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Cake day: Nov 14, 2021

Detroit’s Belle Isle among most visited state parks in the nation
> The park was considered by state officials to be second to Niagara Falls, which saw 4.4 million visitors last year but had COVID-19 restrictions in place […] It’s the largest city-owned park in the U.S., even out-sizing New York's Central Park.

> The annual increases are usually minimal, said Julie Schneider, so the 12 percent jump was higher than expected. […] She said the rising figures reinforce the need for more deeply affordable housing in Detroit, where census data shows the median income is $32,498 and a third of residents live in poverty. [Full article: [Archive.today](https://archive.ph/QOXxd), [12ft Ladder](https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crainsdetroit.com%2Freal-estate%2Fdetroits-area-median-income-raising-ranges-housing-affordability)]

> Todd Bettison acknowledged Tuesday that the initial batch of [10] scanners won’t be enough and that the department is seeking grants to secure an additional 10 scanners. […] Some security experts nationally have raised doubts over the accuracy of the scanners, warning that weapon detection systems have not been adequately studied and can be vulnerable to false positives.

‘It’s always a fight’: Detroit janitors, sanitation workers rally for better wages, benefits as new contract looms
> SEIU officials say currently, janitors working in downtown Detroit buildings are being “forced to raise their families on hourly wages ranging between $11.25 and $15.30.” […] The calls for better wages comes as Detroit, especially downtown, sees a resurgence, fueled by new developments and building restorations.

The politics of Helen Keller
> Keller fought her entire life against such bigoted notions and distortions of her life story. She constantly combated attempts to render her a hollow icon. Nonetheless, such images regarding Keller and disability continue to be reinforced everywhere. More often than not her radical politics are simply ignored. […] What is remarkable, however, is the power and tenacity Keller brought to bear in answering these attacks. She courageously defied any and all attempts to render her a second-class citizen. She would have her say, and woe unto those who would try to silence her.

> Organizing in Michigan, once a union stronghold, has symbolic significance. […] Votes for the other Michigan locations are expected to be collected in the first week of June. [Full article: [Archive.today](https://archive.ph/pqoCq), [12ft Ladder](https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crainsdetroit.com%2Frestaurants%2Ffirst-starbucks-michigan-reveal-union-vote-others-set-elections)] cross-posted from: https://midwest.social/post/131654

> Organizing in Michigan, once a union stronghold, has symbolic significance. […] Votes for the other Michigan locations are expected to be collected in the first week of June. [Full article: [Archive.today](https://archive.ph/pqoCq), [12ft Ladder](https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crainsdetroit.com%2Frestaurants%2Ffirst-starbucks-michigan-reveal-union-vote-others-set-elections)]

> When it opened its doors to the public, the Wright Museum was the largest Black history museum in the world. […] Dr. Charles H. Wright was an attending physician at the March 7, 1965 Civil Rights march in Selma, Ala. known as Bloody Sunday. Three days later, back in Detroit, Wright convened a group of fellow Detroiters to establish the International Afro-American Museum, or I AM. [Full article: [Archive.today](https://archive.ph/NGU1u), [12ft Ladder](https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crainsdetroit.com%2Fhistorical-sidenote%2Fcharles-h-wright-museum-african-american-history-marks-25-years-landmark)]

> Detroit now joins 14 other cities and three states that offer legal representation for tenants in eviction proceedings. Cleveland’s right to counsel program provided lawyers to about 60% of eligible households, compared with 1% or 2% prior to the law passing.

Detroit Health Department is offering free childhood vaccination clinics for residents this summer
> Throughout the summer, the City of Detroit will host vaccination clinics for children ages 5 to 17, on select Saturdays at various recreation centers across the city. Vaccinations include the COVID-19 vaccine and lead testing. […] To find out more about the immunizations and testing clinics, go to [detroitmi.gov](https://detroitmi.gov/departments/detroit-health-department).

> Two popular Detroit trees, Norway maple and Gingko, were predicted to have high adaptive capacity and low to low-moderate climate vulnerability in both emission scenarios. Natives like hackberry, Kentucky coffeetree, swamp white oak and burr oak were also projected to be highly adaptive and minimally vulnerable.

> The tenants of 700 East 134th Street are a motley crew, a recipe that often splinters under pressure. A few tenants were formerly homeless. Others were unemployed. Those with jobs — a chef, a photographer, a nurse, a metal fabricator, a substitute teacher and a digital printer, among them — had steady yet modest incomes. But they shared common ground in the struggle against high rents. [Full article: [Archive.today](https://archive.ph/NyEKA), [Internet Archive](https://web.archive.org/web/20220510203117/https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/06/realestate/tenants-eviction-port-morris-bronx.html)]

> Detroit rapper and superstar Eminem will be inducted into to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this fall. […] MC5, the revered rock band formed in 1963 in Lincoln Park and best known for its hit song ”Kick Out the Jams,” failed for the sixth time to gain induction in the performer category. [Full story: [12ft Ladder](https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crainsdetroit.com%2Farts-culture%2Fdetroit-rapper-eminem-be-inducted-rock-and-roll-hall-fame)]

> The lawsuit alleged Redfin’s minimum home price policy violated the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against sellers and buyers of homes in communities of color. Plaintiffs alleged that policies that limit or deny services for homes priced under certain values can perpetuate racial segregation and contribute to the racial wealth gap. Redfin said in a statement that the settlement was not an admission of liability. [Full article: [12ft Ladder](https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crainsdetroit.com%2Freal-estate%2Fredfin-settles-lawsuit-alleging-housing-discrimination)]

> The city ID program seeks to provide equitable access to the basic city services. “Whether it’s getting a library card, going for a medical exam, enrolling your kids into school, starting a bank account, those are things you need an ID for,” Yolanda Hill-Ashford said. […] Detroit ID cards are free for the first 5,000 who apply. […] To sign up or view required documents, go to [the city’s ID program website](https://detroitmi.gov/departments/detroit-health-department/programs-and-services/detroit-id).

> Questionnaires recently completed by patients of the Detroit clinic shed light on the travel burden a ban could impose. Some already come from outstate, where clinics are sparse, or Ohio, where a restrictive law prevents abortions for women more than 20 weeks into pregnancy. […] Below a prompt asking how hard it had been to gather the money, both women circled “extremely.”

> Dr. Shakara Tyler: “The sugarbush process is a sacred ritual where we commune with our trees as ancestors, as the kin that they are, as they gift the sap to us. […] Sap is not just something we consume because it tastes good. This is a very spiritual process where we can honor our sacred histories and honor the ancestral energy that’s present.”

> This year's festival is scheduled for Aug. 11-14, organizers said on Monday. It's expected to feature more than 100 local artists, performing in about 20 music venues across Hamtramck. No acts have been announced yet, but [artists can apply to perform at the Hamtramck Music Festival](https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5ZR738Q) through May 15.

Michigan DNR planning trolley or bus on Belle Isle
> The transportation service has been in the works for a few years and it’s “finally coming to fruition.” It would initially run Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. […] The service is expected to start in early July after the Grand Prix wraps up on the island. Scott Pratt says the original vision was that the shuttle would be a trolley but it might end up being a bus.

> “If we’re thinking about equity – these were thriving Black neighborhoods that were demolished,” Chase Cantrell said. “It only makes sense that we’re being very thoughtful about how Black people are involved in the regeneration of this area.”

> “The idea here is we want our utility companies to hire more utility workers to fix the issues as they happen,” Abraham Aiyash told the crowd. “We want them to actually invest in retrofitting and upgrading and making sure that our grid is climate resilient, so [the utility company] can’t blame a little bit of wind and a little bit of rain which shouldn’t be taking out people’s power in the first place.”

Report highlights obstacles and suggests solutions to Black homeownership in Detroit
> Anika Goss says Black Detroiters are denied mortgages at rates that are much higher than their white peers. “For the upper income [bracket], African Americans were still denied at a rate of 23 percent as opposed to white borrowers that were being denied at a rate of 10 percent. And so, there is something in the system that is pushing African Americans, even upper income African Americans, at a higher denial rate.”

> Ted Tansley said Detroit should fit low-income residents more broadly into the program so that “more people can qualify and get reduced-rate fare access to transportation.” “It would certainly expand opportunities for people who cannot get transportation access affordably,” Tansley said.

> A group called [Reproductive Freedom for All](https://mireproductivefreedom.org/) is circulating petitions to put the issue of protecting the right to an abortion in Michigan on the ballot in November. The group needs to gather 425,059 signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Protesters rally in downtown Detroit in response to leaked Roe v. Wade draft opinion
> Zora Bowens: “It’s going to affect everyone in the nation, but I don’t think people understand that it’s going to affect their sisters, their mothers, their grandmothers, their cousins, their family. Everyone around them, you know? People don’t think about it until it’s potentially going to hurt them.”

Events to reflect on Vincent Chin’s legacy
> “[Vincent Chin’s death] can’t be the end of the narrative. I need it to be more. I need to know that we have a pulse. This can’t be just where it ends,” Anthony Lee says. “There’s lots of things in the work and a lot of people with a sense of urgency, now more than ever.”

> In 1997, Victor Villalobos was inspired after meeting a group of teens from the Royalty Car & Bicycle Club. He shared their concern that the community viewed them as a gang and not as a group of enthusiasts passionate about bikes and cars. Villalobos, a youth minister at the time, and still very involved in the festivities brought the club to a Catholic mass to receive a blessing, allowing other community members to meet them. A neighborhood tradition was born.

> In April 2021, the leaders of three dozen major Michigan-based companies denounced a package of Republican-sponsored bills that would curb voting access in Michigan and other states. But since then, some of the companies have resumed funding the campaigns of Republicans responsible for bills that would make it more difficult to vote.

> The reversal to phase out enrollment at Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy was one of four changes district officials say they are making to the district’s $700 million plan to renovate, rebuild, or demolish school buildings across the city. The changes come partly in response to community feedback shared during seven meetings in March and April.

> Angel Squalls said, “Trees help mitigate storm water runoff and reduce flooding in the city. They help cool our streets and our neighborhoods.” Residents can request a free tree [on Detroit’s city website](https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/396efe007f9549b7af1d66b0fe992a62), or reach out to Squalls directly at 313-224-6391.

Source Booksellers in Detroit is surviving in an Amazon world
> Focus your inventory. Offer reasons to gather. All of which Janet Webster Jones has done since she opened Source Booksellers in 2013 with a tilt toward Afro-centric subjects and authors and a near-total emphasis on nonfiction that she explains in seven words: “I did it because I like it.”

> An analysis of right to counsel ordinances in other states by Stout Risius Ross found dollars invested in the programs bring cost savings to cities that implemented them. Stout has estimated Detroit lost 24,000 residents after an eviction filing in the last decade. In total, Stout estimated the city of Detroit lost $28.7 million in economic value due to out-migration from evictions.

> For many students, the financial assistance is their only means of going beyond high school—and FAFSA is the primary way to apply for federal student aid, which means that, until the Department of Education turned off tracking following The Markup’s questions, only the savviest web users could avoid sending an online application to the government without also providing potentially sensitive information to Facebook.

> CMU researchers found that from August 2016 to May 2018, the tool calculated scores that suggested 32.5% of Black children reported as being neglected should be subject to a “mandatory” investigation, compared with 20.8% of white children. […] The CMU research found no difference in the percentage of Black families investigated after the algorithm was adopted. The study found the workers were able to reduce this disparity produced by the algorithm.

Retaliation can’t stop growing Starbucks union
> In an all-staff meeting, CEO Howard Schultz claimed that “companies throughout the country [are] being assaulted, in many ways, by the threat of unionization.” […] Meanwhile, Starbucks workers aren’t waiting for the NLRB to issue rulings or tally ballots to fight for their rights on the job. Workers in several cities, including Denver, Seattle, Overland Park, Ithaca, and Buffalo, have struck. These have been not just over the firings of union supporters, but also over issues like understaffing, cuts to hours, and spying on union supporters.

> That local residents have come up with the “Remix of the Six” saying on their own is important to Dr. Geneva J. Williams, and demonstrates a buy-in of the corridor’s redevelopment plans. Even the word “remix” is important, its connotations suggesting that what’s happening on 6 Mile is adding to what’s already there, not reinventing it or making it unrecognizable. […] “Six Mile splits Bagley and Fitzgerald, which are overwhelmingly Black neighborhoods. We really wanted this project [7400 W. McNichols] to reflect the neighborhood,” Chase Cantrell says.

> Detroiters can expect to see the council deliberate and take action on the creation of the Reparations Task Force by Juneteenth […] Lauren Hood encouraged Detroiters who feel passionate about the issue to get involved in grassroot organizing, community service, and city meetings now.

Tens of thousands of Detroiters can get criminal records expunged; why few try
> More than 215,000 Detroiters have criminal records, the city estimates, and a projected 168,000 are eligible to have their record expunged. […] Detroiters do not seek expungement because they don't know they're eligible, they believe they need money for attorney fees, they have had negative experiences with the criminal justice system or the process is overwhelming, Shayla McElroy said. […] For Detroit residents interested in registering to have a criminal conviction considered for expungement, reach out to [Project Clean Slate](https://detroitmi.gov/departments/law-department/project-clean-slate) or email projectcleanslate@detroitmi.gov.

> “River otters were quite common in southeast Michigan, including the Detroit River, up through the arrival of European explorers and fur traders,” said Gearld P. Wykes. “During the fur trade era, they were much sought after for their fur, along with beaver. Based on historical records, river otters were likely extirpated from the Detroit River in the early 1900s.”