MI Right to Vote, one of the many ballot proposals in November

The MI Right to Vote initiative may appear on the ballot in Michigan as an initiated Constitutional  Amendment on November 8, 2022. The ballot initiative would establish these voting provisions in the state’s Declaration of Rights: a right to drop off an absentee ballot at a drop box 40 days prior to an election, a right to obtain an unsolicited absentee ballot application and a right to vote in person with a photo ID, signed affidavit, or matching voter registration signatures. The initiative needs 425,059 signatures by July 11, 2022 to appear on the ballot. 

Delorian Warren explains why he is collecting signatures for his ballot proposal, the Right to Vote Initiative. Fred Green, the co-founder of MI Right to Vote, said, “Our petitions have passed the regulatory hurdles; they have received the approval as to form and of the summaries by the Board of State Canvassers. You will see our circulors out and about, chasing signatures so we can get on the 2022 ballot.  We are making presentations to every group that will have us.”

Green said he attributes the proposal’s success to the determination of its creators.

Q&A with Andrea Pung, account manager of Channel Bakers

Photo by Andrea Pung for LinkedIn

Andrea Pung is the account manager for Channel Bakers and works remotely. Her job consists of tracking data for the company, and managing the money that comes in and out of the different businesses that Channel Bakers represents. Channel Bakers is a business that helps start-up companies launch their endeavors to different platforms to gain more attention. Pung has a background in journalism, advertising and graphic design. She said she didn’t always know what position she would end up in.

Monica Del Castillo, Haslett’s newest Board of Ed member advocates for student mental health

Source: Aubrey Rademacher / Haslett High School

Monica Del Castillo, a retired mental health therapist, worked for 25 years at Lansing Community College where she also served as president of the academic Senate. Last fall, she became Haslett’s newest board of education member. 

Del Castillo said because of her immigrant childhood experience and mental health background, diversity and inclusivity play a heavy role in the decisions she makes. She said it was one of the main reasons she wanted to be a Haslett school board member. 

Del Castillo said, “Working with young adults in a college setting offered me insight into the challenges that young people face. While on the school board, K-12 teachers have reported mental health challenges create the biggest barriers to learning. My first hand knowledge and experience allowed me to strongly advocate for mental health services and initiatives.”

Alex Azima, a professor at Lansing Community College, served on LCC’s Academic Senate with Del Castillo.

Local vendor fair features COVID-19-friendly services

Source: Aubrey Rademacher/ Shoppers peruse Winter Vendor Market at Meridian Mall. Meridian Mall hosted the Winter Vendor Market, which is an opportunity for local, small businesses to promote their companies and to spread awareness of how their business has changed in response to the pandemic. Products on display included baked goods, mental health tools, nail polish, accessories and more. 6 different vendors exhibited at the market, and the turnout was much higher than years prior due to COVID-19 restrictions. Nail companies

Anne Oswald, an independent stylist  for the company Color Street, is selling a product that is a dry nail polish strip – it’s 100% nail polish that has zero dry time.