Not since WWII have we had a global refugee crisis like we have today. Over
65 million people
have lost their homes due to conflict or disasters and are living in desperate conditions either in refugee camps or as nomads travelling the world. In the 10 months of this year alone, 9 million men, women and children have been displaced and these numbers continue to grow. Here is a website that provides global details of this displacement:
he NY Public Art Fund sponsored 300 of Ai Weiwei's pieces throughout all 5 boroughs. One of his larger symbols, "Gilded Cage" is in view of
sending the message that "fences (don't) make good neighbors".
I look forward to viewing some of these art pieces as we spend this weekend in NYC.
We are one human race meant to take care of each other like family. We need to work harder to find commonality and to wipe out the hatred felt by so many.
Since he (thankfully) hasn't been able to accomplish his mantra of Repeal and Replace, the occupant of both Trump Tower and our nation's Oval Office, instead, is working hard to sabotage our
Healthcare System by instituting at least 12 initiatives that have weakened Americans access to medical care. From ending low-income subsidies, to shutting down the enrollment website on Sundays to posting anti-ACA videos online. The NY Times has a complete list of his disgraceful efforts.
He has always said "wait till it implodes..." but what he's doing is imploding it himself. Here's a thought, how about doing your job by leading the congress to develop a plan to fix the issues of the ACA system. Bravo to the bipartisan effort of Washington Dem Patty Murray and Tennessee Repub Lamar Alexander for creating a deal to help fix Health Care to counter POTUS' sabotaging efforts. Since #45 is against this deal, they will need to get 67 votes to also counter his veto threat.
He drew a line in the sand and asked for loyalty. No other artist has ever made his career an "all or nothing" option. But
Eminem made a 4 minute Rap Rant against Trump at last week's BET Awards show which went viral. Are you Team Eminem
** or Team Kid Rock? Both musicians are from Macomb County, yet from different sides of the track.
Kid Rock grew up on the wealthier side and became a huge Trump supporter while fakely tempting to run for US Senate against Debbie Stabenow. Eminem grew up on the poor side, has no intention of running for office but his rap on our current POTUS spotlighted major concerns like avoiding a Nuclear Holocaust, combating Racism and supporting Colin Kaepernick.
The one standing in the middle who's appalled by this divisiveness is ex-Green Beret (and former football player)
Nate Boyer who suggested to Kaepernick to take a knee in the first place. Now he's writing to Every. Single. American. (as he puts it) to quit fighting from each side and come together and compromise.
All they wanted was independence and a home of their own, but both
are fighting against the recent referendums and efforts of their northern residents. Spain plans to take back control of
on Saturday and Iraq did the same for the
, who had
been brave soldiers against ISIS. The Iraqi military took their (oil-rich) land of Kirkuk (which they held for 3 years). There are 30 million stateless Kurds who live
in parts of Turkey
Syria. They are mostly Sunni Muslim but they have their own language and rituals.
Taylor Force Act
The most complicated of all conflicts is, of course, the Israeli-Palestinian dispute entering its 70th year. The two Palestinian governments (Hamas and Palestinian Authority) have tried many times to unite with the most recent attempt this week. One of the many problems is that Hamas is a (certified) Terrorist entity with its main goal of Israel's destruction. So how can Israel "negotiate" with a "peace partner" whose aim is annihilation. And then you've got the PA which monetarily rewards terrorist and their families for killing Jews. Their "Martyr Fund" distributed $344,313,451 to terrorists in prison or to the families of suicide attackers. This equals nearly 1/2 of the foreign aid the PA receives. This must stop and the AJC is asking us to help by contacting Congress to encourage support of the revised
Taylor Force Act
which requires the PA to be forceful in its anti-violence actions before it receives any foreign aid.
Monthly salary converts to $400 and increases based on this chart.
(12,000 Israeli shekels = $3,425.57 per month if their jail time is over 30 month)
One of the main concerns in our county is the severe Opioid addiction. Of course POTUS wanted to install a
Drug Czar who had experience helping the "other team" of this epidemic. Thankfully after a 60 Minutes
exposé, he withdraw his name from consideration. 64,000 people overdosed in our nation last year. That is an increase of 22% from the previous year and the rates continue to climb. Medical examiners in every city are completely overwhelmed as their efforts double and triple by the day. There are many to blame for this issue but we must move past the blame game and onto a concrete action plan to address the problem. Maybe we should look at other countries who have been successful at dealing with this epidemic.
Detroit and 150 other America's cities submitted their Amazon proposal in hopes of landing the coveted location for HQ2. 50,000 jobs will be created and $5 billion will be spent on the new Headquarters. The final decision will be made next year. Odds have Detroit as a dark horse but we're fighters with a strong spirit to succeed. Bravo to the our city's team who worked on this project. Fingers Crossed for Detroit. Check out this amazing Detroit video to help convince Jeff Bezos to "Move Here. Move the World."
This weekend will bring me to a viewing of
Dear Evan Hansen
and in honor of the lead,
's November departure from his famous role, here is a video to welcome his buddies who will be replacing him on main stage. If you're fans of both Ben and Earth, Wind and Fire, then you'll doubly enjoy this youtube:
Wishing you and your family a
Peaceful and Sweet Shabbat Shalom.
P.S. Bravo to
Kellogg for posting this video in honor of
Spirit Day which brings awareness the need to protect the LGBTQ community and sends a strong anti-bullying message.
As a side note,
is included in the documentary however the
Hamas) control Gaza so not sure why Palestinians are (70 year) refugees on their own land. The UN had a
agency (UNRWA) just for the
750,000 Palestinian who were displaced after 1948, who have now grown (through
, grandchildren and great-grandchildren) to a
agency for 5.6 million who refuse to leave the refugee camps till Israel is eliminated. Google UNRWA for more info
Bravo to the Pistons for inviting
Eminem to open the inaugural (Detroit City) basketball game at Little Caesars Arena this week and congrats to the Piston for their victory against the Charlotte Hornets.
Condolences to the Gottlieb family on the passing of Harold Gottlieb z"l (age 86). Harold was the husband of Sarah Gottlieb and father of David, Cary and Stephen (z"l) Gottlieb. He was a pillar in our community and sponsored many music events throughout the years. May his memory and spirit bring comfort to those who mourn his loss.
Megan Wilbur Massaron
Ron Kaplovitz (Happy 60th)
Jocelyn Benson (MI's next Sec. of State)
I share my birthday with:
Barbra Etkin Alter
I'm prone to mistakes, so if I missed your birthday
or got the wrong date, please let me know.
I am a certified circulator for a Michigan petition to place a proposal on our 2018 Ballot to amend our constitution to establish an
Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission to End Gerrymandering. Petitions can only be signed in person and this issue is vital to rightsize our voting districts. If you'd like to sign it, please reply back to this email.
Forgotten Harvest Fundraiser
Farms To Hungry Tables
Women's Harvest Breakfast @ Detroit Athletic Club and/or
Dinner Event @ Grosse Pointe Yacht Club
Also, Pampered Chef is donating 30% of sale proceeds to Forgotten Harvest Farms through 11/8/17
October 26 (Thursday)
The Great Big Challah Bake
Royal Oak Farmers Market
Kyle Riabko. Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined
If you are a Bacharach fan, like me...you will NOT want to miss this show. This was one of my favorite shows I've even seen in NYC. I'm excited he'll be in Detroit and assume tickets will go fast.
JAC Membership event
Home of Roz Blanck
9:15 Registration and Breakfast
9:45 - 10:45am Program
Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow
JAC is Joint Action Committee on Political
Affairs supporting Israel, Reproductive Rights and Separation of Religion and State. For more
details please email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out website at https://jacpac.org/ or to register for the event:
November 1 (Wednesday) -
Friends of the IDF Michigan Chapter
Annual Gala Dinner
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Guest Speaker: Lior Raz from Netflix series "Fauda"
Detroit Public TV
Detroit Performs Live
3rd annual celebration of Motorcity Music
The Fillmore in Detroit
6:30pm Doors open and VIP Strolling Dinner
8:00-9:30pm Live concert, broadcast, and worldwide live-stream
Ruben Studdard, Alexander Zonjic & the Motor City Horns, Ethan Daniel Davidson, Jill Jack, and The Miracles Revue featuring Mark Scott.
November 6 (Monday) -
JARC 37th Annual Fall Fundraiser
British Rock Invasion with the DSO
The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
November 7 (Tuesday)
November 10 (Friday) -
Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School
Presents a day-long conference on
Current Issues in Immigration Law:
- Immigration Detention
- Sanctuary Cities
- Iraqi Deportations in Detroit
- Travel Ban
Conference is free but advanced registration is required
November 16 (Thursday)
City Year Women's Leadership Breakfast
2310 Park Ave, Detroit 48201
7:00 - 8:00am Registration and Networking
8:00 - 9:00am Breakfast and Program
November 16 (Thursday)
An Evening with Friends of Jewish Senior Life
In memory of Jeffrey Zaslow z"l
Featuring pianist David Syme
Also performing Cantor Michael Smolash and the Hillel Choir
The Berman Theatre at the West Bloomfield JCC
Patrons tickets at $118; general tickets at $54 and $36.
For tickets visit
For more information:
November 17 (Friday)
Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation
5th Annual "Puttin on the Ritz"
Congressman Sandy Levin
Villa Penna in Sterling Heights
MIBB Educational Foundation Ambassador Awards Dinner
Knollwood Country Club
5050 W. Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield Township
Mark Davidoff - Chuck Newman Impact Award
Plasan Sasa Israel - Bridge Builder Award
George Roberts - Young Professional Award
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