Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Take THAT, Newt!

Sometimes, someone else captures your thoughts...this post is copied directly from the blog of Travon Free, a comedian who grew up in one of those "poor neighborhoods" that Newt is so fond of denigrating. Follow the links to visit this brother's blog and to follow him on Twitter.

 

An Open Letter To Newt Gingrich From A Black Kid Who Grew Up In A Poor Neighborhood

Dear Newt Gingrich,

I recently saw you stand up in front of a group of people and allow some of the most
idiotic, unfounded, racist, and ignorant words pass your lips that I’ve ever heard
from a member of a group of the most unqualified presidential candidates America
has ever seen.

To have the audacity to say that poor kids, and let’s be clear that’s republican speak
for black and brown kids, “have no habits of working and nobody around them who
works” is not only an insult to me as black man who grew up in one of those “really
poor” neighborhoods you spoke of but it’s an insult to my mother. And it’s an insult to
many other black and brown children, adults, and hard working parents(often single
parents) who get up every single day to try to provide a better life for their children in
poor neighborhoods.

 

As a child grew up in Compton in the early 90′s, one of the most dangerous
neighborhoods in America, I watched my mother work tirelessly, sometimes juggling
multiple jobs to provide for myself and my sister. Day in and day out just like many other
parents in poor neighborhoods she did what she had to do in order to provide for us.
You know what that turned into Mr. Gingrich?

A son who received academic and athletic scholarship offers from three Ivy League schools
and countless other universities, a son with a college degree in Criminal Justice who
graduated with honors from every school he attended, and a daughter who not only
attended a Gifted and Talented Education high school but is one year away from
completing a degree at UCLA.

This is not just the case for my family. I know I speak for many other hard working
black, brown, and even poor white families who have the same experiences in the poor
neighborhoods to look down upon from your elitist 1% out of touch pedestal. To say that
an entire community “literally has no habit of showing up on Monday” or “they have no
habit of staying all day” I say that is a load of shit.

Millions of poor children watch their parents show up Monday and many of them
sometimes have to suffer from the fact that their parents have to stay at work ALL DAY.

And lastly, you suggest that to remedy this “problem” as you so blindly see it is to make
poor kids assistant janitors and pay them to clean the restrooms? Your solution is child
labor. Degrading young children by suggesting they clean toilets while painting all union workers as lazy leeches. It’s a shame they don’t have the work ethic of hard working Americans like Kim Kardashian who worked so hard in her sex tape before we crowned her a role model for young girls and showered her with money and adoration or Paris Hilton who was forced to clean so many toilets as a teen to learn “work ethic” before her parents handed over the millions.

This not only echoes the depth of your ignorance but just how truly unqualified
you are to ever be president of this country. Your assumption that poor people have no
ingrained work ethic and “have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ unless it’s
illegal” is not only dangerously ignorant but it proves you have no connection with the
true heart of this country.

I believe I speak for most if not all of “poor” America when I say Mr. Gingrich you have
no habit of performing, thinking or speaking in a manner that warrants becoming the
leader of the free world and the 45th president of these United States of America. You
represent a party of greedy, selfish, out of touch, wealth protecting, non tax paying,
destroyers of the middle class. You know nothing about us. But your words in your
speech in Des Moines told us everything about you.

Which is why I hope you win your party’s nomination so that poor and impoverished
families can at least experience four more years of a man working diligently to help
them and the communities they call home that you have proven to know nothing about.
president number 44.

PS. You look like someone poured mashed potatoes into a suit :-D

 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits: New Downtown Detroit Restaurant

Despite all of the doom and gloom predictions and actualities for our proud City, the new businesses keep coming! This article doesn't mention whether there is free Wi-Fi, but if there is, I'm there!

Announcing: The Grand Opening of the Hudson Cafe!

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DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Friday, December 02, 2011 The Hudson Café officially opened its doors in Downtown Detroit at 1241 Woodward Avenue on Merchants Row with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The metropolitan style eatery offers breakfast and brunch selections among other features on the exciting menu of many items which can be ordered anytime during business hours, all inside a fresh, open, airy dining area decked in a warm relaxing decor and a welcoming ambiance.

For those in a rush for a business meeting or to catch a bus? Just step over to the Cafe Coffee Bar just inside the front doors and enjoy everything from specialty coffee to fresh baked goods... and simply take it to go. And if you can dine in and don't want a table. enjoy your latte' in the comfortable lounge area which features big, roomy chairs, a fireplace and big screen television. The Hudson Café is also available for corporate events, private parties, celebrations, or any other such affair requiring an updated venue Downtown.

The cafe's prime location is directly across the street from the site of the former historic Hudson's Department Store building, in the heart of the business district; thus the name Hudson's Cafe. Classically Trained French Chef Tom Teknos, along with his partners Stavros Adamopoulos & Maurice are delighted to show their concept of a brunch cafe while spotlighting the continuing revitalization of Downtown Detroit and Merchants Row.

Meter parking is available on Woodward directly across from the restaurant. There's also underground parking available on the South/East corner of Woodward & Grand River (Premier Garage). The Hudson Café plans to use the underground parking structure for valet in the very near future.

Open seven days a week, the restaurant's normal business hours are 8AM- 4PM, with extended hours on special days where events occur Downtown. Some examples are Lions & Tigers games, City Lofts Shopping Event, Parades, Festivals, etc. These events will feature additional items not normally found on our menu.

Needless to say, The Hudson Café is very excited to help make downtown an increasingly more interesting, unique destination. Co-Owner Maurice said, "We are committed to being a part of the very exciting revitalization of our downtown. Detroit's Merchants Row is becoming the strong hub for businesses and their employees and that's what we all want it to be. The Hudson Café is integral to its progress and prosperity."

For more information or reservations call: 313-237-1000

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"Hit the Road, Mitt" Video: We don't want you in Detroit or Michigan!

Perennial Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a native of Michigan and son of former Michigan governor George Romney, famously said in December 2008: "Let Detroit go bankrupt." He was referring to the then-on-the-brink U.S. auto industry. He didn't care about the tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs that would be lost. He didn't care about the lost manufacturing base of the American auto industry. He didn't care about Detroit.

Of course, AFTER President Barack Obama and the Michigan Democratic Congressional leaders, including John Conyers, Debbie Stabenow, Carl Levin, and Sander Levin, as well as former Democratic Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm led a government-sponsored loan (not 'bailout") program, the U.S. auto industry is doing better than ever. All of the big three are reporting repeated quarterly profits, tens of thousands of saved and/or new jobs, exciting new car models, and additional investments in plants and R&D, Mr. Romney said saving the auto industry was "his idea" all along.

No, Mitt, it was not. You are famous for wanting to throw ordinary people and companies under the bus. You are most famous for flip-flopping.

Please help this video go viral as Mitt "comes home to Michigan" for a GOP debate in metro Detroit on Wednesday night to try to make us forget that he wanted Detroit to go bankrupt. We are NOT forgetting, Mitt. Hit the road.

 

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I am NOT Disappointed in President Obama

This 6-minute video is a MUST-SEE! This gentleman quietly, decisively, and succinctly sums up why President Barack Obama is the epitome of "Promises Made and Promises Kept" and why some progressives and liberals are misguided in their expectations and criticisms of the POTUS.

Please forward this to every Democrat, Progressive, and Liberal person you know.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: 10 Facts About You

I saw this on Facebook, and I just had to post it. Comic relief for mid-week!



Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11th: Our 13th Wedding Anniversary

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I publish this post every year on September 11, to remind me to keep perspective and to celebrate the day with a love story.  This year, in honor of Nick Ashford, I am adding the video of "Solid as a Rock", because that describes the relationship between my husband and me, even after after 25 years of love and friendship. 

 

Our September 11th 

 

September 11, 1998.That is our wedding anniversary. It was chosen totally by accident: after "being friends" for over ten years, we decided in August 1997, to "take our relationship to the next level". After several rounds of "telephone tag", we made a date on Thursday, September 11, 1997 to take "the big step"...Everything went well and in February 1998, we became engaged. We chose as our wedding date, Friday, September 11, 1998--only because that date was exactly one year from the day we decided to make our relationship permanent. Besides, our wedding was very small: 10 guests, the minister, and our favorite Patti LaBelle song on CD. Then came 2001--after experiencing the shock along with the rest of America, I was kinda "bummed" that the Attacks happened on our third wedding anniversary, until…on Thursday, September 13, 2001, I saw a gentleman on TV walking around and around the Pentagon looking totally despondent and lost. I found out from the TV commentary that September 11 2001 was his TWENTY-FIFTH wedding anniversary, and he had lost his wife in the Pentagon. They were going to have a celebration dinner that night after she came home from work...of course, she never did come home. I was never "bummed" again; and the picture of that lost and broken man will never leave me.

 

Ashford and Simpson: "Solid as a Rock"

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh

Seven Ways to Shine at a Job Interview! Thanks, Mr. President!

Click the link to read this excellent article from Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh!



Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Jimmy Hoffa Speaks in Detroit: The UNEDITED Version

Jimmy Hoffa, president of the Teamsters Union, made an empassioned plea for people to vote the Democratic party in November 2012, stating that we need to "take out" the Republicans now in office--take them out via fair and free elections (with no voter suppresion tactics.

Of course Faux News, Andrew Breitbart, and others who make their bones by LYING about the facts, edited Hoffa's comments to make it appear as if he were calling for violence against Republicans. Not. As usual, they were just channeling what Republicans have actually said recently about what should happen if an election doesn't turn out the way they want: Sharron Angle and Allen West calling for "Second Amendment Remedies" and Sarah Palin with her "crosshairs" on her website that she said were actually surveyors' marks...

Here is what Mr. Hoffa actually said. Listen, decide for yourself, then make sure everyone you know is registered to vote. THAT is the Democratic and democratic way things are supposed to be done in America.

 

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Jimmy Hoffa Speaks in Detroit: The UNEDITED Version

Jimmy Hoffa, president of the Teamsters Union, made an empassioned plea for people to vote the Democratic party in November 2012, stating that we need to "take out" the Republicans now in office--take them out via fair and free elections (with no voter suppresion tactics.

Of course Faux News, Andrew Breitbart, and others who make their bones by LYING about the facts, edited Hoffa's comments to make it appear as if he were calling for violence against Republicans. Not. As usual, they were just channeling what Republicans have actually said recently about what should happen if an election doesn't turn out the way they want: Sharron Angle and Allen West calling for "Second Amendment Remedies" and Sarah Palin with her "crosshairs" on her website that she said were actually surveyors' marks...

Here is what Mr. Hoffa actually said. Listen, decide for yourself, then make sure everyone you know is registered to vote. THAT is the Democratic and democratic way things are supposed to be done in America.

 

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Funeral arrangements for Esther Gordy Edwards announced | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Esther Gordy Edwards, sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, passed earlier this week. Tributes for this Detroit business woman and founder of the Detroit Motown Museum have poured in from around the world.

Funeral arrangements for Esther Gordy Edwards announced | Detroit Free Press | freep.com: "Funeral arrangements have been announced for Esther Gordy Edwards.

A public viewing will be held from 9 a.m.-7p.m. Tuesday at James H. Cole Home for Funerals, Northwest Chapel, 16100 Schaffer Hwy, Detroit.

The funeral service, which is open to the public, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel AME Church, 5050 Saint Antoine St., Detroit."

'via Blog this'

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

R.I.P. Nick Ashford 1942 - 2011

Nick Ashford at the Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills, California in 2009

Nick Ashford died Monday, August 23 2011 of throat cancer. He was 70 years old. Nick was raised in Willow Run, Michigan (near Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor) and along with his wife Valerie Simpson, was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. 

Their compositions were recorded by Ronnie Milsap ("Never Had It So Good"), Maxine Brown ("One Step At A Time"), as well as the Shirelles and Chuck Jackson. Another of the trio's songs "Let's Go Get Stoned" gave Ray Charles a number one U.S. R&B hit in 1966. That same year Ashford & Simpson joined Motown where their best-known songs included "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)". As performers, Ashford and Simpson's best-known song is "Solid" (1984 US and 1985 UK). The duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. (from Wikipedia)


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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Add one more to the list of black and unemployed

Unemployment

So I lost my job a couple weeks ago. Yep. Sure did. Walked into work on a Monday morning, got the call that the boss wants to see me, and that's when he says to take a seat. After the formal apology that he wishes he didn't have to do this, the phrase budget cuts comes out, accompanied by the fact that I was an appointee. In other words, money was tight and, well, I was expendable. Sorry about that.

A quick primer on the level of black unemployment in Detroit:

From Brookings, Jan 20, 2011:

Just after the Labor Department announced that the national unemployment rate had fallen from 9.8 percent in November to 9.4 percent in December, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently toldthe Senate Budget Committee that “[i]t could take four to five more years for the job market to normalize fully.”

For the nation as a whole, that seems reasonable. Suppose the labor force grows at the same rate it has over the last decade, an average of 0.07 percent per month. Suppose that the number of employed people (as measured in the Labor Department’s household survey, which is what’s used to figure the unemployment rate) increases by 297,000 every month, as it did in December. Then the nation’s unemployment rate will be just below 4 percent—a rate last achieved in 2000 and one that federal law sets as a target for full employment—in September 2014. Of course, if employment grows more slowly, then it will take longer for the nation to reach full employment.

But what will happen in metropolitan areas with unemployment rates far above the national average? Metropolitan Detroit, for example, had an unemployment rate of 13.5 percent in November (the most recent month for which metro unemployment rates are available). To many people in Detroit, full employment seems like a distant, perhaps unattainable dream. Even if Detroit’s unemployment rate falls as rapidly as the national rate, it will take until at least mid-2016 for its unemployment rate to reach 4 percent.

Surprisingly, though, Detroit’s unemployment rate will probably fall faster than that. The reason is that, faced with continued poor job prospects, many people will leave. That will reduce the size of Detroit’s labor force and lower its unemployment rate, even if job creation remains sluggish. In contrast, relatively few people leave the United States even during the worst economic times, and not very many drop out of the labor force because they can’t find work. (Since the beginning of the Great Recession in December 2007, the U.S. labor force fell by an average of only 0.008 percent per month.)

And then thre's this cheerful piece that ran a couple years ago in the Detroit News, reprinted in the Huffington Post:

Officially, Detroit's unemployment rate is just under 30 percent. But the city's mayor and local leaders are suggesting a far more disturbing figure -- the actual jobless rate, they say, is closer to 50 percent.

As many have noted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which culls federal unemployment data, does not account for all of the jobless in its widely-quotednational unemployment figures. Among those omitted: part-time workers who are looking for full-time jobs and frustrated job seekers who abandon their job search altogether.

(For some context, the official national unemployment rate is 10 percent, but the"underemployment rate"is 17.2 percent.)

Detroit city officials argue that, when workers who are underemployed are added to the calculation, the number of city residents who are out of work is close to one in every two.

The Detroit News reports:

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that for the year that ended in September, Michigan's official unemployment rate was 12.6 percent. Using the broadest definition of unemployment, the state unemployment rate was 20.9 percent, or 66 percent higher than the official rate. Since Detroit's official rate for October was 27 percent, that broader rate pushes the city's rate to as high as 44.8 percent."

So, naturally, when faced with these rather sobering statistics, I had to sober up a bit myself.

Day 1: Hit me like a bomb. Got out of the cab in the driveway and, as luck and timing would have it, my wife was pulling into the driveway and wondering OMG what just happened. So that was the worst part. Three hours later she cooks me a chocolate cake and we sit at the kitchen table to devour a slice of our favorite dessert accompanied by a wine glass full of milk. My wife has a good sense of humor, which helps. Later that night pretty much all I could was sit in my office and stare at my computer screen while listening to music, feeling numb. My wife cracks the door open to check on me, then quietly walks away to go to bed. I remain staring at the screen.

Day 2: I go to work, which is why this will not be a post of yours truly crying and moaning about what oh what shall I do. First of all, I've been here before. Second of all, I'm just another one.  Thirdly, being a black male facing challenging circumstances is pretty much like being a bear in the woods; it's pretty much the way things are for most bears. So I wake up, shower, get dressed, then start to call everyone I know to let them know I'm casting out the wide net. You hear something? You know about something? You even suspect something may be opening up? Call a brother. Then I check on the health care situation because my boss of course informed me that both salary and benefits are history by the end of this month. Nothing personal, just business. Protocol and what have you. But of course I do now have access to my retirement funds, so I can at least have something with which to pay bills until I set this ship right, because I checked on the unemployment thing and it's about enough to pay the mortgage and that's it.

Evening of Day 2: My wife, who operates her own writing business from home, has had a revelation. Why don't youconsider being self-employed? Doesn't that sound better - and feel better - than being unemployed? Besides, you haven't exactly been thrilled to go to work every day. You did your job, and you did it well, but it was never what you wanted, dear. It was always what you had to do to pay bills and that was it. Maybe this is the start of another chapter in life. Maybe this isn't the end of life as we know it, maybe this is the beginning. At least consider that this may be a more healthy way to look at it.

You know, there's reason why God made wives. If you've got a good one, you deserve to be shot if you let that woman go. And from that point forward to right now as I write this I began to feel lighter, and even somewhat liberated. A bit scared too, but in the kind of way that motivates you to put in 12 -14 hour workdays seven days a week because it's so much easier to work your ass off when you're working for a boss you actually respect. Already some doors have started to open, and although it may just be a crack, it's enough to make me think that just maybe I'm going to come out of this thing all right. Because I have to. Because when the weather changes, you adapt. It's just what you do.

Who knows what I'll be feeling like next week, but for now I, like so many others out there, am determined not to let this bring me under.

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Chase Foundation offers $1M to lure city employees to Detroit | The Detroit News


Yay! One less vacant house and one more police officer on MY block in the beautiful Historic Boston-Edison Neighborhood!

Wayne County | Chase Foundation offers $1M to lure city employees to Detroit | The Detroit News

Detroit NAACP Freedom Weekend X Begins Today


by Tell Us Detroit on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 5:54am

For more information on Freedom Weekend: http://www.freeinst.org or 313.347.2834

DETROIT – Freedom Weekend 10 will officially begin today with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:a.m. at the MotorCity Casino Hotel and Conference Center. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be led by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, founder, Freedom Institute. Mayor Dave Bing, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon will be present and bring remarks during the ceremony.
Following the ceremony will be the Religious Leaders Luncheon. The Luncheon will unveil a National Urban Initiative and focus on economic development, reducing youth violence and the impact of the federal budget on urban communities. The special guest speaker for the luncheon will be Bishop Edwin C. Bass, President, of the COGIC Urban Initiative and Faith Based Liaison to the Office of the President Barack Obama. There will also be a faith leaders panel discussion with participation from Bishop Edgar L. Vann, Rev. Edwin Rowe, Rev. Dr. David Bullock, Rev. Mayowa Reynolds, Marja Winters and moderated by Bankole Thompson, host of Tell Us Detroit's hit talk show, 'Face Detroit'.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Detroit Native Amy Hilliard Featured on HSN!




Detroit Native and Cass Tech graduate Amy Hilliard will making a return visit to the Home Shopping Network Monday August 1 at 4amCT/5amET and 4pmCT/5pmET featuring her ComfortCake Company

Amy, who also graduated from Howard University with a degree in Business Management and from Harvard University Business School with an MBA, will also soon be celebrating the 10th anniversary of her Chicago-based pound cake company.

Did I mention that Amy is MY sister?!?!?!? Yes, I am a very proud Big Sis!

You are invited to join Amy TODAY on HSN and of course to buy lots of ComfortCake slices!

Amy is so excited to present her Luscious Lemon and Sugarless Sweetness Luscious Lemon Slices to the Home Shopping Network audience.

Tune in AUGUST 1st - 4AM & 4PM CST/ 5AM & 5PM EST

You can also watch online on HSN Live at www.HSN.com

Get this, you can now download an APP to stream Home Shopping Network LIVE to your Smartphone!

Thank you for your continued support!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry ROCKED on MSNBC!

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

 

While Dr. Rachel Maddow is on vacation, Professor Melissa Harris-Perry of Tulane University in NOLA is guest-hosting at 9pm on MSNBC.

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If you've seen Melissa as a contributor on several MSNBC shows as well as other media outlets, you know that she KNOWS HER STUFF.

It is a joy to see Melissa sitting in the Big Chair as if she's done this for years--smooth, knowledgeable, gracious, and just ON IT. Melissa will be sitting in for Rachel all week. Tune in!

So many smart ladies,  so little time!

Follow Melissa on Twitter: @MHarrisPerry and visit her website for more information, including her work as a columnist for The Nation, and her upcoming book, Sister Citizen, available for pre-order on Amazon.

 

 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lifestyle | Retail design venue pops up | The Detroit News



I LOVE to report on positive economic/business news in Detroit and especially in booming "new economy" areas like Midtown. This is an incubator-type opportunity for entrepreneurs to jump-start their businesses at little or no retail space cost. This space is the historic (and preserved) 71 Garfield building near Woodward and the Medical Center. The funding is a mix of self-generated startup funds and Federal monies.

Click the link below for more information...

Lifestyle | Retail design venue pops up | The Detroit News

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Milestone: New Cruise Ship Dock Opens in Detroit



On Monday July 18, 2011, a new public dock and terminal opened up on the Detroit River near Cobo Hall. The dock is capable of handling cruise ships, and the first ship, the 184-foot Grande Mariner, which originated in Cleveland, docked and her passengers disembarked to sightsee in Detroit. 

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, U.S. Senator Carl Levin, U.S. Representative Hansen Clarke, and Detroit Riverfront Conservatory CEO Faye Nelson were among those present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Building of the 21,000 sq. ft. terminal was begun in 2004 and was financed with a combination of federal funds and grants; the project was spearheaded by Senator Levin.

In addition to having space for the docking of larger ships, the Dock and Terminal will also have meeting rooms with a view of the river, state-of-the-art maritime technology capability, and a command room for visiting ships.

The project is part of an overall plan to extend the RiverWalk, to expand and improve Cobo Hall, and enlarge Hart Plaza.

In the last 19th century and early 20th century, cruise ships regularly visited Detroit as a port-of-call. Now in the 21st century, Detroit is a cruise ship destination once again.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

2009 Recovery Act Grant Enables Romulus MI Co to Hire 1,000+


U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited Michigan on Monday to support the state's development of electric car batteries and the growth of clean-energy jobs.

The Obama administration is supporting the development of electric vehicle batteries and components through the Recovery Act, which has provided about $2 billion in grants to advanced battery manufacturing.

A123 Systems, which makes lithium-ion batteries for the transportation, electric grid and commercial markets, received a $249 million grant to open its Livonia and Romulus electric vehicle battery plants.

During Monday's visit, officials noted that A123 Systems recently hired its 1,000th Michigan worker.
"A123's success is a great example of how we are working with industries to create jobs, strengthen our manufacturing industry and help our auto companies to keep in the global market," Chu said.

The plants are capable of producing batteries for about 20,000 to 30,000 vehicles a year. The company hopes to create about 15 percent of the world's lithium-ion batteries used for transportation by 2015, said Jason Forcier, vice president of its Automotive Solutions Group.
Before the Recovery Act was passed in 2009, the United States made only 2 percent of the world's advanced batteries. Chu said the country should be capable of creating about 500,000 electric vehicle batteries a year by 2015.


From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110719/AUTO01/107190343/U.S.-Energy-Secretary-Chu-tours-A123-Systems’-Michigan-battery-plant#ixzz1SaWgkaY3

Detroit Interfaith Free Health Fair Tuesday July 19 2011

People of different faiths working TOGETHER for the betterment of ALL in the City of Detroit--at a MUSLIM Mosque and Community Center. THIS IS what America is SUPPOSED to be about...UNITY and RESPECT for ALL, not knee-jerk hatred and division.


Detroit — About 100 Jewish, Muslim and Chaldean physicians and health care professionals will host an interfaith health fair from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Muslim Center Mosque and Community Center, 1605 W. Davison.

The event provides free medical screenings for residents. It is organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan.
For information, call (248) 642-2649 or email scrane@jfmd.org.


From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110718/METRO/107180331/Briefs--Detroit-interfaith-health-fair-to-offer-free-screenings#ixzz1SZ4FNDOg

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Developer says Whole Foods deal shaping up | The Detroit News

Whole Foods coming to Midtown soon? Eastern Market alreay open on Tuesdays! Avalon Bakery already in Midtown. Hey Detroit: Let's eat some healthy foods!

Columnists | Developer says Whole Foods deal shaping up | The Detroit News

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Shop Detroit Eastern Market on Tuesdays!


Yes, fresh produce and plants--locally grown and available right here in the "D"!

Tuesdays 11am-7pm
July 12 through September 27

Eastern Market Corporation is pleased to announce the pilot season of "Detroit Eastern Market Tuesdays!" We are excited to for this opportunity to generate additional revenue for our vendors while providing our community with a convenient fresh food access point.  
"Detroit Eastern Market Tuesdays" will feature a sampling our historic Saturday Market experience though the inclusion of farmers, flowers, produce dealers, specialty products, and prepared-food vendors. In addition, "Tuesdays" will be a weekly community celebration including special events highlighting the agricultural, social, culinary, and artistic treasures of our city, region, and state.
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We are happy to offer our shoppers many of the same convenient services as our Saturday Market, including the Eastern Market Bridge Card ProgramDouble Up Food Bucks, educational events, culinary demonstrations, and community outreach opportunities.
Come shop, eat, play, and join us in our new Tuesday adventure!  
"Detroit Eastern Market Tuesdays" will begin July 12 and run through September 27, from 11am - 7pm exclusively in Shed 2 (corner of Russell St. & Winder St.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Detroit: 1 of the TOP 100 Great Things about America! Yes, Detroit!




This information was gleaned from The Detroit News, Fortune Magazine, and Money Magazine.

Last Updated: July 01. 2011 3:17PM

Fortune ranks Detroit No. 14 on list of '100 great things about America'

Santiago Esparza/ The Detroit News

Detroit — Fortune Magazine's July 4 issue extols 100 great things about America, and Detroit is ranked 14th on the list of things that we hold dear about our country.
For the second consecutive year, Fortune has selected things about the United States it believes makes it great.
This year, Detroit is ranked No. 14 for its "rise, fall, and — we hope — rise again."
Detroit is sandwiched between Caterpillar construction equipment at No. 13 and the Kindle electronic reader at No. 15 on the list.
Opportunity was ranked No. 1, followed by the country's interstate freeway system and the Sears Tower.
No. 98 on the list is the television show "Jeopardy," followed by the Pulitzer Prize and the movie "National Lampoon's Vacation."

To see the entire list, visit money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune.
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