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At 99 Thoughts. Thanks. Questions. by Grace Lee Boggs

LFC At 99    Thoughts. Thanks.  Questions. By Grace Lee Boggs To begin with, my thoughts this week are  with my friend, Micah Fialka-Feldman, who will be undergoing open heart surgery in Ann Arbor. Next  I want  to thank the folks who called, sent cards or came to wish me a Happy 99 last weekend. Special […]

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Water choices By Shea Howell – Week 65 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Water choices Week 65 of the Occupation  The pursuit of profits is endangering the health and well being of everyone in Detroit. What Kevin Orr, Jones Day, and the corporate powers they serve termed a business necessity is being revealed to the world as a violation of the most […]

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Welcome to the Boggs School By Halima Cassells, Parent

LFC Welcome to the Boggs School By Halima Cassells, Parent     Stepping in,  larger-than-life portraits of young faces greet me- red, orange, blue, green- smiling as if they have a secret that they are ready to share. Looking up,  I  see  whimsical cloud kites adorning  the ceiling. Welcome to the James and Grace Lee Boggs […]

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Future Time By Shea Howell – Week 64 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Future Time Week 64 of the occupation June 24, 2014 Time is slippery in Detroit. Sometimes you turn a corner and step into the future. It happens in early summer walking through the Cass Corridor, coming upon an unexpected iris garden, determined to provide wild beauty in the face […]

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R.I.P Ruby Dee Davis, 1922-2014 By Grace Lee Boggs

  LFC R.I.P Ruby Dee Davis, 1922-2014 By Grace Lee Boggs Over the years Ruby Dee has become a part of all our lives because in our living rooms , on TV,  we have watched and identified with her in so many movies and at so many civil rights demonstrations.   Despite her fame and artistry […]

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Contempt of Court By Shea Howell – Week 63 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Contempt of Court Week 63 of the occupation June 17, 2013 Lennette Williams and her daughter Mailauni first came to public attention in 1998. Ms. Williams then challenged the Chief Judge of Wayne County Probate Court Milton Mack because of his mishandling of her $30 million settlement with Henry […]

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Water, Dispossession and Resistance By Shea Howell – Week 62 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Water, Dispossession and Resistance Week 62 of the occupation June 10, 2014   Water is a basic human right. That was the strong message sent to the Detroit Works/Detroit Future project during the environmental session held as part of their community conversations. These are the orchestrated conversations that Detroit […]

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RIP General Baker 1941-2014. Yuri Kochiyama 1921-2014

LFC RIP General Baker 1941-2014. Yuri Kochiyama 1921-2014  We’ve lost two more stalwarts in the ongoing struggle for a new world of peace and social justice: General Baker and Yuri Kochiyama. Our hearts go out to Marian Kramer, Gen’s wife and comrade  and their children and grandchildren. The last time  General and I talked was […]

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Beyond Pensions By Shea Howell – Week 61 of the Occupation of Detroit

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Beyond Pensions Week 61 of the Occupation of Detroit June 3, 2014 The dictatorial running of our city distorts our ability to think and discuss the kind of future we want for ourselves and our children. Currently, we engaged in an outrageously brutal, sham process of public decision-making. Across […]

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RIP General Baker 1941-2014. By Grace Lee Boggs

RIP General Baker 1941-2014. By Grace Lee Boggs  We’ve lost another stalwart in the struggle, General  Baker . He was a huge presence and will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to Marian Kramer, his wife and comrade,   their children and grandchildren. The last time  General and I talked was four years ago on […]

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Benefit or betrayal? By Shea Howell – Week 60 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Benefit or betrayal? Week 60 of the Occupation Who benefits? If we answer this question by looking at the lives of our children, it is obvious that the policies of our nation, states, and cities are failing miserably. As the policy elite gather this week in Mackinac, they should […]

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Fund Raising 2014 We are asking for your support

James& Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership www.boggscenter.org   Dear friends, We are asking for your support. Your contribution advances our work as a Center committed to developing leadership, deepening ideas, and creating programs and community based structures for the Next American R(E)volution. This year Grace Lee Boggs will be 99. With the […]

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RIP William Worthy, 1921 – 2014, Vincent Harding 1931 – 2014 by Grace Lee Boggs

LFC  RIP William Worthy, 1921 – 2014, Vincent Harding 1931 – 2014 By Grace Lee Boggs               This month the world, the movement and I lost two irreplaceable comrades,. William Worthy, the  trailblazing journalist,  and Vincent Harding , the historian, theologian and movement activist. The media including the New York Times, had a lot to […]

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Climate challenges By Shea Howell – Week 59 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Climate challenges Week 59 of the occupation May 20, 2014   As the economic, political, and media elite prepare for their annual gathering on Mackinac Island, they should stop and take a close look at the water. Coast Guard cutters only recently freed it from ice three feet deep. […]

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Jackson Rising by Tawana Petty

Jackson Rising   By Tawana Petty The first weekend in May, I was able to attend the Jackson   Rising: New Economies Conference in Jackson, Miss., with an incredible   Detroit delegation. The conference was birthed out of the vision of late   Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (Baba Chokwe), the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement   […]

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Empty Houses By Shea Howell -By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Empty Houses Week 58 of the occupation May 17, 2014   Homes left empty by the foreclosure crisis are like open wounds. My neighborhood is no exception. Over the years we have had our share of abandoned houses, but most found their way to new families. But the foreclosure […]

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Call to Action in Support of the Zapatistas

Hi! The Denunciation and Call to Action in support of the Zapatistas has been released! Please Circulate the Call to Action Widely! – email it, tweet, it, post it on your facebook! It is pasted below in English and Spanish with all of the signatories so far.  Spread the word, speak up, speak out, organize […]

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From the Boggs Center – We stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and support their call for cultural and academic boycott of Israel.

From the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership May 12, 2014  We recently discovered that the film American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs is being shown in Israel. This was done without the knowledge or support of the Boggs Center. Further we uncritically posted this information on our website. We apologize for this […]

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Form and substance By Shea Howell – Week 57 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Form and substance Week 57 of the Occupation May 10 – 17 2014 Last week, the destructive direction for Detroit being pushed by the corporate elite was on full display.  In the courtroom, boardroom, and banquet hall, the image of a whiter, wealthier city, governed by fiat was celebrated. […]

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Progressive actions by Shea Howell – Week 56 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Progressive actions Week 56 of the Occupation April 29, 2014  Emergency Manager Orr has offered almost no structural change in his proposals to move Detroit toward financial health. He has slashed city workers, privatized services, and colluded in the sale of public lands for private gains. But he has […]

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Sovereignty, Solidarity, and (R)evolution: Lessons from the Sunflower Movement By Marcia Lee

Sovereignty, Solidarity, and (R)evolution: Lessons from the Sunflower Movement By Marcia Lee, a Taiwanese Detroiter Have you heard of the 300 plus young people who took over their legislative halls in response to the ruling party’s dismantling of democracy through the selling and giving away of the resources of the people? Have you heard of […]

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Earth Day and Hantz Farm By Shea Howell – Week 55 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Earth Day and Hantz Farm Week 55 of the occupation April 22, 2014 As Judge Rhodes interviewed experts to comment on the feasibility of Kevyn Orr’s latest plan to redevelop Detroit, people around the world celebrated Earth Day. The United Nations declared it International Mother Earth Day in 2009. […]

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CONVERSATIONS IN MAINE James and Grace Lee Boggs Freddy and Lyman Paine

CONVERSATIONS IN MAINE Exploring Our Nation’s Future James and Grace Lee Boggs   Freddy and Lyman Paine Introduction No radicals are going to get power in this country until   we have converted a whole lot of people to recognize that   they are their own jailers; that they take the prison of   their own selves […]

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The Great Hair Day Escape at the Boggs School by Yvette Thompson

The Great Hair Day Escape at the Boggs School by Yvette Thompson  The Great Hair Day Escape was a community event which took place on Saturday, March 22 at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School on Detroit’s eastside. The event was organized by the Boggs School Exploratory Community Outreach (ECO) group, a community organizing […]

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On Public Relations By Shea Howell – Week 54 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves On Public Relations By Shea Howell Week 54 of the occupation April 15, 2014 Judge Steven Rhodes scolded Kevyn Orr and everyone else last week. After approving the latest proposal from Emergency Manger Orr to settle the swaps debt with Bank America Merrill Lynch and UBS, the judge said, “This bankruptcy is […]

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May 1 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY AGAINST EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN MICHIGAN

http://www.d-rem.org/call-to-action-may-day-solidarity-against-emergency-management-in-michigan/ *CALL TO ACTION* STATE AND WORLD-WIDE MAY 1, 2014 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY AGAINST EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN MICHIGAN *NO BUSINESS AS USUAL!!!* NO WORK, NO SHOPPING, NO LOTTERY TICKETS NO ALCOHOL, NO TOBACCO……. ON THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014 PROTEST TO SAVE WORKERS PENSIONS, CITY SERVICES, BUSES, SCHOOLS, OUR CITIES’ ASSETS & DEMOCRACY NO TO […]

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Water Rights By Shea Howell – Week 53 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Water Rights By Shea Howell Week 53 of the occupation  Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to turn the water department into a regional asset has been smashed by the absolute refusal of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Mark Hackel of Macomb County. In a politically motived move to pander to […]

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Thinking And Acting Dialectically By Grace Lee Boggs

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New Work-New Culture – Bi-Monthly Meeting

Title: New Work-New Culture – Bi-Monthly Meeting Location: Boggs Center 313 923 0797 3061 Field St Detroit, Mi 48214 Description: Dear New Work-New Culture friend, Please join us Monday at 1:00 pm for our bimonthly meeting to continue our discussions and updates. Kim has raised the following question and makes the commentary below: What makes […]

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Matters of perspective By Shea Howell – Week fifty-two. Year one of the occupation.

Thinking for Ourselves Matters of perspective By Shea Howell Week fifty-two. Year one of the occupation. April 1, 2014 We have now had one year of emergency management. Little has been achieved by Mr. Orr. But the contours of the kind of city Orr, Snyder and the corporate elite envision are emerging. They are advocating […]

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My Philosophic Journey by Grace Lee Boggs

My Philosophic Journey By Grace Lee Boggs   The Gandhi-Hamer-King Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, is creating a videotaped collection of interviews with veterans of various struggles for freedom reflecting on the role of religion and/or spirituality in their formative years and […]

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Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell – Week 50 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Value Choices By Shea Howell Week fifty of the occupation March 18, 2014 Voices critical of Kevyn Orr’s plan are growing. Basic assumptions fostered by Orr, the corporate-foundation elite, and their media are being undermined. The criticisms of community and labor activists are spreading from the streets to the halls of academia […]

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Value Choices By Shea Howell – Week fifty of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Value Choices Week fifty of the occupation March 18, 2014 Voices critical of Kevyn Orr’s plan are growing. Basic assumptions fostered by Orr, the corporate-foundation elite, and their media are being undermined. The criticisms of community and labor activists are spreading from the streets to the halls of academia […]

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AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY JOINS THE FREEP FILM FESTIVAL

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY JOINS THE FREEP FILM FESTIVAL The FREEP inaugural Film Festival will showcase Detroit and Michigan-themed documentaries, along with film discussions, panels and a few other surprises. The curtain rises March 20-23 at the Fillmore Detroit and the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The latest films to join the schedule […]

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Evil consequences By Shea Howell – Week 49 of the Occupation.

Thinking for ourselves  Evil consequences By Shea Howell Week 49 of the Occupation. March 11, 2014   This week Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr visited the Michigan Citizen. We had a wide-ranging discussion about his role as emergency manager, his understanding of the development of the city, and his hopes for the future. The Citizen staff […]

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LIVING FOR CHANGE in China By Grace Lee Boggs

LFC LIVING FOR CHANGE in China By Grace Lee Boggs  This week I received sample copies of the Chinese edition of Living for Change. The Index, which is the only section in English, lists the names of the individuals who had been part of my life up to 1998 when the English edition was published […]

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Toward a People’s Plan By Shea Howell – Week 47 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves Toward a People’s Plan By Shea Howell Week 47 of the Occupation  Emergency Manger Kevyn Orr delivered his proposals for exiting bankruptcy to Judge Steven Rhodes on Friday morning. Called The Plan of Adjustment, the document is more than 400 pages long and includes a dense “Disclosure Statement” that describes how Orr […]

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Solutionary educators meet in Detroit By Grace Lee Boggs

Solutionary educators meet in Detroit By Grace Lee Boggs Nearly a hundred educators participated in the North Dakota Study Group (NDSG) gathering in Detroit over the President’s weekend from February 14-17. They included new teachers, veteran teachers, university professors, community activists, undergraduates, deans, foundations program officers, and principals. The gathering was housed, held meetings and […]

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Blind Justice By Shea Howell – Week 46 of the occupation

  Thinking for ourselves Blind Justice By Shea Howell   Week 46 of the occupation February 18, 2014   The plan proposed by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to address Detroit’s financial crisis is finding its way to court.  Its outlines how the Emergency Manager expects to deal with debt, pensions, and services.   The Plan […]

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2014 New Work New Culture – Frithjof Bergmann speaks to South Africa

Frithjof  Bergmann speaks to South Africa Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XP73OCm8LE&feature=em-share_video_user <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/3XP73OCm8LE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Part 2 <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/heOefrkRUwE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heOefrkRUwE&feature=em-share_video_user

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Naming the Enemy By Grace Lee Boggs

Naming the Enemy By Grace Lee Boggs A spectre is haunting the American people– the spectre of destruction by capitalism. In its limitless quest for profits capitalism has defiled our human relationships by turning them into money relationships. It has transformed Work from a precious human activity into Jobs which are done only for a […]

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Plans of adjustment By Shea Howell – Week 44 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves Plans of adjustment By Shea Howell Week 44 of the Occupation February 4, 2013   Plans to adjust Detroit are underway. Soon, the confidential plan, forged behind closed doors, will be made public. The adjustments to move through bankruptcy sought by Emergency Manager Orr should be carefully studied. Orr has repeatedly shown […]

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More on Celebrating the MLK holiday By Grace Lee Boggs

More on Celebrating the MLK holiday By Grace Lee Boggs   I am going to New York next week to participate in New York University’s 9th consecutive celebration of Dr. King’s birthday on February 6th.   The theme of the celebration will be “The Power of Courage” and the program which has been organized by […]

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Talking truth By Shea Howell – Week 43 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Talking truth Week 43 of the Occupation January 28, 2014 Almost as soon as Governor Snyder asked for greater civility in politics L. Brooks Patterson’s interview in the New Yorker was released. Under the title “Drop Dead, Detroit!” the article is filled with comments that even Patterson’s supporters find […]

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NEW WORK, NEW CULTURE NEW ECONOMY…. ON FIELD STREETULTURE by Peggy Hong

NEW WORK, NEW CULTURE NEW ECONOMY…. ON FIELD STREETULTURE, by Peggy Hong   When I moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Detroit last February, I left my home of 25 years, the nonprofit yoga school I had founded, and a community decades in the making, to come and be a learner here in Detroit.   I […]

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Alternative decisions By Shea Howell – Week 42 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Alternative decisions By Shea Howell   Week 42 of the occupation January 21, 2014   U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes rejected the second effort by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to protect the banks at the expense of the people of Detroit. In a decision described as stunning, Judge Rhodes ruled that the […]

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Celebrating the MLK Holiday By Grace Lee Boggs

LFC Celebrating the MLK Holiday Reprinted from the Michigan Citizen, 1/14/13 By Grace Lee Boggs   All over the country schools, churches, universities and other community groups will be celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday this week in many different ways.   Many, perhaps most, will recall King’s “I have a dream” speech at the 1965 […]

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Cops and Robbers By Shea Howell – Week 41 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Cops and Robbers By Shea Howell Week 41 of the occupation January 14, 2014   Everyone who lives in Detroit knows crime is a problem. We are all scarred by it. In my very ordinary neighborhood, there have been 4 murders in the last two years. An elder woman was beaten in […]

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On behalf of the city By Shea Howell – Week 40 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell On behalf of the city Week 40 of the occupation January 7, 2014 The carefully constructed claim on competence and legitimacy by the Governor and his Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr, is eroding. The current drama of the proposed Barclay’s loan to pay off Bank of America and UBS reveals […]

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IFC Celebrating the Zapatistas: by Francisco Alonso, January 4, 2014

LFC Celebrating the Zapatistas: 20 years of reinventing revolution by Francisco Alonso, January 4, 2014 http://roarmag.org/2014/01/zapatista-autonomy-reinventing-revolution/ Twenty years have passed since the Zapatistas declared war on the Mexican state for having signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), for closing definitively the agrarian reform by modifying article 27 of the Constitution, and for the […]

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Boggs Center Hosts UM-Dearborn Students By Grace Lee Bogg

Boggs Center Hosts UM-Dearborn Students By Grace Lee Bogg Dec 21 – 28, 2013 Two weeks before Christmas the Boggs Center hosted a group of University of Michigan-Dearborn students, who are members of Public Allies, an Anericorp program dedicated to young-adult leadership development..?  “Public Allies is a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone […]

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Sovereign Cities By Shea Howell – Week 37 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves Sovereign Cities By Shea Howell Week 37 of the Occupation December 17, 2013 Cities hold a special place in the development of human beings. Their emergence is linked to the shift from hunting and gathering societies to the development of agriculture. As humans succeeded in agricultural, we were able to develop more […]

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Your support is invaluable. 2014

Friend, We are in a dangerous time, with extraordinary possibilities for deepening the struggle for a New America. To meet these challenges, we need to raise $100,000 to hire a Boggs Center Director and an Eastside Organizer. This is an ambitious goal as we depend on individual donors. Please go to www.boggscenter.org and click Donate, […]

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Hope blossoms in Detroit By Grace Lee Boggs Dec 14-21, 2013 Chris Hedges is one of my favorite columnists. A graduate of the Harvard Divinity School , he has been a foreign correspondent in many parts of the world sending back dispatches which reveal both a deep concern for life. and a profound despair about […]

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A different vision, saying No to Hantz By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves A different vision, saying No to Hantz By Shea Howell December 11, 2012 Something very new is happening in Detroit. Forces long dispersed are coming together, recognizing the possibilities of creating a future based on values of care, compassion, local production, and sustainable ways of living. Thanks to the Hantz Farms/Woodlands proposal, […]

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Your Support to continue visionary organizing as we are building the resistance…

Friend,Your support is invaluable. It has advanced our commitment to the Next American Revolution. It brings us strength as we live with the occupation of Detroit by a State appointed Emergency Manager who has sole authority over every civic decision, including the declaration of bankruptcy. We are challenged to continue visionary organizing as we are […]

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LFC What is History? By Grace Lee Boggs

What-is-history-eh-carr LFC What is History? By Grace Lee Boggs Dec. 7-14 , 2013 The largely negative or at best lukewarm responses to Many Rivers to Cross , the heavily promoted PBS series produced under the aegis of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, provide us with the opportunity to revisit “What is History” by the English […]

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State of Emergency By Shea Howell – Week thirty-five of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell  State of Emergency Week thirty-five of the occupation  This is an unprecedented moment. Almost everyone agrees that the drive to bankruptcy in Detroit is carving new paths on the American landscape.  The facts are stark. A city of 700,000 people, stripped of local representation; elders who have worked a […]

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Duplicating Efforts By Shea Howell – Week thirty-three of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves Duplicating Efforts By Shea Howell Week thirty-three of the Occupation November 19, 2013 The incompetence of emergency management raises critical questions. What exactly are we paying these high paid consultants to do on our behalf? A recent article in Crain’s notes that much of the new plan to get us to financial […]

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Barbara Stachowski accepting the Max Mark-Cranbrook Peacemaker Award on behalf of Grace Lee Boggs.

My name is Barbara Stachowski and I am honored to accept the Max Mark-Cranbrook Peacemaker Award on behalf of Grace Lee Boggs. I am a member of the Board of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership. At the Boggs Center we strive to create a safe space for multigenerational conversations […]

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Duplicating Efforts By Shea Howell – Week thirty-three of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves Duplicating Efforts By Shea Howell Week thirty-three of the Occupation November 19, 2013 The incompetence of emergency management raises critical questions. What exactly are we paying these high paid consultants to do on our behalf? A recent article in Crain’s notes that much of the new plan to get us to financial […]

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Grace lee Boggs – Melissa-Harris-Perry MSNBC

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On Love and Fear By Shea Howell – Week thirty two of the occupation.

Thinking for ourselves On Love and Fear By Shea Howell Week thirty two of the occupation. November 12, 2013 The news that mattered most this week was not about bankruptcy, emergency management, secret meetings by foundations, city council land deals, or the new mayor-elect. It was the news of death. Newborns, toddlers, teens, and adults, […]

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Hamtramck: The multicultural jewel inside Detroit By Barbara Stachowski

LFC Hamtramck: The multicultural jewel inside Detroit By Barbara Stachowski The Detroit Metropolitan region is known for its resilience, and nowhere is that resilience more evident than in the enclave City of Hamtramck, the multifaceted, multicultural jewel centrally located within the boundaries of Detroit. Hamtramck is only 2.2 square miles in size but is home […]

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On Love and Fear By Shea Howell – Week thirty two of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves On Love and Fear By Shea Howell Week thirty two of the occupation. November 12, 2013 The news that mattered most this week was not about bankruptcy, emergency management, secret meetings by foundations, city council land deals, or the new mayor-elect. It was the news of death. Newborns, toddlers, teens, and adults, […]

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Revisiting the November 1963 Grassroots Leadership Conference By Grace Lee Boggs

LFC Revisiting the November 1963 Grassroots Leadership Conference By Grace Lee Boggs This week is the 50th anniversary of the Grassroots Leadership Conference (GRLC) which most people associate with Malcolm’s speech at the closing rally. In the speech Malcolm X projected his own ideology for the Black revolution which, he explained, is based on a […]

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Democracy and Resistance By Shea Howell – Week 30 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Democracy and Resistance By Shea Howell Week 30 of the occupation October 29, 2013 The legitimacy of the Detroit financial emergency is eroding. Whatever the legal decision on bankruptcy by Federal Court Judge Steven Rhodes, the use of Detroit’s financial problems by a corporate elite for personal and political gain is becoming […]

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From Devils Night to Movement City and Bioneers By Grace Lee Bogg

LFC From Devils Night to Movement City and Bioneers By Grace Lee Bogg Nov. 2-9, 2013 On Friday, October 25 I participated in the Movement City Symposium at the University of Michigan, and on Saturday, October 26 I was given an award at the opening session of the 9th annual Bioneers Conference at Marygrove College […]

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Democracy and Resistance By Shea Howell – Week 30 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Democracy and Resistance By Shea Howell Week 30 of the occupation October 29, 2013 The legitimacy of the Detroit financial emergency is eroding. Whatever the legal decision on bankruptcy by Federal Court Judge Steven Rhodes, the use of Detroit’s financial problems by a corporate elite for personal and political gain is becoming […]

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Our next regular New Work meeting

Title: Our next regular New Work meeting Location: Boggs Center 3061 Field Det, Mi 48214 Description: Our next regular New Work meeting will be Nov 11, 1-3 PM at the Boggs Center. Start Time: 01:00 Date: 2013/10/11 End Time: 03:00

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Solutionaries are today’s Revolutionaries By Grace Lee Boggs

LFC Solutionaries are today’s Revolutionaries By Grace Lee Boggs Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2013 Seventy years ago when I joined the radical movement, the paradigm or generally accepted concept of revolution came from the 1917 revolution in Russia. Being a revolutionary meant preparing yourself and your organization to seize state power. During the 20th century the […]

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Asking questions By Shea Howell – Week 29 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Asking questions By Shea Howell Week 29 of the occupation October 22, 2013 The Detroit City Council has finally taken a strong stand against the schemes of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. It unanimously rejected Orr’s latest effort to protect Jones Day clients Bank of America and UBS by borrowing $350 million from […]

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(R)Evoution – in the 21st Century Pamphlet

(R)Evoution – in the 21st Century Pamphlet Link to Boggs Center store Added in second edition: A time for resistance by Alice Jennings  

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Being Managed By Shea Howell Week 28 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Being Managed Week 28 of the occupation October 15, 2013 The implications of emergency management for Detroit are becoming clear. A few people are making a lot of money. Those few individuals, including EM Kevyn Orr, his former law firm Jones-Day, various lawyers, consults and assistants are predicted to […]

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Water Rights By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Water Rights By Shea Howell Week twenty-seven of the occupation October 8, 2013 While Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced speedy plans to create a regional authority to take over the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, global leaders were meeting in Budapest at the World Water Summit. The Summit has been called because […]

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Part one and Two -Identity Politics and Left Activism by Immanuel Wallerstein

Week one and Two Identity Politics and Left Activism The Next American Revolution by Grace Lee Boggs with Scott Kurashige Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century A review by Immanuel Wallerstein, Senior Analyst, Yale University The biggest internal debate absorbing the world left for at least the last seventy-five years has been whether identity is […]

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Global Visit to Detroit – By Rich Feldman & Tawana Petty

Global Visit to Detroit- By Rich Feldman & Tawana Petty On Saturday evening, September 21, eighteen participants from the Future Generations Class of 2013 arrived in Detroit for a learning journey sponsored by the Boggs Center. . They arrived in two vans from West Virginia and were part of a global masters-graduate program dedicated to […]

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Passionate fight By Shea Howell Week – twenty-three of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Passionate fight By Shea Howell Week twenty-three of the occupation September 10, 2013 The resistance to Emergency Managers is growing. The Honorable John Conyers convened a public forum to discuss the role of Emergency Managers and Detroit’s bankruptcy filing. The forum was hosted by scholar and commentator Michael Eric Dyson and brought […]

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Homecoming at Highlander By Grace Lee Boggs

LFC Homecoming at Highlander By Grace Lee Boggs Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2013 Last weekend I had the honor and pleasure of spending three days at the legendary Highlander Center where ever since 1932 the famous and the nameless have been meeting to define and redefine the American Revolution to mean NOT the seizure […]

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Resisting the EM By Shea Howell – Week twenty-six of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Resisting the EM By Shea Howell Week twenty-six of the occupation September 24, 2013 As Rick Snyder campaigns for his second term, people are bombarded with images of the “can do” governor. One image we wont see is Governor Snyder meeting with the Detroit elected Board of Education. If the Governor had […]

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Boggs Center Future Generations and WSU Center For Peace and conflict Studies Photo

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”Children are Solutionaries” School Opens in Detroit by Grace Lee Boggs

LFC ”Children are Solutionaries” School Opens in Detroit by Grace Lee Boggs  The morning of September 3 I participated in the opening ceremony of the new Boggs charter school at 4141 Mitchell on the east side of Detroit It was a heart-warming affair, full of the love, sense of continuity and commitment to place that […]

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Memory and Democracy By Shea Howell – Week twenty-five of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Memory and Democracy By Shea Howell Week twenty-five of the occupation September 17, 2013 Just as the mainstream media rushed to foster myths and misinformation to justify the state takeover of Detroit, it is rushing to rewrite current history. We are being told that all elected city government was incompetent and bureaucratic. […]

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LFC – DETROITERS BEGIN RESISTANCE TO THE EMERGENCY MANAGER by Grace Lee Boggs

LFC – DETROITERS BEGIN RESISTANCE TO THE EMERGENCY MANAGER by Grace Lee Boggs  Last week, in this column, Attorney Alice Jennings wrote: “As I watched the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1963 March on Washington last week, I realized that the civil rights movement of the 1950-60s, which changed this country so profoundly, emerged out […]

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Passionate fight By Shea Howell – Week twenty-three of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Passionate fight By Shea Howell Week twenty-three of the occupation September 10, 2013 The resistance to Emergency Managers is growing. The Honorable John Conyers convened a public forum to discuss the role of Emergency Managers and Detroit’s bankruptcy filing. The forum was hosted by scholar and commentator Michael Eric Dyson and brought […]

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  Boggs Day at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School, this past friday. Photo: Andrea Claire Maio     From left to right, Boggs School teachers: Julia Putnam; Amanda Rosman; Marisol Teachworth Grace Lee Boggs   By Curt Guyette Published: July 9, 2013 Some seeds take longer than others to germinate. The ones that […]

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Building a 21st C Resistance Movement By Alice B. Jennings Esq.

Building a 21st C Resistance Movement By Alice B. Jennings Esq. “Each generation, coming out of obscurity, must define its mission, and fulfill or betray it. “ Fanon As I watched the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1963 March on Washington last week, I realized that the civil rights movement of the 1950-60s, which changed […]

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Competent or incapable? By Shea Howell – Week 22 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Competent or incapable? By Shea Howell September 3, 2013 Week 22 of the occupation The new watch-words coming from the Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr are competence and efficiency. We are being told he is busy “streamlining” city government. He is eliminating cumbersome bureaucracies. His target this week is City Planning and Development. […]

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Malcolm X: “The Farce on Washington” By Grace Lee Boggs

LFC Malcolm X: “The Farce on Washington” By Grace Lee Boggs August 31-September 7, 2013 In the midst of the media frenzy around the 1963 MOW, history will not absolve us if we ignore Malcolm’s description of the March as “the farce on Washington.” This is because the radical rejection of integration into a society […]

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The city? By Shea Howell Week – 21 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves The city? By Shea Howell Week 21 of the occupation August 31- September 7, 2013 Nearly 50 years ago, James Boggs wrote an essay that startled the country. It was entitled, “The City is the Black Man’s land.” Boggs described the historic pattern of American municipal governments as the place where ethnic […]

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Reflection on the 8/17 Peoples Forum By Grace Lee Boggs

LFC Reflection on the 8/17 Peoples Forum By Grace Lee Boggs August 24-31, 2013 Over 200 Detroiters of all ages and many ethnicities gathered for the August 17 Peoples Forum to remove the Emergency Manager / D-REM Arriving promptly at 9:30 were a lot of oldsters, mostly members of the 50+ sponsoring organizations but many […]

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Learning lessons By Shea Howell – Week twenty of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Learning lessons By Shea Howell Week twenty of the occupation August 20, 2013 As the process to decide whether or not Detroit can be declared bankrupt grinds on, a number of things are becoming clear. First, Governor Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr are neither truthful nor transparent. Secret dealings between […]

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Public Values By Shea Howell – Week nineteen of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves Public Values By Shea Howell Week nineteen of the Occupation August 13, 2013 There is a recurring theme emerging in national news coverage of Detroit. Whatever the writer’s political perspective, all agree that the filing of bankruptcy by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is an indication of their own future, and the future […]

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We have just begun to fight!! By Grace Lee Boggs

This week’s LFC We have just begun to fight!! By Grace Lee Boggs Aug 17-24, 2013 The August 17 Peoples Forum, organized by DREM/ DETROITERS RESISTING THE EMERGENCY MANAGER, is a historic meeting. I ‘ve been a Detroiter for 60 years and this is the first time in my experience that so many different organizations […]

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Fact, fiction and the assault on democracy By Shea Howell Week – 18 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Fact, fiction and the assault on democracy By Shea Howell August 10-17, 2013 Week 18 of the occupation The majority of Detroiters are outraged over Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s latest utterance. By now most of the city knows that in a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Detroit Emergency Manger (DEM) Orr claimed […]

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Detroit’s Bankruptcy – and Resilience By Grace Lee Boggs Aug 3-10 2013

LFC Detroit’s Bankruptcy – and Resilience By Grace Lee Boggs Aug 3-10 2013 Detroit’s financial bankruptcy didn’t happen overnight – or by accident. Racism played a huge role. During World War Two , great numbers of blacks migrated to Detroit and other northern cities because the March on Washington Movement led by A.Philip Randolph had […]

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Emerging future By Shea Howell Aug 3-10 2013 – Week 18 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Emerging future By Shea Howell Week 18 of the occupation Aug 3-10 2013 Now that the emergency manager has filed for bankruptcy, the national media has become fascinated with Detroit. The city the mainstream media describes has little to do with the one most of us know and love. The New York […]

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Detroit’s Bankruptcy Filing By Grace Lee Boggs – July 27- Aug 3, 2013

LFC Detroit’s Bankruptcy Filing By Grace Lee Boggs (with Larry Sparks) July 27- Aug 3, 2013 Last week’s Detroit’s bankruptcy filing by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr acknowledged the reality that our city which has been abandoned by millions of families and thousands of businesses is not financially viable and must re-imagine and re-invent itself . […]

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For the Future By Shea Howell Week 17 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves For the Future Week 17 of the occupation By Shea Howell July 23, 2013 The decision by Governor Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection came in the midst of grieving in Detroit. The wounds from the acquittal of the killer of Trayvon Martin were all […]

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Justice for Trayvon Martin??? By Grace Lee Boggs

Justice for Trayvon Martin??? By Grace Lee Boggs July 20-27 2013 I believe that the question of Justice for Trayvon Martin is one of the most profound and challenging questions that our country now faces. To begin with, it now requires a federal civil rights trial that focuses on Zimmerman’s racial profiling of Martin, a […]

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From Trayvon Martin to Monica Lewis Patrick By Shea Howell – Week 16 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves Week16 of the Occupation From Trayvon Martin to Monica Lewis Patrick By Shea Howell July 16, 2013 Much of the country mourns the death of Trayvon Martin as the man who killed him was released from prison. One of the most thoughtful responses to this tragedy came from UCLA Professor Robin D. […]

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Living for Change Grace Lee Boggs

“Hegel, on the other hand, believed that the human spirit or “healthy human reason” is constantly evolving through a process of overcoming contradictions or inadequacies.  Human beings are constantly struggling to make what they believe to be true, right, and just into a reality in their individual and social lives.  Progress does not take place […]

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Collateral Damage By Shea Howell – Week 15 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves Week 15 of the Occupation Collateral Damage By Shea Howell The next few weeks will be crucial for the future of Detroit. The possibility of bankruptcy is looming large on the horizon. The Emergency Manager has reduced the City Council, in violation of the City Charter, by directing them to not fill […]

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American Revolutionary: Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Detroit Premiere

LFC American Revolutionary: Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Detroit Premiere The turnout for the Detroit premiere of American Revolutionary : The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs was amazing. All 1000 seats at the DIA were filled . Some people were turned away . Listening to the comments of viewers, Barbara Jones (whose father worked at […]

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Thinking for ourselves Different values By Shea Howell Week 15 of the Occupation July 2, 2013 Last week more than100 people gathered at the Church of the Messiah for the March for Peace. It was a spirited gathering, as people walked through the East side neighborhood, chanting, “peace, now” and “silence the violence.” Neighbors stood […]

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RETC CH. 7 REDISCOVERING AMERICAS PAST

Revolution and Evolution In Twenieth Century                        Ch. 7   REDISCOVERING   THE AMERICAS  PAST  Every revolution is a struggle to resolve the particular contradictions which have evolved out of a particular past. Every country’s past is particular, but America’s past is so particular that it almost seems to have evolved on another planet. Except for the Native Americans, […]

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March for Peace By Shea Howell – Week 14 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell March for Peace Week 14 of the occupation June 25, 2013 Life is bursting out the doors of the Church of the Messiah. The sidewalks surrounding the 138-year-old gray stone building can barely contain the riot of colors spilling over from the lush flower gardens. The bland and broken […]

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Detroit 2013 Program – subject to change

Detroit 2013 Program – subject to change Posted on June 11, 2013 by tawanapetty Tawana Petty Organizer, Detroit 2012 & 2013 Phone: 313-433-9882 Email: tawana.detroit2012@gmail.com Boggs Center www.boggscenter.org 313-923-0797 DETROIT 2013: A Time for Resistance June 23rd – 30th Sunday – June 23 – Church of the Messiah – 231 E. Grand Blvd., Det, MI […]

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Learning from Italy Frank Joyce

Learning from Italy By Frank Joyce Frank Joyce is a veteran Detroit activist who works closely with the Boggs Center, especially on New Work and Culture. Years ago food critic Ruth Reichl declared, “There is no bad food in Italy.” She was right. Within Italy, the Emilia Romagna region is thought by many to offer […]

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“Beware of the Dandelions.” By Invincible

Mon, June 10, 2013 2:38:59 AM LFC  “Beware of the Dandelions.” By Invincible Several years ago Grace Lee Boggs gave a speech highlighting the innovative small scale models of social justice and community building that are emerging in Detroit and other communities.  “These efforts “ she said, “are on a small scale. But as Margaret […]

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Restoring our souls By Shea Howell Week Twelve of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves Restoring our souls By Shea Howell Week Twelve of the Occupation June 11, 2013 The Emergency Manager was compelled by law to hold a public meeting to discuss his Report on the financial condition of Detroit. It turns out the Emergency Version of a public meeting is not much. It means finding […]

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Breaking it down By Shea Howell – Week eleven of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves Breaking it down By Shea Howell Week eleven of the occupation June 4, 2013 One of the least reported events from the Mackinac Policy Conference was the gathering of Detroit Mayoral candidates. Moderated by Nolan Finley of the Detroit News and Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press, four hopefuls discussed their […]

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Los Angeles -http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/grace-lee-boggs-in-los-angeles

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/grace-lee-boggs-in-los-angeles Grace Lee Boggs is planning a special visit to Los Angeles. Help ensure she has a great trip. Make sure you don’t miss an opportunity to see her in person. What time is it on the clock of the world? Wars rage on. Racism is resurgent. Class divisions are widening. Our environment is imperiled. […]

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A TIME FOR RESISTANCE: Detroit 2013 June 23-30

A TIME FOR RESISTANCE: Detroit  2013 June 23-30.  Detroit  2013 will be a gathering of movement activists from all over the country to broaden and strengthen the resistance that the American people are mounting to the abuses and assaults we are suffering from corporate and political elites.  Across the country, extreme right wing forces are […]

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Dear Friends Boggs Center -Fundraising Letter

Dear Friends of the Boggs Center, We are asking for your support as we enter a critical time in the life of our city, our country and our movement. From the generation of the 1960s to the Battle of Seattle, the Arab uprisings , Occupy and the recent “Idle No More Movement,” we have witnessed […]

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DIA Film Showing – Grace Lee Boggs

June 29, 2013 Join us for a special FREE public screening of a new documentary by LA-based filmmaker Grace Lee (no relation to Grace Lee Boggs). Participate in a Q&A afterwards with Grace Lee Boggs, in celebration of her 98th birthday! https://www.facebook.com/events/468984473189319/

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Selling the DIA at Mackinac By Shea Howell Week ten of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves Selling the DIA at Mackinac Week ten of the Occupation May 28, 2013 By Shea Howell The political and economic elite of Michigan are gathering on Mackinac Island for the annual Policy Conference sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. It is billed as an opportunity for “comprehensive dialogue on culture, […]

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Reducing Violence in our Neighborhoods By Marcia Lee

Reducing Violence in our Neighborhoods By Marcia Lee. Marcia Lee is a member of the Detroit Area Restorative Justice Network (DARJUN) For the past four years, Forbes magazine has ranked Detroit as the most violent city in the nation.. Some may argue that this is because we are a city without much financial capital. Others […]

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Community-based School Opens in Detroit by Grace Lee Boggs

LFC  Community-based School Opens in Detroit by Grace Lee Boggs May 25 – June 1 2013 I never planned to be a school teacher or to be engaged in a life-long struggle for a paradigm shift in education. But fifty years ago, when I needed a job and Detroit inner city schools needed teachers, I […]

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Driving Development By Shea Howell Week nine of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves Driving Development By Shea Howell May 21, 2012 Week nine of the Occupation The Report of the Emergency Manager has been greeted with little enthusiasm. It has not offered any clarity on plans for the development of the city under the new regime. The vague promises of improving the quality of life, […]

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New Work & Community Production: Eyes on Detroit by Barbara A. Stachowski

LFC New Work & Community Production: Eyes on Detroit By Barbara A. Stachowski, Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership and Detroit New Work Center Jimmy Boggs (1919-1993) encouraged people to “make a way out of no way.” That is what we have been doing in Detroit as we have been grappllng with the economic devastation […]

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Reporting out By Shea Howell Week – eight of the occupation.

Thinking for ourselves Reporting out By Shea Howell Week eight of the occupation. May 14, 2013 The Office of the Emergency Manager issued its “Financial and Operating Plan” for the city of Detroit. It is a limited document. As predicted, it said Detroit is in financial trouble. It repeats the concern for the $15 billion […]

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Shake the World with a new Dream- Grace Boggs-

  Shake the World with a new Dream- Grace Boggs- Click Here https://vimeo.com/52733999 Learning Journey- Oct. 2012 <iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/52733999” width=”400″ height=”300″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

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Grace Lee Boggs Macolm x May 19, 2013 – Charles H. Wright Museum

Join the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and ourspecial guests as we celebrate the life and legacy of one of the world’s most dynamic, transformative, and impactful leaders in our journey for black self-determination, self-defence, and cultural awareness. *Malcolm X Day 2013: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Message to the Grassroots*presents […]

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Honoring Malcolm in the 21st Century By Grace Lee Boggs

LFC Honoring Malcolm in the 21st Century By Grace Lee Boggs May 11-18, 2013 Over the May 18-19 weekend the Detroit Museum of African American History (MAAH ) will be celebrating the 88th birthday of Malcolm X who was born May 19, 1925 and killed February 21, 1965. On Saturday the film Make it Plain […]

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What matters By Shea Howell – Week seven of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves What matters By Shea Howell Week seven of the occupation May 7, 2013 Sometimes the earth slows you down. It is planting time in Detroit. There is a rhythm and focus brought by the turning of the seasons. At long last the weariness of winter is falling away. Soil must be prepared. […]

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ONCE AGAIN, KOREA! Professor/BabaCharles Simmons

ONCE AGAIN, KOREA! Professor/BabaCharles Simmons 5 April 2013 Since most of the world’s population was not around at the beginning of this conflict, It is important for people everywhere to know the history of this 60-year old struggle between the Western Powers led by the U.S. on one hand, and the peoples of Asia on […]

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week 5 New Public Trust By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves New Public Trust By Shea Howell Week five of the occupation April 23, 2013 It is past time for the Detroit City Council to rethink its role under occupation. Their most recent vote to approve the no-bid contract for the Jones Day law firm is one more indication that the Council has […]

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Week four From Domination to Shared Community By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves From Domination to Shared Community Week four of the occupation By Shea Howell April 16, 2012 These are unprecedented times in Detroit. One man has the absolute power to make every decision about the public life of our city. The Emergency Manager has complete authority over every single aspect of civic responsibility. […]

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Week Three of the Occupation – Bottom Lines By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves Week Three of the Occupation Bottom Lines By Shea Howell April 13-20, 2013  This week the Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) firmed up the foundation of his operation. After reinstating the pay of elected city council members, the EFM announced they were welcome to meet, but he has the final say. All decisions […]

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Week Two of the Occupation: At the crossroads By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Week Two of the Occupation: At the crossroads By Shea Howell April 2, 2013 Governor Snyder has stepped up his campaign to convince people that the appointment of an Emergency Financial Manager in Detroit is a good thing. He has released a series of You Tube clips including comments by former City […]

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World Social Forum (WSF) Immanuel Wallerstein’s Commentary No. 350

Subject: Immanuel Wallerstein’s Commentary No. 350 <COMMENT@LISTSERV.BINGHAMTON.EDU> To correspond with the author, write immanuel.wallerstein@yale.edu. Commentary No. 350, April 1, 2013 “The World Social Forum: Still Meeting Its Challenge”  The World Social Forum (WSF) has just ended its now biennial meeting, held this time in Tunis. It was very largely ignored by the world’s mainstream press. […]

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Week One of the occupation By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Week One of the occupation Life, liberty and happiness By Shea Howell March 30 – April 6, 2013 As Kevyn Orr assumes civil powers in Detroit, the mainstream media has launched a campaign to tell us all how glad we should be that such a fine person now has charge of everything. […]

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Day One of the Occupation of Detroit -Boggs Center Press Release

For Immediate Release Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership March 25, 2013. Day One of the Occupation of Detroit Time to Create Community Councils Today is a sad day in Detroit. The usurpation of civic power by the State marks the end of the illusion that representative democracy has the capacity to secure the life, […]

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The Viet Nam War and the U.S.A. of Amnesia By Frank Joyce

The Viet Nam War and the U.S.A. of Amnesia By Frank Joyce March 23-30-2013 Forty years ago, on January 27, 1973 , the United States officially stopped carrying out direct military attacks against Viet Nam. That phase of the war ended with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. Henry Kissinger and Viet Nam’s Le […]

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A Call for Black Leadership by James Boggs

Click here for PDF   iJB Vision Mdgar Evers A Call for Black Leadership by James Boggs December 3, 1983

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Yes Magazine Rosa Parks Alice Jennings & Grace Lee Boggs

click here  http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/rosa-parks-champion-for-human-rights             Rosa Parks, Champion for Human Rights On Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, she’s broadly celebrated and even has a stamp bearing her image. But her radical life story is too often left untold. by Grace Lee Boggs, Alice B. Jennings posted Feb 04, 2013     The […]

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A New Dream By Grace Lee Boggs

LFC A New Dream By Grace Lee Boggs Jan 20-26 2013 At this time on the clock of the planet, the world, our country and our city, I cannot get out of my mind the “things fall apart” poem written by William Butler Yeats nearly one hundred years ago –1919 in the wake of the […]

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Revolution of the Snails

Encounters with the Zapatistas By Rebecca Solnit I grew up listening to vinyl records, dense spirals of information that we played at 33-1/3 revolutions per minute. The original use of the word revolution was in this sense — of something coming round or turning round, the revolution of the heavenly bodies, for example. It’s interesting […]

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Justice and the Mayor

By Stephanie Chang Justice might do well to receive a lesson from toddlers. First, listen to how your offense hurt someone; then, acknowledge that you did something wrong; and finally, make up for what you did – these are basic principles that we learned from our earliest childhood days in playground skirmishes and sibling dramatics.

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1964, 1968 or 2008

By: Rich Feldman In 1968, I volunteered for Eugene McCarthy, traveled across the country to campaign against the war in Vietnam, danced in the streets of Wisconsin when LBJ announced that he would not run for a second term and demonstrated in Chicago against the pro-war policies of the Democratic Party Leadership.  This was my […]

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Detroit Arcadia

Please check out Rebecca Solnit’s, Detroit Arcadia: Exploring the post-American landscape. This article, originally published in the July 2007 issue of Harper’s Magazine, is a very significant study on how Detroit points the way for 21st century cities. Thanks to Rebecca and Harper’s for adding this piece to Unending Conversations of Hope.

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Open Letter to the People

By: Rich Feldman May 16, 2008 Dear Editor, This is my open letter to the people of Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County. Obama’s recent visit to Michigan can be more than a politicians attempt to get votes. The Obama Campaign provides a tremendous opportunity for Michigan to begin to create a new American Dream for […]

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Michael Hardt on Love

Michael Hardt, the author of Multitude and Empire talks about love, how can love function as a political concept, why love, the proper and improper ways love has functioned politically, love as activism, and evil and its relationship to love. Watch all six youtube segments here: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioopkoppabI&hl=en]

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ENTERING THE “REAL WORLD”

By Lydia Wylie-Kellerman A College Commencement Talk Today we each take a step into our life’s work. We’ve been told a million times we are entering the “real world.” But what is this real world? It is a world built on white privilege, on the prerogatives of wealth, on marginalization through homophobia, on the violence […]

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Season for miracles

By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Dec. 26-Jan, 1, 2011 This Christmas season may be the last for many of the remaining 55 Catholic Churches in Detroit. In addition to announcing yet another round of church closings, the Archdiocese confirmed that these closings would be in concert with the plans of Mayor Dave Bing to shrink […]

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Looking Back at 2010

Michigan Citizen, Dec. 26-Jan, 1, 2011 It was the worst of times. In 2010 joblessness and foreclosures reached record heights. In cities like Detroit and Milwaukee, 50% of African American males, ages 18-60, were unemployed. In Afghanistan Obama’s troop surge and U.S. air strikes were killing so many civilians that the Afghan people were viewing […]

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The Next American Revolution

LIVING FOR CHANGE THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION Michigan Citizen, Oct. 24-30, 2010 Coming Spring 2011 Preview at UCPRESS The Next American Revolution, my book with Scott Kurashige, will be available from the University of California Press in the spring of 2011. At  UCPRESS, you will find the announcement, the table of contents, a print of chapter […]

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