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. ...

Analysis: Deadly force in Black and white

Analysis: Deadly force in Black and white

Young Black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being fatally shot by police than their white counterparts — 21 times greater, according to a recent ProPublica anal ...

Ferguson October in full swing as thousands march

Ferguson October in full swing as thousands march

Organizer Montague Simmons reminded demonstrators of African Americans’ centuries-long struggle. “It’s essential for us that you recognize this moment cannot end here,” said Simmon ...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration urges end to Columbus Day in Detroit

Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration urges end to Columbus Day in Detroit

Local artists and activists hosted the event “Last Columbus Day in Detroit” October 13 at Clark Park in Southwest Detroit in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The day was est ...

Detroit water: Leaks boost costs

Detroit water: Leaks boost costs

According to Bob Daddow, the deputy Oakland County executive who studied Detroit’s system intently as he negotiated over the Great Lakes Water Authority agreement, to actually deli ...

Re-imagining education

By Julia Pointer Putnam As the new school year begins, millions of children, parents, teachers and administrators are trying to function in an educational system that has become a pipeline to prison because it was created a hundred years ago to provide a mechanism for separating the “winners” (those privileged by family background) from the “losers” (those destined for robotic jobs on factory assembly lines ...

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Informing ourselves about ‘informed consent’

By Lottie V. Spady This is the second in a series of columns on the 13th Environmental Justice principle: Environmental Justice calls for the strict enforcement of principles of informed consent, and a halt to the testing of experimental reproductive and medical procedures and vaccinations on people of color. What exactly is “informed consent,” and whose responsibility is it to enforce these principles? As ...

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Detroit: A wealth of resources

By Roxanne Moore and Nefer Ra Barber What are resource? Resources are land, people, water, knowledge and skills — to name a few. Detroit is full of resources. If you don’t think so, just talk to your neighbor or an elder in the community and you will be amazed at what you will find. Resource sharing has been the backbone of urban life for many years. In the days after the migration to Detroit from the South ...

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Job Corps makes youth successful

Students graduate, work, travel with DJC By Puakea Olaisha Anderson Special to The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Detroit Job Corps graduated over 100 students in a number of specialized technical fields Aug. 24. A national Department of Labor program, Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people, ages 16-24, learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED and find and keep a goo ...

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Keep your past behind you

By Frankie Darcell No one is perfect. If they were, we wouldn’t need a God; there would be no need for the words “I’m sorry” or “forgive me.” We all stumble and fall in this journey. For some of us, the drop takes longer, but we can always catch ourselves before it’s too late. When many of us look at our past, we feel guilt, anger, resentment, fear, shame or embarrassment because of the decisions we’ve made ...

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The Runway a run away success

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Christyle Ryce has her own runway. More than one, actually; The Runway 1 on Dequindre and Eight Mile and The Runway 2 in the Russell Bazaar. The Runways are boutiques that sell women clothing and accessories. “I’ve always had a desire to design clothes but I kind of compromised,” Ryce said. “It was easier to get into retail.” Ryce has been in the re ...

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Obama needs to project more than ‘hope’

By George E. Curry NNPA The primary goal of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. this week is to highlight the sharp contrast between the policies of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent. In the past, political conventions were used to count delegates to determine each party’s respective presidential nominee. That has changed in recent years, with the ballot outco ...

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Glossing over the truth about our history

CHILDWATCH By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA “I often say to people who come to the Schomburg that the crisis of today is a consequence of not one, but two generations born after the Civil Rights Movement who have been deliberately kept from their history.” — Khalil Gibran Muhammad, June 2012 When Khalil Muhammad speaks, people listen. He is a scholar, historian and the director of the New York Public Library’s ...

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Who built what?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA The Republican National Convention’s theme was “We Built This.” One of the speakers was Sher Valenzuela, a Delaware businesswoman who happens to be Latina. She touted the success of her upholstery business and implied it thrived because of her hard work. That’s only partly true. She also thrived because she started out with a $2 million loan from the Small Business Administration, ...

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CODE 22 — No Violence Day: What does it mean?

By Ovella Andreas Codes of honor have been respected from street lords to biblical interpretation, military initiatives to sports tactics. It can be a set of rules or a system of communication. A moral code is a system of principles or rules. Can it be a successful tactic used to reduce violence? The United Communites of America (UCOA) and many citizens will be embracing Code 22 for that reason, a no violen ...

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