Senator Bert Johnson

Wayne County: Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and all five Grosse Pointe Communities

Financial and Academic Reinvestment Commission's First Public Hearing to Feature Leaders from Communities Affected by Emergency Management

Policy-focused hearing to produce results, not rhetoric

HIGHLAND PARK – Senator Bert Johnson, the Rev. D. Alexander Bullock and members of the Financial and Academic Reinvestment Commission today announced participation in the group's first public hearing by leaders of other communities under consideration for or already under the undemocratic rule of emergency managers.

“The FARC was formed as a localized, public policy approach to solving the fiscal issues facing struggling cities and school districts,” Johnson said. “The experiences, perspectives and insights local leaders from across the state can share in a dialogue with the public will be valuable to charting a course of prosperity and vitality for our communities.”

The hearing will be held this Thursday, February 23rd, at 6 p.m. at the Ernest T. Ford Recreation Center, located at 10 Pitkin, Highland Park, MI 48203.

Statewide participants include:

  • City Commissioners Marcus Muhammad and Mary Alice Adams from Benton Harbor
  • City Council Members Randy Carter and Mary Pietila from Pontiac
  • School Board Member Brenda Carter from Pontiac
  • Mayor Michael Bowdler and City Council Member Patty Campbell from River Rouge
  • City Council Members Joshua Freeman and Scott Kincaid from Flint
  • A representative from the Office of U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit)

The Financial and Academic Reinvestment Commission is made up of the following dedicated community members:

  • Bert Johnson, State Senator – District 2
  • Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church & Rainbow Michigan
  • Glenda McDonald, Highland Park educator, parent and activist
  • Kenneth Reed, Institute for Public Policy and Educational Affairs
  • Victor Bonds, Highland Park NAACP
  • Rodney Patrick, Highland Park City Council
  • Earl Wheeler, community resident and activist
  • Patricia Whitlow, CEO – Safeway Transportation
  • Sandra Hines, Co-Chair – Coalition to Restore Hope to DPS
  • Walter Rushing, CPA & M.Ed.
  • Larry Hightower, CPA & CIA
  • Stephanie Vaught, Legal Analyst – Sugar Law Center

“Residents, activists and civic and faith-based leaders can expect to leave Thursday's hearing with a clear vision of what ails our communities,” said Rev. Bullock. “And we'll lay the foundation for the work ahead, which is to highlight the demonstrable disinvestment in urban communities across the state, propose policies to reverse and prevent that disinvestment, and put our cities and school districts on track to fiscal solvency.”