People’s Movement Assembly

Majyck Radio-Kalamazoo, MI- Dozens of concerned citizens gathered at a local venue in Kalamazoo to discuss and engage in conversations intended to deconstruct the history and foundation of systemic barriers created by white male patriarchy.

Taking a macro look at the micro level injustices that plague not only our nation, but issues and systems here in SW Michigan and Kalamazoo. Environmental Justice and present day injustices were topics  that brought out emotions and plenty of dialogue.

Participants were able to “break out” into groups, depending on their topic interest and discuss in depth root causes and possible solutions that could be done collectively and individual self interests.

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City Of Kalamazoo 2013 Municipal Election, November 5, 2013

Kalamazoo, MI–Tuesday morning, voters will have an opportunity to vote for their local representation  including Kalamazoo, Portage, South Haven and Three Rivers.

Poll stations in SW Michigan
Poll stations throughout SW Michigan

 Commissioners are elected every two years on a non-partisan basis. All seven city commission seats are open. Candidates with the most votes will become mayor and vice mayor, respectively.  Six out of seven incumbents are running for this years election.

In Portage, six candidates are seeking to fill three four-year council seats. The mayoral postition for Portage is also available, but Mayor Pete Strazdas is running unopposed.

In Parchment, there are four candidates for four seats on the Parchment City Commission — incumbents Terry Hageman, Vice Mayor Robert Britigan III and Thomas Balmer, as well as Jon Heasley, son of Mayor Robert Heasley.

Other  ballot initiatives in Southwest Michigan include:

  • Centreville: Centreville Public Schools officials are asking voters to approve a $12.8 million bond proposal that would pay for facility upgrades and repairs. If approved, the district’s current debt levy of 4 mills would increase to 6.95 mills starting in 2015 and stay near that level until starting to drop in 2028. It would be paid off in 2035.

  • Constantine: Constantine Public Schools officials are asking voters to approve a $6.62 million bond issue to upgrade the middle school. Also on the ballot is a request to renew the district’s 18-mill non-homestead tax. If approved, the bond issue would not involve a tax increase, and voters would continue to pay the current debt levy of 6.8 mills.

  • Three Rivers: Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry is seeking an eighth term and faces a challenge from newcomer Larry Nichols. Linda Gearhart will challenge incumbent Larry Matson for a two-year term as the city’s at-large commissioner. Incumbent Jared Hoffmaster and newcomer Diane Lee Haley-Clay are uncontested for the first and third district commissioner seats, respectively.

  • South Haven: South Haven Mayor Robert Burr is seeking re-election to a third two-year term. His opponent, Frank Consolino, has pleaded guilty to three felony charges of marijuana distribution and is scheduled to be sentenced the day before the election. If he receives prison or jail time he would be ineligible to serve as mayor because he would be unable to fulfill his duties, according to South Haven Clerk Amanda Morgan.

Polls will be open Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check online at to see a sample ballot and to determine their polling place.

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