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Monday, May 23, 2016

An Afternoon Tribute To 33 Years of Public Service by Mr.George Cushingberry Jr.

by The Friends of George Cushingberry Jr.

The Management of Riverside Marina invites you to join us to honor President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr. for 33 years of public service to the City of Detroit on Thursday May 26, 2016 at the Riverside Marina located at 11000 Freud St. Detroit MI, 48214 from 5 to 8pm EDT.

Your monetary donation is your ticket to attend.

Sponsor Level Donations 

From Lansing to Detroit Mr. Cushingberry has used his time, knowledge and, love for the wellbeing of a fellow human being to shape polices that have benefited many people. Youth programs like the Richard H. Austin essay contest challenges young people to write out their thoughts and ideas in a concentrated essay to bring out the best in our youth.

Mr. Cushingberry was a driving force in upgrading the technology use for the City of Detroit, especially the Detroit Fire Department.  Before he got there, City Departments were running Windows 3.1 and XP as a primary operating system. The fire department’s computer system was a piece of rented junk software. Now they are running of the latest operating systems and Engine 44 has brand new doors!

Mr. Cushingberry’s strong relationship with GOD has driven him to the ministry. Currently he is the associate pastor at The Northwest Unity Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit Michigan where he has helped the community since 1957.

Mr. Cushingberry’s knowledge in the legal arena is providing a watchful eye of the monetary practices and procedures of the City of Detroit. From forensic audits to sound financial planning is the only way to rebuild the city because, if you have any plans, you need to have your financials in order.

Your donations will continue the existence of programs like the Richard H. Austin Essay Contest and other community events with Mr. Cushingberry's support.

Sponsored by The Committee to Re-Elect George Cushingberry Jr.
13228 Mitchell
Detroit, MI 48212

Corporate Checks Payable To Northwest Detroit Leadership Campaign
Benjamin Drummer Treasurer   (313) 333-3444

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

2016 Residential Street Repair in District 2 by Street Name and Boundaries

by The Friends of George Cushingberry Jr.

       To request any of the listed services below, please call (313) 224-0033.

  • Maintenance / Repair Operations
  • Snow & Ice Operations
  • Street Sweeping
  • Resurfacing Operations
The following list is for the City of Detroit construction projects on the streets and major roads in District 2 for 2016. If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact the Department of Public Works at (313) 224-0033

Residential Streets:

Street NameBoundaries
Birwood Dead End/Pembroke
Birwood Eight Mile/Dead End (N)
Cambridge (Conc) Livernois/San Juan
Cherrylawn (Conc) W. Outer Dr./Dead End (N)
Clarita James Couzens/Schaefer
Curtis Southfield/Grandville
Ferguson Puritan/Fenkell
Harlow Puritan/McNichols
Indiana Marygrove/Florence
Indiana Seven Mile/W. Outer Dr.
Kentucky Margareta/Clarita
Lesure Curtis/James Couzens
Lesure (Conc) James Couzens/W. Seven Mile
Manor (Asp) Cambridge/St. Martins
Norfolk Lichfield/Briarcliff
Norfolk Livernoise/Monica
Norfolk Prairie/San Juan
Norfolk Renfrew/Dead End (W. of Stratford)
Northlawn (Conc) Eight Mile/Pembroke
Northlawn (Conc) W. Outer Dr./Dead End (N)
Northlawn (Conc) St. Martins (N)/St. Martins (S)
Parkside Seven Mile/Cambridge
Picadilly Eight Mile/Chippewa
Pickford Prairie/Wyoming
Pickford Santa Rosa/Monica
Pinehurst (Wpa/Asp) Pembroke/W. Outer Dr.
Prairie (Conc) . Pembroke/W. Outer Dr
San Juan (Conc) . Pembroke/W. Outer Dr
Santa Barbara Pembroke/W. Outer Dr.
Sorrento (Conc) Pembroke/W. Outer Dr.
Sorrento (Wpa) Seven Mile/W. Outer Dr.
Stansbury Vassar/Seven Mile
Steel (Wpa) Seven Mile/W. Outer Dr.
Stoepel (Conc) W. Outer Dr./Cambridge
Stoepel (Conc) Pembroke/W. Outer Dr.
Stratford Pembroke/Canterbury
Tracey (Conc) Pickford/W. Outer Dr.
Ward Pembroke/W. Outer Dr.
Wildemere McNichols/Florence
Winthrop Seven Mile/Dead End (S)
Wisconsin McNichols/Curtis
Woodingham Pembroke/W. Outer Dr.

Major Streets

Street NameBoundaries
John R  7 Mile/8Mile
Curtis Wyoming/Meyers

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Home Buying Workshop and Education Fair at Liberty Baptist Church Sat. May 14th @ 10am

by The Friends of George Cushingberry Jr. 

On Saturday May 14th, 2016 from 10am to 2pm, Councilmember Pro-Tem Cushingberry will be hosting a home buying workshop, health and education fair at Liberty Baptist Church (Website: On 17188 Greenfield (click here for directions) in Detroit, MI 48235. Representatives from Major Universities, Historically Black Colleges Universities, Specialty Schools, Mentoring Programs, Grant opportunities will be there to answer all of your questions.

Did you know that if you have insurance through the Affordable Care Act and, you have experienced a loss of income, you can have your premium reduced so low that your tax credit will cover your entire deductible!  Come to our workshop and find out how to do it on, along with free health screenings.


Employers will be there to take resumes and hire on the spot.
Apprenticeship programs with the following organizations:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (all positions including support staff)
Carpenters Union
Access for All Skilled Trade Positions;

For more information please contact Cleo Wiley at 313-224-4032

Monday, April 18, 2016

The 2016 American Election. The Life of Marc Emery, Canada's Prince of Pot Shares his Life Story in America's Drug War

By Richard C. Clement -  Marijuana Policy Analyst

Who is Marc Emery and why is his struggle is important to you as a Voter in 2016.

Mr. and Mrs.
Marc Emery
Marc Emery is a Canadian Citizen and a marijuana activist from Vancouver British Columbia. He was labeled a criminal and ranked as a major terrorist by Attorney General Alberto “I love to Waterboard Weedheads” Gonzales who was appointed by the George W. Bush Administration. His crime was shipping Marijuana seeds around the world including the United States of America. In 2009 and at the request of the United States, Marc was extradited and arrested from his home to spend five years in a Federal correctional facility in Mississippi. While he was in jail, another man by the name of Irving Rosenfeld from Florida was and still is getting the equivalent of 2 free ounces a month grown in the same state grown for his personal use. Mr. Rosenfeld is the ONLY person in the USA who can legally use Marijuana in all 50 states without criminal penalty and, has smoked over 115,000 joints all supplied by the United States of America at the University of Mississippi in Oxford MS.

August 12, 2014
Marc Emery spent 4 years in federal prison and earned 235 days of good conduct credit and was released on August 12th, 2014 at 4:00pm.  When international prisoners get released, they are sent back home to the closest city to where they lived.  In Marc Emery’s case, he was kicked out of the USA via Windsor Canada and dumped off at the tunnel entrance in handcuffs in a T-shirt, Shorts, a new pair of Nike sneakers, and $150 in US currency. The intent was to make him suffer and walk back to Vancouver British Colombia on Canada’s west coast. In other words he got kicked out of the country like Dolomite except he did not get the damn good meal.
Marc's Final Blog as a Drug War Prisoner in America

Weed Warrior and Mrs. Jodie Emery
When America had people like Harry Ainslinger conducting a racist drug war against black people in 1932, Canada had whackos like Prime Ministers Stephen Harper, William Lyon Mackenzie King and, author Emily Murphy who published a book in 1922 that started the ball rolling against marijuana. She created the current situation in Canada regarding the plant (CBC Canada Report on Why Weed was Made Illegal). To this date Canada has NO IDEA WHY Marijuana was made illegal in the first place. There were no seizures in Canada until they linked up with the American Mr. Anslinger who hated African Americans like Billie Holiday with a feverous passion while praising Judy Garland even though they both used heroin.

Mark Scott Emery
Why does Marc Emery’s life story matter to Americans?  It is what he did AFTER he was released. Mr. Emery carried no bitterness toward his captors and was very complimentary to them when he was released. However, he vowed to register one million Canadian Citizens to vote and to campaign against Prime Minister Stephen Harper who sent him to the dogs in America.  On October 19th   2015, his efforts paid off with the election of Justin Tredeau as the new prime minister of Canada.  Mr. Tredeau has vowed to legalize Marijuana in Canada at a Federal Level.  This is a game changer on many levels and one day you may be able to cross the border with your medicine just like you do with Vicodin, OxyContin, and aspirin. The revenue from Cannabis may help the United States to pay off the loan for the Gordie Howe Bridge from Canada earlier than 30 years on tolls. That is important to Detroiters and Americans who support the reform of marijuana laws.  

This year do not take the power of your vote lightly because you will have a list of people who are running for elected office in the Michigan August 2nd, primary. Take note of who is running for Judge and the Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing. 

You have the power in your hands to shape the future of your City, State, and Nation when it comes to Marijuana policy with your vote. Please make sure to start from the back of the ballot and work your way to the front. This is a guaranteed way to make sure you are electing Judges who support and think like you. No one should go to jail for a plant and it is time to turn up the turnout and vote early and by absentee.  No Detroit based Marijuana business should be subjected to a Drug Free Zone restriction in another municipality like Dearborn or in Counties like Oakland and Macomb. No Pastor, Reverend or Drug Free Zone School in Oakland or Macomb County on 8 mile, especially in Royal Oak Township should be dictating ANYTHING to someone in Detroit regarding a marijuana business. Wayne County has its own set of rules and a county executive, prosecutor, and Sherriff that is doing a good job.

So stay tuned and look for the official 420 slate of potential candidates who will support laws in Detroit, Michigan, and America because, we want progressive non-partisans, republicans and democrats who want to end the War on Weed.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

How to Open a Marijuana Care Center in the City of Detroit – State of the Bud Report

By Richard C. Clement - Marijuana Policy Analyst

       Starting a Medical Marijuana Business in Detroit has been made much easier because of the work of CIO Beth Niblock and Department of Innovation Technology Director Chuck Dodd. Detroit is leading the way in Information Technology in the State of Michigan. The City of Detroit is the ONLY municipality in State and Local Government that has a true Marijuana Information System that can handle documents including pictures in *.jpg format.   

To start a Marijuana based business in Detroit you must follow these steps:

1. Begin 
2. Find a legal* location and; purchase the building or, pay rent to the owner of the property. 
3.  Fill out a Marihuana Application on the City of Detroit’s website
               a.       If you are approved then you can pay your $1160 fee by clicking here
4.  Fill out a Building Permit Application on the City of Detroit’s website 
5.  Fill out a Board of Zoning Appeals
               a.      If approved pay $1200 by clicking here then skip to step 6
               b.      If Denied then for $1500 dollars you can appeal your BSEED denial
                                        i.      If denied appeal to the Wayne County Circuit court and skip to step 6.
6.      Apply for a Business License Application (under construction as of 4/13/2016)
7.      End.

The Cost of Doing Business With Marijuana in the City of Detroit
Site Plan Review
(Due Upon Filing)
Conditional Land Use Hearing
(Due Upon Filing)
Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing(s)
$1200  Variance
$1500  BSEED Denial (if necessary)
Building Permit or Change of Use: 
Based on the cost of the construction.
$150  Minimum
Business License Application
To Be Developed

From Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones:
Council President
Brenda Jones
“At this time no one has been granted a license to operate and no zoning variances have been granted. 66% of the current applicants do not live in the City of Detroit. Out of the 195 applications 74 of them are in drug-free zones. The City Assessors office is currently conducting real time analysis to confirm the validity of the current drug free zones.”

While the Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform withdrew their lawsuit (Case# 16-004185-AW Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform v Janice Winfrey, Detroit Election Commission, City of Detroit), the Sons of Hemp has filed another one against the Detroit’s Marijuana ordinance (Case No. 16-004201-CZ JONES, RONALD, ET AL. V THE CITY OF DETROIT). This is a group of homegrown longtime Detroit residents who own businesses that are severely impacted by this ordinance. They position is that this ordinance discriminates against native Detroit residents of color and the religious beliefs of their membership. With help from the Wayne County Circuit Court, this ordinance could be modified to remove some of the most heinous restrictions like being 1000 feet from an empty church and, a money losing golf course for example.

Another restriction is the rule of Medible Marijuana that allows haters of Detroit to promote the idea that people will be getting their doors kicked in because of brownies and medicated butter on Grits or Hash Browns, Eggs with Toast and a Sausage.  This is a provision in the ordinance that can be eliminated because the people promoting this idea have stockpiled their Medible Marijuana in places like Allen Park and Ferndale and use this to drive business to their locations by bashing the City leadership and its residents.  

Johnson Recreation Center
Some of the churches and day care centers listed in the City’s database do not exist and in District 2, the long closed Johnson Recreation Center on Cherrylawn and Chippewa, and the School next to the rec center is being used to shut down marijuana businesses on 8 Mile Road.  Owners of these businesses are strongly urged to appeal this to the Board of Zoning and Wayne County Circuit Court.  Shutting down businesses on bad data is a bad deal for everyone because it is removing taxpaying businesses unfairly and without malice.

No injunction has been granted as of yet however and, the City is currently taking applications for Marijuana Caregiver Centers.  Potential owners must have a site plan and $1160 dollars down to reserve your location within City Limits.

If your potential property is located on the border in the City of Detroit, and schools in parks are across the street from your location in another city, (Warren, Ferndale, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe (all), Redford, et al) their property has no bearing on your City of Detroit application. Meanwhile court proceedings will address the challenges by owners and, BSEED inspections will continue. 

Warren Evans Wants YOU to Work for Wayne County With 100 Positions Available

By Richard C. Clement

From the Desk of  County Executive Warren C. Evans.

Warren C. Evans
Wayne County Executive 
If you’d like a job delivering good government services to Wayne County residents, County Executive Warren C. Evans is looking for you!
"Wayne County needs to fill at least 100 positions in several departments including Sheriff's Office"

“I’ve dedicated my career to public service in Wayne County and have personally found it to be a rewarding experience,” said Executive Evans. “I encourage anyone in search of a gratifying career to check out the positions we have available.” Some of the 100 positions are full time, some are part time, and others are temporary -- like the court officers and jail officers needed.  The county also has openings for jail services psychiatrists and senior psychologists. 

Wayne County is also trying to hire to fill many other positions including:


Pro-Tem Cush Supports Rainbow PUSH Jobs Opportunity Fair at the Northwest Activities Center on May 13, 2016

By Richard Clement

Mayor Mike Duggan and Rev Jesse Jackson along with Detroit’s faith based community will hosting a Job Opportunity Fair May 13th, at the Northwest Activities Center on 18100 Meyers Road from 1 to 4 pm. The purpose of this event is to increase the number of minority owned firms participation in City of Detroit home demolition contracts.  

The City has received $130 million through its Hardest Hit Fund to take down blighted structures in the neighborhood and, was pleased to find out that an additional $41.9 million for additional demolition. By participating in this fair, prospective contractors are encouraged to get certified with the City and, network with and others who have the equipment, licensing and bidding information to connect them with other companies who are in the demolition business.

This fair is a collaboration with The Detroit Land Bank Authority, Michigan Minority Contractors Association, and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition 4335 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209 Phone:(313) 963-9005.

To register for this fair please click here and fill in your information.

For a full overview please go to this webpage: - Good Stuff on the Internet