One out of every three African-Americans males will be incarcerated during their lifetime. How long will Americans tolerate a dual justice system? We cannot afford to ignore this catastrophic growth in incarceration! Sadly, the incarceration rate for African-American females is spiraling rapidly. It is both unjust and unfair to future generations of African Americans for us to allow this unchecked aggression to continue. We are asking organizations throughout southeastern Michigan to join the mass incarceration/criminal justice reform campaign, Project Fifty-Fifty.
This half-day forum addresses the massive incarceration/criminal justice system forced upon African American families.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Triumph Church, West Campus, 16115 Beck Road, Northville Michigan 48168
- Viewing a ground breaking documentary that chronicles the lives of people and families affected by mass incarceration – “Milwaukee 53206:A Community Serves Time.”
- Engaging round-table discussions with an overview of services and issues impacting the incarcerated and community reentry. Topics range from racial profiling to the reclamation of formerly incarcerated citizens, with recommendations to reduce recidivism and its collateral consequences.
- Coffee, tea, juice, juice, water and a box lunch will be served.
This free event is open to the public.
Due to the urgency of initiating this campaign, participants will not be charged a registration fee. We appeal to individuals, organizations, civic and interfaith groups for your generous financial support to cover the cost for this event. Make checks Payable to Triumph Church – Project Fifty-Fifty, and send to P.O. Box 3256, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Your involvement is essential in eradicating unequal treatment of African Americans in the criminal justice system.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Inkster Alumnae Chapter held an Expungement & Community Resource Fair on May 20, 2017 at the American International Academy School in Inkster, Michigan. The purpose of the event was to help educate individuals on how to clear their criminal record. Polemarch Ted Sturdivant was a featured speaker at this event.
This is the season to be thankful for all the blessing that we have received and all the trouble that our savior has kept us from. This is also the season for giving back to others that are less fortunate than we are. The Chapter provided 20 Thanksgiving Baskets this past Monday afternoon to the communities that we serve. The 20 Thanksgiving Baskets represent the largest amount of Thanksgiving Baskets the Chapter has donated. The Chapter provided eight (8) baskets to Inkster, six (6) baskets to Ypsilanti, and six (6) baskets to Ann Arbor.
Brothers Stafford Watts, Chris Starks, and Jeff Holland handled the shopping for the food. The baskets consisted of food for a family of at least five. The baskets were stuffed with green beans, mac and cheese, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, sweet potato pie, and of course a turkey. We were able to secure and purchase twenty (20) 13-15lb turkeys from a corporation that supplies over 6,000 turkeys to Southeastern Michigan. The baskets were also supplied with a pamphlet that contained a Happy Thanksgiving greeting from all of the Brothers from the Chapter, our Chapter Officers, a copy of our Chapter photograph, and the history of the Chapter and some of our community involvement. The box also included tips on how to cook a turkey as well as cooking safety.
We increased from 13 baskets last year to 20 this year and I look for even more next year.
On Saturday, November 12, 2016, the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni Chapter partnered with the University of Michigan Cancer Center to provide a Men’s Fellowship Breakfast. The community really showed out with their participation and 30 Kappas from the Chapter were in attendance. This was the largest attended Men’s Fellowship Breakfast.
Special thanks goes to Senior Vice Polemarch Brother Michael Kinloch and the event chairman Brother David Wooten for their leadership and participation. The 30 Brothers and other men enjoyed a hot breakfast, music supplied by Brother Rod Kilgore,and a great presentation from our own Brother Dr. Scott Mial. A raffle was held with gifts that included an autographed football from coach Jim Harbaugh (U of M Football team) and four $25.00 Visa gift cards which was donated by the Chapter. Most importantly the topics covered hopefully, will lead to or continue to foster better health for the community and for us as Kappa men.
One’s health is extremely important and the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni chapter recognizes that health education is beneficial to everyone. Being aware of the best health practices will lead to longevity of life and prosperous health.
All men in the community are welcome to join us our Saturday, November 12, 2016 for a free men’s fellowship breakfast and health summit. The event will be held at the Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. The event, which will begin with a hot breakfast at 8:30 AM, will include featured presentations from 9 to 11:30 AM. Bring a friend!
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