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Life can only be understood by looking backward, but it must be lived by looking forward

The juveniles in the Macomb Correctional Facility National Lifers of America Inc. Chapter 1012 would like to respond to Attorney General Bill Schuette’s comments published Jan. 5 in the Detroit Free Press Schuette said the Miller v. Alabama ruling applies only to teenagers sentenced after 2012, and has sought to block parole hearings for the 350 juvenile lifers already housed in Michigan’s prisons on ground ...

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Addressing disparities

Few can forget the public outcry against former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly for the stop-and-frisk law that made suspected criminals out of hundreds of otherwise law abiding citizens. It can be posited their cavalier use of this law to intimidate many in our community led to the election of the more progressive thinking Bill DeBlasio. ...

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Hypocrisy and the real meaning of the dream

Mid-January is the time when Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is commemorated. Cities, towns, and colleges across the country lift their voices and raise up the language of Dr. King’s dream that people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. They cherry-pick the King dream, forgetting he also spoke to the “check marked insufficient funds” and the fact African American ...

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Holding Charter School Boards Accountable

Cesar Chavez Academy’s appointed board cancelled their October, November and December board meetings due to a lack of quorum. These postponed meetings raise questions about accountability. When the board finally met Jan. 16, the Board Vice President Lawrence Garcia addressed concerns over the cancelled meetings explaining the meetings “did not take place but that’s really not all that unusual and certainly ...

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Snyder ignores, Dems need to step up

Michigan’s Public Education landscape has undergone enormous challenges throughout Gov. Rick Snyder’s first term in Lansing. His Secret Skunk Works Project, the Education Achievement Authority, the dissolution of entire school districts including Buena Vista and Inkster coupled with the disproportionate appointment of emergency managers in communities of color have resulted in decreased School Aid Funding t ...

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A question of loyalty

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates isn’t the first political appointee to analyze the work of an administration he served, even if that administration remains in power. In 1999, while President Bill Clinton was still in office, longtime staffer and confidant, George Stephanopoulos wrote of his disenchantment with his political mentor after the Monica Lewinsky story broke. ...

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Reforming outdated school discipline policies

On Jan. 8, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan came to Baltimore’s historic Frederick Douglass High School to announce a comprehensive set of guidelines to tackle the problem of “zero-tolerance” disciplinary policies in our schools. As the National Urban League and others have been pointing out for years, students of color and students with disabilities receive disp ...

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