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EM’s failure shuts down DPS Head Start

Because Detroit Public SchoolsEmergency Manager Jack Martin and his staff couldn’t get its application for Head Start funding to the federal government on time, there will be no Head Start in Detroit schools next year, according to elected board President Lamar Lemmons “It is malice of intent or gross incompetence,” Lemmons said in a phone interview. It is part of the “constant school closings and the progr ...

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Madonna visits Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym

Pop music icon Madonna paid Downtown Boxing Gym a visit June 4, and spent time with DBG’s student athletes. “It was a complete surprise, and a welcome one,” said Jessica Hauser, executive director. “We’ve never had such a high profile visitor and it is an honor to have her show interest in the work we do every day.” Madonna posted two photos of some of the students to her Instagram account with the hashtags ...

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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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