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Gov. Snyder disenfranchised over half of Black Michiganders, now says most of Detroit won’t have a Congressperson for nearly a year

Gov. Snyder disenfranchised over half of Black Michiganders, now says most of Detroit won’t have a Congressperson for nearly a year

In 2013, Michigan governor Rick Snyder imposed an Emergency Manager on the city of Detroit. With that move 49% of the African Americans in Michigan were without a democratically-elected local government. His appointed Emergency Manager was given full control over the city. This past week, Gov. Snyder continued his disenfranchisement of Detroiters when he chose the date of the special […]

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Organizers apologize for confusion around Sen. Sanders’ role at the Women’s Convention in Detroit

Organizers apologize for confusion around Sen. Sanders’ role at the Women’s Convention in Detroit

At 8:36 a.m. on Thursday morning, the Twitter account for the Women’s March tweeted out a USA Today article titled, “Bernie Sanders to deliver opening-night speech at Women’s Convention”: We are so excited to have @SenSanders join us at the #WomensConvention October 27-29th in Detroit! https://t.co/UssiTSe2IN — Women's March (@womensmarch) October 12, 2017 The Detroit Free Press published the same […]

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ORGANIZING IN DETROIT: WHY IT MATTERS TO ME

ORGANIZING IN DETROIT: WHY IT MATTERS TO ME

I am a social justice organizer who enjoys introducing conferences and other social justice initiatives to my great city, Detroit. However, it’s more than just organizing. It’s a responsibility that I find as difficult as I find rewarding. Detroit is a city that is over 80% black. It is a city that was disinvested in for many decades and, in […]

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22nd Annual PTO Conference comes to Detroit

22nd Annual PTO Conference comes to Detroit

The 22nd Annual Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed Conference (PTO) will be held in Detroit, Michigan from June 1st – 4th and Detroiters can attend the entire conference for just $30! The PTO conference will be in Detroit commemorating the 50th Anniversary of 1967 Detroit Rebellion and Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence – […]

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Detroit’s water system and the roots of the Flint Water Crisis

Detroit’s water system and the roots of the Flint Water Crisis

The following guest post was written by Dennis L. Green, a retired certified Professional Engineer from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD). Dennis graduated from Cass Technical High School’s Electrical program in 1963 and received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Tech in 1969. After graduation, Dennis went to work for the Detroit Water Department, Engineering […]

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Detroit Joins Hundreds of Thousands to March for Climate Justice

Detroit Joins Hundreds of Thousands to March for Climate Justice

Three years ago, I was fortunate enough to join nearly 400,000 people in New York City for what has been called the “largest climate-change demonstration in history.” I was in NYC with water warrior, Monica Lewis Patrick of We the People of Detroit to attend the climate march and facilitate a workshop on water at the Church Center for the […]

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Let the Poems Fall Where they May

Let the Poems Fall Where they May

It’s been a bit difficult for me to blog these past few weeks with everything going on in the world. Fortunately, the poet in me has regained her inspiration to create. April is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s a month that encourages me to celebrate poetry every day. It’s a month where poetry isn’t just an add-on, […]

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Who in their right mind thinks improving “failing” schools means defunding then shutting them down? Republicans.

Who in their right mind thinks improving “failing” schools means defunding then shutting them down? Republicans.

This is madness. A Michigan law passed by Republicans allows for schools that don’t meet specific requirements for academic achievement to be simply closed. Shut down. Kids thrown out. It’s a draconian step, one that essentially tells parents, “We don’t want to make the investments in your children’s schools needed to bring them up to par, so we are giving […]

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Detroit education activists rally TOMORROW (Friday, February 17, 2017) to prevent school closures

Detroit education activists rally TOMORROW (Friday, February 17, 2017) to prevent school closures

Tomorrow, Friday, February 17, 2017, education activists in Detroit will hold a rally to protest the imminent closure of public schools there. The schools are slated to be closed under a draconian new policy in Michigan. The policy says that poor-performing schools that don’t show progress over a three year period may be shut down. 25 schools in Detroit and […]

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: >2,000 protest Pr*s. Trump and his fascist immigration/refugee policies at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)

PHOTOS/VIDEO: >2,000 protest Pr*s. Trump and his fascist immigration/refugee policies at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)

A protest of Pr*sident Donald Trump’s fascist anti-immigrant and anti-refugee Executive Orders at Detroit Metro Airport tonight drew over 2,000 people spread out across two levels of the Macnamara Terminal and completely filling half of the baggage claim area. The permitted protest started at 4:00 p.m. and was slated to end at 6:00 p.m. However, it was well past 6:30 […]

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Here’s one thing I know, in this new reality we’re going to need all the truth & information we can get

At a press conference on Wednesday, Donald Trump told the nation that CNN is “fake news”. That stunning declaration is part of a long-term strategy, honed by the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, to discredit information sources that keep the citizenry informed about reality. For his most ardent followers, Trump’s statement just confirms what they already wanted to believe because […]

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