October 8, 2004 Newsletter


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Table of Contents
---Dr. Julianne Malveaux Campus Visit
---Announcements of Events


The United Way supports a remarkable array of activities that reach, enrich and improve our community in many significant ways. United Way volunteer panels assess community needs and evaluate the ability of agencies to provide meaningful assistance. The choice is yours. You can support the priorities established through the allocation process of United Way,


You can direct your gift to the select agencies listed on the pledge card, or you can choose any other 501(c)(3) organization by writing the name and address at the bottom of the card or the agency code.   

Listed below are some Washtenaw County agencies that you might want to direct your gift to.

For the complete list click LIST OF AGENCIES

Ann Arbor Community Center
Main Branch: 625 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-3128

Since 1923, a legacy of caring...The mission of the Community Center is to provide a range of services designed to improve the quality of life for persons of all ages, ethnic groups, and genders in Washtenaw County. We adapt our priorities and programs in response to changing circumstances that affect the lives of those we serve.

SOS Community Services
101 S. Huron
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
phone: 734 485 8730
fax: 734 485 8739

SOS responds with care and respect to families in need by working in partnerships that result in economic, family, and residential stability.

Peace Neighborhood Center
1111 North Maple
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

It is the mission of Peace Neighborhood Center to provide programs for children, families and individuals who are impacted by social and economic problems. Peace Neighborhood Center helps people discover options, enhance skills, develop positive attitudes, and make choices that lead to self-sufficiency.
These are just three I am highlighting this week


CEW Presents

Dr. Julianne Malveaux

internationally renowned economist, author and scholar, will be the keynote speaker at the Center for the Education of Women's 40th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, October 15

from 2- 4:30p.m. In the
Michigan League Ballroom.

The title of her talk is 'Making Room for Sadie: Race, Gender and Access in Higher Education and Society.'

Dr. Malveaux's research is focused on the labor market, public policy, and the impact of policy on women and people of color. Recognized for her provocative, progressive and insightful observations as both a writer and columnist, her syndicated column appears regularly in more than 20 newspapers and educational publications.

CEW also welcomes Regent Olivia Maynard, who will give the opening remarks. Following the talk, CEW's celebration of 40 years of research, advocacy and service will continue. Along with birthday cake, the celebration will feature toasts from CEW friends and alums, and music by jazz saxophonist and CEW scholar Julieta Guzman. Please join us for the festivities. This event is free and open to the public.



Lecture and Book-Signing:
Author Dana Davidson Discusses
Her Teen Novel Jason and Kyra.
Jason and Kyra is the story of a romance between two high-achieving African American students.

Ms. Davidson is an English teacher at Cass Tech High School in Detroit. Copies of the book will be on sale at the program. A book signing will follow.

Friday, October 15, 2004, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Malletts Creek Branch Program Room A

Ballroom Dance Class

Willow Run High School 235 Spencer Lane Ypsilanti, MI
Time: 5-7 pm
Cost: $10.00 per class
$90.00 for entire session
Payment in full by
3rd class

Class Days - Thursdays
Sept. 30th thru Dec. 2, 2004
Register now to reserve your place

For Registration Please Call:
734-481-8300 Ext.3121

Yours truly took this course and now I am a STEPPIN' FOOL

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry Thursday accepted the invitation extended by
BET founder and CEO Robert Johnson to address African-American voters in a prime-time interview
special on the network.

The SPEAK NOW SPECIAL with Kerry, named for BET’s nonpartisan national voter registration and political activism campaign,

will air on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The 30-minute program will be rebroadcast on

Friday, Oct. 8 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT

Longtime BET News anchor and talk show host Ed Gordon will host the one-on-one conversation

On Sept. 14, Johnson invited President George W. Bush and Kerry each to have his own prime-time opportunity on BET to discuss issues relevant to African-American viewers as the November election draws near. To date, only Kerry has accepted the invitation. The Bush administration has said it is considering BET’s invitation.

Ignored in Presidential Race, Prison Growth Looms Large in Swing States says New Report
Prison spending in battleground states increased five times as fast as higher education spending; Nearly 2 million disenfranchised in swing states due to felony records; Prisons growth in Republican-leaning states double that in Democrat-leaning states

Washington, DC: A new report released today examining prison growth in the 17 key battleground states found that prison spending grew five times as fast as higher education spending between 1985 and 2002. Nearly two million adults in the 17 key electoral states are ineligible to vote due to felony disenfranchisement laws in those states. Both trends disproportionately affect the African American population in those 17 states, according to the report released today by the nonprofit Justice Policy Institute.

“Prisons are growing, education is suffering and the African American community hit hardest is increasingly shut out of the debate,” states Vincent Schiraldi, Executive Director of the Institute and report co-author. “As presidential candidates mine these states for votes, voters need to hear about how they intend to create a more balanced approach to crime that doesn’t rob education to fund prisons.”

  • As with previous studies, Swing States and Prisons found a dubious connection between increases in incarceration and decreases in crime, both within and outside the swing states:
  • Pennsylvania’s incarceration rate grew more than twice as much as Ohio’s between 1993 and 2002 (52.9% vs. 19.6%), yet they had similar declines in crime.
  • Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin all had similar declines in index crime from 1993 to 2002 (28.5%, 19.4% and 19.5%, respectively), yet Wisconsin’s incarceration rate rose by 95.5% compared to much more modest growth in Michigan (22.9%) and Minnesota (39.8%).
  • Oregon and Washington experienced similar declines in index crime (15.5% and 14.3%, respectively) despite the fact that Washington’s incarceration rate increased half as much as Oregon’s (37.1% vs.74.6%).
  • West Virginia had the swing states’ largest growth in incarceration (108.2%) and lowest decline in index crime (1.1%).

Outside the swing states, states leaning Republican saw their incarceration rates increase at nearly twice the rate of Democrat-leaning states (30.3% compared to 15.7%). Yet index crime in the Democratic-leaning states dropped at twice the rate of crime in the Republican-leaning states (37.3% vs. 16.9%).

“A major misperception is that building prisons and locking up more people makes us safer,” said the report’s author Eric Lotke, research director at JPI. “The data show that it is not so simple and other factors matter more.” Lotke predicted that if the nation doesn’t curb its use of incarceration, and invest more resources in treatment and prevention, crime will start to go up again.

Using data compiled by Christopher Uggen and Jeff Manza from Northwestern University, the report also estimated that 1,757,617 people were barred from voting in the hotly contested swing states in the 2000 election. The number of disenfranchised voters exceeded the margin of victory in eleven swing states. In Florida, the 827,207 disenfranchised exceeded George W. Bush’s 537 vote margin 1500-fold; in New Mexico, there were 214 times as many disenfranchised voters as Al Gore’s 2000 margin of victory there.

The report found that the increase in incarceration and disenfranchisement has hit African American men the hardest. One in ten black men in his twenties or thirties wakes up every morning behind bars and nearly twice as many black men will have been to prison by their early thirties as will have obtained a bachelors degree. African American men make up 30% of disenfranchised voters, but only 6.1% of America’s population.

“The target audience for America’s penal system, African American men, have a diminishing say in our political process, even after they have paid their debt to society,” said, Jim Lanier, of the National Urban League’s Institute for Opportunity and Equality. “When a young black man has nearly twice the chance of going to prison as obtaining a college degree, something is terribly wrong. It is imperative that we shift the investment away from locking people up into educating them. It is also critical that those who would hold our nation’s highest office tell us how they intend to address America’s massive incarceration rate and the impact it is having on the African American community.”

The report noted that several of the swing states have experimented with bipartisan, promising approaches to curbing prison growth. Ohio officials reduced sentence lengths for nonviolent offenses, increased sentences for violent offenses, and reformed parole practices, leading to a 2,000 person decline in their prison population and the closure of a prison. Michigan legislators revised their states’ harsh mandatory sentencing laws, saving the state an estimated $41 million last year. Washington shortened sentences for people convicted of drug and nonviolent offenses and used the prison savings to fund community based treatment.

“Policy makers need to take decisive action, and design solutions proportional to the size of the problem. Without brakes, prison bureaucracies will continue to grow on auto-pilot,” Lotke stated.

“With America’s incarceration rate the highest in the world and higher than any time in our history, it’s time for the presidential candidates to break their silence on this critical issue and talk about how to reduce crime without breaking the bank on prisons.”


A copy of Swing States: Crime, Prisons and the Future of the Nation can be obtained at www.justicepolicy.org or by calling the Justice Policy Institute at (202) 276-1308, ext. 308. JPI is a nonprofit organization dedicating to promoting safe, fair and effective alternatives to incarceration that protect public safety and benefit communities. This report was funded through the generosity of the JEHT Foundation, the Open Society Institute – Criminal Justice Initiative, and the Public Welfare Foundation.




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