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BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES APPRENTICESHIP READINESS TRAINING
Now Enrolling for Classes

Starting May 2014
Contact an Access for All Representative Today!
(313) 945-5200 Ext. 4317

“START YOUR CAREER IN THE BUILDING TRADES NOW”
Classroom/Worksite Training – 294 HOURS Minimum Program Requirements

■ Unemployed or Underemployed
■ Detroit Resident
■ High School Diploma or GED
■ 18 Years Old or Older
■ Valid Michigan Drivers License
■ Ability to Pass Drug Screen
■ Subject to a Criminal Background Check
■ Experience in the Building Trades a plus
■ Minimum 10th grade Reading & Math required (determined by assessment)

UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ACCESS FOR ALL TRAINING, POTENTIAL UNION APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

■ Electrician
■ Carpenter
■ Operating Engineer
■ Laborer
■ Cement Mason
■ Ironworker

“This project was privately funded by a grant from the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund. The DRWF is operated by United Way for Southeastern Michigan and includes public and private investors: the Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Jobs for the Future and the U.S. Department of Labor, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, JP Morgan Chase Global Philanthropy, and the Michigan Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives.”

Advisory Update & Action Alert

Detroit People’s Platform Advisory Update & Action Alert
April 16, 2014

Please see the food justice and governance updates and information below. Note that some are time sensitive.

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Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
This is short notice, but tonight, April 16th at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 6:30-8:00pm DBCFSN is hosting a film screening highlighting Historic Virginia Park Cooperative and a discussion about Detroit’s legacy of cooperatives. They will also share information about the forthcoming grocery store co-op in the North End. Refreshments will be served.

Additionally, the Ujamaa Buying Club is accepting orders. The club allows for members to save money money on healthy food items and other products. You can join their four-week cycle buying club. It is currently free to join! Visit the website and email them if you’d like to join.

Orders for this month are DUE THURSDAY, April 17, 2014.
Order pick-up will be the following Thursday at DBCFSN offices at 3800 Puritan in Detroit. The Ujamaa Ordering tutorial can be found here!

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The Affects of the Emergency Manager in our Community!
There will be a Panel Discussions & Public Testimonial to discuss
Voting Rights & Other Legal Implications, education, unions/jobs, and community. This will take place on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Michigan AFSCME Council 25 Building
600 West Lafayette Blvd. (Corner of Third Street) from 4 – 10 p.m. in the Auditorium.

CAC (Community Advisory Council) Update
As some of you may already know, the CAC Ordinance has been passed and should be published in the legal news by Thursday, April 16th. After that it is up to local groups within the districts to collect signatures. The number of signatures have to amount to 10% of the number of voters in the last election.

After the petitions are signed Detroit City Council has to pass another ordinance, and then a second group of signatures must be gathered for candidates.  July 22nd is the deadline for the November election.  There are a number of timing issues involved in getting this done before 2016.  Including City Council’s summer recess at some point when they may have to act on the initial petitions to create the districts.

Next steps would be to determine the interest in doing this at this time as well as the strategy. Additionally, if the Emergency Manager refuses to approve it and/or if it doesn’t get published this week in the legal news, a decision will have to be made as to the next steps. We will work to keep everyone updated.

Department of Neighborhoods District Team
As as FYI, the following information is from the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods. Below is the list of the  Department of Neighborhoods District team. They have been charged with the task of eliminating blight in their district. They will do this by working closely with neighborhood and other community organizations, CDCs, faith based organizations and local businesses to identify and prioritize concerns, and then coordinate with the appropriate city department to deliver results. They are to help residents address all blight related issues, including dangerous building demolition, repurposing vacant lots and structurally sound vacant buildings, as well as non-structural blight. The image below contains contact information and the same may also be found by clicking here.

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Rev. Ross: Let Detroiters rebuild the city

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March 3, 2014 at 1:00 am

Rev. Ross: Let Detroiters rebuild the city

LANDThe Detroit City Council recently granted Olympia Development of Michigan almost $3 million worth of public land and hundreds of millions of public dollars to erect a hockey arena and pursue other developments in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. The argument behind putting public money and resources into private sports complexes and the like is that municipalities will recoup the money from tax revenue and revitalization. But careful study of these deals reveals otherwise.

Research from 1984 by Forest College economist Robert Baade right up to 2012 by the investment bank UBS (Batter Up: Public Sector Support for Professional Sports Facilities) shows that cities generally don’t benefit from such deals. To quote the UBS study: “Unfortunately, independent academic research studies consistently conclude that new stadiums and arenas have no measurable effect on the level of real income or employment in the metropolitan areas in which they are located.”

In spite of UBS’s findings, there is one way such deals can benefit someone other than the developer. The only times taxpayers see tangible benefits from bankrolling billionaire sports franchise owners is when the community demands and gets community benefit agreements, which are contracts signed by developers. The Staples Center in Los Angeles and the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh are examples of such projects benefiting the cities involved through community benefit agreements. Both cities were in better financial shape than Detroit is today, and both still found it necessary to protect themselves financially.

Even though the City Council accepted Olympia’s handshake and promise to do right by Detroiters this time, there is an ordinance before the council that would guarantee community benefit agreements for such projects in the future. Just as Olympia would never sublet work to another firm without a contract, it is only fair that the city have an equally enforceable agreement for hundreds of millions of public dollars.

If Detroiters don’t value the city’s assets and integrity, developers never will. Indeed, the bankruptcy has created a fire sale mentality where everything is supposed to be had on the cheap. City Council must take steps make sure the city gets a fair deal with developers:

■ Developers sign legal contracts to abide by the terms of the community benefit agreement.

■ Community oversight boards to ensure transparency.

■ Developers hold public hearings on projects with adequate notice.

■ Rent control and other protections for residents in the case of rising property values.

■ Projects should train and employ city residents.

These are some of the broad outlines of how the city must conduct business to keep residents from getting the short end of the stick.

In a just world, billionaires would fund their own projects. It is particularly unjust that corporations come to an entity as short on resources as the city of Detroit and demand resources to fund privately owned development.

The least City Council can do is pass an ordinance to protect the city and its residents by leveling the playing field for Detroiters.

The Rev. Joan C. Ross is director of the North End Woodward Community Coalition and executive director of the Greater Woodward Community Development Corp.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140303/OPINION01/303030001#ixzz2uu7J9xLv

Action Alert: City Council Evening Meeting Monday March 3rd

City Council discussion of ordinance to establish Community Advisory Councils

Monday March 3rd 3pm
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center,
13th Floor – 2 Woodward Ave, Detroit

If you want to see a Community Advisory Council (CAC) established in your district, please attend this City Council meeting and voice your opinion by giving public comment at this session.
View the Current draft version of the CAC ordinance here. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzH9McDOCGeveV9JMDIzQV90ZG8/edit

TAKE ACTION – Tell the City Council to pass the enabling CAC ordinance as quickly as possible to allow the timely establishment of CACs.

Additionally let council members know that the ordinance should include the following:

Establish a filing deadline that allows potential candidates to run directly in the November 2014 general election.
Allow the concurrent collection of petition signatures to establish each CAC and the filing petitions for CAC candidates to run in the election.
Enable CACs to receive basic administrative support from the City in order that they can comply with Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Requirements.
City Council should establish the procedure whereby the Youth and Senior Representatives (2 seats) on the CAC are appointed by the 5 elected CAC members using an open and transparent nomination process.

If you cannot be at City Council on Monday, you may also submit your comments by email to City Council members directly (contact info is below) or send them to Aaron Goodman aarongoodman@cdad-online.org (CDAD staff) by noon on March 3rd and we will forward those on to the City Council.

More information on CACs:
When the new Detroit City Charter was approved in 2011, one of the most anticipated changes was the creation of city council districts and having seven city council members elected to represent those districts. With the election of a new district-based City Council in 2013, Detroiters now have raised expectations of greater accountability and responsiveness from their elected officials and city government.

There is a lesser known provision in the charter that will play a critical role in fulfilling our expectations of the new council and further raise the bar for resident engagement with local policy issues and elected officials. This is the establishment of Community Advisory Councils (CACs), which are elected citizen boards in each of the seven council districts. CACs will be an important tool to promote meaningful community engagement in city government decision-making and encourage communication and accountability between residents and their City Council member.

Each CAC will consist of five residents elected from their district and one youth resident (age 13 -17) and one resident “selected as representing senior issues,” for a total of seven members of the CAC for each district. The youth and senior positions will be selected in a process yet to be determined by City Council. CAC members will serve four years terms, except for the youth member who will serve for one year.

CACs are mandated by the City Charter, yet there is more work to be done by both Detroit residents and the City Council to bring this important tool into existence. City Council is currently considering an ordinance that is required to establish CACs in each district.

Once the ordinance is adopted, each district that wants a CAC must submit petitions signed by 10% of the number of voters in the last election, and interested candidates must file to run in the next election. If a CAC is not established in your district in time for candidates to run in the 2014 general election, the next opportunity to elect a CAC will not be until November 2016.

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2014 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO
Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245 – bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
Saunteel Jenkins, At Large
313.224.4248 – councilmemberjenkins@detroitmi.gov
James Tate, District 1
313.224.1027 – councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov
George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2
313.224.4535 – cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov
Scott Benson, District 3
313.224.1198 – bensons@detroitmi.gov
Andre Spivey, District 4
313.224.4841 – CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov
Mary Sheffield, District 5
313.224.4505 – sheffieldm@detroitmi.gov
Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6
313.224.2450 – castaneda-lopezr@detroitmi.gov
Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151 – lelandg@detroitmi.gov
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VIDEO: WSU professor Peter Hammer on Detroit Future City plan

from: http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2014/02/wayne_state_professor_calls_de.html

DETROIT, MI — A Wayne State University professor sees Detroit’s long-term urban planning blueprint as destructive and plans a Feb. 25 presentation to explain why he views it as a “deathblow” to the the city.

The 347-page Detroit Future City strategic framework was revealed in 2013 after years of planning spurred by former Mayor Dave Bing. And new Mayor Mike Duggan’s development chief has called the document his “Bible.”

The plan’s implementation office is scheduled to open a new location in a Feb. 20 announcement of top priorities and a new branding plan.

But law professor Peter Hammer a few days later plans to present his case against the framework, which he said will “re-organize Detroit out of existence.”

Hammer is director of the Damon Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School.

 

Thanks to Shane Bernardo for the live stream!

MLIVE.com announcing the event:
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2014/02/wayne_state_professor_calls_de.html

Read and download the “Framework”
http://detroitfuturecity.com/framework/

District 1 Alert – City Council Evening Meeting – Tues Feb 18, 7pm

Detroit People’s Platform District 1 Alert
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District 1 Platform Members and allies are encouraged to attend Tuesday, February 18 at Leland Missionary Baptist Church, 22420 Fenkell (@ Lamphere) at 7pm. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/zwuf4

All nine council members are scheduled to attend this evening community meeting.

Update: On February 4th, City Council approved the transfer of city land to Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM). The land transfer will make way for construction on the new $650 million dollar project that uses $450 million in public funds. The city council voted to give away the land for this project, 39 city lots, for one dollar, without enforceable community benefits or community oversight.

Platform members and allies able to attend are encouraged to thank council members Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate who voted ‘no’ for standing with their community. Members and allies are also encouraged to ask council members Jenkins, Sheffield, Benson, Cushingberry, Leland, and Spivey, who voted ‘yes’ to explain their vote and demand they support community benefits that are enforceable and include community oversight.

City-Wide Platform Members receiving this, please share with those from District 1 in your networks. Thank You!

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Update: Hockey Arena/Catalyst Project: City council approves land transfer

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City council approves land transfer for new arena without enforceable community benefits or oversight.


Detroit, February 5, 2014. People’s Platform Hockey Arena / Catalyst Project Update.
Many Detroiters are disgusted but not surprised that the transfer of city land to Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) was approved yesterday by the city council. The land transfer will make way for construction on the new $650 million dollar project that uses $450 million in public funds. Yesterday, the city council voted to give away the land for this project, 39 city lots, for one dollar.

The council members voting ‘yes’ on the land transfer were Jenkins, Sheffield, Benson, Cushingberry, Leland, and Spivey while ‘no’ votes came from Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate.

Some of the votes from the newly seated council were surprising, especially in the face of intense community dissent. Dissenters questioned the wisdom of giving away so many public dollars to build a second [or new] hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings as the city reels from bankruptcy, the foreclosure crisis, and deep cuts to social services that effect all Detroiters, and residents of the region.

Tate’s ‘no’ vote was unexpected but inconsequential. In his explanation, the council member went out of his way to define his dissent as being due to the lack of commitment to create post-construction jobs and not due to the call from community for oversight.

Council new-comer and Detroit’s first Latina council member, Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, was very engaged, hosting multiple meetings, gathering community input and negotiating with OMD, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

The ongoing struggle over enforceable community benefits with oversight will carry beyond this decision on the arena. Last year, the Community Benefits Agreement Policy Group presented city council with a draft community benefits agreement ordinance that will benefit Detroiters city-wide and set a precedent for equitable development.

Platform Member Follow-up
People’s Platform members and allies are encouraged to call and thank council members Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate who voted ‘no’ for standing with their community. Members and allies are also encouraged to contact council members who voted to approve the deal yesterday, ask them to explain their vote and reiterate the need for community benefits that are enforceable and include community oversight.

2014 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO
(updated Feb 5, 2014)

Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245 – bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

Saunteel Jenkins, At Large
313.224.4248 – councilmemberjenkins@detroitmi.gov

James Tate, District 1
313.224.1027 – councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2
313.224.4535 – cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313.224.1198 – bensons@detroitmi.gov

Andre Spivey, District 4
313.224.4841 – CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield, District 5
313.224.4505 – sheffieldm@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6
313.224.2450 – castaneda-lopezr@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151 – lelandg@detroitmi.gov

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Update: City council approves land transfer for new arena

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City council approves land transfer for new arena without enforceable community benefits or oversight.


Detroit, February 5, 2014. People’s Platform Hockey Arena / Catalyst Project Update.
Many Detroiters are disgusted but not surprised that the transfer of city land to Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) was approved yesterday by the city council. The land transfer will make way for construction on the new $650 million dollar project that uses $450 million in public funds. Yesterday, the city council voted to give away the land for this project, 39 city lots, for one dollar.

The council members voting ‘yes’ on the land transfer were Jenkins, Sheffield, Benson, Cushingberry, Leland, and Spivey while ‘no’ votes came from Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate.

Some of the votes from the newly seated council were surprising, especially in the face of intense community dissent. Dissenters questioned the wisdom of giving away so many public dollars to build a second [or new] hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings as the city reels from bankruptcy, the foreclosure crisis, and deep cuts to social services that effect all Detroiters, and residents of the region.

Tate’s ‘no’ vote was unexpected but inconsequential. In his explanation, the council member went out of his way to define his dissent as being due to the lack of commitment to create post-construction jobs and not due to the call from community for oversight.

Council new-comer and Detroit’s first Latina council member, Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, was very engaged, hosting multiple meetings, gathering community input and negotiating with OMD, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

The ongoing struggle over enforceable community benefits with oversight will carry beyond this decision on the arena. Last year, the Community Benefits Agreement Policy Group presented city council with a draft community benefits agreement ordinance that will benefit Detroiters city-wide and set a precedent for equitable development.

Platform Member Follow-up
People’s Platform members and allies are encouraged to call and thank council members Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate who voted ‘no’ for standing with their community. Members and allies are also encouraged to contact council members who voted to approve the deal yesterday, ask them to explain their vote and reiterate the need for community benefits that are enforceable and include community oversight.

2014 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO
(updated Feb 5, 2014)

Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245 – bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

Saunteel Jenkins, At Large
313.224.4248 – councilmemberjenkins@detroitmi.gov

James Tate, District 1
313.224.1027 – councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2
313.224.4535 – cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313.224.1198 – bensons@detroitmi.gov

Andre Spivey, District 4
313.224.4841 – CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield, District 5
313.224.4505 – sheffieldm@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6
313.224.2450 – castaneda-lopezr@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151 – lelandg@detroitmi.gov

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URGENT ACTION ALERT! Hockey Arena/ Catalyst Project

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PEOPLE’S PLATFORM – URGENT ACTION ALERT!

Hockey Arena/ Catalyst Project

We need 1000 Detroiters to make a telephone call for fairness and justice.

UPDATE: On Tuesday February 4, 2014 at 10am Detroit City Council will hear public comments and vote on the Land Transfer for the Hockey Arena / Catalyst Project.

WE’RE FOR EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT THAT BENEFITS ALL DETROITERS , WE’RE FOR GOOD JOBS FOR DETROITERS AND WE’RE FOR ENFORCEABLE BENEFITS WITH REPRESENTATIVE COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT.

ACTION: Call Council and demand that they refuse to approve the transfer of public land for the so-called “Catalyst” Development Project without an enforceable community benefits agreement with representative community oversight to ensure community benefits are realized.

Make sure that the jobs and other community benefits Illitch/ Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) promised are actually delivered!

STRATEGY: Use the new district map to contact your district Council Member, call both ‘at large’ city-wide Council Members Jones and Jenkins. Also consider calling Council Members Castaneda-Lopez and Leland whose votes are important around this issue.

We’re NOT
anti-development!
We’re FOR
equitable
development

2014 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO
Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

Saunteel Jenkins, At Large
313.224.4248councilmemberjenkins@detroitmi.gov

James Tate, District 1
313.224.1027councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2
313.224.4535cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313.224.1198bensons@detroitmi.gov

Andre Spivey, District 4
313.224.4841CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield, District 5
313.224.4505sheffieldm@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6
313.224.2450castaneda-lopez@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151lelandg@detroitmi.gov

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Advisory Update and Action Alert

newPPlogoJan 22nd, 2014 – Welcome to the first update/alert of 2014! We hope that you had a mindful, rewarding day honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. There are a number of updates and announcements to share. Thank you for downloading, printing and sharing these updates and alerts with your neighbors.

MEETING TONIGHT! 
Community Benefits and the proposed new Arena
Monday and Tuesday of this week, January 20th and 21st, Council Member Castaneda-Lopez hosted follow up meetings with many of the organizations named at the meeting and will host a follow-up community meeting at St. Matthews and St. Joseph Church, 8850 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, 6-8pm TONIGHT Wednesday, Jan 22nd. St. Matthews and St. Joseph Church is at the corner of Woodward and King. Park in the lot and enter the door closest to the alley. The contact info for Council Member Castaneda-Lopez’s office is 313.224.2450, castaneda-lopez@detroitmi.gov

Action Alert – Call Council this week!
Using the new Detroit City Council Contact Sheet (below) please call Council Members and encourage their support of Community Benefits around this and the many deals being negotiated citywide. Also, please call Council Members Castaneda-Lopez and Sheffield to thank them for their efforts and to demand their continued vigilance in getting neighborhood voice to decision-making tables and around policies that will truly benefit their communities.

Update:
Council Member Castaneda-Lopez (D6) facilitates community gathering on community benefits for tax-funded arena project
A version of this update was submitted to the Michigan Citizen. “On December 20th, the last day of their term, former City Council Members approved the expansion of the Detroit Development Authority into the so-called ‘Catalyst’ Area around the proposed new hockey Arena, but held off their vote on the transfer of land in a move that offered more time for engagement and outreach in the community.” (Read More…)

Rev. Joan Ross of the Community Benefits Agreement Policy Group who have been  who have been working citywide on a CBA ordinance.
Rev. Joan Ross of the Community Benefits Agreement Policy Group who have been who have been working citywide on a CBA ordinance.

NEW Tool! – Detroit City Council Contact Sheet
The new Detroit City Council held their first public meeting in early January. Please download the 2014CouncilContact pdf, print and share this new too. We will be distributing them at upcoming community events.

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NEW! People's Platform Membership Cards!
NEW! People’s Platform Membership Cards!

NEW! People’s Platform Member Cards
The new People’s Platform Membership Cards are being printed for those who have joined us at events in the last year! Cards will be distributed in February by District Caucus Leaders.

EJAM_Fellowship_flyerMichigan Economic Justice Fellowship
We are requesting that those interested in this fellowship opportunity contact Linda Campbell prior to submitting their application. Thank you.

This Saturday! Michigan Roundtable: Healing Stories Project: Criminal Justice Truth
Saturday JANUARY 25th from 11 am until 2:30 pm at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Foundation of Detroit 1525 Howard St. Detroit 48216, Secure Parking. Free and open to the public, a light lunch will be provided. To register visit www.miroundtable.org For more information please call 313-870-1500 x104RevisedCriminalJusticeTruthFullSM