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Detroit Black Community Food Security Network awarded $750,000 grant

The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) recently received a three-year $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich. DBCFSN will use the grant to support programs such as D-Town Farm, Summer Urban Ag Internship Program, Annual Harvest Festival, Food Warriors Youth Development Program, “What’s for Dinner?” Lecture Series, the Ujamaa Food Buying Club and to create a ...

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Jesse Jackson calls Morocco reforms ‘wave of the future’

Although Tunisia, Egypt and other troubled hotspots in the region have been shaken by popular uprisings, Morocco has been able to avoid turmoil by expanding the rights of its citizens and giving them more say in their future, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said in a speech Aug. 15 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Rabat, Morocco’s capital. “Morocco has responded with wisdom and achiev ...

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President Mugabe, savoring victory, plans takeover of foreign mines

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s wide lead in the just-ended presidential poll over his long-time rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, may have ended a years-long struggle between the two men for the nation’s top spot. President Mugabe trounced Tsvangirai, capturing 2 million votes — 61 percent of the July 31 vote total. With that, the victorious 89-year-old president extends his 33-year rule of the s ...

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State ends Black political leadership

With state oversight of the 36th District Court, elected officials in the city of Detroit have been stripped of their power and authority in all units and branches of government. The Detroit Public Schools have been under emergency management since 2009, with the appointment of three different managers. In March of this year, the city of Detroit was appointed an emergency manager whose powers supersede that ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Prisons don’t work. But incarceration of human expendables makes some ignorant azz white folk feel good, especially those making billions off the prison-industrial complex. KMA. It took President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Holder a while to say out loud and implement into official policy what both knew when they were first sworn into their respective offices but dared not say aloud — especially during ...

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‘Direct action works’

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has ordered petroleum coke piles, owned by the right-wing billionaire cabal Koch Brothers, now stored on the banks of the Detroit River be removed by Aug. 27. Bing also ordered the piles of the toxic pet coke, a by-product of the processing of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, be covered until it is removed to prevent dust clouds from littering the homes of Detroit residents. City ...

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Public Values

There is a recurring theme emerging in national news coverage of Detroit. Whatever the writer’s political perspective, all agree that the filing of bankruptcy by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is an indication of their own future, and the future of other cities and towns. Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz wrote recently in the New York Times: “Detroit’s bankruptcy is a reminder of how divided our society has beco ...

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Snyder backs Wayne County Jail relocation proposal

Governor Rick Snyder issued a statement Aug. 14 in support of a proposal to relocate the Wayne County Jail complex to Mound Road, where former Mound Correctional Facility, which closed in January 2012, was located. Gov. Snyder says the proposal recognizes the resurgence of downtown Detroit and the significant economic benefits that would come from having the jail’s prime downtown location available for priv ...

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Sundays on St. Aubin

On any given Sunday, hundreds of Detroiters gather in a vacant lot at St. Aubin and Frederick streets to enjoy good music, good food and good company. For several years, a group of residents in the east side neighborhood have prepared for Sunday’s activities the Saturday before, mowing the lot and cleaning the area. Over 300 residents ages 40 and older enjoy Blues music, dancing, catfish dinners, barbecue a ...

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Problems with the primary

Defeated mayoral candidate Tom Barrow is challenging the primary election results that placed write-in candidate Mike Duggan as the top challenger in the November general election. Duggan and Clerk Winfrey were the top vote getters in the Aug. 6 primary with 44,395 votes and 57,601votes respectively. In an interview with radio host Angelo Henderson of AM1200 WCHB, Barrow implied the primary results were ill ...

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