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MCC Looks to Other Transit Systems for Hope; Plans Second Summit for Fall

Posted on Jul 1, 2014

MCC looks forward to their next summit – Build Transit. Build Business. – and reflects on some cities that invest heavily in their transit.

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Together We Gather: Rev. Cunningham of Detroit Clergy Gathering

Posted on Jun 25, 2014

As Harriet Tubman Center continues to build a powerful network of clergy and congregations at the Detroit, Metro Detroit and Statewide levels, we are interviewing clergy and lay leaders about their reasons for getting involved in organizing and what they are getting out of it. We are calling this series “Together We Gather.”

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YOUTH VOICE Welcomes Summer Interns

Posted on Jun 20, 2014

YOUTH VOICE, a project of Harriet Tubman Center, welcomes five new summer...

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Leadership Corner: Rev. Louise Ott, RTA Citizens Advisory Council & Chair MCC’s Transportation Taskforce

Posted on Jun 12, 2014

“The wonder of God’s grace is that we are lead where we did not plan to go…”

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DCG Welcomes New Lead Organizer and Begins Work in Southwest Detroit

Posted on Jun 12, 2014

The Planning Committee of Detroit Clergy Gathering gathered 25 Detroit Pastors (plus nearly 30 lay leaders) at their monthly gathering May 27. They learned about J-O-B-S for Detroiters in conversation with special guest, Chief Counsel for AFSCME, Mr. Herbert Sanders. And they introduced Brian Ellison as the new Lead Organizer for Detroit Clergy Gathering.

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101 Business Leaders, Elected Officials, and Clergy Gather to Discuss how Better Transit Means Better Business

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

How would an effective regional transit system impact the region’s economy including job retention and access, and the quality of life in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw counties? Do we have the political will to make the investments needed?

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Better Transit, Better Business Summit Opening Remarks – Robert Cornwall

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

While the benefits of regional transit are often on the tips of our tongues, public transit is not necessarily at the top of everyone’s agendas. But, if we wish to have vibrant economy that benefits everyone living in this region, we might want to look at other communities across the nation that are reaping the benefits of good regional transit systems. We don’t even have to go to Chicago – we just have to look to Grand Rapids.

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Detroit Zoo director joins call for regional mass transit – The Oakland Press

Posted on Jun 5, 2014

“We have to connect this unbelievable area and the zoo wants to help,” Kagan said before a gathering of business leaders, elected officials and several members of the Regional Transit Authority on Wednesday. “We really feel strongly that regional transit is needed for the vitality of the area.”

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Panels debate ways to improve public transportation in Metro Detroit – The Detroit News

Posted on Jun 4, 2014

Better transit options that are reliable and convenient are needed in Metro Detroit but the political and business will to make improved transportation a reality need to be better coordinated, two panels advocating transit discussed Wednesday.

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Time to build case for backing transit – Crain’s

Posted on May 14, 2014

For years, Southeast Michigan civic and business leaders have sought the holy grail: a quality, regional public transit system that competes for “riders of choice” as well as “riders of necessity.” Such a system would reduce peak freeway congestion as well as be attractive to young talent who prefer public transit to personal vehicles.

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City to remove check-box for felons from job applications – Battle Creek Enquirer

Posted on May 12, 2014

Convicted felons soon won’t have to check a box acknowledging their criminal past on a City of Battle Creek job application.

At a Thursday night meeting of the Creating Change activist group, Battle Creek city officials said the box was being eliminated. Creating Change and the Harriet Tubman Center have been working toward “banning the box” since January.

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Summit to tackle issues related to transit – Crain’s Detroit

Posted on May 12, 2014

Local religious leaders continue to lead an effort to bridge the political and social gaps in the development of a regional transit system.

On June 4, the Metro Coalition of Congregations of the Harriet Tubman Centerwill join WDET 101.9 FM host Craig Fahle, business leaders and members from the Regional Transit Authority for a transit summit at the Detroit Zoo.

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Michigan Students Spend Spring Break Walking 80 Miles To State Capitol To End School Pushout – emPower Magazine

Posted on Apr 25, 2014

On Monday, a group of Michigan youth began walking from Detroit to Lansing to bring attention to the alarming number of unjust suspensions and expulsions in Michigan.

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