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CONTENTS <strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong><br />


on the cover<br />



16<br />

departments<br />



Doing the right thing<br />

8 IN MY VIEW<br />


Trump’s immigration stance<br />

riles Christian community<br />



Are donations to politicians<br />

good investments?<br />



12 CHAI TIME<br />

14 RELIGION<br />




Will you vote?<br />



What the Eyes Don’t See<br />

38 DOC IS IN<br />


G6PD Deficiency and<br />

Chaldean Children (Favism)<br />

38 DOC IS IN<br />


Beta thalassemia (also<br />

called B-thalassemia)<br />


42 EVENTS<br />




19 U.S. SENATE RACE<br />








24 MICHIGAN’S 9TH<br />









The 48th District Court judge faces one<br />

opponent in the upcoming elections<br />



features<br />



Candidates were among hundreds of attendees<br />

at the Mackinac Policy Conference<br />







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from the EDITOR<br />

Doing the right thing<br />

In this issue, we are covering<br />

the political races.<br />

We don’t endorse candidates.<br />

We are merely sharing<br />

the bigger races and<br />

the candidates in each. As<br />

I make the decision as to<br />

whom to vote for, I use my<br />

God guide and moral compass<br />

as I look to the teachings<br />

of the church.<br />

I pray that that all elected<br />

leaders do the right thing<br />

while in office.<br />

I really try to be a person living<br />

in the world but not of it. I navigate<br />

through life — part of society that<br />

challenges me — as I work in communications,<br />

media and politics. My<br />

faith is challenged daily. When you<br />

make a decision to follow Christ – to<br />

do what Jesus would do and to say<br />

what Jesus would say – you walk a<br />

fine line in this world. You are often<br />

criticized, belittled and ostracized by<br />

your peers. It shouldn’t come as a surprise,<br />

however; it’s exactly what Jesus<br />

said would happen if you follow Him.<br />

“And you will be hated by all on<br />

account of My name, but it is the one<br />

who has endured to the end who will<br />

be saved.” – Matthew 10:22<br />

I try, but I fall and fail often.<br />

However, I pick myself up and move<br />

on. And I am doing that now.<br />

I realize that deciding to follow<br />

the teachings of the church comes<br />

with a price, especially when you<br />

work in an industry that puts you on<br />

a public platform. There is much responsibly<br />

with that role. Sometimes<br />

I wish I could live under the radar.<br />

There is a burdened responsibility<br />

when it comes to being in the media<br />





and working with it. Every<br />

day I am reminded of what<br />

St. Augustine said, “what’s<br />

right is right even if no one<br />

is doing it and what’s wrong<br />

is wrong even if everyone is<br />

doing it.”<br />

When I was approached<br />

about a book written by gay<br />

twins, I hesitated although<br />

we have covered the topic in<br />

the past. I have no problem<br />

giving controversial issues<br />

a platform as long as these<br />

issues are looked at from the lens of<br />

the Christian faith. In the past, I have<br />

consulted with clergy and theologians<br />

on such topics and I will continue<br />

to do so. Writing a balanced piece is<br />

what being a journalist entails.<br />

I have learned much more about<br />

the brothers and their social media<br />

platforms since publishing the article.<br />

Had I fully understood their<br />

position and agenda, I would not<br />

have agreed to publish the article as<br />

a stand-alone. It came off by many<br />

people like we were promoting homosexuality<br />

and that was not the intent.<br />

After the article was published,<br />

I saw photos used in the book and on<br />

social media that I found offensive.<br />

I realize not all will agree with<br />

me but I believe it is my duty as a<br />

Christian to look at the world from<br />

a Christians perspective. I know I<br />

don’t always get it right.<br />

We have covered abortion, homosexuality,<br />

and drug abuse among<br />

other topics. The need to include<br />

the church’s teachings on the issue<br />

of homosexuality in the article was<br />

my initial response back to the twins<br />

when they asked for us to write their<br />

story. We will continue to provide<br />

the church’s side when addressing<br />

these social topics.<br />

Like I said last month, I have<br />

no issue giving people a voice even<br />

when we don’t agree with their decisions,<br />

opinions or lifestyles. We can<br />

bring many issues to the forefront but<br />

not in a way that offends the church.<br />

There are many other topics that<br />

we are asked to cover that I believe<br />

are worthy of articles. A couple of<br />

topics that many people have asked<br />

us to write about are the rise of divorce<br />

in our community and about<br />

the love of money.<br />

Again, as Catholics, we are called<br />

to look at these issues from the<br />

Church’s teachings. Although we<br />

did do that in the particular piece<br />

about the gay twins, having included<br />

quotes from Fr. Matthew’s homily on<br />

the topic, it was not sufficient. We<br />

could have included the twins’ story<br />

in an overal article about homosexuality<br />

without appearing to be promoting<br />

the book.<br />

By trying to do the right thing,<br />

I thought it necessary to share my<br />

thoughts about that article in this<br />

editorial. Now, I move on.<br />

August 7 is the primary election.<br />

With marijuana on the November<br />

ballot, we will probably cover more<br />

about the elections in another issue<br />

before the general election.<br />

Legalizing marijuana is another<br />

heated topic that made it on the<br />

Chaldean News pages. I am sure we<br />

will write about it again. However,<br />

with everything we cover, we try to<br />

do the right thing!<br />

Alaha Imid Koullen<br />

(God Be With Us All)<br />

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<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong> CHALDEAN NEWS 7

in my VIEW<br />

Trump’s immigration stance riles<br />

Christian community<br />

The idea of taking<br />

children away from<br />

the parents strikes<br />

against the core values of any<br />

person that’s ever been in a<br />

family. It feels wrong, counterintuitive<br />

and amoral.<br />

When the Trump administration<br />

decided to<br />

start prosecuting adults<br />

trying to enter the U.S.<br />

illegally, the natural consequence<br />

was to separate<br />

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them from their children, who would not be prosecuted.<br />

Thus, there was a rationale for the policy,<br />

but it got overrun with opposition from across the<br />

political spectrum. Those opposing this policy including<br />

the First Lady Melania Trump—and all the<br />

other living First Ladies.<br />

It also included a wide swath of the Christian<br />

community. Pope Francis tweeted on June 20: “We<br />

encounter Jesus in those who are poor, rejected or<br />

refugees. Do not let fear get in the way of welcoming<br />

our neighbor in need.”<br />

Francis also expressed solidarity with the U.S<br />

Conference of Bishops stance on this issue which<br />

was even more strident.<br />

At the U.S. Bishop’s Conference in June, which<br />

was also attended by Bishop Francis Kalabat, leading<br />

American clerics slammed the Trump administration.<br />

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop<br />

of the Houston Texas Diocese was able to speak<br />

from authority both as the current head of the<br />

Bishop’s conference but also because he hails from<br />

a border state. He compared the asylum requests of<br />

those fleeing harsh condition in Central and South<br />

America to abortion. “At its core, asylum is an instrument<br />

to preserve the right to life.”<br />

DiNardo continued regarding Attorney General<br />

Sessions’ pronouncement of ‘zero tolerance’ that “the<br />

decision negates decades of precedent that have provided<br />

protection to women fleeing domestic violence.”<br />

Tucson, Arizona Bishop Edward Weisenburger<br />

went a step further calling on “canonical penalties”<br />

for Catholics involved in implementing these polices.<br />

In other words, taking steps like preventing<br />

people from participating in sacraments because of<br />

their involvement in an immoral practice.<br />

“Canonical penalties are there in place to<br />

heal,” Weisenburger said. “And therefore, for the<br />

salvation of these people’s souls, maybe it’s time for<br />

us to look at these [penalties].”<br />

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, who<br />

I interviewed for the Chaldean News several months<br />

ago, proposed that a delegation of Bishops visit the<br />

border areas. And Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston,<br />

a close confidant of the Pope’s, also weighed in.<br />

“Immigration policy is a moral question that<br />

cannot be separated from decisions of right and<br />

wrong, of justice and injustice. It is about respecting<br />

and reverencing the dignity of the human person,”<br />

O’Malley said.<br />

But it wasn’t just the Catholic Church leadership.<br />

The Southern Baptist Convention also called<br />

on the Trump administration to develop a pathway<br />

to legal status for those fleeing poverty and despair<br />

“with an emphasis on protecting family unity.”<br />

The United Methodist Church followed suit and<br />

squarely took on one of their own, Attorney General<br />

Sessions who is Methodist. Their conference passed<br />

a resolution calling on the Justice Department to<br />

“immediately discontinue separating children from<br />

their families due to the zero-tolerance policy.”<br />

Christian denominations and their congregations<br />

span the political spectrum are anything but<br />

monolithic. But on this issue, there has been near<br />

uniformity of opposition. The core of the Christian<br />

message is to love another. On the issue of separating<br />

immigrant children form their parents, it’s hard<br />

to dissemble this teaching any other way. Thus,<br />

Christians stand united.<br />

It seems Trump, a Christian himself, did get the<br />

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where do you STAND?<br />

your LETTERS<br />

Are donations to politicians<br />

good investments?<br />

With college tuition for<br />

three children imminent<br />

and continued involvement<br />

in important causes to our<br />

family, I’ve began to evaluate the<br />

priorities of the dollar. I’ve been in<br />

banking and finance for nearly 15<br />

years but never really took to evaluating<br />

political contributions on a<br />

Return on Investment (ROI) basis.<br />

When you buy a hamburger, you<br />

get food and nutrition and satisfaction.<br />

When you pay for schooling,<br />

you are educating your children.<br />

When you take a vacation, you get<br />

relaxation and enjoyment.<br />

What the heck to you get when<br />

you donate to a political campaign?<br />

Well, one argument would be<br />

you are participating in the American<br />

political process and helping to<br />

elect good people that are aligned<br />

with your philosophy. That argument<br />

certainly is true.<br />

But another part of me says,<br />

I never got a thing. Politicians<br />

come and go, many of them keep<br />

recycling and nothing much ever<br />

changes. Meanwhile, there is often<br />

scandal, embarrassment and major<br />

examples of flat out crookedness.<br />

There is also gridlock, acrimony<br />

and often the seeming inability to<br />

come together on important issues<br />

of the day.<br />

I’m not suggesting necessarily<br />

that people shouldn’t contribute<br />

to political campaigns, I’m simply<br />

wondering if all of us should do a<br />

better job of evaluating our ROI.<br />

Where do you stand?<br />

Michael Sarafa is Co-publisher of<br />

the Chaldean News.<br />

Responding to Questions<br />

About the Experience at Mass<br />

Most of the inconsistencies are things<br />

that can be personal preference and<br />

are not essential elements of the mass<br />

to be specified. I could address some<br />

of them, but they aren’t especially important<br />

in the big picture.<br />

I think the more important comment<br />

I’d like to make is that I too<br />

have attended many different Latin<br />

Rite churches, in addition to studying<br />

theology for many years at a Latin<br />

Rite Seminary. Not every Latin Rite<br />

church mass is as close as you are<br />

making it seem. There are just as<br />

many variations in sitting, standing,<br />

kneeling (not all Latin rite churches<br />

even have kneelers!), some will say<br />

certain prayers in Latin, some in<br />

English. At some parishes, the sign<br />

of peace will be shared with those<br />

immediately surrounding a person<br />

quietly, and at other parishes, they’ll<br />

go across aisles and around corners<br />

to give the sign of peace to as many<br />

as possible. Some parishes will have<br />

more traditional songs, and some will<br />

have more modern songs. Some pastors<br />

choose to celebrate according to<br />

the Novus Ordo mass, and some will<br />

celebrate according to the Traditional<br />

Latin Mass. Some priests will face<br />

the congregation during the Eucharistic<br />

prayers and some will face the<br />

cross. Some parishes will have congregants<br />

in shorts and flip flops and<br />

no one bats an eye, and some will<br />

be filled with women wearing long<br />

dresses and veils.<br />

My point is that there is just as<br />

much variation at Latin Rite churches<br />

as there seems to be at Chaldean<br />

Churches. And all of these variations<br />

are valid. There is diversity as well as<br />

universality in the Catholic Church,<br />

as well as within each branch of the<br />

Catholic Church, and this is what<br />

gives it beauty. Rather than be absolutely<br />

uniform, it allows for some<br />

amount of variation, because the<br />

Church is made up of a diverse group<br />

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noteworthy<br />

Represented in<br />

West Bloomfield<br />

While running for Township Supervisor,<br />

Steve Kaplan was also on a<br />

mission to help Chaldeans find representation<br />

in the township. “He<br />

tirelessly helped me while I was running<br />

for the board of Trustees,” said<br />

Jim Manna who is the first Chaldean<br />

ever elected in the township.<br />

Since taking office in November<br />

of 2016, he set out to make sure the<br />

Chaldeans who make up about 20<br />

percent of the population were hired<br />

for open positions and appointed to<br />

various commissions.<br />

Kaplan has been in public office<br />

for more than 20 years and was also<br />

prosecuting attorney and a professor<br />

of law. The most recent appointment<br />

was Wendy Acho who, by a vote of<br />

6-0 competing against three other<br />

candidates, won a seat on the Zoning<br />

Board of Appeals. “Every board<br />

committee has at least one Chaldean<br />

person on it,” said Manna. “This is<br />

truly significant. People care that<br />

their city or township represents<br />

their community.”<br />

“It is extremely important that<br />

our employees and commission<br />

members reflect the members of the<br />

community,” said Kaplan.<br />

It is the first time the city has had<br />

such representation. “It is important<br />

to note in recruiting and selecting<br />

Chaldeans for employment and<br />

boards, it is not about affirmative<br />

action, it is about equal opportunity,<br />

explained Kaplan. “It is based on<br />

merit and competence.”<br />

“And based on the supervisor’s<br />

knowledge of our hard work ethnic<br />

and it is something that I truly respect<br />

him for because he understands<br />

our community,” said Manna.<br />

The representation is something<br />

Kaplan and Manna want the community<br />

to know. “And, Mr. Kaplan<br />

is setting the bar for the entire state<br />

of Michigan,” said Manna, “because<br />

it is the first township of its kind and<br />

an affluent one that is adding Chaldeans<br />

and no other city or township<br />

is doing that yet there are high Chaldean<br />

populations in various cities.”<br />

West Bloomfield has the second<br />

largest Chaldean population in<br />

Michigan. Sterling Heights has the<br />

largest Chaldean population.<br />

Originally from Malta, Anabelle<br />

Karana is married to a Chaldean. She<br />

speaks Maltese, Aramaic (Sourath),<br />

English and Italian. “We do have<br />

Chaldeans who come to city hall<br />

and I am able to translate for those<br />

who don’t speak English,” said Karana<br />

who learned Sourath from her<br />

in-laws.<br />

She works in the assessing department<br />

where she processes paperwork<br />

for new homeowners. “It is so important<br />

that the townships represent all<br />

aspects of the community.”<br />

“Anabelle generates goodwill<br />

for the township because she always<br />

speaks so highly of us,” said Kaplan.<br />

“We want our residents to know that<br />

we have an open-door policy. We are<br />

here for them.”<br />

“I can honestly say the employees<br />

here truly go out of their way to help<br />

the residents,” said Karana. “We really<br />

want them to feel welcome here.”<br />

There are also four Chaldean police<br />

officers in the West Bloomfield<br />

Police Department.<br />

Promoted<br />

Corbin Yaldoo is<br />

an active member<br />

of the International<br />

Council of<br />

Shopping Centers<br />

(ICSC) and was<br />

recently appointed<br />

as ICSC’s Michigan Next Generation<br />

State Chair. As the Next Generation<br />

State Chair, Yaldoo provides vision,<br />

leadership and support for the next<br />

cohort of industry leaders. Through<br />

a variety of programs, the Next Generation<br />

Chair works with the ICSC<br />

Team to create the forum in which<br />

the young professionals network. Yaldoo<br />

is also a member of ChainLinks<br />

Retail Advisors and on the board of<br />

several local organizations.<br />

Yaldoo specializes in landlord<br />

representation and placement of retailers<br />

in regional and neighborhood<br />

shopping centers. His area of expertise<br />

also includes the leasing of new<br />

developments and land/asset acquisition<br />

and disposition.<br />

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The Associated Food and Petroleum<br />

Dealers (AFPD)hosted their annual<br />

scholarship luncheon on Tuesday,<br />

June 19. Each year, students across the<br />

Midwest are selected to receive scholarships<br />

from the association’s foundation.<br />

Thirty-eight students were<br />

selected to receive the scholarship<br />

award of $1,500, bringing the total<br />

amount given away $57,000. Eleven<br />

of these students were Chaldean. The<br />

following recipients are Chaldean:<br />

Anne Elizabeth Acho Tartoni, Tristan<br />

Attisha, Spencer Haisha, Emily Kado,<br />

Miranda Kajy, Zena Kashat, Ryan<br />

Kizy, Celeste Nafso, Lauren Zaitouna,<br />

and Christopher Hamama.<br />

Country Fresh Closes<br />

Livonia Location<br />

Country Fresh announced last month<br />

that they will close their operations in<br />

Livonia. Michael George sold Melody<br />

Farms to Dean Foods and Country<br />

Fresh is a subsidiary of Dean Foods.<br />

“This is one of several facilities across<br />

the nation that Country Fresh plans<br />

to close as part of cost-efficiency efforts<br />

for the company,” said Dan West,<br />

president of the Livonia Chamber.<br />

“It is never fun to see any company<br />

close an operation and 100 people lose<br />

their jobs, but it is really tough to see<br />

a company like Country Fresh leave<br />

because it had so many connections<br />

to Livonia. Tom and Michael George,<br />

revered leaders in the metro Detroit<br />

Chaldean community, founded Melody<br />

Farms in 1950 when some dairy<br />

products were produced out of Wilson<br />

Farms, now a historical barn in Livonia.<br />

Melody Farms was headquartered<br />

in Livonia until the George family<br />

sold the operation to Dean Foods in<br />

2003. The City, Livonia Chamber of<br />

Commerce and Michigan Works are<br />

already discussing plans to connect the<br />

displaced workers with new job opportunities<br />

locally after the Livonia Country<br />

Fresh plant closes later this year.”<br />

Jim Manna .......................................Township Board, Elected first place with 20,200 votes.<br />

Jim Manna and Ghassan Abdelnour ....Planning Commission, appointed<br />

Nada Jamoua ...................................Cable Commission, appointed<br />

Wally Ammori and Ray Esshaki...........Environmental Commission, appointed<br />

Wendy Acho....................................Zoning Board of Appeals, appointed<br />

Phil Mansour and Tom Shaffou...........Construction Board, appointed<br />

Vania Sebou.....................................Accounts Payable Specialist<br />

Simona Hanna .................................IT Specialist<br />

Christen Jamoua................................. Water Resource division, staff<br />

Anabelle Karana................................Assessment department, staff<br />

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<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong> CHALDEAN NEWS 11

CHAI time<br />


COMMUNITY EVENTS IN AND AROUND METRO DETROIT <strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong><br />

Monday, July 9<br />

Golf Outing: Community Social Services<br />

of Wayne County will be hosting<br />

their inaugural golf outing on Monday,<br />

July 9 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.<br />

Hosted at the Northville Hills Golf Club,<br />

this golf outing will provide an opportunity<br />

for corporations, organizations,<br />

community leaders and golf lovers to<br />

meet the organizations new president,<br />

Wm. Chuck Jackson, while engaging<br />

board members and staff while learning<br />

about the organization’s services.<br />

Tickets are priced at $125 per person,<br />

$500 per foursome. For more<br />

information or to purchase tickets, visit<br />

http://www.csswayne.org<br />

Wednesday, July 11<br />

Detroit Youth Day: Children ages 8 to<br />

15 years old are invited to enjoy a day<br />

of educational fun under the sun. Metro<br />

Detroit Youth Day invites more than<br />

35,000 students, 1,700 volunteers, and<br />

360 community partners to the 36th<br />

annual youth-centered event from 8:30<br />

a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11<br />

at Belle Isle’s athletic fields. Students<br />

will have the opportunity to interact with<br />

more than a dozen Michigan colleges<br />

and universities within College Row, engage<br />

in sporting activities while interacting<br />

with NFL Alumni and Detroit Lions’<br />

mascot Roary and enjoy more than 50<br />

interactive and educational demonstrations<br />

and activities. Free lunch will be<br />

provided to all children who attend.<br />

For more information or to register, visit<br />

www.metrodetroityouthday.org/register<br />

or call (586) 393-8801<br />

Saturday, July 14<br />

Concert: The Drifters will be performing<br />

live at Meadow Brook Theatre on<br />

Saturday, July 14 for the fourth annual<br />

Concert & Cuisine benefit event. This<br />

year’s theme will be “Under the Boardwalk,”<br />

and will set the tone for The<br />

Drifters’ famous repertoire of hits. This<br />

one-of-a-kind event features a pre-glow<br />

party with strolling cuisine, drinks, and<br />

silent auction followed by a private concert.<br />

Tickets are on sale now, with all<br />

proceeds benefiting the theater. Tickets<br />

can be purchased by calling 248-<br />

377-3300, visiting Ticketmaster.com,<br />

or stopping by the Meadow Brook Theatre<br />

box office.<br />

Tuesday, July 17<br />

Health Fair: Sponsored by Central<br />

City Integrated Health, the Sixth Annual<br />

Community Health Fair will be<br />

hosted at the Detroit Eastern Market<br />

on Tuesday, July 17, from 9:00 a.m. to<br />

3:00 p.m. The Community Health Fair<br />

is a free, annual event that aims to raise<br />

health awareness and includes several<br />

vendors that provide basic health<br />

screenings, immunizations and blood<br />

pressure checks. A variety of information<br />

booths, focusing on health-related<br />

programs, services and providers in the<br />

community will also be on display. This<br />

year’s event will include organizations<br />

giving brief presentations showcasing<br />

their programs. For more information<br />

on the Sixth Annual Community Healthy<br />

Fair, contact Norris Howard via email at<br />

nhoward@centralcityhealth.com or call<br />

313-733-1303.<br />

Sunday, July 22<br />

Family Fun: Join St. Thomas Chaldean<br />

Church for their <strong>2018</strong> family picnic! St.<br />

Thomas will be hosting their family picnic<br />

Sunday, July 22 at Camp Chaldean<br />

in Brighton from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.<br />

With a variety of activities, families are<br />

encouraged to attend. The event will<br />

include entertainment for all, food, and<br />

basketball and volleyball. Those in attendance<br />

can also participate in a raffle.<br />

Wednesday, July 25<br />

Charity: Fleece & Thank You will be<br />

hosting their Golf Outing on Wednesday,<br />

July 25 at Shenandoah Country<br />

Club of West Bloomfield at 9:00 a.m.<br />

Fleece & Thank You is a Michigan<br />

charity that gives kids in the hospital<br />

a powerful connection to the outside<br />

world during their treatment journey<br />

by supplying them with a colorful,<br />

fleece blanket and a video message of<br />

support from the blanket maker. This<br />

year the organization will hold its annual<br />

golf outing on July 25. The day<br />

will include a gourmet sandwich lunch,<br />

early buffet dinner, presentation, silent<br />

auction, and 50/50 raffle. Tickets are<br />

priced at $160 per golfer, $600 per<br />

foursome. Tickets can be purchased<br />

at www.ticketstrip.com/ftyouting18<br />

Saturday, July 28<br />

Festival: The 47th Annual Arab and<br />

Chaldean Festival will be hosted at Hart<br />

Plaza in Downtown Detroit. The festival<br />

begins Saturday, July 28 and runs<br />

through Sunday, July 29. Each year,<br />

thousands of people from all ages attend<br />

the festival during the two-day<br />

event activities. The festival features a<br />

variety of ethnic food, cultural gallery exhibits,<br />

and an impressive Middle Eastern<br />

live performance. This year, there will be<br />

live performances from Hussam Al- Rassam,<br />

Ahmad Hatoum, Megan Kashat,<br />

and many more. For more information,<br />

visit www.arabandchaldeanfestival.com<br />

or email aacfestival@yahoo.com<br />


The Chaldean News is looking for motivated<br />

candidates to fill full-time salaried sales positions.<br />

Qualified candidates should email a resume to<br />

info@chaldeannews.com.<br />

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eligion<br />





St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Diocese<br />

25603 Berg Road, Southfield, MI 48033; (248) 351-0440<br />

Bishop: Francis Kalabat<br />

Retired Bishop: Ibrahim N. Ibrahim<br />


32500 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334; (248) 626-5055<br />

Rector: Msgr. Zouhair Toma Kejbou<br />

Mass Schedule: Weekdays, noon in Chaldean; Saturdays, 4:30 p.m. in English;<br />

Sundays, 10 a.m. in Chaldean and Arabic, noon in English, 6 p.m., in Arabic<br />


43700 Merrill, Sterling Heights, MI 48312; (586) 803-3114<br />

Rector: Fr. Manuel Boji<br />

Parochial Vicar: Fr. Andrew Seba<br />

Bible Study: Mondays, 7 p.m. in Chaldean; Thursdays, 8 p.m. Seed of Faith<br />

in English;<br />

Saturdays, 7 p.m. Witness to Faith in Arabic<br />

Youth Groups: Wednesdays, 7 p.m. for High Schoolers<br />

Mass Schedule: Weekdays, 9 a.m. in Chaldean; Saturdays, 5 p.m. in English;<br />

Sundays: 9 a.m. in Chaldean and Arabic, 10:30 a.m. in English, Morning<br />

Prayer at noon, High Mass at 12:30 p.m. in Chaldean; 6 p.m. in English<br />


24010 Coolidge Highway, Oak Park, MI 48237; (248) 547-4648<br />

Pastor: Fr. Stephen Kallabat<br />

Retired Priest: Fr. Suleiman Denha<br />

Adoration: Last Friday of the month, 4 p.m. Adoration; 5 p.m. Stations of the<br />

Cross; 6 p.m. Mass; Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.<br />

Bible Study: Fridays, 8-10 p.m. in Arabic and Chaldean<br />

Youth Groups: Thursdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Jesus Christ University High School<br />

and College Mass Schedule: Weekdays, noon; Sundays, 10 a.m. in Chaldean<br />

and Arabic, 12:30 p.m. High Mass in Chaldean<br />


25585 Berg Road, Southfield, MI 48034; (248) 356-0565<br />

Retired Priest: Fr. Emanuel Rayes<br />

Bible Study: Mondays, 7-9 p.m. in English; Wednesdays, 7 p.m. for college<br />

students in English<br />

Mass Schedule: Weekdays, 10 a.m.; Saturdays, 4 p.m. in English; Sundays:<br />

8:30 a.m. in Arabic, 10 a.m. in English, noon in Chaldean, 7 p.m. in English<br />


11200 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48093; (586) 804-2114<br />

Pastor: Fr. Fadi Philip<br />

Parochial Vicar: Hermiz Haddad<br />

Bible Study: Thursday, 8 p.m. for ages 18-45; Friday, 8 p.m. in Arabic.<br />

Teens 4 Mary Youth Group: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.<br />

Confession: 1 hour before mass or by appointment.<br />

Adoration: Thursday, 5-7 p.m. Chapel open 24/7 for adoration.<br />

Mass Schedule: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. in Chaldean; Thursday, 1 p.m.<br />

in English and 7 p.m. in Chaldean; Friday 7 p.m. in Chaldean; Sunday, 10<br />

a.m. in Arabic and 12:30 p.m. in Chaldean.<br />


30590 Dequindre Road, Warren, MI 48092; (586) 393-5809<br />

Pastor: Fr. Sameem Belius<br />

Mass Schedule: Sundays, 10 a.m. in Arabic, 12:30 p.m. in Chaldean<br />


45700 Dequindre Road, Shelby Township, MI 48317; (586) 254-7221<br />

Pastor: Fr. Wisam Matti<br />

Parochial Vicar: Fr. Matthew Zetouna<br />

Youth Groups: Disciples for Christ for teen boys, Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Circle of<br />

Friends for teen girls; Thursdays, 6 p.m.; Bible Study for college students,<br />

Wednesdays 8 p.m.<br />

Bible Study: Wednesdays, 8 p.m. in English; Fridays, 8 p.m. in Arabic<br />

Mass Schedule: Weekdays, 10 a.m. in Chaldean; Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Adoration;<br />

8-10 p.m. Confession; Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. in English (school year);<br />

6:30 p.m. in Chaldean (summer); Sunday: 8:30 a.m. in Chaldean, 10 a.m. in<br />

Arabic, 11:30 a.m. in English, 1:15 p.m. in Chaldean; 7:30 p.m. in English<br />

Submission Guidelines The Chaldean News welcomes submissions<br />

of obituaries. They should include the deceased’s name, date of birth<br />

and death, and names of immediate survivors. Please also include some<br />

details about the person’s life including career and hobbies. Due to space<br />

constraints, obituaries can not exceed 300 words. We reserve the right<br />

to edit those that are longer. Send pictures as a high-resolution jpeg<br />

attachment. E-mail obits to info@chaldeannews.com, or through the mail at<br />

30095 Northwestern Hwy, Suite 101; Farmington Hills, MI 48334.<br />


2442 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48083; (248) 528-3676<br />

Pastor: Fr. Rudy Zoma<br />

Parochial Vicar: Fr. Bryan Kassa<br />

Bible Study: Mondays, 7 p.m. in Arabic; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. in English; Thursdays,<br />

7 p.m. Chaldeans Loving Christ Youth Group for High Schoolers<br />

Mass Schedule: Weekdays, 10 a.m. in Chaldean except Wednesdays, 10 a.m.<br />

in Arabic<br />

Saturdays, 6 p.m. in English and Chaldean; Sundays, 9 a.m. in Arabic, 10:30<br />

a.m. in English, noon in Chaldean, 2 p.m. in Chaldean and Arabic, 7 p.m. in<br />

Chaldean<br />

Baptisms: 3 p.m. on Sundays.<br />


5150 E. Maple Avenue, Grand Blanc, MI 48439; (810) 820-8439<br />

Pastor: Fr. Ayad Hanna<br />

Mass Schedule: Weekdays, 6 p.m.; Sundays, 12:30 p.m.<br />


6900 Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322; (248) 788-2460<br />

Administrator: Fr. Bashar Sitto<br />

Parochial Vicars: Fr. Jirgus Abrahim, Fr. Anthony Kathawa<br />

Retired Priest: Fr. Emanuel Rayes<br />

Bible Study: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. in Arabic<br />

Youth Groups: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Girls Challenge Club for Middle Schoolers;<br />

Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Chaldeans Loving Christ for High Schoolers;<br />

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Boys Conquest Club for Middle Schoolers<br />

Other: First Thursday and Friday of each month, 10 a.m. Holy Hour; 11<br />

a.m. Mass in Chaldean; Wednesdays from midnight to Thursdays midnight,<br />

adoration in the Baptismal Room; Saturdays 3 p.m. Night Vespers (Ramsha)<br />

in Chaldean<br />

Mass Schedule: Weekdays, 10 a.m. in Chaldean; Saturdays, 5 p.m. in<br />

English;<br />

Sundays, 9 a.m. in English, 10:30 a.m. in English, 12:30 p.m. in Chaldean, 2<br />

p.m. in Arabic; 6 p.m.<br />

Grotto is open for Adoration 24/7 for prayer and reflection<br />



Superior: Benynia Shikwana<br />

5159 Corners Drive<br />

West Bloomfield, MI 48322; (248) 615-2951<br />


24900 Middlebelt Road<br />

Farmington Hills, MI 48336; (248) 987-6731<br />


Superior: Mubaraka Garmo<br />

43261 Chardennay<br />

Sterling Heights, MI 48314; (586) 203-8846<br />


4875 Maple Road, Bloomfield Township, MI 48301; (248) 538-9903<br />

Director: Patrice Abona<br />

Daily Mass: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.<br />

Thursdays: 5:30 Adoration and 6:30 Mass<br />

First Friday of the month: 6:30 p.m. Adoration, Confession and Mass<br />

Bible Study in Arabic: Wednesdays 7 p.m.<br />

Bible Study in English: Tuesdays 7 p.m.<br />


1391 Kellogg Road, Brighton, MI 48114; (888) 822-2267<br />

Campgrounds Manager: Sami Herfy<br />



4320 E. 14 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48092; (586) 825-0290<br />

Rector: Fr. Benjamin Benjamin<br />

Mass Schedule: Sundays, 9 a.m. in Assyrian; noon in Assyrian and English<br />


25600 Drake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48335; (248) 478-0835<br />

Pastor: Fr. Toma Behnama<br />

Fr. Safaa Habash<br />

Mass Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 6 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. All in<br />

Syriac, Arabic and English<br />


2300 John R, Troy, MI 48083; (248) 818-2886<br />

_<br />

_<br />

Praying for<br />

Continued<br />

Independence<br />

On July 4, 1776, the<br />

United States of<br />

America became an<br />

independent country. There are<br />

many ways to honor God on<br />

this special day. It’s also election<br />

season. Perhaps you can<br />

read a passage from the Catholic<br />

Bible with your family to kick<br />

of the festivities, or pray a family<br />

rosary with the special intention<br />

for our political leaders and<br />

our country’s future.<br />

Or you could pray this simple<br />

prayer for our nation written by<br />

George Washington, our first<br />

President:<br />

“Almighty God, who has<br />

given us this good land for our<br />

heritage: We humbly beseech<br />

you that we may always prove<br />

ourselves a people mindful of<br />

your favor and glad to do your<br />

will. Bless our land with honorable<br />

industry, sound learning,<br />

and pure manners. Save us from<br />

violence, discord, and confusion;<br />

from pride and arrogance,<br />

and from every evil way.<br />

Defend our liberties, and<br />

fashion into one united people<br />

the multitudes brought hither<br />

out of many kindreds and<br />

tongues. Endue with the spirit<br />

of wisdom those to whom your<br />

Name we entrust the authority<br />

of government, that there may<br />

be justice and peace at home,<br />

and that, through obedience<br />

to your law, we may show forth<br />

your praise among the nations of<br />

the earth.<br />

In the time of prosperity, fill<br />

our hearts with thankfulness and<br />

in the day of trouble, do not allow<br />

our trust in you to fall; all<br />

this we ask through Jesus Christ<br />

our Lord.” AMEN!<br />

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obituaries<br />

Said Tobia Najjar<br />

December 1, 1938 - May 28, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Said Tobia Najjar was a devoted<br />

husband of 40 years to Esmat Najjar.<br />

Beloved father to Anita Bahri<br />

(Tony), Rita Putrus (Wasim), Sylvia<br />

Lazar (John) and Pamela Russell<br />

(Mike). Loving grandfather of Kaitlyn,<br />

Nikolas, Jackson, Mckenze, Ava,<br />

Jayden and Natalie.<br />

He will reunite with his parents<br />

Tobia and Marosha, and his siblings<br />

George, Ellis, Magy, Joseph and Manuel.<br />

Baba, your time on earth came and<br />

went before our eyes and we would give<br />

anything to give you one more hug.<br />

We miss you so much but know that<br />

you will forever live on in our hearts!<br />


Jared Alexander Atty<br />

June 02, 1988 -<br />

June 08, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Ralph Dallo<br />

July 09, 1966 -<br />

June 20, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Najiba Yousif Battah<br />

December 08, 1927<br />

- June 18, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Diane Terese Farida<br />

February 24, 1971 -<br />

June 17, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Wesma Hallak<br />

Al-Osachi<br />

June 18, 1947 -<br />

June 11, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Naim Yousif<br />

Shamasha Matti<br />

April 09, 1937 -<br />

May 15, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Raul “Joe” Denja<br />

January 03, 1931 -<br />

June 09, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Najib Marogi<br />

Yaldo<br />

July 01, 1940 -<br />

May 14, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Iman Bahri Thweni<br />

January 14, 1967 -<br />

June 01, <strong>2018</strong><br />

George Edward<br />

Kathawa<br />

February 21, 1939<br />

- May 13, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Suaad Tobia<br />

Bajouwa Sinawe<br />

August 28, 1956 -<br />

May 17, <strong>2018</strong><br />

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Votes Count<br />

Know who’s running<br />

Gubernatorial race<br />



The race to take Governor Rick Snyder’s place<br />

rages on as each candidate works to set themselves<br />

apart from their plentiful pool of opponents.<br />

Candidates on both sides – including Gretchen<br />

Whitmer, Patrick Colbeck, Brian Calley and Bill<br />

Schuette – are drawing on their several years of political<br />

experience to gain a leg up among the masses and<br />

in the race. Others – such as Abdul El-Sayed, Shri<br />

Thanedar, and Jim Hines – believe their lack of experience<br />

is not an issue as they will be able to bring a<br />

fresh perspective to the Governor’s office.<br />

We posed the following question to each candidate,<br />

why should the Chaldean community support you?”<br />

Democrats<br />

Abdul El-Sayed is a University<br />

of Michigan graduate born and<br />

raised in Michigan. Following his<br />

time at U of M, El-Sayed went<br />

on to become a Rhodes Scholar<br />

earning his doctorate from Oxford<br />

University and his medical<br />

degree from Columbia University.<br />

He went on to become a pub-<br />

Abdul El-Sayed<br />

lic health professor, internationally known for his<br />

expertise in health policy and inequalities.<br />

At just 30 years old, El-Sayed became the<br />

youngest health official of a “major American city<br />

when he came home to rebuild Detroit’s Health<br />

Department after it was privatized during the city’s<br />

bankruptcy.” In his position as Health Director, El-<br />

Sayed was responsible for the health of more than<br />

670,000 Detroit residents. In his position as Health<br />

Director has served a number of Detroiters, from<br />

students to expectant mothers.<br />

With roots in the Middle East, El-Sayed believes<br />

he can most relate to the Chaldean community. “…<br />

as someone whose family hails from the Middle East,<br />

I know what it’s like to be locked out,” he said. “I<br />

stood with the community when members of the<br />

community were facing deportation. I will always<br />

stand with members of the community and I think<br />

there’s an opportunity for us right now to think beyond<br />

the politics of a place 3,000 miles away and to<br />

think about the politics right here at home.”<br />

Shri Thanedar is a scientist and entrepreneur.<br />

He immigrated to the United States in 1979 to<br />

pursue his Ph.D. at the University<br />

of Akron. After receiving<br />

his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry,<br />

Thanedar worked at the University<br />

of Michigan as a postdoctoral<br />

scholar from 1982 to 1984.<br />

While his first company was<br />

forced to close due to the recession<br />

in 2008, his entrepreneurial spirit<br />

continued on. After his family’s relocation<br />

to Ann Arbor, Thanedar<br />

founded Avomeen Analytical Services in 2010. As<br />

a result of his entrepreneurial achievements, he was<br />

recognized by Ernst & Young as “Entrepreneur of the<br />

Year” in 1999, 2007 and 2016.<br />

“I am an immigrant, I’m a business person. I<br />

came to the United States in 1979 and became a<br />

U.S. citizen in ’88 and being an immigrant, I understand<br />

and I would like to make this more of a<br />

melting pot,” he explained. “I understand the contributions<br />

immigrants have made and the contributions<br />

the Chaldean community have made. I<br />

come from the Indian community.”<br />

“America needs to be more inclusive, it needs<br />

to have policies that are fair and that are responsive<br />

to all. I want to be a very pro-immigration candidate,”<br />

said Thanedar. “I’m going to bring new investment<br />

to Michigan by encouraging immigrants<br />

to immigrate to Michigan.”<br />

Having been raised in Grand<br />

Rapids and East Lansing, Gretchen<br />

Whitmer is a lifelong “Michigander.”<br />

A product of the state’s<br />

public schools and universities,<br />

she built a life close to home –<br />

even moving into a house in the<br />

same neighborhood where she<br />

grew up. She knows education<br />

and economic opportunity are<br />

linked. That’s one of the reasons<br />

Shri Thanedar<br />

Gretchen<br />

Whitmer<br />

she supports access to early childhood education –<br />

so every child can get a strong start.<br />

During her time in the state legislature, Whitmer<br />

brought workers, labor unions, and businesses<br />

together to fight anti-worker legislation. When<br />

Governor Snyder tried to pass the bill without any<br />

public hearings she led the protest from her office<br />

so people could have their voices heard.<br />

In 2016, Whitmer served as prosecutor in Ingham<br />

County, “restoring faith in the office” after the<br />

elected prosecutor resigned amidst a scandal. She<br />

implemented stronger ethics standards, established<br />

a new Domestic Violence Unit, sped up the rehabilitation<br />

of non-violent first-time offenders, and<br />

asked the Michigan State Police to investigate the<br />

integrity of the county’s evidence room.<br />

As of print day, June 22, Whitmer has not provided<br />

a statement.<br />

Republicans<br />

Patrick Colbeck is a Republican<br />

candidate for the governor of<br />

Michigan. After six years of operating<br />

his small business, he sought<br />

a seat on the Michigan Senate.<br />

Colbeck became the first person<br />

elected directly into the Michigan<br />

Senate in over three decades<br />

without any political experience, Patrick Colbeck<br />

defeating four former state representatives<br />

in the process.<br />

Colbeck has been recognized as the “Most Conservative<br />

Senator” consecutively in the past two<br />

years and three times overall the span of his public<br />

service career. He has also received the Senator<br />

Paul Fannin Statesman of the Year Award in<br />

recognition of his leadership role. “His free market<br />

health care solutions that lower costs and improve<br />

services are nationally recognized and featured by<br />

Forbes. He has also been honored as the Legislator<br />

of the Year by the Police Officers Association<br />

of Michigan, The Senior Alliance, and Associated<br />

Builders and Contractors.”<br />

With strong ties to the Chaldean community,<br />

Colbeck believes he is well situated to advocate<br />

for the community. “I appreciate the strong, faithdriven<br />

family values of the Chaldean community,”<br />

said Colbeck. “I appreciate the spirit of entrepreneurship<br />

and hard work that is so prevalent in the<br />

Chaldean community.”<br />

“My Principled Solutions will benefit the Chaldean<br />

community more than the policies of any<br />

other candidate for Governor in Michigan,” he<br />

explained. “These solutions include the elimination<br />

of the state personal income tax, free market<br />

healthcare solutions which lower costs and<br />

improve care, fixing our roads without increasing<br />

taxes, lowering auto insurance rates and being a<br />

vocal defender of religious liberty. The Chaldean<br />

community appreciates the opportunity to pursue<br />

the American dream in a special way. It is my goal<br />

as Governor to make the pursuit of that dream<br />

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much easier for all of the citizens of<br />

Michigan.”<br />

Currently serving as Lieutenant<br />

Governor, Brian Calley is one of four<br />

republican candidates running for<br />

governor. A community banker for<br />

more than 10 years, Calley<br />

left to seek election as a state<br />

representative. He served<br />

two terms before being asked<br />

by Rick Snyder to be his running<br />

mate in the 2010 gubernatorial<br />

race.<br />

During his time as Lieutenant<br />

Governor, he has<br />

Brian Calley<br />

been a part of “two historic<br />

tax cuts, which has resulted<br />

in increased prosperity and<br />

substantial job growth.” He<br />

has dedicated much of his<br />

time in office to spurring<br />

Michigan’s comeback – of<br />

which he acknowledges the<br />

Chaldean community has<br />

been a large part of.<br />

“The Chaldean community<br />

has been such a huge<br />

Jim Hines<br />

part of the Michigan comeback<br />

and what our administration<br />

has done over the<br />

last seven and a half years<br />

created an environment for<br />

success and has resulted in<br />

investment, job growth, and<br />

opportunity,” he explained.<br />

“The entrepreneurial spirit of<br />

Bill Schuette<br />

Chaldean people in our state<br />

has taken full advantage of<br />

this and created more opportunity<br />

for our community. It has been<br />

exciting to see.”<br />

Unlike his primary opponents,<br />

Jim Hines is not a politician. He is<br />

a medical doctor and has delivered<br />

thousands of babies over the last 30<br />

years. As a missionary doctor, Hines<br />

also ran a couple of missionary hospitals<br />

and about 20 urgent care type<br />

facilities for several years in the Central<br />

African Republic.<br />

If elected, Hines says he will focus<br />

on a number of things, including putting<br />

children first by improving the<br />

education system, improving Michigan’s<br />

job climate by ensuring<br />

Michigan does not “go back to<br />

the days of higher taxes”, protecting<br />

the environment, and<br />

investing in infrastructure.<br />

According to Hines, he<br />

shares many of the same beliefs<br />

as the Chaldean community.<br />

His campaign provided<br />

the following statement, “Dr.<br />

Hines supports our constitution<br />

and conservative values.<br />

He is pro-life, pro-family,<br />

supports the growth of<br />

small business and values the<br />

Chaldean community. He is<br />

interested in hearing specific<br />

questions and concerns.”<br />

Currently serving as<br />

Michigan’s 53rd Attorney<br />

General, Bill Schuette, has<br />

joined the race to become<br />

Michigan’s next governor. As<br />

attorney general, Schuette<br />

has served as a “voice for<br />

victims.” During his tenure,<br />

he has formed the Michigan<br />

Commission on Human Trafficking,<br />

created a plan to fund<br />

the testing of thousands of<br />

abandoned rape kits or DNA<br />

evidence boxes, and joined<br />

in the effort to put 1,000 new<br />

cops on the street.<br />

Fighting against corruption, the<br />

conservative candidate led the “termination<br />

of taxpayer-funded pensions<br />

for 13 Detroit school principals<br />

who embezzled millions.”<br />

As of print day, June 22, Attorney<br />

General Schuette has not provided a<br />

statement.<br />



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<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong> CHALDEAN NEWS 17

Congressional Seat<br />

in the 11th District<br />



When U.S. Representative Dave Trott<br />

made the surprising announcement that<br />

he would not run for another term in<br />

Congress for the 11th District, Democrats and Republicans<br />

began eying the open seat as opportunity<br />

and for State Representative Klint Kesto that became<br />

an opportunity to make history. If elected, he<br />

will be the first Chaldean ever elected to Congress.<br />

His campaign is garnering not just local attention<br />

but the interest of Chaldeans around the country.<br />

We asked all the candidates in the race why should<br />

the Chaldean community support him or her in<br />

this race. We share the answers from those who responded<br />

on time for the July printed issue.<br />

The 11th District covers Auburn Hills, Birmingham,<br />

Bloomfield Hills, Canton Township,<br />

Clawson, Commerce Township, Farmington,<br />

Highland Township, Lake Angelus, Livonia, Lyon<br />

Township, Milford Township, Northville/Northville<br />

Township, Novi/Novi Township, Plymouth/<br />

Plymouth Township, Rochester Hills, South Lyon,<br />

Troy, Walled Lake, Waterford, West Bloomfield,<br />

White Lake Township and Wixom.<br />

We posed the following question to each candidate,<br />

why should the Chaldean community support you?<br />

Democrats<br />

Tim Greimel is the grandson of<br />

immigrants who came to Michigan<br />

in search of economic opportunity<br />

and security for their<br />

family. His grandfather was a successful<br />

small businessman who<br />

opened a small tool and die shop.<br />

Another was a proud UAW mem-<br />

Tim Greimel<br />

ber at Timken-Detroit Axle Company. His grandparents<br />

were able to help their kids go to college.<br />

Greimel’s mom became a teacher and his father<br />

an architect. Native of Oakland County, has held<br />

office as a Rochester school board member, county<br />

commissioner and, since 2012, as a member of the<br />

state House of Representatives. Greimel was formerly<br />

the House minority leader.<br />

In 2014, Greimel helped push a successful effort<br />

to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour.<br />

He was also part of the bipartisan coalition that<br />

reached a “grand bargain” to provide $195 million<br />

to Detroit as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.<br />

Suneel Gupta has been<br />

hailed as “The New Face of<br />

Innovation” by the New York<br />

Stock Exchange magazine. Gupta’s<br />

experiences in technology,<br />

healthcare, and business uniquely<br />

qualify him to fight for better<br />

jobs, better wages, and better<br />

skills for our working families. Suneel Gupta<br />

Gupta’s Michigan roots date back to 1967, when<br />

his mom became Ford Motor Company’s first female<br />

engineer. She and his father worked in the auto industry<br />

for over 30 years, until April 4, 2001, the day<br />

they were both laid off. He was recruited to Groupon,<br />

which was co-founded by Michiganders, to serve<br />

as the young startup’s first Vice President of Product<br />

Development.<br />

There Gupta helped create thousands of goodpaying<br />

American jobs and serve over 1 million<br />

Michigan customers, while driving millions of dollars<br />

of revenue into small businesses around the<br />

country. In 2012, Gupta’s’s brother - Dr. Sanjay<br />

Gupta - helped him start Rise, a healthcare company<br />

that uses technology to shrink the cost of<br />

quality health care. After the startup served over<br />

1,000 patients, First Lady Michelle Obama asked<br />

Rise to be her team’s official technology partner.<br />

Through this public-private partnership, together<br />

they delivered health coaching to lower-income<br />

areas of the country.<br />

In 2016, Michael Bloomberg convened a bipartisan<br />

commission on the Future of Work, and<br />

Gupta was asked to join and bring Rise’s lessons to<br />

policymakers. Gupta has led and lectured on Entrepreneurship<br />

at the University of Michigan and been<br />

named a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.<br />

“The Chaldean community should get behind<br />

my race for the same reason everyone is supporting<br />

me for Congress right now. We have a lot more in<br />

common than we give ourselves credit for. We all the<br />

same things. We want good jobs that pay the bills. We<br />

want a good healthcare system. We want our kids to<br />

do well and have a give education. I am fighting for<br />

these values. When I got door-to-door, I am making<br />

this promise to fight for those values and those are<br />

the same values shared in the Chaldean community.”<br />

As Detroit’s Director of Immigrant<br />

Affairs, Fayrouz Saad<br />

worked with Mayor Mike Duggan<br />

to put inclusive values and<br />

small business development at<br />

the heart of the city’s recovery.<br />

Prior to her time in the Detroit<br />

Mayor’s Office, Saad served as an<br />

appointee at the Department of<br />

Homeland Security under President<br />

Obama. There, she helped<br />

Fayrouz Saad<br />

coordinate the Gulf Coast recovery and developed<br />

new standards for fair, effective community policing.<br />

Before that, she spent three years learning to<br />

craft legislation and deliver constituent services<br />

as District Director and Legislative Aide to State<br />

Representative Gino Polidori and began her career<br />

in 2004 as an organizer right here in Michigan’s<br />

11th District. The Northville resident is the<br />

daughter of Lebanese immigrants, and a graduate<br />

of Michigan public schools.<br />

During her time in the Detroit Mayor’s Office,<br />

Saad worked closely with the Chaldean community.<br />

“As Director of Immigrant Affairs, I traveled<br />

across Southeast Michigan in the wake of the 2016<br />

election, working to educate and organize targeted<br />

communities in response to overzealous immigration<br />

enforcement,” explained Saad. “The Chaldean<br />

community, despite assurances from then-candidate<br />

Trump, found itself a top target for ICE raids in the<br />

region. This was especially concerning given that (if<br />

deported) many would be returning to an Iraq where<br />

they’d face anti-Christian violence.”<br />

“I also know first-hand the community’s work<br />

ethic and community spirit, in part because of my<br />

economic development work in and around Detroit,<br />

and in part because of how similar it is to my<br />

own parents’ story: fleeing Lebanon in the 1970s,<br />

they arrived in Michigan with nothing, and built a<br />

successful family business (Saad Wholesale Meats).<br />

When we welcome and support immigrant-owned<br />

small businesses, it grows the wider local economy,<br />

grows the tax base to support schools and other vital<br />

services, and strengthens communities. In Congress,<br />

I look forward to being a friend and advocate<br />

for Michigan’s Chaldean community, and to celebrating<br />

its successes for decades to come.<br />

During the Great Recession,<br />

Haley Stevens served as chief<br />

of staff on the Auto Task Force<br />

inside of the U.S. Treasury Department,<br />

the team responsible<br />

for returning the auto industry<br />

to financial stability and saving<br />

211,000 Michigan jobs. Most recently,<br />

she led a national workforce<br />

development program and<br />

created the country’s first online<br />

Haley Stevens<br />

training program for digital manufacturing. Earlier<br />

in her career, Stevens played a key role in setting<br />

up two federal offices critical in creating new<br />

Michigan jobs: The Office of Recovery for Automotive<br />

Communities and Workers, and the White<br />

House Office for Manufacturing Policy.<br />

Stevens believes her work as an economic development<br />

professional puts her in a position to<br />

advocate for small business owners in and outside<br />

of the Chaldean community. “I am focused on 21st<br />

century job training and I have long admired the<br />

Chaldean community, their leadership and in our<br />

district, in particular, Martin Manna’s work and<br />

the chamber fostering business creation,” she explained.<br />

“That’s what I want to do from the nation’s<br />

capital, which is support people, support<br />

small business owners and support our students.”<br />

In addition to fostering business growth and innovation,<br />

Stevens stands by the community as they<br />

continue to fight deportations. “I was on the phone<br />

with members of the Chaldean community when<br />

the ICE raids were taking place,” she explained.<br />

“It’s something that is really serious to me.”<br />

As of print day, June 22, the following candidates<br />

have not given statements: Greimel.<br />

Republicans<br />

State Rep. Klint Kesto, also<br />

among those who have raised the<br />

most money, is a former criminal<br />

prosecutor who took on violent<br />

crime, consumer fraud, domestic<br />

violence and political corruption.<br />

Kesto previously owned and<br />

operated a family-owned small Klint Kesto<br />

business. Kesto is a conservative<br />

focused on reforming the welfare<br />

system, reform our unconstitutional civil asset for-<br />

18 CHALDEAN NEWS <strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong>

feiture laws, protect religious freedom, and rein in<br />

unelected bureaucrats who cripple small businesses<br />

and destroy jobs. Kesto is a pro-life activist and “defends<br />

the unborn child’s right to a life.” If elected,<br />

his win will be an historic one as the first Chaldean<br />

elected to U.S. Congress.<br />

Kesto set his sights on the U.S. House of Representatives<br />

as he has termed out and cannot run for<br />

the Michigan House of Representatives.<br />

Previously Kesto has worked for the United<br />

States Department of Energy and the United States<br />

Department of Justice. Even as he pursues this new<br />

political endeavor, Kesto remains rooted in his own<br />

community as he is a board member of the Chaldean<br />

American Chamber of Commerce, a member<br />

of the Chaldean American Bar Association, the<br />

American Bar Association, the Michigan State<br />

Bar, and a member of the Greater West Bloomfield<br />

Republicans.<br />

As a member of the Chaldean community, Kesto<br />

believes he can bring to the Chaldean community<br />

here what has been lacking in the Middle East.<br />

“I will work to protect: Peace, Freedom and<br />

Opportunity,” he said. “Those values are virtually<br />

gone from the Middle East, but they are alive and<br />

well here, and it is our duty as Americans to protect,<br />

preserve, and spread those values.”<br />

Representative Kesto calls on the community<br />

for support as the primary approaches, “…this will<br />

be a tight race and every vote is going to count.”<br />

Kerry Bentivolio was a 2016<br />

independent candidate who<br />

sought election to the U.S. House<br />

to represent the 11th Congressional<br />

District of Michigan. Garnering<br />

less than five percent of the<br />

vote, Bentivolio ultimately lost.<br />

Bentivolio is a former teacher<br />

and Army veteran. Bentivolio is<br />

geared towards rooting corruption<br />

out of Capitol Hill as several<br />

politicians are willing to “spend millions of their<br />

own money to purchase a two-year seat in Congress<br />

that pays only a fraction of what they’re investing<br />

to win the seat.”<br />

Bentivolio is a lifelong Michigan resident and<br />

continues to reside in Milford with his wife and<br />

“knows the needs and desires of his fellow citizens.”<br />

Businesswoman Lena Epstein<br />

is a millennial and third-generation<br />

co-owner of Southfieldbased<br />

Vesco Oil Corporation,<br />

one of the largest distributors of<br />

automotive and industrial lubricants<br />

and supporting services in<br />

the country. She loaned her campaign<br />

nearly $1 million and with<br />

$1.5 million total, is among the<br />

highest fundraising candidates.<br />

Epstein was a co-chair of Trump’s<br />

2016 Michigan campaign and has tied herself to<br />

the president’s agenda.<br />

Epstein is involved in local, state and national<br />

organizations supporting a number of causes and<br />

11TH DISTRICT continued on page 21<br />

Kerry Bentivolio<br />

Lena Epstein<br />

U.S. Senate Race<br />



The pool of candidates running for<br />

U.S. Senate is a relatively small one<br />

as incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie<br />

Stabenow is unopposed in her primary.<br />

However, political newcomers John James<br />

and Sandy Pensler are fighting for the opportunity<br />

to go head to head with Stabenow<br />

in the general election. Without a primary<br />

and several decades of political experience,<br />

Stabenow’s GOP opponent – whether James<br />

or Pensler – will have to be prepared for a<br />

challenge.<br />

We posed the following question to each<br />

candidate, why should the Chaldean community<br />

support you?<br />

Democrats<br />

Running unopposed in her<br />

primary, senior U.S. Senator,<br />

Debbie Stabenow is running<br />

for U.S. Senate once again.<br />

The first woman from Michigan<br />

elected to the U.S. Senate,<br />

she was first elected in<br />

2000. Stabenow has previously<br />

served in the Michigan House<br />

of Representatives (1979-<br />

1990), State Senate (1991-<br />

Debbie<br />

Stabenow<br />

1994), and U.S. Congress (1996-2000).<br />

In addition to serving as U.S. Senator, she<br />

is a member of the Senate Leadership, serving<br />

as the Chair of the Democratic Policy<br />

and Communications Center. Through this<br />

position, Senator Stabenow brings Michigan’s<br />

voice to Congress. During her time in<br />

office she has focused on bringing jobs back<br />

to Michigan, advocated for quality health<br />

care and access to comprehensive coverage,<br />

and worked to protect the state’s natural resources,<br />

including the Great Lakes.<br />

As of print day, June 22, Senator Stabenow<br />

has not provided a statement.<br />

Republicans<br />

John James is a husband, father,<br />

businessman and veteran<br />

running for U.S. Senate.<br />

He is a pro-life, pro-Second<br />

Amendment, and pro-business<br />

conservative.<br />

James made the decision to<br />

serve the country at the young<br />

John James<br />

age of 17. After graduating<br />

from West Point in 2004, he<br />

became a Ranger-qualified aviation officer.<br />

He went on to serve in Operation Iraqi<br />

Freedom where he earned a Combat Action<br />

Badge (CAB) and two Air Medals.<br />

After eight years of service, he was honorably<br />

discharged and returned to Michigan<br />

to work in his family’s business James Group<br />

International. Currently serving as president<br />

of his family’s business, James has led the<br />

company from $35 million to $137 million<br />

in revenue while creating 100 additional jobs<br />

in Michigan and around the country since<br />

2012.<br />

In addition to his Bachelor of Science<br />

from the U.S. Military Academy at West<br />

Point, James has earned a Master of Supply<br />

Chain Management and Information Systems<br />

from Penn State University and a Masters<br />

of Business Administration (MBA) from<br />

the University of Michigan.<br />

When asked why the Chaldean community<br />

should support his candidacy, James cites<br />

cultural similarities. “The Chaldean community<br />

should support me because we’re very,<br />

very close culturally in terms of background,”<br />

he explained. “I graduated from Birmingham<br />

Brother Rice, I am very strong in my faith, I<br />

also understand business and the Chaldean<br />

community is very, very strong in business.”<br />

“But also, on a personal level, I spent<br />

some time in Iraq and I understand the<br />

critical situation Roman Catholic Iraqis are<br />

facing.”<br />

Sandy Pensler was<br />

born and raised on the<br />

west side of Detroit from<br />

which he commuted to<br />

Grosse Pointe where<br />

he attended University<br />

Liggett High School.<br />

After graduating from<br />

University Liggett High<br />

School, he attended Yale<br />

Sandy Pensler<br />

University where in the span four years he<br />

earned a B.A. in Chemical Engineering,<br />

a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Economics.<br />

Following his time at Yale, Pensler<br />

founded his first business importing sweaters.<br />

Not long after, he sold the business to help<br />

pay for law school. He received his Juris Doctorate<br />

from Harvard in 1982.<br />

Before entering the world of business,<br />

he served as a clerk in the U.S. 5th Circuit<br />

Court of Appeals for Judge Patrick Higginbotham.<br />

Sandy has worked as both a private investor<br />

and financial advisor to some of the<br />

largest corporations in America, including:<br />

Chrysler, Sprint, Scholastic, Time Warner,<br />

etc.<br />

According to Pensler, his experience in<br />

the world of business is what makes him the<br />

right candidate to represent the Chaldean<br />

community.<br />

“Michigan’s Chaldean Community has<br />

championed Entrepreneurialism and the<br />

Professions. Whether it be your hospitals,<br />

clinics, restaurants, construction companies<br />

or retailers, the Chaldean Community is an<br />

integral part of every aspect of life in Michigan,”<br />

he said. “My economic plans as senator<br />

will help increase Chaldean and Michigan<br />

job creation and economic growth.”<br />

<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong> CHALDEAN NEWS 19

Congressional seat<br />

in the 13th District<br />


The race for the Congressional seat in the 13th<br />

District is especially crowded as there are<br />

seven Democrats currently running. Since<br />

former U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr. stepped<br />

down from his position in December amid sexual assault<br />

allegations, several candidates have come forward<br />

this election cycle to take his seat. While many<br />

contenders remain, not all hopefuls were able to make<br />

it to the ballot. John Conyers III, Conyers Jr.’s own<br />

son who he had endorsed, will not be on the ballot<br />

this August. We asked each candidate why the Chaldean<br />

community should support him or her in this<br />

race. We share the answers from those who responded<br />

in time for the printed July issue. The 13th District<br />

covers Detroit, River Rouge, Melvindale, Ecorse,<br />

Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster, Westland,<br />

Wayne, Romulus and Redford.<br />

We posed the following question to each candidate,<br />

why should the Chaldean community support you?<br />

Democrats<br />

Bill Wild is a native son of the<br />

13th District, born in Garden<br />

City and raised in Wayne and<br />

Westland. His wife Sherri is a<br />

middle school teacher and they<br />

have been married for 18 years.<br />

They live in Westland with three<br />

children and dog, Eli.<br />

Bill Wild<br />

Bill Wild’s dad was an auto<br />

worker at the Wayne Truck Assembly<br />

plant and his mom stayed home to raise me<br />

and my three siblings. Like many families in today’s<br />

13th District, they worked hard to get ahead, hoping<br />

for a better life for their children.<br />

His dad started a small auto recycling business<br />

and by his example, he learned the principles of<br />

hard work and perseverance through tough times.<br />

In 1999, he was encouraged to get active in public<br />

service and was appointed to the planning commission.<br />

In 2001, I successfully ran for city council<br />

and served for six years until his colleagues appointed<br />

me Mayor when the seat became vacant. He is<br />

now serving my third term as full-time Mayor.<br />

This has grown increasingly diverse and has<br />

dozens of Chaldean-owned businesses. “I’ve<br />

learned so much in the job about meeting people’s<br />

needs, serving a community, growing the pie, and<br />

providing opportunity for all,” said Wild.<br />

After Congressman John Conyers resigned from<br />

Congress in 2017, he announced his candidacy to be<br />

the Democratic nominee for the 13th District seat.<br />

“I know how to ‘connect the dots’ between our local<br />

communities and federal government and will focus<br />

on bringing resources back home to improve everyday<br />

life,” he said. “I will bring to every family in the<br />

13th district a personal commitment to hands-on<br />

public service and integrity that have been the hallmark<br />

of my nearly 20 years of service to Westland.”<br />

With nearly 20 years of public service, during<br />

the worst economic collapse in our lifetimes, Wild<br />

has seen first-hand the difference good government<br />

can make and he made it happen time and time<br />

again. The Congressional district, Michigan’s 13th,<br />

is home to three stadiums, two casinos, two major<br />

hospital systems, a major university, a robust community<br />

college system, our international airport,<br />

and many world-class cultural institutions. Yet, it is<br />

the second poorest in the nation! “The truth is, too<br />

many folks have been left behind and left out of the<br />

economic recovery seen in our region,” he said. “To<br />

me, this is unacceptable. I am a native son -- born,<br />

raised and stayed! My wife Sherri and I want better<br />

for my kids, and every child. It’s time we connect the<br />

dots between the everyday, hard-working people in<br />

the 13th District and the potential around us.”<br />

He feels strongly about immigration policy. “I<br />

never imagined I would live in country that would<br />

deport people who happen to be undocumented<br />

through no fault of their own–because they came<br />

to the US as children,” he said. “It’s inhumane and<br />

wrong that their lives hang in the balance as they are<br />

used as pawns and bargaining chips to build a wall!”<br />

He also believes that we need to strengthen our<br />

refugee programs and open them to areas around<br />

the world where human rights abuses and war have<br />

put entire populations and generations at risk.<br />

He has built a relationship with the Chaldean<br />

community over the last several years.<br />

“As a businessman for 30 years and as a fulltime<br />

mayor, I understand the needs of the business<br />

community,” said Wild. “I have had a long-standing<br />

relationship with the Chaldean community<br />

and many members of the Chaldean Chamber. As<br />

a hands-on Mayor who has cultivated a businessfriendly<br />

community and who has always had an<br />

open-door policy, I truly understand the needs of<br />

the Chaldean community. I know how important<br />

it is for community members to have access to their<br />

elected leaders. It is important that I am not only<br />

an ally in Congress for my constituents but for all<br />

those who invest in the 13th District.”<br />

Coleman Young II represents<br />

Michigan’s 1st Senate District.<br />

Since 2015, he has served as the<br />

Senate Assistant Minority Floor<br />

Leader. From 2011-2014, Senator<br />

Young served as the Senate Assistant<br />

Minority Caucus Chair.<br />

Senator Young currently serves as<br />

Vice Chair of several committees,<br />

including: Local Government and<br />

Elections Committee; General<br />

Coleman Young II<br />

Government Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary<br />

Appropriations Subcommittee; Licensing and<br />

Regulatory Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee and<br />

the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee.<br />

Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, Senator Young<br />

is the only son of former Detroit Mayor, Coleman<br />

Young, and former Detroit Assistant Public Works<br />

Director, Annivory Calvert. Prior to being elected,<br />

Senator Young worked for Detroit City Councilwoman,<br />

JoAnn Watson, and for the Detroit City<br />

Council Research & Analysis Division. Senator<br />

Young was first elected to the Michigan Legislature<br />

in the 2006 Primary Election, after which he represented<br />

the citizens of the 4th House District for<br />

four (4) years. Now in his second term representing<br />

the citizens 1st Senate District, Senator Young has<br />

sponsored six (6) bills that have become law; including<br />

the “Tisha Prater Act”, which guarantees antidiscrimination<br />

protections for women affected by<br />

pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.<br />

Senator Young wants to serve as the people’s<br />

ethical voice in Washington. “Our district deserves<br />

to have a representative in Washington who will<br />

put the citizens of the district first,” he explained.<br />

“Someone who is willing to do what is right for the<br />

people, rather than what is right for their wallet.<br />

This campaign is for all of the residents of the 13th<br />

District who choose to do what is right and who<br />

work hard to provide a safe home for their families.”<br />

Ian Conyers is an alumnus of<br />

President Barack Obama’s Organizing<br />

for America and a former<br />

‘Major City’ Constituent Services<br />

Deputy Director. Ian also served<br />

as Treasurer of the 13th Congressional<br />

District Democratic Party<br />

Organization after the Obama<br />

Ian Conyers<br />

campaign wrapped. Working as<br />

the Small and Disadvantaged<br />

Business Director of The Anacostia<br />

Waterfront Initiative — one of the nation’s largest<br />

redevelopment projects valued at more than $1<br />

billion — Ian was able to provide more than 32 percent<br />

of spending to veteran-, women- and minorityowned<br />

businesses by providing innovative programs.<br />

Ian believes the American Dream is possible for<br />

every family and is dedicated to working every day<br />

to provide quality ladders of opportunity. Raised in<br />

Detroit, he is a graduate of the University of Detroit<br />

Jesuit High School. Ian is also a graduate of Georgetown<br />

University, from which he holds a master’s<br />

degree in urban and regional planning, and a bachelor’s<br />

degree in government.<br />

Ian has been able to develop and sustain a relationship<br />

with the Chaldean community early on.<br />

“I have been a friend of the Chaldean community<br />

since my youth,” explained Ian. “I grew up attending<br />

U of D High School alongside Attorney Sam<br />

Elia and was a regular at family functions, dinners,<br />

and recreation throughout my young and adult life.<br />

Now as State Senator, I take a deep pride in representing<br />

the old Chaldean town and connecting that<br />

narrative to the American Dream. I am proud to be so<br />

closely associated with my Chaldean friends throughout<br />

my life, and proud of the large positive impact<br />

the Chaldean’s have had on Detroit and the region.<br />

I have used my position at the state level to advocate<br />

for social and economic opportunity for the Chaldean<br />

community. I look forward to doing the same at the<br />

federal level as your Congressman in Washington.”<br />

Rashida Tlaib is the mother of two boys and the<br />

oldest of 14 children, born and raised in Detroit. She is<br />

a graduate of Detroit Public Schools and the daughter<br />

of Palestinian immigrant parents. In 2008, she became<br />

the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Michigan<br />

Legislature where she has served three terms.<br />

According to Rashida, the communities she<br />

represents become her family and she doesn’t let<br />

20 CHALDEAN NEWS <strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong>

anyone “mess” with her family.<br />

“Throughout my career, I’ve<br />

been able to build diverse coalitions<br />

to improve the quality<br />

of life for all of our families in<br />

Wayne County and beyond. I<br />

love bringing people to the table<br />

and helping everyone work together<br />

for the good of the community,”<br />

she explained. “I’ve<br />

talked to parents concerned<br />

about the quality of our public schools, and who<br />

need help getting funds for home repair or figuring<br />

out government forms. I’ve engaged small business<br />

owners in conversations about their priorities, and<br />

how they can continue contributing to our economy<br />

and helping our neighborhoods thrive.”<br />

“The Chaldean community should support me<br />

for the same reasons I hope other communities will<br />

support me - because I will listen to you, because I<br />

will be available to you, and because I will work as<br />

hard as I can to take on the powerful interests that<br />

harm your quality of life. I started standing up to<br />

Donald Trump even before he was elected, and I<br />

won’t let his administration separate our families<br />

and send people back to situations where they will<br />

be unsafe and persecuted.”<br />

Brenda Jones’ public service<br />

career began in 2005, when she<br />

was first elected to the Detroit<br />

City Council – to which she was<br />

reelected to three more times. She<br />

was elected president of the body<br />

by her peers in 2014, and again,<br />

in January <strong>2018</strong>. Brenda serves<br />

as Council’s liaison to the Police<br />

and Fire Pension Board and was<br />

appointed in 2014, to the Detroit Financial Review<br />

Commission, where she also serves as ex-officio<br />

member of the Detroit Public Schools Community<br />

District Financial Review Commission.<br />

She is currently leading an effort to form the<br />

Detroit Commission on Human Trafficking to<br />

align all branches of government, law enforcement,<br />

non-profit, faith-based and corporate entities<br />

together to raise awareness and fight against<br />

this criminal epidemic.<br />

Brenda Jones looks forward to<br />

bringing more than 12 years of experience<br />

with her to Washington<br />

D.C. so she can fight for Wayne<br />

County residents.<br />

Shanelle Jackson has dedicated<br />

much of her life to public service.<br />

Rashida Tlaib<br />

Brenda Jones<br />

Shanelle Jackson<br />

For six years, Jackson served as a<br />

Michigan State Representative.<br />

During her time as a state representative,<br />

Jackson worked to pass bills that would<br />

positively impact Wayne County’s middle class.<br />

After leaving the state legislature, Jackson continued<br />

in the path of public service, joining the<br />

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).<br />

Much of her work at MDOT revolved around bringing<br />

people from different walks of life together to<br />

create plans to fix the state’s crumbling roads and<br />

grow public transportation from Detroit to Romulus.<br />

Currently, as a businesswoman, Jackson continues<br />

to make public service a priority. In her role,<br />

she is leading the efforts within her company to<br />

not only employ more than 3,000 people from<br />

Wayne County, but is also working to ensure the<br />

jobs are well-paying.<br />

Kimberly Knott Hill is running<br />

for Congress in the 13th<br />

Congressional District of Michigan.<br />

For more than two decades,<br />

Kimberly has served the people<br />

of Michigan as a congressional<br />

staffer, a community organizer<br />

and a small business owner. She<br />

wants to take her knowledge of Kimberly Knott Hill<br />

the district, coalition building<br />

skills, and collaborative leadership<br />

style to the US House of Representatives to<br />

represent Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.<br />

Not long after graduating from Temple University,<br />

Kimberly began her career as a congressional<br />

staffer for Rep. John Conyers. During this time, she<br />

learned about the 13th district’s greatest issues and<br />

was able to facilitate solutions for Rep. Conyers’<br />

constituents.<br />

As of print day, June 22, the following candidates<br />

have not given a statement: Councilwoman Jones,<br />

Jackson, and Hill.<br />

Republicans<br />

David Dudenhoefer is the write<br />

in candidate for the Republican<br />

primary. David is a lifelong resident<br />

of Wayne County and has<br />

worked and lived in the city of<br />

Detroit for more than 20 years.<br />

He brings more than 10 years of<br />

experience in legislative activism<br />

as he formerly led the Michigan<br />

Chapter of Campaign for Liberty.<br />

Currently, David is the chairman<br />

David<br />

Dudenhoefer<br />

of the 13th District Republican Committee. During<br />

his time in these leadership roles, he operated<br />

within both the state and federal legislatures, developing<br />

an understanding of the bill process while<br />

working to stop legislation.<br />

“Our campaign is rooted in the unifying message<br />

of individual liberty, person freedom, and a<br />

respect for the rule of law, our Constitution,” explained<br />

David. “From this perspective we do not<br />

see people in terms of collective groups to pander<br />

to, rather we see people as individuals and understand<br />

that laws should be written to protect the<br />

liberty of the individual.”<br />

“My unwavering goal should you chose to<br />

write-in my name during the August 7th Republican<br />

primary is to end the government’s fiat printing<br />

press money, our country’s cancer which steals<br />

from those who labor, and punishes those who<br />

save,” he said. “Rather than to merely band-aid the<br />

symptoms of the inflation which fiat money causes<br />

every individual, my goal is to cut out the cancer in<br />

total and restore a Constitutional honest monetary<br />

system. This approach which will serve as the level<br />

playing field for every American to realize peace<br />

and prosperity.”<br />

11TH DISTRICT continued from page 19<br />

initiatives. Appointed by Governor Rick Snyder,<br />

Epstein also serves on Michigan Child<br />

Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board. Epstein<br />

serves on several other boards, including the Detroit<br />

Regional Chamber of Commerce.<br />

As a Jew, Epstein believes there are several<br />

similarities between the Chaldean community<br />

and her own community. “I sincerely hope the<br />

Chaldean community considers supporting me<br />

because of our shared values and experiences,”<br />

she said. “As a Jew, I am oft amazed at the similarities<br />

between our two peoples.”<br />

“I want to empower you to exercise your<br />

free will. Like many in the Chaldean community,<br />

I am a business owner. I know how to<br />

run my business. The government does not. I<br />

will always stand up for small business owners<br />

and their right to make their own business decisions<br />

without undue government intrusion,”<br />

explained Epstein.<br />

State Sen. Mike Kowall is<br />

the choice of the local Republican<br />

establishment according<br />

to the ‘’Detroit Free Press’’ and<br />

would likely be ideologically<br />

similar to Trott, one of the<br />

more moderate House Republicans.<br />

He is the only Republican<br />

to support a pathway to<br />

citizenship for children who<br />

entered the country without legal permission<br />

that is separate from President Trump’s border<br />

wall and legal immigration limitation proposals.<br />

A lifelong Michigan resident, Senator Mike<br />

Kowall is a member of several committees, including<br />

the Commerce Committee and the<br />

Oversight Committee, the Government Operations,<br />

Joint Committee on Administrative<br />

Rules, Regulatory Reform, and Michigan Capitol<br />

committees.<br />

According to news reporters,<br />

former state Rep. Rocky<br />

Raczkowski is third in fundraising<br />

for the 11th District race.<br />

Former state Rep. Andrew<br />

(Rocky) Raczkowski is a businessman<br />

with a long tenure in<br />

the U.S. Army Reserves, has<br />

served in the state legislature<br />

representing a Farmington<br />

Hills-based district between<br />

1997 and 2003.<br />

Mike Kowall<br />

Rocky<br />

Raczkowski<br />

A Republican, he lost a close bid to unseat<br />

then-U.S. Rep. Gary Peters in 2010. Since<br />

2002, he has unsuccessfully run for U.S. House,<br />

U.S. Senate, and state Senate.<br />

Raczkowski earned his BA in Political Science<br />

and Psychology from Eastern Michigan University,<br />

a Masters in Administration from Central<br />

Michigan University, and a Juris Doctorate from<br />

Michigan State University College of Law.<br />

As of print day, June 22, the following candidates<br />

have not given statements: Bentivolio, Senator<br />

Kowall, and Raczkowski.<br />

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Congressional Seat<br />

in the 14th District<br />


Michigan’s 14th Congressional District,<br />

which snakes across parts of both Wayne<br />

and Oakland counties, has gone through<br />

many redistricting changes having been redrawn<br />

numerous times since the 1960s. Considered one of<br />

the most gerrymandered districts in the nation, it<br />

currently covers a diverse range of communities including<br />

the northwest side of Detroit including its<br />

enclave of Hamtramck, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse<br />

Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Harper Woods, the<br />

Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe<br />

Woods, the Charter Township of Royal Oak, Oak<br />

Park, Southfield, Lathrup Village, Farmington<br />

Hills, the Charter Township of West Bloomfield,<br />

Orchard Lake Village, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake<br />

and Pontiac. The traditionally Democratic leaning<br />

district includes communities with large Chaldean<br />

and African American populations.<br />

We posed the following question to each candidate,<br />

why should the Chaldean community support you?<br />

Democrats<br />

Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence<br />

is a lifelong resident of<br />

Michigan’s 14th Congressional<br />

District. She was first elected to<br />

the U.S. House of Representatives<br />

in November of 2014 and reelected<br />

in 2016 where she serves<br />

as a Senior Whip, Vice Chair of<br />

the Congressional Caucus for<br />

Women’s Issues and Secretary<br />

Brenda L.<br />

Lawrence<br />

of the Congressional Black Caucus. She serves on<br />

the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,<br />

where she also serves on the Subcommittee on Aviation,<br />

Subcommittee on Highway and Transit, Subcommittee<br />

on Water, Resources and Environment.<br />

She is also a member on the House Oversight and<br />

Government Reform Committee where she serves<br />

on the subcommittee on Government Operation.<br />

Born and raised in Detroit, Congresswoman<br />

Lawrence attended Pershing High School and<br />

earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Administration<br />

from Central Michigan University. Before she<br />

began her career in public service, she had a career<br />

with the U.S. Postal Service.<br />

Lawrence was elected Mayor of the City of Southfield<br />

in November of 2001 and became the first African<br />

American and the first woman to serve in that post.<br />

She previously served on the Southfield City Council,<br />

where she was elected President in 1999. She has also<br />

served on the Southfield Public School Board of Education<br />

as President, Vice President, and Secretary.<br />

She and her husband have two grown children<br />

and a granddaughter.<br />

Lawrence believes that she has been a highly<br />

effective lawmaker in her four years in Congress<br />

and hopes to be given another opportunity to make<br />

a positive impact on the lives of not only her constituency,<br />

but for the entire Country.<br />

“We live in an amazing Country. It is an honor<br />

to represent Michigan in Congress and fight for<br />

our priorities. I’ve been able to get results in my<br />

first few years representing us in Washington, D.C.<br />

With your support I can make a bigger impact to<br />

improve our federal government, so it can better<br />

serve you and your families,” said Lawrence.<br />

“I am proud of the work I’ve done in expanding<br />

skilled workforce training and education opportunities<br />

for Americans, as well as my leadership role<br />

and results in the fight for stronger foster youth<br />

protections. Those have both been bipartisan efforts<br />

that will make a difference for many Americans,”<br />

she continued.<br />

Lawrence already has goals that she wants to<br />

accomplish if given another opportunity to serve<br />

Michigan’s 14th Congressional District in our Nation’s<br />

Capital.<br />

“The three biggest issues I’ll be tackling in the<br />

next Congress are rebuilding our nation’s crumbling<br />

infrastructure, increasing Michigan’s share of federal<br />

road funding and transportation investments, and<br />

further workforce development and training opportunities.<br />

I serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure<br />

Committee, and am a founding Co-Chair<br />

of the Congressional Skilled Workforce Caucus –<br />

through those roles, I intend to get even more results<br />

for Michigan and our workers,” explained Lawrence.<br />

Lawrence values the continued support that<br />

she has received from the Chaldean community in<br />

her district and vows to continue to listen to their<br />

needs, concerns and be their voice to the Nation.<br />

“During my two terms in Congress, I have been<br />

a constant partner and ally with the Chaldean community.<br />

It is an honor to have such a strong Chaldean<br />

population in our region; in the Halls of Congress,<br />

I have had the opportunity to speak out and inform<br />

my colleagues from around the country about the<br />

history, heritage, strength, and present challenges of<br />

the Chaldean community. I have stood and fought<br />

alongside you and I will continue that partnership,<br />

if re-elected,” Lawrence concluded.<br />

Republicans<br />

Dr. Marc Herschfus MD is a resident<br />

of Southfield and doctor of<br />

internal medicine specializing in<br />

gastroenterology with a practice<br />

in Detroit. Herschfus is affiliated<br />

with multiple hospitals in the<br />

area, including DMC-Sinai-<br />

Grace Hospital and Garden City<br />

Hospital. He graduated from<br />

Wayne State University School<br />

Dr. Marc<br />

Herschfus, MD<br />

of Medicine in 1991. He completed a double residency<br />

in pediatrics and internal medicine at St.<br />

Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac. Herschfus<br />

attended medical school and law school<br />

concurrently earning his law degree at Wayne<br />

State University Law School. He currently practices<br />

family law in Oakland and Macomb counties<br />

with an office in Bingham Farms.<br />

Herschfus previously graduated from Tufts<br />

University School of Dental Medicine in Boston,<br />

worked at his father’s dental practice and later<br />

taught in the dental hygiene program at Wayne<br />

County Community College earning enough money<br />

to put himself through medical and law school.<br />

He is a married father of four including triplets.<br />

Herschfus first entered into the world of politics<br />

in a 2016 in bid for 46th District Court Judge and<br />

was defeated in the primary election.<br />

He says that his defeat has only helped to make<br />

him more politically motivated and that is why he<br />

chose to run for Congress.<br />

“As a member of Congress, you not only have<br />

an obligation toward your district, but you have an<br />

obligation towards everyone. I want to look at the<br />

bigger picture,” explains Herschfus.<br />

The three biggest parts of his platform are strengthening<br />

our military, addressing unfair tariffs against the<br />

United States, and health insurance reform.<br />

“This district is a varied district. It covers both<br />

the “haves” and “have nots.” I want to make health<br />

insurance affordable for everybody. I say this as a<br />

consumer and as a physician,” Herschfus said.<br />

As a Jewish person, he feels especially connected to<br />

the Chaldean community and hopes for their support.<br />

“I feel a sort of a kinship to them. We come<br />

from a similar area and speak the same language:<br />

the Aramaic language. As a child of an immigrant<br />

and a husband of an immigrant, I can relate to the<br />

fact that people want to come here, be a part of<br />

who we are, integrate into our culture, but at the<br />

same time they want to maintain a sense of where<br />

they came from. I very sensitive to that,” concluded<br />

Herschfus.<br />


The Chaldean News is looking for motivated<br />

candidates to fill full-time salaried sales positions.<br />

Qualified candidates should email a resume to<br />

info@chaldeannews.com.<br />

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Michigan’s 9th<br />

Congressional District<br />


The race to replace Congressman Sander<br />

Levin is in full swing in the 9th Congressional<br />

District. Levin announced his retirement<br />

from Congress in December after serving for<br />

35 years. Candidates from all sides have their sights<br />

set on the open seat, including Levin’s son, Andy<br />

Levin. We asked all the candidates in the 9th Congressional<br />

District why they deserve the Chaldean<br />

community’s support in this race. The 9th District<br />

covers Berkley, Clawson, Center Line, Eastpointe,<br />

Ferndale, Fraser, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods,<br />

Madison Heights, Mt. Clemens, Pleasant Ridge,<br />

Royal Oak, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Sterling<br />

Heights, Warren Bloomfield Charter Township,<br />

Clinton Charter Township, Royal Oak Charter<br />

Township, Southfield Charter Township, Beverly<br />

Hills, Bingham Farms, and Franklin.<br />

We posed the following question to each candidate,<br />

why should the Chaldean community support you?”<br />

Democrats<br />

Andy Levin is the son of sitting<br />

U.S. Rep. Sandy Levin and the<br />

former head of the Michigan Department<br />

of Energy, Labor and<br />

Economic Growth. Levin is the<br />

founder of a clean energy business<br />

and directed the No Worker<br />

Left Behind program, a worker Andy Levin<br />

training program that provided<br />

services to 162,000 Michigan residents.<br />

“My family has always fought for the Chaldean<br />

community in Congress, and I promise to carry on<br />

that tradition,” Levin said. “We have to address the<br />

outrageous violations of Chaldean’s rights in Iraq,<br />

the attacks on Christian villages, the stripping of<br />

people’s rights. These are issues that have to be<br />

central to our policy in Iraq and around the world.<br />

I’ve worked on human rights my whole life, and<br />

those are issues that I will continue to work on.”<br />

“Secondly, the Chaldean community and the Jewish<br />

community have always been really close. I think<br />

our traditions of immigrating to this country, creating<br />

a lot of our own small businesses, working our way<br />

up through hard work, and the importance of family<br />

contribute to the closeness of our communities. I’m a<br />

business owner, and I work with a lot of Chaldeans to<br />

retrofit their buildings in water efficiency, energy efficiency<br />

and renewable energy. I know what it feels like<br />

to run a small business and to pay all the taxes that<br />

you have to pay as a sole proprietor. I’m going to be<br />

there for them as a member of Congress to advance<br />

the economic and social interests of the Chaldean<br />

community right here in the 9th District.<br />

Finally, the Chaldean community is an immigrant<br />

community, and I’ve worked on immigration policy<br />

for over 30 years ever since the Immigration Control<br />

and Reform Act was passed in 1986. Another tradition<br />

of my dad’s office that I will continue is protecting<br />

immigrants and fighting for immigrant rights.”<br />

Ellen Lipton served three<br />

terms representing the 27th District<br />

in the Michigan House of<br />

Representatives from 2009 to<br />

2014. Before her six years in the<br />

legislature, Lipton worked as a<br />

patent attorney specializing in<br />

medicine and technology. She is<br />

a founding member and president<br />

of the Michigan Promise Zone<br />

Association, a statewide organization providing access<br />

to post-secondary education and free college<br />

tuition for high school graduates.<br />

“As a State Representative, I used my position on<br />

the Appropriations Committee to ensure adequate<br />

funding for programs that affect immigrant communities,”<br />

Lipton said. “I fought to increase dollars<br />

dedicated to ESL programs and helped expand state<br />

funding for community mental health services, which<br />

we had found were inadequate in servicing our multicultural<br />

populations. In Congress, I look forward to<br />

working with the Chaldean Community on access<br />

to affordable housing, job placement and training<br />

programs, and educational opportunities for young<br />

people and adults looking to further their education.<br />

I believe Michigan thrives when our immigrant communities<br />

succeed. In Washington, I’ll ensure that my<br />

Constituent Services staff is engaged in working with<br />

the Chaldean community, and I will always be available<br />

to my Chaldean constituents to work together to<br />

make our district a better place to live.”<br />

Martin Brook is running this<br />

race in addition to his role as a fulltime<br />

employment law attorney.<br />

He was a Trustee on the Bloomfield<br />

Hills School Board from 2005<br />

through 2010. In 2009, he was<br />

selected by his colleagues to the<br />

position of President of the Board,<br />

where he led the school district<br />

through intense legal battles, a bond<br />

Ellen Lipton<br />

Martin Brook<br />

proposal, and the selection of a new superintendent.<br />

“The Chaldean community is a wonderful immigrant<br />

success story,” Brook said. “It’s a wonderful family<br />

story, community story and story of economic success.<br />

I’m a small businessman myself, so I respect small<br />

businesses. I’m a member of the Michigan Chamber<br />

of Commerce. I speak for them around the state, providing<br />

training and programs for employers to become<br />

better employers. I sit on their education, health and<br />

welfare committee, and help define their legislative<br />

priorities. I have a record of supporting small-business<br />

owners and trying to advance their interests.”<br />

“Also, an important path to success in America<br />

is education. I value and respect education and its<br />

social/economic power. That is why I ran for and<br />

served on the Bloomfield Hills School Board - during<br />

that time, I interacted with many in the Chaldean<br />

community and came to see our shared respect<br />

for the important role education plays in everyone’s<br />

success story. I also respect the story of immigration.<br />

It is America’s story. I’m appalled by the arrests and<br />

detention of immigrants pushed by the Trump administration.<br />

The immigrant community is core to the<br />

success of the tri-county area, and everything we do<br />

should aim to enhance the immigrant experience.”<br />

Republican<br />

Candius Stearns is the lone candidate<br />

in the Republican Party, and<br />

belongs to an immigrant family<br />

of Polish, German and, through<br />

marriage, Greek decent. Stearns<br />

most recently held the position of<br />

Treasurer in the 9th GOP district.<br />

In 2007, Candius Stearns founded Candius Stearns<br />

DFB TPA Services LLC, a sister<br />

company to DFBenefits. In January 2016, Candius<br />

combined her group benefits practice with Mason-<br />

McBride Corporation (MMC), one of Michigan’s<br />

largest privately owned independent insurance and<br />

financial services organizations.<br />

Stearns believes she shares a few core principles<br />

with the Chaldean community, including faith,<br />

family, community, and country.<br />

“Our economic tools, our healthcare system and<br />

our education quality have lagged behind much of<br />

America’s progress for most people,” Stearns said. “It’s<br />

my commitment to address these top priorities with<br />

21st century solutions and rethink how these resources<br />

can better enhance the quality of life for our fellow<br />

citizens. Sterling Heights is experiencing an incredible<br />

positive impact from the Chaldean Community<br />

Foundation (CCF). Its retail and business community<br />

provide my hometown of Sterling Heights with the<br />

old-fashioned entrepreneur spirit that America was<br />

built on, as well as people who are not ashamed of<br />

working with their hands as I have done, growing up<br />

as a daughter of a dairy farmer. I welcome these new<br />

citizens who work towards the opportunity to share<br />

in the American Dream of prosperity for all. I support<br />

helping the community find work in skilled trades, as<br />

well as higher education which provides a hand up<br />

towards self-sufficient lives and much-needed workers<br />

in our community. I support an exciting new development<br />

plan, a $30 million multifamily housing project,<br />

to assist the neediest among the community.”<br />

Green<br />

John McDermott is running for the<br />

Green Party. He has a Bachelor of<br />

Arts degree in accounting, and he<br />

earned his J.D. from the University<br />

of Detroit-Mercy Law School. He<br />

believes he can be the change that<br />

people need to see in government,<br />

stating “the federal government John McDermott<br />

needs a major overhaul and a return<br />

to its constitutional origins and limitations.”<br />

“I knew many Chaldean merchants when I<br />

was a commercial realtor in Detroit and a Wayne<br />

County resident,” McDermott said. “The Chaldean<br />

community’s success and prosperity in metro<br />

Detroit is an American success story.”<br />

The long-term fate of the district has been the<br />

subject of speculation recently. Michigan’s slowmoving<br />

population growth means the state could<br />

lose another congressional seat following the 2020<br />

U.S. Census, and the 9th Congressional District<br />

might be a target for dissolution by 2022.<br />

The primaries for Michigan’s 9th Congressional<br />

District Race will be held August 7, and the general<br />

election will be held on November 6.<br />

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<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong> CHALDEAN NEWS 25

8th District race key in<br />

fight for House control<br />


As the <strong>2018</strong> mid-term congressional elections<br />

rapidly approach, races around the<br />

country are heating up, including Michigan’s<br />

8th District, which includes all of Ingham<br />

County, Livingston County, and north Oakland<br />

County. The district runs from north of Detroit<br />

through the Lansing area, and encompasses a<br />

mix of suburbs and farms and conservative and<br />

liberal leaning voters.<br />

Incumbent Republican Mike Bishop has<br />

served two terms representing the 8th and captured<br />

56 percent of the vote in the district in<br />

2016. He faces businessman Lokesh Kumar in<br />

the Aug. 7 primary. Libertarian candidate Brian<br />

Ellison is also in the race along with Democrats<br />

Chris Smith and Elissa Slotkin.<br />

Among the field of candidates challenging<br />

Bishop, Slotkin has received the most media attention<br />

and fundraising success. According to<br />

a Detroit News report, Slotkin raised $801,000<br />

last quarter, the most of any U.S. House candidate<br />

in Michigan. She is also reported to have<br />

slightly more cash in reserve ($1.34 million)<br />

than Bishop ($1.3 million). Slotkin’s Democratic<br />

primary opponent, Chris Smith, is reported to<br />

have $48,646 on hand.<br />

Slotkin’s fundraising support is in large part<br />

composed of an influx of out-of-state contributions.<br />

A loosely formed group of businesspeople<br />

and others in solidly “blue” states such as California,<br />

Vermont and Massachusetts view contributions<br />

to candidates in their home states as redundant<br />

and have instead directed their financial<br />

support to swing races in the Midwest. So far, according<br />

to a report in Reuters, the Purple Project<br />

has raised $210,000 for candidates in Michigan,<br />

Ohio and Pennsylvania, including Michigan’s 8th<br />

District contest. The Purple Project and its allies<br />

are hoping to win the 23 House seats needed to<br />

elect a Democratic majority, while Republicans<br />

work to retain gains made in the past few election<br />

cycles. At this late date, pundits are widely<br />

reported to be calling the race a tossup.<br />

We posed the following question to each candidate,<br />

why should the Chaldean community<br />

support you?”<br />

Republicans<br />

Mike Bishop, the incumbent,<br />

is a lifelong Oakland County<br />

resident. He currently serves on<br />

the House Committee on Ways<br />

and Means, which is responsible<br />

for issues including tax<br />

reform, health care, Medicare,<br />

Social Security and welfare. Mike Bishop<br />

He previously served as<br />

Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader. While in<br />

the Senate, Bishop sponsored legislation that<br />

created the Michigan Child Protection Registry<br />

and the Michigan Identity Theft Protection Act.<br />

He also served two terms in the Michigan House<br />

of Representatives.<br />

Bishop worked as Chief Legal Officer for International<br />

Bancard Corporation and taught at<br />

Thomas M. Cooley Law School following his<br />

time in the Michigan Legislature. Before government<br />

service, he was a private attorney representing<br />

families, small business and local governments.<br />

Bishop received his law degree from the<br />

Michigan State University College of Law and<br />

earned his bachelor’s degree from the University<br />

of Michigan. He is a graduate of Rochester<br />

Adams High School and is raising his three kids<br />

with his wife, Cristina, in Rochester, Michigan.<br />

Bishop credits the Chaldean community with<br />

providing him support and advice.<br />

“I have always been gratified by the friendship<br />

and support I have received from my Chaldean<br />

neighbors who I have worked with closely<br />

to strengthen our community. Throughout my<br />

time in service at both the state and federal levels<br />

of government, I have relied on the help and<br />

guidance of Chaldean leaders to assist me in developing<br />

the policies that benefit the people I<br />

am so proud to serve. My Chaldean friends and<br />

neighbors can be certain that my door and my<br />

mind will always be open to hear their concerns,<br />

and they will receive nothing but my best effort<br />

in moving our entire community forward,” said<br />

Bishop.<br />

Lokesh Kumar is a Michigan<br />

businessman who graduated<br />

from Eastern Michigan University<br />

in 1987. He has owned a<br />

manufacturing business in Lansing<br />

since 2000, and lives in the<br />

Lansing suburb of Okemos with<br />

Lokesh Kumar<br />

his family.<br />

Kumar pledges to work with<br />

federal, state, township, and<br />

city officials to fix our roads urgently;<br />

work to re-negotiate NAFTA, and invest<br />

federal funding into manufacturing jobs for the<br />

8th District; work to reduce income tax to a flat<br />

rate of 15 percent, while reducing federal budget<br />

deficit; work to make schools safer, stronger, and<br />

effective with more federal resources and work<br />

to provide better housing, resources, and social<br />

security for seniors and veterans.<br />

Kumar said he will hold quarterly meetings<br />

in every county to talk with constituents in-person.<br />

He identifies with recent immigrants and<br />

entrepreneurs, having had personal experience<br />

as both.<br />

“Many households from the Chaldean community<br />

in Michigan are small business owners<br />

and entrepreneurs. I can relate to all the challenges<br />

they face, having been an entrepreneur<br />

myself,” said Kumar<br />

“Many Chaldeans in Michigan are recent<br />

migrants from areas affected by wars. I too know<br />

a thing or two about the immigration process.<br />

After my college in 1987, I worked in US and<br />

Europe as a non-resident engineer. Thanks to<br />

my employer and mentor, I eventually became<br />

a citizen after a very lengthy and arduous legal<br />

immigration process. The process took 10-plus<br />

years, but it works. So, I have faith in the system.<br />

I am proud to be an American, and fortunate to<br />

have raised my wonderful family in Michigan for<br />

20 years. I will endeavor to maintain a business<br />

friendly and accepting environment for all immigrants<br />

so we can all succeed when we work<br />

hard. These are the core American values that<br />

made America great.”<br />

Democrats<br />

Elissa Slotkin is a third-generation<br />

Michigander who<br />

has served three tours in Iraq<br />

alongside the U.S. military, and<br />

working as a national security<br />

expert for both Democratic and<br />

Republican administrations.<br />

She has served at the White<br />

House and in top roles at the<br />

Pentagon, including as Acting<br />

Assistant Secretary of Defense for International<br />

Security Affairs under the Obama Administration.<br />

She is married to Dave Moore, a former<br />

Apache pilot, who retired as a colonel from the<br />

U.S. Army after 30 years of service.<br />

Slotkin lives in Holly on her family farm.<br />

Her great-grandfather arrived on Ellis Island and<br />

achieved the American Dream by founding the<br />

family meat business, Hygrade Foods, which established<br />

its Detroit headquarters in 1949. Hygrade<br />

created a number of food staples beloved<br />

by Michiganders, including the famous Ballpark<br />

Frank, first sold at Tiger Stadium.<br />

Slotkin did not comment directly on the<br />

Chaldean community. Instead, she outlined her<br />

thoughts on being a public servant.<br />

“As a national security professional, I know<br />

what it means to put politics aside, put your head<br />

down, and get to work. To serve. I will always be<br />

governed by the simple idea that our representatives’<br />

job is to be available and serve the public,<br />

but I think there hasn’t been enough of that in<br />

Washington recently. It’s one of the reasons why<br />

I’ve been holding so many public events to meet<br />

folks in the community, and I hope you’ll join<br />

me at one soon. It’s time to send a different generation<br />

of leaders to Congress, and I hope you<br />

give me the chance to do it,” said Slotkin.<br />

Chris Smith is a longtime<br />

resident of Ingham County who<br />

has taught public policy and law<br />

classes for more than 30 years,<br />

including the past 24 years at<br />

Michigan State University. He<br />

is the author of more than 40<br />

books on public policy, law, criminal<br />

justice, and American government.<br />

Smith was raised in a<br />

union household and is a product<br />

Elissa Slotkin<br />

Chris Smith<br />

of Michigan public schools. He and his wife, Charlotte—a<br />

Michigan native, educated their children<br />

in public schools in Ingham County.<br />

26 CHALDEAN NEWS <strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong>

Smith supports Medicare for<br />

all, no pipelines under the Great<br />

Lakes, ending sales of military-style<br />

rifles, free community college and<br />

technical training, raising the minimum<br />

wage to $15/hour, expanded<br />

opportunities for student loan forgiveness,<br />

reducing military commitments<br />

around the world and<br />

opposes arming teachers with guns.<br />

He and his wife Charlotte have<br />

been married for 33 years. She has<br />

spent more than two decades in<br />

public service work. Their son is<br />

a recent law school graduate who<br />

serves in the Michigan National<br />

Guard. Their daughter is a college<br />

instructor married to a nurse.<br />

Smith has strong views on fairness<br />

and humanity in immigration<br />

policy.<br />

“I have spoken out strongly<br />

about immigration issues. My sonin-law<br />

is the son of refugee immigrants.<br />

When the current administration<br />

attacks immigrants and<br />

seeks to accelerate deportations in<br />

inhumane ways, this is personal for<br />

me because I know from my own<br />

family how much immigrants continue<br />

to contribute to this country,”<br />

said Smith.<br />

“I am particularly concerned<br />

about inhumane, punitive practices<br />

that have expanded detentions and<br />

deportations without regard to our<br />

humane values and our asylum policies.<br />

We should avoid separating<br />

families. We should not be deporting<br />

people to locations where they<br />

will face persecution and the risk<br />

of death based on a misdemeanor<br />

offense that occurred in the United<br />

States, often years ago when<br />

someone made a youthful mistake<br />

based on immaturity and bad judgment.<br />

We also need to change the<br />

rhetoric in Washington so political<br />

leaders stop trying to divide us and<br />

instead find ways to unify the country<br />

and have us work together without<br />

regard to nationality, religion,<br />

race, and other factors. We need<br />

to be a nation that appreciates how<br />

people from all over the world have<br />

brought their energy, ideas, and<br />

hard work to the task of building a<br />

strong country. As I focus on evidence-based<br />

approaches to solving<br />

problems and emphasizing humane<br />

values, I plan to be an advocate of<br />

unity and understanding. Our diversity<br />

is a source of strength and<br />

we should not let politicians try to<br />

pull us apart through stereotypes<br />

and scapegoating.”<br />

Libertarian<br />

Brian Ellison was<br />

born and raised in<br />

Royal Oak, MI,<br />

graduated from<br />

Kimball High<br />

School and briefly<br />

attended Michigan<br />

State University.<br />

He served<br />

four years in the<br />

Brian Ellison<br />

US Army, serving tours in Germany,<br />

Bosnia, Albania (Kosovo) and Fort<br />

Hood, Texas. He and wife and fellow<br />

soldier, Michelle have three children.<br />

The Ellisons moved to Michigan<br />

in August 2005. Brian began a<br />

career in the construction industry,<br />

working as a project manager, estimator,<br />

and operations manager for a<br />

disaster restoration company in Metro<br />

Detroit for several years.<br />

Ellison said that he and the Libertarian<br />

Party are the best choices for<br />

the Chaldean community because he<br />

supports free market immigration,<br />

support for small business, and community<br />

focused government.<br />

“I am a staunch believer in individual<br />

rights and freedom for all<br />

people. As such, I understand that<br />

freedom does not begin and end at<br />

any government border,” said Ellison.<br />

“Freedom is universal to all<br />

people regardless of their country of<br />

origin. As such, I do not believe in<br />

limiting the opportunities of those<br />

individuals who want to come to<br />

the United States in search of opportunity<br />

and freedom from oppression.<br />

The Chaldean community has<br />

a long tradition of immigrating to,<br />

integrating with, and contributing<br />

greatly to the communities that<br />

they join. I would like to see this<br />

type of growth and evolution within<br />

our society continue to evolve for<br />

many years to come.”<br />

Ellison pledges to support small<br />

business owners. “Many Chaldean<br />

business owners (like any other small<br />

business owners) struggle with economic<br />

hardship, while trying to make<br />

their small businesses competitive in<br />

today’s market. Burdensome taxes<br />

and regulations can be crippling to<br />

small business and these types of government<br />

policies have succeeded to<br />

limit competition from many wouldbe<br />

start-ups for years. My staunch<br />

opposition to government interference<br />

in business in conjunction with<br />

my advocating for a reliance on free<br />

market solutions would be a benefit<br />

to the Chaldean community and its<br />

many small business owners.”<br />

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<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong> CHALDEAN NEWS 27

Diane D’Agostini vies for<br />

a fourth term on the bench<br />

The 48th District Court judge faces one<br />

opponent in the upcoming elections<br />


On November 7, voters under<br />

the jurisdiction of the 48th<br />

District Court will be asked<br />

whether or not to re-elect Judge Diane<br />

D’Agostini to a fourth term on the<br />

bench.<br />

The 48th District Court covers<br />

seven, high Chaldean population<br />

communities: Birmingham, Bloomfield<br />

Township, Bloomfield Hills, West<br />

Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Orchard<br />

Lake and Sylvan Lake.<br />

D’Agostini was first elected to the<br />

bench in 2000. She was re-elected in<br />

2006 and again in 2012. Now, she is<br />

hoping for another victory to continue<br />

her work into the next decade.<br />

Prior to first being elected as District<br />

Judge by winning all 84 precincts<br />

in the district, D’Agostini served nine<br />

years as an assistant prosecutor in Oakland<br />

County.<br />

D’Agostini earned a Bachelor of Arts<br />

Degree in journalism from Wayne State<br />

University before setting her sights on<br />

law school. She graduated cum laude<br />

from the Detroit College of Law, which<br />

is currently known as Michigan State<br />

University, College of Law.<br />

Since 2000, Judge D’Agostini has<br />

presided over thousands of criminal,<br />

civil, probation and traffic cases.<br />

D’Agostini says that her time on the<br />

bench can be defined by keeping her<br />

promise to keep the community safe.<br />

But, her passions are being proactive with her district’s<br />

youth about drug and alcohol addiction in an effort to keep<br />

them out of the criminal justice system as well as ordering<br />

treatment for those who already have fallen into that trap.<br />

“I have been blessed to serve in a position that allows<br />

me to make decisions that protect the safety of our families,<br />

businesses and neighborhoods, while I continue my partnerships<br />

with the local schools in educating our kids about<br />

the law and drug prevention,” said D’Agostini. “I am uplifted<br />

by the many people who have successfully completed<br />

drug and alcohol treatment while on probation and am<br />

grateful to be a part of their recovery from addiction. While<br />

there are days that are very heavy and difficult, there are<br />

many examples of people who transform their lives despite<br />

their tough circumstances and it’s a privilege to be a part of<br />

it. These are the reasons why I seek reelection.”<br />

Judge D’Agostini, a Chaldean, is thankful for the community’s<br />

support in helping her continue her important<br />

work and strives to be a role model for young Chaldeans.<br />

“My district covers seven communities with quite<br />

a large Chaldean population. I am extremely involved<br />

in speaking publically and educating the community at<br />

forums, career days and internships. Schools with large<br />

Chaldean populations have called on me to speak to the<br />

kids, help out when there are issues, be a role model and<br />

send a positive message,” D’Agostini said.<br />

D’Agostini has one opponent this time around: Bloomfield<br />

Hills’ criminal defense attorney Amy Welshler. She has<br />

been practicing law for 18 years. She earned her Bachelor<br />

of Arts degree at University of Michigan-Dearborn and her<br />

law degree at the University Of Detroit Mercy School of<br />

Law. Before going into private practice, Welshler interned<br />

at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, assisting in prosecuting<br />

misdemeanors at the 36th District Court, and handling<br />

arraignments at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.<br />

Chaldeans<br />

running for<br />

office<br />

Republican<br />

Michael Shallal<br />

(R) is<br />

running for a seat<br />

in the Michigan<br />

State Senate. A<br />

longtime resident<br />

of Macomb County,<br />

Shallal’s family<br />

immigrated to the United States<br />

when he was 17 years old. Shallal is<br />

a small business owner with a bachelor’s<br />

degree from the University<br />

of Phoenix; during his schooling,<br />

Shallal worked multiple jobs to support<br />

himself and his family. Shallal<br />

began a full-time job with the U.S.<br />

government as an Iraq war civilian<br />

contractor in 2003 after becoming<br />

a citizen. This is Shallal’s second<br />

attempt at running for office. For<br />

more information, visit www.michaelshallal.com/<br />

Democrat<br />

Wisam Naoum (D)<br />

is running for State<br />

Representative of<br />

the 30th House<br />

District of Michigan.<br />

As a finance<br />

attorney, Naoum<br />

noticed firsthand<br />

the effects of Wall Street’s policies<br />

on the working class, the economy<br />

and politics. Having grown up in<br />

the working-class neighborhoods of<br />

Sterling Heights, this didn’t sit right<br />

with didn’t sit right with Naoum;<br />

he left his job at a major corporate<br />

law firm in Chicago and returned<br />

home to Michigan. It wasn’t long<br />

after his return before Naoum became<br />

locally involved again.<br />

When ICE rounded up and detained<br />

hundreds of members of the<br />

Chaldean community, Naoum was<br />

one of many volunteers that helped<br />

buy time for the detainees and bring<br />

several back home. Additionally,<br />

as a community activist, Naoum<br />

founded a nonprofit to mentor<br />

traumatized children who had been<br />

resettled in his community during<br />

the Iraq War and worked with<br />

the Obama administration to fight<br />

ISIS. For more information, visit<br />

www.wisamformichigan.com<br />

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Politically connected<br />

Candidates were among hundred of attendees at the Mackinac Policy Conference<br />


On the Grand porch, in the<br />

dining room, parlor and<br />

even while walking down<br />

the hill from the Grand Hotel, candidates<br />

vying for several state and<br />

congressional seats were communicating,<br />

connecting and collaborating<br />

on the island at the Mackinac Policy<br />

Conference. It has been a premier<br />

networking event of who’s who in<br />

Michigan since it’s inception.<br />

I have been attending this event<br />

since the mid-90s and have interviewed<br />

dozens of elected leaders and<br />

political candidates as a reporter for<br />

WJR and as Co-publisher and Editor<br />

in Chief for the Chaldean News.<br />

During an election year, the place is<br />

swarming with people — all of whom<br />

have a message as to why voters<br />

should elect them into office.<br />

I have also been on the island working<br />

with candidates running for office<br />

so I have literally seen both sides and<br />

regardless of where I stand, the conference<br />

is an important one to attend for<br />

anyone wanting to garner support of<br />

any kind when running for office.<br />

Some are there strictly to network.<br />

Others are there hanging out<br />

on media row and some are hosting<br />

fundraisers while a handful of repeat<br />

attendees are there doing all three.<br />

This year I decided to ask some of<br />

those candidates why they decided to<br />

attend this year’s conference.<br />

“A lot of politicians come up here to<br />

hob nob with corporate lobbyists; I<br />

don’t take corporate money. I’m interested<br />

more in how we build the<br />

kind of economy that centers on small<br />

businesses, like many that are owned<br />

by folks in the Chaldean community.<br />

My job is to reflect the conversations<br />

that I’ve gotten to share with hundreds<br />

of thousands of Michiganders<br />

across the cities I’ve visited and talk<br />

about what challenges they face because<br />

a lot of those folks don’t come<br />

up to places like this. That’s why I’m<br />

here, to have that conversation with<br />

folks who have perpetuated a system<br />

that has often sold our politics, our<br />

government, to big corporations.”<br />

– Abdul El-Sayed, Gubernatorial<br />

Candidate<br />

Bill Wild and<br />

Brenda Lawrence<br />

Abdul El-Sayed<br />

“As a former chief of staff of President<br />

Obama’s US Auto Rescue – the<br />

initiative responsible for saving General<br />

Motors, Chrysler, and 200,000<br />

Michigan jobs – I have long worked<br />

with a lot of mayors and community<br />

economic development professionals.<br />

We’re standing up here with Dan<br />

West, the president and CEO of the<br />

Livonia Chamber and people like<br />

him. Economic development is in my<br />

very bones and there is no better to<br />

be place than to be up on Mackinac<br />

Island with colleagues in this beautiful<br />

weather, getting your message out<br />

and talking to people.”<br />

– Haley Stevens, Congressional<br />

Candidate, 11th District<br />

“I come up to this event, quite frankly,<br />

because it’s an opportunity to see<br />

everyone from around the state, for<br />

them to see you, and to listen and<br />

learn. I promise to listen and learn.<br />

The things that are in short supply in<br />

Washington is courage, imagination,<br />

and humility. I bring all of those, but<br />

also, I bring experience. National<br />

security experience as a combat veteran<br />

and business experience as a<br />

Brian Calley<br />

Haley Stevens John James Shri Thanedar<br />

business leader – successful in both.<br />

Coming up here and listening and<br />

learning and also sharing a bit about<br />

how I was raised and the experience<br />

I have is why I attend.”<br />

– John James, U.S. Senate Candidate<br />

“This is such an extraordinary gathering<br />

of people from all across our<br />

state, but especially in Southeast<br />

Michigan. People that are a part of<br />

making all kinds of important economic<br />

decisions, investment decisions,<br />

large employers to small employers<br />

and connecting with them,<br />

talking about the future and how we<br />

can create the type of environment<br />

they need to employ more people, to<br />

pay people higher wages, to thrive<br />

in our state so we can attract more<br />

in. It’s just an important place to develop<br />

those relationships and work<br />

together, bring people together and<br />

bring Michigan to the next level.”<br />

– Brian Calley, Lt Governor<br />

running for Governor<br />

“To me, this conference has a lot<br />

of conversation about the future<br />

of Michigan. A lot is changing in<br />

Michigan, robotics, jobs are outsourced,<br />

technology is coming<br />

– whether it’s mobility or transportation<br />

– these changes are going<br />

to change jobs. Some jobs are<br />

going to leave, some jobs are going<br />

to be lost. We need to prepare our<br />

workforce for tomorrow’s jobs and<br />

that’s what we talk about here; we<br />

talk about the future of Michigan.<br />

Michigan is ready to succeed in<br />

2020, 2030, and 2040. So, I enjoy<br />

these conversations. I like to exchange<br />

ideas and we all need to put<br />

our heads together to take Michigan<br />

to the next level.”<br />

– Shri Thanedar,<br />

Gubernatorial Candidate<br />

“I see it more as I want to share what<br />

I’m learning in the field when I’m<br />

going door-to-door and learning stories,<br />

what’s really happening on the<br />

ground in the 11th district and sharing<br />

with the people here in Mackinac.<br />

It’s important for them to hear the<br />

stories I’m hearing day-to-day. That’s<br />

where I’m grounded and I want them<br />

to be grounded in that as they come<br />

up with their policy solutions.”<br />

– Suneel Gupta, Congressional<br />

Candidate, 11th District<br />

“We set policy, we legislate and you<br />

can get an opportunity to talk to the<br />

people who are dealing with healthcare<br />

issues, who are dealing with technology,<br />

who are dealing with keeping a<br />

workforce. There’s always a hum here<br />

because there’s so many conversations,<br />

where else can you go and sit down<br />

with so many leaders – industry leaders,<br />

philanthropic, and nonprofits.”<br />

– Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence,<br />

14th District<br />

“Important issues are addressed every<br />

year at this policy conference. Mayors<br />

play a key role in the regional<br />

progress and the Mackinac Policy<br />

Conference is a must attend for the<br />

state’s top business and political leadership<br />

if you expect to be part of the<br />

conversation.”<br />

– William R. Wild, Congressional<br />

Candidate, 13th District<br />

30 CHALDEAN NEWS <strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong>

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<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong> CHALDEAN NEWS 31<br />

6/21/18 5:19 PM

Bridging<br />

faith with<br />

work<br />


Since the inception of the Young<br />

Catholic Professional’s (YCP)<br />

Detroit chapter in August of<br />

2017, the organization has hosted their<br />

executive speaker series once a month.<br />

Each month, YCP Detroit hosts this<br />

event in which executives “share their<br />

professional and faith journeys with<br />

young professionals in their 20’s and<br />

30’s, challenging them to ‘Work in<br />

Witness for Christ’.” The executive<br />

speaker series is free and open to both<br />

members and non-members of YCP.<br />

According to chapter president,<br />

Donald Smith, the monthly executive<br />

speaker series are a great way for<br />

any young professional, at any faith<br />

level to get involved. “It is important<br />

to have the Executive Speaker Series<br />

because it is a low entry point for people<br />

of all faith levels to come hear a<br />

success story and provide ways to improve<br />

ourselves,” explained Smith. “It<br />

allows for people to see examples of<br />

success in every day society while<br />

having faith play an integral role.”<br />

“It allows people who may at one<br />

point have been catholic, to attend<br />

a non-threatening or intimidating<br />

speaking event at personal invitation<br />

to their friends or seeing an ad<br />

somewhere and see that is it ok to be<br />

Catholic, proud of your faith and succeed<br />

in today’s society,” Smith said.<br />

On May 30, YCP, hosted yet another<br />

executive speaker series event<br />

at Corpus Christi Church in Detroit.<br />

The event’s keynote speaker was Nemak<br />

Global Customer Group Manager,<br />

Bashar Kirma.<br />

Kirma is the first Chaldean to<br />

ever speak at a YCP Detroit event.<br />

More than 170 young professionals<br />

were in attendance to hear his story<br />

of conversion from an atheist in Iraq<br />

to a devout Catholic right here in<br />

Detroit.<br />

Referring to himself as a “sales<br />

engineer”, Kirma works in sales and<br />

business development in the autonomous<br />

vehicle industry. In addition,<br />

he hosts a TV series entitled “Silent<br />

Saints” that is produced by the Eastern<br />

Catholic Re-Evangelization Center<br />

(ECRC) and is currently writing a<br />

book – “From Atheist to Eucharist.”<br />

Kirma explained to the audience<br />

that he gained his faith back in the<br />

same way he lost it, through science<br />

and logic. After his conversion, there<br />

was a noticeable difference in Kirma’s<br />

demeanor and the way he carried<br />

himself. His family and friends<br />

noticed this change and even began<br />

to ask him for prayers.<br />

According to Kirma, Christians<br />

represent Jesus and as a result, will<br />

face skeptics. This should not deter<br />

one, though, as Kirma says it is<br />

important to “Know your faith, live<br />

your faith, and learn how to deliver<br />

the truth in love.”<br />

Kirma, according to Smith, was<br />

chosen because of his background as<br />

a successful businessman who leads a<br />

ministry in his free time. “The fact he<br />

is a father of multiple children, works<br />

full time, is so involved in his faith, and<br />

family on top of striving to be more is a<br />

great example for young people to look<br />

up to,” explained Smith.<br />

The word Catholic means universal<br />

and as such we need universal<br />

examples of faith/life balance<br />

and pushing ourselves to be silent<br />

saints in all our endeavors. He also<br />

is a true representation of the American<br />

dream coming to the states and<br />

building up what he has done in such<br />

a short time again is the hope for us<br />

all, and why our relatives came to<br />

this country.”<br />

Before coming to Michigan,<br />

Smith was actively involved with<br />

YCP’s Dallas chapter, where the executive<br />

speaker series was also hosted.<br />

However, as diverse as Dallas was,<br />

the speakers were not.<br />

“In Detroit however, I knew the<br />

successful people existed in all backgrounds,<br />

cultures and parts of town,” explained<br />

Smith. “I would brag about how<br />

our city is like a cornucopia with many<br />

varieties of backgrounds, foods, music,<br />

even other faiths, along with different<br />

rites within the Catholic Church.”<br />

Hosting speakers like Kirma<br />

brings all these people of different<br />

backgrounds together. YCP is able<br />

to bring a variety of people together<br />

to educate and inform them. The organization<br />

hopes to continue finding<br />

speakers like Kirma who can serve as<br />

relatable examples of “successful persons<br />

in secular society.”<br />

Ultimately, the hope is for attendees<br />

to understand that Catholicism<br />

is universal and that seeing Jesus<br />

in everyone is possible, no matter<br />

the circumstances.<br />

“My hope is that YCP is a bridge<br />

which people of all backgrounds,<br />

faith levels, job levels can come together<br />

under the banner of “Young<br />

Catholic Professionals.” The idea is<br />

as easy as the ministry mission. To<br />

foster Catholic identity, to create a<br />

Catholic community and inspire a<br />

call to action,” explained Smith.<br />

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Little blessings<br />


“A<br />

gift from God,” that’s how<br />

Dawn Pullis, of Troy, describes<br />

her 2 year old daughter,<br />

Evelyn.<br />

Many parents consider their children<br />

a gift from above, but, Pullis has<br />

a very personal reason why. She was<br />

diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the<br />

age of 21.<br />

“My ovaries were the size of melons<br />

and needed to be removed immediately,”<br />

Pullis explained.<br />

Her hopes of having a biological<br />

child were dashed that day.<br />

“God didn’t want me to die. But,<br />

he didn’t want me to have kids naturally,”<br />

Pullis added.<br />

Pullis, a Chaldean, had difficulty<br />

dating in the community after revealing<br />

her inability to have children,<br />

until she met Joseph. They got married<br />

in 2010 and immediately started<br />

saving money to adopt a child. The<br />

couple heard a radio ad for Bethany<br />

Christian Services and applied on<br />

their third wedding anniversary.<br />

The Pullis’ became parents exactly<br />

two years and one month later,<br />

on January 1, 2016.<br />

“They called us and said come<br />

meet your daughter,” Pullis said. “I<br />

came alive when my daughter was<br />

place in my arms.”<br />

Evelyn was the fifth child of her<br />

financially struggling, Mexican-<br />

American biological mother and father<br />

from Detroit. They put both Evelyn<br />

and their previous child up for<br />

adoption through Bethany Christian<br />

Services. Pullis was on board for an<br />

open adoption, but Evelyn’s biological<br />

parents apparently were not.<br />

“I would send them little updates<br />

and pictures of Evelyn through the<br />

adoption agency. They said that my<br />

mail never comes back returned, but<br />

they have gotten no response,” Pullis<br />

explained. “We have no idea if she<br />

cares,” added Pullis.<br />

But, to the Pullis’, Evelyn is everything.<br />

“She is like liquid sunshine. She<br />

has changed us so much! My entire<br />

family forgets that she’s adopted. Her<br />

personality matches ours so beautifully.<br />

It was meant to be,” Pullis said.<br />

In fact, the Pullis’ have so much<br />

love to give, that they are on the<br />

waiting list to give a loving home to<br />

another child through the agency.<br />

Her workplace even helped with a<br />

portion of the adoption costs.<br />

Christina Kasmikha-Thomas, of<br />

West Bloomfield, and her husband<br />

Randy learned that they were unable<br />

to conceive while trying to start<br />

a family shortly after marrying in July<br />

of 2009. They consulted with their<br />

priest at Mother of God Chaldean<br />

Catholic Church in Southfield. Father<br />

Pierre Konja suggested foster care<br />

and put them in touch with a couple<br />

that had already fostered a child.<br />

“It was something that we never<br />

considered because we thought it was<br />

only temporary. But, we learned that<br />

there are cases where the children<br />

have to be adopted because they<br />

can’t go back to their biological parents,”<br />

Kasmikha-Thomas explained.<br />

They contacted the Ennis Center<br />

for Children in Pontiac which works<br />

with abused and neglected children.<br />

The application and licensing<br />

process lasted about a year and a half<br />

before the Thomas family got the<br />

call on June first of last year about a 5<br />

week old baby boy, named John, who<br />

needed a home.<br />

“They said there were no guarantees,<br />

but it looked like it could end<br />

up to be a permanent placement. So,<br />

we took him into our home and absolutely<br />

fell in love with him,” said<br />

Kasmikha-Thomas.<br />

The child was thin and dirty when<br />

he was put into the Thomas’ care.<br />

“He was very malnourished and<br />

only weighed six pounds. He only<br />

had the onesie on his back and two<br />

other ones that were all filthy. He<br />

was in a very dirty, animal infested<br />

home with a mentally ill mother and<br />

no father on record,” explained Kasmikha-Thomas.<br />

About a month before John’s first<br />

birthday, the couple got the much<br />

awaited call that they could begin<br />

the adoption process. They kept the<br />

biblical name of John, added the<br />

middle name Paul, and are currently<br />

awaiting the paperwork to officially<br />

make him a Thomas.<br />

“Now, he’s thriving and will grow<br />

up with the same opportunities that<br />

any child should grow up with. He<br />

has grandparents and great grandparents<br />

and a big loving extended<br />

family. He was meant to be ours,”<br />

Kasmikha-Thomas said.<br />

Frances George-McCullough,<br />

a Chaldean from Bloomfield Hills,<br />

married her second husband John<br />

later in life at the age of 41. The<br />

couple had difficulty conceiving and<br />

tried in vitro fertilization with no<br />

success. The McCulloughs found an<br />

adoption agency in Utah that would<br />

adopt to older parents. They created<br />

a profile, completed the paperwork<br />

and almost exactly nine months later<br />

in 2003, the McCulloughs received<br />

the call that were chosen by the birth<br />

mother of a newborn baby girl. The<br />

birth mother was 35 years old and<br />

left homeless after the birth father<br />

had been deported to Mexico.<br />

The McCulloughs travelled to<br />

Utah to get their daughter whom<br />

they named Emylee.<br />

They eventually decided that<br />

they wanted a son and three years<br />

later they got their wish when a three<br />

months pregnant, unwed teen mother<br />

chose them as adoptive parents for<br />

her son. They named him Elliott.<br />

Frances and John were fortunate<br />

enough to have watched them both<br />

of their children be born and accept<br />

them into their arms and hearts right<br />

out of the delivery rooms.<br />

“They are gifts from God. I’ve<br />

always believed that these children<br />

chose us before they entered this<br />

earth, but just came through a different<br />

body instead of mine. They were<br />

meant to go through this thing called<br />

life with us,” George-McCullough<br />

explained.<br />

All three couples acknowledge<br />

that adoption is uncommon in the<br />

Chaldean community and are hoping<br />

that perceptions and lives can be<br />

changed by sharing their stories.<br />

“There are kids out there, healthy,<br />

beautiful kids that need homes and<br />

opportunities. Pray for guidance and<br />

if God leads you to it, take them<br />

in. Take that chance,” Kasmikha-<br />

Thomas said.<br />

Pullis feels that every aspect in<br />

her life, including her career, has<br />

taken a positive turn since making<br />

the decision to adopt.<br />

“If anybody out there is struggling<br />

with infertility or just wants to adopt,<br />

it is so worth it,” she said. It will<br />

change someone’s life. It will change<br />

your life and God will continue to reward<br />

you. I am proof of that,” Pullis<br />

concluded.<br />

Catholic Charities of Southeast<br />

Michigan offers foster care and adoption<br />

services in accordance with the<br />

Catholic faith.<br />

For more information, you can visit:<br />

https://ccsem.org/adoption-and-foster-care/<br />

Bethany Christian Services:<br />

https://www.bethany.org/adoption<br />

Ennis Center for Children Inc.<br />

https://www.enniscenter.org/<br />

34 CHALDEAN NEWS <strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong>

chaldean on the STREET<br />

Will you vote?<br />


Voters turn out in large numbers every four years to vote in the presidential election. Just as pivotal are<br />

the midterm elections every two years, however, voter turnout is substantially less. We asked our readers:<br />

do you vote in midterm elections? Why or why not?<br />

I definitely plan to vote in the midterm elections. For me,<br />

voting is a crucial part of a functioning democracy. Decisions<br />

about everything from education to health are<br />

made by those in government. So, voting is an important<br />

way for me to elect officials and vote on policy measures<br />

that have a big impact on my everyday life, as well<br />

as the livelihood of my family and friends. While I can’t<br />

pass these policies directly, I see voting as a way to<br />

have my views represented at all levels of government<br />

and consider it my duty as a U.S. citizen.<br />

– Taylor Mattia, 24, New York City<br />

Yes, I do vote in the midterm elections. I do so because<br />

it is very important to me about who controls the house<br />

and senate. With Donald Trump being our president, I<br />

would like to see him maintain complete control of the<br />

house and senate so that the republicans can push<br />

their laws through easily. We can see how important<br />

this is by observing how the Democrats refuse to pass<br />

anything the republicans propose. With all the success<br />

the Trump Administration is having, it would be stupid<br />

of me to not vote to keep the success going.<br />

– Alex Kassa, 23, West Bloomfield<br />

Yes. Voting in the midterm election is extremely, and<br />

historically, important. Whether you vote Republican<br />

or Democrat, I believe it is your fundamental civic duty<br />

to vote. Historically, the midterm elections were created<br />

in a balance of powers type of perspective; if the<br />

citizens do not like policies of the president and his<br />

party that they voted in two years ago, now is the time<br />

to vote to change the narrative. I think we’ll see a lot<br />

of Democrats elected during the midterms because<br />

that’s what usually happens when the opposite party<br />

is elected to the presidency in the previous two years.<br />

– Anthony Shallal, 24, Franklin<br />

I always tell myself that I am going to vote in the midterm<br />

elections because they truly mean so much more<br />

than the general elections. Then the time comes and<br />

I neglect to vote in the midterm elections. I can think<br />

of no excuse that holds weight. I hope recognizing my<br />

shortcomings will be the catalyst that leads me ultimately<br />

to vote in future midterm elections.<br />

– Paul Hanona, 25, Sterling Heights<br />

I vote in our midterm elections. I believe that making<br />

our voices heard in midterms are imperative to keeping<br />

our local government working for us. As a citizen<br />

it’s important to have choice in what goes on in our<br />

local politics. With the internet it’s become much simpler<br />

to learn about the issues and candidates so that<br />

we make informed decisions. I encourage everyone in<br />

our community to vote in the <strong>2018</strong> midterm elections.<br />

– Stephanie Marroki, 22, Shelby Township<br />

I do vote in midterm elections because it is very important<br />

make sure you have a say in who represents you<br />

on the federal, state, and local level. Midterm elections<br />

give us the opportunity to vote for more than just our<br />

president, who’s decisions really don’t affect our everyday<br />

lives as much as we may think. This year, we’ll<br />

be voting for a new governor and representatives for<br />

the House and the Senate. Together, these individuals<br />

make decisions that have more impact and influence<br />

over our everyday lives than we may realize. These<br />

people are accountable for almost everything the state<br />

is responsible for. Having a say in who makes decisions<br />

that affect taxes, welfare, and our schools is why<br />

voting in midterm elections is so important!<br />

– Bianca Mattia, 25, Shelby Township<br />

<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong> CHALDEAN NEWS 35

ART & entertainment<br />

What the Eyes Don’t See<br />


The recently released book, What the Eyes<br />

Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance,<br />

and Hope in an American City, reveals the<br />

inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha,<br />

accompanied by a distinctive team of researchers,<br />

parents, friends, and community leaders, proved<br />

that Flints’ kids were exposed to lead and then<br />

fought her own government and a brutal backlash<br />

to expose that truth to the world.<br />

Dr. Mona’s book begins with stories of her early<br />

Chaldean family life and throughout, interweaves<br />

the influence of that culture in her upbringing.<br />

Born in England, it was her grandfather Haji who<br />

came up with her name Mona, which means “hope,<br />

wish, or desire,” thinking it would be easy for both<br />

English and Arabic speakers to pronounce. Her<br />

family lived in England as<br />

her father, Michael David<br />

Hanna, studied at the University<br />

of Sheffield for a<br />

doctorate in metallurgy.<br />

Trained as a chemist in<br />

Iraq, Dr. Mona’s mother<br />

was an avid reader who at<br />

bedtime, entertained her<br />

children with stories of the<br />

ancient capital of Baghdad,<br />

once the most advanced,<br />

prosperous, and progressive<br />

civilization in the world –<br />

the center of mathematics,<br />

astronomy, and medicine.<br />

She would weave stories of<br />

Mesopotamia’s history with<br />

strands of mysticism and<br />

fables, the romantic tales of<br />

Sinbad, Ali Baba, and Aladdin<br />

as told by Shahrazad.<br />

Dr. Mona’s parents always<br />

assumed they’d be returning<br />

to Iraq one day, but<br />

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha<br />

over time, they realized that<br />

“the Iraq they knew was lost, replaced by war and<br />

ruins.” Eventually they immigrated to the United<br />

States, and lived in Houghton, in the Upper Peninsula<br />

of Michigan, where her father was a postdoctoral<br />

researcher at Michigan Tech University.<br />

Mona started elementary school at age four, after<br />

her parents mistakenly wrote her birth date in European<br />

style on the school forms; it was misunderstood<br />

as September 12 rather than December 9, so<br />

she was always the youngest in her class.<br />

After her father finished his postdoc and was<br />

hired by GM, the family moved to Royal Oak<br />

where they lived for the next fifteen years. Mona<br />

and her older brother Michael were only a handful<br />

of other minority kids in their schools and experienced<br />

their share of being called “camel jockeys”<br />

and other ethnic slurs.<br />

Mona writes that though these incidents were<br />

infrequent, they did seem to coincide with U.S.<br />

military actions against Arab countries, usually<br />

Iraq, that kids were hearing about in the news.<br />

“Even though we didn’t talk about them, they<br />

stung.”<br />

But she confers that the promise of America<br />

worked for her family like it did with so many immigrants<br />

over the centuries. Her mother eventually<br />

returned to college to validate her chemistry<br />

degree from Baghdad University, getting a master’s<br />

in chemistry and a teaching certificate at the same<br />

time. She ended up working in school districts.<br />

As for her father, he never really stopped working.<br />

Dr. Mona had wanted to be a doctor as far back<br />

as she can remember, attributing this desire to several<br />

factors: obsessively watching M*A*S*H reruns<br />

growing up; the story<br />

about her grandfather Haji<br />

when he fell out of a tree<br />

and doctors took care of his<br />

broken leg; the family car<br />

accident that led her, as a<br />

child, to the hospital where<br />

a caring physician made it<br />

seem like everything was<br />

going to be okay.<br />

Given that her parents<br />

are both scientists who<br />

raised their children to love<br />

multiplication and periodic<br />

tables and the majestic order<br />

of the natural sciences,<br />

it wasn’t difficult for Mona<br />

to enter a field that dealt<br />

with biology, chemistry and<br />

math. “Education was the<br />

religion of our family, embraced<br />

as a way to a better<br />

life but also a richer, more<br />

intellectually alive existence.”<br />

In high school, Mona had<br />

powerful experiences as an environmental activist<br />

so she created an environmental health major<br />

at University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources<br />

and Environment, merging environmental<br />

science and pre-med courses. That’s where her<br />

passion for activism, service, and research were<br />

solidified, followed by four years of medical school<br />

at Michigan State University, where her last two<br />

clinical years were in Flint.<br />

Mona beautifully describes her love for attending<br />

to children and helps heal them and make<br />

them feel better. “A crying baby gives me a sense<br />

of mission. Deep inside I have a powerful, almost<br />

primal drive to make them feel better, to help them<br />

thrive. Most pediatricians do.”<br />

Her husband, Elliott, is also a pediatrician.<br />

In her book, Mona mentions the story of her<br />

distant cousin, a bacteriologist named Paul Shekwana,<br />

one of the first public health scientists from<br />

the Middle East, from Iraq, to work in America.<br />

After studying at the Royal College of Physicians<br />

and Surgeons in England, he was hired in 1904 by<br />

the department of pathology at George Washington<br />

University in D.C. Shortly afterward, he was<br />

called to Iowa City, where a deadly outbreak of typhoid<br />

fever had struck.<br />

He was brought in to work with the Iowa State<br />

Board of Health Bacteriology Lab, where an entire<br />

floor of the new Iowa City Medical Building<br />

was given over to his lab team. There, Shekwana<br />

investigated, among other things, the tie between<br />

unpasteurized milk and typhoid. But he didn’t stop<br />

there; he promoted new public health regulations<br />

in Iowa and beyond. His most important contribution,<br />

Mona writes, may have been an article published<br />

in the New York Medical Society Journal in<br />

1906, urging all doctors to wash and disinfect their<br />

hands throughout the day, particularly before and<br />

after seeing patients.<br />

Over a century later, there are undeniable similarities<br />

between Shekwana’s and Mona’s careers.<br />

After a friend told her that researchers found high<br />

levels of lead in Flint residents’ homes, Dr. Mona<br />

performed her own research and discovered this to<br />

be true. In a September 4, 2015 press conference,<br />

she urged residents, especially children, to stop<br />

drinking the water. This was a risk to her career<br />

as traditionally her research had to be scientifically<br />

peer reviewed.<br />

Not long after, the City of Flint, the State of<br />

Michigan, and the United States made emergency<br />

announcements. Dr. Mona initially received some<br />

backlash from the State of Michigan, but after The<br />

Detroit Free Press Press published its own findings<br />

consistent with hers, they backed down.<br />

Dr. Mona testified twice before Congress about<br />

the Flint Water Crisis and, due to her advocacy,<br />

$100 million in federal dollars was allocated to<br />

Flint in addition to some $250 million in state dollars<br />

to address the crisis. She brought the fight for<br />

justice to national attention and she’s not done<br />

yet.<br />

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Refugees for prosperity<br />


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Idon’t have to deliver a history<br />

lesson to remind people that this<br />

country was founded on immigrants<br />

and the vital impact each ethnic<br />

group has contributed to the prosperity<br />

of this country. Metropolitan<br />

Detroit is a shining example! But<br />

in a time of increased restrictions<br />

on immigrants and a shortage of<br />

skilled and unskilled workers, Congress<br />

and the Trump Administration<br />

need to develop and pass immigration<br />

laws that will help fill the talent<br />

gap and support persecuted communities<br />

throughout the world.<br />

In 2016, nearly 100,000 refugees<br />

entered the United States and there<br />

has been a drastic decline since then.<br />

The restrictions placed by the Trump<br />

Administration and the failure for<br />

Congress to act are the main reasons<br />

few refugees have been admitted<br />

into the United States. In<br />

2017, some 28,000 refugees arrived<br />

in the United States and this<br />

year, that number has taken a plunge<br />

to just a few thousand refugees. This<br />

decline will only have a negative<br />

impact on the country. Those fearful<br />

of refugees should know that the<br />

vetting process to come to America<br />

often takes several years and includes<br />

numerous background checks by<br />

Homeland Security and others.<br />

There is a shortage of workers. Immigrants<br />

and their contribution to<br />

the economy could remedy this pressing<br />

issue. New research from the Fiscal<br />

Policy Institute was released late last<br />

month that documented lower turnover<br />

rates among refugee employees.<br />

In addition to these lowered turnover<br />

rates, companies that hired refugees<br />

experienced improved management<br />

performance. Managerial staffs become<br />

more versatile in their skill sets<br />

as they adapt to working with diverse<br />

employees. The study, based on 100<br />

interviews in four regions of the country<br />

and across a number of different industries,<br />

found that in an industry like<br />

manufacturing, the average annual<br />

refugee turnover was 4 percent annually,<br />

compared to an overall rate of 11<br />

percent annually. Turnover rates were<br />

found to be lower across all industries.<br />

For these employers, the higher<br />

retention rate directly translated to<br />

increased efficiency. According to<br />

the study, “Replacing an employee<br />

was estimated for these employers<br />

to cost about $5,000—more than<br />

enough to offset the costs of hiring<br />

and retaining refugee employees.”<br />

Another study, released late last year,<br />

shows the economic impact and<br />

contributions of refugees in southeast<br />

Michigan. In the past decade,<br />

refugees in southeast Michigan have<br />

contributed between $230 million<br />

and $295 million.<br />

The study conducted by Global<br />

Detroit, an immigrant resource center<br />

in Midtown Detroit and the University<br />

of Michigan’s Ford School of<br />

Public Policy showed that refugees<br />

from Iraq and Syria who resettled<br />

in southeast Michigan give back to<br />

the economy in tremendous ways.<br />

Ninety percent of refugee arrivals<br />

in Metro Detroit were Iraqi, who<br />

resettled over 10 years in Wayne,<br />

Washtenaw, Macomb and Oakland<br />

counties. During that same period, 7<br />

percent of refugees were Syrians. The<br />

study found those refugees who have<br />

resettled in the last decade have contributed<br />

between $229.6 million and<br />

$295.3 million, with an estimated<br />

2,311 jobs created. For every dollar<br />

spent (by refugees) is more than a<br />

dollar of impact on the economy.<br />

The release of the study followed<br />

President Donald Trump’s refugee<br />

admissions cap, the centerpiece of<br />

his policy agenda, announced last<br />

September. The administration will<br />

allow no more than 45,000 refugees<br />

into the United States in this year.<br />

It is believed to be the lowest admissions<br />

level in more than a decade.<br />

Some 30,000 Chaldean Iraqi refugees<br />

have been admitted to Southeast<br />

Michigan between 2007-2016 due to<br />

the genocide committed against the<br />

community and other minorities in<br />

Iraq. A 2016 Dbusiness report estimated<br />

that Chaldeans contribute<br />

more than $10.7 billion annually<br />

to Michigan’s economy. Most Chaldeans,<br />

like other immigrant communities,<br />

are entrepreneurs. A recent<br />

study from the University of Michigan<br />

Dearborn School of Business and<br />

the Chaldean Chamber of Commerce<br />

demonstrates that nearly 60<br />

percent of Chaldean households own<br />

at least one business. Refugees from<br />

the Middle East are not a burden on<br />

government or resources. Proving to<br />

be the exact opposite, they are problem<br />

solvers and job creators.<br />

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In recent years, the resettlements<br />

of Chaldeans became necessary. It is<br />

because of immigrant communities<br />

and their businesses, that many communities<br />

have flourished. As small<br />

business owners, we are among the<br />

state’s largest employers, further reinforcing<br />

the fact that refugees are<br />

not stealing jobs but creating them.<br />

Ultimately, what both of these<br />

studies tell us, is that the positive<br />

outcomes they have unearthed are at<br />

odds with the restrictions the Trump<br />

Administration is imposing on the<br />

number of refugees that will be allowed<br />

into the country. While the<br />

rest of the world recognizes the massive<br />

contributions of refugees and<br />

welcomes all they have to offer, the<br />

United States is in retrograde as we<br />

prepare to take in the lowest number<br />

of resettled refugees in decades. That<br />

said, whatever legislative and regulatory<br />

solutions are agreed upon, the<br />

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Trump Administration and members<br />

of the US House of Representatives<br />

and US Senate must both be mindful<br />

of the charge in the Preamble to<br />

our Constitution to “provide for our<br />

common defense” while mindful of<br />

the other charge in the Preamble to<br />

“promote the general welfare”.<br />

It is my hope the current legislative<br />

deliberations underway with<br />

the Republicans in the US House of<br />

Representatives bear fruit. Though<br />

what is definitively needed is a bipartisan<br />

solution, such as was had<br />

when the last major piece of comprehensive<br />

immigration reform (imperfect<br />

though it was) passed in 1986<br />

– 32 years ago!<br />

Martin Manna is the President of<br />

the Chaldean American Chamber of<br />

Commerce and Chaldean Community<br />

Foundation. Martin originally penned<br />

this piece for dBusiness<br />

<strong>JULY</strong> <strong>2018</strong> CHALDEAN NEWS 37

DOCTOR is in<br />

G6PD Deficiency and Chaldean<br />

Children (Favism)<br />

G6PD deficiency is an inherited<br />

medical condition in which the<br />

body doesn’t have enough of<br />

the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase<br />

(G6PD). This enzyme is normally<br />

present inside the red blood cell<br />

(RBCs) in our blood, and it helps the<br />

RBCs function normally. The deficiency<br />

of G6PD can cause destruction of RBCs<br />

resulting in anemia (hemolytic anemia),<br />

usually after exposure to certain medications,<br />

foods, or infections.<br />

Most children with G6PD deficiency<br />

don’t have any symptoms, while<br />

others develop symptoms of anemia,<br />

but only after RBCs are destroyed<br />

(following exposure to certain medications,<br />

foods such as fava beans, or<br />

infections.). The symptoms disappear<br />

once the cause (medication,<br />

food or infection) is removed.<br />

There are many types of G6PD<br />

deficiency, but one of them (the<br />

Mediterranean type) is what Chaldean<br />

children can inherit from<br />

their parents. G6PD is the result<br />

of a gene change (mutation)<br />

on the X chromosome, and this<br />

means that male children can get<br />

this condition from their mothers<br />

who are carriers. It also means that<br />

carrier mothers can give carrier status to their<br />

daughters. A father who has a G6PD deficiency<br />

will give carrier status to all of his daughters, but<br />

none of his male children will have G6PD deficiency<br />

(Mendelian principles.)<br />

Favism (a type of anemia) is a condition that<br />

can result from consumption of fava beans (broad<br />

beans), especially uncooked ones. It can happen<br />

to boys who have G6PD deficiency only. Favism<br />

is usually sudden, occurring within 24 hours after<br />

SAMIR<br />

JAMIL MD<br />



eating fava beans. Symptoms of the resulting<br />

anemia include fever, jaundice,<br />

pallor, dark red urine, headache, weakness,<br />

and back and abdominal pain.<br />

Sometimes the anemia can be severe,<br />

requiring a blood transfusion. G6PD deficiency<br />

is also a significant cause of severe<br />

jaundice in male newborns. Many<br />

people with G6PD deficiency however,<br />

never experience any signs or symptoms.<br />

Examples of medications resulting<br />

in anemia in G6PD deficient children<br />

are Aspirin and Sulfa drugs. Examples<br />

of foods are fava beans and some legumes. Infections,<br />

bacterial or viral can result in anemia in<br />

these children too. Moth balls (naphtha) inhaling<br />

can also result in sudden anemia in children<br />

with G6 PD deficiency, and need to be avoided.<br />

So, with the right precautions, a child with G6PD<br />

deficiency can lead a normal and active life.<br />

Samir Jamil MD is a Pediatric hematologist-oncologist<br />

at Beaumont Children’s Hospital.<br />

Beta thalassemia<br />

(also called<br />

B-thalassemia)<br />

The word thalassemia is Greek in origin, and it<br />

means “Anemia of the Sea.” Thalassemia is a hereditary<br />

anemia that is of two types:<br />

Alpha thalassemia, common in the people of Africa<br />

and Southeast Asia.<br />

Beta thalassemia, common in the people of the<br />

Mediterranean region and the Middle East.<br />

Beta thalassemia is the type of thalassemia common<br />

in the Chaldeans, and exists in two forms:<br />

(1) A mild form called beta thalassemia trait<br />

(beta thalassemia minor). This form is inherited<br />

from one of the parents. A person (a child or an<br />

adult) who has beta thalassemia trait (beta thalassemia<br />

minor) usually experiences no health problems<br />

other than a mild anemia. A person may have<br />

beta thalassemia trait and not know it. The diagnosis<br />

of this condition is easily done by the doctor, by<br />

performing a CBC (complete blood count) and hemoglobin<br />

electrophoresis (a laboratory blood test).<br />

Beta thalassemia trait (beta thalassemia minor)<br />

needs no treatment, because of its mildness.<br />

(2) A more severe form called beta thalassemia<br />

major (Cooley’s anemia). This form is inherited<br />

when both parents have beta thalassemia trait.<br />

Again, this condition is diagnosed by performing<br />

a CBC and hemoglobin electrophoresis. A person<br />

who has beta thalassemia major has a severe anemia<br />

requiring blood transfusion every 3-4 weeks from<br />

the age of about two years and indefinitely. The frequent<br />

blood transfusions needed for a patient with<br />

beta thalassemia major eventually result in excessive<br />

iron accumulation in the body. This excess iron<br />

needs to be removed out of the body and is done by<br />

giving the patient a special oral medication.<br />

There are two important reasons to find out if<br />

you have beta thalassemia trait: First, when two parents<br />

both have beta thalassemia trait have a child,<br />

there is a one-in-four (25%) chance with each pregnancy<br />

that the child will be born with beta thalassemia<br />

major that requires lifelong blood transfusions<br />

and drug treatments. Second, some doctors may<br />

mistake beta thalassemia trait for another condition,<br />

such as iron deficiency anemia and prescribe<br />

the wrong treatment (oral iron) for you.<br />

Samir Jamil MD is a Pediatric hematologist-oncologist<br />

at Beaumont Children’s Hospital.<br />


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30095 Northwestern Highway, Suite 101<br />

Farmington Hills, MI 48334<br />

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Min Sharetha –<br />

In the Beginning<br />


In support of Right to Life of Michigan’s educational prolife<br />

outreach within the Chaldean community, the fourth annual<br />

Min Sharetha benefit dinner was hosted at Shenandoah<br />

Country Club, Thursday, June 7. Several members of the<br />

community were in attendance to hear the night’s special guest<br />

speaker, Dr. Anthony Levatino. As a former abortionist,<br />

Dr. Levatino shared his unique perspective and his eventual<br />

conversion to prolife.<br />

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1. Bishop Francis Kalabat.<br />

2. Jasmine Putrua,Cindy Korkis, Lyalia Putrus.<br />

3. Fr. Bryan Kassa.<br />

4. Dr. Anthony Levation.<br />

5. Ahlam Kassab, Joseph Batbera, Frances<br />

Kiryakoza, Ban Gorges.<br />

6. Fr. Patrick Setto, Renée Yaldoo.<br />

7. Brian Cusack (Right to Life Michigan).<br />

8. Raida Bahoura, Rita Mokha.<br />

9. Frances Kiryakoza, Joseph Batbera.<br />

10. Michelle Mikna, Ntaly Salman, Roxanne<br />

Arabo, Claudia Sitto.<br />

11. Tina Teifer (Right to life Michigan).<br />

12. Linda Gomma, Frances Kiryakoza.<br />

13. Frances Kiryakoza, Nada Kattula.<br />

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