State and Local Leaders Praise Opening of Educare Flint

FLINT, Mich. – State and local leaders were on hand to celebrate the opening of Educare Flint, a new, state-of-the-art school located at 1000 Gladwyn Street. The school opened its doors to students on December 4 and will serve up to 220 Flint children from birth to age five each year. The school is part of the Educare Learning Network created by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund and the Ounce of Prevention Fund to help its twenty-three-member schools, including Flint, provide children with stimulating, high-quality educational experiences that support success…

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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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FREE College Tuition for Flint Students

By Representative Sheldon A. Neeley LANSING, Mich. – The vision of creating a Promise Zone in the city of Flint began nearly 10 years ago when I sat on the Flint City Council with now-state Sen. Jim Ananich. I knew then how crucial it was that we provide Flint’s young minds with the ability to pursue a college degree without being discouraged by the high costs of tuition, and since then I have continued to work tirelessly to ensure Flint’s students have every opportunity imaginable to receive a world-class education.…

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Treasury Warns Taxpayers of Fraudulent Phone Calls

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Treasury is warning taxpayers of aggressive and threatening phone calls made by criminals impersonating state tax officials. Within the last couple of days, the state Treasury Department has observed a surge in scam phone calls where scammers are claiming to be state tax officials and asking for cash through a wire transfer, prepaid debit card or gift card. Victims are told they owe money and will face arrest, legal action or suspension of business if not paid promptly. Scammers are also altering caller…

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