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Grassroots activists struggling to motivate Blacks to vote

By Hazel Trice EdneyTrice Edney News WireWith Black unemployment levels stuck in the double digits, economic frustration and suffering in the Black community are making it difficult for grassroots organizers to motivate people to the polls Nov. 6.“We are in crisis,” says Baltimore Pastor Jamal-Harrison Bryant, whose Empowerment Movement is holding a “Code Red” conference Aug. 15-17 at the Empowerment Temple ...

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DPS Board to undo EM damage

PA4 foes take the offensiveBy Marcus WrightSpecial to the Michigan CitizenDETROIT — Members of the elected Detroit Public Schools Board plan to undo what Emergency Manager Roy Roberts has done when they convene five o’clock, Aug. 9, at Frederick Douglass Academy.If the Board of Canvassers meet, as ordered by the Michigan Supreme Court, Aug. 8 to certify the 230,000 petition signatures demanding a vote on Pu ...

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Citizens say it is important to vote

Robert Simmons, Patricia Jones, Diallo McCaskle The primary election was held Aug. 7. Detroit turnout was typically low. Did you vote? And do you think it is important to vote? I voted. I vote every time I get a chance. I’ve been a precinct delegate for 20 years and the turnout seems to get lower each year. The youngsters are not participating. They came out for Obama. Maybe they’ll come out for him again. ...

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Why is it important to urge others to vote?

Immanuel Nimmons, Blair Floyd, Nacarol Faulk It is important to vote. We can’t expect representation or respect if we don’t vote. It is difficult to make the connection between not voting and the deteriorating condition of our community but there is a direct connection. Our people fought hard to be able to exercise their right to vote. It is shameful large numbers of my peers don’t honor them by carrying on ...

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‘Hands off’ Belle Isle

Residents rally to maintain ownership of ‘city jewel’ By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Several hundred people attended an Aug. 1 “Hands Off Our Island” rally on Belle Isle. The rally, organized by Detroit City Council members Kwame Kenyatta, Brenda Jones, and JoAnn Watson, was held at the band shell. The three council members message to attendees was say, ‘no’ to a 99-year lease, s ...

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Obama: ‘We can’t forget about’ Black homicides

President Barack Obama greets NUL President Marc Morial. NUL PHOTO By Hazel Trice EdneyTrice Edney News Wire LOUISIANA—Applauded by a wildly enthusiastic crowd at the National Urban League convention in New Orleans, President Obama — in a rare moment — spoke of the war-level violence in Black communities. And, defying critics, he also seized the opportunity to say specifically what he has done for Black peo ...

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Inaccurate presumptions?

By Shea HowellThis week Mike Score released an open letter to the community about Hantz Farms. Tina Basset of Basset & Basset Incorporated forwarded a copy of the letter to me, with the following comment: “I have been reading your columns in The Michigan Citizen and wanted to be sure you saw Mike Score’s open letter to the community.  In all fairness, it should run in full in The Michigan Citizen.  Many of ...

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Peters, Clarke run in the 14th

Hansen Clarke and Gary Peters By Marcus WrightSpecial to the Michigan CitizenDETROIT — Congressman Hansen Clarke and Congressman Gary Peters are running for the 14th Congressional seat along with Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and three others. Remapped so that at least one Democrat will lose a seat in Congress, the new 14th is an oddly shaped map that extends through the Grosse Pointes, Detroit, Hamtramc ...

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The 4th District

Carol Banks and Adam Hollier The newly drawn 4th state district has attracted more candidates than any other. Eight of the 11 candidates in the race are Detroit residents, the other three are from Hamtramck. With the exception of one Republican, all are running as Democrats. With less than two weeks to the primary election, Aug. 7, The Michigan Citizen was able interview three candidates to discuss their ca ...

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State reps facing new districts

Rashida Tlaib, John Olumba, Jimmy Womack By Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — As the political party in control of the legislature, state Republicans spearheaded the redistricting process following the 2010 census. A 2011 federal discrimination lawsuit resulted, headed by the NAACP, citing violations to the voting rights of African American communities across the state.In Detroit, the redrawn li ...

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