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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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Returning the sacred to bodies of color

By Victoria Goff This is the first in a series of columns on the 13th Environmental Justice principle: Environmental Justice calls for the strict enforcement of principles of informed consent, and a halt to the testing of experimental reproductive and medical procedures and vaccinations on people of color. In the 1970s, the sterilization of Native and indigenous women throughout the Global South and the Uni ...

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A call to service

Grammy award-winning artist Kem gives back another year By Puakea Olaisha Anderson Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Every year, Detroit artist Kem offers his own call to service. Once homeless and addicted to drugs, the multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning artist performs and gives back to Detroiters living on the streets. Since 2009, he has held a day-long concert and food drive to help Detroit’s ...

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Be careful who you share your dreams with

By Frankie Darcell As much as we would like to believe that everyone around us has our best interest at heart or would be happy about the great things that are happening in our lives, the real truth is there are some who are not. We find ourselves at times perplexed at the people who we thought would cheer our successes and good news, but they choose to be negative and draining. When you decide to work on y ...

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Obama’s mixed record on appointing judges

By George E. Curry NNPA Many speakers at this week’s Republican convention in Tampa have focused on the economy and unemployment as they sought to contrast the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan GOP ticket with the record of President Barack Obama. But there is another battle underway that is receiving less attention but is at least equally import — the fight to appoint federal judges. For several decades, Republicans h ...

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Sizing up the U.S. Presidents, from Nixon to Obama

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA When I was 16 years old, I went to get a passport. Why? Richard Nixon had been elected president, and I was sure that he would impose such oppression that I might need to get out of the country. Never mind that I didn’t have two quarters to rub together and was under such parental supervision that I might not have made it to the corner without being hit upside the head. I used my o ...

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Romney’s Agenda: Class warfare

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Trice Edney News Wire Raise taxes on the rich? “Class warfare,” the Republicans rail. Any discussion of inequality, says Mitt Romney, should be held privately “in quiet rooms.” Yet, the Romney agenda for the country opens a new offensive in class warfare — only on the side of the few, not the many. America’s inequality has already reached extremes not seen since 1929 before the Grea ...

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Why Romney and Ryan want to eliminate labor unions

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Let’s be clear: The Republican ticket for the presidency — Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — have their eyes set on eliminating labor unions from the U.S. scene. No, they will not pass a law eliminating unions; they don’t need to. The existing labor laws are so weak that they make it difficult for workers to join and form unions. Additionally, Romney and Ryan would make sure to appoint ...

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