Fast Pace Linking to Youth Focused Organizations

Fast Pace Linking to Youth Focused Organizations

 

Kalamazoo, MI-
Kalamazoo Youth Development Network will be hosting a Youth LINK event Wednesday, December 16, 2020 to give the youth a chance to learn about what youth advocacy organizations are operating in the Kalamazoo area!
This Youth LINK Event will be in a speed dating event where local youth can learn about different youth advocacy efforts in the community.
Please use this link to sign up: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZMvdeqoqjMjHt3g1kqKLR724PpHM…
Are We Prepared? Working As An Collective To Be Safe

Are We Prepared? Working As An Collective To Be Safe

40 days. If you haven’t already, NOW is the time to prepare. Here are some tips:
⭐️ Learn self defense. Arm yourself. Get a gas mask and a helmet. Cardio.
⭐️ Stock up on non perishable food, water and a portable water filter, and first aid supplies.
⭐️ Identify and secure alternative power sources (battery powered flashlights and lanterns, candles, camp fuel/propane, a solar powered phone charger, camp stove, a generator if you can).
⭐️ Get a battery powered radio and begin collecting hand tools, paracord/rope, blankets and tarps.
⭐️ Keep your gas tank full as possible at all times and fill a duffel bag with extra supplies to keep in the car.
⭐️ Evaluate your home security and consider getting a door/window alarm, a porch/outside camera, and inspect the sturdiness of door frames and windows. Determine if you will need boards to cover windows or barricade doors and start collecting wood now (often found free or cheap on marketplace).
⭐️ There are lots of good deals at Park St right now to stock up on food. Many of these items can be found cheaply on Amazon or some thrift stores.
⭐️ Sit down and force yourself to walk through possible scenarios and formulate a plan on how you would realistically react, and plan accordingly, so you have already thought it over before it occurs.
⭐️ Identify a small group of people who you have zero doubt that you can trust your life with. Discuss one another’s skills and vulnerabilities. Collaborate and strategize to keep your group safe.
⭐️ Keep your eyes wide open and your ears to the ground. Pay critical attention to the news and double check sources, stories, and facts now more than ever.
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P.S.: After you’ve mentally and physically prepared yourself:
💜 Go for long walks in the woods as the leaves are changing colors.
💜 Find your favorite music and play it as much and as often as you want. Dance like nobody’s watching.
💜 Cuddle with a loved one. Reconnect with old friends. Take care of unfinished business.
💜 Read a book. Not a Marxist book, or a political book. A fun book. Like science fiction, or romance, or a graphic novel.
💜 Look up your favorite wholesome entertainment and keep it at the top of your streaming queue.
💜 Cook your favorite meals.
💜 Help organize and prepare your community but don’t spend a solitary second doing something you don’t need or want to do.
*Credit- https://www.facebook.com/dangergroove

M.O.H Host Voter Registration Event

Stephanie Moore at(269) 547-9002 Stephny4@gmail.com

Meshelle Foreman Shields at (410) 967-2078 meshelle@meshelle.net

Lon Walls at (301) 996-1669 lwalls@wallscomm.com

TO ENCOURAGE BLACK VOTER REGISTRATION AND ENGAGEMENT, THE MOTHERS OF HOPE AND THE BLACK WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE OF KALAMAZOO ARE HOLDING
A ‘BLACK VOTERS MATTER’ BUS TOUR, SEPTEMBER 20-26

#RUVoteReady Events Are Designed to Increase Black Voter Education and Registration

Kalamazoo, MI (September 22, 2020) — Tuesday, September 22nd is being recognized as “National Voter Registration Day,” a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating American democracy. The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center). To educate and encourage African American voters in particular to register and vote, the Mothers of Hope (MOH) and the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) of Kalamazoo have scheduled and undertaken a weeklong series of activities entitled the “Black Voters Matter” bus tour.

On Sunday, September 20th, the group held an “Our Faith, Our Voice” event at Arcadia Park. On Monday, September 21st, there was a “Neighborhood Empowerment & Good Vibes” parking lot gathering event with DJ Chuck at W. North and Rose Streets. The purpose of these events was to register voters, verify voter registrations, request absentee ballots and provide voter empowerment information to ensure that every vote cast is counted.

Upcoming activities include:

  • Tuesday, September 22nd (National Voter Registration Day) (12:00 pm) – A Virtual discussion entitled “Respect
    Our Vote: Black Millennials & Generation Z Voters Matter”
  • Tuesday, September 22nd – Black Voters Matter Health Briefing and Pop Up Party (10:00 am-12:00 pm, Family
    Health Center, Alcott Street Parking Lot; 3:00-6:00 pm, Family Health Center, Paterson Street Parking Lot)
  • Wednesday, September 23rd – “Hustle & Vote” Noon-2:00 pm at the Arcadia Festival Site and 6:00 pm-8:00
    pm at the Vine Neighborhood Association
  • Thursday, September 24th – (4:30 pm-7:00 pm) Card Games, Good Vibes & Community Fellowship, Mothers of
    Hope, 603 Ada Street
  • Friday, September 25th (8:00 pm) – Bonfire & Fire Side Chat with Black Youth Vote at 414 W. Paterson St.
  • Saturday, September 26th (Noon-4:00 pm) – Mothers of Hope Recovery Celebration & Reunion at 603 Ada St.
    For more information, please go to
    www.mothers-of-hope.org.
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    The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to
    increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success. Black Youth Vote is the youth-led civic leadership, training and organizing arm of the NCBCP.

      

@ncbcp @ncbcp National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

AIMS KIDS Led Virtual School Board Forum Series Beginning September 16th, 2020

AIMS KIDS Led Virtual School Board Forum Series Beginning September 16th, 2020

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN – Starting next week, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, PACCT Board will host two forums for the public to talk to 2020 candidates for the Kalamazoo school board. The forums will take place on September 16th and 23rd at the same time (see time information below). The purpose of this event is for residents and students to express their needs and question these candidates! This year more than ever, we need to hold our leaders accountable for the safety of our kids.

DATE:

Wednesdays (9/16, 9/23, 9/30)

TIME:

6:00PM-6:25PM Virtual Meet & Greet

6:25PM– 8:00PM EST School Board Candidate Forum

LIVE STREAM INFORMATION: Live Stream from Interfaith Homes

https://zoom.us/j/722484000
EVENT INFORMATION:

Facebook Evite

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Promise Advocating for Children & Community Transformation (PACCT) is a group of diverse stakeholders in Kalamazoo in direct opposition with KPS Administration and Board of Trustees lax efforts to make changes in district policies that are criminalizing, bias and not equitable to all students and families in the district. The formation of PACCT amplifies the voices of many parents, students and educators that are experiencing substandard treatment. This fierce group of individuals from the community is directly impacted by the education system and move as a collective to educate the community of the intersectionality of the issues the community faces. We will show intersections and educate using the known examples of the STPP (school 2 prison pipeline) in Kalamazoo, and State.  We will also show how the juvenile justice system is connected to the school system and how the next prosecutor and sheriff election is important to Kalamazoo County.

Mid summer mini youth festival july 2020

Mid summer mini youth festival july 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM MICHIGAN LIBERATION
Monday, July 13, 2020


CONTACT:
Marjon Parham

Communications & PR

marjon@miliberation.org

Mobile: (248) 878-9302

PACCT Board, Majyck Radio Evolution & Michigan Liberation Host Midsummer Youth Mini Festival in Western Michigan

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN – On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, PACCT Board, Michigan Liberation and Majyck Radio Evolution will host a Midsummer Youth Mini Festival in the Vine Neighborhood area of Kalamazoo. The event will offer a much-needed break and opportunity for young adults 17-25 years old to celebrate summer by providing resources, live entertainment, giveaways, and activities to help ease the tension and stress of the pandemic. 

There will be a variety of activities taking place. There will be live entertainment featuring local groups and musicians from the area. There will be youth resources for self-care dealing with mental health, a free clothing swap, and job connections for youth looking for employment opportunities. There will be several vendors onsite such as Planned Parenthood and several LGBTQ related organizations. Attendees will also get a chance to register to vote and learn about the upcoming election.  

Midsummer Youth Mini Festival for Youth (Ages 17 – 25)

DATE:

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 (5:30 PM – 8:30PM) 

WHERE:

Vine Neighborhood Association

WHAT:

814 S. Westnedge Ave.

Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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Urban democracy feast organizers deliver video podcast

Urban democracy feast organizers deliver video podcast

Kalamazoo, MI- Urban Democracy FEAST organizers were not able to go with crowd-source funding for their spring event. To stay safe and comply with federal social distancing as well as executive orders put into action by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The organizers plan on producing a series of podcasts that will supplement the face to face meetings and provide opportunities to engage with community online. For more information visit: www.urbandemocracyfeast.org

MICHIGAN COVID-19 STATEWIDE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF VUlNERABLE INCARCERATED PEOPLE

MICHIGAN COVID-19 STATEWIDE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF VUlNERABLE INCARCERATED PEOPLE

Kalamazoo, MI-

Message from Statewide organization Michigan Liberation

Michigan Liberation Online Petition

Michigan Liberation friends & families have crafted a non-exhaustive list of demand elected officials in the position of power during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Michigan Liberation organizers are demanding crisis protection for vulnerable populations and prevent the spread of the virus due to overcrowded conditions in Michigan state prisons and jails.

The grassroots organization recommends the following types of changes to be implemented by our Governor, legislature, sheriffs, prosecutors, and judges. Also demanding the immediate release from prison and jails for vulnerable populations, limiting arrests and warrants for low-level offenses so people don’t live in a higher state of fear, suspend criminal charges that can serve a more severe life-altering burden, and relief and care for our incarcerated loved ones. To find out more about the petition and details of the demands use the link below.


Will you Michigan Liberation by taking action on this campaign?
https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/michigan-covid-19-statewide-immediate-release-of-vulnerable-incarcerated-people?share=8aba2b91-6d35-46c2-aee8-7bfc79b17035&source=email-share-button&utm_source=email

https://www.facebook.com/MichiganLiberation/videos/519876012236759/

For more information, visit www.miliberation.org

urban democracy feast organizers cancel march feast

urban democracy feast organizers cancel march feast

March 28 event at Eastside Neighborhood Association

Kalamazoo, MI

The UDF planning committee decided it was best to cancel the 28 March Feast event. We will be rescheduling this event to occur during the fall (November 2020). Given the  CDC advice about canceling gatherings of 10 people or more, and the closure of all restaurants in Michigan, we believe canceling the 28 March event is best. 
We are working on a podcast to air close to the 28 March date, and an online event to discuss gaps in prevention, planning to deal with consequences of the virus, and other needs in the city.

We will let you know how to link to these events. 

Visit www.urbandemoracyfeast.org for more information.

 

 

17-Year-Old Creates a Website Tracking Coronavirus Cases  Globally

17-Year-Old Creates a Website Tracking Coronavirus Cases Globally

A teenager’s site  has gotten to be one of the foremost crucial assets for individuals looking for precise and up to date information on the following coronavirus pandemic. In late December, when coronavirus had not yet been identified outside of China, Avi Schiffmann, 17-year old high school student high school student from Seattle created nCoV2019.live See link for full interview by Democracy Now host, Amy Goodman

KPS Schools & Massive city-wide shutdown

KPS Schools & Massive city-wide shutdown

Kalamazoo Public School regular board meeting on Thursday, March 12 was shortly followed with breaking news of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order. All -12 school buildings are closed for the next three week and will re-open, April 6.

Spring break for students in Kalamazoo and Portage will continue as originally planned April 6- April 10, extending the mandated closure.

Many schools including Lake Michigan Catholic Schools announced spring break will continue as scheduled from April 3 – 13. All activities and events at both buildings, including daycare programs, are suspended until further notice. Kalamazoo and Portage will stay on schedule with spring break, April 6-10.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced the immediate closure of all Secretary of State branches statewide. Offices can only be accessible by appointment and limited reasons through April 5. Walk-ins will not be accepted and doors will be locked. The Home & Garden Expo has been cancelled as well as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicking off March 14.

Essential services will continue for Kalamazoo County offices but with limited staff beginning March 16 through April 5.

Kalamazoo Public Library and Portage District Libraries announced the doors will be shut from March 14 to April 5.

All public universities in Michigan have suspended in-person classes and switched to online learning including Western Michigan University. Classes will be online through April 3. Starting Monday, March, 16, Kalamazoo Valley Community College will shift to online coursework delivery..

Kalamazoo College has suspend in-person classes and using online classes for two weeks after spring break, March 17-March 26. Lake Michigan College announced campus will be closed for all face -to face classes from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20. Southwest Michigan College Dowagiac and Niles campuses will be suspended face- to -face classes and switch to online learning beginning Monday, March 16.

All ‘non-essential’ meetings for the City of kalamazoo have been cancelled. Including meetings planned to seek citizen input on a proposed ordinance to stop landlords from discriminating against prospective tenants. Senior Services of Southwest Michigan offices will close starting Monday, March 16. Home care and meals on wheels will still function as normal. The Kalamazoo County Jail does not have in-person visitation, only remote visitation by video.

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