Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

Now we are facing the consequences of a city given away to corporate interests. And we are seeing a new industry being born by those who will profit from this municipal rape. ...

REPORT: Michigan’s Black jobless rate is among highest in the US

REPORT: Michigan’s Black jobless rate is among highest in the US

The African American unemployment rate in Michigan is one of the highest in the nation, according to a new Economic Policy Institute analysis from Valerie Wilson, EPI director of t ...

Race and opportunity in Detroit

Race and opportunity in Detroit

In a town where the population of approximately 700,000 is over 80 percent African American, Hill’s research shows the beneficiaries of funding and investment are nearly 70 percent ...

Endorsement: Mark Schauer is the best candidate for Michigan

Endorsement: Mark Schauer is the best candidate for Michigan

The Michigan Citizen endorses Mark Schauer for governor. One cannot support any other candidate and say they have love or respect for Black people, working people or the historic s ...

Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

“We must give people reason to vote their interests by keeping them informed of the consequences of not voting. And we must be where real people are to speak to them — be it the do ...

Obama visits Detroit to boost Mark Schauer

Obama visits Detroit to boost Mark Schauer

The 44th president will speak at Wayne State University’s Matthaei Physical Education Center (5101 John C. Lodge, Detroit). ...

Valerie Jarrett featured on ‘Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’

Valerie Jarrett featured on ‘Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’

Professor Gates and the 'Finding Your Roots' team investigates Jarrett’s lineage to shed light on this mystery. Also on the show actress Angela Bassett and rapper Nas. ...

The 4th District

Carol Banks and Adam Hollier The newly drawn 4th state district has attracted more candidates than any other. Eight of the 11 candidates in the race are Detroit residents, the other three are from Hamtramck. With the exception of one Republican, all are running as Democrats. With less than two weeks to the primary election, Aug. 7, The Michigan Citizen was able interview three candidates to discuss their ca ...

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Obama and Romney, debating the wrong issues

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III Trice Edney News Wire The fundamental debate of the 2012 election is nothing new. The debate of how much power to give the national government goes as far back as the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The Federalists argued for a real division of power between the national and state governments. They wanted a centralization of power in a strong national government. The Anti-Federa ...

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Kenya sponsors Mau Mau torture case against Britain

African Globe The Kenyan government has pledged to meet the cost of prosecuting a court case in London where Kenyan freedom fighters have sued the British government for torture during the suppression of the Mau Mau rebellion. The country’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on Friday that the claimants — four men and one woman in their 70s and 80s — had a genuine case in seeking compensation and a statement ...

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Governments not honoring contracts is nothing new, but responses to them can be

By Patrick Geans-Ali This week we’re looking at Environmental Justice Principle No.11, which “recognizes a special legal and natural relationship of Native Peoples to the U.S. government through treaties, agreements, compacts and covenants affirming sovereignty and self-determination.” Since my colleague Victoria Goff examined EJ Principle No. 11 from an environmental perspective in last week’s edition of t ...

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Pushing children out of school

Marian Wright Edelman NNPA In 1642, the Massachusetts General Court passed one of the very first laws about education in what would become the United States. It ruled that because it was apparent “the good education of children is of singular behoof and benefit to any Common-wealth,” all parents and guardians were required to make sure children received “so much learning as may enable them perfectly to read ...

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SUPA EMCEE nominated as ‘rapper of the year’

Highland Park rapper recognized for 4th annual 2012 Detroit Black Music Awards HIGHLAND PARK — Jim-mie “SUPA EMCEE” Brown, Highland Park native, entertainer and community activist, was nominated as “Rapper of the Year” for the fourth Annual 2012 Detroit Black Music Awards. The Detroit Black Music Awards in collaboration with the Motown Alumni Association is elated to present this years’ event. “It is more t ...

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State reps facing new districts

Rashida Tlaib, John Olumba, Jimmy Womack By Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — As the political party in control of the legislature, state Republicans spearheaded the redistricting process following the 2010 census. A 2011 federal discrimination lawsuit resulted, headed by the NAACP, citing violations to the voting rights of African American communities across the state.In Detroit, the redrawn li ...

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PSL re-aligns football divisions

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Unlike past seasons, the Detroit Public School League’s 2012 season will have only one champion. In past seasons there were two champions, one each from Division I and Division II. But with the closing of Southwestern and Kettering, and the consolidation of Crockett Tech and Finney into East English Academy, the PSL is now down to 15 school ...

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Penn State plea bargain exposes NCAA spinelessness

By Jan Ting Cagle Cartoons Those in the know at Penn State are relieved the university escaped the death penalty for its football program which could, and should, have been imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the cover-up of child sex abuse. The $60 million contribution Penn State pays to the NCAA to fund national child abuse prevention programs is equal to Penn State’s direct ...

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Something for everyone at Midtown business

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Rachel Lutz has lived in Midtown most of her life and still loves living there. That’s one of the reasons why she opened her business there. Lutz opened the doors Dec. 3, 2011 and invited customers to step into The Peacock Room. Located at 15 E. Kirby, Suite 110, The Peacock Room is a retail women’s clothing store that sells men’s accessories as wel ...

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