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. ...

Steven Prince Stevens II

Monique Stevens, above, buries her husband U.S. Lance Corporal Steven Prince Stevens II of Detroit July 2 at Mount Hope Memorial Gardens in Livonia. U.S. Lance Corporal Steven Prince Stevens II of Detroit, Michigan was laid to rest July 2 — 11 days before his 24th birthday — at Mount Hope Memorial Gardens in Livonia. His home-going services were held at Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield. Stevens wa ...

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Welcome to the Motor City

By Sara Perryman Because The Michigan Citizen readers are probably curious about those visiting our city over the next two weeks for Detroit 2012: {Re}Imagine the World, Transform Ourselves, Fight for the Future! I’d like to introduce you to a few of them. Since a primary motivation for this gathering is to build an ongoing network of like-minded folk, it seems important to find out what other people are up ...

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Renowned Detroit poet wins 2012 Kresge Fellowship

By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen “I’m not just a lesbian, I’m a woman. I’m not just a woman, I’m a Black woman. I’m not just a Black woman but a survivor of many things,” says slam poet Natasha T. Miller (T. Miller), a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow. As modest as she is creative, Miller said even though she is extremely excited about her recent honor, she remains calm through it all because if y ...

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Mombasa steels itself for attacks

IRIN MOMBASA — Following three grenade attacks in recent months and a U.S. “terror” alert, residents of the coastal Kenyan city of Mombasa are bracing themselves for the possibility of yet more violence; local leaders are working toward better disaster preparedness and improvements in the emergency services. Three people lost their lives after a grenade attack on a bar in the Mshomoroni area of Mombasa June ...

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Rainbow PUSH Michigan urges the nation to join the Crusade for America

DETROIT — As violence continues to take the lives of many across the nation, Rev. D. Alexander Bullock and Rainbow PUSH Michigan remind citizens to meet in Detroit Aug. 25 for the Crusade for America Parent and Youth March. “The concern for public safety is growing at a rapacious rate,” Bullock said. “In the last week, 7-year-old Heaven Sutton was killed by a stray bullet in Chicago while selling lemonade a ...

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What’s on your plate?

By Phil Jones The question “What’s on your plate?” can mean different things to different people, but two thoughts usually come to mind when I’m asked this question or hear it asked of others: What we have to do or what do we have to eat. Both are compelling interpretations that deserve some thought. It is the mission of the DFPC (Detroit Food Policy Council) to engage the community on both and we take that ...

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Appeals court stalls petition approval

Maureen Taylor of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization at June 29 rally. DALE RICH PHOTO Attorneys, activists occupy Cadillac building lobbyBy Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — Attorneys for the coalition that collected over 226,000 signatures to repeal Public Act 4 (PA4) are now worried that the Michigan Court of Appeals is using stall tactics to stop the effort.A three-member panel ruled June ...

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Historic health care decision moves nation toward health equity

News Analysis By Brian Smedley, Ph.D. Trice Edney News Wire The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a significant advancement in the effort to repair the deeply broken U.S. healthcare system and promote equitable opportunities for good health for all. As long as its provisions are fully funded by Congress, the law wil ...

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‘Hey Young World’

Local artist sends positive message to metro youth By Steve Furay Special to the Michigan Citizen Hip hop has reached a point where youth worldwide have accepted the music as the voice of their generation, a 21st century expression of independence and self-confidence. For Matthew “Kodac” Caffey, his lyrics and dedication to the culture have led to opportunities to inspire a new generation of young men and w ...

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Former Lion Triplett recalls not-so glory days

First Black player to be drafted in NFL remembers bitter but breakthrough times for Black athletes By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — It was 1949, and Jackie Robinson recently broke the “color line” in sports two years ago when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Although Major League Baseball opened some doors, the National Football League was very staunched and stubborn t ...

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