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Posted on: October 12, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Sterling Heights Ethnic Committee to host public viewing & discussion of Michigan Divided film


On behalf of the City of Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee, the public is invited to participate in an upcoming event on Tuesday, October 23rd from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the City of Sterling Heights' Velocity Center, located at 6633 18 Mile Road

In partnership with Bridge Magazine, the nonpartisan and nonprofit winner of “Michigan’s Best Newspaper” in 2016 and 2017, we have volunteered to screen their newly released documentary Michigan Divided.


Michigan Divided is an exploration of political division in Michigan. Filmed throughout 2017, the film follows six Michigan families across political, socioeconomic and racial lines. Questions discussed in the film include 'What can the state’s residents agree on?' and 'How can we work together for a better future?' After the film, there will be a guided discussion on the movie’s themes and what steps we can take to resolve the state’s political division.

Bridge Magazine is published by the Center for Michigan, a nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank striving to be the state’s “citizenship company.” The Center has spent the last decade traveling around Michigan, listening to what more than 45,000 residents have to say about state policy. Every year, consensus opinions are amplified to state leaders to achieve policy change.

To learn more about the Center for Michigan, visit To learn more about the publication, visit

The City of Sterling Heights has been a leader in fostering inclusiveness through events such as the annual Cultural Exchange, Diversity Distinction Awards Dinner, and Naturalization Ceremony; and is home to an increasingly diverse population.  The Ethnic Community Committee has produced programing on Sterling Heights Television including Getting to Know Your Neighbor to foster a better understanding of cultural differences.  "Inclusiveness is our guiding light and so we are pleased to sponsor this non-partisan discussion so that we can continue working together despite our political differences," said Ethnic Committee Chairperson Kozeta Elzhenni.

Established by City Council resolution 28 years ago, the Ethnic Community Committee serves as a forum for dealing with issues and concerns of the ethnic community in Sterling Heights. The committee initiates programs to promote the City's rich diversity.

The Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee, with final adoption by the Sterling Heights City Council, has established sister city partnerships with:

Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia (1982)

Legazpi City, Philippines (1999)

Cassino, Italy (2006)

Sorsogon City, Philippines (2007)

Sant' Elia Fiumerapido, Italy (2010)

Shengjin, Albania (2013)

Jaffna, Sri Lanka (2017)

For more information, please contact Community Relations at (586) 446-2470.

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