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School dilemma

The Educational Achievement Authority of Michigan, the new statewide district created to “turn around” the 5 percent lowest-performing schools in the state, is beginning to hold meetings to promote itself. Will you or would you send your child to an EAA school? It doesn’t really matter what it’s called — DPS, charter, EAA, whatever. I want children to have the best educational experience possible. I’m a pro ...

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Everybody Eats? Good Food, Good Jobs

By Minsu Longiaru There’s an old, fiendishly catchy Sesame Street song that has been going through my head recently that goes: “Everybody eats, / everybody eats / Meat and fish and cereal / Carrots, peas and beets / Everybody knows / That everyone he meets / Likes to eat / How do we know it’s so? ‘Cause everybody, everybody eats.” While we would all like a world in which everybody eats a healthy diet, a rec ...

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Charge to the 103rd Annual Convention of the NAACP

By Rev. Dr. William Barber, II The following is an excerpt of the Reverend’s speech. In the testimony circle of my faith tradition the saints often declare, “If we ever needed the Lord, we sure do need him now.” I want to, in the tradition of the hip hop tradition, sample from that faith tradition and say, if we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now. For us the right to vote is not just a constitu ...

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Democratic questions

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen The elected Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Board moved swiftly to regain academic control of our schools. Under Public Act 4 (PA4) the elected school board was stripped of all financial and academic power, but it continued to meet in public settings and to discuss issues. As a result, the elected board was able to address urgent questions facing it. Their actions ...

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What are the Obama campaign managers thinking?

By Walter Smith The response from the Obama campaign managers to NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell was, “The audience your newspapers reach is not the demographic of the campaign.” What a ridiculous posture to take in regards to the Black Press, the father of progress of Black Americans. The U.S. Black Press is 185 years old this year. It began in 1827 when John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish started Freedom’s Jou ...

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In balance with nature?

In balance with nature? Published • Sun, Aug 26, 2012 Segregation and sustainability in Detroit By Gregg Newsom This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. Environmental Justice Principle No. 12 “affirms the need for urban and rural ecolo ...

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You are not here by accident

By Frankie Darcell God created you to be unique and to be who you are, to be different from any other person — that’s what makes you amazing and incredible. The problem is when you try to be somebody else that you don’t like that, quite frankly, does not change the opinions of people that don’t like you. Everything that you are experiencing in your life right now is an opportunity to learn and grow from tha ...

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Judge Gerald Emerson Tilles

Judge Gerald Emerson Tilles died on Aug. 9 at the Trinity West Medical Center in Rock Island, Ill., after a lengthy illness. Judge Tilles was a graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit and held bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctor degrees from Wayne State University. He served as an administrative law judge and chief magistrate, specializing in workman’s compensation during the administrations of ...

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Why Todd Akin’s Senate race is so important

By Perry Bacon, Jr. The controversy involving the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri, Rep. Todd Akin, is so critical not just because of his inflammatory remarks, but because control of the Senate could be determined by the winner of his race against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Democrats currently control 53 of the Senate’s 100 seats, with 51 Democrats and 2 independents who usually vote wi ...

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Blacks advising Romney against Obama

By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire As the GOP prepares to meet in Tampa next week, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has been meeting with a team of politically diverse Black advisers as part of his growing campaign strategy against President Barack Obama, a campaign spokesperson confirmed. “There is a Black coalitions group that meets regularly with the Romney campaign,” says Tara Wall, ...

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