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Citizens want Bing recalled

State Rep. John Olumba has asked the Michigan attorney general to investigate the transfer of the Detroit health department to a private nonprofit corporation. He has also asked the voters of Detroit to recall Mayor Dave Bing. Do you support the recall of Mayor Bing? ...

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Beyond debates

Within a few days, many of us will cast our ballots for the next president of the United States. We will also face a host of state and local candidates. In most places in Michigan, six main statewide initiatives will be accompanied by local ballot questions. This should signal a vigorous public life. But many of us recognize there is something very wrong going on in our country. ...

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Sharpton in Virginia: Defend our gains

The overflow audience rose as one. They enthusiastically cheered the Rev. Al Sharpton. His electrifying, passionate message: Don’t let the gains of the Civil Rights Movement and the historic election of President Obama be taken away. “People died to get us the right to vote,” Rev. Sharpton powerfully reminded an audience of more than 1,500 people Oct. 9. “People lost their careers. Children were bombed in c ...

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DETROIT: Place and space to begin anew

By Grace Lee Boggs Special to the Michigan Citizen On Oct. 13, I spoke at the 2012 biennial gathering of Kellogg Fellows meeting at the Detroit Westin. This year’s theme was “Resilience, Transformation, Transcendence.” Also on the program was Dr. Regina Benjamin, the U.S. surgeon general, who is a Kellogg Fellow. In my remarks, I described how drastically Detroit has changed since I moved to the city 60 yea ...

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The shifting power of social media

On Jan. 1, 1994, a small group of indigenous peoples in Mexico armed themselves and took control of various cities across the state of Chiapas. They burned down police headquarters, freed prisoners being held in jails and resisted with arms when the Mexican government attempted to wrest control back from them. This group of revolutionaries called themselves the Zapatistas. ...

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