Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

MLive and Finley got it wrong. They missed the point. Jon Stewart tried to make it clear. He said, “When it comes to laying siege to a city, we all have a favorite method: You may ...

Detroit beyond bankruptcy

Detroit beyond bankruptcy

For some, Detroit’s future is encouraging; for others, the economic outlook of the majority of the city’s residents is still bleak. ...

Detroit: Justice delayed

Detroit: Justice delayed

So much time has passed, though, that EMs have come and gone from Allen Park, Benton Harbor, Ecorse and Pontiac. And in Detroit, EM Orr will have his work wrapped up as soon as the ...

No indictment for killer cop

No indictment for killer cop

Video of Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, listening to St. Louis County Prosecuting Atty. Robert McCulloch’s delivery of the grand jury’s decision, tells a more personal story ...

Expulsion of ANC’s union partner creates uproar

Expulsion of ANC’s union partner creates uproar

The unprecedented expulsion was approved by a select federation committee. Numsa, a militant activist union, was tossed out for disloyalty to the ANC, for poaching members of other ...

Ebola numbers spike

Ebola numbers spike

Late last week, WHO adjusted the figures to reflect current number, saying that of 13,567 reported cases, 4,951 people had died from Ebola. Officials also noted some cases were not ...

BBC faces new attacks over Rwandan genocide

BBC faces new attacks over Rwandan genocide

Last weekend, hundreds of protestors in Rwanda’s Eastern Province marched in their respective districts to denounce “Rwanda’s Untold Story,” a film which aired on the BBC on Oct. 1 ...

Recognizing sacred relationships with land and water through ceremony

By Gregg Newsom Environmental Justice Principle 11 “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.” I have to thank my co-columnists for their expressions around this principle. Two week’s ago Victoria Goff’s article Environmental Justice through Tribal Sovereignty ...

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RE-imagining Work at Detroit 2012

By Grace Lee Boggs Special to The Michigan Citizen RE-Imagining Work is an essential part of RE-Imagining Revolution. That’s why Detroit 2012 provided exciting opportunities July 1-15 for participants to re-imagine Work. - Every morning participants could put on work gloves and go to one of Detroit’s ongoing community sites (e.g. Feedom Freedom Growers, Hope District, Heidelberg Project, D-Town Farm) to gar ...

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U.S. Women win Olympic Gold

First gymnastics win in 16 years Associated Press LONDON — Team USA lived up to their considerable hype, routing silver medalist Russia and everybody else on their way to their first Olympic title in women’s gymnastics since 1996. Their score of 183.596 was a whopping five points ahead of Russia and made their final event, floor exercise, more like a coronation. Romania won the bronze, as reported in the As ...

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WCCCD to offer variety of new program choices beginning fall semester

By David C. Butty This fall, Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) students, whether they are starting out or starting over, will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of new programs District-wide. One of these new programs is Health Information Technology, which is unlikely to be profiled on your evening television news or in a televised hospital drama. This is because it is the behind-t ...

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Custom sewing business has larger ideas

By Marcus Wright Cynthia Willoughby founded Jasper Custom Sewing in 1995. Willoughby said she really likes sewing and needed to do something relaxing. “I was trying to quit smoking and sewing helped, although I didn’t quit (smoking) until 2003,” Willoughby said. Jasper Custom Sewing produces custom designed clothing made from original fabric including mud cloth. “I design and produce the items at home and s ...

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Ban the Box: Let’s give returning citizens a fairer chance to get hired

Congressman Hansen Clarke (D-MI) For many people who have been convicted of a crime, the end of the sentence is the start of a new kind of punishment.  Millions of citizens convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony face years or even decades of joblessness, often leading to hopelessness, more crime, and imprisonment. It’s time to break this ugly cycle of incarceration. Guaranteeing that every person has a high ...

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YAP teaches community responsibility

Alkebu-Lan Village is host to the Youth Assistance Program (YAP) where teenagers learn conflict resolution, anger management and life skills. Some of the teens are adjudicated first offenders. They are taught appropriate behavior for teenagers. Another important element of the program is the principles learned by the participants. A key principle is: To do always as much as we can, in order to leave our com ...

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Why is it important to urge others to vote?

Immanuel Nimmons, Blair Floyd, Nacarol Faulk It is important to vote. We can’t expect representation or respect if we don’t vote. It is difficult to make the connection between not voting and the deteriorating condition of our community but there is a direct connection. Our people fought hard to be able to exercise their right to vote. It is shameful large numbers of my peers don’t honor them by carrying on ...

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Rep. Conyers’ record argues against election in 13th District

By Sen. Bert Johnson The most striking part of the campaign for election to the new 13th Congressional District has been seeing a 47-year veteran of Congress touting his seniority, while avoiding any opportunity to speak in public to the voters. Voters should not accept this type of campaign because it is disrespectful to them and the decision they have to make on Election Day. Simply put, Rep. John Conyers ...

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OFA marks 100 days until election

Michigan Obama for America held over 150 events including Metro Detroit. A new video and blog post was released July 29 to mark the 100-day milestone until election day Nov. 6. OFA campaign officials say the strength of the campaign has always come from the millions of grassroots supporters nationwide. Over 4,500 events were held nationally. See video and blog post at www.barackobama.com. ...

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