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Obama challenges Congress to complete ‘unfinished task’

After laying out a progressive agenda for his second term in his inaugural address, President Obama followed up with a series of specific proposals in his State of the Union address Feb. 12 that include increasing and indexing the minimum wage, repairing deteriorated infrastructure, and investing in education and clean energy. ...

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Rosa Parks and the visionary organizers of Montgomery, Ala.

Rosa Parks, “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement,” was born Rosa Louise McCauley 100 years ago on Feb. 4, 1913. Her Centennial was celebrated last week at many events, including the unveiling of a special stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service. Most celebrations focused on Rosa’s courage, saying little or nothing about the Montgomery women whose visionary organizing of t ...

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Paradise Gray of X-Clan visits Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Turning through the pages of an over-sized portfolio, Paradise Gray, the well-known producer and visionary for legendary hip hop group X-Clan, showed Michiganders his collection of original New York hip hop party flyers from early 1980s, a time when hip hop artists were first becoming stars. As a guest of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, Gray visited University of Michigan Ann Arbor Jan. 22 in celebrati ...

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Event specialist looks to make good First Impressions

After her position was eliminated following 20 years of dedicated service in Human Resource Management, Dawn E. Trapp stepped out on faith and began her own business. “My position was eliminated so I retired and we parted on good terms,” Trapp told the Michigan Citizen. “My position with the company, in addition to my main responsibilities, required that I organize company picnics, holiday parties, etc. I t ...

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Traveling partner

By Frankie Darcell In life, there are people that will travel though your life and make a rest stop, but then there are those like you, Detroit, that will travel the entire distance. Thank you for riding shotgun with me.   ...

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Working off that winter weight

Michigan is the 11th fattest state in America and two thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Sixty-six percent of adults in Michigan are overweight, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or greater. If you are looking for fitness tips or diet and exercise tips, Bridget Porter, a personal trainer at YMCA, will offer a beginners workout plan and offer diet tips. Most people gain weight during the win ...

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The State of Equality and Justice in America: America stands at a crossroads

America stands at a crossroads. We can take the high road toward equal access to high quality public education, reaffirm our commitment to democratically elected public officials, end the failed war on drugs, recommit to the right of workers to bargain for better conditions, lower our dreadful rate of hyper-incarceration and implement the affordable care act. Or we can travel in the opposite direction and m ...

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Budget cuts will slow economy

There is lots of buzz about our nation’s “economic recovery” in these first weeks of 2013. The stock market has been rising, some would say even soaring. We postponed the fiscal cliff crisis, albeit only for a few weeks. March is the new deadline. The tone and tenor of debt ceiling conversations has shifted slightly, though this will not be an issue easily negotiated. President Obama says raising the debt c ...

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Re: Proposed Lease of Belle Isle to the State of Michigan

On Jan. 29, Detroit City Council voted on whether to lease Belle Isle to the state of Michigan in exchange for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources assuming the maintenance costs associated with the island. After much discussion, the ultimate decision of Council was to not act on this matter at this time. I was among the six Councilmembers who voted not to approve the lease at this time. ...

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