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GAA President and CEO Sylvester Hester appointed to Tuskegee University Board of Trustees

Global Automotive Alliance (GAA) President and CEO Sylvester Hester was recently appointed to the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees to serve a full, four-year term as a state-appointed trustee by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.

How To Survive Encounters With Police

ER doctor Geoffrey Mount Varner MD, MPH, has seen the aftermath of what goes wrong when the police have altercations with civilians.  In fact, after seeing the injuries pile up over the past two decades, he couldn’t remain silent any longer.
“My 11-year-old son is old enough to be killed by the police. As a father of an African American boy, I’m especially concerned with what could happen when black youth are stopped or pulled over by the police,” said Varner, who authored a book to address what one should do when pulled over or stopped by the police. He hopes parents read the book and encourage their children to follow these invaluable steps that will immediately start to save lives once used.

“Home Alive:  11 Must Steps to Surviving Encounters with the Police” empowers parents with survival skills to teach their children to make it home alive.  It provides the necessary advice of what one should say or do in a vulnerable situation, especially for youthful black and Hispanic civilians.

New Financial Center Aims to Close Racial Wealth Gap — Starting with HBCUs

During the 2008 housing crisis, an estimated 7 million Americans lost their homes due to foreclosure. African-Americans were hit the hardest with a loss of nearly $200 billion, according to the Center for Responsible Lending.

New public/private partnership to improve highways in Michigan

MDOT and Kiefer Foundation partner to add more cable median barrier on Michigan highwaysFast facts:
Since introduction in 2008, approximately 380 miles of cable barrier have been installed on Michigan freeways.
– Cable barrier have reduced cross-median crash rates by 87 percent and contained 97 percent of out-of-control vehicles.
Four cable barrier projects are in the 2018-2022 safety program, totaling 19.5 miles at an investment of $4.5 million.August 28, 2017 — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) today announced a first-of-its-kind public/private partnership to improve safety on Michigan highways using protective cable median barrier.The partnership between MDOT and the Kiefer Foundation will involve investing $300,000 to add 1.7 miles of protective cable median barrier on I-96 from Doan Creek to east of Dietz Road in Ingham County.

Mitchel Kiefer, the foundation’s namesake, tragically lost his life at this location on I-96 in September 2016. His vehicle was struck from behind and pushed across the median into oncoming traffic.

Record Number of Chicago Black Women Are Getting Concealed Gun Permits

According to a  new study, black women are arming themselves more in Cook County, Chicago.

About 800 black women got a license in 2014, according to Illinois State Police. So far in 2017, nearly 1,400 black women have received a concealed carry permit — already more than all of 2016. In all, more than 4,000 black women have received a concealed carry license in Cook County.

Garlin Gilchrist, the surprise candidate..? City Clerk challenger says he isn’t surprised at all

Garlin Gilchrist

Garlin Gilchrist may be the only person in Detroit who claims to not be surprised by the fact that he will be the one challenging incumbent Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey and not Heaster Wheeler. Because judging by the polls leading into the primary, Gilchist was given only about a 2% chance whereas Wheeler had 12%. But the incumbent Winfrey was polling far higher than either of them at about 48%.

Heaster Wheeler urges supporters to vote for Garlin Gilchrist for City Clerk

“Today, I am endorsing the dramatic change and transformative leadership that’s needed in the clerk’s office,” said Wheeler.  “The turnout for our last primary election was abysmal, and I hold our current clerk responsible for the office’s persistent lack of engagement with our community and consistent disrespect for the duties of the office.  Therefore, I support Garlin Gilchrist to be Detroit’s next city clerk.”

City of Atlanta Announces Emergency Shelters Open Today

The City of Atlanta announced today that it is working with local partners to open shelters in an effort to help ensure that residents and displaced individuals have a safe place to stay as Hurricane Irma approaches the State of Georgia. Atlanta remains under a tropical storm warning. The main threats to the metropolitan Atlanta area are heavy rain, strong winds, possible flooding, and power outages.

State-by-State Comparison: This is How Long $1 Million Will Stretch In Retirement

Mississippi is the state where your dollar will last the longest amount of time in retirement, while Hawaii is the state where your dollar will last the shortest, a new study found. How much money do you need to retire? How long will your retirement savings last? A study by is offering the answer depending on where you live.

MARTA General Manager And Chief Executive Announces Departure From Nation’s Ninth Largest Transit System

General Manager and CEO Keith Parker will step down after nearly five years in service of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Parker will join Goodwill of North Georgia, which provides job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs, as president and CEO this fall.

Mayor Kasim Reed: Atlanta is a city of dreamers

Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program marched through the streets of downtown Atlanta Monday. Hundreds of demonstrators walked from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s office building on Ted Turner Drive to the Atlanta City Detention Center, where some immigrants are detained, after President Trump announced his decision to rescind the program.