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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Bro Wayne Hicks - Black Bill Gates Makes His Transition 1959-2018

By Richard C. Clement

Pioneer in Technology in the Community - An African American Bill Gates Indeed.

For those who don't know, Wayne Hicks was a pioneer in Technology in America, especially the African American Community. He was one of many Hidden Figures that gave back to his community without question.  Brother Wayne was uploaded by his maker to the cloud of our ancestors. He will be truly missed by all.  

"Some of our heros came in ones and zeros!"  - Richard C. Clement.

From Facebook Post of Wayne Hicks:

Memorial Announcement for Richard Wayne Hicks, Jr

It is with enormous sadness that we announce that Richard Wayne Hicks, Jr. passed peacefully at home on June 7, 2018.

For more than thirty years, Wayne was a tireless champion of the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) and promoting diversity in technology and expanding STEM experiences for youth in under-served communities. 

For the last twelve years, Wayne was the Executive Director of the Black Data Processing Associates Education and Technology Foundation. He also held various leadership positions within the IT professional organization, Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), including President of the National BDPA, 2004-2005.

Wayne started his career with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), starting as a summer intern and progressing to a member of the Senior Executive Service. Later, Wayne led the Cincinnati Business Incubator as president (2003-2008).

Wayne is survived by his daughters Laura Hicks and Nailah McCloud, son Khalis Hicks, granddaughter Amara McCloud, his mother Elizabeth Hicks, sister Kyra, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, other family, friends and colleagues.

The memorial service, with viewing, will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018, 1pm, at Thompson, Hall & Jordan Funeral Home, 11400 Winton Road, Forest Park, OH 45240, (513) 742-3600.
 — with Wayne Hicks.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Why Elect George Cushingberry Jr. for State Senate in District 2

By the Committee to Elect George Cushingberry Jr.

George Cushingberry Jr. has a documented record success as a Government Finance Specialist. He successfully guided the City of Detroit out of financial ruin and, out of State of Michigan control from the Financial Review Board.  Despite being harassed by people who turned out to be gold diggers and, friends who were not friends in the long run, Dr. Cushingberry persevered to get the job done.   Known for his tenacious reading and research methods from being a lawyer,  teacher, preacher, and politician.  Dr. Cushingberry is openly questioning how many times do you grant second, third, forth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eight and, upcoming nine chances for felony convictions.

Dr. George Cushingberry Jr.

The other candidate, Bryan Banks is unfit for serving as a Senator or, as a public official. He is one politician who isn’t running on his criminal record.  He is one step closer to getting indicted by Federal officials for bid rigging contracts at the Michigan Department of Transportation. Facts are that Macomb County Michigan has the worst roads in the State of Michigan with failing concrete and massive potholes. MDOT has a history of questionable business practices towards people of color and quality of road work.

The Democratic candidate for Michigan’s Second Senate District has been convicted eight times for felonies involving bad checks and credit card fraud from 1998 to 2004, the Detroit Free Press reports. He has also misrepresented endorsements from Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.

As reported by Wikapedia.

"In February 2017, Brian Banks reached a plea agreement with the Attorney General's office in which all felony counts against were dropped in exchange for his immediate resignation from the Michigan House of Representatives and pleading guilty to one misdemeanor.Banks announced his formal resignation in Wayne County Circuit Court on February 6, 2017.[15]

"In December 2017, the Detroit Free Press obtained FBI wiretap transcripts that were unsealed in U.S. District Court. The investigation is linked to a corruption case against Gasper Fiore, the owner of Boulevard & Trumbull Towing, a large City of Detroit contractor. In December 2017, Fiore entered into a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, in which he agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit federal program bribery. According to court documents, the government had probable cause that Fiore and 17 other targets were involved in several crimes, including: extortion, wire fraud, bribery. Fiore was so politically connected that in 2016, his daughter helped write an amendment to the Michigan Department of Transportation budget that ensured his company would win a multi-million dollar contract, federal documents show."

"Along the way, Fiore appeared to have gotten help from Banks. "Fiore is involved in bid-rigging with legislator Brian Banks," Special FBI Agent Robert Beeckman wrote in 2016 affidavit, which included intercepted text messages and phone calls between Fiore and Banks. "

To make that mistake again by electing Bryan Banks as a Senator, will be the same mistake people made with Senator Virgil Smith.  We need our leaders to serve out their full term(s) instead of being forced to quit for maliciously breaking the law. Dr. George Cushingberry Jr will not tolerate authoritative brutality like the one that was inflicted upon the people of Flint Michigan. 

George Cushingberry will push for the re-investment into Detroit City Airport as a viable airport serving the entire community. From his efforts, he has increased the use of the facility by 60%.   Dr. Cushingberry will not tolerate the dismantling of education and will be a drum major for literacy and reading, especially to the children.

State Rep. George Cushingberry Jr.

Finally Dr. Cushingberry does not support changing the people's vote on the Detroit Marijuana Ordinances.  The issue was negotiated on November 7th, 2017 by the voters with no exceptions.  To place moratoriums for the purpose of re-inserting rules that were rejected by the people is another punch in the face to Mrs. Boynton-Robinson on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma Alabama because she had the audacity to demand the right to vote. 

Amelia Boynton Robinson - Selma Alabama

How Dare you come on this bridge and talk about voting Mrs. Robinson?

Therefore starting Saturday, June 23, 2018 until Tuesday November 6th, 2018 at 8:00pm, vote to Elect George Cushingberry Jr. State Senator in District 2 every place you see his name on the ballot!  Because a vote for Cush is a stand against voter suppression, voter fraud and, protecting the young people from the lies being told and sold by forces who do not want them to vote.
Show up and Vote!  Or Else!.   

Cushingberry Gets Things Done

Monday, June 4, 2018

Do Not Reward the Educational Achievement Authority With Your Vote

Press Release:

Education Sub Committee of 
the Committee To Elect George Cushingberry Jr.
State Senator District 2

A Vote for Adam Hollier is a Vote to return to the EAA

Electing Adam Hollier as a State Senator would be a reward and a pat on the back for supervising the dismantling of Detroit’s public schools, especially workers’ rights and health care. State Employees do not need any more abuse from the failed polices of financial mismanagement and fraud. With the assistance of Emergency Managers, the biggest Ponzi scheme ever was inflicted upon the people of Flint, Benton Harbor, Hamtramck and, retirees from public service.  

In Detroit and under the leadership of former Mayor Dave Bing, Adam Hollier supported the implementation of the Educational Achievement Authority, an organization that made the Detroit Public School System woefully inept.  During his tenure schools buildings were raffled off to the highest bidder and assets like computers and aircraft were sold to charter schools in Grand Rapids.  Student test scores were unchanged while chancellors, principals, and un-qualified teachers were forced upon students for financial gain.

Aviation Careers Lost at Benjamin O. Davis will now be Found.
and students will have job opportunities.

Despite the vociferous complaints from teachers and students, Bing and Adam Hollier managed to persuade two Detroit Democrats (Harvey Santana and John Olumba) to agree to expand the EAA by adding 50 more schools.  The result of this action is what you have now, Schools like Palmer Park Academy (The old Hampton Jr. High School) with ceilings falling in because of neglect. Cass Tech High school football scoreboard missing lights, new buildings being constructed when they were not needed and other atrocities committed against the children’s education.

George Cushingberry Jr. is responsible for the new development at Riverside Park

There is no coincidence that some of the same people and organizations endorsing Mr. Hollier’s candidacy were willing participants in the destruction of the Detroit Public Schools. Some of them are still under investigation by Federal Authorities for the damage done to young minds through financial neglect. By voting for Adam Hollier, this will be like putting Bing back in charge so that the complete destruction of Benjamin O. Davis High School for Aviation careers will be complete and, the guilty in Flint MI will be granted pardons by the Governor in the lame duck session.

We helped Sativa Detroit on 8 Mile and Santa Barbara shut down and move to Ann Arbor
10 jobs lost and a drop in sales at the Coney Island..

There is no coincidence that some of the anti-marijuana clergy in the community is endorsing Hollier’s candidacy. Their only job was to help businesses open up in the suburbs.  Business entities outside of Detroit used these people, fake news of crime and, the 80 year old myth on marijuana to create jobs at the expense of City residents.  Combined with the poor transit system that is currently in place and, the missing revenue from payroll, rent, and taxes, cost Detroit $3 million dollars and counting, by seconds.

To fix this mess, on June 22, 2018 until Nov 6th, 2018 mark your absentee ballot for George Cushingberry Jr. State Senator District 2 TWICE!  One vote to fill the partial term and, one vote to fill the 4 year term.

When you complete your vote, you will know that on August 8th, the people in District 2 will have a voice in Lansing. George stands for jobs, justice, and equal opportunity for all who want and desire to improve the quality of life. We must finish the job of creating a new aviation education complex with firefighter training facilities by a new aviation division of the Detroit Fire Department. The concept of a statewide flat rate auto insurance will be an action plan on the day he accepts the job.  You should not have to park your car in Ohio to get a better insurance rate.

George Cushingberry Jr feels that we must remain committed to improving literacy in our community. This commitment must include the restoration of the cuts to education at all levels. Support Teachers Everyday!!!

The time is now, register and vote, all day long.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Where's George? At The Public Library Promoting Literacy in the Community and, Receives Awards as an Internet Pioneer

By The Friends of George. 

“ In order to succeed, you must learn how to read” – George Cushingberry Jr.

Congratulations is in order for Dr. George Cushingberry Jr being selected for the Ambassador Award by the Michigan Virutal organization for his 20 years of support for education. Cushingberry was recently recognized for his work in shaping the work of this organization and his commitment to literacy in the community.

Creating Solar Panels in Detroit Public Schools
Fredrick Douglass Academy  - 2015 

“Michigan Virtual™, formerly known as Michigan Virtual University® & Michigan Virtual School®, has been working hard to provide a path to the future for students and educators since 1998. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation focused on education, we believe that brilliance resides in all of us, ready to change the world with next big idea. We’re dedicated to helping each student shine their brightest by enhancing their opportunities to learn and working to strengthen the teachers that will show them the way. Here we strive to place each student’s potential within reach. By discovering new ways to grow, we’re taking K-12 education to the next level and working to leverage face-to-face, blended and online learning innovations that facilitate the advancement of education.

Michigan Virtual is governed by an independent Board of Directors comprised of individuals representing business, industry, higher education, K-12 education and state government. Our partners and governing board share our goals and aspirations for each student as we come together to assist those in the pursuit of higher learning.”

Michigan Virtual is proud to present the Ambassador Award to Dr. Cushingberry for his work with literacy.

Cush at the Harper Woods Public Library.
On April 30th, 2018, Dr. Cushingberry received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Harper Woods Library. George has been an active participant in the Prime Family Reading Time program because it is a commitment to pass on the power of literacy to our community.  Literacy sparks interest and creates a career for youth and adults in need of a change. If you want to go to a nice place and chill, the Public Library is a place to go if you want to follow your dreams or just learn something new.

Young Engineers in Training at Detroit Public Schools.

Starting Friday June 22nd 2018, until November 6, 2018, mark your ballot twice for George Cushingberry Jr for State Senate in District 2, so that he can continue the work of upgrading the reading literacy in our community.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Forgive The Lame Duck! Vote in the August 2018 Primary Election

By Richard C. Clement 
Precinct Delegate 92 - Democrat

If you support change in Lansing and, want to protect your vote from being ripped off, you must  show up and vote in the August 7th,  primary election starting June 22nd, 2018, at the Detroit Elections Bureau on 2978 Grand Boulevard Detroit MI 48202.  When you vote in the Michigan August Primary, you are voting to prevent a Lame Duck from changing the Laws in Lansing this December after you vote in November.  From the illegally enacted Marijuana moratorium in the City of Detroit, to the announced intent of Michigan State Senator Rick Jones and his friends to undo all Marijuana legalization in the December lame duck session, you must show up and vote!

The Chairman
House Appropriations Committiee 2008-2010

Vote for candidates who have your best interests at heart and share your values. Don’t be confused by watching Fox News or any other troll outfit that manufactures news from false statements and innuendo.  Voters, please take the time to look at each candidate’s history on issues like, improving reading literacy, crime reduction, Marijuana reform, financial justice for state employees, and where they want to invest your tax money.  This includes the oversight and management of the funds against measured goals specified by law. 

By voting in the primary election, you will prevent the establishment of another Emergency Manager policy that has done so well for the State of Michigan these last 8 years. Just look at the examples of their fine work statewide, especially in Flint and the Detroit Public Schools. 

Reverse the Criminal Neglect to our Youth and City

By electing a warrior like George Cushingberry Jr as your State Senator in District 2, Emergency Managers like Roy Roberts and others will brought before hearings to explain why he shut down Benjamin O. Davis High School to transfer the FCC and FAA certification programs to the West Michigan Aviation academy in Grand Rapids Michigan injuring the educational opportunities for Muslim, Black and Latino children to study aviation as a career. 

Allowing vultures for profit to pick winners and losers out of our children’s education is an in-excusable, criminal act upon our youth. We want and demand restitution from the spot of the oppression by re-investing into teachers and students.

Elect Dana Nessel - Michigan Attorney General

Furthermore, when you vote for Dana Nessel as your next Michigan Attorney General, you will allow her office to file criminal charges against all of these Emergency Managers so that the healing can begin. Healing will include the immediate transfer of state employee defined contributions to employee defined benefits. By doing this for current employees in state and local governments, monies are protected from the unpredictability of the stock markets going up and down. Restoration and respect for the State Constitution will allow a revamped Attorney General’s office to expunge all marijuana crimes for all Michigan citizens.

Vote early and get it done before you go on vacation for the summer, going away to school, or other reasons you have for not being in town.  Do not let anyone tell you that your vote does not count because they are wrong! Your vote in the August primary will help stop voter suppression in advance. Therefore please take the time to vote because your future depends on it.

From June 22nd until November 6th, 2018 7:59:59pm.

Forgive the Lame Duck in Advance! Vote Now!



Monday, May 7, 2018

Make It Nice, Vote For Cush TWICE! State Senate District 2

Declaration of Intent to Run for State Senate District 2,  
by The Committee to Elect George Cushingberry Jr.

He’s keeping it brief,
He’s keeping it short.
He cannot represent anyone in court.
As a working attorney he is a sight unseen,
From a one year suspension in 2015.

So he chose a mission to keep minds free,
By being an advocate for reading literacy.
Working with teachers and, part time preaching,
George has expanded the minds of the children he is reaching.

Keep the Mind Free With Reading Literacy!

George will not steal,
George will not rob.
George will encourage anyone to get education, training, and a job.

George serves to love and, serves to inspire.
ALL public employees, especially Teachers, Police and Fire.

To all haters past, present, and future, please take this hint.
There will be change in Lansing for the people, especially in Flint!

Starting June 22nd 2018, I need all of you.
To Elect George Cushingberry Jr. State Senator.
For the people in District 2.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Building Bridges of Unity Between Michigan and Ontario With Cannabis

By Richard C. Clement - Marijuana Policy Analyst 

          April 2018 has truly been an appreciation celebration for everyone who has been involved in changing the horrible policy toward Cannabis.  On this month people tore down a wall and, are starting to build a bridge of peace, prosperity, green jobs, and health care reform.  Candidates running for office in August and November 2018 were put on notice that if you don’t support marijuana decriminalization, save your campaign money and withdraw your application. Congratulations to Attorney Dana Nessel for winning the Democratic nomination with the help of the Michigan Educational Association Teacher’s union and the Medial Marijuana community. Her position on Pot helped to upset Pat Miles who was hypocrite by prosecuting legal Medical Marijuana patients with Federal Law disrespecting the states rights of Michigan citizens.

From Both Sides of the Detroit River,  One Love 

This was the last illegal event Marijuana event in North America and it could not come fast enough. On July 1st , Canada will formally enact recreational marijuana laws that will allow their citizens to safely use Marijuana without penalty of law.  To mark the occasion, I went on a fact finding tour of Windsor Canada and participated in the Epic 420/421 event with the proceeds going toward ending hunger in Windsor.  This event was located in front of Windsor City Hall and Police Station in front of Caesars Casino Windsor.

Just Say Know!  -  Reading is essential

In the mist of a worker strike at the Casino, union members and Canadian citizens fully supported and participated in this event. Featured speakers include Sam Mellace, a medical marijuana user and rights advocate, John Turmel, a long-time fighter for legalization and Paul Hartman, a cannabis user and the brother of late comedian Phil Hartman. Paul Hartman was deported from America for “Weed crimes against America". Hartman gave a compelling speech on how Cannabis helped him beat Colon Cancer. I was also pleased to find out that the Laborers International Union of North America covers their members Medical Marijuana costs.

George Cushingberry speaking to Canadian Press about the
sea change in the attitude towards Marijuana in America.
Building Bridges Instead of Walls.

The people were excited to see and hear guest speakers Richard Clement and Ex-Detroit City Councilmember Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr describe the situation  in Detroit, and the fight to end the war on weed in America. The war can only be won through voting and demanding legislation by politicians to support the will of their employers. Or Else!

Building Bridges Instead of Walls 

The theme from us was to build a bridge or two of unity instead of walls of division. No one will ever get deported again from either country for the “crime” of marijuana possession. People like Marc Emery and Paul Hartman will be able to travel freely between Detroit and Windsor because, people have made a commitment to show up and vote in all elections in 2018.   The first date of early voting starts June 22nd   for the August 7th,  2018 Michigan Primary and September 22nd, 2018 for the November 6th General Election. 

Richard Clement and American Deportee Paul Hartman 

If you will be 18 years of age on August 7th, or November 6th, 2018 register to vote NOW or face the consequences. Vote for candidates who support legalization and, the decriminalization of Marijuana. Check candidate prior records for flip-flopping or obstructing a marijuana business while in elected office.  Be on guard for candidates and their supporters who lie about supporting marijuana business on the one hand. While the other hand is materially participating in shutting them down via zoning hearings, court orders, and enacting local ordinances.

Festival Vendors in Attendance

Otherwise the Epic 420/421 event was a huge success. Charles Clarke Square is behind Caesars Casino Windsor, right in front of Windsor City Hall and the Windsor Police Department. Participants at the fest were able to purchase cannabis products without a card after paying the admission fee. There were no arrests or police incidents reported.

Charles Clarke Square - Windsor Ontario Canada

Epic 420/421 Festival

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Working Together As One To Get The Job Done - Reverend Dr. George Cushingberry

The Word Of the Day from Rev Dr. George Cushingberry Jr.

Philippians 4:11 – Chapter 4
Peace with the Brethren, Appealing for Steadfastness and Unity
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
1.   I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 
2.   Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Everyone must be on the same team with the Lord. Success begins by, sharing the same dream and, agreeing to synchronize efforts to achieve the desired result.

Rev. Dr. George Cushingberry Jr. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What Does It Take to Make A Great City and State? A Working Coleman Young International Airport and Marijuana Reform

By Richard C. Clement 

What can 5 million dollars’ worth of weed do for neighborhood improvement?

Currently, the City of Detroit is in possession of $5 million dollars of Marijuana taken in a raid at Mound and 8 Mile Road on March 16th, 2018 by the Detroit Police Department.  This medicine will be destroyed along with the $5 million dollar opportunity for desperately needed revenue.  While no one has filed a claim as of yet to return the property, if this medicine is sold at a Detroit Police Auction, where do you want the money to go?

Mayor Mike Duggan
One asset of the City that has been maliciously neglected is the Historic Coleman S. Young International Detroit City Airport. Potential customers of the airport are 4.5 miles or 7 minutes from Downtown or live within 10 miles of the complex. Currently, the main runway at Detroit City Airport is in dire need of repair to the tune of 3.5 million dollars. This would allow newer and faster aircraft to use the facility for private and public purposes, increasing business and tax revenue for the City of Detroit. And there you go, one fixed runway with 1.5 million left for other needs.

The dismantling of the Benjamin O. Davis High School and neglect of City Airport was a criminal act that can be attributed to the work of Managers and Financial review boards appointed by State officials.  Just like the management job done in Flint MI, students were poisoned by the removal of equipment, teachers, and educational opportunities to support the Educational Achievement Authority which has turned out to be a criminal business enterprise that achieved lower test scores, empty school buildings, and a large financial debt.

Free KDET! - Call and Complain to Mayor Duggan Today!

The damage from these people is very correctable by electing and selecting people who have the best interests of the children at heart.  With new ordinances and State Laws, students in Public Education must have the opportunity to study aviation and auto mechanics careers if they are interested. The area around Detroit City Airport will allow the construction of a new runway and drag strip complex built for students gaining FAA/FCC and Auto Mechanic certifications that will help build careers.

If you want change to happen, then you must communicate to your elected officials to do the right thing. The way to do it is to call Mayor Mike Duggan and all nine council members and tell them to “Free the Weed for the Jobs We Need” by doing the following steps:

  • Re-Investing into the Airport as an Airport with a historical designation, commercial air service, and educational institution
  • Returning the medicine to their rightful owners or selling at auction with restricted funding for airport re-development.
  • Ending the moratorium by the City of Detroit on Marijuana Businesses and process applications for Marijuana related businesses.
  • Immediate Expungement of all prior and current Marijuana convictions in the City of Detroit by ordinance.

If the people’s wishes are carried out, then citizens will have regained the confidence of their government doing the right thing for them.

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