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Community organizing in Grand Rapids

By Grace Lee Boggs Special to the Michigan Citizen The Boggs Center recently enjoyed a visit by members of Heartside Ministry, a community organization in Grand Rapids. The visitors included a man, five women and three middle school children. One of the women, an African American, was accompanied by her great-granddaughter. I was impressed by the variety of services the Ministry provides: Narcotics Anonymou ...

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Have Blacks lost their spirit for social activism?

By Jessica Williams-Gibson Special to the NNPA from The Indianapolis Recorder During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s, African Americans mobilized and marched for issues such as segregation, racial discrimination and voting rights. Issues Blacks face today include unemployment, health disparities, mass incarceration, education declines, voting hurdles, gun violence and the deterioration of th ...

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International racial profiling grants a license to kill

By Mark P. Fancher The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been around for a decade, but high-ranking U.S. government officials who are responsible for atrocities in the underdeveloped world have not yet been called to account for their actions in that forum. The U.S. has a long history of supporting and protecting ruthless dictators who commit barbarous acts against their people. From the 1950s through ...

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5K walk-run supports teen abstinence

DETROIT — On Sept. 15, Motivity will host its first annual 5K walk-run to help combat some of the myths surrounding teenagers and sex and to educate metro Detroit youth about abstinence. The walk-run will take place at Belle Isle Park from 8:30 a.m. to noon and includes entertainment, refreshments, and giveaways for everyone. Since October 2011, Motivity, a 501(c)3 nonprofit youth organization, has been acc ...

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Citizens support board canceling contract with EMU

On Aug. 29, the Detroit Board of Education voted to terminate the interlocal agreement between the Detroit Public Schools and Eastern Michigan University that created the Educational Achievement Authority and transferred 15 DPS schools and 11,000 students to the EAA. Claiming enrollment in the Detroit Public Schools is now too low for board members to be elected by district, Michigan Attorney General Bill S ...

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Share your voice on the sale of city-owned land

By Cheryl Simon On Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Gleaners Community Food Bank, the Detroit Food Policy Council (DFPC) will be hosting a public listening session on the sale of city-owned land. With recent media stories about a pending sale of a substantial number of city-owned lots to Hantz Farms, the DFPC received many calls from Detroiters asking about the land acquisition process in general and this potential ...

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EMEAC on Detroit’s cutting edge of honoring cultural integrity and providing fair access

By Patrick Geans-Ali DETROIT — This week’s column addresses environmental Justice Principle No. 12, which “affirms the need for urban and rural ecological policies to clean up and rebuild our cities and rural areas in balance with nature, honoring the cultural integrity of all our communities, and provide fair access for all to the full range of resources.” There are probably more community-based initiative ...

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DAPCEP announces The Real McCoy awardees

DETROIT — The Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) proudly announces the honorees of its first annual awards fundraising event, The DAPCEP Real McCoy Awards presented by DTE Energy. The 36-year-old non-profit organization — which has impacted the lives of more than 150,000 youth with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — has selected five Michigan-based “R ...

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Do we have a friend in the White House?

By Walter Smith The world applauded when Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States in November of 2008. People of color the world over were ecstatic over having someone they could relate to as the leader of the richest and most powerful country in the world. Heads of States of foreign countries who were at odds with the U.S. felt relieved when Obama suggested that they stop fighting a ...

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Darfur’s refugees forgotten

African Globe Ten years after fleeing genocide in the Sudanese region of Darfur, Abdulla Juma Abubakr has no intention of returning home. After leaving the West Darfur town of El-Geneina in 2002, he first spent two years in a border camp inside Sudan, before moving on to Djabal, a refugee camp in eastern Chad’s Goz-Beida region. “From what I saw when we left, the way people were killed, mosques burnt … I ca ...

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