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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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DIA asks for support

By Zenobia Jeffries and Catherine Kelly The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts may close if a multi-county Art Authority millage does not pass in August. The proposal will appear on the primary ballot in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. “A lot of people are talking about regionalism. This is a good and small first step to regional development,” Annmarie Erickson, vice president and ...

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Rainbow PUSH Michigan urges the nation to join the Crusade for America

DETROIT — As violence continues to take the lives of many across the nation, Rev. D. Alexander Bullock and Rainbow PUSH Michigan remind citizens to meet in Detroit Aug. 25 for the Crusade for America Parent and Youth March. “The concern for public safety is growing at a rapacious rate,” Bullock said. “In the last week, 7-year-old Heaven Sutton was killed by a stray bullet in Chicago while selling lemonade a ...

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Detroit marketer gives free talk to help small businesses improve visibility

DETROIT — Small business owners often get frustrated with competing against bigger companies, feeling they don’t have the marketing budget to compete effectively. Chris Wechner of The Ultimate Analyst, an online marketing company, will lead a discussion at 4 p.m. July 12 in the Cooper Room of the Eastern Campus of Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD), 5901 Connor St. Wechnerwill explain ways to c ...

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Reimagine {r}evolution

Summer 2012 Detroit is a movement city. From the earliest resistance by the Obwandiyag people to English colonial empire, through the Underground Railroad a century later, the sit down strikes of the 1930s and the civil rights and Black power movement of the 1960s, Detroiters have collectively struggled for some of the deepest hopes of human beings. This summer is the 45th anniversary of the Detroit Rebelli ...

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