Friday, August 30, 2019

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Monthly Flint Food Giveaway To Distribute Vitamin Rich Food That Will Limit Effects of Lead Exposure.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Flint families may get nutritious food that can limit the effects of lead exposure during mobile food pantry hours set for September at locations throughout Flint.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has provided the Flint mobile food pantries since February 2016 in partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint, according to MDHHS.

All mobile food pantry sites distribute foods rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron. Food available in September will include sweet corn, watermelon, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, potatoes and canned chicken. Food distribution sites remain open while supplies last. September dates by location are:
  • Asbury United Methodist Church, 1653 Davison Road.
    • Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m.
    • Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m.
    • Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m.
    • Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m.
  • Greater Holy Temple, 6702 N. Dort Hwy.
    • Thursday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m.
    • Thursday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m.
    • Thursday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m.
    • Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m.
  • Refuge Temple Church of Flint, 4400 W. Carpenter Road.
    • Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m.
  • Calvary United Methodist Church, 2111 Flushing Road.
    • Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Lapeer Gardens, 2324 Lapeer Road.
    • Saturday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m.
  • Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 Ballenger Hwy.
    • Monday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m.
    • Monday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m.
    • Monday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m.
    • Monday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m.
  • Salem Lutheran Church, 2610 Martin Luther King Ave.
    • Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m.
  • Flint Muslim Food Pantry, 4400 S. Saginaw St.
    • Monday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m.
  • Flint First Wesleyan Church, 3825 Davison Road, Flint
    • Monday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.
  • Fairhaven Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1379 W. Louis Ave.
    • Wednesday Sept. 18, at 10 a.m.
  • Hispanic Tech Center, 2101 Lewis St.
    • Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m.
  • Luke’s NEW Life Center, 3115 Lawndale Ave.
    • Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m.
  • Second Chance Church, 5306 North St.
    • Saturday, Saturday, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m.
  • Urban Renaissance Center, 2505 N. Chevrolet Ave.
    • Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m.
  • Divine Revelations Church, 6815 Verdun St.
    • Saturday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m.
Flint residents can also pick up free nutritional food at the three Flint Help Center locations. They are Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Highway, open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays; Asbury United Methodist Church, 1653 Davison Road, open Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Greater Holy Temple, 6702 N. Dort Highway, open Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This according to MDHHS.

This schedule is subject to change, and information about additional food distribution dates will be announced as they are scheduled. For more information or to find out about any changes in the schedule, visit the Food Bank website at and find the updated schedule on the Mobile Pantry Distribution page, or call 810-239-4441.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Eastern Michigan Football Kicks off The New Season Saturday, August 31.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Eastern Michigan University kicks off the 2019 football season on Saturday, August 31, against Coastal Carolina at Brooks Stadium in Conway, South Carolina. Saturday's game marks the first time EMU has played Coastal Carolina.

This is an exciting time to be a EMU football fan as the Eagles have been selected for a bowl game twice in the last three years. Eastern is in the midst of their best three year stretch in program history. This says a lot about head coach Chris Creighton and his staff. EMU football fans, including yours truly, are thrilled with the success coach Creighton has brought to the university.

This year there is much excitement surrounding Eastern Michigan senior quarterback Mike Glass. Coach Creighton recently named Glass as the  starting quarterback. Glass is a double threat because this guy can throw with accuracy, and run. In last season's Camellia Bowl Glass threw three touchdown passes.

Listen to Saturday's game on WEMU Ypsilanti 89.1 FM or watch it live on ESPN +. Kick off is at 3:30.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel Issues Statement on Israeli Government's Decision to Deny Entry to Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement Thursday, August 15, following the Israeli government’s announcement that it would deny entry to Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar:

"I am extremely disappointed that the Israeli government has adopted the bigoted political tactics of Donald Trump by barring two duly elected members of the U.S. Congress from entering the country. As both a Jew and personal friend of Rep Tlaib, I am outraged that she continues to face vile attacks simply for who she is and for doing her job. Rashida does not judge a person based on religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation or any other classification. She fights on behalf of those she feels are being oppressed, whether it be in her district or around the world. Donald Trump’s strategy of pitting Americans against each other knows no bounds, and politicizing the U.S.-Israel relationship toward that end is a new low. While I am a state official without decision-making authority on this, I stand in solidarity with Rep Tlaib and the thousands of Michiganders who chose her to represent them in Congress."

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Parola Perspective In Brief: Immigrant Labor.

By PWP contributor Brooks Parola.
We talk all of the time about how U.S. demand for illegal drugs is what fuels the smuggling of those drugs into the country from Mexico and elsewhere. So, by the same logic, is it not also true, that if there wasn't a demand for cheap immigrant labor, there'd be far less illegal immigration?
Now certainly, there are plenty of folks coming in and seeking a better life, fleeing poverty and violence in their countries; and those folks will always seek asylum, just like they do from anywhere else from around the world.
But isn't the better life they dream of achieving here in the U.S. based on work they KNOW they can get here, which despite it's slave wages, and lack of benefits, is still better than anything else they can find in their home countries?
Isn't it also true, that while it is illegal for them to be here, that it's just as illegal for employers to hire them?
The bottom line folks, is that employers hire them, and WILL NOT HIRE YOU, because those employers want CHEAP IMMIGRANT LABOR...there is a DEMAND for their labor.
And while Trump and his supporters want to piss and moan about those workers breaking the law, (and "holding them accountable") they have ZERO interest, (just as with the "War on Drugs") in doing anything about the demand side of the problem. NONE of these employers who hired these workers, are being held accountable for doing so. Now maybe this will at least force these employers to raise wages to attract American workers, but...I'm not holding my breath.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Annual Kids Triathlon Fundraising Event Makes Big Splash In Ypsilanti Saturday

Photo Jeff Brown / Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Under sunny skies and temperatures in the 70's the annual Kids Triathlon event made quite a splash Saturday morning at Recreation Park in Ypsilanti. The Kids Triathlon is a fundraising event for Rutherford Pool located in the city of Ypsilanti. The event is is presented by Friends Of Rutherford Pool and the Ypsilanti Kiwanis.

The triathlon included swimming, biking, and running. It was clear to see that participating kids were having the time of their lives...By the way, so were the scores of proud parents, friends and family on-hand.

The event concluded with an award ceremony in which all of the participating kids received medals. Plenty of watermelon and cookies were on hand, also!

According to event organizer Amyleigh Johnson,  97 kids participated in this years event which is a new record. The event raised $2,806. According to Amyleigh, the  Friends of Rutherford Pool committee is looking for committee members to keep this wonderful event running. Contact Amyleigh Johnson ( or Rutherford Pool if you are interested.

What a great way to spend a Saturday morning in Ypsi!

All photos Jeff Brown / Purple Walrus Press.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Statement Regarding Reforms To Address Gun Violence.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.
Tuesday Ohio Governor Mike DeWine  announced a series of legislative reforms to address gun violence and outlined further action to increase mental health prevention, identification, and treatment to better protect Ohioans.
“Gun violence doesn’t just take the form of mass shootings, people are victims every day in Ohio and across the country,” said Governor DeWine. “I believe that this is both a public safety issue and an individual wellness issue – we must address both sides to help solve the problem. It’s time to do something, and that is exactly what we are going to do.” 
This series of solid, workable reforms will help get guns out of the hands of people who should not have them under the law while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens who are entitled to the right to bear arms and will help prevent and treat those struggling with mental illness.
Governor DeWine’s proposals include:
Safety Protection Orders. Governor DeWine is asking the legislature to pass a law to allow courts to issue Safety Protection Orders which would remove firearms from potentially dangerous individuals and get them the mental health treatment they need all while maintaining an individual’s right to due process.
Increased Access to Inpatient Psychiatric Care. Over the past several years, Ohio’s state psychiatric hospitals have become predominantly used by patients who are court-ordered there for restoration to competency to stand trial. This week 79% of the adults in our state psychiatric hospitals are under court order.  The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is working to create a process where courts and community-based providers can work together to restore competency for those to stand trial in an outpatient setting which will free more hospital beds and decrease wait time for admission. The Ohio General Assembly will need to pass legislation to create this community-based misdemeanor competency restoration process.
Early Intervention. As part of the 2019-2020 biennium operating budget, the state is investing $675 million in wrap-around services for schools to design individualized programs, working with local mental health providers or social service organizations, to address the social and emotional challenges our students face. 
Access to Behavioral Health Services. The Ohio Department of Medicaid is investing $15 million in telehealth mental health services to students, so no matter where a child lives, they have access to high-quality mental health care.
Risk Factor and Resource Identification. OhioMHAS will be working with communities to increase knowledge of risk factors, help parents identify when their child is showing warning signs of a mental illness. The department will share screening tools with clinicians and help connect community-based services to link parents, families, and schools with proven supports and strategies to manage a child’s wellness over the child’s lifetime.
Background Checks. Governor DeWine is calling on the Ohio General Assembly to pass a law requiring background checks for all firearms sales in the state of Ohio with certain limited, reasonable exceptions, including gifts between family members.
Increased Penalties for Felons Who Illegally Possess Firearms. Gun violence occurs in neighborhoods and communities every day across Ohio and the nation. Law enforcement reports that the majority of this violence is perpetrated by a relatively small number of individuals who don’t have the right to possess a gun. Governor DeWine is calling on the General Assembly to increase penalties on felons who illegally possess or use guns.
Increased Penalties for Violent Felons Who Illegally Possess Firearms. Governor DeWine is calling on the General Assembly to increase penalties for violent felons and other people found with a gun they do not have the legal right to possess. The crime of having a weapon while under a disability is currently a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum of three years in prison. On a first offense, the crime should be a second-degree felony punishable by two-to eight-years in prison, and for subsequent offenses, it should be a first-degree felony punishable by three- to eleven-years incarceration.
Increased Penalties for People Who Commit Felonies While in Possessing Firearms. This proposal would increase penalties for people who commit felonies with a firearm or who possess a firearm while committing a felony to a mandatory additional one- to three-year sentence.   
Increased Penalties for Brandishing a Gun. The General Assembly should pass a law that increases the penalty for those who commit a felony while brandishing a firearm to a mandatory three- to five-year sentence.
Increased Penalties for Straw Purchases. So-called “straw” purchases, the act of purchasing guns for or giving guns to another individual are currently illegal under Ohio and federal law. However, this practice is far too common, so Governor DeWine is calling on the General Assembly to increase the penalty for a straw purchase to a second-degree felony punishable by two to eight years in prison.
Increased Penalties for Illegally Obtained Guns. We should increase the penalty for a person who possesses a firearm that they know was obtained through an illegal or fraudulent purchase in order to avoid a federal background check.  A person who possesses the gun should be punished in the same manner as a person who bought the firearm, increasing the penalty to a second-degree felony punishable by two- to- eight years in prison.
Increased Penalties for Those Who Improperly Provide Firearms to Minors. Too many kids are carrying guns on the streets often with tragic consequences. Adults who furnish firearms to minors must be held accountable.  Governor DeWine proposes that the General Assembly increase the penalty for improperly providing a firearm to a minor to a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.
School Tip Line. The DeWine administration is expanding the state’s school safety tip line, where kids and adults can call or text anonymously to 844-723-3764 with tips about potential school violence.
Social Media Monitoring. In a 24-7 world of social media, threats can arise at any time. The Hub at the Ohio Department of Public Safety is expanding their ability to monitor and track potential threats on social media and will share that information with local school and local law enforcement.
Community Safety. The operating budget provides nearly $9 million to help harden soft targets like non-profits and religious organizations to make their facilities more secure.
School Safety and Intervention Programs. Working closely with Sandy Hook Promise, Ohio’s schools are implementing their “Know the Signs” safety program across the state. This program equips school staff with knowledge and skills to identify potential threats of violent action and take steps to intervene. There are 23 training dates already scheduled.
“I believe these proposals fulfill three important requirements. They can pass the legislature, they make meaningful progress toward safer communities, and they are Constitutional. Passing them won’t be easy, but this is the right thing to do and this is the right time to do it,” Governor DeWine added. “We can pull together to do meaningful things to protect lives. It won’t be easy, but I believe in this state, and I believe in our people."

Monday, August 5, 2019

Parola Perspective In Brief: On Gun Violence In America: When Are We Marching On Washington?

By PWP contributor Brooks Parola.
When are we marching on Washington? How bad does it have to get? Oh, what, it wasn't YOUR loved one, (only a matter of time!) so there's no need to go to the "extreme" of protesting the offices and institutions of our gov't that are responsible for the inaction? By US doing nothing, we are bad as they are! Of course THEY do nothing, if WE do nothing!
Folks, we are being terrorized by white racists in this country, and our government is doing nothing about it! If they were Muslim, you'd be outraged, demanding change, and taking to the streets over the inaction going on right now! Why are you not as outraged, just because these shooters are white?!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Second Annual Eastern Michigan University Police Bike Rodeo Draws crowd In Ypsilanti Saturday.

Photo Jeff Brown Purple Walrus Press.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

If You're a kid and you love bikes, the Eastern Michigan University Police Department Bike Rodeo was where you wanted to be Saturday. The event was held from 10 AM until 2 PM in the parking lot of the Convocation Center at Eastern Michigan University and it was easy to see that those in attendance left with a smile on their faces.

This family friendly Bike Rodeo was organized by EMU Police Officer Joseph Torres who told me that as of 11:30 AM over one hundred had already participated in the event. You couldn't pick a better day as the event was held under blue skies in temperatures in the low eighties.

The Bike Rodeo featured a free safety check, mechanical check, Helmet fitting, kid helmet giveaway, rules of the road, practice skills, food and drink, and check this out... a limited number of free bicycles!

All photos Jeff Brown / Purple Walrus Press.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Parola Perspective In Brief: The Thing We need To Remember About Debates...

By Purple Walrus Press contributor Brooks Parola, formerly of Flint Town.

The thing to always remember about debates is that candidates are often perceived as having won not based on anything substantive that they said, but rather based on the zingers they inflict on their opponent.
We all remember Lloyd Bentsen telling Quayle he was no Jack Kennedy, but nothing else from that debate.
And this is what we need to keep in mind when choosing who’s best to debate Trump. Trump will “win” every debate against someone unable to withstand his nonstop attacks, and who is unable to offer a quick counter. They must be able to expose him for the fool and shyster that he is. That’s just as important as getting across the DNC message.