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OSU professor says U.S. prison system is ‘New Jim Crow’

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and former Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU in Northern California, spoke at Wayne County Community College on May 17. Her new book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” is a critical look at the U.S. penal system. Alexander’s analysis clearly il ...

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Time for pastors to preach

When pastor and gospel celebrity Marvin Winans was robbed at a Citgo gas station on Linwood and Davison last week, the world responded. Winans is known not only for his music, but most recently his role in the homegoing services of Whitney Houston. National headlines talked about crime in Detroit. Locally, many felt this was a tipping point. Talk shows and corporate media discussed crime rates in the city o ...

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Obama’s yes to same-sex marriage divides Black leaders

Most say president’s position won’t hurt him with Black voters By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire President Barack Obama’s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage for gay and lesbian couples has sparked heated debate among Black leaders. Though some predict his position will not erode Black support for him at the polls, others say they’re not so sure. “We’d make a mistake to be a one-issue p ...

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Scrubbing their way to successful careers

Wayne County Community College District’s surgical technology program provides the helping hand area hospitals need in the operating rooms By David C. Butty If you ever visited a Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) surgical technology classroom, you will notice that the students are not your typical traditional ones. They wear their white lab coats and scrub suits with pride. They wear comfortab ...

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Western International clinches first in PSL Mega Division; CMA wins PSL West

Boys Baseball Roundup — Week 6 King clinches second in PSL Mega; Renaissance and Cass Tech earn PSL Mega playoff spots By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to The Michigan Citizen Western International (12-0, 24-4) didn’t have to throw a pitch, score a run or make a play this week to clinch first place in the Detroit PSL Mega Division. The Cowboys won their scheduled games — a doubleheader against Mumford on M ...

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Renaissance will face Cass Tech for PSL crown at Detroit Mercy once again

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — The Renaissance Girls Softball Team will be aiming for their eighth straight Detroit PSL Title on May 18 at the University of Detroit Mercy against their common rival, Cass Tech. The Phoenix (20-5) hasn’t had any problems in the PSL playoffs so far, shutting out King in the quarter-finals 15-0 on May 10, then disposing of Southeastern in th ...

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Peters: GOP budget is ‘unconscionable’

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters publishes report on devastating effects of today’s GOP bill to Michiganders WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Gary Peters says the Republicans’ Budget Reconciliation Act, which passed the House May 10, would end the Medicare guarantee, increase health care costs for seniors and slash vital services such as SNAP food assistance, meals on wheels and free school lunches for children in need. A ...

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As presidential election approaches, radical anti-government groups skyrocket

Part one of a two-part special Report By Mark Potok  Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Intelligence Report The radical right grew explosively in 2011, the third such dramatic expansion in as many years. The growth was fueled by superheated fears generated by economic dislocation, a proliferation of demonizing conspiracy theories, the changing racial makeup of America, and the prospect of four mo ...

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Bella Irene Marshall Barden

Beloved city official Bella Irene Marshall died in her home May 1. She was 62. Bella, born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on March 11, 1950, moved to Detroit’s east side when she was 8 years old. She attended Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School, where she was active in youth activities, athletics and civic projects. After graduating high school with honors, she attended Wayne State University in 1972. She the ...

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Get out the vote, Detroit

Black Press Week is the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual event, where over 125 African American newspaper publishers gather in the nation’s capitol to meet with public officials and policymakers about issues as they relate to Black America. In March, the group met with the Obama administration. At that meeting, publishers from across the nation pushed the administration on what they believ ...

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