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The Fate of Emergency Managers in Voters’ Hands

By Yanjie Wang Special to the Michigan Citizen from Capital News Service LANSING — Michigan voters are waiting to decide the fate of Public Act 4 (PA4), known as the “Emergency Manager Law.” Among six ballot proposals in November, proposal 12-1 will ask voters to vote “yes” approving the emergency manager law or vote “no” to repeal the law. Public Act 4 establishes criteria to assess the financial condition ...

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Citizen Patrols Needed

Crime is increasing in the city of Detroit. Citizen patrols have been shown to be a deterrent. If your neighborhood does not have a citizen patrol, would you organize one? If your neighborhood already has a citizen patrol, would you volunteer two to three hours a month? We don’t have a citizen patrol in our neighborhood, but we have people who are interested in starting one. I would volunteer to participate ...

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More Than Lights

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press recently wrote about his frustration living in the dark. He wrote, “This is the fourth column I’ve written about this issue this year, and nearly the year mark from when I first noted the lights going out on major thoroughfares around the city. “The lights. Don’t. Work. In what other first-world city on the planet can ...

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Photo ID Laws Could Disenfranchise Black Youth

By Freddie Allen NNPA WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly half a million young Blacks face a tough choice as the Nov. 6 presidential election approaches: either get a new, government-issued photo identification or don’t vote. In “Turning Back the Clock on Voting Rights,” the Black Youth Project, a group that fosters political and civil engagement among young African Americans, outlined how the lack of government-issu ...

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Rev. Jesse Jackson wins release of two Americans from Gambia prison

After a face to face appeal by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. on Sept. 17, the president of Gambia agreed to release two American citizens into Rev. Jackson’s custody who were serving long prison sentences in the West Africa nation and allowed them to return to the United States with Jackson on Tuesday. The two men were to return to the U.S. by plane with Rev. Jackson from The Gambia. ...

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All labor is obsolete

By Mujahid Malikulmulk I vehemently disagree with your headline “Black Labor ‘obsolete.’” The truth is labor is obsolete, regardless the skin color of the laborer. I applaud Dr. Claude Anderson for pointing out the disparity between business ownership in the 1920s as compared to now, but it’s only half of 1 percent of the real problem. The real problem we evade like the proverbial ostrich with its head in t ...

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Apartheid in Blackface brings catastrophe to South Africa

AFRICAN ANALYSIS By Mark P. Fancher On March 21, 1960, several thousand people stood resolutely outside of the police station in Sharpeville, South Africa to protest the brutal, oppressive system of racial segregation known as apartheid. White police officers who served the country’s white minority regime opened fire on the crowd and killed at least 69 of the Black protesters in cold blood. The shock waves ...

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States must expand access to dental care for poor children

By Dr. David Satcher Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from America’s Wire ATLANTA — As states wrangle with whether to pursue Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, they should look carefully at the serious implications for oral health, especially for poor and minority children if Medicaid services are not expanded as originally envisioned under the ACA. Twelve years ago, as surgeon general of ...

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