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 ...

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 ...

Expungement possible for some

Left to right: Attorney Malita Barrett (standing), attorney Carol Hunter, Circuit Judge Debora Thomas and attorney Rhon Mitchell field a question concerning expungement. MARCUS WRIGHT PHOTO By Marcus WrightSpecial to the Michigan CitizenDETROIT — Expungement is when a criminal conviction is set aside. If a person has a conviction expunged, they are considered not to have been convicted for most purposes. Th ...

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Newfound interest in Africa

By James Clingman NNPA Have you noticed all the current efforts to promote business opportunities in Africa? I sure have. Have you wondered how now, all of a sudden, so much emphasis is being placed on Africa by politicians? I sure have. Have you seen and heard about conferences and initiatives taking place across this nation that stress the importance of business connections with the Motherland? I have, to ...

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Got your tax bill? Escrow it!

The Republican leadership in the state has launched a full frontal attack on Detroit, specifically, and Black communities around the state. As Rev. D. Alexander Bullock says, emergency management appears to be Gov. Rick Snyder’s urban agenda. Last week, the governor walked out of a meeting with pastors, refusing to answer the question: Are you going to put the question of Public Act 4 (PA4), the emergency m ...

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Can you dig it?

Detroit CYDI rap trio brings verses and vision By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — “If you like music, you should like CYDI’s,” says Saron Dier, a member of the all-male rap trio Detroit CYDI, which stands for Can You Dig It. “I don’t like to categorize it as rap or hip hop because you limit yourself. I want you to do a custom box for our music.” Detroit CYDI, a hip hop based music g ...

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Fresh food at the corner store

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — “We work to raise the standards of quality of healthiness in grab-and-go food options throughout the city of Detroit,” Valaurian Waller said of Fresh Corner Café (FCC), a company in which she is a partner with Noam Kimelman. Waller said FCC is a fresh food delivery service that partners with local restaurants and food producers to provide fresh and ...

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RE-imagining Work: Another Production is Possible

By Richard Feldman, Boggs Center In 1963, in his first book, “The American Revolution Pages from a Negro worker’s Notebook” Chrysler worker Jimmy Boggs challenged labor and rights activists to recognize that the elimination of jobs by HiTech was not only creating a permanent underclass in our cities but requiring workers to redefine them/ourselves as citizens, making a life and not just a living. In 1970 , ...

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DHS could be held in contempt

Center for Civil Justice asks Genesee County Circuit Court to enforce its order and hold Department of Human Services in contempt SAGINAW — On June 18, the Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) filed a motion asking the Genesee County Circuit Court to enforce its class action ruling that low-income families cannot be denied or terminated from cash assistance based on a 60-month lifetime limit that violates state l ...

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Food security in Losotho goes from bad to worse

IRIN MOHALE’S HOEK — Initial estimates of the damage to Lesotho’s already ailing agricultural sector — caused by a year of too much rain followed by a year of too little — suggest that an unprecedented number of small-scale farmers harvested nothing this year. Heavy rains and flooding cut Lesotho’s maize production by nearly half during the 2010-11 farming season, causing the price of maize meal to increase ...

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Detroit’s search for righteous food

By Myra D. Lee “In 2010, according to liquor license data provided by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, Detroit leads the state in liquor sales and active liquor licenses. Not only does Detroit have the most active liquor licenses of any local jurisdiction, but the city’s liquor stores, bars and alcohol-serving restaurants have higher liquor sales than any city or county in the state.” Imagine if each ...

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Detroit files Title VI Civil Rights complaints against discriminatory corporate school reforms

Detroit students, parents and civil rights activists joined a national coalition of youth and community groups from New York to California June 21 to jointly file Title VI civil rights complaints against discriminatory “reform” policies that largely target African American and Latino communities. Chanting “No education! No life! We’re gonna fight for our rights!” the community groups called for an end to fa ...

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