MEJC “Tell DTE no more rate hikes!”

Last day to submit public comment is November 8th!

DTE is asking the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) for permission to raise residential rates 8.8% – without a plan to upgrade outdated infrastructure in older communities that are majority Black, people of color, or low-income. Their plan gives millions more to investors each year, and makes it even harder for communities to switch to solar and access battery storage.Your voice makes a difference. Tell the MPSC to reject DTE’s rate hike — and support affordable, reliable, pollution-free energy.

Submit Public Comment Here!

Free doula training to support to birthing people of color

Fall 2022 Training Series:
September 6 – November 29
Tuesdays 6-9 pm
Baxter Community Center
(hybrid option will be available.)

Learn more and apply here through July 22.

Day One Doula Collective is looking for people to join their team of community-based doulas. Comprehensive training and hands-on experience are provided at no cost. Their doulas provide holistic, culturally affirming support to birthing people of color throughout their full reproductive experience to address the racial inequalities in parental and infant health outcomes.

Day One Doula Collective has a dual-mission: recruit, train, and support people of color as community-based doulas and provide holistic, culturally affirming doula support to birthing people of color throughout their full reproductive experience to address the inequalities in parental and infant health outcomes. Improved birthing outcomes include increased birth weight, decrease preterm births, decreased rates of infant mortality, decreased rates of maternal/parental mortality, decreased c-sections, and increased breastfeeding initiatives

Doula eligibility requirements:

  • Live within Kent County
  • Identify as black and/or a person of color
  • Passion for supporting birthing people of color

Doulas earn up to $800 per client supported (for six visits and labor/delivery support). Doulas must provide support to at least five clients through Day One Doula Collective within 18 months of your training in order to be eligible for Community-based Doula Certification.

Learn more and apply at

Community-based doulas provide culturally sensitive pregnancy and childbirth education, early linkage to health care and other services; labor coaching, breastfeeding promotion, and counseling, and parenting education while encouraging parental attachment. Community-Based Doula Programs improve infant health, strengthen families, and establish supports to ensure ongoing family success:

  • Improved prenatal care
  • Increased breastfeeding rates
  • Fewer medical interventions
  • Fewer c-section deliveries
  • Increased parent-child interaction
  • More positive birth experiences
  • Improved parenting skills