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. ...

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 ...

The Detroit Youth Food Brigade

By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Honey buns, Skittles, McDonald’s and Hot Cheetos were some of the favorite snacks for participants in the Detroit Youth Food Brigade. But that was before they were introduced to the healthy food program. The Detroit Youth Food Brigade is a program that collaborates with high school students and local food-based businesses, including neighborhood ma ...

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Automatic weapons: our neighborhood’s weapon of mass destruction

By Adam Hollier My grandfather always said gun laws only affect law-abiding citizens, but that sentiment was before shows like Discovery Channel’s “Future Weapons” or the millions of other television programming and Web sites that teach weapon modification or creation. We can all agree that the right to bear and keep arms is undeniable. We can also agree that a state’s right to regulate the sale and use of ...

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Land values

By Shea HowellSpecial to the Michigan CitizenHantz Farms is pushing its efforts to steamroll Detroit’s City Council. They have been meeting with local organizations, churches and individuals to gain support for their proposal. In some ways, this effort is not new. John Hantz has been going to local groups for over two years, talking about his plans. Actually he has been sending Mike Score to do most of the ...

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Rosedale Park widow fights banks

Activists surround Britt home By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Activists are camped out around a Rosedale Park home, hoping to block the eviction of Jennifer Britt and her family. They have taken direct action in response to the refusal of government-backed mortgage holder Fannie Mae to negotiate with Britt to modify her loan or help her obtain rights to the deed. “What we’re fighting for ...

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VOTE!

Of course voting is useful. But then again, I don’t put a big glow to it. Voting is about as essential as washing yourself. It’s something you’re supposed to do. Now, you can’t go around bragging, expecting to get props because you voted. That’s stupid. — Chuck D. Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by ...

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EM ‘inflates’ numbers

By Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan Citizen”DETROIT — Detroit Public Schools (DPS) emergency manager and Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) board chairman Roy Roberts is “inflating” his administrative success, according to a new study. Despite promises otherwise, the EM is directing more resources to his administration than the classroom.Roberts has consistently criticized DPS bureaucracy, saying it direct ...

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EAA absorbs turnaround money for DPS

SIG Funds Amount To Millions For EAABy Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — After a drawn-out application process that included expansive turnaround plans, 18 Detroit public schools qualified for a total of $72 million in federal Student Improvement Grants (SIG) funds — $15 million in 2010 and $57 million in 2011. Those funds were to be allocated by the Michigan Department of Education over three y ...

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Coming out of the closet on mental health

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., has been away from Congress on medical leave for so long that his colleagues have been clamoring to know what’s wrong, and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reported that the congressman was receiving treatment for addiction. The truth, according the Rep. Jackson’s staff, is that the congressman is being treated in a residential facility for exhaustion a ...

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ACLU: State fails HP youth

Highland Park parent Michelle Johnson, a plaintiff in the ACLU lawsuit against the state of Michigan, says students deserve a fair education. ZENOBIA JEFFRIES PHOTO Civil liberties attorneys files complaint for students’ ‘right to read’By Zenobia JeffriesThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — The State of Michigan is in violation of state law for its failure to ensure students of the Highland Park School District (H ...

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Put U.S. jobs above D.C. partisanship

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Trice Edney News Wire African Americans and Latinos have suffered the most in the Great Recession. They were the first to lose jobs, and the last to find new jobs. They struggle with the highest unemployment, the greatest loss of personal wealth, the highest percentage of families losing their homes. The calamity has led many to call for programs that would target states and co ...

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