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Upsetting friends

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen The attack on the elected Detroit School Board is a direct assault on democracy. It is a mean spirited, small minded and vindictive action that reveals the motives of Lansing to strip Detroit of any power over its own resources and future. Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette have gone too far, even for their most loyal supports, Stephen Henderso ...

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Democratic Election Results

State HouseDistrict 1 Brian BanksDistrict 2 Alberta Tinsley TalabiDistrict 3 John OlumbaDistrict 4 Rosemary RobinsonDistrict 5 Fred DurhalDistrict 6 Rashida TlaibDistrict 7 Thomas StallworthDistrict 8 David NathanDistrict 9 Harvey SantanaDistrict 10 Phil Cavanaugh   ProposalsDIA Arts Millage PASSEDProp J Jails Millage PASSEDU.S. House District 14Gary Peters U.S. House District 13John ConyersProsecuting Atto ...

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Superseding shallowness

By Shea HowellSpecial to the Michigan CitizenLast week, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the voters can decide whether we will continue to have emergency managers (EMs) in our state. This was a long fight. Stand Up for Democracy and the Detroit NAACP overcame unprecedented obstacles in their efforts to move this choice from a petition drive to a ballot question.Now the forces protecting EMs are reg ...

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Hantz Farms relies on community support for project

Hantz Farms President Mike Score shows the demonstration project near Davison and Mt. Elliot, where over 900 trees were planted in vacant lots. ERIC T. CAMPBELL PHOTO By Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — After initial skepticism, some community activists on the lower east side are supporting the sale of city-owned lots for repurposing as a large-scale tree farm. The 170-acre forestry development ...

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GABBY: GOLDEN GYMNAST

Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas, on Aug. 2, became the first African American gymnast to win the all-around event at the Olympics. Only three other U.S. gymnasts have achieved this honor in an event that determines the world’s best performer. Douglas’ win came just two days following her strong performance on vault that helped her team win the first women’s Olympic Gold medal for gymnastics in 16 years. According ...

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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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