Who: Sponsored by Civil Rights for Immigrants- Action for Greater Lansing, and including speakers: Diego Bonesatti, Santos Gutierrez, Aida Cuadrado, Juan Marinez and more.
What: Engaging in the Community for Reform: Nuestras familias, nuestros hogares, nuestras voces. Includes workshops, keynote speaker, exhibitors, health panel. (Bilingual program, programa bilingüe)
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Cristo Rey Church, 201 West Miller Rd, Lansing, MI
Advertisers: Interested in exhibiting at this event? Click here for PDF info: Exhibit Table – Sponsorship Registration Form CRI
Art@Work Public Unveiling Event, Saturday, Feb. 23
WHAT: Peckham, in collaboration with Michigan State University’s (MSU) Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) and the College of Engineering have created a dynamic public arts project, Art@Work.
Art@Work is a mosaic of individual pieces created collaboratively by Peckham client artists, community artists, and university students. More than 100 individual pieces will be in the first installation, resulting in a display of art measuring nearly 60 feet wide and 25 feet tall. The final display will include enough art pieces to cover a 200 by 40 foot wall.
“The sheer size of this installation beautifully highlights the personal stories and unique work of each artist,” said Mitch Tomlinson, Peckham President & CEO. “We are excited to see the culmination of Art@Work and to be able to share this incredibly unique representation of diversity with the community.”
WHEN: Saturday, February 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a brief ceremony at 11 a.m. followed by the official unveiling of the Art@Work installation. This event is free and open to the public.
WHERE: Peckham, Inc., 3510 Capital City Blvd., Lansing, MI. Turn into the Airport entrance from Grand River Avenue, Peckham will be on the right. Guests can use the West and Courtyard Entrances.
Art for the installation was created by client artists working with Sue McGuire, art program developer, and by students in RCAH’s civic engagement courses working collaboratively at Peckham with Guillermo Delgado, community artist and academic specialist for civic engagement. Students in the MSU College of Engineering developed ideas for the design framework and partnered with RCAH students to prototype and implement viewing technology for the installation.
This activity is supported in part by an award from the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
Peckham, Inc. is a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization that values quality, diversity and performance. Our mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human potential for persons striving for independence and self-sufficiency.
Michigan State University Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH)
The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State University is an innovative, residential, four-year degree program designed for students who want to combine a small-college experience with the resources and opportunities available at a research university. Students engage in the arts and humanities through experiential learning and focus critical attention on the public issues we face.
MSU College of Engineering
The College of Engineering at Michigan State University is one of the largest and oldest colleges on the MSU campus, with six departments and 170 faculty members serving nearly 3,000 undergraduate and 850 graduate students through ten undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs. The strategic vision of the college focuses on five major crosscutting research areas: energy, health, materials, security, and sustainability.
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Please join us on Wednesday, February 20th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Dublin Square Irish Pub (327 Abbot Rd. East Lansing MI).
The 2013 Annual Meeting serves to bring together the leadership and membership of the Lansing Area Hispanic Business Association, as well as the community to take a look back at our 2012 accomplishments and look forward to our plans for 2013. Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend as a way of networking and business- building with local organizations and professionals.
Light food and refreshments will be provided
The Lansing Area Hispanic Business Association is dedicated to building a better Lansing through the growth and prosperity of Hispanic business, all minorities, young professionals and all women-owned businesses/professionals.
Please RSVP at email@example.com or 517-862-1605 so we can order correctly.
The 20th annual (!!!) Day of the Woman Conference will take place at MSU on March 30 from 7a-5pm. Check out the JPEG below for more info, prices, and registration. (Clicking on the image will open it larger in a new tab)
We got the following job posting in (attached below). CACS is looking for bilingual financial counselors. Deadline is January 25.
CACS (right click, open in new tab)
LANSING –Today, Michigan’s immigrant community and supporters launched a national push for comprehensive immigration reform at a news conference on the Capitol steps. Similar events were held in Detroit and Kalamazoo, and began two weeks of press events across the country sounding the starting bell for the 2013 campaign for immigration reform.
At the event, community leaders demanded swift action by Congress and the President.
“It is unacceptable that whole populations live in the shadows of society, constantly threatened with possible separation from their families and communities,” said Father Fred Thelen, pastor of Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Lansing. “But today marks a milestone in the struggle. Today we are standing up and demanding that our law makers make the purposeful, moral choice to keep our families together.”
Advocates released principles for reform, including a provision that would allow deported family members to be reunited with their loved ones in the US. They also called for a strong, accessible path to citizenship for the undocumented.
Mariana C. is a 14-year old U.S. citizen and member of the Cristo Rey parish. “All the people in my church want to be with their mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and cousins. People like to be with their family. But I’ve seen families really sad. I’ve seen them separated. They’re never the same, after someone leaves,” she said. “It’s time for the President and our congress to change these rules that hurt people and hurt their families.”
“We need lawmakers to follow the lead of the people,” said Professor Ruben Martinez, director of Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University. “The last election made it clear that now is the time for our nation to truly acknowledge the human dignity of immigrant families and realize the human and social costs of the broken immigration system.”
The coalition, which included labor, faith, social service and civil rights organizations from across the region, pledged that they would conduct call-in campaigns, marches, and community action to strengthen the call for reform. They pointed out that subsequent to the surge of Latino voters in 2012 President Obama has repeatedly said that immigration reform will be a top priority in 2013. Even many Congressional Republicans like Speaker John Boehner have pointed to the need for reform.
Our advertiser, Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) released the following posting. The “apply by” date on the bottom says October 5, but this posting was JUST forwarded to us, so assume that deadline has been extended.
Early Childhood Advocacy Coordinators
The Early Childhood Investment Corporation is currently seeking qualified candidates to educate and recruit members of the general public in the Upper Peninsula, Northern, Central, Southwest and Southeast regions of Michigan, in order to advocate for early childhood programs and services. The Investment Corporation is a national leader in its non-partisan grassroots effort to increase public will and education regarding the critical importance of early learning and development prior to kindergarten entry and is committed to building a more diverse staff as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of Michigan’s children.
This position joins a dynamic and innovative team that is focused on educating parents, business leaders, philanthropic organizations, service providers and legislators about the importance of investing in early childhood programs and services, and specifically the significant impact that high quality opportunities and supports make on the outcomes of children living in high risk circumstances.
This contract position requires excellent interpersonal skills, strong organizational capacity, interest in and experience working with diverse communities, the ability to work independently and as a team member, and demonstrated public speaking experiences: all of which are needed to develop a grassroots network willing to advocate for early childhood issues. A strong candidate for the position will have at least an Associate’s degree, (Bachelor’s degree preferred) strong knowledge of the Michigan budget and legislative process, the interpersonal skills to engage people across the designated region, and 1 to 3 years of relevant experience.
Responsibilities and Duties:
This list is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.
This position 30-35 hour per week contractual position that requires frequent travel within the region including evening meetings, and monthly meetings in Lansing, with highly competitive compensation for deliverables as specified in the contract. A valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation is needed. Specific territories will be determined by the pool of applicants.
The Early Childhood Investment Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer which is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation, and seeks to recruit, hire and retain a diverse workforce with employees whose knowledge, skills and abilities support the ECIC’s standards of excellence.
Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to the Early Childhood Investment Corporation’s Human Resource Department at: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 5th.
Capitol Rally: Let Dream Students Drive!
Students and community leaders demand that the Secretary of State Gives Driver Licenses to DREAM Students with Work Permits
Friday, November 9th, 12:00 PM, Capitol Building, East Steps, Lansing
In September, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced that she would not give drivers licenses to DREAM students with work permits from President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Students across the state are wondering: what good is a work permit if I can’t drive to work or school?
The Secretary of State’s position is contrary to federal law, and makes Michigan agree with Arizona. Arizona is the only other state in the U.S. that is denying drivers licenses for students.
Students from the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University will gather at the Capitol on Friday at 12:00 to demand that Governor Snyder and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson meet with them and resolve the issue.
Carpools and buses are available from Detroit, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids.
For more information on transportation and agenda, visit http://bit.ly/dreamdriver
Detroit: In Southwest Detroit, meet at Clark Park parking lot at 9:30 AM
Wayne State: outside the Starbucks on Anthony Wayne Drive, 9:30 AM
Grand Rapids: Rogers Plaza Shopping Center Parking Lot, off of 28th St. SW, between Michael Ave SW and Clyde Park SW
Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University, meet at Bernhard Center main entrance, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue for carpool, 9:20 AM
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Union, 530 South State Street, meet outside by the Cube, 9:30 AM.
Manifestación en el Capitolio: ¡Dejen a los Estudiantes DREAM Conducir!
Los estudiantes y líderes comunitarios exigen al Secretario del Estado que otorgue licencias de conducir a los estudiantes DREAM con permisos de trabajo.
Viernes 9 de noviembre, 12:00 p.m., Capitolio (lado este), Lansing
En septiembre, el Secretario del Estado de Michigan, Ruth Johnson, anunció que no iba a dar licencias de conducir a los estudiantes del DREAM, beneficiados con los permisos de trabajo del programa de acción diferida para los llegados en la infancia por parte del presidente Obama.
Los estudiantes de todo el estado se están preguntando: ¿de qué sirve un permiso de trabajo si no puedo conducir hasta el trabajo o la escuela?
El Secretario del Estado está en contra de la ley federal y hace que Michigan esté de acuerdo con Arizona. Arizona es el único estado en los EE.UU. que está negando licencias de conducir para los estudiantes.
Los estudiantes de la Universidad de Michigan, Wayne State University y Western Michigan University se reunirán en el Capitolio el viernes a las 12:00 p.m. para exigir al gobernador Snyder y al Secretario del Estado Ruth Johnson que se reúnan con ellos y resolver el problema.
Viajes compartidos y autobuses están disponibles en Detroit, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor y Grand Rapids.
Para obtener más información sobre el transporte y el programa, visite http://bit.ly/dreamdriver
Detroit: en el Suroeste de Detroit, reunirse en el estacionamiento Clark Park a las 9:30 a.m.
Wayne State: afuera del Starbucks en Anthony Wayne Drive a las 9:30 a.m.
Grand Rapids: en el estacionamiento de Rogers Plaza Shopping Center, tomar la salida 28th St. SW, entre Michael Ave SW y SW Clyde Park SW
Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University, reunirse en la entrada principal del Bernhard Center, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue para compartir coche a las 9:20 a.m.
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Union, 530 South State Street, reunirse cerca de the Cube a las 9:30 a.m.
LSSM Employment Opportunities
Refugee Foster Care Supervisor – Full-time
Therapist – Full-time and/or part-time
Case Manager – Full-time
Interpreter/Case Assistant – Full-time
LSSM has recently expanded services to immigrant and refugee youth placed in foster care. The majority of the youth served by this expanded program are originally from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. Bi-lingual skills are highly preferred for all applicants. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to the attention of Diane Baird at email@example.com or fax: 517-321-8247.
June 2013 “Your Mission” Ads and content due date April 12.
September 2013 “Values” Ads and content due July 31.
January 2014 “Latinos in Lansing” Ads and content due late November.