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Detroit Land Forum workshop set

This six-series workshop is designed to provide specific resources, support, and hands-on process assistance to anyone who is interested in purchasing property in Detroit, even and especially those who have experienced frustration with the process before. ...

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Registration is open for New Work New Culture Conference

By Tawana Petty Special to the Michigan Citizen Registration for the New Work New Culture Conference is available at The October event in Detroit will convene thinkers and doers from all over the world who are building an earth-friendly economy for all. From Oct. 18- 20, several hundred activists, organizers, theorists, farmers, culture creators, builders, inventors and entrepreneur ...

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‘What time is it on the clock of the world?’

Living for Change By Grace Lee Boggs Special to the Michigan Citizen  At almost 100 years old, I experience falls, new levels of pain and difficulties moving. I also feel the need to reflect on that which has sustained me over these years. In particular, I want to emphasize the importance of philosophy in my life.  When I started college I had no idea what I was going to study.  Japan had just invaded Manch ...

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Teaching responsibility

In the booklet, “Responsibility, Foundations of Democracy,” the Center for Civic Education lists six sources of responsibility: Promises, assignments, occupation, rules and laws, customs, and civic principles. I don’t disagree with this list. But in my 25 years as a physical education teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, I discovered much simple ways of teaching responsibility, ways that are also availabl ...

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Healthy food access includes first foods

An amazing thing has happened to me since my second son was born nearly one year ago. When we are in public places like the library or the grocery store and I need to feed him, I have gotten resounding messages of support and encouragement from virtual strangers — many of them also mothers, but some of them are not. I cannot express how reaffirming this encouragement is, because breastfeeding is hard. Women ...

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To market, to market

Summer sizzles with farmer-friendly fresh food and fun. This is the time of year when people don’t think me crazy when I say, “eat like a rainbow.” You have heard it before: Fruits and vegetables are not only good for you, they are your ticket to a lifetime of disease-free health. They are not just for preventing disease; they provide essential nutrients and minerals that research has shown will ease chroni ...

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A disturbing trend

I am concerned. In the last two weeks, I have personally heard of three separate incidents in which the city of Detroit has completely mowed over or even bulldozed community-maintained green spaces or gardens. I met a woman who was nearly in tears describing how the fruit trees she planted over four years ago, which were just entering their first year of active fruit production, were mowed down in the blink ...

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