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Beatings in Detroit reveal ‘dual system of compassion’

Poor education. Unemployment. Encouraged vigilantism. These are the issues responsible for the recent beating of a Clinton Township man in Detroit, says the president of Michigan National Action Network Charles Williams III. “We fear more of this can happen,” Williams said at a press conference April 7. “That oppression that causes young men to (beat someone) can put the city in a boiling place. We really n ...

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Education Task Force protests State Rep. fundraiser over EAA expansion

Helen Moore leads members of the Education Task Force April 3, at a fundraiser for State Representative Harvey Santana to protest his vote for statewide expansion of the Education Achievement Authority. Santana and St. Rep. John Olumba gave the Republican majority the two votes necessary to pass the measure. Without the aid of these two, the measure would have failed in the House. ...

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Detroit area Chess Players Have a Rare Opportunity

City of Detroit youth are being afforded a rare opportunity to learn chess with two world-renowned chess Grandmasters, Gregory Kaidanov and Alex Lenderman. UAW-Ford National Programs Center and local organization, Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC), will make this unique opportunity possible to any youth between 5- 17 years of age during the Detroit Thinkers Chess Challenge tournament on Saturday, April 12, 201 ...

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‘Pirate Radio’ gives alternative to the mainstream

Detroit underground hip hop received a boost of energy this year with the release of the “Pirate Radio” album from 313Phresh and TrueSpeech, two Detroit emcees who perform as the collective Family Grind. The album is their statement to fans of good music that the radio does not support genuine talent, instead promoting songs from corporate-owned record labels with mostly negative messages. ...

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Detroiters ‘Take Back the Night’ for the 6th time

On April 11, Marygrove College will host the 6th Annual Take Back the Night Detroit event, recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The free event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Madame Cadillac Building, 8425 West McNichols Road. All are encouraged to attend. Take Back The Night Detroit will feature dance, a live DJ, spoken word performances, a candlelight vigil and guest speakers from the Wa ...

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New children’s book makes Detroit history exciting

Most of the stories that take place on Detroit’s famed Belle Isle will linger like fireflies on the front porch, shine in the moment and fade with laughter. But local author and WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis Ivery is making sure some of the island’s summer magic is available to the children worldwide in the pages of a new chapter book for children ages 8-11 that he co-wrote with his daughter Angela. ...

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Theater troupe shatters fourth wall, dimension

Sometimes it can be reassuring to remember the spirit of Detroit has been summoning more than Quicken loans employees and bankruptcy lawyers lately. In October 2012, theater artists Sherrine Azab and Jake Hooker forsook the Big Apple for the Motor City. “We wanted to be part of a city that has more ‘we’ mentality than ‘me’ mentality,” Azab and Hooker told the Michigan Citizen. “This place truly has affected ...

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Ethnic and Minority Newspapers Explore Detroit Bankruptcy, Recovery

Five ethnic and minority publications that are deeply tied to Detroit are joining forces for the first time to explore the city’s financial crisis in a series that will run over the next several months. The Michigan Citizen, The Jewish News, The Michigan Korean Weekly, The Arab American News and Latino Press aim to delve beyond mainstream media reports to highlight the economic effects on their respective c ...

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Legislation paves way for more pipelines

On April 1, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed four bills into law, which allow and incentivize natural gas and oil companies to build more pipelines, ostensibly to capture carbon dioxide emissions from existing and natural gas wells. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the leading cause of global climate change, occur naturally during the process of extracting fossil fuels. The four laws provide for tax incentives t ...

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Pollution and climate change threaten Michiganders, Africans alike

The global issue of environmental justice was at the forefront of a recent community discussion in Detroit in late March, highlighted by the participation of two African activists working for climate justice. The talk, titled “One Struggle, Many Fronts,” was held at the Cass Corridor Commons and was sponsored by the East Michigan Environmental Action Council and the U.S.-Africa Network. Emem Okon (Nigeria) ...

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