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Detroit’s search for righteous food

By Myra D. Lee “In 2010, according to liquor license data provided by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, Detroit leads the state in liquor sales and active liquor licenses. Not only does Detroit have the most active liquor licenses of any local jurisdiction, but the city’s liquor stores, bars and alcohol-serving restaurants have higher liquor sales than any city or county in the state.” Imagine if each ...

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Detroit files Title VI Civil Rights complaints against discriminatory corporate school reforms

Detroit students, parents and civil rights activists joined a national coalition of youth and community groups from New York to California June 21 to jointly file Title VI civil rights complaints against discriminatory “reform” policies that largely target African American and Latino communities. Chanting “No education! No life! We’re gonna fight for our rights!” the community groups called for an end to fa ...

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Young political leader on the rise

By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — “In order to be a good politician, you have to be a good public (servant). You’re not there to serve yourself,” says 21-year-old Collin Mays, a rising senior at Western Michigan University and mounting political figure. This UFC and hockey fan currently serves as the president of the College Democrats at Western Michigan University and was formerly ...

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Reimagine {r}evolution

Summer 2012 Detroit is a movement city. From the earliest resistance by the Obwandiyag people to English colonial empire, through the Underground Railroad a century later, the sit down strikes of the 1930s and the civil rights and Black power movement of the 1960s, Detroiters have collectively struggled for some of the deepest hopes of human beings. This summer is the 45th anniversary of the Detroit Rebelli ...

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Brazil announces major Africa investment plan

By Ann Brown The Network Journal Brazil pledged major investments and a transfer of technology to Africa last month in order to repay a “solidarity debt” they have with Africa.According to former Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil, which is the world’s sixth-largest economy, “owes its current strength to the more than 300 years of slavery during which we exploited the sweat and blood of millions of Africans. ...

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You need nourishment for the soul

By Frankie Darcell We spend so much time taking care of everything and everybody around us. Well, it’s time to take care of the most important person in your life: You. Start filling your life with joy, happiness, prosperity and financial freedoms beyond your wildest dreams. As you feed all of the needs in your life, you have to nourish your soul as well. When you’re sick, the doctor will prescribe medicati ...

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Western International, Southwestern join forces

Once rivals, now teammates for PSL athletics By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — For almost a century, the rivalry between Western International and Southwestern High School has been one of the biggest in Detroit prep sports. There were many great matches between the two on the basketball court, at volleyball matches, on the baseball field and at track meets. In football, the ...

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Talking about environmental injustice through digital technology

Talking about environmental injustice through digital technology Published • Sun, Jul 01, 2012 By Victoria Goff Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 1991 drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, the principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice. When the Environmental Pr ...

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When in the course …

“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. It is the fourth of July and this nation marks its birth as a nation. African Americans — with few exceptions — were never included ...

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Novella Coursaris: A Model for the Congo

By Benjamin  F. Chavis Jr. NNPA  Africa is known for its beauty, majesty and vast mineral and lucrative natural resources of gold, diamonds, oil, copper, cobalt, uranium, platinum and titanium.  But Africa is also known as the continent that has been the target of centuries of inhuman oppression, brutal colonization and exploitation.  Yet today, the greatest natural resources in Africa are the people of the ...

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