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Take a stand for cancer patients, pass the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act

On behalf of the Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology (“MSHO”), we encourage the Michigan Legislature to pass House Bill 4751, the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act. MSHO is a state-based professional organization, which currently represents over 93 percent of all practicing hematologists and medical oncologists in Michigan. It is the mission of MSHO to promote exemplary care for patients with cancer and ...

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What are the Detroit police about?

All around us and in daily news reports we are witnessing official disrespect for Black life. Street crime and Black-on-Black crime have earned headlines for years. It is the story corporate media loves to report; the kind of crime that builds fear of each other within the community and fear of the community in general by everyone else. Media creates the fear and disrespect that leads to a young girl gettin ...

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Putting the ‘Black’ in Black Friday

The Christmas season provides an excellent opportunity for Africans in America to engage in a season of resistance. The corporate retail establishment in this country is heavily dependent upon this season for consumers to participate in a frenzy of buying to buttress their bottom line. The unofficial kick-off of the “shop until you drop” season is the Friday after Thanksgiving, which is called Black Friday. ...

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International law says Michigan has no right to take away rights

Across the country, many minds have been boggled by the fact Michigan has an Emergency Manager law that allows the Governor to place all authority normally possessed by a mayor and city council in the hands of a single, unelected and essentially unaccountable individual. This breathtaking piece of legislation — which has been invoked most often in cities with substantial Black populations — strips citizens ...

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Who will defend Black women?

All Renisha McBride wanted to do was to go home. She had been in a car accident, her cell phone was dead and she needed help. She knocked on a couple of doors in a suburban Detroit neighborhood where she was stranded, but it was well after midnight and people weren’t opening their doors. Finally, she found a homeowner who opened his door but instead of offering the help she so desperately needed, he shot he ...

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Having access to excellent teachers is a civil right

A new study suggests access to “excellent teachers” should be a civil right and students should be able to “take legal action” to get better results. The Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan Washington think tank, partnered with Public Impact on the report that recommends a number of federal policy reforms designed to increase the influence of excellent teachers in American classrooms. Public Impact ...

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Number of juvenile delinquents in Michigan institutions drop

The number of juvenile delinquents committed to Michigan detention centers dropped 41 percent from 1997 to 2011, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonprofit policy research group in Washington, D.C. The trend mirrors a comparable drop nationally in the same period, said Ryan King, a research director with Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project. The reasons vary. ...

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On Nov. 5, at approximately 1:00 a.m., at Fenkell and Strathmore, the 33-year-old female victim was leaving a local gas station when she was approached by the suspect and forced behind the location. The suspect sexually assaulted the victim and fled with her personal items. The victim was listed in good condition. ...

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The Urban League honors youth who ‘Do the Right Thing’

The Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan Guild will recognize more than 200 Detroit-area youth for their positive attributes and achievements at its 48th annual Guild Gala on Dec. 7. The National Urban League has 95 affiliates serving 300 communities across the United States. Detroit’s affliate, the ULDSEM Guild said in a press statement, more than 70,000 infants, children, adults and seniors rec ...

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Kenyan MPs slash women’s rights

In a stunning setback to the equal rights movement, Kenyan male members of parliament (MPs) voted to undo some of women’s hard-fought victories that provided financial support for women in case of divorce. In a late-night vote by parliament, revisions to the Matrimonial Property Bill by the male MPs were carried easily as only 34 women MPs were in the house. The women were beaten 87-28 in a roll call vote. ...

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