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EMEAC announces Our Power Detroit 2014 campaign

The East Michigan Environmental Action Council will host Our Power Detroit, a three-day gathering of youth, students and young adults from frontline communities to strategize on how to scale up youth leadership in the environmental/climate justice movements and bring about a just transition from an exploitative polluting economy to a just and healthy one. ...

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WATCH: Candidate for Wayne County Executive Warren Evans talks about fatal shooting while DPD chief

Warren Evans, candidate for Wayne County Executive and former Detroit Police Chief, spoke with the Michigan Citizen about his campaign June 5. During the interview Evans answered questions regarding the police raid that led to the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones in 2010, while he was chief. Evans said the use of flash grenades during the raid was a procedural problem that needed to be fixed. "There ...

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Walter P. Reuther Library receives grant from NHPRC to expand discovery and access to oral histories

Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs was recently awarded a grant totaling $109,152 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to facilitate the discovery and promotion of 1,660 oral histories of individuals directly involved in the labor, civil rights and social justice movements, among other important historical developments. ...

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UAW-Ford revitalizes East English Village park

On June 14 during what is being called an “Opening Day Ceremony,” UAW-Ford will announce details of its contribution toward the restoration of Balduck Park. So far, UAW-Ford has donated nearly $2 million to help provide bleachers, an updated scoreboard, beautiful landscaping and brand new restrooms for the park located in Detroit’s East English Village neighborhood. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Police Chief J ...

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WCCCD offers summer camps for kids ages 4-17

This summer, Wayne County Community College District offers a distinctly innovative and unique environment for children ages 4-17. The summer camps offered are not limited to one teaching venue or method. Rather, there is a virtual banquet of educational and exciting choices. Wonderful learning environments — from the Downriver Campus, to the Western Campus; from Downtown to Northwest; and from Eastern to t ...

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Detroit Water and Sewerage Department: ‘Water not a human right’

Cleaning up the books at the expense of residents in order to make the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more attractive to potential buyers outside the city is how one Detroiter described the recent mass water shutoffs in the city. “I was on a payment plan,” Joseph Link II told the Michigan Citizen. “My monthly payment was $190. (So when) they set this up, it automatically put me over the amount (where ...

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DPS board pushes early ed alternative for Stark school

Dismayed that emergency managers have refused to apply for over $200 million in U.S. Department of Education funding for infant education, elected members of the Detroit Public School Board voted to move ahead with a plan developed by board member Juvette Hawkins-Williams to educate Detroit children from birth through five years. Meeting at DPS offices in the Fisher Building, June 3, elected board members u ...

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Mackinac: Detroit key to Michigan’s prosperity

Detroit is not only critical to Michigan’s growth, but also its prosperity. Policy changes and Detroit’s impending emergence from bankruptcy have positioned the city to lead Michigan forward, according to several speakers at this year’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We have one Michigan and one Detroit,” said City Council President Brenda Jones who echoed the opt ...

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Detroit Raw

Agnes Hitchcock, the erstwhile founder of Call ‘Em Out, held a “Blacinaw Island” gathering over the weekend with plenty of food and freedom fighting dialogue. The creative session focused on Detroit water shutoffs and direct action tactics. Water shutoff actions by the union-busting democracy-destroying proxies of Koch brothers-supported Gov. Snyder need to be challenged in the world U.N. forum as the city ...

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Protests continue against water shutoffs

“May is drinking water month in Detroit,” read a banner at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in downtown Detroit. But thousands of Detroiters don’t have running water in their homes and the numbers are growing. Demonstrators marched at the DWSD on Randolph St., May 30, to protest the mass water shutoffs of city residents. It’s been over two months since Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced DWSD is ...

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