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Ready set go its farmer market season

In case you have not heard, farmers’ markets around the city are opening, bringing lots of fresh fruits, produce and other goodies. Detroit is fortunate to have 13 community markets working to bring food, education, activities and other resources to increase access to healthy food. One resource is the Fair Food Network Double Up Food Bucks program which begins June 1. Double Up Food Bucks stretches food dol ...

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Benefit or betrayal?

Who benefits? If we answer this question by looking at the lives of our children, it is obvious the policies of our nation, states and cities are failing miserably. As the policy elite gather this week in Mackinac, they should look beyond Grand Bargains, political posturing, bankruptcy and bond ratings to the state of our children. Nothing more starkly reveals the failure of the reigning economic and politi ...

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Detroit youth transform their community, challenge others

Denby High School seniors have challenged the residents in their community to join the youth in cleaning up and redeveloping their district to have a high quality of life. In March, the students along with volunteers, cleaned up 16 blocks around the school, boarded up 11 vacant homes, and knocked on residents’ doors to advocating for them to join the Denby Alliance. The DA was set up to create blocks clubs ...

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RIP William Worthy, 1921 – 2014, Vincent Harding 1931 – 2014

This month, the world, the movement and I lost two irreplaceable comrades: William Worthy, the trailblazing journalist, and Vincent Harding, the historian, theologian and movement activist. The media including the New York Times, had a lot to say about Worthy. They wrote about how Bill, defying all kinds of government restrictions, had gone to China and Cuba. “Democracy Now” replayed its WWII interview with ...

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Climate challenges

As the economic, political and media elite prepare for their annual gathering on Mackinac Island, they should stop and take a close look at the water. Coast Guard cutters only recently freed it from ice three feet deep. Tim Hygh, the director of the Mackinac Island Convention Bureau said he had never seen anything like the ice encasing the island this winter. “Some of the locals,” he said, “will tell you th ...

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Jackson Rising

The first weekend in May, I was able to attend the Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference in Jackson, Miss., with an incredible Detroit delegation. The conference was birthed out of the vision of late Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (Baba Chokwe), the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), which he founded, and the Jackson Peoples’ Assembly. ...

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Detroit area civic leaders rally in support of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

Southfield Mayor Brenda L. Lawrence and Vice Chancellor Dr. Omobonike Odegbami of Wayne County Community College District along with concerned citizens held a rally May 10 to demand the return of more than 270 abducted Nigerian school girls to their families. Agents of Hope, a Detroit-based non-profit committed to education freedom and financial literacy, was also a key supporter of the rally and movement. ...

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Empty houses

Homes left empty by the foreclosure crisis are like open wounds. My neighborhood is no exception. Over the years, we have had our share of abandoned houses, but most found their way to new families. But the foreclosure crisis hit us like a tidal wave. Three years ago, my neighbor of 35 years left her home. A retired Detroit Public Schools teacher, she took out a loan to fix her roof, build a new garage, and ...

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Elevate your gardening success

Don’t let a sore back, bad knees or lousy soil stop you from gardening. Elevate your garden for easier access and better gardening results. The simple act of creating a raised bed improves drainage in heavy clay soil. Add in some organic matter to further increase drainage and improve the water-holding ability for sandy soils. And if your soil is beyond repair or you don’t want to wait, a raised garden allo ...

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Detroit Community Markets

Detroit Community Markets (DCM) is a coalition of neighborhood food access outlets that provide additional opportunities for Detroiters to purchase fresh and nutritious food at convenient locations. Farmers’ markets, mobile food distributors and food box programs all work as partners to bring healthy, affordable food to Detroit residents, to create a more food secure metropolitan area. ...

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