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Black history month’s powerful question

I have a rule about this month. If it’s February, I know that somebody somewhere has given an interview or written an article declaring America no longer needs Black History Month. And, sure enough, the conservative National Review Online of Feb. 4 has given us the article of one Charles W. Cooke. Its title is succinct — “Against Black History Month: This month is Black History Month. Let’s hope it’s the la ...

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The U.S. military is not really out of Africa

By Mark P. Fancher Hilary Clinton may not have been the only one who got grilled about the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Apparently, questions were asked about why there were no U.S. troops in place and ready to respond immediately when the attacks began. It didn’t take long for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) to do something about that. There is now a special strike force that can ...

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Time for a new Michigan Democratic party chair

It is time for Mark Brewer to go. That’s the sentiment of most the party’s politicos. The Michigan Citizen talked to many people for the story on the upcoming election of a new state Democratic Party chair. Most wouldn’t go on the record but agreed it’s time for change. Many stated they didn’t want to make this an anti-Brewer campaign. Others said, simply, “It’s time for new energy.” All, however, want resu ...

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Congressional Black Caucus outlines agenda for 113th Congress

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will continue its fight to reverse policies adversely impacting communities of color during the first session of the 113th Congress. The group’s legislative agenda for the next few months will include advocacy on issues regarding voting rights, economic empowerment and immigration reform, according to a list of priorities released in early February. ...

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Gentrification to be the topic at Young Educators Alliance Feed1 Teach1 2013

A special Feed1 Teach1 community forum on gentrification will be presented by the Young Educators Alliance (YEA) on Feb. 16 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Cass Corridor Commons, located at 4605 Cass Ave. Feed1 Teach1 is open to the public and provides an opportunity for community members to share in a healthy dialogue and healthy food. ...

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Howze: ‘I stand with Detroiters’

The threat of emergency management has become more real in the last week for Detroit. The financial review team, appointed by Gov. Snyder, is closer to making their recommendation for financial management. Mayoral Candidate Lisa Howze says her goal is to eliminate the need for the measures put in place to “turn the city around.” Howze says she would work to eliminate the Financial Advisory Board and put in ...

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Michigan Democratic Party may get new leadership

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer may be on his way out. Many Democrats believe it is time for new leadership and will select a new chair Feb. 23 at the 2013 party convention in Detroit. “Mark Brewer is one of the most ineffective chairmen we have ever had. He is absolutely not producing,” said political analyst Art Blackwell. “You can’t point to one election he was directly responsible for and he ...

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Council approves furloughs

City Council voted Feb. 12 to impose furloughs on its staff. The vote passed 6-2 with Council members Brenda Jones and JoAnn Watson voting “no.” Councilmember Kwame Kenyatta was absent. The vote came a day after the Financial Advisory Board reportedly voted in favor of furloughing about 600 unionized city employees. Council’s furlough days for its 40 staffers amount to a 10 percent pay decrease. ...

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Belle Isle fantasy

The effort by the state to take over Belle Isle is not likely to fade away. Instead, local corporate media (LCM) is using this situation to redouble its efforts to denigrate and distort the opposition to state-foundation-corporate driven development. After the City Council refused to consider the offer by the state to lease the island, Gov. Rick Snyder said he was pulling the deal off the table. The central ...

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