Monday, August 13, 2018

Flint Activist Melissa Mays On Day #1559 of Flint Water Crisis.

Downtown Flint. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Contributed to PWP by Melissa Mays of Flint.

Looks like it's another day of Justice and Clean Water for residents of Flint. Oh... wait... got that backwards. 😡 But it IS Day #1559 in the #FlintWaterCrisiswith no justice, clean water or recovery for most. And a note taped to my door about my latest lead test. Fun.
Class Action Lawsuit update: We are still in the fight!! Wouldn't it be nice if the State and all responsible parties said "Innocent Flint residents, we are sorry we failed you (like Governor Snyder said Jan 2016) so let's hear what YOU need to start to rebuild your bodies, homes and lives." Oh, wouldn't that be lovely. For the people that participated in the poisoning of our city, who ignored our cries for help and who covered it up as people suffered and died actually did what is right and fixed what they broke?!?!?! Hmmm... Luckily for us, we have attorneys that will not stop fighting until we see #Justice4Flint!!! DO NOT GIVE UP!!!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rutherford Pool Kids Triathlon at Recreation Park in Ypsi Saturday: Summertime Fun, smiles and Sweat.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

90 talented, determined and most athletic kids aged 4-12 proudly participated in the annual Rutherford Pool Kids Triathlon event Saturday morning at Recreation Park in Ypsilanti. It is safe to say that all involved, from our young Ypsi athletes, to the large crowd of spectators, left the event wearing big smiles! The annual event also featured face painting, juggling and food for participants. Not bad!

The non-competitive triathlon is a fundraiser for Rutherford Pool presented by the Ypsilanti Kiwanis in cooperation with Friends of Rutherford Pool. According to co-organizer Amyleigh Johnson the Triathlon event Saturday raised over $2,000 for Rutherford Pool.

The event entailed swimming, biking, and running. Although the event was non-competitive, the challenge was to finish the course. However, I must admit that I couldn't help cheering my daughter on to victory!

EMU Police Dept 1st Annual Bike Rodeo A Big Hit With Area Youth in Ypsilanti Saturday at Convocation Center.

EMU Police Officer Tim Siecinski takes a participant through the bike course Saturday. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

The 1st Annual Eastern Michigan University Police Dept Bike Rodeo was a rousing success with kids and the entire community Saturday at the EMU Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. Temperatures hovering in the upper 80's did not dampen the fun for Ypsi kids or the many participating EMU police officers who were having just as much fun as the kids were. The event ran from 10 am until 2 pm.

The Bike Rodeo was free and welcomed all ages, but the kids ruled the day as moms and dads happily looked on. The event included a free safety check and helmet fitting. EMU police officers provided kids instruction on the rules of the road, helped them practice their skills, taught them bike safety, provided food and handed out lots of cool free stuff. That's hard to beat!

The Bike Rodeo was coordinated by EMU Police Sgt Joe Torres and it was clear through speaking with him that the department is very intent on building a positive relationship with the Ypsilanti community and that's pretty fantastic.

Fraser Bicycle located on Packard St between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor set up a tent at the event and donated 20 free bike helmets, stickers and water bottles, according to General Manager of Sales Ed Renauer.

A strong and steady flow of kids participated in the Bike Rodeo Saturday. As of 11:30 am an impressive 60 kids had participated in the 1st annual Bike Rodeo. Make sure to come on out again when the event returns next year!

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

The folks from Fraser Bicycle

Huron Valley Ambulance.

Making an appearance Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hold on to your Horses! EMU Police Dept Bike Rodeo is coming Saturday August 11 to Convocation Center in Ypsilanti!

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Hold on to your horses, I mean bicycles, because this weekend, Saturday, August 11, the Eastern Michigan University Police Department will be holding their first Bike Rodeo at the EMU Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. The event is free and will be held from 10 am until 2 pm.

The Bike Rodeo will welcome folks of all ages, but kids need to bring a parent. This most awesome event will include a free safety check and helmet fitting. Participants can also learn the rules of the road, practice their totally awesome skills learn how to bike safely and there will be food and drinks available to boot! How cool is that?! Oh, there will also be free stuff. I love free stuff!

For more info or RSVP contact

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

As of Tuesday morning voter turnout looks strong in Ypsi for primary.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to Ward 2 primary election volunteers at Estabrook Elementary in Ypsilanti voter turnout has been strong and steady. The high turnout is not surprising as large numbers of residents in Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County have taken a vested interest, perhaps more so this primary election than previous elections. This may be in large part due to the numbers of highly charged campaign rallies in Ypsilanti over recent weeks in support of governor candidate Abdul El-Sayed.

A little over a week ago several hundred residents packed Brown AME Church in Ypsilanti for a rally for El-Sayed that featured supporter and new energetic face of the Democratic Party Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of  New York.

A rally for Abdul El-Sayed this past Sunday at the Marriott Eagle Crest Hotel in Ypsilanti featuring speaker Bernie Sanders drew roughly 1000 people in the sweltering heat.

Notable near the entrance of  the Ypsilanti Ward 2 voting site Tuesday morning was the presence of a group supporting Proposal 2 which would amend the Michigan Constitution to create an independent redistricting commission. Proposal 2 will appear on the ballot in November.