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DNC launches re-election campaign

By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire CHARLOTTE , N.C. — President Barack Obama, four years after taking office on Mile High Mountain in Denver, was set to accept the nomination to lead America four more years this week. Despite the tough race ahead, he won’t be alone, says Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., at the Democratic National Convention. “This convention is primarily a ...

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U.S. hears Detroiters’ school woes

U.S. Dept. of Ed. visits Detroit to listen to parents, educators By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — U.S. Department of Education officials received an earful Aug. 30 from Detroit’s disgruntled parents, teachers and community activists regarding the dictatorial governance of the Detroit Public School (DPS) system under emergency managers. The meeting was held in Detroit City Council C ...

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Job training contractor calls foul play on DESC

Provider says they were wrongfully terminated, files grievances By Mike Sandula The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — A company that has provided jobs, education and training (JET) to Detroiters for over 20 years has been put out of a job. On Aug. 31, TWW Employment Solutions’ JET contract — worth over $1 million annually — with Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) was terminated. DESC recently replaced ...

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Republicans have nothing coming in Detroit

The Republican and Democratic National Conventions are being held the last week of August and the first week of September. Have you hear anyone at the Republican National Convention say anything to make you think the party had the best interest of labor, working people and the poor at heart? What do you hope to hear from Democrats at the Democratic National Convention that will assure you they’re continuing ...

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Purposeful education

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen This week, children around the country are returning to school. Detroit is no exception. After a contentious summer, culminating in the return of academic responsibility to an elected school board, schools are once again opening their doors. But the Detroit Public School (DPS) system is now a very small part of the educational landscape. It now consists of less ...

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Democrats’ hardest job

It is so nice to see the real America. Last week when the Republicans gathered, it was, as one paper noted, “A Sea of Whiteness.” This week in Charlotte, N.C., Democratic convention attendees are all colors, every age, gender and economic status. Present are faces that reflect every part of the globe that has populated this nation. And the Democrats are talking real issues as well. Opportunity has been a ke ...

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Time has moved on

The Republican National Convention began in Tampa this week along with all the pomp, pageantry and spin the Republican Party can muster. The campaign is looking for a last-minute energy boost and a chance to change the minds of the last few straggling voters who aren’t yet convinced that Mitt Romney would be a horrible choice for president. That is unless Hurricane Isaac steals completely the Republican con ...

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Cass Tech’s victory over Brother Rice highlights season’s start for PSL football

Staff Report Cass Tech’s 25-18 season-opening victory against Bloomfield Hills’ Brother Rice upheld the Detroit Public School League’s football supremacy within the state, highlighting an otherwise slow start to the season by PSL teams. Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians emerged from the Prep Kickoff Classic, held Aug. 25 at Wayne State University, looking every bit as dominant as the 2011 team that won the ...

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Organizing for the future

By Grace Lee Boggs Special to The Michigan Citizen Occupy activists from the midwest held their “Another World is Possible” regional gathering in Detroit over the Aug. 24 weekend. The purpose of the gathering was “to strategize how concepts of democracy, self-determination, education, livelihood, sustainability, social equality and community can all be re-imagined and achieved.” In my welcoming remarks to t ...

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Detroit public land sales: Just, fair, transparent?

Detroit public land sales: Just, fair, transparent? Published • Sun, Sep 02, 2012 By Renee V. Wallace Everyone agreed, Detroit’s process is broken. The sale of adjacent lots sometimes bypasses the neighbor next door and transfers land ownership to distant landlords. The adopt-a-lot program doesn’t always work. Detroiter’s ,whose sweat equity and personal finances have been used to care for vacant lots in th ...

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