FILM REVIEW: New movie calls out ‘white’ America

FILM REVIEW: New movie calls out ‘white’ America

'Dear White People' By Phreddy Wischusen The Michigan Citizen “Dear White People, knowing Lil’ Wayne lyrics doesn’t give you an honorary Black card. It just reminds me how much you ...

Price of communication when loved ones are behind bars

Price of communication when loved ones are behind bars

It was decided at the Sept. 9 court meeting that video visitation through Dallas-based Securus Technologies would not replace traditional in-person jail visits as originally planne ...

Filling Detroit City Council’s vacancy

Filling Detroit City Council’s vacancy

A number of people are interested in the spot, some have openly lobbied Council, and a few have been willing to go public with their wishes. ...

MDP joins grassroots to GOTV

MDP joins grassroots to GOTV

“It’s all about turnout. If Democrats vote, we win. We’re just trying to make sure Democrats get out to vote.” ...

EDITORIAL: ‘I quit:’ A betrayal of public trust

EDITORIAL: ‘I quit:’ A betrayal of public trust

Nowhere in Jenkins’ message to the public was there any connection to an idea other than her self-improvement. There was no get-out-the-vote message for Nov. 4. The one-time leader ...

UN experts condemn Detroit water shutoffs

UN experts condemn Detroit water shutoffs

From the woman who said she stopped cooking rice because of the amount of water it takes, to the parents who expressed fear the state would take custody of their children if it was ...

Council member Saunteel Jenkins resigns, leaves to head THAW

Council member Saunteel Jenkins resigns, leaves to head THAW

City council member Saunteel Jenkins has resigned, effective Nov. 7. ...

The people’s news for 35 years

From the first issue, the Michigan Citizen has covered the social ills and systemic challenges of local government in the city of Benton Harbor. Charles and Teresa Kelly began the paper on their dining room table and funded it with proceeds from a bar they owned called the Brooklyn. Charles Kelly joined the ancestors in 2006. ...

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All power to the people

There was a historically self-determining session of the Detroit City Council on Nov. 15. The Council voted down a contract that would have cut the Water and Sewerage Department workers by 80 percent, busted the union and further remove control of the City’s Water Department from the City Council. It voted down a contract with the conflicted law firm, which Gov. Rick Snyder and State Treasurer Andy Dillon w ...

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Reach beyond U.S. borders to offset home-grown racial hostility

When President Obama proclaimed: “There’s not a Black America or a white America … there is the United States of America,” many people believed him. They should reconsider. If the recent contentious election with all of its racial overtones was not enough, a recent study on racial attitudes in America shows that the president’s soaring rhetoric is at best wishful thinking. ...

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Michigan has a growing gap between haves and have-nots

Michigan has a widening income gap, according to a national study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute. The institute, a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., compared the incomes of the richest households to low- and middle-income households, showing inequality at the state level. ...

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Resolve to ‘stop school violence’

Resolution sums up what Dr. Joyce (also known as Sister Joyce) is about. She began in 2004 with “Stopping the Violence” and “Taking it to the Streets.” Sister Joyce sent a message out to the principals and teachers that conflict resolution was the way to end petty arguments leading to violent reactions. During Anti-Bullying month she spoke at the Jerry L. White Center for special needs students. Sister Joyc ...

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Homeowners seek justice from Detroit Pension Board

Police officers and fire fighters got attention in August for distributing flyers at Tigers’ games, warning fans to “enter Detroit at your own peril.” Their anger at cuts necessitated by a shrinking tax base might well be directed at their own Police and Fire Pension Fund. The fund is out to further decimate neighborhoods by ousting a group of homeowners who never directly borrowed from them. ...

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PA4 repeal certified

Michigan Board of Canvassers certified Proposal 1 Nov. 26, making the repeal of Public Act 4 official. The law, which gave unchecked powers to emergency managers over fiscally-challenged cities and school districts had been suspended since Aug. 8 when the Board of Canvassers, following an Appeals Court order, approved petitions to place the law on the November ballot. ...

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