College Bound!

As families plan their last-minute summer vacations and kids finish up weeks at camp, many others are packing for college. It’s the Back to School issue and the focus is on colleges and Uni­versities. We feature those that seem to attract a Chaldean population and are within driving distance of the Metro-Detroit area.

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Hope, healing, and happiness

The need for healing in the Chaldean community prompted the inception of the Eastern Catholic Re-Evangeliza­tion Center’s newest divorce minis­try. In particular, it was evident there was an immense amount of stigma attached to the “D” word: divorce. Divorce is a difficult experience for any person to endure, but it can be especially hard in the Chaldean community.

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A call to love and serve

This past June, thousands of people witnessed Fadie Gorgies and John Bardeleon Jaddou being ordained as priests at Mother of God Cathedral in Southfield. More than 1,000 people attended in person and thanks to technology, thousands more watched it LIVE on Facebook through ECRC’s Mar Toma Productions, directed by Fadi Attisha. The two were the 3rd and 4th seminarians to be ordained under His Excellency Bishop Francis Kalabat.

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Camp expands kids' spiritual, social horizons

Veteran summer camp professional Mike Hickey is spearheading an expanded Chaldean community overnight camp in Brighton, and he couldn’t be more excited.

“The camp life is such an opportunity with kids, the campers, to make a difference—really with the staff as well,” said Hickey. “If you are paying attention, you learn more from the kids than they learn from you.”

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Gubernatorial Race

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.

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Congressional seat in the 11th District

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.

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US Senate Race

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.

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Congressional seat in the 13th District

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.

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Congressional seat in the 14th District

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.

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Michigan's 9th Congressional District

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.

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8th District race key in fight for House control

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.

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Diane D'Agostini vies for a fourth term on the bench

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.

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Chaldeans running for office

Republican

 Michael Shallal

Michael Shallal

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

Democrat

 Wisam Naoum

Wisam Naoum

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

Bridging faith with work

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.

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Little blessings

“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.

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Refugees for prosperity

 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.

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