NWOB Hosts Anti-Racism Discussion, Dec. 12th

Flint, Mich. – Neighborhoods Without Borders (NWOB) continues its anti-racism series Tuesday, Dec. 12 with Michigan Civil Rights Director Agustin Arbulu at the Flint Public Library beginning at 6 p.m. The discussion is open to the public. Arbulu will be discussing the commission’s findings related to racism in the actions of the state and local government in their treatment of Flint citizens during the initial discovery of water issues as well as during the height of the crisis. The discussion is part of the Tendaji Talks series, sponsored by NWOB…

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Ruth Mott Foundation Awards Over $1M in North Flint Grants

Flint, Mich. – In response to residents who asked for affordable childcare and other assistance for north Flint parents, the Ruth Mott Foundation has awarded nearly $200,000 in new grants for programs that offer parental supports. The awards are included among more than $1 million in grants that were recently approved by the Ruth Mott Foundation Board of Trustees. Overall, the 14 grants will fund a variety of programs ranging from youth development and blight removal to bottled water delivery and a neighborhood center — all in the Foundation’s focus…

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Writer, Activist, and Educator Mohja Kahf is UM-Flint’s December Commencement Speaker

Flint, Mich. – Dr. Mohja Kahf will be the keynote speaker at the Sunday, Dec. 17 University of Michigan-Flint commencement ceremony. Kahf is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Arkansas, an accomplished author, and a social justice activist. Kahf was born in Syria, grew up in Indiana, and has taught at the University of Arkansas since 1995. The ceremony will be held at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are not required for family and friends, but seating is on a first-come, first-serve…

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Tree Lighting Promotes Unity, Honors Flint PD and Fire

Flint, Mich. – Mayor Karen Weaver along with Flint City officials and community organizations ushered in the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 1. Trees were lit in front of City Hall in blue and red lights in honor of local police and firefighters. A tree was also lit in white lights to represent unity and peace. “Progress is indeed being made in the city of Flint,” said Mayor Weaver. “This is a season of giving and sharing and it’s an ideal time for us to…

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MSP Offering Security Training for Places of Worship

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State Police is offering a one-day training for clergy and others who are involved or may become involved in maintaining security at a church facility. The class will be held Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Crown Plaza Lansing – West. The cost is $100 and includes lunch and course materials. Registration may be completed online at michigan.gov/msp. The deadline to register is January 5. First Lt. Kevin Caldwell said MSP has long been sensitive to the vulnerability of soft targets like places of worship. More…

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Me Too: Sexual Harassment and Your Rights

Shocking allegations of sexual misconduct have dominated news headlines in recent weeks. Notable figures from Hollywood’s elite to Washington power players and beyond have become part of a sweeping avalanche of accusations and commentary that appear to have no end in sight. Even several high-profile journalists who would normally report on such lead stories have instead been suspended in the wake of serious accusations leveled against them. Flint Attorney Dean T. Yeotis said it’s important for the accuser as well as the accused to know his/her legal rights. “The law…

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Council Moves Forward in 5-4 Vote on Water Contract

Flint, Mich. – The Flint City Council voted to enter into a 30-year contract making the Great Lakes Water Authority the City of Flint’s primary water source. Council voted 5-4 to approve the deal, which had been the recommendation of Mayor Karen Weaver. Councilmembers Eric Mays, Maurice Davis, Santino Guerra, Herbert Winfrey and Jerry Winfrey-Carter supported the long-term contract, while Kate Fields, Monica Galloway, Eva Worthing, and L. Allan Griggs opposed. “I believe staying with GLWA as the city’s primary water source is the best option when you consider factors…

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City to Host Tree Lighting Event Friday, Dec. 1

Mayor Karen Weaver and Flint City officials will help usher in the holiday season at Flint City Hall Friday, December 1, 2017 with a Tree Lighting/Holiday Kick Off event. In addition to honoring local police and firefighters with trees lit with blue and red lights, there will be a tree lit with white lights to represent unity and peace. The tree lighting ceremony will start at 4:30 p.m. A variety of community groups, organizations, and retailers have signed on to help make it a festive and entertaining event. The Flint…

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UM-Flint Chancellor Wins Award for Advancing Quality of Student Life

FLINT, Mich. – University of Michigan-Flint Chancellor Susan E. Borrego is the recipient of the 2017 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region IV-East President’s Award, a special recognition given to a college or university president who has, over a sustained period of time, advanced the quality of student life on campus by supporting student affairs staff and programs. Award recipients must show evidence of direct involvement in enhancing the quality of student life on campus, active attempts to involve students and student life staff in governing the institution,…

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