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The City of Ypsilanti's expanded human rights ordinance now protects immigration and gender identity.  


Dentist
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More residents in our area are now eligible to receive services at the Washtenaw County Dental Clinic in Ypsilanti.  


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

February has been recognized as "Black History Month" for over 40 years.  How much have things changed over that span of time?  The Riverside Art Center explores what this month means through poetry and specially created art.


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The day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, activists participated in "women's marches" all over America and across the globe.  Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor each served as host to such gatherings.  WEMU's David Fair and Lisa Barry took time this morning to look back on the gathering in Ann Arbor. 


Ypsilanti March
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When the Women’s March on Washington was announced, a pair of Ypsilanti women decided they needed to make a call for unity here at home.  One black, one white, and both pregnant and worried what kind of world their children would be born to.  Desirae Simmons and Mariah Zeisberg made the call to the community to join them, and the event was born.  One of the respondents was Erica Cavell.  Erica took on the role as a member of the steering committee for the Ypsilanti March.  She joined WEMU’s David Fair this morning to talk more about it.


U.S. Capitol
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Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend Saturday’s Women’s March in Washington D.C.  The gathered are calling for equality and equity for all Americans with an end to discrimination in all its forms.  Former Ypsilanti Mayor Cheryl Farmer set out for the nation's capital early this morning and made time to talk with WEMU’s David Fair. 


Ypsilanti
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As President-elect Donald Trump prepares for his inauguration, the City of Ypsilanti is also getting ready for his administration and is taking action.  


Google
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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Sam Arons. Arons is Lead, Energy and Infrastructure  for Datacenter Energy at Google. they discuss the tech giant's plans to operate completely on renewable energy sources by the end of 2017.


Ypsi Alloy Studio

On this week's Art & Soul, I talk with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center about the upcoming "Emergent Effect" exhibition taking place this month.

We speak with Elize Jekabson of Ypsi Alloy Studios, which is partnering with the Ann Arbor Art Center on the exhibition.


Lisa Barry

Ypsilanti high school students reacting to the recent presidential election were inspired to turn their feelings and emotions into a march and art show planned for the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Every summer, there is the nationally known art fair in Ann Arbor, and the area is known for its large number of local artists.  One of those artists is gaining attention for his locally historic creation that was a popular gift for Christmas.


Ypsilanti Community Schools
Ypsilanti Community Schools / ycschools.us

With the first half of the academic school year behind us and most classes on hold until the New Year, we take a look at what's happening in one local school district.


Ypsilanti
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The City of Ypsilanti will start the New Year looking for ways to improve its financial crisis.


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Organizations such as the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office worked together to host a free community holiday dinner today.  The idea was to make sure everyone who needed it had a holiday meal this year. 
 


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I am joined by Omari Rush, the director of Community Engagement at the Ann Arbor Art Center, and Cara Rosaen, lead organizer of the newly created Winter Art Tour happening this weekend in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

Rosaen explains why the art tour was created and how it incorporates a number of different art shows and sales happening locally this weekend into one big event.


Border-to-Border Trail
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The City of Ypsilanti's non-motorized advisory committee has released information about some of its projects for next year.  


Shop Small
U.S. Small Business Adminstration / sba.gov

Black Friday continues to play a big role in our local economy.  But another shopping day is also becoming very popular.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Voters in Washtenaw and three other counties will decide the Regional Transit Authority proposal  that, if approved, would create a mass transit system in Southeast Michigan.  Their goal is to make the region more connected and accessible. Whether that is of benefit to local businesses is a matter of opinion. 


Eastern Michigan University

In an effort to improve community relations between the City of Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University a special event is taking place later today. 30 people, half from the University, the other half from the city will go for a walk later today and then share a meal in hopes of improving communication and perceptions they may have of one another.

I spoke with the event's organizer, Eastern's Director of Academic Engagement Programs and Professor of Applied Theatre, Jessica "Decky" Alexander.


WEMU

This week on Art and Soul, local journalist and blogger Jenn McKee joins me to talk about many of the upcoming shows and events in our area.  Director Joe York from PTD Productions in Ypsilanti also joins the conversation to talk about the theater company's upcoming production of "Noises Off."


WonderFool Productions

A new light-up street party called "ypsiGLOW" will be taking place in downtown Ypsilanti on October 27th.

The creators of Festifools and FoolMoon helped create the glowout block party for every age.

I spoke with Shary Brown, the president of Wonderfool Productions, and Adriana Zardus, the company's production coordinator, about how this event is intended to get the community involved on another level where people are creating the event themselves.


89.1 WEMU

This week on Art & Soul: The Visual Arts, the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center Omari Rush and I talk about a number of events going on in our community.

There is a new event called "YpsiGLOW," taking place in Ypsilanti later this month.

That's where the conversation begins...


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In this edition of Art and Soul, I am joined by the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center, Omari Rush, and special guest Lynette Lao, president of the board for the Fly Children's Art Center in Ypsilanti.

"Fly" is designing one of the special pavilions that will be part of Pop-X running September 22nd to October 1st in Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza.

Michigan School Reform Office
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Seven schools have been released from the state’s list of lowest-performing schools.  But 184 schools are still on the list. 


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Ypsilanti Community Schools superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson is entering his sophomore season in the position and says he's looking forward to raising his batting average.  

That means making some positive changes and continuing the momentum they have so far and approving student achievement and overall morale.


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