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Child hunger demands an immediate response

Poverty and continued economic instability are threatening the success of a generation of our region’s children. In Michigan, child poverty has reached 23.2 percent, having trended upward over the past nine years. Hunger, a direct consequence of poverty, has also risen. One in four children in southeast Michigan are at risk of not having enough nutritious food on a regular basis. All signs indicate the situ ...

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Challenging assumptions about progress in the face of emergency management

This is the final column in our series discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. EJ principle 17 requires that we, as individuals, make personal and consumer choices to consume as little of Mother Earth’s resources and to produce as little waste as possible; and make the consci ...

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Voting Rights Act as needed as ever

The Sup-reme Court has heard yet another challenge to the Voting Rights Act in the case of Shelby v. Holder. On the same day, across the street in the congressional rotunda, a statue honoring Rosa Parks was unveiled. And this week, the nation will celebrate the 48th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the march from Selma to Montgomery that helped spur President Lyndon B. Johnson to champion the act. ...

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‘The State of Equality and Justice in America:’ The pendulum swings between joy and despair

Let’s just take one day, Feb. 27, 2013, as a snapshot of the state of equality and justice in America. For me, that day started off tense. The Supreme Court was set to hear oral arguments in the case of Shelby County v. Holder — a constitutional challenge to one of the most effective provisions of any civil rights law in American history: Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. ...

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Top 10 reasons people of color should care about sequestration

Thanks to congressional Republicans putting the economy in jeopardy during the debt ceiling debacle in the summer of 2011 and again in 2012, a package of automatic across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration is set to go into effect this month. Senate Democrats have proposed a balanced approach to resolve this crisis, urging congressional Republicans to avoid the damaging sequester cuts by accepti ...

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93-year-old hustle and ballroom dancer still going strong

Mr. Houston Pritchett, who will be 93-years-old on March 24, is still wearing his dancing shoes. For his birthday, Mr. Pritchett is going to show off his dance moves at the third annual Detroit Ballroom Convention dinner dance being held on March 16. He will attend with family, friends and the dancing community from Detroit and across the country. Attracting dancers at all levels, the convention will be hel ...

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Obama taps Democrat Party activist as envoy to South Africa

Patrick Gaspard, a campaign operative for President Obama, former union chief with the Service Employees International Union and campaign aide to NYC Mayor David Dinkins, is President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to South Africa. Gaspard, with long Democratic Party credentials, including executive director of the Democratic National Committee, was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Haitian parent ...

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