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Detroit: A raisin in the sun?

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, after he — along with Council members Saunteel Jenkins, James Tate, Gary Brown and Charles Pugh — voted to approve the ill-conceived Hantz land sale proposal, he was quoted in the Detroit Free Press as saying, “a ‘no’ vote would have sent the message to the world that Detroit isn’t really serious about urban agriculture.” ...

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A different vision, saying ‘no’ to Hantz

Something very new is happening in Detroit. Forces long dispersed are coming together, recognizing the possibilities of creating a future based on values of care, compassion, local production and sustainable ways of living. Thanks to the Hantz Farms/Woodlands proposal, the question of what kind of city we will become is being discussed in barbershops, community centers and around kitchen tables with a new s ...

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DPS appeals to U.N. for relief

Human rights rally help By Victor Walker Special to Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Citing a list of governmental actions depriving Detroiters of their vote, DPS school board members, community leaders, activists and citizens issued a human rights appeal to the world community on Dec. 10 at a press conference in front of Coleman Alexander Young Center. “The will of the people is being ignored with impunity,” rea ...

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A viewer’s guide to Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln and the American Civil War’

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” opened last week, and many have flocked to see this Hollywood version of one of the nation’s most tumultuous times — the American Civil War. The film purports to recount the last months of the life of Abraham Lincoln as he lobbied to achieve the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which is said to have ended legal slavery in America — at least on paper. ...

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Lot by lot, Detroiters are cultivating food sovereignty

Detroit and its residents are at crossroads regarding our city’s greatest resource: Land. Some view the large amount of underutilized land owned by the city of Detroit as a burden on the city and a hole in tax revenue stream. But there are many who see this land as an opportunity for the city to direct future development according to the needs of our residents, and keep land in the public trust that could h ...

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Detroiters give toys for kids

Xstatic Communications kicked off their annual Modern Day Toy Drive to benefit families in Detroit at The Bottom Line Coffee house on Noel night Dec. 1, from 2-5 p.m. The event was free and open to the public. The only prerequisite was to donate a toy or to provide a monetary donation. “I am excited and this is a great cause,” says Pat Harrism owner of The Bottom Line. ...

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DDJC uses grant money to create fair access to media, technology

On Dec. 1, the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC) and Detroit Future programs gave a public report recapping their two-year journey of working to establish an active digital justice movement in Detroit. The meeting served as a community report-back on how federally granted money was used to create a city with more fair access to media and technology. ...

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