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Summer enrichment means lifetime survival

It’s mid-July. Do you know if your children are learning? Just a month ago, they were eager to leave the regimentation of the daily classroom to “enjoy the summer.” A month from now, many will prepare to return to school. Will they return ready to hit the ground running in the fall? Or will they struggle to catch up because their summer activities were not stimulating enough to prevent learning losses? ...

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The State of Black Euphoria

How amazing it is that Black people in this nation, collectively, are the worst off yet the most comical, entertaining, ostentatious and self-defeating of all other groups. It is striking how, in spite of all the negative aspects of our lives, we spend a great deal of our time living vicariously through the lives of superstars and mega-heroes. They say, “ignorance is bliss,” so maybe we should use that phra ...

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GOP’s impeachment gambit

Those who’ve found it difficult to connect with the racial history of post-Civil War America — when Black Americans were stripped of the citizenship rights they gained right after that conflict — should pay special attention to the national political arena now. Because the conservative movement, in its desperate mania to destroy Barack Obama’s presidency and neutralize the growing political clout of America ...

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Why I chose to block water shutoff trucks

Water was created by none of us — just like air and earth and fire. Indeed, like the universe. It flows and freezes and breathes into the atmosphere as mist, without permission or legal backing. It is no one’s “machine.” It was not made to be enslaved in a market price or bottled into a “good” yielding “ownership” and power. Water is a commons — commonly shared as abundant and precious “gift” given by the c ...

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The logistics of human warehousing

Two pairs of pants, five pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks, two sheets — all once every six months. One small green bar of soap per month. One hundred percent mark-up prices. An average of $.12 per hour wage. A prisoner in the Michigan Department of Corrections receives only the barest minimum of care, services and necessities as the laws require. Prisoners are forced to wear their clothing (both out ...

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Award shows: Confusion, delusion, exclusion

Searching through a dictionary of obscure words, I came across the word, “Babeldom,” which means “a confused sound of voices.” Babel, of course reminded me of the Tower of Babel in the Bible, Book of Genesis, Chapter 11. Next, I thought about the BET Awards and, of course, economic empowerment. What? C’mon, Jim, that’s a stretch. Yeah, maybe, but go with me on this one and let’s see. I did not watch the awa ...

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How the world has changed since I ran for president

This year marks the 30th anniversary of my 1984 campaign for the U.S. presidency. At the kickoff of the annual Rainbow Push Convention, June 28, Rep. Maxine Waters led a panel exploring the effects of that campaign — registering over a million new voters, helping Democrats take back the Senate in 1986, lifting up new leaders from New York City’s David Dinkins to Minnesota’s future Senator Paul Wellstone. Lo ...

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Paying for our independence, support

In the “afterglow” of the Fourth of You Lie, I am flipping through an African American magazine, enjoying the content, but looking for the “bite.” For how can you not bite, when you look at the space in which African American people occupy? Our middle class is growing, but fragile. The level of poverty among African Americans has hardly changed in the past decade. Unemployment rates for African Americans re ...

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Open letter to DWSD mediators:

We write to you because the future of the (Detroit Water and Sewerage Department) is currently being determined behind closed doors. Mediation by United States District Court judges and local political leaders will determine the utility’s future in the aftermath of the city’s bankruptcy arrangements. We are writing to urge you to uphold the human right to water and the public trust doctrine in your delibera ...

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Stallworth: Detroit water shutoffs should end until customer service is better

Families are being told that after they have paid their water bill they will have to wait two to three days before water service is restored, and that they must be available over a 24-hour period to meet the water department crew. A working parent can’t afford to take a day off work to meet the water crew. The water department is playing hardball and refusing to work with people who are trying to pay their ...

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