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Women in Black

DETROIT — Every second Saturday of the month, silent marches will be held in protest of U.S.-sanctioned violence in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon and other countries. Everyone is welcome and all events begin at noon. Please wear black, walk in single file and in silence. Upccoming walks are scheduled on: -Aug. 11: Royal Oak — Second Street, east of Main; fountain area near library - Sept. 8: Detroit ...

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Summer Services Learning Experience

Summer Services Learning Experience is a program for middle and high school students. The program, held this year at Alkebu-Lan Village in the city’s east side, focuses on academics and employability; math and street sweeping; communication and graffiti removal. The emphasis is on community responsibility.The students received a $100 stipend and a trip to Cedar Point with a $50 gift card. They also received ...

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‘From Hiroshima to Human Rights’

Labor, peace, religious and civil rights organizations unite for conference DETROIT — On Aug. 6t at 11 a.m., a Metro Detroit coalition of labor, peace, religious and civil rights organizations held a press conference in front of the McNamara Federal Building in downtown Detroit. The conference was a citizen’s call to action for federal budgetary action in the U.S. government to implement spending programs f ...

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YAP teaches community responsibility

Alkebu-Lan Village is host to the Youth Assistance Program (YAP) where teenagers learn conflict resolution, anger management and life skills. Some of the teens are adjudicated first offenders. They are taught appropriate behavior for teenagers. Another important element of the program is the principles learned by the participants. A key principle is: To do always as much as we can, in order to leave our com ...

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OFA marks 100 days until election

Michigan Obama for America held over 150 events including Metro Detroit. A new video and blog post was released July 29 to mark the 100-day milestone until election day Nov. 6. OFA campaign officials say the strength of the campaign has always come from the millions of grassroots supporters nationwide. Over 4,500 events were held nationally. See video and blog post at www.barackobama.com. ...

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‘There’s no defense against assault weapons’

Local leaders speak out after Colorado shooting Staff report DETROIT — After a lone gunman shot and killed 12 people and wounded many others in a Colorado movie theatre during the midnight release of “The Dark Night Rises” on June 20, many throughout the nation have spoken out against assault weapons. But several local leaders, who have witnessed violent deaths throughout Detroit for years, banning assault ...

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DDOT, SMART receive $30M federal grant

Staff report DETROIT — The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will split a $30 million transportation grant with Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), Mayor Dave Bing announced at a July 23 press conference. The grant, awarded from the Federal Transit Administration’s State of Good Repair program, will go toward replacement buses, the renovation of facilities and on-board ...

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Rosedale Park widow fights banks

Activists surround Britt home By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Activists are camped out around a Rosedale Park home, hoping to block the eviction of Jennifer Britt and her family. They have taken direct action in response to the refusal of government-backed mortgage holder Fannie Mae to negotiate with Britt to modify her loan or help her obtain rights to the deed. “What we’re fighting for ...

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Detroit educational activists meet with U.S. Department of Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Detroit activists joined parent and student groups from major urban centers around the country July 10 for a meeting with President Barack Obama’s education cabinet. Russlyn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office of Civil Rights, Peter Cunningham, assistant secretary for Communications and Outreach for President Obama’s education agenda, and Roberto Rodriguez, Domestic Policy Council and ...

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Detroit Summer celebrates 20th anniversary, hosts July DFY gathering

DETROIT — Detroit Summer celebrated their 20th anniversary with a special block party on July 14 at the Catholic Cultural Diversity Network Convocation (CCDNC) by hosting the July gathering of Detroit Future Youth (DFY). “Detroit Summer just turned 20 years old and we just wanted to celebrate with all our friends and family,” said Dakarai Carter, one of Detroit Summer youth organizers. “We also want to let ...

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