Groh, vice president of the Detroit Lions Foundation Roxanne Caine and DTE Chairman and CEO Jerry Norcia to recognize the work being done at the planting and by the partnership overall. The Detroit Lions Cheerleaders and mascot also joined the celebration.

“Energy and trees may not seem like they go hand in hand, however natural solutions like trees are a vital part of our clean energy future,” Norcia said at Monday’s event.

“Corporate partners like DTE, the NFL and Verizon are vital when it comes to meeting tree planting goals in Detroit and beyond, we play a key role in the path forward. Projects like this make lasting improvements where they are most needed and show just what can happen when we all work together.”

Also announced at the event was DTE’s partnership with the NFL and Visit Detroit to offset the Draft’s carbon emissions from event production and operation, food and beverage preparation, merchandise sales and the air and ground transportation for NFL employees and vendors by protecting forests that sequester carbon in northern Michigan.

“We’re thrilled that everyone involved shares DTE’s vision for a cleaner energy future. Reducing the carbon footprint of the event is in perfect alignment with our own plans to help keep Michigan a great place for our future generations to call home,” said Trevor Lauer, DTE vice chairman and group president.

Tree planting volunteers were excited to have the chance to help start the draft on an environmentally friendly high note, planting all the trees in just a few short hours.

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Draft goes green with tree planting, carbon neutral event License restoration clinics support 400+
served over 8,000 Michiganders at 37 license restoration clinics across the state and transformed license restoration into an economic driver for Michigan. Whether that’s getting a job or getting a better job, driving loved ones to school or medical appointments, Michiganders are plugging back into their lives and communities as well as contributing to the state’s economy. Launched in 2021 by the Michigan Department of State (MDOS) and the Michigan Department of Attorney General together with the Detroit Justice Center, DTE Energy and Miller Canfield law firm, this dynamic, public-private partnership hosts license restoration clinics to support those without the means or knowledge to restore their driving privileges alone. Last month, learnings were applied to host license restoration clinics at the Vocational Villages located in the Parnall and Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facilities to equip incarcerated residents for reentry success. Successful reentry is inextricably tied to returning citizens securing gainful employment with many residents exiting prison each month with great credentials to obtain a job or with an open job opportunity. However, like most Michiganders, they need a driver’s license to get to and from work. The two Road to Restoration clinics served more than 400 soon-to-be returning citizens with many regaining their driving licenses with assistance from MDOS teams and volunteer attorneys from DTE and the Detroit Justice Center. Informing incarcerated residents of the steps they need to take to get their license restored positions Michigan’s returning citizens for a successful reentry journey by removing this one barrier.

City Commits to Pollinator Conservation, Joins

Bee City USA Initiative Led

by Detroit Hives

Detroit is making waves in the realm of ecological sustainability by joining Bee City USA, a powerful initiative dedicated to pollinator conservation. This move, announced during a vibrant press conference at the Brightmoor Pollinator Habitat, highlights the city’s deep commitment to creating greener, healthier spaces while boosting community awareness about the vital role of pollinators.

The unanimous vote by Detroit’s City Council on February 13, 2024, signifies a monumental step forward. Months of hard work and collaboration between city officials, Detroit Hives, and community stakeholders culminated in this decision, which underscores the importance of pollinators to our ecosystem and food supply.

Detroit’s dedication to Bee City USA will soon be visible across the city, with signage installed at municipal locations, public parks, and green spaces. These signs will serve as daily reminders of the city’s promise to support pollinators and inspire environmental consciousness among residents.

Detroit Hives, an organization famed for transforming vacant lots into flourishing pollinator habitats, will lead community engagement efforts. Their mission goes beyond habitat creation; they aim to educate the public about the significance of pollinators and the need for conservation. Through a variety of educational programs and public activities, Detroit Hives is set to enhance environmental awareness and encourage community participation.

This initiative is a collective endeavor involving Detroit Hives, city officials, and numerous community organizations. By joining Bee City USA, Detroit aligns itself with other Michigan cities like Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, St. Joseph, and Royal Oak. This network is crucial for creating landscapes that support diverse species of pollinators, which are essential for the reproduction of nearly 90% of the world’s flowering plants and contribute to one in every three bites of food we consume.

“According to Planet Detroit, Detroit’s urban agriculture movement began in the 1890s and is now among the strongest in the U.S. The city boasts about 2,200 gardens and farms, many of which are influenced by programs like the Detroit Black Food Security Network, Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund, Detroit Hives, and Keep Growing Detroit. Increasing our presence and the activity of native bees in urban environments is critical for ensuring the availability of fresh, healthy food for urban residents and promoting sustainable urban agriculture and food production practices,” said Nicole Lindsey, Detroit Bee City Committee co-chair.

Think about it: a Black duo pushing the narrative that bees are, in fact, crucial to our survival—what does this signify for the broader movement towards a better environment? Detroit Hives, led by this dynamic duo, isn’t just about saving bees. It’s about challenging preconceived notions, breaking barriers, and demonstrating that environmental stewardship can come from the heart of our communities. This initiative shows that true ecological change is driven by those who understand the intrinsic connection between urban renewal and environmental health. What underlying messages and motivations drive their passionate commitment to a sustainable future? It’s simple – the love for their passion and the commitment to the very place they call home Detroit.

Timothy Jackson, Founder of Detroit Hives, unveiled plans for Bee City USA signage throughout Detroit. This symbolic gesture is part of a broader strategy to reflect the city’s commitment to a pollinator-friendly environment. Jackson expressed his excitement, saying, “We are thrilled that City Council shares our vision for Detroit to actively participate in the Bee City USA movement. By working together, we can create bee-friendly communities that contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future for people and pollinators.”

At the press conference, community members engaged with representatives from the Detroit Bee City USA committee and Detroit Hives. They discussed upcoming initiatives to enhance pollinator habitats and promote environmental awareness. The event ended with a shared commitment to creating a more pollinator-friendly environment, marking a new chapter in Detroit’s sustainability journey.

Tepfirah Rushdan, Director of the City of Detroit Office of Sustainability, expressed her gratitude,

Timothy Paul Jackson and Nicole Lindsey, owners of Detroit Hives

saying, “Our City Council has demonstrated a profound understanding of the importance of preserving pollinators and is committed to fostering a more pollinator-friendly environment within the city. We extend our appreciation to Detroit Hives for bringing this opportunity to our attention.”

Detroit’s commitment to Bee City USA, fueled by the innovative efforts of Black Detroiters like those at Detroit Hives, is a game-changer. This initiative isn’t just about saving bees; it’s about reclaiming our city spaces and breathing new life into them. Imagine once-vacant lots now consumed with activity, filled with flowers, and serving as sanctuaries for pollinators. Detroit Hives is turning these dreams into reality, showing how Black-led organizations can lead the charge in ecological sustainability. Their work is transforming neglected urban spaces into vibrant ecosystems, proving that environmental justice and community empowerment can go hand in hand.

The importance of this initiative goes beyond pollinator conservation. It’s about Black Detroiters taking the reins, leading with resilience and creativity in a city that has faced its share of challenges. For too long, systemic barriers have kept Black communities from owning land and shaping their environments. Now, with Detroit Hives at the helm, we’re witnessing a powerful shift. This initiative stands as a testament to the strength and ingenuity of our community, illustrating how we can create green, sustainable spaces that benefit everyone. Detroit isn’t just becoming a Bee City USA; it’s becoming a model of how urban renewal can be driven by those who know their city best and care deeply about its future.

Detroit Hives dedication to pollinator conservation is further evidenced by their recent receipt of a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 1-to-1 Match Grant totaling $283,498.91. This grant will facilitate the transformation of eight vacant lots in Detroit into public green spaces and rain gardens, integrating native plants to attract pollinators and reduce stormwater runoff.

The Detroit Bee City Committee, supported by Detroit Hives and the City of Detroit, is committed to hosting annual educational events and habitat restorations to raise awareness and improve pollinator health. The city plans to develop programs that create or expand pollinator-friendly habitats, supported by a recommended list of plant species and tracking enhancements by area.

In alignment with Bee City USA’s guidelines, Detroit will adopt an integrated pest management (IPM) plan to minimize pesticide use and promote non-chemical pest control. This plan, part of the city’s comprehensive “Place to Bee” initiative, aims to review pest management policies and identify locations for pollinator-friendly plantings.

Detroit’s affiliation with Bee City USA presents numerous opportunities for community engagement and environmental education. Upcoming summer events, such as Bee Yoga on June 22 and Volunteer Planting Sessions, are set to further support the Bee City Agenda and raise awareness about the critical role of bees in our ecosystem.

By joining Bee City USA, Detroit is not only committing to pollinator conservation but also setting a precedent for other cities to follow. This initiative marks a significant step towards a sustainable future, where urban environments support the health and vitality of pollinators, ensuring the well-being of our ecosystems and food systems for generations to come.

Detroit Hives is ready to lead the charge, revitalizing urban spaces and educating the next generation on sustainability. Their efforts are not just about bees— they’re about building a community that values and protects its natural resources, creating a legacy of environmental stewardship for future generations.

Detroit Public Safety Foundation Hosts 11th Annual Women in Blue Event Celebrating Female First Responders

Today, the Detroit Public Safety Foundation (DPSF) honored the bravery and dedication of Detroit’s female first responders at the 11th annual Women in Blue event at MGM Grand Detroit. This year’s celebration highlighted the crucial contributions of women in the Detroit Police Department and Detroit Fire Department, showcasing their unwavering commitment to public safety and community service.

A Women in Blue Officer of the Year and a Detroit Fire Department Woman of the Year were honored for their outstanding contributions at the event. Twenty women were nominated, sixteen from the Detroit Police Department and four from the Detroit Fire Department. These finalists were selected for their exceptional and commendable work.

“We are proud to be celebrating the 11th annual Women in Blue event, honoring the amazing contributions of Detroit’s female first responders. The women recognized at this event serve with strength and compassion and make such a positive impact on their departments and the community they serve,”

Attendees, including supporters and families of nominees

explains DPSF Executive Director Patti Kukula. The winners were carefully chosen to exemplify the core values of their respective departments, such as professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication, and excellence. Chief James E. White and Executive Fire Commissioner Charles Simms proudly unveiled the selected individuals who delivered speeches during the event. The Officer of the Year nominees included a diverse group of law enforcement professionals such as Lieutenants, Sergeants, Detectives, Corporals, and Police Officers. Attorney General Dana Nessel,

As we face the sobering reality of 2024, Wayne County, Michigan, finds itself in the throes of a profound crisis—food insecurity. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which many of us still remember as the Food Stamp Program, was intended to be a lifeline for millions of Americans, especially for those who are most vulnerable in Wayne County. Yet, here we are, with the maximum SNAP benefit falling short, unable to cover the cost of even a modestly priced meal. This shortfall is pushing many households further into the abyss of food insecurity, leaving families to wonder where their next meal will come from.

Imagine living in Detroit, where systemic inequities have long plagued the Black community. Families are juggling between paying rent, keeping the lights on, and putting food on the table, only to find that SNAP benefits don’t stretch far enough. It’s a harsh reality that too many are forced to navigate daily. How can we close our eyes to the fact that children are going to school hungry, parents are skipping meals, and the stress of food insecurity is taking a toll on mental health? We must ask ourselves, as a society, how can we let this happen?

The data speaks loud and clear. According to the Urban Institute findings, in the last quarter of 2023, a modestly priced meal in Wayne County cost $3.37, while the maximum SNAP benefit was only $2.84. That’s a 19% gap, leaving families to wonder how they will make up the difference. This isn’t just a number on a page; it represents countless families struggling to meet their basic nutritional needs. SNAP is meant to be a lifeline for over 42 million Americans, yet even with these benefits, many are still battling to put food on the table. Despite a slight easing in food price inflation in 2023, costs remained stubbornly high. Adding to the strain, key federal aid introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic has expired, leaving families to face ongoing food hardships with tighter budgets.

In 2022, there was a glimmer of hope when an inflation adjustment to SNAP benefits reduced the gap between SNAP benefits and meal costs significantly. The share of counties with a gap dropped from 99% to 78%. However, this progress was almost entirely erased by 2023, revealing the persistent inadequacies in the system. Before the fiscal year 2024 cost-of-living adjustment, the maximum SNAP benefit did not cover the cost of a modestly priced meal in 99% of U.S. counties. Only 36 out of 3,144 counties managed to make ends meet with SNAP benefits. Nationally, the average meal cost was $0.63 more than the average SNAP benefit, leaving a monthly shortfall of $58.59. Urban areas faced even larger disparities, with meal costs exceeding benefits by $0.89 on average, compared to $0.58 in rural areas.

The fiscal year 2024 cost-of-living adjustment did little to bridge this gap. The share of counties where SNAP benefits fell short dropped by just 1% to 98%. Nationally, the gap between meal costs and benefits narrowed slightly, but the maximum benefit still fell short by $49.29 per month. Urban and rural disparities persisted, highlighting the persistent struggle families face across different regions. These trends underscore the impacts of pandemic-era policy changes on SNAP benefits’ sufficiency. Despite a 21% increase in the maximum SNAP benefit in 2021 and emergency allotments during the pandemic, the ending of these allotments in 2023 and rising food costs have made it increasingly difficult for many families to feed themselves and their loved ones.

The shortfall in SNAP benefits has a profound and devastating impact on vulnerable communities, particularly in Detroit’s Black community. In neighborhoods where economic disparities are already stark, the insufficiency of SNAP benefits exacerbates food insecurity. Detroit’s Black community, which has historically faced systemic inequities, is disproportionately affected by this crisis. Many households are forced to make impossible choices between buying food and covering other essential expenses such as rent, utilities, and healthcare. This juggling act often results in increased hunger and malnutrition, with long-term adverse effects on health, educational outcomes, and overall quality of life.

In Detroit, where the Black population is concentrated in areas with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, often referred to as “food deserts,” the inadequacy of SNAP benefits is particularly glaring. The lack of grocery stores offering healthy options forces residents to rely on overpriced convenience stores or fast food, which not only strains their budgets but also leads to poorer health outcomes. Chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are more prevalent in these communities, fueled by a diet lacking in fresh fruits and vegetables. The failure of SNAP benefits to bridge the gap between food costs and resources available further entrenches these health disparities, perpetuating a cycle of poverty and illness.

Moreover, the psychological toll of food insecurity cannot be overlooked. For many families in Detroit’s Black community, the constant stress of not knowing where the next meal will come from is a daily burden. This stress can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, affecting parents and children alike. Children growing up in food-insecure households face additional challenges in their development and education, as hunger impairs concentration and academic performance. The impact on the community is intergenerational, with the effects of food insecurity rippling through the social fabric, hindering progress, and perpetuating cycles of disadvantage. Addressing the SNAP benefits shortfall is thus not only a matter of immediate relief but also a critical step towards long-term community resilience and equity.

As we grapple with the shortfall in SNAP benefits, we must ask ourselves: how can we expect families to thrive when they are struggling to survive? In Detroit’s Black community, where access to nutritious food is already limited, the inadequacy of SNAP benefits adds an unbearable burden. How can we close our eyes to the reality that children are going to school hungry, unable to concentrate, and falling behind because their basic nutritional needs are not met? These are not just statistics; they are our neighbors, friends, and fellow citizens who deserve better.

who assumed office as Michigan’s 54th Attorney General on January 1, 2019, delivered the keynote address at the event. During her keynote address, she addressed why it’s important to have a woman involved with more serious crimes.

“The way that women in public safety use their empathy and their personal skills to work with your residents is still unique. And again, essential. I think about many of the kinds of cases that I’ve handled in my career: domestic violence cases, sexual assault cases, child abuse cases, and how sometimes it was just really important to have a woman on the scene,” Nessel said.

What kind of society are we building if we allow the most vulnerable among us to fall through the cracks? The disparities in food security are stark, and the consequences are dire. How can we foster community resilience and break the cycle of poverty if we do not address the root cause of hunger? By raising awareness and putting the needs of Detroit’s Black community at the forefront, we can advocate for stronger policies and support systems that ensure everyone has access to the food they need to lead healthy, productive lives. It’s time to listen, act, and demand better for those who suffer in silence.

The situation in Wayne County is a microcosm of a national crisis. The shortfall in SNAP benefits not only exacerbates food insecurity but also highlights the urgent need for policy interventions to address the widening gap between benefits and the actual cost of living. As we move forward, it is imperative that policymakers take decisive action to ensure that SNAP benefits are sufficient to meet the basic nutritional needs of all Americans, particularly the most vulnerable among us. In doing so, we can begin to alleviate the food insecurities that plague Wayne County and the nation at large.

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Maximizing Your Bank Branch Experience

In a world of

transactions with the touch of a button, the idea of visiting a branch might seem unnecessary.

However, if you haven’t visited your local branch recently, you might be surprised by what it has to offer. Your branch is much more than a place to deposit and withdraw money – it can offer the opportunity to build valuable relationships with people who can help you achieve financial independence.

Diedra Porché, Head of Community and Business Development at Chase, talks about how the bank model has evolved to maximize the branch experience for customers; how connecting with your local branch team can help you think differently about money and investing for your future.

Q: How can a customer feel connected to a bank branch?

A: I love that question because we ask ourselves the same thing every day. Being part of the community means meeting with local leaders to find out what they need from us and then designing our branches around that. For example, at some of our community branches we have what we call a living room where we can host financial workshops, small business pop-up shops or nonprofit organization meetings. We also hire locally. You feel much more connected talking about financial aspirations with people from your community who went to the same high school, place of worship or frequented the same recreation center down the street when they grew up.

Q: How can I build a relationship with my bank?

A: Customers should feel comfortable sharing their goals, needs and wants with their banker. Also, it helps to remember the Community Manager is there to help solve your financial challenges and build a roadmap to success. You might have a short-term or long-term goal to open a business, build your credit, become debtfree, buy a home, or save for retirement, and our community team can help. At Chase, we strive to make dreams possible for everyone, everywhere, every day. Your financial future starts with building those relationships.

Q: How can customers change negative perceptions they have about managing their money?

A: Far too often, customers are intimidated when they visit a bank. Our goal is to demystify banking and money myths empowering people to make the right decisions. For example, a big myth is assuming you need a lot of money to have a bank account. You don’t! Another myth is you need to carry a balance on your credit card to build credit -- actively using your credit card can demonstrate that you can use credit responsibly, but carrying a balance won’t necessarily improve your credit score. Finally, understanding mobile and online banking safety is key. There are so many safeguards and protections in place to guard your personal information and funds.


In a landmark collaboration, Detroit Architecture Firm, SDG Associates, the Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network, and Develop Detroit, together with the active participation and support of the local community, celebrated the eagerly awaited official grand opening of the Detroit Food Commons Co-op, a transformative project at the intersection of Woodward and Euclid.

Based in Detroit for over five decades, SDG Associates, founded by the late Howard Sims, a groundbreaking architect (formerly known as Sims Varner and Associates and Howard Sims and Associates), takes pride in being the creative force behind the Detroit Food Commons. Since 2018, they have collaborated with the DBCFSN and developer Develop Detroit to bring this transformative project to life. Located in one of Detroit’s ‘Traditional Main Street Overlay Districts,’ the innovative and multifaceted design enhances the neighborhood’s aesthetic and fosters economic development, community well-being, and growth. The Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network (DBCFSN) has worked for over a decade to realize its vision,

When the Renaissance Center opened its doors in 1977, it stood as a bold statement of Detroit’s aspirations and determination. Envisioned as a “city within a city,” this monumental complex aimed to revitalize the downtown area with its modern design and expansive offerings, including office spaces, retail stores, hotels, and a cinema. Its sleek, futuristic architecture quickly made it an iconic part of Detroit’s skyline, reflecting the city’s hopes for a prosperous future. Throughout the years, the RenCen has been a silent witness to Detroit’s transformations, enduring economic challenges while remaining a central figure in the city’s ongoing narrative of resilience and renewal.

Today, still standing tall in the heart of Detroit’s skyline, the Renaissance Center is undergoing a transformation that could reshape its future. Recently, the Detroit Planning Commission approved a zoning change for Tower 600, one of the complex’s seven iconic buildings. This change allows the building to be used for more than just office space, opening up possibilities for hotel accommodation, multifamily housing, restaurants, retail spaces, and more.

Tower 600, with its 336,000 square feet, has been underutilized, sitting at only 10% occupancy after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan vacated 165,000 square feet in February. The recent approval from the Planning Commission aims to breathe new life into this largely empty space, transforming it into a vibrant hub of activity.

This transformation journey began last December when Friedman Real Estate acquired the 500 and 600 towers. The acquisition from a New Jersey-based utility company was a significant investment in Detroit’s future,

with Friedman spending an estimated $15 million on the buildings and land, plus an additional $10 million to $15 million to retain BCBSM and consolidate its employees into Tower 500. This strategic move was crucial for maintaining the vibrancy of the Renaissance Center amid shifting circumstances.

Friedman quickly flipped the leased Tower 500 to KPI 500 Tower LLC, connected to Florida-based Kawa Private Investments, in a deal estimated at $30.4 million. This transaction underscored the immense potential of the Renaissance Center complex and the high stakes involved in its evolution.

Meanwhile, General Motors Co. announced its decision to leave its longtime headquarters in the Renaissance Center for Dan Gilbert’s Hudson’s Detroit development. This move, set for next year, leaves the future of the GMowned portion of the complex – the four 39-story office towers and the 73-story hotel skyscraper, Michigan’s tallest building – in question. City, county, and state officials, along with GM and Gilbert’s Bedrock LLC, are actively discussing possibilities for these iconic structures, decisions that will shape both the Renaissance Center’s future and Detroit’s trajectory.

The potential transformation of Tower 600 into a mixed-use hub is part of a broader trend in urban planning where traditional boundaries between work, living, and leisure spaces are being redefined. This integration creates dynamic, sustainable environments that adapt to the evolving needs of urban residents.

For Detroit, this is an opportunity to create a vibrant, inclusive space reflecting the city’s resilience and ingenuity. It’s a chance to foster a community where people can live, work, and play within the same dynamic environ-

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in a 31,000-square-foot facility with offices, banquet halls, event spaces, and shared-use kitchens for local entrepreneurs. The ground floor also houses the Detroit People’s Food Co-op, a cooperative grocery store owned by its members, providing healthy food choices to the North End community and prioritizing locally sourced produce. This initiative aims to combat food insecurity in the city and create a more sustainable food system. Proudly marking its 60th year in the industry, SDG Associates has been instrumental in shaping Detroit’s iconic skyline. They have significantly contributed to the design and construction of prominent landmarks such as the Robert Millender Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Huntington Place, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and several airports across the United States. It’s important to note that Detroit Food Commons Co-op Layout Renderings Detroit Architecture Firm Spearheaded Detroit Food Co-op Architecture Detroit Planning Commission Approves Zoning Change for New Transformations at RenCen Tower
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5 Things Consumers Look for in a Financial Advisor

(StatePoint) Whether you’re currently a financial advisor or considering becoming one, knowing which qualities are high in demand among your potential clients can help you position yourself for a lucrative and rewarding career.

Here are five things that consumers look for in a financial advisor, as well as how CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification can help you meet your clients’ expectations:

1. Someone they can trust: Clients seek a financial advisor to help them protect what matters most and to achieve their short- and long-term goals. Building a trusted relationship is critical. In short, clients want a fiduciary, someone who will put the client’s best interests first. CFP® certification means you’ve committed to CFP Board to act as a fiduciary, and therefore, act in the best interests of your clients at all times when providing financial advice.

2. Expertise: An overwhelming 90% of consumers see an advisor’s qualifications as important, and 86% prefer an advisor who has passed a certification exam and a rigorous education program. CFP® certification signals to prospective clients that you’ve passed rigorous education, examination, experience and ethical requirements.

3. Someone who can offer 360-degree advice: More than 4 out of 5 consumers prefer an advisor who takes all areas of their financial life into account. CFP® certification prepares you to do just that, equip-

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Q: What’s an easy step one can take to shift their financial behavior right now?

A: Cultivating self-awareness is a good first step. Start by taking inventory of your spending. Be honest with yourself about what you need and what you want. Too often, people confuse the two, which leads to bad decisions. Rent is something you need to pay. An extra pair of shoes is something you may want but before you buy them ask yourself if that’s the best use of your hardearned money. Too often, our beliefs and our fears shape our financial realities. If any of those beliefs are limiting your financial behavior, it’s important to question and examine them, and then decide you’re open to learning something different.

Q: What’s one perception about


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ment. The Detroit Planning Commission’s approval is a significant step toward this vision, signaling faith in the city’s future.

The Renaissance Center is more than just a collection of buildings; it’s a living symbol of Detroit’s journey. Think back to the days when the movie theater in the RenCen, a bustling hub of excitement, was drawing crowds from all over. That theater has seen its own dramatic story, opening, closing, reopening, and finally shuttering, echoing the city’s own ups and downs. And at the very top, where Coach Insignia once served as a dining beacon with its panoramic views, new restaurants have come and gone, each one a testament to Detroit’s evolving culinary scene and cultural renaissance.

This isn’t just any skyscraper—it’s a cornerstone of downtown Detroit, embodying the city’s spirit and resilience. As the Renaissance Center changes, it reflects the pulse of the city. From its early days teeming with activity to quieter times of reflection and now, a renewed sense of possibility, it tells the story of a city constantly reinventing itself. Each new development, whether it’s a revamped restaurant or a

ping you to offer holistic financial planning so that you can deliver the service a great majority of clients are seeking.

4. A listening ear: Financial planning today is about so much more than making sound investments. It’s also about understanding your clients’ desires and anxieties and helping them work through the psychological hurdles adversely affecting their money story. Part of CFP® certification is understanding the psychology behind financial planning. Having a solid grasp on the emotional aspect of money can make all the difference in your success.

5. A willingness to learn: The financial landscape is always changing, and so should your skills and knowledge. As financial regulations are updated, tax codes are changed and new financial products are introduced — staying current is important to your clients. Maintaining CFP® certification requires continuing education, so you can always provide your best counsel.

Given how closely the right credentials align with consumer demand, it’s no surprise that CFP® professionals out-earn their industry peers by 12%. To learn more about why you should get CFP® certification, visit

The bottom line? Consumers have very high standards for their financial advisors. To give yourself a competitive edge, achieve the certification that lets clients know you’re a trusted expert in your field.

banking that you’d like to change?

A: I think folks are surprised there are so many resources available and accessible both at our branches and online, it’s always a good idea to visit a nearby branch and speak to a Community Manager or banker. Outside of what we offer in-branch, our teams also work with local neighborhood partners who provide a variety of services to support the community, businesses and residents. I had a unique piece of feedback from an employee who started with the bank and had lived in the same community his whole life. When he visited his local community branch, he said, “Diedra, when I walked in, I felt dignified.” Every time I recount that story, it warms my heart because that’s what we want -- we want our centers to belong to the community.

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fresh business venture, keeps Detroiters on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what comes next. The RenCen stands as a beacon of hope and a reminder that Detroit’s future is as dynamic and resilient as the people who call it home.

Detroit has always been a city of pioneers, from the automotive giants that put it on the map to the visionaries now guiding it toward a new era. The transformation of Tower 600 is another step in this ongoing journey, promising to elevate the city to new heights. In Detroit, the sky’s the limit.


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the original building concept for the Detroit Food Commons was conceived by Baltimore Design, and the project’s general contractor is the esteemed L.S. Brinker Company.

“We are hoping that the Detroit Food Commons becomes a model of Black-led equitable, community benefitting development,” says Malik Yakini, Executive Director, Detroit Food Commons. “Specifically, the anchor tenant, Detroit People’s Food Co-op, seeks to create a more circular, non-extractive food economy in majority Black Detroit.”

In-Demand Careers Every New College Grad Should Know About

(StatePoint) So you’ve recently graduated college. The summer ahead is the perfect time to consider a career as a financial planner. At a time when new research reveals that more than half of four-year college graduates are underemployed a year after they graduate, the financial planning industry is booming.

To give yourself a competitive edge when you’re just starting out, consider earning your CFP® certification. CFP® certification is the standard in financial planning and paves the way for an exceptional career.

Here’s what you need to know about a career as a financial advisor with CFP® certification, also known as a CFP® professional:

• You can gain financial stability: When you’re young, it’s important to pay down any student debt and begin saving for the future as early as possible. That’s difficult to do in industries with low starting wages. While financial planning salaries vary, you can expect to earn $50-70K as a starting point. And there’s a lot of room for growth — experienced financial advisors earn $192,000 on average.

• You’ll enjoy job security: Many industries are experiencing widespread layoffs and instability, but financial planning is a career path offering job security and growth. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for financial advisors will grow quickly, at a rate of 13% through 2032.

• You’ll use a wide range of skills: Financial planning isn’t just numbers and math. The job requires great communication skills and a high level of emotional intelligence to guide clients through the psychology behind their money management.

• You can forge your own path: Financial advising is not a one-sizefits-all career path. You can choose to specialize in a particular area of finance or take a holistic approach to your clients’ needs. Where you work is also up to you — you might work at a nationally known financial services firm, a small local firm or even a bank or credit union. Because of the commitment to professional excellence and high ethical standards it demonstrates, gaining your CFP® certification will unlock even more career opportunities. Many CFP® professionals even start their own business early in their careers.

• You’ll be helping others: CFP® professionals build trusted relationships with their clients, helping people achieve their life goals, whether that’s buying a home, paying for their children’s college educations or preparing for retirement.

• You can design your own schedule: After four years of scheduling classes to suit your needs, the idea of rigid working hours may not be appealing. Fortunately, financial advising can come with scheduling flexibility and a good work-life balance.

• You’ll find support along the way: As you work toward CFP® certification, you’ll have many opportunities for ongoing support. An online candidate forum offers opportunities to connect with others on their path to certification. Other resources include a progress tracker, exam preparation tools, financial aid and three mentorship cycles a year that align with the exams offered. Additionally, the CFP Board’s Career Center can help you find your footing after you get certified.

For more information about becoming a financial planner, visit

As you spend the summer months looking back on and celebrating all your hard work over the last four years, don’t forget to make an investment in your future. Pursuing CFP® certification can lead to a rewarding, profitable career as a financial planner.

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Progress is worth pursuing

Let’s start saying “yes”


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Pete oversees sustainability strategy, corporate partnerships, public policy and government relations federally and across the 41 states in which Enbridge operates. He serves on the Sustainability Advisor Council to the New York Stock Exchange.

America’s ability to achieve a sustainable energy future—one that’s affordable, reliable and lowercarbon—relies in large part on the actions we take today.

But far too often, we evaluate proposed actions through a single lens—as a pocketbook issue or a climate issue, as “good” energy or “bad.” The outcome—far too often— is a resounding “no.”

to practical solutions

That means we’re not moving fast enough or far enough when it comes to solving for climate, energy security and affordability.

We need to come together and say “yes” to practical solutions—the actions that, while not perfect, achieve meaningful progress.

Expanding use of North America’s abundant, inexpensive, and lowercarbon natural gas is a case in point.

Switching from coal to natural gas has been instrumental in reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions—power sector emissions declined more than 30% between 2005 and 2019—with a further 7% drop in 2023 alone. At the same time, by providing reliable, baseload power that can be quickly dispatched when needed, natural gas helps support the buildout of zero-emissions wind and solar— further reducing emissions from the electricity systems we rely on.

Natural gas is vital to energy transition. So, too, is energy infrastructure—the pipes and wires that move energy from where it’s produced to where it’s needed. When you consider the sheer size and scope of the energy infrastructure across America serving our growing energy needs, incremental gains in efficiency across systems—tackling methane leaks, using renewable energy to move conventional energy—can deliver big impacts in lowering overall emissions.

Yet too often infrastructure projects are held back by competing interests, opposing views on which form of energy is best, outdated policies and unnecessary bureaucracy. Consequently, it’s become difficult to reach the consensus needed to move these projects forward.

While it may, for some, be an inconvenient reality, to meet our climate goals and adequately power our lives and businesses, we’ll

Understanding common ground, options and compromising is how we make progress. Perfection is the enemy of progress, and that’s a dangerous place to be when we’re talking about energy supply, the infrastructure that serves it and our ability to meaningfully reduce emissions.

Instead of prioritizing one energy solution over another, we must prioritize making progress on our shared goals.

need all forms of energy – more renewables, more natural gas, more oil – alongside more carbon capture, more energy efficiency and more innovation.

It’s encouraging that even among environmental activists, we’re seeing discussion of the need to support “new developments that address present crises” and calls for progressives to embrace the green building boom by saying ‘yes’ to building infrastructure in our backyards.

Instead of prioritizing one energy solution over another, we must prioritize making progress on our shared goals.

We have to do better. We can do better. It starts by overcoming a focus on perfection that’s preventing us from making the progress we need at the speed we need it—and at terms that are affordable for the customers we serve.

We in North America are lucky to have vast natural resources, a welltrained workforce, and an inherent drive to innovate. We have the tools to tackle the complex challenges of climate change, energy security and energy affordability – to bridge to a sustainable energy future.

Imagine what we can accomplish if we work together.

Let’s say “yes” to progress.

Bridging the energy future together

The promise of tomorrow is built on the collective efforts of today. It’s built on our shared commitment to sustainability and the environment, and actively addressing climate change while safely and affordably meeting energy demand.

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Life Remodeled’s Second Annual ‘Prom Remodeled,’ Celebrating Detroit Families with Elegance

On May 18, 2024, the Durfee Innovation Society, once a school and now a vibrant community hub, transformed into a glittering venue for Life Remodeled’s second annual ‘Prom Remodeled,’ a unique event celebrating Detroit families with an evening of elegance and unforgettable experiences.

The evening promised to be unforgettable, with live music, performances by legendary artists Treach of Naughty By Nature, Rob Base, and Tone Loc, and a surprise appearance from Flava Flav. And it did not disappoint! Glenda Lewis, news anchor for WXYZ, was the host and kept the crowd’s energy high. The gymnasium was transformed entirely and decorated into a performance stage with a large LED-lit dance floor that attendees danced on all night.

As the attendees reveled in the festivities o, they indulged in an exquisite selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres from Baobab Fare, Fried Chicken, and Caviar, as well as delectable sweet treats from Dutch Girl Donuts, among others. Throughout the evening, expertly crafted cocktails were served by Detroit City Disterlly along with MISS MIXOLOGY, and the night outdoor cigar session was complemented by Little Caesars Pizza before bidding farewell.

‘Prom Remodeled’ is an exclusive fundraising event in support of Life Remodeled’s neighborhood revitalization efforts in Detroit’s eastside. Attendees arrived in stunning tuxedos and elegant prom dresses, creating an atmosphere filled with excitement and anticipation. The event’s proceeds will contribute to the Anchor Detroit project, which aims to repurpose the former High School into a dynamic community center offering tailored programs to meet the needs of Detroit residents.

Life Remodeled is a nonprofit organization based in Detroit, housed at the Durfee Innovation Society. Their mission is to breathe new life into abandoned school buildings by transforming them into comprehensive centers that offer resources and assistance to empower entire families. One of the organization’s standout events is Prom Remodeled, an annual fundraiser made possible by the generous support of Detroit’s community. This unique event reimagines the traditional high school prom experience and contributes to advancing the organization’s latest initiative.

For more information on Life Remoldeded and how to get involved, please visit

Acclaimed Chef JJ Johnson and Blue LLama Jazz Club Fuse

Afro-Caribbean Flavors in Epic Collaboration

Nestled in downtown Ann Arbor, the Blue LLama Jazz Club, constructed between 1916 and 1925, is more than a historical gem blending classic design with modern art deco flair—it’s also the stage for acclaimed restaurateur, TV host, and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, Chef JJ Johnson.

Chef JJ recently announced his venture into the Midwest as Blue LLama Jazz Club’s new Creative Culinary Director. Collaborating with Blue LLama’s founder, entrepreneur Don Hicks, Chef JJ has implemented an innovative culinary program that complements the club’s vibrant jazz performances as it celebrates its fifth anniversary.

ra. A little bit of Michigan touches in there, and I don’t think there’s a jazz club you can go to outside of small bites. Here (Blue Llama), we are trying to give you an authentic dining or a nostalgic experience at the club,” Johnson said.

Chef JJ comes from one of the meccas of food, New York, so why Metro Detroit, specifically the heart of Ann Arbor?

Chef JJ infuses each dish with his personal touch, drawing from his diverse background and upbringing, which includes Puerto Rican, Barbados, and African roots. With locally sourced ingredients in every dish, African influences are in the Leeks Yassa (alliums, dijon sauce, citrus, pistachios) and West African Peanut Sauce & Goat Noodles (braised goat, peanuts, roasted tomatoes, chiles, green peas, savoy cabbage, udon). Caribbean flavors are highlighted in dishes such as Jerk Prawns (served head-on with JJ’s signature jerk and citrus) and Perch Escovitch (cornmeal dusted, green papaya, poblano, red and green pepper, carrots, scotch bonnet).

“A lot of these flavors are what I consider my diaspo-

Lil Wayne, Shenseea to Headline Afro Nation Detroit

Chef JJ followed the “yellow brick road” to Ann Arbor; he recalled a story about traveling with his wife to Costa Rica and, ironically, meeting someone from Michigan. He knew then that was a sign.

“I fell in love with Detroit. I would come back and forth to Detroit a couple of times, here and there with friends, and have a good time; Detroit reminded me a lot of Harlem,” Johnson said. When dining at the Blue Llama Jazz Club, you can expect a carefully curated cocktail and wine list that has won awards and is personally curated by Don Hicks. The classic cocktails with a modern twist perfectly complement Chef JJ’s menu, focusing on spirits like rum, gin, and bourbon.

When asked about bringing Chef JJ’s cooking talents to Detroit specifically, Johnson said, “ Hey, you never know.”

Blue LLama Jazz Club guests are encouraged to dine during the first or second set of each evening. Reservations via Tock include a $15 ticket per person for the performance and the option to reserve the prix-fixe menu, which will also be available a la carte.

Wayne joins Asake and Rema as festival headliners, as he brings his endless quotable lyrics and deep catalog of hip-hop hits. Shenseea is the first dancehall artist to join the lineup of Afro Nation Detroit 2024, returning to the festival after performing at the inaugural Afro Nation Miami in 2023. For 2024, Detroit is the only scheduled Afro-Nation event in the United States, as Afro-Nation Detroit returns to Bedrock’s Douglass Site near downtown.

“Bringing Afro Nation back to Detroit, the home of Motown and Techno music was an easy decision,” said Smade, Co-Founder of Afro Nation.

“Detroit embodies culture, creativity, and pride. The energy here is electric, echoing the heartbeat of Afro Nation’s spirit. In Detroit, we found a community that welcomed us with open arms, sharing our passion for unity and cel-

ebration, giving us a home away from home. Afro Nation Detroit 2024 will be even bigger than last year, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you.”

Headlined last year by Burna Boy and Davido, Afro Nation Detroit 2023 drew tens of thousands of attendees each day to Bedrock’s Douglass Site, once a historically significant housing project in Detroit that was the first federally funded housing project for African Americans in the United States and the former home of legends like Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson. Afro Nation is quickly becoming an institution in Detroit, engaging the community and presenting some of the finest music on the international scene. Before last year’s festival, Afro Nation hosted a series of Homecoming

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Rob Base (performing), Photo Credit: Life Remodeled Photo Courtesy of Chef JJ Johnson Jerk Prawns
A fro Nation Detroit celebrates global Black culture in one of the world’s most historic music cities, and international superstars will converge in Detroit for the second annual Afro Nation Detroit – the country’s largest Afrobeats concert – which takes place Aug. 17-18. Afro Nation announced on May 21 that Lil Wayne and Shenseea have been added to this year’s event, joining an already star-studded lineup of local and Afrobeats artists including Kash Doll, Kizz Daniel and Omah Lay, Amaarae and Ruger, and amapiano legends DJ Maphorisa, Uncle Waffles, and others.

Image source: Photographer Frankie Fultz (Slum Village members (leftright) T3 and Young RJ)

Slum Village Drops ‘F.U.N.’

– First Album in Nearly a Decade Revives Hip-Hop Legacy

With a triumphant return to the hip-hop scene, Slum Village breaks a decade-long silence with their latest studio offering, ‘F.U.N.’ This highly anticipated album not only rekindles the founding members T3 and rapper/producer Young RJ’s signature sound but also serves as a powerful testament to their enduring influence in the realm of hiphop. The album, which dropped on May 3, 2024, via Ne’Astra Music and Virgin Music Group, includes 12 tracks featuring collaborations with notable artists such as Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson, and Detroit’s own The Dramatics.

creative process for this album “began with collecting old Disco records.” R.J. adds that they “wanted to just try something new, so we focused on making Disco-inspired music.”

F.U.N. Tracklist:

“Welcome” feat Brittney Carter

“All Live” feat Abstract Orchestra

“All Live Pt 2” feat. Sango, Phat Kat, Daru Jones

“To The Disco” feat Abstract Orchestra

“Request” ft. Earlly Mac, Abstract Orchestra

“Yeah Yeah” ft Karriem Riggins

“Just Like You” ft. Larry June, The Dramatics


“So Superb” ft Cordae, Earlly Mac

The album’s tracklist comprises a diverse blend of fresh and recognizable sounds. It includes standout tracks such as “Welcome” featuring Brittney Carter, “All Live” with Abstract Orchestra, and “So Superb” featuring Cordae and Earlly Mac. The production is primarily helmed by Young RJ and T3 and encompasses various musical genres, incorporating a noticeable Disco influence.

“Keep Dreaming” ft Karriem Riggins, Fat Ray

“Factor” ft. Eric Roberson, Elijah Fox

“Since 92” ft Robert Glasper

‘F.U.N.’ follows their last major release, Yes!, in 2015 and a compilation, Vol. 0, in 2016. The album’s creation was inspired by a desire to explore new sonic territories while maintaining their roots in Detroit’s rich musical heritage. T3 explains that the

Conversations for industry professionals and artists, covering topics including musical innovation, entrepreneurship, and more.

PartyNextDoor will bring his smooth-sounding, soulful take on situationships to the stage, while Detroit rapper Kash Doll is expected to represent the for the bus-

Following the release of ‘F.U.N.,’ Slum Village has been on tour for the past few months.

Next, they will perform at the Gazebo Festival on May 26 and at the Lava Cantina The Colony on June 9. Experience the return of one of Detroit’s most iconic hip-hop groups. ‘F.U.N.’ can be streamed on all major digital platforms.

tling hometown rap scene. The Piano People stage returns once more, bringing some of the most exciting acts performing the ascendant South African genre of Amapiano, including Uncle Waffles, Scorpion Kings, DBN Gogo, Musa Keys, and more.

Tickets for Afro Nation Detroit 2024 are available now at Also available on the site are priority access and the ability to sign up for the mailing list to receive updates about Afro Nation Detroit 2024.

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Detroit’s Future Shines Bright: Merit Park Breaks Ground, Paving the Way for Community Growth

As enthusiastic dignitaries, passionate supporters, and eager community members gathered to witness Merit Park’s historic groundbreaking, the spotlight was on the youth, symbolizing a hopeful future and the transformative potential of this ambitious project.

This groundbreaking event marks the beginning of an innovative and pioneering initiative by ‘Give Merit’ aimed at making a positive and lasting impact on the community. ‘Give Merit,’ a renowned championing organization for youth development, has a 12-year history of inspiring and empowering young individuals in Detroit through innovative strategies, educational opportunities, enrichment programs, and mentorship activities.

Merit Park is the realization of co-founder David Merritt’s visionary dream, a testament to his dual roles as an athlete and community developer. The facility will be meticulously designed to serve as a vibrant hub of 57,500 square feet within a state-ofthe-art facility for over 7,000 Detroit youth and community members, offering various opportunities to engage in sports, artistic activities, and professional development programs.

The $15M development in the Grand River and Livernois neighborhood will include retail space, mentoring for business professionals, and host community events

In photo (L to R): Give Merit Founder David Merritt, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, Joey Mullick of The Mullick Foundation, Wayne County Commissioner Alicia Bell, Detroit City Councilmember Fred Durhal, Legacy Resident Ms. Vanessa Bennett, FATE Alumni Students, Rahmani, and Shamon, Steven Hamp, Bishop Merritt, Give Merit Vice President, Tanisha Streeter and Give Merit Co-Founder & Executive Director, Kuhu Saha. (Photographer: Allison Farrand)

focused on arts, culture, and family. This comprehensive approach instills a sense of hope and inspiration, empowering community members to dream, believe, and achieve.

“This project is seven and a half years in the making. So it’s been private; up until this point, we have been doing a lot of community engagement. Making sure that the voices of the young people in our community are really a part of the process and leading the

process was really, really important for us. This project is very intricate, detailed, and extensive. And so, to share what this vision will be and what will ultimately benefit the community we’re hoping for, it is really special for us to share that publicly for the first time,” David Merritt said.

The groundbreaking ceremony is a significant milestone, marking the start of Merit Park’s fundraising campaign. This

ambitious and transformative project has already achieved a remarkable feat by securing over $10 million in funding. Notable contributors, including the Kresge Foundation, Ally Bank, the Mullick Foundation, and the State of Michigan, have shown their belief in this project. With this support, Merit Park has reached 70% of its construction goal, a testament to the community’s pride and investment in this vision. Merit Park will expand its programming to develop a community-driven recreational facility in collaboration with public and private donors, further strengthening the community’s sense of ownership and pride.

Recognizing the urgent need for accessible recreation and play options within the 48204 community, ‘Give Merit’ is dedicated to revitalizing abandoned buildings and blighted areas, transforming them into a vibrant community engagement and empowerment hub. The park will be driven, focused, and operated by the community, serving as a catalyst for placemaking and positive change in the area. Merit Park aims to foster youth empowerment and skill development, contributing to the growth and vibrancy of Detroit’s athletic and creative workforce and neighborhoods.

“We see this development, which is what we’re calling a holistic life skills and fitness training center, as a model for how we can take dilapidated and underutilized space throughout the city and transform those into beacons of hope for our young people, for our families and for our community,” David Merritt said.

Rebecca O-G Eaddy Takes Baton as Principal Conductor for Detroit Opera Youth Chorus

Rebecca O-G Eaddy has recently taken on the role of Principal Chorus Conductor for the Detroit Opera Youth Chorus (DOYC). In this capacity, Rebecca will be guiding and training the young vocalists of the chorus, as well as leading their weekly rehearsals to prepare for upcoming season performances. Rebecca assumed this new position on May 1.

“I’m excited to share my experience on the stage and my passion for music education with the next generation of singers,” Rebecca said.

Rebecca’s music journey started at a summer youth opera camp in Detroit. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University. Rebecca served as a vocal music instructor at Detroit’s John R. King Academic and Perform-

ing Arts Academy and created innovative curricula for the school. She is a Chorus America’s Choral Executive Leadership Academy member and is currently the Principal Conductor of DOYC at Detroit Opera.

“Rebecca has demonstrated a longtime commitment to educating young people, and I know she will be an inspirational leader and role model for the singers of the Detroit Opera Youth Chorus,” Suzanne Mallare Acton, DOYC’s founder, said.

Rebecca is not only a music educator but a professional opera singer as well. She has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Toledo Opera. In addition to her performances, Rebecca has won first place at the National Association of Negro

Musicians National Vocal Competition and has toured nationally and internationally as a featured soloist. She has also been involved in various opera productions and community concerts with the Detroit Opera.

The Detroit Opera Youth Chorus (DOYC) is a group for young singers from metropolitan Detroit, aged 8 to high school seniors, who love vocal musical theater. It was founded in 2007 by Detroit Opera Chorus Master Suzanne Mallare Acton. The DOYC performs as a separate ensemble with international opera stars in Detroit Opera mainstage productions. In the 2023–24 season, DOYC performances included the annual December “Winter Fantasy” concert and Ben Moore and Kelley Rourke’s fully staged opera Odyssey. Members of the

chorus also performed in Detroit Opera’s mainstage production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in May 2024. Prior DOYC seasons have featured performances of Seymour Barab’s The Maker of Illusions, Cary John Franklin and Michael Albano’s The Very Last Green Thing, Malcolm Williamson’s The Happy Prince, and Hans Krása’s Brundibár. The chorus is open to all voice types: sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. Auditions for the 2024–25 Detroit Opera Youth Chorus season are ongoing now through this summer. The season will begin in September, with rehearsals primarily on Monday evenings at the Detroit Opera House. Selected choristers will perform a “Winter Fantasy” concert (December 15) and Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore (March 8, 2025). To register to audition, visit the 2024–25 Season Audition Registration page. Contact Chorus Administrator Twannette Nash at TNash@Detroitopera. org for more information about the chorus, including full and partial tuition scholarships based on financial need.

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The Board of Directors of the Washington-Parks Academy School District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 19, 2024, 7:30 am at 11685 Appleton Ave, Redford Charter Twp, MI 48239. The budget is available for public inspection via email request to Elizabeth Noa Carrion at Elizabeth.carrion@cegschools. org. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

The Board of Directors of the Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 18, 2024, at 8:00 am at 6861 Nevada Ave, Detroit, MI 48234. The budget is available for public inspection via email request to Elizabeth Noa Carrion at The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

The Board of Directors of the Madison-Carver Academy School District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 20, 2024, 7:30 am at 19900 McIntyre St, Detroit, MI 48219. The budget is available for public inspection via email request to Elizabeth Noa Carrion at The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

The Board of Directors of the Lincoln-King Adams-Young Academy School District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 24, 2024, at 6:00 pm at 17351 Southfield Fwy, Detroit, MI 48219. The budget is available for public inspection via email request to Elizabeth Noa Carrion at The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.


The Board of Education of Detroit Public Schools Community District will hold a public hearing (see below for remote access details) on the proposed budget for Detroit Public Schools Community District for the 2024-2025 school year beginning at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at East English Village Preparatory Academy @ Finney. The meeting will also be available on-line at the information provided below. Copies of the proposed budget will be available for public inspection at the Office of Management and Budget located in the Fisher building, 11th Floor, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and posted to the District’s website on Wednesday, June 5th, 2024.

The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing. Join on your computer or mobile app


The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is soliciting proposals for Vehicle and General Liability TPA for RFP Control No. 24-3998A may be obtained beginning May 29, 2024 from Responses to RFP are due by 3:00 PM ET, June 21, 2024.

Notice of Public Hearing Weston Preparatory Academy, a Tuition-Free Public School Academy, will hold its 2024-2025 Budget Hearing on June 13, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. at 22930 Chippewa Street, Detroit, MI 48219, (313) 387-6038 to review the proposed 2024-2025 operating budget. A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection at the above address.



In Compliance with the OPEN MEETINGS

ACT (MCLA 15.261 et seq Public Act

No. 267 of 1976) the ANNUAL BUDGET

HEARING of the BOARD of DIRECTORS of Fostering Leadership Academy, a Charter School formed pursuant to the

Revised School Code of 1976, will be held on Monday, June 10, 2024 at 4 pm. The budget will be available for public inspection at the offices of CEN Nonprofit, 13600 Virgil Street, Detroit, MI 48223. The public meeting will be held at; Fostering Leadership Academy 16511 Delaware Redford, Michigan 48240 (313) 531 - 4739

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Eastern District of Michigan –Probation Officer Vacancy Announcement at

Located in Detroit/Flint, this position works under the general supervision of a Supervising Probation Officer. Probation Officers serve in a judiciary law enforcement position and promote community safety, gather information, supervise persons on probation, supervised release, and parole, interact with collateral agencies, prepare reports, conduct investigations, and present recommendations to the Court.

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and electrification systems.

4. Reviewing test specifications from IBM ETM to develop, review and implement test execution requirements as per the system, software, and EE architecture from IBM Doors

5. leading activities with test, software, and project management to successfully plan test environments and effectively communicate changes and deviations as per ISO 26262 for verification of functional safety.

6. Reviewing test reports, results in CAN logs and issues to show compliance of the test execution and communicate any deviations.

7. reviewing test reports, result logs and issues to show compliance of the test execution and communicate any deviations for compliance to ASPICE or Vmodel guidelines.

8. Scripting of test using Embedded C and Python.

Position requires: Bachelor’s Degree in Comput-

er Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field, or foreign equivalent education, and 5 years’ post baccalaureate experience working in the automotive embedded systems field in the positions of Software Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Project Lead or other engineering positions . 5 years’ experience is required in each of the following:

1. develop and lead test automation activities using Vector or NI Test Stand;

2. performing manual and automated test execution using test procedures from IBM ETM (previously known as RQM) for software qualification or system integration for automotive Embedded systems;

3. working in specification, implementation, and execution of HIL or SIL test for embedded systems;

4. Analyzing test basis for IBM doors, working with automotive CAN protocol

5. working on functional safety verification for embedded applications using industry standard practices from ISO 26262 or DO178B/C

6. working with an ASPICE or Vmodel compliant test and development process

7. working with version control under IBM ETM

8. Using Embedded C and Python.

Experience may be obtained concurrently.

Applicants should apply on line at careers.aam. com and reference Job ID# JREQ-210607

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From Packing to Unpacking: A Guide to Key Moving Products

(StatePoint) Whether you’re relocating across the street or across the country, packing can be an overwhelming task. However, with the right supplies, the process can be structured and smooth. This guide provides tips for getting organized and protecting your personal property from damage so that you can enjoy the excitement of settling into a new space.

1. Be Box Smart: As you prepare for a move, you may be tempted to utilize old boxes rather than purchase new ones. While it may seem cost effective, it frequently results in ripped cardboard, damaged possessions and frustration. Instead, invest in heavy-duty boxes to keep valuable items safe in transit. It’s best to have various sizes to accommodate an array of belongings – both large and small. This minor investment will pay off when things arrive at their destination neatly arranged, secure and ready to be placed in their new home.

2. Control Chaos with Labels: Maintain your personal inventory and reduce unpacking stress by labeling as you go. Write the area where each box goes on the outside or assign each room a different colored label. Not only will this action keep you organized while packing, but it will also streamline the unpacking process, ensuring that all items are delivered directly to the space where they belong.

3. Create a Bubble Barrier: When it comes to fragile possessions like frames and vases, don’t underestimate the need for proper protection. Utilize products like Duck Brand Small Bubble Cushioning Wrap to shield valuables from bumps and nicks. The reusable wrap conforms around treasured goods to provide cushioning and fills empty voids. Maximum protection can be achieved by wrapping objects with the bubble side facing inwards.

4. Seal the Deal: All the work from the tips above can go to waste if you use a moving tape that splits or tears. It’s essential to find one that is stronger and more durable than ordinary tape, like Duck Max Strength Packing Tape from Duck Brand. The heavy-duty, clear tape offers maximum strength and superior quality for moving and storage. With the right tape, even the heaviest boxes will stay sealed, and items will stay safely secured throughout the journey. For more moving tips and products, visit A smooth transition to a new home all starts and ends with smart packing and unpacking strategies.

5 Smart Home Products for The Modern Home

(StatePoint) As you navigate the demands of modern life, it’s empowering to know that your living spaces can keep up. Here are five smart home technologies that can help you take control and elevate your home into a sanctuary of modern convenience and elegance.

1. Ovens: With a smart oven, you may be able to limit the incidence of traditional kitchen snafus. For example, the Sharp Smart Convection Wall Oven with Microwave Drawer Oven (SWB3085HS), a combination appliance, features a single simple-to-use, full-color touchscreen control panel. It Works with Alexa to accept voice commands. (Alexa-compatible device sold separately.) You can turn the oven on and off hands-free, keeping the control panel clean. This model is an excellent example of what technological innovation can bring to home cooking—allowing you to choose settings based on popular foods and recipes and giving you the ability to save up to 30 of your favorite menu items and cook times for easier access. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just starting your culinary journey, a highly functional smart oven can be a game changer in your kitchen.

2. Dishwashers: Who doesn’t love extra help in the kitchen, especially when it comes to cleaning? A smart dishwasher can simplify daily chores. Many smart models can be operated and monitored remotely from your smartphone, so you can receive notifications when the cycle is complete or customize wash settings with the touch of a button to keep cleanup moving along while getting on with other activities. For a modern, eco-friendly kitchen, prioritize energyefficient features and advanced cleaning technology.

3. Air purifiers: Create a mindful living environment with a Smart Air Purifier like the Plasmacluster 7000 Series KCP110UW Smart Air Purifier and Humidifier by Sharp, which is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to allow voice control. (Assistant devices sold separately.) Monitor your home’s air quality, adjust settings remotely, and even receive notifications when it’s time to replace your air purifier’s filters using the SHARP AIR app.

4. Microwaves: Today’s smart microwave ovens are available in countertop, over-the-range and even Microwave Drawer ovens, which can be installed under the counter or in an island to complement your lifestyle. Simple voice commands like “Alexa, microwave frozen veggies” or “Alexa, defrost 1 pound of ground meat” can revolutionize how you spend your time in the kitchen.

5. Televisions: Thanks to smart televisions, you can elevate your binge-watching sessions and truly immerse yourself in stunning visuals, vibrant colors and seamless streaming experiences from the comfort of your home. Use your voice to find shows, play music, and control smart home devices with a Sharp AQUOS XLED 4K Ultra HD Mini LED Google TV. With personalized watchlists and profiles, everyone’s experience can be customized for them. Another option is a Sharp Roku TV OLED 4K Ultra HD television, which works with popular voice assistants, making it a perfect fit for any smart home.

“Embracing the future of smart living can save you time, energy and hassle. From the kitchen to the living room, let smart devices seamlessly integrate into your daily routine,” says Peter Weedfald, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Sharp Home Electronics Company of America.

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American Axle & Manufacturing has openings for Lead Software Validation Engineers at its ATDC facility in Detroit, Michigan. Job duties include: 1. Developing test scripts to support embedded software validation activities across different phases of the Vmodel – from software qualification, subsystem integration and system qualification using Vector, NI Test Stand. 2. leading HIL and SIL test execution by performing manual and automated test execution iteration for embedded systems 3. developing test execution plans in IBM ETM to support software development projects for integration and qualification tests on driveline
Notice of Budget Hearing The Detroit Achievement Academy District (MI PSA) shall hold a public budget hearing for its 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 annual operating budgets on June 11th at 6:00pm at 8411 Sylvester, Detroit, MI 48214. A copy of the budget is available for public inspection at: Announcement Notice of Public Hearing Barack Obama Leadership Academy Will hold a Public Hearing to discuss the proposed 2024 – 2025 Budget Wednesday, June 19, 2024 5:00 p.m. At 10800 E. Canfield Detroit, MI 48214 Invoice information: Barack Obama Leadership Academy 10800 E. Canfield Detroit, Mi 48214 313-823-6000
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