Police offering more seminars to teach churches selfprotection
FLINT TWP. — Based on demand, the township Police Department has scheduled two more sessions of its “Responses to Violent Intruders in Places of Worship,” a two-hour seminar to train church people how to protect themselves. Two sessions previously held drew a good turnout, according to Police Chief George Sippert. The next two sessions are set for 6-8 p.m. on March 8 and 22 and will be held in the community room at the police station, 5200 Norko Drive. Interested participants are asked to pre-register by calling 810-600- 3270, bring identification but no weapons and to arrive by 5:45 p.m. Presented by township officers who are certified instructors, the training is designed for clergy and others who are involved in maintaining church or building security. The training is being offered free of charge to places of worship located in Flint Township. Class size is limited to 45 people per session. — R.S.
Race and Housing: Lecture and community conversation
FLINT – In connection with its exhibit “An Equal Opportunity Lie,” Sloan Museum will present a lecture and dialogue led by Delma Thomas-Jackson, an education coordinator at Wellness Services, a faculty member at the Center for Whole Communities, and a facilitator, writer, and lecturer on social justice topics. The event examines issues of race and housing, looking back on 1968 when Flint became the first city in the nation to pass an open housing referendum. Sloan’s event will examine the impact of that landmark vote. Jackson will discuss fair housing within a national context and the consequences of the passage of Flint’s Open Housing Act. A community conversation will follow. The event will be hold from 7-9 p.m. on March 21 at Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 or youth ages 2-11 and free to museum members. Details: 810-237-3450– R.S.
Rep. Phelps endorses Cherry in 49th House Race
FLINT TWP. — State Representative Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) on Feb. 19 endorsed John Cherry to succeed him as representative for the 49th House District. Residents of the 49th District, which includes parts of the City of Flint, Flint Township, Swartz Creek and Flushing, have elected Phelps three times since 2013. Representative Phelps is unable to run again because of Michigan’s term limits law. Cherry announced his candidacy last week. — R.S.
Governor candidate to speak
MT. MORRIS TWP. — A town hall talk will be held 6:30 – 8 p.m., March 13 with Gubernatorial Candidate Abdul El-Sayed at Dom Polski of Flint, 3415 North Linden Road. El-Sayed will discuss the Flint water crisis and introduce our water policy before taking questions from the crowd. This event is free and open to the public. — P.S.