Saturday, January 19, 2019

Congressman Elijah Cummings Statement On Efforts To End The Government Shutdown.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

January 16, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to end the Trump shutdown and fund government agencies for the eighth time:
“On the 26th day of the Trump shutdown, I again voted to end the shutdown and fund government agencies.  This shutdown has gone on for far too long.  The American people deserve to have their government back at work for them, and federal employees deserve their pay.  Our government must be better than this.”
“Every day the shutdown continues, the pain felt by the over 800,000 affected federal workers only increases as anxieties about how to pay rent, cover medical expenses, and provide for their families deepen.  The more than 23,000 Maryland-based federal employees who are furloughed or working without pay have already missed one paycheck, and are now forced to contemplate the possibility of going an entire month – or even longer –  without pay.  I am glad to have voted to pass legislation to provide federal employees with back pay once the shutdown ends, but that does little to alleviate the pain of our nation’s public servants who went from living paycheck to paycheck, to paycheck to no check.”
“I am proud to have voted for each of the eight measures Democrats in the House of Representatives brought to the floor to end the shutdown and provide funding to government agencies.  I urge Leader McConnell to bring these measures up for a vote in the Senate, and for President Trump to work with Congress to allow the government to get back to work in service to the American people.”

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

United Way of Washtenaw County provides $3,000 in grant funding to Eastern Michigan University's Family Empowerment Program.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.
According to a press release from UWWC,  in response to home fires that left families homeless at Hamilton Crossing, United Way of Washtenaw County awarded Eastern Michigan University a $3,000 grant to subsidize the cost of renter’s insurance for Hamilton Crossing residents. This grant will provide renter’s insurance to families to protect their personal property in the event of a fire, theft or natural disaster.
“United Way providing the grant will allow several families to have options in the event that something happens causing them to be displaced,” says Marquan Jackson, Director of the Ypsilanti Housing Commission and United Way Board Member.
According to United Way of Washtenaw County, The Family Empowerment Program (FEP) is the largest service providing organization for Ypsilanti Housing Commission (YHC) families. The FEP fosters self-sufficiency for YHC residents by both serving as an access point for key community resources and providing a fixed rent cost not to exceed 30% of their income. A fixed rent in a safe community with on-site social services allows residents to experience upward mobility.
“In Washtenaw County, the Red Cross responds to more home fires than any other type of disaster. This data is constant year to year,” stated Bridget Healy, Director of Community Impact. “This responsive grant to the FEP ensures families are not homeless after house fires and are protected in the event of an emergency.” As state in the media release.
According to United Way, "Reducing the rate of homeless individuals and families is one of our goals and it is being achieved with our strategies of supporting the prevention of housing and homelessness. The best way to fight homelessness in our community is to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place."

As part of our 98-year history, United Way of Washtenaw County brings people, organizations, and resources together to create a thriving community for everyone. We focus on Health, Education and Financial Stability, the building blocks for a good quality of life, to strengthen the community and create opportunities for individuals and families. Our Volunteer Center provides an easy online way for people to connect with nonprofits and our 2-1-1 helpline refers more than 8,000 people annually to critically needed services. To learn more, donate, or volunteer, visit

Monday, January 7, 2019

The National Treasury Employees Union Files Lawsuit Monday in response to Government Shutdown

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

In a press release issued by the NTEU (National Treasury Employees Union) Monday evening January 7, the National Treasury Employees Union has stated that they filed a lawsuit Monday, January 7, alleging that the administration has violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by making it a requirement that federal employees work without being paid during the government shutdown.

According to the press release from NTEU, the complaint has been filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on behalf of a Customs and Border Protection Officer named Albert Vieria who is stationed at the southern border. According to NTEU, Vieria is one of the thousands of federal workers required to work without pay.

According to NTEU National President Tony Reardon, "It is unconscionable that many employees are having to work-and in some cases overtime-with no pay whatsoever."

The National Federation of Federal Employees to hold rally with Labor to End the Shutdown On Thursday Jan 10 at White House.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) is co-chairing and organizing a federal employee workers rally that will take place on Thursday, January 10 at the White House. The rally will protest the government shutdown that has furloughed hundreds of thousands of financially suffering federal employees and has forced thousands more federal workers, also hurting financially,  to work without pay. This according to a January 7 press release from the NFFE.

According to the NFFE, the demonstration will start at noon at the AFL-CIO headquarters at 815 16th Street NW Washington D.C. There will be a march to the White House following keynote speakers.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Parola Perspective In Brief: On Democrats: Messenger Must Be Charismatic and Compelling.

By Purple Walrus Press contributor Brooks Parola formerly of Flint.

There's no doubt in my mind that part of the reason Hillary lost was because she was judged much more harshly than her male counterparts. There's no doubt in my mind that the same double standard exists with Warren.
Having said that, what we need to have learned from Hillary's loss, is the same thing we should have learned from Kerry's loss, from Gore's loss, from Dukakis and Mondale's loss, and all of our other Democratic heroes, going back to Adlai Stevenson, and that is:
I love everything about Elizabeth Warren's message; the way she dealt with the whole DNA thing however, makes me feel like Trump would have her for lunch!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year from Flint Water Crisis Activist Melissa Mays: 2018 Was Tough.

Contributed to Purple Walrus Press by Melissa Mays of Flint.

2018 was tough. We in Flint fought, we loved; we won, we lost; we laughed, we cried; most importantly we learned & we stood strong. May 2019 bring you all a new chapter, fresh starts and more of the same good stuff!! 😁 Happy New Year!!