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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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‘Drum Majors for Justice’

Khalid El-Hakim is an educator from Detroit who is passionate about teaching youth about important individuals who are often left out of textbooks. His recently published book, "Drum Majors for Justice: 101 Quotes by African American Politicians," is a unique introduction to the names of historical figures, who have laid significant groundwork for contemporary U.S. politics. ...

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God is simply preparing you

It makes no sense to work on yourself and then enter into or work to keep a relationship together with someone who refuses to do the same. When you have done the work to improve yourself and your quality of life, don’t turn around and invite someone into your life who doesn’t appreciate it. ...

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Rainbow PUSH, creating economic empowerment for 13 years

Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund held its 13th Annual Global Automotive & Energy Summit Oct. 3 at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel. This year’s theme, "Economic Party: One Voice, One Goal," discussed leveling the playing field for minority firms who do business with automotive and energy companies. In addition to the summit, $100,000 in scholarships were given to 25 college students in pursu ...

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Health care is a civil right

Our Constitution offers us “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but we can’t pursue anything if we are unhealthy. Yet, health disparities in the United States are a fact of life. African American people have shorter lives than whites for three reasons. One has to do with income and poverty. Poor people (and 27 percent of African Americans are poor, compared to about 10 percent of whites) have less ...

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Black folks must use their collective economic weapon

Now that the end of the presidential campaign is nearly upon us, it is time to state once again that when it comes to promoting and protecting our individual and group interests in this country, we, as Black people, have an extremely powerful — not influential, but powerful — weapon, which we don’t effectively use. That weapon is our individual and group economic resources. ...

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Ignored and taken for granted

What will it finally take for Black people to accept the fact that we have no real political clout? A little influence, yes, but no power. If our voting bloc were as strong as we like to think, the Republicans would not ignore us and the Democrats would not take us for granted. If we had real political power, both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama would have accepted the invitation by the National Newspaper Publ ...

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