Hammoud and Manoogian on cancelled anti-Muslim events

BLOOMFIELD TWP. — This morning, a Bloomfield Township church facing outrage for the scheduling of two Islamophobic, anti-Muslim events announced they were cancelled. In response, state Reps. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) and Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham), who were the first among many of the local and elected leaders speaking out against the events, issued the following statement:

“The cancellation of these events is in the best interest of everyone in our communities and state. Hatred and intolerance have no place in America, and this latest development shows the importance of calling out hate when we see it. Instead of using diversity as a reason to divide us, we welcome the opportunity to recommit ourselves to fostering dialogue and greater understanding with one another to build a stronger, safer, more tolerant community. We remain optimistic that our communities can move beyond this toward a more united and welcoming Michigan.”



Hammoud and Manoogian stand against Islamophobia

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Next week, two anti-Muslim events will be held at a Bloomfield Hills church in an attempt to assign blame for 9/11 to the entire Muslim community. The events have been widely denounced as hateful and Islamophobic. In response, state Reps. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) and Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) issued the following statement:

“Our communities should be outraged by these scheduled toxic and bigoted events. With the rise of mass shootings by white domestic terrorists targeting those they deem ‘other’ we are deeply disturbed that a place of worship would host an event that continues to fan the flames of hate and intolerance. Religious institutions should strive to be welcoming centers for all. We strongly encourage Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church to reconsider hosting these events and instead seek opportunities to foster a positive dialogue within the community.” 



Manoogian Bill to Protect Workers From Manipulative Non-Competes

Legislation would amend MI Anti-Trust Reform Act to eliminate predatory clauses for low-wage jobs

LANSING — State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) introduced House Bill 4874 today to ban the use of non-compete agreements in low-wage jobs, which are often used by shady businesses as a manipulation tactic to cripple healthy competition while also limiting worker mobility and pay. The bill was announced at a bicameral press conference where legislators unveiled a comprehensive package to protect workers and the state from the negative effects of payroll fraud.

“When it comes to low-wage industries, non-competes are often predatory, used as a tool to encourage employees to keep their mouths shut about bad business practices or to allow employers to artificially keep wages low,” said Manoogian. “Not only does that put good businesses at a disadvantage, it robs hardworking Michiganders of their chance to earn what they’re worth.”

According to a recent study, job mobility in Michigan fell by 8 percent after the state began allowing the use of non-compete agreements. Manoogian’s bill defines ‘low wage’ as less than any of the following: $15 per hour; 150 percent of the mandated minimum wage; or annual compensation of $31,200, which would be adjusted for inflation annually by the state Treasurer. The legislation would also require notice of non-compete agreements be given to prospective job applicants in cases where their use is still permitted.


Manoogian on introducing Sen. Gillibrand in Birmingham


BIRMINGHAM — Today in Birmingham, state Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) introduced U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at a town hall to discuss the threats posed by gun violence and steps that need to be taken to prevent tragedy in the community. Following the event, Rep. Manoogian issued the following statement:

“It was an honor and privilege to welcome Sen. Gillibrand to Birmingham for this critical discussion on preventing gun violence. We all want the best for the families in our communities, and putting a stop to unnecessary tragedies due to gun violence is a vital part of that. Commonsense safety measures like red-flag laws or the legislation I introduced earlier this term to ensure proper gun-storage are necessary steps we must take to tackle the threats posed by gun violence directly. I remain committed to fighting to raise awareness for this important cause, and I welcome all 2020 presidential candidates to Michigan to discuss the critical issues facing our communities.”