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Detroit superintendent: 'ICE isn't allowed in our schools'

Detroit — The superintendent of Detroit's schools is reassuring parents and teachers that the district won't allow immigration agents access to schools or campuses.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District is committed to protecting students' right to an education regardless of their or their family's immigration status, Superintended Nikolai Vitti said.

"School personnel have been directed not to allow any officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol or other federal immigration enforcement agencies access to our school buildings or grounds, school events, or information about our students," Vitti said in a recent letter to parents.

The establishment of a Sanctuary District Policy, passed by the school board in August, comes weeks after a massive immigration raid in Mississippi led to the arrests of hundreds of immigrants. About 150 students were absent from the second day of school in Mississippi districts after the raids.

Read more: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/09/03/detroit-superintendent-ice-isnt-allowed-our-schools/2164827001/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 10:11 PM (0 replies)

Detroit's Black voters want Democrats to try harder

Disgust of President Donald Trump alone will not get Black voters from Michigan out to the polls, a new Los Angeles Times report details.

The piece profiles several Black voters in Michigan who chose not to vote in 2016, as well as their mindsets going into the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

In 2016, many Black voters felt like the Democratic party let them down, and voter turnout fell when they were asked to support Hillary Clinton in the presidential election — a candidate who didn't campaign in Michigan until a mere few days before the election.

As Metro Times previously reported, the Democratic party's presidential candidates usually receive more than 95% of Detroit's vote, but that doesn't mean that those votes are guaranteed. The number of residents in Detroit — a city that is about 80 percent African-American — who cast a ballot during presidential elections dropped from 335,000 to 247,000 in 2016. PEW Research also found that year that the Black voter turnout rate across the country declined for the first time in two decades for a presidential election.

Read more: https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2019/09/03/detroits-black-voters-want-democrats-to-try-harder
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 09:00 PM (5 replies)

Hawaii County to pay $15.1M to settle police-involved crash

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Hawaii County has agreed to pay a $15.1 million settlement to the family of a Michigan man hit and killed by a police patrol car, officials said.

Jeffrey Surnow, 63, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, was riding a bicycle during his Big Island visit when he was struck and killed March 2015 by Jody Buddemeyer.

Buddemeyer, now 34, was working on his second consecutive eight-hour shift, officials said.

“In this case, what that policy led to is the officer being awake for more than 26 hours at the time of the accident. All the evidence indicates that he fell asleep,” family attorney Thomas Otake said.

Read more: https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2019/09/02/hawaii-news/hawaii-county-to-pay-15-1m-to-settle-police-involved-crash/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 08:28 PM (0 replies)

UAW authorizes strike; union targets General Motors first in contract talks

Source: Detroit Free Press

The UAW will seek to negotiate a contract with General Motors this fall as a template for talks with Detroit's two other automakers, setting up a confrontation with a company that has angered workers with plans to idle four U.S. factories.

UAW leadership made the decision, spokesman Brian Rothenberg said.

Factory workers have said they feel angry and mistreated by the company since GM's announcement of plant reductions in November.

“Mary Barra said from the outset of these talks that we will stand up (together) as we tackle a changing industry. We are ready to stand strong for our future,” UAW President Gary Jones said in a statement released at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2019/09/03/uaw-strike-gm/2086091001/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 05:42 PM (0 replies)

Beto O'Rourke stumps in Virginia for Democrats in pivotal state elections

Virginia Democrat Dan Helmer got a boost in his bid to unseat Del. Tim Hugo over the Labor Day weekend when presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke appeared by his side to whip up voter enthusiasm in a pivotal state election this November.

O’Rourke traveled throughout the state over the weekend, driving home the message that national Democrats want to flip control of the Virginia legislature in part to build momentum for the race for the White House.

“As important as 2020 is, the road to get there runs through 2019,” O’Rourke said at a rally Saturday in Fairfax County.

O’Rourke also campaigned with Del. Chris L. Hurst (D-Montgomery), who is defending his southwestern Virginia seat against Republican Forrest Hite, and Democrat Amy Laufer in her bid to unseat state Sen. Bryce E. Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) in a district that runs between Charlottesville and Fredericksburg.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/beto-orourke-stumps-in-virginia-for-democrats-in-pivotal-state-elections/2019/09/03/f16cfecc-ca89-11e9-a4f3-c081a126de70_story.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 02:19 PM (3 replies)

Beto O'Rourke stumps in Virginia for Democrats in pivotal state elections

Virginia Democrat Dan Helmer got a boost in his bid to unseat Del. Tim Hugo over the Labor Day weekend when presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke appeared by his side to whip up voter enthusiasm in a pivotal state election this November.

O’Rourke traveled throughout the state over the weekend, driving home the message that national Democrats want to flip control of the Virginia legislature in part to build momentum for the race for the White House.

“As important as 2020 is, the road to get there runs through 2019,” O’Rourke said at a rally Saturday in Fairfax County.

O’Rourke also campaigned with Del. Chris L. Hurst (D-Montgomery), who is defending his southwestern Virginia seat against Republican Forrest Hite, and Democrat Amy Laufer in her bid to unseat state Sen. Bryce E. Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) in a district that runs between Charlottesville and Fredericksburg.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/beto-orourke-stumps-in-virginia-for-democrats-in-pivotal-state-elections/2019/09/03/f16cfecc-ca89-11e9-a4f3-c081a126de70_story.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 02:19 PM (0 replies)

Former Gov. candidate Shri Thanedar may run for Detroit state representative

Shri Thanedar, the third-place finisher in the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary election, is setting his sights on a smaller target.

He has moved to the Palmer Woods neighborhood of Detroit and formed a committee to explore the possibility of running for state representative in the 3rd District, in a bid to replace Rep. Wendell Byrd, D-Detroit, who can’t run again because of term limits.

He’s one of three people who have filed to run for the seat, including Detroit residents Al Williams, a Democrat, and Lansing Sanchez-Castillo, who has no party affiliation. With 14 months before the 2020 election cycle, 51 people from all over Michigan have filed to run for seats in the state House of Representatives.

“I want to be an advocate for Detroit in Lansing because if Detroit succeeds, the entire state of Michigan succeeds,” Thanedar said. “We’ve seen a lot of progress in downtown, but the neighborhoods are still hurting.”

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2019/08/27/shri-thanedar-state-representative-seat/2124669001/
(Detroit Free Press)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 07:59 AM (0 replies)

Missing Persian cat reunites with Michigan family after 3 years

IONIA, Mich. — A flea-ridden Persian cat so weak she could barely stand was rescued from a residential garden in Ionia and reunited with her family in Grand Rapids after three years apart, an Ionia County animal control officer said.

Violet was found in Ionia on Aug. 6. She was covered in maggots, flies and fleas, the Ionia Sentinel-Standard reports.

Ionia County Animal Control Director Carly Quinn took Violet to a vet who was able to identify the 10-year-old because she was micro chipped. It took more effort to track down her humans 30 miles away.

Drew Potter adopted Violet from the Humane Society in 2012, but his contact information on the chip was outdated. Quinn persisted and found him on Facebook after a few hours.

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/09/02/missing-cat-michigan-grand-rapids/2190821001/
(Detroit Free Press)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 07:55 AM (0 replies)

UAW members uncertain, apprehensive amid scandal, contract negotiations

Beneath the echos of chants and drum lines during Monday's annual Labor Day parade in Detroit, there was an air of anxiety and uncertainty for UAW members, who are facing a union leadership scandal amid upcoming contract deadlines.

The Monday morning parade took place five days after the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service raided UAW president Gary Jones' metro Detroit home, and two weeks before the UAW's contracts with Detroit automakers expire.

The Aug. 28 raid on Jones' home was part of a string of national raids targeting UAW leadership in a federal corruption investigation centering on misspent UAW money. Nine people have been charged in the investigation so far.

Despite the chaotic situation at the top of the UAW, the Monday parade was buzzing with UAW members, many of whom said it was important for them to show solidarity and tradition no matter what their leadership may have done.

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2019/09/02/labor-day-parade-uaw-scandal-contract/2191046001/
(Detroit Free Press)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 07:37 AM (1 replies)

Benton Harbor schools may be open for now, but test scores are the pits

Struggling financially and academically, Benton Harbor schools got a fresh dose of bad news Thursday, with the release of state test scores showing their students are learning at among the lowest levels in the state.

Less than one in 16 third-graders in Benton Harbor are proficient in reading or math, according to proficiency rates for the 2018-19 school year released by the Michigan Department of Education. That proficiency rate of about 6 percent (a year earlier it was below 5 percent) is less than one-seventh the state average.

Proficiency rates in Benton Harbor are even worse in other test subject areas in grades 4-8 and 11, where less than 5 percent of students were proficient.

Benton Harbor is a low-income school district, and test scores are stubbornly tied to poverty. But even among school districts that serve poor communities, Benton Harbor stands out. Among high-poverty school districts with at least 1,750 students, Benton Harbor has the lowest test scores in the state.

Read more: https://www.bridgemi.com/talent-education/benton-harbor-schools-may-be-open-now-test-scores-are-pits
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 07:28 AM (0 replies)
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