Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Huron Valley Ambulance Paramedics Will Be At Ann Arbor Art Fair.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.


Summer is here, and you know what that means, right? Yes, it’s time for the 2019 Ann Arbor Art Fair. Running from July 18th to the 21st, the Art Fair is one of the most significant art events in the country, seeing upward of 400,000 guests attending the free three-day event each year.

I am happy to report that for the 24th consecutive year, Huron Valley Ambulance (HVA) will be providing on-site Emergency Medical Services to fairgoers and vendors. According to HVA, Huron Valley Ambulance provides medical coverage across the entirety of the fair, which covers 30 blocks in downtown Ann Arbor. To adequately cover to such a large area, HVA provides three paramedic bike teams, one paramedic mini-ambulance team, and a 40’ Mobile Operations Center on-site.

According to HVA, paramedic bike teams are positioned throughout the fair and consist of medics who can quickly maneuver through crowded spaces on bike, allowing them to reach patients swiftly. Bike team medics carry the same equipment found on an ambulance, allowing patient treatment to begin immediately. As stated in the HVA media release, the mini-ambulance team consists of medics on a gator equipped with medical equipment and a stretcher, enabling the crews to reach patients in crowds and take them off-site for ambulance transport. With forecasted temperatures during the Art Fairs near record highs, it is crucial that individuals attending the fair take extra precautions so that they may safely enjoy the event.

According to HVA, attendees and vendors are encouraged to wear sunscreen, take frequent breaks in the shade, and remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Attendees should also know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses; symptoms can include heavy sweating, muscle pain or spasms, dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting. If anyone in the heat is experiencing these symptoms, move the person into a cool environment, and call 9-1-1.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Major Power Outages in New York City.

By Editor and Publisher Jeff Brown.

There is currently a major power outage in New York City Saturday evening. At this time thousands of people are without power. As of 8:25 Saturday evening New York City is dealing with severe traffic and subway problems.

According to the Metropolitan Transportation  Authority, "We're working to identify causes and keep trains moving."

Friday, July 12, 2019

Lights For Liberty Vigil-Ypsilanti To End Immigrant Detention Camps and Violent Policies Impacting Undocumented Immigrants draws Hundreds To Riverside Park Friday evening.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor/Publisher Jeff Brown.

Amid the recent announcement that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids will occur this weekend across the nation, hundreds of people participated in the Lights For Liberty Vigil that was held in Ypsilanti at Riverside Park Friday evening July 12. The vigil ran from 8 pm until 9:30 pm and was hosted by the Interfaith Council For Peace and Justice and Love Resilience Action Ypsilanti.

According to a statement from vigil organizers, the goal of the vigil was to come together to host a vigil to end the detention camps and all of the violent policies impacting undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers and come together to grieve the lives already lost as well as the ones that are forever changed by the trauma endured.

I spoke with Eastern Michigan University student Jordan Walton who attended the vigil Friday night. According to Jordan,"I want to be here with open arms. I came to show that I care and that everything going on in the political world, I don't agree with it."

Speakers at tonight's vigil included Ypsilanti community activist Lisa Bashert and Interfaith Council For Peace and Justice representative Desirae Simmons, as well as community members who shared their thoughts and poetry.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is planning to arrest 2,000 undocumented immigrants across the nation starting this Sunday. ICE will be conducting raids to arrest migrant families who have previously received court orders to leave the country.

According to the New York Times, ICE raids are expected to occur in ten cities across the United States "over multiple days" and will include "collateral" deportations. This means that anyone who is at the scene of a raid may be arrested and detained as well.

On Thursday morning, July 11, Purple Walrus Press attempted to contacted ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls regarding whether ICE raids would be occurring in Michigan over the weekend. As of Friday night PWP has not received a response.

Photos by Purple Walrus Press.

Ypsilanti Mayor Beth Bashert participating in the vigil Friday.

Shooting in Ypsilanti Thursday leaves one victim wounded.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

A shooting that occurred in the 800 block of Armstrong in Ypsilanti Thursday, July 11,  has left a 48 year old man wounded. Two parked vehicles and two residences were also struck by gunfire.

Ypsilanti Police told Purple Walrus Press that officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Armstrong at approximately 1:12 pm Thursday because of reports of shots fired. While the officers were in route they found a victim who was then transported to the hospital for treatment for wounds.

Ypsilanti Police officers next located the crime scene securing it for evidence collection. The investigation revealed that after an altercation the man was shot. Officers then discovered that two parked vehicles and two unoccupied homes had also been hit by gunfire.

Currently, the victim is expected to recover from injuries. At this time no arrests have been made.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Lights For Liberty-Ypsilanti Vigil To End Detention Camps and Violent Policies Impacting Undocumented Immigrants To Be Held At Riverside Park in Ypsilanti July 12.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Amid reports of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that will reportedly occur Sunday, July 14 in major cities across the United States, a Lights For Liberty Vigil will be held at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti Friday, July 12 at 8 PM. The vigil is hosted by the Interfaith Council For Peace & Justice and Love Resilience Action Ypsilanti.

According to a statement, the Interfaith Council For Peace and Justice is coming together with other organizations to hold a vigil to end the detention camps and all of the violent policies that are impacting undocumented immigrants as well as those seeking asylum. Vigil organizers want to come together and grieve the loss of life and trauma endured, according to a statement from vigil organizers. According to a statement from organizers, "We want to find solace in being with others who will not tolerate these atrocities happening at the southern border and across this country at the hands of ICE. And, we want to share resources and opportunities to act locally by connecting with ongoing efforts to support our own community."

Purple Walrus Press contacted ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls Thursday morning regarding whether ICE raids would be occurring in Michigan this up-coming weekend. As of Thursday afternoon, PWP has yet to receive a response.

There will also be a vigil in Ann Arbor July 12 at the Federal building on Liberty Street. The vigil will begin at 8 PM.