Ypsilantian Realizes His Life-Long Dream With A Poetic Tribute To His Brother

Ten percent of proceeds will benefit Cancer research

Ten percent of proceeds will benefit the fight against cancer

At 66 years old, James Gery Welch proves you’re never too old to fulfill a dream.                                                                                                                                  

James Welch began writing poetry while growing up in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Over the years, he’d place his finished poems in file folders and then forget about them. When Cancer took his brother’s life at age 63, Welch wrote a poem about him. Eddie was also a writer, a songwriter, who never published his verses.

In 2002, James went so far as to compile his poems and copywrite them but they haven’t seen the light of day, in book form, until now. This is something James predicted he would do one day, publish a book in his brother’s name.

James Welch’s poems have been published in; Cellar Roots, AIM, True Romance, Mobius and Midnight Xpressions. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Eddie was James’ eldest brother. They, along with their brother Levi, were long time Ypsilanti residents and Ypsilanti High Graduates. They all worked in and around Ann Arbor.

It’s taken a while to get from there to here, but at the ripe, young age of 66, Welch has pursued his dream by publishing his first book of poetry. For Eddie: Cancer Survivor.

Welch is donating 10% of the proceeds to “aid in the fight against that which scourges lives, cancer.”  ponchojgw@yahoo.com

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Pack the House: In Support of Judge J. Cedric Simpson

The Honorable J. Cedric Simpson, Washtenaw County Judge, 14-A District Court

The Honorable J. Cedric Simpson, Washtenaw County Judge, 14-A District Court

Judge Simpson is set to appear at a hearing presided by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission retired Judge Peter Houk of Ingham County.

The hearing will be held on March 30-April 2 beginning at 9 a.m. Please arrive at 8:15 to ensure time to get through security and seated. The location is the Washtenaw County Trial Court at 101 E. Huron St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

The hearing will address allegations accusing the Judge of using his authority to interfere with a drunk driving investigation involving a female law student working for him as an intern.

Plan to join us at the hearing as we show our support. For transportation, please email judgesimpsoninfo@gmail.com or call (734) 707-7537. Our opinion is that Judge Simpson did not interfere with the investigation and that he cooperated with the arresting officer and with the Prosecutor.


Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan
PO Box 7825, Ann Arbor, MI 48107 (877) 979-FAIR www.fhcmichigan.org

Monday, December 29, 2014
For more information contact: Pamela Kisch, 734-272-8383


Ypsilanti Township – The Fair Housing Center (FHC) of Southeastern Michigan has aided in the filing of a new race discrimination lawsuit against Swan Creek Mobile Home Community in Ypsilanti.

In April 2014, the FHC took a complaint from Paula Scott. Ms. Scott reported that her family received an eviction notice after her 17-year-old African-American daughter, Zakara Scott, was pushed to the ground and physically assaulted by Amanda Cadreau, a white tenant at Swan Creek.

According to the lawsuit, “Ms. Cadreau assaulted and battered Plaintiff Zakara Scott as Zakara exited a school bus at the Defendant’s manufactured home park community […] The police report was filed immediately thereafter, listing Zakara Scott as victim of Amanda Cadreau’s assault and battery.”

Swan Creek requested and obtained written statements regarding the incident, but only from the family of Amanda Cadreau. Two days after the assault and battery incident, Swan Creek served the Scotts with an eviction notice.

“Swan Creek treated the African–American victim like the perpetrator and the white perpetrator like the victim; and we are talking about an African-American teenager assaulted by a white adult,” said Ann Routt, Board President of the Fair Housing Center. Amanda Cadreau was criminally convicted and sentenced for the March 5, 2014 assault of Zakara Scott.

The case was referred to the Fair Housing Center by Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM). Legal Services attorneys successfully stopped the eviction of the Scott family. FHC Cooperating Attorney Steve Tomkowiak assisted LSSCM on the eviction and agreed to continue with the civil rights portion of the case. On December 19th, Mr. Tomkowiak filed suit on behalf of the Scott family in U.S. Federal District Court. LSSCM plan to act as co-counsel. The case is assigned to the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman.

The Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan, founded in 1992, actively protects the civil rights of those who are discriminated against in the rental, sale, or financing of housing through investigation, education, advocacy, and legal action. The FHC takes an average of 150 complaints each year from its eight-county service area – Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties.

The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.

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The Ann Arbor Branch of NAACP to hold its 2014 Freedom Fund Dinner

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Ann Arbor Branch NAACP
Freedom Fund Dinner

Sunday, November 2, 2014
4:00 p.m.

Ann Arbor Sheraton Hotel

Theme: “All in for Justice”

Speaker: Elizabeth D. Whittaker

Social Justice Advocate

Tickets – $50.00

Tickets may be reserved by calling the NAACP answering service:

(734) 761-9084

Please support a Freedom Fund Scholar for $35.00.

*All contributions received by October 28, 2014
will be noted in the program.

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Ann Arbor Native, Nelson Taylor, Dies at 64

Nelson Taylor, Ann Arbor native, passed away June 8, 2014 after a long illness.

James and Julie Taylor moved their family from Brownsville, Tennessee to Ann Arbor in 1942 and lived in what is now considered “the old west side.” Nelson Taylor was the youngest son of that union and worked for a time
in Washtenaw County’s Juvenile Division.

Nelson was preceded in death by three brothers: James Taylor,Donnie Taylor, and Michael Taylor and four sisters:
Carolyn Ginyard, Jeannette Hall, Alma Taylor, and Annie Mae Hampton. He is survived by two sisters, Bertha Rowry and Sylvia Bell of Ann Arbor, one daughter Nicole Taylor of Detroit, Michigan, and one uncle Eldridge Taylor of New York, New York as well as a host of neices, nephews, cousins, and friends. Nelson will be missed
by everyone who knew and loved him.

A memorial service may take place at a later date.

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“The Anonymous People” – free public screening

“The Anonymous People” is an inspirational, award-winning documentary film highlighting the millions of Americans in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, lending their voices and their stories to a grassroots social justice movement that takes aim at changing the conversation from problems to solutions. Public screenings of this film are sweeping across our nation; shattering deeply embedded societal stereotypes and countering the stigma of addiction with the hope and reality of long-term recovery. This free public screening provides a unique opportunity for our Southeast Michigan community to experience a powerful, profoundly moving testimony to the presence, power and diversity of recovery.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25, 2014; 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

WHERE: University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Amphitheatre, 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109.

WHO: This event is being organized by the University of Michigan Students for Recovery and the Eastern Michigan University Students for Recovery.

COST: Free, open to all, no registration is required.

Contact Matt Statman, LMSW, CAADC; U/M Collegiate Recovery Program Manager.
Phone: 734-763-3933. Email: collegiate.recovery.program@umich.edu.

Video trailer: http://vimeo.com/64948005.
Read more about the documentary at http://manyfaces1voice.org.

A Community Plan for Narrowing the Achievement Gap

Ann Arbor, (MI ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

Contact: Joyce M. Hunter,
National Trends Program Chair
Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter The of Links, Inc.
P.O. Box 7346
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48107
(734) 769-1630


A Community Plan for Narrowing the Achievement Gap

(Ann Arbor, MI) – The Ann Arbor Chapter of the Links has continued working with the Kettering Foundation on issues regarding the Achievement Gap. “ The Kettering Foundation operates from the premise that the process of educating is not solely the responsibility of the schools. Other institutions can and should contribute to learning.”

With this in mind, the Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated has formed local partnerships to identify programs to help with narrowing the achievement gap. Four components have been identified for a Community Plan. One component is a mentoring program for African American male students.

Within the Links organization, we have a National Trends Facet, and the achievement gap is one of the Links National Trends. The Links originally held three Achievement Gap Forums from the 2011-2012 years. The forums were held to engage the community in a dialogue about the achievement gap, gather data, and begin developing a Community Plan. Part of the dialogue was to move beyond discussion and develop an action plan. We heard many individuals say that after such forums there is often not a plan or follow up.

The Ann Arbor Links Chapter is holding its fourth Forum entitled “Narrowing The Achievement Gap” on Saturday, March 15 at Washtenaw Community College at the Great Lakes Building in Room 202. The forum will be from 9 am- 11:30 am to provide an update on the work that has taken place since the 2012 Achievement Gap Forum. The purpose also is to get community input, and to let the community know that we have moved beyond just a dialogue. This event is free and open to the public.

About The Links, Inc. of Ann Arbor (MI)
The Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is committed to making a difference and impacting lives in our community. Formed in 1979, the group has funded community projects like the Imagination Library, provided scholarships to students throughout Washtenaw County, created a library at Peace Neighborhood Center, and partnered with other organization to promote literacy and support the Warm the Children campaign. Their national motto is “Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service.” You can learn more about The Links locally at www.annarborchapterlinks.com or nationally at www.linksinc.org

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Annual U-M career conference features talk by Dr. Mae Jemison, former NASA astronaut

Conference Theme: “Transforming the Face of Leadership”

The U-M Women of Color Task Force will host its 32nd annual career conference on Friday, March 7, 2014. Attendees may select from 32 workshop sessions designed to support their professional and personal development. This event is open to the general public. Registration fees range from $75-120.

The 8:30 am keynote session at Hill Auditorium is free to the public and will feature Dr. Mae Jemison, former NASA astronaut. Dr. Jemison was the first woman of color in the world to go into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. She is currently the principal of the 100 Year Starship Project, an initiative designed to make human interstellar travel a reality by 2112.

For workshop descriptions and registration information about the conference, please go to the following webpage: www.tinyurl.com/WCTF2014Conf or call the U-M Center for the Education of Women, 734-764-6005.

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Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Hosts Biennial Elegant Summer Evening

What: An Elegant Summer Evening: Emeralds & Ice hosted by the Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

When: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Where: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

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Bone Marrow Drive Informational Meeting

Last November our cook, Percy Pryor, was diagnosed with Leukemia. He’s been through chemotherapy and now is in need of a bone marrow donor. While searching for a donor, we have learned that there is a very low percent of African Americans (and other minorities) on the donor registry and since Percy is African American he would most likely need an African American donor. We’ve also learned that it is actually very easy and painless these days to become part of the National donor database. It requires a simple mouth swab to become part of the database and if selected to donate bone marrow you are put under for the process (which is different than it used to be!). There are many misconceptions about the process of becoming a bone marrow donor and many people don’t realize that most of the donor database consists of White Caucasians.

Based on all the information we’ve learned, Cafe Marie is partnering with Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) and is hosting a bone marrow drive at the end of July to raise awareness about the bone marrow donor process and to increase the number of minorities on the donor list. This Monday, June 24th at 4pm Cafe Marie will be housing an educational session for Cafe Marie Staff and the public hosted by Stephanie Holland from LLS.

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