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Citizens raise concerns about new charter entities

By Marcus Wight Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Two new City Charter-mandated councils are stalled in a bureaucratic tangle. Both the Community Advisory Councils (CAC) and the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) are mandated by the 2012 Charter but not yet enacted. Residents voiced their concern at a Sept. 17 community meeting hosted by the New North End Woodward Community Coalition. The CACs are ...

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Council approves temporary restraining order, subpoenas mayor

Attempt to block dissolution of health department By Mike Sandula The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Detroit City Council voted unanimously Sept. 18 to seek a temporary restraining order against the dissolution of the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP). The Bing Administration had previously transferred the management and most of the programming of DHWP to the Institute for Population He ...

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Detroit’s good food cure

By John Kavanaugh I am old enough to remember when our family had a “Victory Garden” during the Second World War. It was a patriotic thing to do. Ours was part of a large section of Victory Gardens on the southwest corner of Greenfield Road at Michigan Avenue in East Dearborn. The Dearborn Police station is on that property now. During a Depression many years ago the city of Detroit had a mayor, Hazen Pingr ...

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By Zaid Jilani

This week, video emerged of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney essentially telling donors that 47 percent of Americans are lazy and just want to be dependent upon the government. In Romney’s world, these are all Obama voters. “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who be ...

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The significance of struggle

By James Clingman Trice Edney News Wire One of the main themes in the political conventions was centered on how hard it was for the speakers’ families, their parents and grandparents, and how they struggled to make it. Virtually every top speaker reflected on the hard times they went through and how their relatives struggled to put food on the table, how their parents worked two jobs to support their famili ...

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10 reasons why Detroit City Council should say ‘no’ to proposed lease of Belle Isle

By JoAnn Watson The state of Michigan claims that “establishing Belle Isle as a state park provides financial relief to Detroit … brings … restoration and enhancements to the park, and guarantees a beautiful place for Michigan residents to enjoy for decades to come.” However, the proposed lease guarantees zero dollars in compensation to the city of Detroit for a 30-year lease of Belle Isle with two automati ...

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Re-imagining education: School as art

By Julia Pointer Putnam At the Re-Imagining Education conversation hosted by the Boggs Educational Center on July 12 (as part of the Re-Imagine Revolution gathering in Detroit of activists from around the country), we asked the participants to respond to the prompt, What if school were a place where… We received 120 responses from people ranging in age from 14-97, including students, teachers and parents. R ...

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Black male students school educators on effective learning

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Teachers, school administrators and education policy experts have lectured at the head of the class for decades while failing to solve the complex equation of the Black male achievement gap. Now, high-performing, young Black males are picking up the chalk. Teachers and school officials should take notes. ...

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ARISE Detroit! asks community to participate in conversation about education

DETROIT — ARISE Detroit! invites citizens to participate in an upcoming Education Community Conversation on Oct. 4, from 6-8 p.m., at the Samaritan Center in partnership with the Center for Michigan, a nonprofit and nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank located in Ann Arbor. A group of 25-50 people will convene for a 90-minute discussion focused on Michigan’s pre-K-12 education system and student learning. The co ...

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Emergent democracy

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen As the election season intensifies, many people are thinking that representative democracy has become an empty idea. Pettiness, lies, distortions and drives for personal power overshadow meaningful public discussion of the problems we face or the potential we have to create something new. At almost every level, the only interests represented seem to be those of ...

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