Bernie Sanders headlines anti-Trump tax tour

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) headlined the Repeal Trump Tax Tour at the Lansing Center hosted by the liberal group Not One Penny on Feb. 25. This is a 100-day tour, which kicked off last month. According to Not One Penny, the goal of the tour is to “hold Republicans accountable for raising taxes on 92 million middle-class families to give massive tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations.”

Sanders was accompanied by several other local activists, including Mari Copeny, known as Little Miss Flint, Melissa Mackney of the group MomsRising, Andrea Pietrowsky and her three-year-old daughter of Little Lobbyists and Michigan State University student Omar Karim. “The reason we always have ordinary people come forward to talk about what’s going on in their lives is that as a nation, we don’t do that enough,” Sanders said.

Districts showcase opportunities for prospective students

The annual Lansing School District Showcase took place at the Don Johnson Fieldhouse on Feb. 11. This event provided an opportunity for the community to experience what students are learning within the classroom and see what changes the Lansing Pathway Promise has made in the district. The Lansing Pathway Promise is a $120 million school millage that was approved by voters in May 2016, according to the Lansing State Journal. This allowed the district to be redefined into three “paths” students could take to become successful in cutting-edge skills for college and future jobs.

Lansing residents evacuated after historic floods

A State of Emergency was declared this week by Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and Lansing Township Supervisor Diontrae Hayes after several street closures and resident evacuations. Those living in Urbandale, Sycamore Park, Knollwood Willow, Baker, Cherry Hill, Riverpoint, Tecumseh River and Ravenswood neighborhoods were all encouraged to temporarily leave their home. Michael Tobin, Lansing Emergency Management Division Chief, said that volunteers were sent out Wednesday evening to go door to door and  alert residents. “What we’re really gearing up for now is the floods from the Red Cedar River and the Grand River,” Tobin said. “When the water hits crest levels, it can take a few days minimum for the water to recede.”

The Mid-Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross set up a shelter at Letts Community Center for residents who have been temporarily displaced.

Lansing residents gather for the State of the City

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor delivered his first State of the City Address on Feb. 7 at Pattengill Middle School. Preceded by a reception, Mayor Schor’s address took place in front of a packed auditorium filled with Lansing employees, school board members and residents. During the speech, the mayor discussed what he’s done in his 37 days in office, including several meetings with Lansing neighborhood leaders and unveiling Cesar Chavez Avenue in Old Town. Mayor Schor also outlined future plans for local schools, neighborhoods, infrastructure and public safety.