MLK Holiday Art Contest to award $3000

Deadline for entries: 1 p.m., March 12, 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan is set to award $3,000 through its annual art contest sponsored by Delta Dental and MSU Broad Art Lab. The 3rd Annual MLK Holiday Art Contest is open to adults from any geographic area and students, grades 6-12, attending school in the greater Lansing area. There is a $1,000 award for the winner in the adult category and $2,000 in scholarships for winning entries submitted by students. In addition, select submissions will be displayed at the MSU Broad Art Lab April 4-25.

The theme is “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

“Our theme is a quote by Dr. King from his ‘I have a dream’ speech,” said Elaine Hardy, commission chair. “We selected it because it inspires perseverance against all obstacles to advancing racial equality. We’re looking forward to seeing how this inspiration is translated into visual art.”

Students will compete in two categories: grades 6-8 and 9-12. Group submissions are allowed for students in the same grade.

More information about the art contest is at mlkmidmichigan.com/scholarships.

#Walk4GoodFood

#Walk4GoodFood 2021

OKT is participating in the Access Walk for Good Food In Your Neighborhood. This year’s virtual Walk will fund our Southeast Area Farmers Market and 13 other non-profit organizations addressing root issues of food access and poverty. Walk in your neighborhood to help us promote a thriving food system for all. Click here to join OKT’s walk team or to donate! All monies you donate to the Walk go directly to fund the Southeast Area Farmers Market.

Workers rally in celebration of the Raise the Wage Act

Workers in DC, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix & Detroit Hold Socially Distanced Rallies in Support of $15 Minimum Wage & Raise the Wage Act

Today, starting at 2:30pm, Detroit essential workers will hold a socially distanced rally in celebration of the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that would end the subminimum wage for tipped workers and raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour and that is included in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID package, at Senator Gary Peters’ Office. Speakers will include:

  • Davante Burnley, an executive chef for an upcoming restaurant in Detroit, who has 12 years of experience in the restaurant industry in every kitchen position. He’s an activist because he notices that fair wages make all the difference for quality of work and life.
  • Godwin Ihentuge, owner of beloved Detroit restaurant Yum Village
  • Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie, a bakery in Detroit

WHERE: Senator Gary Peters’ Detroit Office, 477 Michigan Avenue Suite 1837 Detroit, MI 48226
WHEN: Monday, February 22, 2:30pm EST
LOCAL CONTACT: Chantel Watkins, 313-623-9022, chantel@onefairwage.org

MEJC Fireside Chat with Michigan Water Warriors Part 1

The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition is truly excited to be continuing this effort with all of you as we move forward and fight for equitable change here in Michigan. For its second Fireside Chat, “Fireside Chat with Michigan Water Warriors Part 1″will discuss water accessibility and affordability. Our panelists for this event will be the amazing water warriors Latia Leonard and Slyvia Orduño.

Our Fireside Chat will be taking place via Zoom, however we will be broadcasting on Facebook as well. To sign up and register for this event use this link.

Join us as we discuss how all Michiganders deserve clean, affordable, and accessible water. Invite someone to join along with us around the campfire, lets got cozy! 

(Keep an eye out for part two!)

Diversity scholarships for Blandford summer camp program

Field & Fire Bakery & Cafe has teamed up with Blandford Nature Center to offer a diversity scholarship for their summer camp program. In anticipation for a busy registration period, and in efforts to make summer camp more accessible to all, Blandford Nature Center has opened their camp scholarship, or “Campership”, application early. Due to the generosity of donors, Blandford is able to offer a limited number of scholarships to campers who might otherwise not have the means to go to camp.

Apply for a “Campership”  and Blandford will send you a confirmation before registering to reduce or eliminate your camp registration fee. Please note that these take time to process and should be done as soon as possible to ensure they are processed before camp registration opens and fills. APPLY HERE