Saturday, April 29, 2017

Rally for Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo held at Bach Elementary in Ann Arbor Friday.

A rally was held on Friday, April 28, 2017, for Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo at Bach Elementary in Ann Arbor. Jose Luis, an Ann Arbor resident and father, was detained by ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) Wednesday, April 19, while checking in with immigration officials, as was his routine. Luis, who has lived in Ann Arbor for 18 years, has two children who attend Ann Arbor Public Schools and is married. Luis has one child who attends Bach Elementary on Ann Arbor's West Side, while the other attends Pioneer High School. Jose Luis has worked at a local restaurant for many years.

According to a statement last week by WICIR (Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition For Immigrant Rights) ICE will likely deport Jose Luis next week and are asking the community to, "Call or email your senators asking them to pressure ICE to grant a stay of removal to Jose Luis."

Organizers of Friday's rally and mach are hoping that through the community uniting their voices in support of Luis, his outcome can be changed. Roughly 75 people, including many children, participated in the march and rally that gathered in the playground of Bach Elementary.

The pre-march rally featured several speakers including Bach Elementary Principal Alison Epler and and Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor. Several participants in the rally were moved to tears as the speakers shared their feelings regarding what they see as the injustices immigrants are facing today in the U.S. in the wake of Trump's election.

Amid chants of, "Say it Loud, Say It Clear, Immigrants Are Welcome Here", Mayor Christopher Taylor stated during the rally, "We in Ann Arbor value everyone in the community. We know that deportation will not make America safe. We have to support the family."

After the half hour long rally, participants, including many children, marched from the Bach Elementary playground and onto the sidewalks of Ann Arbor's West Side neighborhood.

Also participating in the rally was Ann Arbor State Representative Yousef Rabhi.

Jeff Brown
editor & publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Ypsilanti Downtown Farmers Market to open May 2

Mark your calendar because Tuesday, May 2, is opening day for the Ypsilanti Farmers Market Downtown! Yes, season 12 of Growing Hope's vibrant, healthy and all around cool Ypsi Downtown Farmers Market will kick off and you don't want to miss it!

A variety of vendors will be selling fresh, seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, syrup, honey, jams. jellies, as well as, plants and crafts. All kinds of great things!

Ypsilanti Farmers Market Downtown accepts SNAP, cash, credit, Double Up, and Food Bucks.

See you there!

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Perspective from Flint Water Crisis activist Melissa Mays.

Hmm... what do I have to say about our 3 year anniversary? Well, 3 years ago a bunch of greedy jackasses changed the residents of Flint's lives forever. They then worked their butts off to cover it up as people were poisoned and died. ALL of these people should be behind bars. They are not. YET. So we must accept our new path and fight. Not each other, but every single person who did this to us. So people need to look in the mirror and decide if they are on the side of the people, or not. Those that choose "or not" and attack the residents here in Flint who are fighting every day to survive, will be exposed and taken down with the poison ship. We have no more options. When the people fight together, they win. 
Day 1096 in the #FlintWaterCrisis

 Melissa Mays.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Two vehicle accident on Washtenaw in Ypsilanti Tuesday afternoon

There was what appears to be a serious two car accident on Washtenaw Ave just West of Mansfield Tuesday afternoon, April , 25. The accident occurred at approximately 3:25 pm backing up traffic along east bound Washtenaw between Hewitt and Mansfield. As of 3:45 pm, traffic was being diverted via a side street over to Packard.

Two Huron Valley ambulances, Ypsilanti Police, EMU Police, and Ypsilanti Fire Dept responded to the scene of the accident.

The airbags in both vehicles were deployed and I saw one person involved in the accident transported to the hospital. As of 4:00 pm Ypsilanti Police on the scene would not confirm the number of people injured at the scene of the accident.

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

USS Michigan nuclear sub arrives in S. Korea and it is no picnic

According to a April, 25, 2017 press release from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs, guided-missile submarine USS Michigan arrived in Busan on April 25, for what the press release is calling a routine visit during a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific. Busan is South Korea's second largest city.

According to Tuesday's press release, "During the visit Sailors will experience the culture and history of the Republic of Korea, as we foster outstanding relations between the U.S. Navy, ROK (Republic of Korea) military and the local Busan community." That does sound lovely.

It just so happens that the USS Michigan has arrived in S. Korea just in the nick of time for North Korea's huuuge military parade. Oh, Fun! I say parade, but I happened to catch North Korea's "parade" on April 15th, (no, not in person!) and yikes, that was one holy mackerel freaking scary parade! Yike! Yeah, I watched the whole parade on you tube in the morning. The North Korean humongous military parade was so horrifyingly fascinating that I couldn't take my eyes off of it. It was on my birthday, too! Yep,  I spent my whole birthday morning quaking in my boots, I mean slippers, watching N. Korea's army strut around all over the place! Scary stuff! I was ready to build one of those underground 1950's style nuclear shelters in our backyard!

In other words, I don't think the United States Navy is in South Korea to experience the culture and take in the sights. I mean, this is no picnic. We are living in frightening times. I wish the USS Michigan was there for a picnic. As stated in Tuesday's U.S. Navy press release flashing across my computer screen,"USS Michigan is the second submarine of the Ohio-class of ballistic missile submarines and guided missile submarines, and the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name." My dad served in the United States Navy proudly during the Korean War, and he's very concerned about tensions currently between the United States and North Korea...We are all concerned. Nope, this is no picnic.

Jeff Brown
editor & publisher
Purple Walrus Press.