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Community Forum Regarding Milton Hall Shooting

SAGINAW — A viral YouTube video released last week by CNN has civil rights and community leaders, locally and nationally, calling for immediate action and Justice for the family of Milton Hall. The video in question shows Milton arguing and surrounded by police when suddenly officers started to shoot multiple rounds at Mr. Hall, who was known by police and community. The family looks for answers as it is be ...

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Music and food and vendors, oh my!

Annual Detroit Jazz Fest keeps growing Puakea Olaisha Anderson Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — For over 30 years jazz enthusiasts worldwide have enjoyed great music, great food and great vendors at the annual Detroit Jazz Festival held Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit. This year, for the 33rd Annual DJF, the festival was the largest its ever been, stretching from Woodward Avenue, where it cov ...

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Equatorial Guinea takes on new life

By Harry C. Alford NNPA I have been hearing so much negative news and gossip about this small nation located on the Western African coast known as the Gulf of Guinea. It was as bad as the ridiculous things the press and others say about Cuba. We had to visit Cuba to see for ourselves. The negative things proved to be false. So, when the Sullivan Foundation formally invited us to attend the recent IX Summit ...

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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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