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Update for upcoming Dr. King commemoration

As part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 Walk to Freedom, the Detroit Branch NAACP, UAW-Ford, General Motors and other community organizations will host “Freedom Walk: We Shall Not Default on Our Freedom” June 21-22 as well as a video contest for high school and college students. ...

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Petroleum coke concerns grow

Mountains of petroleum coke — a byproduct of oil refining from tar sands in Alberta, Canada — have drawn public concern in the southwest Detroit neighborhood where the black mounds have been deposited along the riverfront since late fall. Wayne Law Professor Nick Schroeck, who is executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, joined United States Rep. Gary Peters and others to speak out dur ...

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‘Beware of the Dandelions’

Several years ago, Grace Lee Boggs gave a speech highlighting the innovative small-scale models of social justice and community building that are emerging in Detroit and other communities. “These efforts,” she said, “are on a small scale. But as Margaret Wheatley points out in ‘Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World:’ ...

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Cooperation for food security in Detroit

The urban agriculture initiative happening in Detroit is being embraced more and more by people who desire to take responsibility in improving their community. There is an apparent need for quality foods in Detroit and many nutrient-rich fresh produce are locally grown and becoming more readily available. There are many cooperative efforts taking place in our communities that are directly linked to urban ag ...

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We need our fathers

I believe one of the greatest problems facing the Black community is fatherlessness. If you at look at problems such as incarceration, drug addiction, gangs, teen pregnancy, dropping out, crime, suspension, retention and special education, the common cause is fatherlessness. Every child needs a father, and no one needs him more than Black boys. Only 28 percent of Black youth have their fathers in the home. ...

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Maintaining Black political momentum

Hooray! The Associated Press reported that African Americans voted at a higher rate than whites in 2012 for the first time in history. Was it because there was a Black man running for president or because threats of voter suppression? Was it a combination of the two? Or, did white America vote in fewer numbers because they felt, like many Blacks have felt for years, that neither candidate represented them a ...

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Does Big Brother have a racial bias?

When George Orwell wrote the novel “1984,” he envisioned a character, a real or imagined “Big Brother” who was a know-all, see-all, omnipotent and elusive presence that intruded into lives because he could. Those who knew about “him” were told that they did not exist, but in many ways, Big Brother may not have existed either. The omnipotence had taken on a life of its own. ...

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Orr talks Popeyes and public debt

If a resident or this newspaper wants to talk with Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, it appears we should try to intercept him at Popeyes chicken. It seems to be one of the few formats providing true access to the EM. At EM Orr’s legally mandated community meeting, Orr said he heard from some residents at the fast food chain about the concerns, hopes and realities of living in the city. ...

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No more lectures

When I was at Lafayette Park (across from the White House) recently checking the logistics/arrangements for Institute of the Black World’s June 17 Day of Direct Action to pressure President Barack Obama to end the “War on Drugs” and invest in inner-city Black communities, I confess to having been filled with pride thinking about the reality of a Black family occupying the White House. ...

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