‘Our unfinished work’

‘Our unfinished work’

So that’s the world we’ve got to reach for — the world where every single one of our children has the opportunity to pursue their measure of happiness. That’s our unfinished work. ...

Get ‘A Piece of the Action’: New album by DJ Butter and DJ Dez spotlights Detroit hip hop

Get ‘A Piece of the Action’: New album by DJ Butter and DJ Dez spotlights Detroit hip hop

DJ Butter explains the album is an opportunity to give Detroit artists an opportunity to work “with artists that have sold tons of records and collaborate." ...

Always Brewing open mic uplifts Detroit talent

Always Brewing open mic uplifts Detroit talent

Detroit’s open mic scene remains a vibrant part of the city’s arts community, and the Thursday evening spotlight at Always Brewing Detroit, a community coffee shop at 19180 Grand R ...

Detroit EM transfers authority  to mayor, council

Detroit EM transfers authority to mayor, council

After two days of closed door meetings with the City Council and Mayor Mike Duggan, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has transferred all authority back to the executive and legislative ...

EDITORIAL: ‘Dear Livonia’ and the self-determination mayor

EDITORIAL: ‘Dear Livonia’ and the self-determination mayor

On the campaign trail, candidate Duggan said self-determination was a central value and guiding principle in his campaign to become Detroit’s mayor...This week, Mayor Duggan faces ...

Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

This process has starkly revealed Duggan’s strengths as a technocrat and his weaknesses in looking “honestly” at the real situation Detroiters are facing. The primary goals of Dugg ...

Michigan GOP limits public debate

Michigan GOP limits public debate

This campaign season, Republican candidates appear to be running from public forums. It took several weeks and considerable wrangling to schedule one debate for the executive candi ...

Citizens support board canceling contract with EMU

On Aug. 29, the Detroit Board of Education voted to terminate the interlocal agreement between the Detroit Public Schools and Eastern Michigan University that created the Educational Achievement Authority and transferred 15 DPS schools and 11,000 students to the EAA. Claiming enrollment in the Detroit Public Schools is now too low for board members to be elected by district, Michigan Attorney General Bill S ...

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Share your voice on the sale of city-owned land

By Cheryl Simon On Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Gleaners Community Food Bank, the Detroit Food Policy Council (DFPC) will be hosting a public listening session on the sale of city-owned land. With recent media stories about a pending sale of a substantial number of city-owned lots to Hantz Farms, the DFPC received many calls from Detroiters asking about the land acquisition process in general and this potential ...

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EMEAC on Detroit’s cutting edge of honoring cultural integrity and providing fair access

By Patrick Geans-Ali DETROIT — This week’s column addresses environmental Justice Principle No. 12, which “affirms the need for urban and rural ecological policies to clean up and rebuild our cities and rural areas in balance with nature, honoring the cultural integrity of all our communities, and provide fair access for all to the full range of resources.” There are probably more community-based initiative ...

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DAPCEP announces The Real McCoy awardees

DETROIT — The Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) proudly announces the honorees of its first annual awards fundraising event, The DAPCEP Real McCoy Awards presented by DTE Energy. The 36-year-old non-profit organization — which has impacted the lives of more than 150,000 youth with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — has selected five Michigan-based “R ...

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Do we have a friend in the White House?

By Walter Smith The world applauded when Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States in November of 2008. People of color the world over were ecstatic over having someone they could relate to as the leader of the richest and most powerful country in the world. Heads of States of foreign countries who were at odds with the U.S. felt relieved when Obama suggested that they stop fighting a ...

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Darfur’s refugees forgotten

African Globe Ten years after fleeing genocide in the Sudanese region of Darfur, Abdulla Juma Abubakr has no intention of returning home. After leaving the West Darfur town of El-Geneina in 2002, he first spent two years in a border camp inside Sudan, before moving on to Djabal, a refugee camp in eastern Chad’s Goz-Beida region. “From what I saw when we left, the way people were killed, mosques burnt … I ca ...

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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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Change in governance is a bad deal for Detroiters

As Detroiters, there are so many changes that merit our attention — the EAA and Financial Stability Agreement, to name a few — but one issue many may have overlooked is the transfer of Detroit’s Department of Workforce Development (DWDD) and the Department of Health and Wellness Promotion’s (DWHP) responsibilities and resources. In what may be one of the most underreported news stories, almost $100 million ...

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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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