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A vote for consumers

By Julianne Malveaux Trice Edney News Wire In this 2012 election, most of the focus is on the top of the ticket. Can President Obama maintain, or increase, his lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney? Will “deep pockets” Romney prevaricate enough in his ubiquitous advertising to turn the tide? Recent news suggests fundraising for Mr. Romney has recently faltered. That, too, is the fodder for national news ...

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Food, Conviviality and Commerce

By Dan Carmody Since 1891, Eastern Market has served two key functions in the city of Detroit. It has been the center for local agriculture and food systems, and a place where Detroit residents and businesses enjoy easy access to the bounty of Michigan harvests. The district around the market hosts nearly 80 food businesses that benefit from being in close proximity to each other. This cluster of food busin ...

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Resisting corporate control of communications infrastructure

By Victoria Goff This is the first in a series of columns on the 14th Environmental Justice principle: Environmental Justice opposes the destructive operations of multi-national corporations. Did you know that right now, there are six corporations that control almost 90 percent of the media produced in the United States? GE, News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time and CBS control almost all the media you see on rad ...

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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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