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Infant death in Detroit

“We have babies dying before they are one-year-old who don’t have to die,” says Leseliey Welch of Detroit’s Institute for Population Health. This year, the IPH was awarded a three-year $375,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to strengthen and grow the public health infrastructure for mothers and babies in Detroit. ...

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Belle Isle

Detroit City Council correctly blasted the state in its management of Belle Isle. City Clerk Janice Winfrey, who stated she did not expect preferential treatment because she is an elected official, testified she was concerned about the sarcastic disposition of the state police trooper who said he wanted to keep “riff-raff“ off the island. The mainstream press laughed off Council President Brenda Jones claim ...

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National Association of Meaningless Awards

From Detroit to Los Angeles, Leon Jenkins has been selling out the whole way. Jenkins left Detroit disgraced. He was disbarred, removed from his seat at 36th District Court, and effectively run out of town. He was caught taking bribes and fixing tickets and was under FBI surveillance. So he leaves Detroit and goes to Los Angeles for what could have been a fresh start. What better place to go, following thou ...

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Conyers to push legislation to study reparations

U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. said he will re-introduce in the 113th Congress legislation that calls for a seven-member commission to study reparations for African Americans. “It is the most important piece of legislation I have ever introduced, and I will re-introduce HR40 in the 113th Congress,” Conyers, D-Mich., told the 400 attendees at the “Revitalizing the Reparations Movement” conference on April 26 at ...

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Sovereignty, solidarity, (r)evolution: Lessons from the Sunflower Movement

Have you heard of the 300-plus young people who took over their legislative halls in response to the ruling party’s dismantling of democracy through the selling and giving away of the resources of the people? Have you heard of the 500,000 people who rallied because of the violence of the police in the executive hall and to say they will no longer allow their homes to be sold out from underneath their feet? ...

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The Great Hair Day Escape at the Boggs School

The Great Hair Day Escape was a community event that took place March 22 at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School on Detroit’s east side. The event was organized by the Boggs School Exploratory Community Outreach (ECO) group, a community organizing group that facilitates neighborhood conversations in order to build community and connect resources in the neighborhood and the school. ...

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Youth participants bring spirit to Detroit Food 2014

Each year the Detroit Food Summit works to include youth in the discussion on building a stronger local food system in Detroit. This year there was a special focus on youth involvement. One hundred elementary, middle and high schools students from across the city participated in Detroit Food 2014: Race to Good Food held at Focus: HOPE Conference Center April 3 and 4. ...

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It’s agreed: Bridges need work, but who will pay?

Officials are predicting it will take $101 million annually in additional funding to save Michigan’s deteriorating bridges. State-owned bridges need about $70 million for repair and bridges owned by local agencies like counties, cities and villages need $31 million more, said Jeff Cranson, director of communications for the Michigan Department of Transportation. ...

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Schools still “Separate and Unequal”

As the 60th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education approaches, a new report by the Economic Policy Institute found schools are more segregated now than they were in 1980. The U.S. Supreme Court’s May 17, 1954 decision effectively banned racial segregation in schools where racially separate schools were far from equal. The report outlines the differences between ...

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WCCCD’s Executive Dean for International Programs joins Midwest Institute Board of Directors

David C. Butty, executive dean for international programs and media specialist, who also directs the Wayne County Community College District’s Study Abroad Program, has been elected to the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIE)’s Board of Directors for fiscal years 2014-2016. Mr. Butty was elected at the organization’s 21st Annual Conference held at Columbus State Community Colle ...

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