Advocating for Menstrual Equity
Previously featured in the November 2018 issue for her advocacy work in regards to period poverty and menstrual equity, Ashley Rapp has taken the fight to the state capitol. In early October, Rapp testified before the Michigan House of Representatives in favor of a bill that would eliminate the luxury tax on menstrual products. Rapp shared the stories of women within her own community who have resorted to using alternatives such as socks, rags, brown paper bags, and even children’s diapers to manage their periods due to their inability to purchase or access menstrual products. The elimination of the luxury tax would be a step in making these products affordable.
In addition to testifying before the Michigan House of Representatives, Rapp was also instrumental in planning a rally at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor for National Period Day on October 19. The rally is an effort to elevate the issue of period poverty.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep Announces New Model
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory announces a new, innovative approach to learning and student development in the Fall of 2020. St. Mary’s will become the first Catholic high school in its region to operate under a co-divisional model, with boys and girls educated in a single-gender learning environment on the same campus.
This model offers a single-gender classroom experience alongside opportunities for boys and girls to engage socially, spiritually and in co-curricular activities.
“While we recognize this opportunity represents change, our core values remain the same,” said St. Mary’s Headmaster Bob Pyles. “Importantly, the extraordinary men and women of our faculty and staff remain the foremost resource in the daily formation of St. Mary’s students. Through their work rooted in faith, maintaining the culture of opportunity, growth, and accomplishment will be our highest priority as we transition to this new model.”
Value Wholesale Acquires Liberty Wholesale
Value Wholesale Distributors closed yesterday on the purchase of Liberty Wholesale, for an undisclosed amount. Value Wholesale is a national brand grocery supplier located in Oak Park, Michigan. Liberty Wholesale, located in Warren, Michigan, is a grocery wholesaler that specializes in Hispanic and Middle Eastern food.
“It’s a natural fit,” says Matthew Loussia, son of founder John Loussia and president of Value Wholesale. “We currently supply grocery stores throughout the country, and now we’ll be able to supply a larger variety of products, including two additional categories of Hispanic and Ethnic.”