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Institute of the Black World announces ‘Day of Direct Action’

An organization that is escalating its call for the end to America’s so-called ‘war on drugs’ is organizing a ‘Day of Direct Action’ with a goal of pressuring President Barack Obama to address ways to repair the havoc the ‘war’ has wreaked in Black communities. “Against the back drop of what the Institute of the Black World 21st Century believes is a state of emergency in urban, inner city neighborhoods, wh ...

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Redefining the American Family: A 21st Century Perspective

The American family must be redefined, reinvented and re-created because today’s nuclear families are caricatures of what families have been and can be. The family is still the best place to prepare the next generation for life. But to fulfill this role, families need to become multi-generational communities of work. This transformation cannot take place separate and apart from the transformation of our com ...

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Spring has sprung with April showers and farmers markets

I love this season: waking up the garden, prepping beds, planting transplants and planning opening day for farmers market. Farmers markets are an important part of the landscape in the Detroit community because this is the place where you can find the freshest produce, breads, cheese, eggs and more. It’s also the place where food assistance shoppers may optimize their shopping dollars. When making a purchas ...

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Reparations in order for 1963 bombing

It was terror that shook the nation. On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, a bomb exploded in the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Four little girls, all dressed in white — 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, and 11-year-old Denise McNair — died in the explosion, and are remembered in history. Congress now is considering offering them posthumously a C ...

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The reality behind the rhetoric – Part 1

President Obama’s 2014 proposed budget is a mix of spending cuts and tax increases. His stated goal is the creation of a “…rising, thriving middle class.” He considers his budget proposal to be a “fiscally responsible blueprint for middle-class jobs and growth.” The President has proposed a $3 million cap on retirement account balances; changing the Social Security cost-of-living adjustments to a “chained C ...

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When in doubt, blame a dark-skinned man

I don’t know where CNN’s John King got the information that a suspect in the Boston bombing was “a dark-skinned male,” but beyond apologizing he needs to explain himself. How many sources gave him the false tip? If it was fewer than two, then he violated a basic journalism rule. Who were these sources? (If you don’t want to out them publicly, tell your editor). Did King understand he used the kind of racial ...

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Long sentences fuel big prison budgets

Despite a declining prison population, the average Michigan prisoner is spending more time behind bars — at significant taxpayer expense. Michigan inmates spend on average 4.3 years in prison, while the national average is 2.9 years, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trust. The disparity is even greater among violent criminals at 7.6 years on average in Michigan compared to five years nationally. S ...

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Courageous Inc. helps urban youth

Former vice chair of the Wayne County Commission Keith D. Williams is on a mission to help inner city youth. Williams, a Detroit Public Schools’ (DPS) graduate is using sports as his platform. With his non-profit, Courageous Inc., Williams, 58, will be working closely with DPS to attract students as early as middle school to the program. Courageous Inc. will also work in partnership with Wayne State Univers ...

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DDOT announces service changes due to reconstruction

Effective April 27, the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will implement minor weekday and weekend service changes. The city’s transportation department officials say, changes are based on transit demands and designed to improve travel-time efficiencies for customer usage. The following routes will be affected by these adjustments: ...

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