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Stateside: Iraqi deportations continue; life as a NICU nurse; building schools to stop mass shooters

Aug 27, 2019

Today on Stateside, it's been three weeks since a Michigan man died after being deported to Iraq. How are things for hundreds of other Chaldeans facing deportation? Plus, how one school district is remodeling its high school to make it harder for a mass shooter to carry out an attack.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Michigan man’s death in Iraq renews concerns about deportation in Chaldean community 

  • On August 6, Jimmy Al-Daoud of Sterling Heights died in Iraq. Al-Daoud, who’d lived in the United States since he was an infant, was deported in June as the federal government cracked down on non-citizens who had broken the law. His family said he may have died from a lack of insulin to treat his diabetes. Al-Daoud’s remains are expected to arrive back in Michigan for burial this Friday.
  • Martin Manna is president of the Chaldean Community Foundation and the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce. He tells Stateside how Jimmy Al-Daoud’s death is affecting the Chaldean community in Southeast Michigan, and what he thinks needs to change about the federal government's approach to non-citizens who have committed crimes. 

Theater Talk: Encore Michigan's Annual 2019 Wilde Awards for best performances and productions

  • One of the big moments of the year for the state's theater community is Encore Michigan’s annual Wilde Awards. Encore Michigan editor David Kiley tells us about the theaters and shows that won awards this year, and why he thinks it's a golden age for small theaters in Michigan.

While caring for the tiniest patients, NICU nurses guide families through sorrow and joy

  • The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) houses a hospital's tiniest, most fragile patients. The nurses there both care for the critically-ill babies, and guide families through an overwhelming and scary time. Stateside's Work in Progress series features conversations between people just starting out in a career and a veteran in their field. We hear from NICU nurses Dea Schafer and Emma DeYoung, who both work at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, about the joys and sorrows of the profession.

How one high school is renovating its building to impede school shooters

  • Fruitport High School in West Michigan is undergoing $48 billion in major renovations designed to reduce the impact and potential damage of a mass shooting event. Bob Szymoniak is the superintendent of Fruitport Community Schools. He explains how the high school’s new safety design elements will keep students safe, and why he thinks more schools should consider similar renovations.

Ypsilanti nonprofit looks to fight gun violence through gun buybacks and community education

  • As communities face the specter of gun violence, one of the main challenges is: how do you get back guns that were stolen or illegally owned? Srikar Chiravuri is with The Cream Incorporated, a community empowerment program working in Detroit, Inkster, and Ypsilanti. The group held a firearm and rifle buyback event last weeked in Ypsilanti. Chiravuri breaks down the impact of gun violence he’s witnessed in communities where they work, and why he thinks gun buyback programs can make communities safer.

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