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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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Anti-corruption group taps Angolan blogger for prize

Bloggers from China and Angola will share the “Integrity Prize” for taking on the corrupt elites in their respective countries despite great personal risk. The award was launched by the Berlin-based Transparency International to honor journalists, government officials and civil society leaders who bravely challenge corruption around the world. ...

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Thousands attend memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa

For his defense of the environment in the oil-rich lands in Nigeria’s southern tip, Ogoni activist Ken Saro-Wiwa paid the highest price on Nov. 10, 1995. This week, Nigerians at home and abroad celebrated Saro-Wiwa’s life and courage in leading the Ogoni people to oppose the polluting oil extraction activities of Shell oil and other oil multinationals. ...

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Stifling activism, bureaucratically

I am writing and raging. Raging because I am tired, oh so tired, of my activism being repressed or limited by bureaucratic minutia and ridiculous protocol. I am even more upset at the ways bureaucracy stifles my students who, because they are informed and outraged, want to act and are told they can’t, or can only under certain conditions…blah, blah, blah. ...

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After the sexual assault of a pregnant Detroit resident on the city’s east side, a coalition of community members are calling for the store — where the assault took place — to be shut down. The perpetrator should be arrested and prosecuted, say organizers of The Coalition for Justice and Respect for Black Life, which was formed as a result of the incident. ...

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