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Re-imagining education: School as art

By Julia Pointer Putnam At the Re-Imagining Education conversation hosted by the Boggs Educational Center on July 12 (as part of the Re-Imagine Revolution gathering in Detroit of activists from around the country), we asked the participants to respond to the prompt, What if school were a place where… We received 120 responses from people ranging in age from 14-97, including students, teachers and parents. R ...

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Detroit testing grounds

By Gregg Newsom This is the third in a series of columns on the 13th Environmental Justice principle: Environmental Justice calls for the strict enforcement of principles of informed consent, and a halt to the testing of experimental reproductive and medical procedures and vaccinations on people of color. The geographic area known as Detroit, like other urban environments, is dense with diversity and rich w ...

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Cholesterol — the good, the bad and the essential

By Suezette Olaker, M.D. When you hear the word cholesterol, what comes to mind? Your mouthwatering favorite meal or treat, which is often high in fat or sugars? Or do you think about obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke? Too often, people say with a degree of guilt, “I know, my cholesterol is high and I should eat better.” But what should you really do? Before you accept too muc ...

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RE-Imagining power

By Grace Lee Boggs Special to the Michigan Citizen Last month, veterans of the movements of the 1960s met in Greensboro, N.C., the city made historic by the February 1960 sit-down of four Black students at a Woolworth lunch counter. They founded a National Council of Elders (NCOE), composed the Greensboro Declaration and agreed to launch it at simultaneous press conferences on Sept. 12 in three cities: New ...

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Re-imagining education

By Julia Pointer Putnam As the new school year begins, millions of children, parents, teachers and administrators are trying to function in an educational system that has become a pipeline to prison because it was created a hundred years ago to provide a mechanism for separating the “winners” (those privileged by family background) from the “losers” (those destined for robotic jobs on factory assembly lines ...

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Informing ourselves about ‘informed consent’

By Lottie V. Spady This is the second in a series of columns on the 13th Environmental Justice principle: Environmental Justice calls for the strict enforcement of principles of informed consent, and a halt to the testing of experimental reproductive and medical procedures and vaccinations on people of color. What exactly is “informed consent,” and whose responsibility is it to enforce these principles? As ...

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Detroit: A wealth of resources

By Roxanne Moore and Nefer Ra Barber What are resource? Resources are land, people, water, knowledge and skills — to name a few. Detroit is full of resources. If you don’t think so, just talk to your neighbor or an elder in the community and you will be amazed at what you will find. Resource sharing has been the backbone of urban life for many years. In the days after the migration to Detroit from the South ...

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Organizing for the future

By Grace Lee Boggs Special to The Michigan Citizen Occupy activists from the midwest held their “Another World is Possible” regional gathering in Detroit over the Aug. 24 weekend. The purpose of the gathering was “to strategize how concepts of democracy, self-determination, education, livelihood, sustainability, social equality and community can all be re-imagined and achieved.” In my welcoming remarks to t ...

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Detroit public land sales: Just, fair, transparent?

Detroit public land sales: Just, fair, transparent? Published • Sun, Sep 02, 2012 By Renee V. Wallace Everyone agreed, Detroit’s process is broken. The sale of adjacent lots sometimes bypasses the neighbor next door and transfers land ownership to distant landlords. The adopt-a-lot program doesn’t always work. Detroiter’s ,whose sweat equity and personal finances have been used to care for vacant lots in th ...

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Returning the sacred to bodies of color

By Victoria Goff This is the first in a series of columns on the 13th Environmental Justice principle: Environmental Justice calls for the strict enforcement of principles of informed consent, and a halt to the testing of experimental reproductive and medical procedures and vaccinations on people of color. In the 1970s, the sterilization of Native and indigenous women throughout the Global South and the Uni ...

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