The race to take Governor Rick Snyder’s place rages on as each candidate works to set themselves apart from their plentiful pool of opponents. Candidates on both sides – including Gretchen Whitmer, Patrick Colbeck, Brian Calley and Bill Schuette – are drawing on their several years of political experience to gain a leg up among the masses and in the race. Others – such as Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar, and Jim Hines – believe their lack of experience is not an issue as they will be able to bring a fresh perspective to the Governor’s office.Read More
When U.S. Representative Dave Trott made the surprising announcement that he would not run for another term in Congress for the 11th District, Democrats and Republicans began eying the open seat as opportunity and for State Representative Klint Kesto that became an opportunity to make history. If elected, he will be the first Chaldean ever elected to Congress. His campaign is garnering not just local attention but the interest of Chaldeans around the country. We asked all the candidates in the race why should the Chaldean community support him or her in this race. We share the answers from those who responded on time for the July printed issue.Read More
The pool of candidates running for U.S. Senate is a relatively small one as incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is unopposed in her primary. However, political newcomers John James and Sandy Pensler are fighting for the opportunity to go head to head with Stabenow in the general election. Without a primary and several decades of political experience, Stabenow’s GOP opponent – whether James or Pensler – will have to be prepared for a challenge.Read More
The race for the Congressional seat in the 13th District is especially crowded as there are seven Democrats currently running. Since former U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr. stepped down from his position in December amid sexual assault allegations, several candidates have come forward this election cycle to take his seat. While many contenders remain, not all hopefuls were able to make it to the ballot. John Conyers III, Conyers Jr.’s own son who he had endorsed, will not be on the ballot this August. We asked each candidate why the Chaldean community should support him or her in this race. We share the answers from those who responded in time for the printed July issue. The 13th District covers Detroit, River Rouge, Melvindale, Ecorse, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster, Westland, Wayne, Romulus and Redford.Read More
Michigan’s 14th Congressional District, which snakes across parts of both Wayne and Oakland counties, has gone through many redistricting changes having been redrawn numerous times since the 1960s. Considered one of the most gerrymandered districts in the nation, it currently covers a diverse range of communities including the northwest side of Detroit including its enclave of Hamtramck, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Harper Woods, the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, the Charter Township of Royal Oak, Oak Park, Southfield, Lathrup Village, Farmington Hills, the Charter Township of West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake Village, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake and Pontiac. The traditionally Democratic leaning district includes communities with large Chaldean and African American populations.Read More
The race to replace Congressman Sander Levin is in full swing in the 9th Congressional District. Levin announced his retirement from Congress in December after serving for 35 years. Candidates from all sides have their sights set on the open seat, including Levin’s son, Andy Levin. We asked all the candidates in the 9th Congressional District why they deserve the Chaldean community’s support in this race. The 9th District covers Berkley, Clawson, Center Line, Eastpointe, Ferndale, Fraser, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Madison Heights, Mt. Clemens, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights, Warren Bloomfield Charter Township, Clinton Charter Township, Royal Oak Charter Township, Southfield Charter Township, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, and Franklin.Read More
As the 2018 mid-term congressional elections rapidly approach, races around the country are heating up, including Michigan’s 8th District, which includes all of Ingham County, Livingston County, and north Oakland County. The district runs from north of Detroit through the Lansing area, and encompasses a mix of suburbs and farms and conservative and liberal leaning voters.Read More
On November 7, voters under the jurisdiction of the 48th District Court will be asked whether or not to re-elect Judge Diane D’Agostini to a fourth term on the bench.
The 48th District Court covers seven, high Chaldean population communities: Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake and Sylvan Lake.Read More
Michael Shallal (R) is running for a seat in the Michigan State Senate. A longtime resident of Macomb County, Shallal’s family immigrated to the United States when he was 17 years old. Shallal is a small business owner with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix; during his schooling, Shallal worked multiple jobs to support himself and his family. Shallal began a full-time job with the U.S. government as an Iraq war civilian contractor in 2003 after becoming a citizen. This is Shallal’s second attempt at running for office. For more information, visit www.michaelshallal.com
Wisam Naoum (D) is running for State Representative of the 30th House District of Michigan. As a finance attorney, Naoum noticed firsthand the effects of Wall Street’s policies on the working class, the economy and politics. Having grown up in the working-class neighborhoods of Sterling Heights, this didn’t sit right with didn’t sit right with Naoum; he left his job at a major corporate law firm in Chicago and returned home to Michigan. It wasn’t long after his return before Naoum became locally involved again.
When ICE rounded up and detained hundreds of members of the Chaldean community, Naoum was one of many volunteers that helped buy time for the detainees and bring several back home. Additionally, as a community activist, Naoum founded a nonprofit to mentor traumatized children who had been resettled in his community during the Iraq War and worked with the Obama administration to fight ISIS. For more information, visit www.wisamformichigan.com
On the Grand porch, in the dining room, parlor and even while walking down the hill from the Grand Hotel, candidates vying for several state and congressional seats were communicating, connecting and collaborating on the island at the Mackinac Policy Conference. It has been a premier networking event of who’s who in Michigan since its inception.Read More
Since the inception of the Young Catholic Professional’s (YCP) Detroit chapter in August of 2017, the organization has hosted their executive speaker series once a month. Each month, YCP Detroit hosts this event in which executives “share their professional and faith journeys with young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s, challenging them to ‘Work in Witness for Christ’.” The executive speaker series is free and open to both members and non-members of YCP.Read More
“A gift from God,” that’s how Dawn Pullis, of Troy, describes her 2-year-old daughter, Evelyn.
Many parents consider their children a gift from above, but, Pullis has a very personal reason why. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 21.
“My ovaries were the size of melons and needed to be removed immediately,” Pullis explained.
Her hopes of having a biological child were dashed that day.Read More
I don’t have to deliver a history lesson to remind people that this country was founded on immigrants and the vital impact each ethnic group has contributed to the prosperity of this country. Metropolitan Detroit is a shining example! But in a time of increased restrictions on immigrants and a shortage of skilled and unskilled workers, Congress and the Trump Administration need to develop and pass immigration laws that will help fill the talent gap and support persecuted communities throughout the world.Read More
In response to the raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in June of last year, several elected officials and community leaders have come forward to help, with some even mobilizing efforts to help those at risk of deportation.Read More
On Saturday, May 12, Iraqis casted their votes for the nation’s fourth election since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. In the days prior to the election, on May 10 and on May 11, Iraqis living outside of the nation had the opportunity to vote. Shoki Konja of Franklin, Michigan, and Director of the Chaldean Voice Radio, was one of those people. He voted in Warren, Michigan at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chaldean Church. “It was an incredible, exhilarating feeling to be able to vote in this election and to have some sort of say in the process. My stained finger is proof that there is hope for Iraq,” said Konja.Read More
In May, Shamasha Khairy Mikha Foumia published his seventh book, Catalogue Manuscripts of the Church in Telkeppe (540 pages), written in Aramaic and Arabic, which describes the 240 manuscripts he found in the library of the church of Telkeppe. He started this project nearly 30 years ago, in 1989. Born in Telkeppe, Foumia lived in Baghdad in his later years. Because his parents and other relatives still lived in Telkeppe, he and his family would visit there during the holidays and in the summertime.Read More
Ed Babbie of Farmington Hills noticed a glaring need in his community. He saw fathers not getting as involved in school events and school related activities with their children, and he decided to make a plan and do something to change that.Read More
Sitting down at a local eatery for this interview, Raad Kathawa recalls an early September
afternoon three years ago, when a thunderstorm ripped through Oakland
His daughter, Lauren, who was inside with her mother, called him at work to tell him the house had been struck by lightning and one half of their house was on fire, and that he needed to head home.Read More
Six years ago, Michael Zakar and his twin brother Zach came out to their Chaldean mother, a devout Christian who is also extremely devoted to the family’s Middle Eastern values and heritage. She threw holy water on them in the hopes of “de-gaying” them. It didn’t work. The twins, 25, went on to write about their experience in their first book Pray the Gay Away and on Mother’s Day of 2018, they published their second book, You Can’t Pray the Gay Away as a way to give parents the gift of acceptance.Read More
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted,” Matthew 5:4
As we honor mothers in the month of May, we asked some of our moms to share with us the stories of the children they have lost. It is with courage, they pen these pieces.