Oprah Winfrey announced plans Monday to host virtual town halls in states that look to play a large role in the upcoming election.
As part of OWN’s OWN YOUR VOTE get-out-the-vote initiative, the town halls will be a non-partisan effort to encourage, inspire and support voters across the country before Nov. 3.
The events are free and open to the public, and you can register in advance by clicking right here.
She will host an event for voters in Wisconsin Oct. 26, voters in North Carolina Oct. 27, voters in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania Oct. 28 and voters in South Carolina Oct. 29. All of the town halls will begin at 8 p.m. ET.
Winfrey will speak with local voters in an effort to acquire adequate resources, information and inspiration to create a more informed voting base. Local voters, national thought leaders, voting rights experts and others who can provide insight and resources to voters will join her.
States of Change is an online print sale fundraiser in support of local groups working on the ground in five key swing states (AZ, FL, MI, PA and WI) to fight voter suppression and to get out the vote. States of Change is organized in partnership with Movement Voter Project.The fundraiser runs online at statesofchange.us from October 13th to 18th at midnight PST, featuring prints from 150+ artists and photographers priced at $150.
Movement Voter Project has selected 42 of the best and most impactful local community-based organizations, with a focus on youth and communities of color, working in five key swing states. These organizations work to get out the vote, fight voter suppression, organize communities to grow their power and build infrastructure that will lead to lasting change. In this short period of time before the election, groups are working on everything from early vote education and mobilization to polls protection to fighting voter disenfranchisement.
Participants include Alec Soth, Catherine Opie, Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman, Dawoud Bey, Ed Ruscha, Gordon Parks, Hank Willis Thomas, Kim Gordon, Larry Sultan, Mario Sorrenti, Nan Goldin, Robert Frank, Sally Mann, Sharon Lockhart, Stephen Shore, Steve McCurry,and the list goes on and on.
The team at States of Change explains, “There’s the prevailing sense that the country and our democracy are spinning out of control, and that we are powerless to stop it. We didn’t want to become resigned to a sense of darkness and had to act. Inspired by the change artists made with the Pictures for Elmhurst project, we decided to band together to support these amazing non-profits. Every dollar we donate will make a real and direct impact on voter turnout.”
Billy Wimsatt, Founder & Executive Director of MVP, states, “Movement Voter Project is honored to partner with States of Change and world-renowned photographers to support critical voter organizing in the top 5 battleground states. Together, we are funding incredible local organizations that will get out the vote in the final weeks and continue their vital life-saving work beyond Election Day.”
John Divola Untitled, circa 1980 Courtesy of the artist
ABOUT THE PRINTS:
Prints are available for $150 plus shipping costs. All prints are the same size, 10 x 12 inches, with a smaller printed area that is variable depending on the aspect ratio of the photograph. Prints are available in an open edition and are unsigned.All prints are made on Canson Platine Fibre Rag 310. This is a premium 100% cotton paper that offers the look and aesthetic of the original darkroom baryta fiber print and complies with the ISO 9706 standard for maximum longevity. Prints are made from digital files using archival inkjet printing—sometimes referred to as pigment printing, or gicleé printing. This method is the current industry standard for photographic printing.Printing services for this fundraiser are being provided by Light Work. An amount of $15.50 will be deducted from the cost of each print to offset expenses for production and fulfillment. All net proceeds go to the Movement Voter Project.
States of Change was made by a small group of artists and friends trying to make a difference. We are:Mitchell Barton, Matthew Booth, Alice Braccini, Trevor Clement, Jim Goldberg, Gregory Halpern, Alessandra Sanguinetti and Korey Vincent.For their generous assistance and support we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Claire Davis, Jason Fulford, Africia Heiderhoff, Kristen Lubben, Jody Rojac, Nicole Meade, Ian Simmons, Susan Meiselas and Ahndraya Parlato. And, of course, none of this would be possible without our participating artists’ generosity.
Movement Voter Project works to strengthen progressive power at all levels of government by helping donors –big and small –support the best and most promising local community-based organizations in key states, with a focus on youth and communities of color. We support hundreds of incredible organizations that both turn out unlikely voters and organize communities to grow their power and create transformation, from policy to the streets. We believe that supporting local movement vote groups is the most effective and most cost-effective strategy to transform our country. Learn more at movement.vote.
Grassroots Organizations The 2020 general election hinges on the outcome in these five states: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona. Now more than ever, we need to invest in local groups working on the ground in these states. They know how to organize their own communities, and they’ve been building trust with voters since long before the current crisis. They need our support to win in November and build toward the future we want to see. Learn more on our Organization’s Page.
The list of contributing artists includes many of the top commercial and fine art photographers working today: Aaron Schuman / Abelardo Morell / Adam Pape / Ahndraya Parlato / Alec Soth / Alessandra Sanguinetti / Alex Majoli / Alfredo Jaar / Amani Willett / Amy Troost / Andrea Modica / Andres Gonzalez / Ann Weathersby / Anthony Hernandez / Ari Marcopoulos / Arthur Ou / Bayeté Ross Smith / Brian Ulrich / Bryan Schutmaat / Bryson Rand / Camille Seaman / Carmen Winant / Carolyn Drake / Carrie Mae Weems / Cass Bird / Catherine Opie / Chris McCaw / Christian Patterson / Christopher Anderson / Cindy Sherman / Clara Balzary / Curran Hatleberg / Daniel Gordon / Daniel Shea / Danna Singer / Dannielle Bowman / Danny Lyon / David Maisel / David Levinthal / Dawoud Bey / Deanna Templeton / Diana Markosian / Dionne Lee / Doug DuBois / Dru Donovan / Ed Panar / Ed Ruscha / Ed Templeton / Eli Reed / Elinor Carucci / Emily Shur / Emmet Gowin / Eric Gottesman / Eva O’Leary / Fumi Ishino / Gerard Gaskin / Gordon Parks / Gregory Eddi Jones / Gregory Halpern / Gus Powell / Hank Willis Thomas / Hannah Price / Hannah Whitaker / Henry Horenstein / Ike Edeani / Irina Rozovsky / Jack Pierson / James Casebere/ James Welling / Janet Delaney / Jason Fulford / Jeffrey Whetstone / Jim Goldberg / Joel Fisher / Joel Sternfeld / John Divola/ John Gossage / John Lehr / John Pilson / Jon Feinstein / Jon Rubin / Jonathan Gardenhire / Katy Grannan / Ken Light / Khalik Allah / Kim Gordon / Landon Nordeman / Larry Sultan / Laura Letinsky / Laura McPhee / Laurel Nakadate / Lelanie Foster / Leonard Suryajaya / Liz Cohen / Lorie Novak / Luc Sante / Mario Sorrenti / Mark Steinmetz / Matt Sayles / Matthew Connors / Matthew Leifheit / Matthew Porter / McNair Evans / Melissa Catanese / Meron Menghistab / Michael Christopher Brown / Michael Schmelling / Mike Mandel / Milagros de la Torre / Mimi Plumb / Mitch Epstein / Moyra Davey / Nan Goldin / Nelson Chan / Nicholas Muellner / Pacifico Silano / Penelope Umbrico / Peter Sutherland / Peter van Agtmael / Pixy Liao / Raymond Meeks / Renée Stout / Ricardo Nagaoka / Richard Misrach / Richard Mosse / Richard Renaldi / Robert Frank / Roe Ethridge / Ron Jude / Rosalind Fox Solomon /Rose Marie Cromwell / S*an D. Henry-Smith / Sally Mann / Samantha Box / Sara Cwynar / Sasha Phyars-Burgess / Sasha Rudensky / Sean Pressley / Sebastian Kim / Shane Lavalette / Sharon Core / Sharon Lockhart / Sheila Pree Bright / Sinna Nasseri / Stacy Kranitz / Stephen Shore / Steve McCurry / Suha Traboulsi and Walid Raad / Susan Meiselas / Susan Worsham / Tabitha Soren / Tanya Marcuse / Tim Davis / Todd Hido / Tommy Kha / Trevor Clement / Victoria Sambunaris / Wendy Ewald / Yto Barrada / Zoë GhertnerMark Steinmetz
The program will be held in Warren, Michigan, at GM‘s Design Center and will kick off with a virtual art exhibition. Brushes With Cancer takes cancer survivors, battlers and caretakers and pairs them with artists who are able to depict the struggles, emotionally and physically, faced by those with cancer.
For the 2020 event, all 25 people affected by cancer and all 23 artists are employed by GM Design, and their story-inspired art will be on display virtually.
After the event, the art will remain on display until Oct. 30 and will then be auctioned off to the highest bidder with proceeds going right back to Twist Out Cancer to provide psychosocial support to those in a face-to-face fight with cancer.
Jenna Benn Shersher, the CEO of Twist Out Cancer, said 2019’s event was a smash success and that Twist Out Cancer was honored to be working with GM Design for the 2020 program.
“We have worked hand-in-hand with employees at GM Design during this unprecedented time to continue our program virtually, which is offering our Inspirations and Artists the same transformational experience our participants have come to expect over the past eight years,” Shersher said. “As Twist Out Cancer has grown, we continue to bring our impactful programming to new cities and new audiences around the world and are thrilled with the start of this new program.”
Virtual events will also be held in Austin Oct. 25 and in Chicago Nov. 14. Twist Out Cancer also encourages anyone to bring an event to their hometown by contacting Amelia Hanrahan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To purchase tickets for the event on Sept. 25, you can click right here.
The Henry Ford’s Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village presented by Meijer Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Reimagined Experience
The Henry Ford is excited to announce its continued 40-year tradition of Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village, presented by Meijer. Taking place over 15 nights, beginning Oct. 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-31 from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., this year’s event has been reimagined to ensure every guest’s visit is safe, responsible, and filled with spooky-fun. Tickets for members are now on sale. Non-members tickets become available September 16. All tickets can be purchased at thehenryford.org.
This year, Hallowe’en is completely taking over Greenfield Village, with a festival-like atmosphere replacing the prescribed walking path. Fans of past Hallowe’en events will still recognize many of their favorite aspects including more than 1,000 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and 50-plus costumed characters from classic stories such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz, alongside newly-created storybook experiences.
Guests this year will be the first to experience a brand-new train adventure aboard the Hallowe’en Express. This ghostly journey around Greenfield Village is a ride for guests of all ages and due to high demand and increased safety procedures, requires advance timed reservations.
As The Henry Ford continues to prioritize the health and safety of its guests and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was necessary to make important program modifications including the omission of treat stations and dining experiences such as the Hallowe’en Fairy Tale Feast and Eagle Tavern Harvest Supper. Fall treats, hot beverages and craft beer will still be available for purchase.
In order to accommodate this large-scale, new experience, Greenfield Village will close its daytime operations beginning October 5, with the intention to reopen operations throughout weekends in November.
Due to limited capacities, advanced ticket purchases are highly recommended for Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village. Tickets are $14.50 for members and $17 for non-members, ages two and up. While each admission includes a ticket aboard the Hallowe’en Express train, timed advanced reservations are required. To make a complimentary reservation, call The Henry Ford’s Contact Center at 313-982.6001. Walk-up Hallowe’en Express tickets will not be available.
About The Henry Ford
Located in Dearborn, Michigan, The Henry Ford, a globally recognized destination, fosters inspiration and learning from hands-on encounters with artifacts that represent the most comprehensive collection anywhere focusing on innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness in America. Its unique venues include Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center and Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school. Together with its online presence at thf.org, its national television series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and Invention Convention Worldwide, the growing affiliation of organizations fostering innovation, invention and entrepreneurship in K-12 students, The Henry Ford inspires individuals to unlock their potential and help shape a better future.
As Summer vacations end in Europe and in the United States and students return to college campuses and primary schools worldwide, fresh waves of COVID infections are causing renewed restrictions after loosening in the Spring and Summer. However, a new study shows that this uncoordinated opening, closing, and reopening of states and counties, is making the COVID problem worse in the U.S., according to the authors of a new study released today. Using methods from their previous work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, MIT PhD student Michael Zhao and Sinan Aral, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and author of the upcoming book The Hype Machine, have released the first comprehensive study of the impact of state-by-state re-openings on the COVID pandemic, spanning January to July, 2020 with surprising and troubling results.
After studying combined data on the mobility of over 22 million mobile devices, daily data on state-level closure and reopening policies and social media connections among 220 million Facebook users, the team found that reimposing local social distancing or shelter-in-place orders after reopening may be far less effective than policy makers would hope.
In fact, such closures may actually be counterproductive as they encourage those in locked down regions to flee to reopened regions, potentially causing new hotspots to emerge. This analysis demonstrates that travel spillovers are not only systematic and predictable, but also large and meaningful.
Arizona was one of the first states to open businesses, but in late June, bars, gyms, movie theaters, and water parks were shut down for 30 days as the state became one of the virus’s new hot spots. One month after dine-in restaurants, bars, and gyms were allowed to reopen in California, Governor Gavin Newsom made the country’s most aggressive reopening reversal amid his state’s spike in COVID-19 cases, shuttering all indoor dining, bars, zoos, and museums in the state. Similar reversals have occurred in Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, West Virginia among other states.
“We’ve seen a patchwork of flip-flopping state policies across the country,” says Sinan Aral, the senior author of the study. “The problem is that, when they are uncoordinated, state re-openings and even closures create massive travel spillovers that are spreading the virus across state borders. If we continue to pursue ad hoc policies across state and regional borders, we’re going to have a difficult time controlling this virus, reopening our economy or even sending our kids back to school.”
The new study showed that while closures directly reduced mobility by 5-6%, re-openings returned mobility to pre-pandemic levels. Once all of a state’s peer states (in travel or social media influence) locked down, focal county mobility in that state dropped by an additional 15-20% but increased by 19-32% once peer states reopened. “State policies have effects far beyond their borders,” says Aral. “We desperately need coordination if we are to control this virus.”
When an origin county was subject to a statewide shelter-in-place order, travel to counties yet to impose lockdowns increased by 52-65%. If the origin had reopened, but the destination was still closed, travel to destination counties was suppressed by 9-17% for nearby counties and 21-27% for distant counties. But when a destination reopened while an origin was still closed, people from the closed origins flooded into the destination by 11-12% from nearby counties and 24% from distant counties. “People flee closures and flood into newly reopened states,” says Aral, “we can’t avoid the travel spillovers caused by our ad hoc policies.”
These findings highlight the urgent need to coordinate COVID-19 reopenings across regions and the risks created by ad hoc local shutdowns and reopenings. In addition, the results highlight the importance of taking spillover effects seriously when formulating national policy and for national and local policies to coordinate across regions where spillovers are strong.
Detroit native, Courtney Bell is back to deliver a message for the ladies. While slipping into his smooth side over the Noc produced beat, Courtney takes materialism out of relationships. The retro, melodic and synth-heavy production allows Courtney to show off lyrical strength while reminding us he’s “nothing like your last one.”
Showing no signs of slowing down, Courtney Bell has a message of enlightenment to deliver to the masses. Earlier this summer he kicked off with a freestyle visual, “Pride”depicting his flow versatility, talking about the complexities of having pride. He followed up with single, “GB4″ Furthering his mission to empower marginalized communities as well as bring spirituality to the streets, Courtney delivers water to Flint residents monthly while sharing his personal experiences of his life.
Courtney is a spiritual man and often follows the Torah as he resides in Detroit. His daily routines include meditations and calisthenics at least twice a day. During the winter time you can find Courtney plowing snow for low income communities and the elderly. He’s rooted in uplifting the people around him and bridging the gap between the conscious community and the hood. Through his music he is dedicated to bringing “spirits and souls into the light.” Courtney’s music was featured in media outlets such as: Hot New Hip Hop, The Source, Detroit Times, RapRadar & Fake Shore Drive. In the past he’s opened for notable hip hop acts like: WS Boogie, Dave East and Eric Bellinger.
EMERGING R&B SINGER-SONGWRITER/PRODUCER JAYLA DARDEN RETURNS WITH “DEMONSTRATION”
With a beat inspired by the works of Timbaland and Missy Elliot, this song is about needing action over words and promises. “Demonstration” which was written, produced and engineered by Jayla herself will be the first of many glimpses into Jayla’s Quarantine Creations.
This single will be released with a visualizer and will continue to feed the marketplace and establish her as an artist. The 21-year-old singer, songwriter, producer, and engineer is bold on the soulful track as she reclaims her love and needs in a partner. With a sound all her own, Jayla’s R&B language is a combination of today’s alternative soul with an aura of 2000s R&B.
Lyrics like “Lately my interest is fading/ separate locations / I’m losing
patience,” are worthy of an IG caption and remind us what’s to come
from the rising singer-songwriter.
Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Jayla blended her love for music with the wonders of technology to teach herself programs like Ableton, GarageBans and ProTools but also master instruments like the guitar and keyboard.
A musical diet of gospel and contemporary jazz, vocalists like Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, Brandy, Jhene Aiko, Frank Ocean, and beat smiths like J. Cole, Missy Elliott and Key Wane, helped shape Jayla’s understanding of her sound: heavy drums, soft melodies, and a positive slant on love and everyday life.
Since 2015, Jayla has built up a SoundCloud fanbase with short releases—including her cover of Drake’s “Jaded” which garnered 350,000 streams. She’s also found fans in the form of music startup Soulection and Grammy-winning artist H.E.R. In May, Jayla joined H.E.R. for her ‘Girls With Guitars Series’ on Instagram to sing her single “On To Something” and a beautiful cover of Aaliyah’s “I Don’t Wanna.” You can watch Jayla’s next performance at The 13th Annual Roots Picnic Virtual Event in partnership with Michelle Obama on Saturday, June 27th.
“Demonstration” comes after the release of her sultry EP Onto Something, which dropped in late 2019 with fan favorites like “Be Your Girl” and the title track, “Onto Something”.
Credited with establishing the first sustained and comprehensive common ground initiative in U.S. higher education, Whitney received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the program. Through his leadership, the Hauenstein Center has hosted major conferences that have helped revive the study of Midwestern history and launched the nation’s first presidential question-and-answer column, “Ask Gleaves.” He also developed the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy at the Hauenstein Center, which now has more than 400 alumni serving in communities around the nation.
“Gleaves brings to the Foundation an exciting and innovative vision for our future work, both across Michigan and throughout the nation,” said Ford. “We have great confidence that he will help us continue to advance the strong legacy of my father and mother for the greater good of our American democracy and the national well-being of all people.”
Whitney was selected from a pool of candidates following a comprehensive national search. Calvaruso will assist Whitney with his transition through the end of August.
“I am honored to be selected as the new executive director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and to bring the legacy of President and Mrs. Ford to a new generation of Americans,” Whitney said. “The Ford family, Foundation trustees, and Joe Calvaruso have been instrumental in shaping what the Foundation is today, bringing critically important conversations about our nation’s 38th president to the forefront of our national dialogue. I am extremely humbled to have the opportunity to build on their considerable achievements.”
Before joining the Hauenstein Center, Whitney served in Michigan Governor John Engler’s administration as a senior writer, chief speechwriter, and historian, and also assisted in the creation of the Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Colorado State University, Fort Collins; and a master’s degree in history from the University of Michigan. He was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkley California; and was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to West Germany (1984-1985).
About the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation fosters increased awareness of the life, career, values, and legacy of America’s 38th President. It does so through activities designed to promote the high ideals of integrity, honesty, and candor that defined President Ford’s extraordinary career of public service. The Foundation promotes the ideas, values, commitment to public service, and historical legacy of President Gerald R. Ford, and further promotes greater civic engagement and recognition of integrity wherever it exists in the public arena. It supports permanent and changing exhibits designed to promote historical literacy; conferences; educational outreach and other programs, both scholarly and popular, including at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
The goal of Saturday, June 13th’s peace march is to instill a spirit of hope and empathy at a difficult time in our nation. Politics shall be set aside as fellow residents will gather in solidarity with the aim of facilitating an uncomfortable yet essential dialogue about race relations and police brutality. The overarching goal of the community event is to express the simple yet powerful message that Black Lives Matter. As Dawn Lowery-Campbell, the peace walk’s organizer, put it, “When you have those real authentic communications and allow the walls to fall, minds and hearts to open so that life can be better for us all.”
This non-violent demonstration, not dissimilar to a tranquil pilgrimage, will take place at 1:00pm with the march beginning at Seaholm High School. The peace walk is a superb opportunity to galvanize the Bloomfield Township community around the message of justice. The event organizers’ cooperation with the township’s police is emblematic of a community eager to foster a positive relationship between citizens and law enforcement. “The march is meant for bringing people together,” commented the community organizer responsible for the walk, “I feel we can control our own narrative as a community to repair the hurt and brokenness that has been going on,” she continued.
This small suburban township of over 40,000 residents is aspiring to “continue those tough conversations of race and racism,” Lowery-Campbell states. It is not easy or pleasant to discuss these things yet the atmosphere this peace walk endeavors to create is one of tolerance and understanding; this cannot come into being without facing reality then peacefully marching to change it.
About the Organizer:
Dawn Lowery-Campbell is married to Greg and they’re parents of two who have lived within the Bloomfield Township 15+ years. She studied at Wayne State University and is the granddaughter of the late Joseph E. Lowery.
Established in 1827 with a population of approximately 41,000, the suburb is 6 miles north of Detroit. It is one of the richest areas in Michigan. Cranbook Schools, an exemplary private preparatory school PK-12, is located within the township. Some of its most reputable residents include: Mitt Romney, Aretha Franklin, Andy Levin, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Robin Williams.
Dawn Lowery-Campbell stands in solidarity with Chief of Police – Bloomfield Township, Phil Langmeyer.
As part of MyNorth’s never-ending quest to understand their audience’s travel plans, they are excited to give you access to additional results from a second survey. From May 15th through June 3rd, over 1,900 respondents answered 5 questions on how they will plan their 2020 travel both locally and regionally.
Reaching Up North Travelers
MyNorth’s audience is looking to each of our platforms for information about visiting open businesses and adhering to their health and safety guidelines. Promote your businesses reopening information on the platform that travelers rely on most when planning their trip!
Ensuring Safety for Travelers
Of course, traveling will look different this year and will require
both business owners and those traveling to consider health and safety
standards more closely when making decisions. MyNorth asked their
audience what factors would be more important to them when traveling.
Communicating Your Plan
In making Up North businesses a safe place for local and regional
travelers, it’s important that they find effective ways to communicate
health and safety plans with those that plan to visit. 90.2% of
Northern Michigan travelers expressed that they are more likely to
visit a business that adheres to a cleanliness regimen and social