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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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Nun, 82, exposes homeland insecurity

By Judith Burkhardt St. Ignatius Catholic Community The main mission of the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons complex at Oak Ridge, Tenn., is to ensure the safety of this country. One of the two business entities that provide security to the Y-12 complex is Bechtel Corporation, a favorite of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Yet a month ago, in the early morning of July 28, Sister Megan Rice, a 82-year-old Roman Cathol ...

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Everybody Eats? Good Food, Good Jobs

By Minsu Longiaru There’s an old, fiendishly catchy Sesame Street song that has been going through my head recently that goes: “Everybody eats, / everybody eats / Meat and fish and cereal / Carrots, peas and beets / Everybody knows / That everyone he meets / Likes to eat / How do we know it’s so? ‘Cause everybody, everybody eats.” While we would all like a world in which everybody eats a healthy diet, a rec ...

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In balance with nature?

In balance with nature? Published • Sun, Aug 26, 2012 Segregation and sustainability in Detroit By Gregg Newsom This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. Environmental Justice Principle No. 12 “affirms the need for urban and rural ecolo ...

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Community organizing in Grand Rapids

By Grace Lee Boggs Special to the Michigan Citizen The Boggs Center recently enjoyed a visit by members of Heartside Ministry, a community organization in Grand Rapids. The visitors included a man, five women and three middle school children. One of the women, an African American, was accompanied by her great-granddaughter. I was impressed by the variety of services the Ministry provides: Narcotics Anonymou ...

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