•To the People of Flint Michigan From Residents of West Virginia

February 8, 2016 To the People of Flint Michigan, We are parents, teachers, faith-leaders, students, business owners and residents of West Virginia—and we stand with you. These last weeks, we have seen you in the paper and on the news: a mother with her children outside of a community center waiting to receive bottled water; […]

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Join Visionary Organizing Lab at Align Brooklyn NY

Dear Friend –Join Visionary Organizing Lab at Align Brooklyn NY for part two of a three part series in building beloved community and explore how we might create community that honors the sacredness of the human personality. In part one we concluded that human beings are connected to each other and the earth in ways that are economic, […]

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The Future of Cuban-US Relations

 “The Future of Cuban-US Relations” The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University will welcome to campus and to Detroit the First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, Mr. Miguel Fraga, on February 24 and 25, 2016 to speak about “Cuban-US Relations.” This is a great opportunity for those at the […]

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Media Misses the Mark, Vote Theft at Core of Flint’s Problems

Media Misses the Mark, Vote Theft at Core of Flint’s Problems Three significant mainstream media outlets all published disclaimers this week, arguing that although the emergency managers appointed by Michigan Governor Snyder clearly made the ill-fated decisions to poison Flint with corrosive river water, and ignored the subsequent outcry from their victims for a year […]

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Outsider Artist Judith Scott

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3563 Outsider Artist Judith Scott | KarmaTube What is art? Can something be called art if it is made by someone do does not consider herself an artist? Judith Scott was born deaf and with Downs Syndrome and institutionalized at the age of 7. “Rescued” after 35 years by her sister, she spent the… KARMATUBE.ORG|BY […]

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Repeal EM Law By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Repeal EM Law February 7, 2013 Governor Snyder’s main response to the Flint water crisis has been to hire two public relations firms. He has yet to replace a single lead pipe. Snyder wants to save himself and his emergency manager law. He has launched a full scale campaign […]

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A Water Rights Tribubal Rev. Bill Wiley-Kellerman

A Water Rights Tribubal Rev. Bill Wiley-Kellerman                                                                        A Water Rights Tribunal organized by Detroiter’s Resisting Emergency Management heard testimony from […]

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On Grace Raina LaGrand

On Grace Raina LaGrand The University of Michigan School of Social Work reflected on the legacy of Grace Lee Boggs as part of their celebration of Martin Luther King. Stephen Ward and Shea Howell of the Boggs Center joined Jim Toy and Raina LaGrand for the panel discussion. Here are Raina’s remarks opening the conversation […]

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The City Is the Black Man’s Land By James Boggs

Racism and the Class Struggle     Further Pages from a Black Worker’s Notebook Ch. 5      The City Is the Black Man’s Land  By James Bogg       Population experts predict that by 1970 Afro-Americans will constitute the majority in fifty of the nation’s largest cities. In Washington, D.C., and Newark, N.T., Afro-Americans are already a majority. In […]

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Dangerous Authorities By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves By Shea Howell Dangerous Authorities January 30, 2016 The dimensions of the failure by Governor Snyder to respond to the water crisis in Flint are still emerging. Over the last week import questions have been raised about the Governor’s truthfulness and motivation. The claim that saving money was behind the decision to […]

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Beyond Snyder and Flint By Shea Howell

Beyond Snyder and Flint By Shea Howell 1-23-2016 Governor Snyder delivered his sixth State of the State address this week. In spite of his efforts to keep protesters out of the room, voices chanting “Flint Lives Matter” and “Arrest Snyder” made their way into the House Chamber. Within hours, President Obama signed a declaration of […]

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Beyond Socialism at 94 Grace Lee Boggs

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Celebrating the MLK Holiday by Grace Lee Boggs 2013

LFC Celebrating the MLK Holiday Reprinted from the Michigan Citizen, 1/14/13   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   March on Washington. Some groups will […]

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We Are the Leaders We Have Been Waiting For Rich Feldman

We Are the Leaders We Have Been Waiting For Rich Feldman  We will know their names, like we know the names of Martin & Malcolm, Ella Baker, Harriet Tubman, Lloyd Garrison, Ed Roberts, James Boggs, Justin Dart, Vincent Harding, Wagari Maathia, Amilcar Cabral, and so many others from our country and across the world. I know […]

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King, Water and Will By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell King, Water and Will January 17, 2016  As we approach the national celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King it is important to reflect on what Dr. King was doing on another January, 50 years ago. In January of 1967, he moved into a small apartment […]

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Visionary Organizing Rich Feldman and Kim Sherobbi

Visionary Organizing Rich Feldman and Kim Sherobbi  We are committed to moving beyond protest to resistance and visionary organizing. As we work to create the movement for the Next American Revolution we oppose the systems of racism, capitalism and militarism as we create a new culture based on community production of goods and services for local […]

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Flint and Silence By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves By Shea Howell Flint and Silence January 10, 2015  Almost everyone knows of the criminal activities of Michigan Governor Snyder. His administration was well aware of lead contamination in the Flint water system. Yet they did nothing to remedy the situation. Worse, they actively told people to “relax” and drink the water. […]

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Flint Efficiency By Shea Howell

Flint Efficiency By Shea Howell January 3, 2016 On the eve of the New Year, the Flint Water Advisory Task Force felt compelled to deliver a letter to Governor Snyder. It is a remarkably candid assessment of the Governor’s failures, the crass attitude of his appointees, and the creation of a culture of disrespect and […]

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Chicago’s Urban Wasteland becomes a Thriving Farm

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Imagination and Peace By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves By Shea Howell Imagination and Peace December 27, 2015  The 21st century is no longer young. Its contours are now clear. It is a time of extraordinary violence and brutality. Young people, entering the first stages of adulthood have spent most of their lives in a state of unending war. For most […]

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Dear Friends of the Boggs Center – It’s been a emotional year full of love and loss.

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center To Nurture Community Leadership Dear Friends of the Boggs Center,  It’s been a emotional year full of love and loss. Now we feel an enormous responsibility to continue the commitment to revolutionary change that was at the heart of the lives and work of Grace Lee Boggs and Ron […]

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Lessons for our children By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Lessons for our children December 19, 2015 The Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC) and WDET were clearly shaken by the disruption of their media celebration of the Detroit Bankruptcy. On December 15 they posted their perspective on the meeting under the heading “Detroit: We won’t move forward unless we learn […]

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The Case for Wireless Community Ownership Tawana Petty

The Case for Wireless Community Ownership Tawana Petty In just a few months, Detroit will boast one of the fastest internet speeds in the world. For those living in already invested areas of Detroit like Midtown, Woodbridge, Eastern Market, Corktown, New Center and Lafayette Park, this may be cause for celebration. Rocket Fiber purports to […]

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Evolving Community Commitments By Kim Sherobbi

Evolving Community Commitments By Kim Sherobbi December 12, 2015 For years, I’ve been attending community gatherings on the northwest side of Detroit near the Jefferies Freeway and Wyoming. In the past, I would see the same faces at neighborhood events. Recently new faces have emerged. These newcomers appear eager to learn more about our community […]

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Disrupting Denial By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Disrupting Denial December 12, 2015 This week the corporate elite celebration of the Detroit bankruptcy was brought to an abrupt halt. Gathered on the campus of Wayne State University, the Governor, Mayor, bankruptcy judge, and members of the mainstream media left the stage in the face of protests. Governor […]

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Boggs Center ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY December 19th 2015

BoggsAMP_Holiday_party_flyer-2 James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership in collaboration with Allied Media Projects Cordially Invites You to Our ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY December 19th 2015  6pm to 11pm  Allied Media Projects 4126 3 rd St., Detroit, MI 48201 Please R.S.V.P. by December 13th to Tawana at tawana.detroit2012@gmail.com Food by Meiko Krishok, live […]

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Public viewing times for Ron Scott

 James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Diane Reeder, 313 350 9091 Public viewing times for Ron Scott have been set for Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11. Please note that the Friday viewing time originally scheduled for 10-3pm has been shortened to 12-3pm. All other times […]

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The Revolutionary Soul of Ron Scott by Barbara A. Stachowski

The Revolutionary Soul of Ron Scott by Barbara A. Stachowski In contemplating the life of my friend and comrade Ron Scott, I’ve struggled to encompass all the aspects of the man that I saw embodied as he walked in the world. Ron Scott was a soulful man, always expressive of deep feeling and emotion. Ron […]

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Get on the Bus! Water Justice Call to Action! Subject: Human Rights Day December 10th Plan/Agenda

Get on the Bus! Water Justice Call to Action!   Hey all this is the plan for Thursday. Last week was really pressed for Rep Chang so we completed planning today. Please help us reach our goal of 100 people on the capitol steps Spread the word, Call 7 persons, to make the trip, encourage […]

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Last of democracy By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Last of democracy By Shea Howell December 5, 2015 The outcome of the trial against two of the defendants who blocked trucks from shutting off water to Detroiters is unclear. In an unprecedented move, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hathaway intervened and halted the trial of the two of the Homrich […]

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Boggs Center – In Memory of Ron Scott, Spiritual Warrior

In Memory of Ron Scott, Spiritual Warrior James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership Lifelong community activist Ron Scott died on Sunday, November 29, 2015 after a difficult battle with cancer.  We mourn his passing and will greatly miss his voice and insights. Ron was a board member of the James and […]

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Amazing Grace: The Legacy of Grace Lee Boggs

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Justice for Water By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Justice for Water By Shea Howell November 29, 2015  At the beginning of the New Year, the Great Lakes Water Authority will take over responsibility for providing water to more than 4 million people. This new Authority is the product of the bankruptcy process and has been unfolding behind closed doors under […]

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Note: Homrich 9 press conference Bill Wylie-Kellermann

Friends: Note: Homrich 9 press conference and rally 8:45am Wednesday 11/25 by Bill Wylie-Kellermann This is a quick report on the Homrich “9” trial in progress – though only Marian Kramer and myself are actually on trial before a jury. The remaining group have been separated off by prosecution motion and are involved in an […]

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Dear Friends of the Boggs Center We are deeply grateful for all of the support

Dear Friends of the Boggs Center,We are deeply grateful for all of the support you have given to us as we face this moment of transition. We feel an enormous responsibility to continue the commitment to revolutionary change that was at the heart of the lives and works of Grace and Jimmy. We believe that […]

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100 Years a Freedom School for Grace Lee Boggs by William Copeland aka Will See

100 Years a Freedom School for Grace Lee Boggs 2015 by William Copeland aka Will See these kids are colored indigo they don’t need all the limits, yo you don’t have to tell a flower when to grow Freedom Schooling is community identity beauty Where the workers, artists, makers, students Do things in unity/ we’re […]

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Complete disregard By Shea Howell

Complete disregard By Shea Howell November 21, 2015  The drive to establish safe, affordable water in Michigan intensified over this past week. Through direct action, public education, legal initiatives, public testimony, and court trials, people are pressuring federal, state and local governments to live up to their responsibilities of providing safe, affordable water while protecting […]

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Memorial – Visionary Organizing in New York by Myrtle Thompson-Curtis

Visionary Organizing in New York Myrtle Thompson-Curtis I spent a brief time in New York this past week for a memorial event for Grace Lee Boggs, organized by Matthew Birkhold and Dr. Amaka Okechukwu. I was accompanied on the trip by Michael “Doc” Holbrook.  My last visit was two years ago to this hustle and […]

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Home Defense Kick-off Lela Whitfield’s Home

People Get Ready: Home Defense Kick-off Today @ 1 pm (Nov. 15th) Lela Whitfield’s Home 839 Manistique Join neighbors and supporters at a kick off event for the Defense of Lela Whitfield’s Home. We will be talking about what a home defense looks like and how to get involved. To stop the eviction, we will […]

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Fair and Just Shea Howell

November 15, 2015 in Thinking for Ourselves Fair and Just Shea Howell The Detroit City Council is finally going to consider a Community Benefits Agreement. Business interests oppose it. The right wing legislature has made moves to outlaw such agreements statewide. Roderick Miller, the head of Detroit Economic Growth Corporation has said, “I think it […]

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Grace Lee Boggs Memorial , New York

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2015 Fund Raiser 2015 Boggs Center

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center To Nurture Community Leadership 3061 Field St. Detroit, Michigan 48214 November 2015  Dear Friends of the Boggs Center,  We are deeply grateful for all of the support you have given to us as we face this moment of transition. We feel an enormous responsibility to continue the commitment to […]

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Imagine Tee Grace Lee Boggs

“I don’t know what the next American Revolution is going to be like, but you might be able to imagine it, if your imagination were rich enough.” http://boggscenter.org/html/bc_store_books.html

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How to end Police Brutality by Ron Scott

Detroit is “Ground Zero” when it comes to addressing police misconduct. Its residents and historic political figures have been acting on behalf of citizens for more than 50 years around this important issue now in the national spotlight.This book is a 10-point guide for activists and organizers who want their efforts to meet with success. […]

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Bedtime stories By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Bedtime stories November 7, 2015 It has been one-year since Detroit exited bankruptcy. The corporate elite are celebrating their success. On November 19 the Michigan Bar Association will gather at the Detroit Institute of Arts to give the 11th Annual Dennis Archer Public Service Award to bankruptcy judges Gerald […]

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Grace Lee Boggs Memorial – Tawana Petty

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A CENTURY OF GRACE JUNE 27,1915-OCTOBER 5, 2015 by Stephen Ward

glb_cover A CENTURY OF GRACE THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF GRACE LEE BOGGS JUNE 27,1915-OCTOBER 5, 2015 Grace Lee Boggs was a philosopher and revolutionary who devoted her long and full life to making an American revolution. As a comrade to many, as well as a daughter, sister, aunt, and step-mother, Grace directly touched hundreds […]

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Allied Media’s live stream Grace Lee Boggs Memorial – October 31

Here are links to Allied Media’s live stream of tomorrow’s event. Live Stream of Grace Lee Boggs Memorial – October 31 and also. https://www.alliedmedia.org/news/2015/10/29/live-stream-grace-lee-boggs-memorial-october-31

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Grace Lee Boggs Saturday October 31, 2015  11am to 2pm IBEW 1358 Abbot st Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Learning from Flint By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Learning from Flint By Shea Howell October 25 Many people breathed a sigh of relief as Flint residents returned to the Detroit Water System. For decades Detroit has provided nearly 5 million people with fresh, safe water. The injuries suffered by the citizens of Flint did not need to happen. Their return […]

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Blue Ribbon Beginnings By Shea Howell – Detroit Blue Ribbon Committee on Water Affordability –

Blue Ribbon Beginnings October 17, 2015 This week the Detroit Blue Ribbon Committee on Water Affordability held its first meeting. It did not begin well.  The panel is repeating the same mistakes that the last water affordability committee made. Reports of the day-long meeting raises serious concerns. The meeting began in the wrong place. Instead […]

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Lee Lee Films – Grace lee Boggs

Deleted scene from Graces Film American Revolutionary http://americanrevolutionaryfilm.com/deleted-scene/

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Thinking Dialectically: What Grace Lee Boggs Taught Me By Robin D. G. Kelley

Praxis Center » Race, Class, & Immigration » Thinking Dialectically: What Grace Lee Boggs Taught Me Thinking Dialectically: What Grace Lee Boggs Taught Me Posted on October 13, 2015 Email By Robin D. G. Kelley We knew this day would come, but I am not prepared to call Grace Lee Boggs an ancestor.  Not yet.  […]

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Higher Ground: Full of Grace by Larry Gabriel

News & Views » Columns Higher Ground: Full of Grace by Larry Gabriel October 14, 2015 “I don’t have that much longer to live so I have to think about what it is I have to do before I go gently into that dark night. And what I’d like to do, I think, is help […]

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Celebrating James Boggs 71st Birthday – Kenny Snodgrass

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At almost 100 years old By Grace Lee Boggs

At almost 100 years old. By Grace Lee Boggs August 2014 At almost 100 years old, I experience falls, new levels of pain, and difficulties moving. I also feel the need to record the most important influences in my life over the years. When I started college I had no idea what I was going […]

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Boggs Center Reading Book List From Grace Lee Boggs

Boggs Center Reading Book List From Grace Lee Boggs PHILOSOPHY/ECOLOGY Phenomenology of Mind by G.W.F. Hegel Science and the Modern World By Alfred North Whitehead Dreaming the Dark: By Starhawk; Appendix-”Burning Times”’ Staying Alive By Vandana Shiva Death Of Nature By Carolyn Merchant Small Is Beautiful By E.F. Schumacher Leadership and Modern Science – By […]

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Popularresistance.org – Legendary Activist Grace Lee Boggs Dies At 100

Legendary Activist Grace Lee Boggs Dies At 100 Educate! Grace Lee Boggs By Grace Lee Boggs, www.boggscenter.org October 5th, 2015 “I want my life to challenge people to think philosophically. I want people to ask themselves and each other what time it is on the clock of the world.” The final posting by Grace Lee […]

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In the annals of Detroit’s radical history, Grace Lee Boggs was unique.

Iconic rebel Grace Lee Boggs dead at 100 – Amsterdam News

Iconic rebel Grace Lee Boggs dead at 100   Herb Boyd | 10/9/2015, 1:54 p.m. Grace Lee and James Boggs in the 1960s Contributed  In the annals of Detroit’s radical history, Grace Lee Boggs was unique. A child of Chinese immigrants, she was married to a revolutionary African-American worker-activist, and she was as determined in […]

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The (R)evolutionary Vision and Contagious Optimism of Grace Lee Boggs BY Barbara Ransby

In These Times With liberty and justice for all… (PBS POV / Flickr) Web Only / Views » October 6, 2015 The (R)evolutionary Vision and Contagious Optimism of Grace Lee Boggs Boggs’ love for humanity ran strong and deep, serving as a generative force for creating change. BY Barbara Ransby She was not a part […]

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No Moral Difference By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves By Shea Howell No Moral Difference October 10, 2015 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder finally gave the go ahead for the City of Flint to reconnect to the Detroit water supply. In a press conference flanked by the head of the Mott Foundation, public health and environmental appointees, Snyder said he was “in […]

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Grace Lee Boggs

Hard Knock Radio blog Just another WordPress.com weblog 3 days ago October 7, 2015October 9, 2015Davey D https://hardknockradio.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/hkr-tribute-to-freedom-fighter-grace-lee-boggs/ HKR: Tribute to Freedom Fighter Grace Lee Boggs Oct 7 2015: We pay tribute to long time freedom fighter Grace Lee Boggs. Co-Host Anita Johnson is joined by Detroit artist/ activist Invincible, Will See and Kristian Davis Bailey […]

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Yes Magazine – Remembering Grace Lee Boggs and the Revolution She Inspired in Us

Remembering Grace Lee Boggs and the Revolution She Inspired in Us YES! has put together a tribute page to honor Grace Lee Boggs and the lives she touched while she was with us. Share your own thoughts with #RememberingGrace. “Grace Lee Boggs 2012″ by Kyle McDonald. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.YES! Staff posted […]

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Lawsuit: Your Candy Bar Was Made By Child Slaves by Abby Haglage

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/30/lawsuit-your-candy-bar-was-made-by-child-slaves.html Daniel Rosenthal/laif/Redux Abby Haglage DARK SECRET 09.30.151:15 AM ET Lawsuit: Your Candy Bar Was Made By Child Slaves A lawsuit filed Monday alleges that some of the world’s largest chocolate makers are knowingly using child labor in Africa. The Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania is one of the wealthiest education centers in the world. […]

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From OU to DC: former OU student advocates for those with intellectual disabilities

From OU to DC: former OU student advocates for those with intellectual disabilities By Grace Turner Photo courtesy of Micah Failka-Feldman Fialka-Feldman is currently helping to prepare a report on how to make technology more user-friendly for those with intellectual disabilities. Oakland University’s influence reaches as far as the White House. In 2014, Micah Fialka-Feldman, […]

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Javon Johnson – “cuz he’s black” (NPS 2013)

Javon Johnson – “cuz he’s black” (NPS 2013) https://youtu.be/u9Wf8y_5Yn4

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Allied Media Closing remarks 2008 Grace lee Boggs

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Remembering Detroit’s Grace Lee Boggs By Zak Rosen

Remembering Detroit’s Grace Lee BoggsBy Zak Rosen • Oct 5, 2015 ShareTwitter Facebook Google+ Email http://michiganradio.org/post/remembering-etroits-grace-lee-boggs#stream/0 VIEW SLIDESHOW 1 of 6 A young Grace Lee Boggs. Boggs Center VIEW SLIDESHOW 2 of 6 Grace Lee Boggs and husband Jimmy Boggs. Boggs Center VIEW SLIDESHOW 3 of 6 Grace Lee Boggs and husband Jimmy Boggs. Boggs Center VIEW SLIDESHOW […]

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Michigan Radio – Remembering Detroits Grace Lee Boggs

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Democracy Now Remembrance Grace Lee Boggs 1915-2016

 

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Allied Media Conference -Celebrating Grace Lee Boggs’ 100th Birthday

Celebrating Grace Lee Boggs’ 100th Birthday The Allied Media Conference Closing Celebration is the show-and-tell culmination of our four days together, where we celebrate the creations, connections and transformations that happened at the conference. This year’s Closing Celebration included a special tribute to Grace Lee Boggs to celebrate her 100th birthday. Detroit philosopher-activist Grace Lee […]

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White House Grace Lee Boggs

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE… October 5, 2015 Statement by the President on the Passing of Grace Lee Boggs Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of author, philosopher, and activist Grace Lee Boggs. Grace dedicated her life to serving and advocating for the rights of […]

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Criminal Waters By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves By Shea Howell Criminal Waters October 4, 2015   Governor Snyder has finally acknowledged that people in the city of Flint are suffering from poisoned water. He is also reported to be considering the only sensible response to this crisis, reconnecting to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. All of this is […]

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Flint and Lead By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves By Shea Howell Flint and Lead September 27, 2015  This week hospital researchers confirmed that Flint water is poisoning children. After sustained concern from water activists and parents questing the quality of Flint water, Hurley Children’s Hospital did a study comparing levels of lead in children before and after the decision to […]

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Something to Think About {r}evolution Boggs Center

Meg Wheatley- Learning Journey Videos: Grace lee Boggs:  Watch “We are shaking the world with a new dream” by Sacred Resonance: http://vimeo.com/52733999 Watch “Detroit” by Sacred Resonance: http://vimeo.com/52831422 Grace Lee Boggs: Quest Magazine- Excerpt January  http://www.questformeaning.org/quest-article/times-grow-souls-excerpt/ Cities in Revolt by Shea Howell: http://www.kzoo.edu/praxis/cities-in-revolt-detroit/ Visionary Organizing: Tawana Petty https://conversationsthatyouwillneverfinish.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/a-time-for-visionary-resistance-tawana-petty-aka-honeycomb/ Visonary organizing:Matt Birkhold:  http://www.leftturn.org/grace-lee-boggs-visionary-organizing Living by the […]

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Great Lakes Bioneers 11th Annual Detroit Conference – Oct 23 – 25, 2015

WWW.glbd.org  A Bioneers Resilient Communities Event “What can we do to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace” Oct 23-25, 2015

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Detroit and the Black Woman Condition By Tawana Honeycomb Petty

Detroit and the Black Woman Condition Tawana Honeycomb Petty Historically, Black women have been of the most marginalized in the United States. We are often left to lead, as one of my comrades would say, “a life of quiet desperation.” If we are vocal about our conditions, we are “angry Black women.” If we are […]

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West Side Neighbors Coming Together By Kim Sherobbi

West Side Neighbors Coming Together By Kim Sherobbi September 20, 2015 A few weeks ago, a Sunflower popped up at an unusual time in the growing season. Well, not really. During a community celebration where children played and adults got better acquainted, a ceramic Sunflower was installed at Littlefield Park located behind Nobel Prek-8 School […]

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HOW CAN WE RE-CIVILIZE SOCIETY? excerpts by Jimmy Boggs

HOW CAN WE RE-CIVILIZE SOCIETY? excerpts by James Boggs “Urban Design and Social Change,” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Nov-3, 1988. (Thanks to Grace Lee Boggs for transcription) We live in an age of both material and spiritual pollution, exploiting each other and our environment without any thought for future generations.  We bulldoze forests to […]

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A Lesson Learned By Myrtle Thompson-Curtis

A Lesson Learned By Myrtle Thompson-Curtis September 16, 2015 – Feedom Freedom was part of a collective effort to organize a free concert on Manistique this past Saturday the 13th.  The event gave people a vision of neighborhood organizing and a belief in grassroots folks creating the beloved community. I witnessed musicians freely give their […]

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Moving out, moving in By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Moving out, moving in September 19, 2015  On a quiet street on the east side of Detroit last week a family moved out of their home due to foreclosure. Another family moved in.  It sounds simple enough. It is a scene that is familiar to Detroiters. Over the last […]

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Water Costs By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Water Costs September 13, 2015 This week officials in Ann Arbor Michigan issued a boil water advisory. It seems there was a problem in the instrument system of their pump stations, indicating a loss of pressure, creating a potential problem of bacteria entering the water supply. This is the […]

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Grape Seed Detroit

grapeseed Detriot has a long tradition of farming and specifically of grape growing. As a result many Detroit residential lots already contain a few grapes plants. Detroit has the climate, the soil, the necessary level of farming development and the spirit that is ripe for successful grape growing and grapes have long been an incubator […]

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Carlos Nielbock is a Master Craftsman

https://youtu.be/UdCYhDOAkEY Carlos Nielbock is a Master Craftsman in architectural ornamental metalwork and design. He started his craft as an apprentice in a German monastery, then trained further in the ancient Journeyman tradition. In this video he shows his replica of the 1862 World’s Fair welcome gate, his Low Altitude Wind Turbine, and passion for ancient […]

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Labor Day Memory By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Labor Day Memory September 5, 2015 This Labor Day marks the passage of twenty years since striking Detroit News and Free Press workers strode down Woodward Avenue in the Parade. It was the beginning of a long, bitter, and brutal battle. Much of the mainstream media has ignored this […]

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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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REBUILDING DETROIT: AN ALTERNATIVE TO CASINO GAMBLING By James Boggs

REBUILDING DETROIT: AN ALTERNATIVE TO CASINO GAMBLING By James Boggs Public Speakout, 1st Unitarian-Universalist Church Friday, June 24, 1988 Monday night I went to the graduation for one of my grandsons in Ford Auditorium at which Mayor Young was the main speaker. The student who introduced Young said, with a smile, that he was the […]

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Fight Lela’s Eviction Concert September 13th 2pm-6pm

Concert on Manistique Join with Neighbors to Fight Lela’s Eviction 839 Manistique Detroit, MI Sunday September 13th 2pm-6pm Join neighbors and supporters at a concert to build support for Lela Whitfield’s  Defense of her home.  *Artists to be Announced The Detroit Free Press had this to say on Lela’s Fight: Free Press Article: http://tinyurl.com/pgsd3k8 “The […]

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Mayor’s Water Failures By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves By Shea Howell Mayor’s Water Failures August 30, 2015 Mayor Duggan’s water assistance plan has collapsed. With this he has lost his claim to be able to a “better job” than Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. Under the Mayor’s leadership shut offs have accelerated, corporate clients continue to evade penalties, and he has […]

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We Are All Works in Progress* By Grace Lee Boggs

We Are All Works in Progress* By Grace Lee Boggs 40th Anniversary Celebration The American Revolution: Pages from a Negro Worker¹s Notebook Detroit, Michigan, June 29, 2003, Thank you for coming from near and far to add depth and breadth to this celebration. My hope is that you will go away with more questions than […]

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On Being Grace Lee Boggs – LISTEN TO THE ENCORE EPISODE OF ON BEING IN DETROIT

On Being A Century in the World Chinese-American philosopher and civil rights legend Grace Lee Boggs turned 100 this summer. She has been at the heart and soul of a largely hidden story inside Detroit’s evolution from economic collapse to rebirth. We traveled in 2011 to meet her and her community of joyful, passionate people […]

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Sustainability Summit Detroit 2015 September 10-13th 2015 At Marygrove A Weekend of VISIONARY ORGANIZING

  These comments have been submitted to the State of Michigan as it develops a Water Quality Strategy. Public comments are accepted through August 28 at Mi-waterstrategy@michigan. gov“… access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise […]

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WHOSE TRUTH MATTERS? PRESS Release The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality

CONTACT: Ron Scott, 313 399 7345 August 20, 2015 The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality responded today to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s comments regarding the decision not to indict Mitchell Quinn, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officer who shot and killed Terrance Kellom in April of this year: WHOSE TRUTH MATTERS? The Kellom family […]

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Using Our Own Best Practice By Kim Hunter

Using Our Own Best Practice Kim Hunter originally pubished @ Engage Michigan As I traveled this summer for work and visiting family, many people asked me about Detroiters having their water shut off. Family and friends are amazed that city officials are still cutting off families’ water supply and they are even more amazed when […]

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August Choices By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell August Choices August 23, 2015 August is month of many sorrows. One hundred years ago, the war that was to end all wars moved into its second year as German troops swept into Warsaw. Thirty years later, in another world war of unimaginable destruction, the United States dropped atomic […]

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Activists, neighbors hope to block Detroiter’s eviction

Activists, neighbors hope to block Detroiter’s eviction Lela Whitfield of Detroit fights against reverse mortgage foreclosure eviction with the help of Detroit Eviction Defense volunteers by building a foreclosure eviction free zone around her home in Detroit. Kimberly P. Mitchell/Detroit Free Press By Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press 11 p.m. EDT August 15, 2015 When […]

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Rethinking Education with the North Dakota Study Group By Kimberley Sherobbi

Rethinking Education with the North Dakota Study Group By Kimberley Sherobbi At a time in our country when many people have given up on public education, there is a group of educators who believe that their voices and influence can make a positive difference in the educational lives and experiences of children no matter what […]

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Waters of New Orleans and Detroit By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Waters of New Orleans and Detroit August 15, 2015 Detroit and New Orleans have deep bonds. Both cities were given life by the rivers that shape them. Both were home to enduring indigenous cultures, saw the coming of French fur traders in the late 1600’s and permanent settlements in […]

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Re-Broadcasting On Being Krista & Grace Lee Boggs

http://www.onbeing.org/program/grace-lee-boggs-a-century-in-the-world/1060 www.onbeing.org/program/grace-lee-boggs-a-century-in-the-world/1060 Grace Lee Boggs is a philosopher and a civil rights leader and a founder of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center. She authored the book Living for Change: An Autobiography. The documentary about her life and work is called American Revolutionary: The Grace Lee Boggs Story. re-broadcasting Grace’s 2011 conversation with Krista at […]

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Defending Lela with Feedom Freedom Growers by Myrtle Thompson-Curtis

Defending Lela with Feedom Freedom Growers Myrtle Thompson-Curtis After a busy week following the potluck for Lela Whitfield’s defense of her home, a lot has gone on and is still happening. There was a unity march that consisted of folks on the Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park border.  The turn-out was small but sufficient, a […]

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The Heteropatriarchal Anti-Generational Pile-on of the Black Lives Matter Movement by Tawana Honeycomb Petty

Tawana Honeycomb Petty The Heteropatriarchal Anti-Generational Pile-on of the Black Lives Matter Movement Black Lives Matter, much like the song cry Black Power of the 1960s has swept through the imaginations of Black people longing to be free from oppression in America.The liberation motto, which began as a hashtag, and has since developed into an […]

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Detroit Asian Youth Intergenerational Dialogues Soh Suzuki

Happening at the Boggs Center: Detroit Asian Youth Intergenerational Dialogues Soh Suzuki DAY Project is meeting at the Boggs Center the next two Fridays (Aug. 14, and 21) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for potluck dinners and conversations.  There are informal gatherings, but we hope to have intimate conversations about our identities, personal and […]

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Distorted Water Report By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Distorted Water Report By Shea Howell August 8, 2015 While Mayor Duggan was slushing water ice to welcome in another downtown business, the water assistance advisory group of the newly emerging Great Lakes Water Authority issued a draft statement. Tasked with establishing the foundation of a water assistance plan, the draft developed […]

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Water Laws By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves By Shea Howell Water Laws July 31, 2015  This week water advocates held a town hall meeting and press conference on July 29 to highlight the connections between Detroit and Philadelphia. Philadelphia City Council has just passed a Water Affordability Program that ensures water is provided to everyone and that money continues […]

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Allied Media Projects Register Now for Co. Open Workshops!

———- Forwarded message ———-From: Allied Media Projects <info@alliedmedia.org>Date: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 3:10 PMSubject: Register for Co.Open August Workshops   Learn mapping, beatmaking or WordPress. View this email in your browser Register Now for Co.Open Workshops! Are you a media maker looking to learn new skills? Do you want to grow your expertise in […]

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Support for Lela Support for Lela

Support for Lela Support for Lela This was a great turnout of support for Lela.  Some funds were raised, spoken words were dedicated to Lela and even guitar music was shared.  One person played the sax! Neighbors came to listen and share in the the outpouring of care and love being shown for Lela. The […]

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Turns 25 Richard Feldman

ADA Turns 25 Richard Feldman On July 21, 2015, Detroit became one more of the citites across ths country celebrating the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The world’s first Civil Rights Law protecting people with disabilities putting forward the belief that “a Community That excludes Even one of […]

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Transforming the Tide of Racial Violence: Visionary Organizing, the Crisis of Whiteness, and America’s Growing Counter-Revolution By Matthew Birkhold

Transforming the Tide of Racial Violence: Visionary Organizing, the Crisis of Whiteness, and America’s Growing Counter-Revolution By Matthew Birkhold Dylan Roof and the current string of black church burnings are part of a long history of white racial terrorism against blacks in the US. From slavery through the current moment, anti-black violence has been a consistently inconsistent aspect of American […]

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New opportunities By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell New opportunities July 25, 2015  Detroit City Council missed an opportunity to provide leadership in creating an equitable, sustainable water system. Reversing their earlier vote to reject the rate hike proposed by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, the Council narrowly agreed to a 7.5 % rate hike. Over […]

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Water Reflections By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Water Reflections July 17, 2015 It has been a year since the beginning of the aggressive campaign to shut off water to more than 30,0000 households in the city of Detroit. This week, many of us remembered the life and spirit of Charity Hicks, whose intellect and heart still […]

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The Outsiders 2015 By Richard Feldman

The Outsiders 2015 By Richard Feldman  As I continue to think about the emerging movement and actions of young people engaged with Black Lives Matter and the rebellions that emerged in Ferguson, Baltimore as  well as the most recent  racist murders in Charleston I have asked myself the question: What is missing in the conversation? […]

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Mayor’s Balancing Act By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Mayor’s Balancing Act July 10 2015 Mayor Duggan revamped his story on the water shut offs. Last week he was frustrated as advocates for a Water Affordability Plan confronted him about his disastrous shut off policies. This week, as hundreds of people walked and rallied between Detroit and Flint […]

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Planting a Vineyard Reg Flowers alt space detroit

Planting a Vineyard Reg Flowers alt space detroit alt space, which continues as a center for alternative work, play and lodging is now the largest vineyard in the City of Detroit since prohibition. If you’d like to learn more about the vineyard project or alt space use the contact form. A week of events celebrating […]

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1000 Cranes Fly AT Allied Media Conference for Graces 100th Birthday

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Water reconsidered By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Water reconsidered July 4, 2015 On Tuesday, June 30, in a vote of 6 to 2, the Detroit City Council rejected the proposed water rate hikes backed by the Duggan administration.  This was the first of a series of events this week to encourage the Mayor, The Emergency Manger […]

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Celebrate Graces 100th Tee

Grace 100th Celebration tee available Go to Store http://boggscenter.org/html/bc_store_books.html Materialism, Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, These isms no longer serve us. The only ism that we need to be concerned with is Humanism, “{R}evolutionary Humanism!” Grace Lee Boggs

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Happy Birthday Grace 6-27-2015

Grace Lee Boggs 6-27-2015

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Faygo and Community Wisdom By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Faygo and Community Wisdom June 26, 2015 As part of the celebration for the 100th Birthday of Grace Lee Boggs, the Boggs Center announced a weeklong series of events. One of these was a community protest at the Faygo Bottling Company on Gratiot Avenue.  A number of people responded […]

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Detroit celebrates 100th birthday of human rights activist Grace Lee Boggs

http://wkar.org/post/detroit-celebrates-100th-birthday-human-rights-activist-grace-lee-boggs Detroit celebrates 100th birthday of human rights activist Grace Lee Boggs  Grace Lee Boggs might not be the first name that pops into your head when you think of the civil rights movement. And the daughter of Chinese immigrants, born in Rhode Island and raised in New York City, might seem an unlikely candidate […]

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Dual crisis of toxic water and aborted democracy in Flint.

After a state-appointed Emergency Manager severed Flint’s ties to the Detroit water system, residents were left to use water pumped in from the Flint River, water they say was not only smelly and toxic but costlier than the clean water they’d received from Detroit. Several boil-water advisories later, residents are demanding a change. To see […]

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Common Sense Council By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Common Sense Council June 20, 2015 The Detroit City Council voted down the Curfew of River Days after public pressure. Chief Craig presented the proposal to lock down all young people under age 18 for four days from 6 pm to 6 am. He argued at the packed public […]

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Grace lee Boggs 100 Calendar

Boggs Birthday Week Flyer – 2pg. Bold 4Boggs   GRACE LEE BOGGS 100TH Year Celebration Calendar Monday, June 15, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Movie: Burning Times Bioneers, NOW Detroit MSU Center-Detroit 3408 Woodward Ave Detroit 48201   Sunday, June 21, 2015 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Conference Closing: Allied Media Conference Wayne State […]

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On May 31, 2015, Judith Snow joined the ancestors By Rich Feldman

On May 31, 2015, Judith Snow joined the ancestors. By Rich Feldman My son Micah Fialka-Feldman spoke at the memorial which was attended by more than 300 people at the Metropolitan United Church in Toronto. Judith was a dear friend and comrade to our family, to the Boggs Center, the people blessed to meet her […]

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Duggan’s Curfew By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Duggan’s Curfew June 7, 2015 While much of the country is proclaiming “Black Lives Matter,” the Mayor of the city of Detroit is acting as though Black Lives Threaten. He is certainly threatening the lives and liberties of many of youth of our city. This week his administration proposed […]

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Water Hearings By Alice Jennings

Water Hearings By Alice Jennings On June 3, 2015 about 60 Detroiter Water Advocates gathered in Lansing to testify at public hearings called by representatives Stephanie Chang, Shelton Neeley and LaTanya Garret. This hearing begins the work of State and National policies to protect Water as a Human Right. Here are excerpts from Alice Jennings […]

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Fund Raising for Grace Celebration Cell Phone Drop off

Drop Your used cell phone off at Messsiah Church http://boggscenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Messiah_drop_off.pdf

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Wayne Curtis Exhibit June 5 & 6 from 7-11

Wayne Curtis, the creative force behind Feedom FreedomCSA and other revolutionary community organizing will be showing some of his amazing original works of art for sale. Included in this exhibit are some of his latest works as well as work spanning many years of his life and career. These works will be signed on site […]

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Gathering Waters By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell  Gathering Waters May 31, 2015 While the Michigan corporate elite gathered on Mackinac Island to congratulate themselves for getting though the Detroit bankruptcy without an uprising, the hope of the city was unfolding at the International Legal and Legislative Summit on Water Affordability, Sanitation and Housing. Held in conjunction […]

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James Boggs’s (96th) birthday.

Today is James Boggs’s (96th) birthday.  Happy Birthday Jimmy! (May 28, 1919 – July 22, 1993) Happy Birthday James Boggs Last week marked James Boggs’s 96th birthday. His birth certificate gives May 27, 1919 as his date of birth, however he celebrated May 28 as his birthday. That Jimmy’s actual birthdate would be a day […]

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American Revolutionary was recently shown in the Netherlands – Rich Feldman

Living for Change News May 24 – May 31 Celebrating 100 Years of Grace Learn more / Support / Join us! American Revolutionary was recently showin in the Netherlands. There “was an introduction by urban geographer Brian Doucet on why Detroit matters in the current global debates on urban renaissance, followed by the screening and […]

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Water struggles intensify By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Water struggles intensify May 23, 2015  Members of the People’s Water Board resigned this week from the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) to protest the Authority’s refusal to discuss a Water Affordability Plan. Activists worked with the emerging regional water authority for several months. The PWB tried to help […]

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Women Walk for Peace Across DMZ by Gwyn Kirk

Women Walk for Peace Across DMZ This is a letter we received from our friend Gwyn Kirk. She is part of an international delegation for peace that will be walking across the DMZ as many people in the United States remember the costs of war. When we read this letter to Grace, she commented, “Women […]

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Council resolves on water By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Council resolves on water May 16, 2015 The Detroit City Council has finally acknowledged the importance of a Water Affordability Plan. In a strong show of unanimous support last week the Council passed a resolution to take the first steps toward reassessing the water rate structure. The Council also […]

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BCNCL Beyond Rebellion to Revolution 1974 to 2015

RETC was written in 1974. As revolutionaries Grace and Jimmy explored, after the 1967 rebellion,  violence and the role of rebellion and revolution… It chides the left for it Alinsky style of struggle and protest and reform with a more visionary organizing idea of what it means to be a human being in the 20th […]

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Emma blog Cap & Gown

http://emmaff.blogspot.com/2015/05/cap-gown.html Monday, May 11, 2015 Cap & Gown Micah walking across the stage with a big smile. On Thursday, May 7, 2015, Micah wore a cap and gown, he crossed a stage when his name was called, received a pin and certification for his work toward earning a noncredit certificate in Disability Studies, his name […]

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Duggan Unraveling By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Duggan Unraveling May 8, 2015 Unless Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan makes some major shifts in his thinking, he will be the Mayor who lost Detroit. While he is announcing redevelopment plans in Brush Park, water shut off trucks are revving their engines just a few blocks away. Defying all […]

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Press Release – When the Youth Cry Out We Must Respond

For Immediate Release Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership Tuesday May 5, 2015 Contact: boggscenter@boggscenter.org Tawana Petty 313.433.9882 Shea Howell 313.282.7669 When the Youth Cry Out We Must Respond This time on the clock of the world calls us to act. Our young people are breaking the silence and the rest of America needs to […]

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Black Mothers Honeycomb

Dear Black Mothers        Honeycomb Black Mothers  remember you are warriors the root of African Nations courageous  resilient resolute you hold truth on your side you are light  in the devastation makers of ways when there are none your existence is revolutionary their institutions  will try and convince you to chew up  and spit out  your […]

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American Revolutionary has won a Peabody Award

“We are proud to announce that American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs has won a Peabody Award! Thank you POV and the Peabody board, we are humbled and honored to say the least. The film is currently available on Netflix, iTunes and many more streaming services. View it again and share it with […]

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“WE IN DETROIT CALLED IT THE REBELLION.” Grace Lee Boggs

“WE IN DETROIT CALLED IT THE REBELLION.” From “Bill Moyers Journal” (broadcast on PBS, June 5, 2007): http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/06152007/watch3.html BILL MOYERS: Let me take you back to that terrible summer of 1967, when Detroit erupted into that awful riot out there. GRACE LEE BOGGS: I ask you to think about your calling it a riot. BILL […]

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Grace Lee Boggs 100th Birthday June 27, 2015

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Book. Chapter A Detroit Story :Ideas whose time has come – book Grabbing Back

Book.  Chapter A Detroit Story :Ideas Whose Time Has Come – book Grabbing Back : Essays Against The Global Land Grab Edited by Alexander Reid Ross order your copy at  www.akpress.org Detroit Story Grabbing Back1 pdf Grace Lee Boggs, Matthew Birkhold, Rich Feldman, Shea Howell

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Visionary Organizing (Working document Spring 2015)

Visionary Organizing   (Working document Spring 2015) James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership We are committed to moving beyond protest to resistance and visionary organizing. As we work to create the movement for the Next American Revolution we oppose the systems of racism, capitalism and militarism as we create a new […]

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Danny Glover and Boggs Center Detroit

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Nomination – Nobel Peace Prize Grace Lee Boggs

January 10, 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Committee Dear Colleagues: I am writing to nominate an iconic community activist and educator in the Detroit, national, and international community, for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. Grace Lee Boggs, and her James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership have inspired new generations of citizens to […]

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How Shall We Celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday By Grace Lee Boggs

How Shall We Celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday By Grace Lee Boggs January 19, 2015 in Living for Change Living for Change How Shall We Celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday By Grace Lee Boggs (originally published in Yes! Magazine, 2007)Over the holidays my old friend Vincent Harding, the African-American historian who worked closely with Martin Luther […]

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street talk jim perkinson 12-8-14

  jim perkinson 12-8-14   hands up! like an aerobic exercise over the graveyard of america hands up! knowing where the bones are   convening ezekiel plots of skeletal moans under the coffin covers ready to riot into resurrection conflagration inside the court of imperial condemnation where all the air goes when all the “i […]

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“We Have Much To Learn From Cuba” “We Have Much To Learn From Cuba”

“We Have Much To Learn From Cuba” By Grace Lee Boggs (1996) This was my first visit to Cuba and it was only for a week. My sense was that the Cuban people, by recommitting themselves to the struggle for socialism, are beginning to recover from the crisis caused by the loss of Soviet aid. […]

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HOW MOVEMENTS BUILD: FIVE LESSONS FROM GRACE LEE BOGGS

from the archives because it speaks to this moment. -Scott HOW MOVEMENTS BUILD: FIVE LESSONS FROM GRACE LEE BOGGS From my experience as a Movement activist, I have learned some important lessons: 1) A Movement begins when large numbers of people, having reached the point where they feel they can’t take the way things are […]

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Beyond Rebellion Conversations in maine

Conversations In Maine Rebellion “Today the  reactionary calls for more and more laws to create order. The revolutionary should be able to conceive of struggling for a society which is based more on the wisdom of men and women than on laws. Fighting for more laws is like fighting for better jails. We believe in […]

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STATEMENT FROM GRACE LEE BOGGS (9/23/14)

STATEMENT FROM GRACE LEE BOGGS (9/23/14) Grace has requested to share the following statement recorded recently at her bedside. Please respect her privacy, as she cannot entertain interviews, phone calls, or visitors. Thank you for the love and struggle you have shared with her. “I am coming to the end of a long journey—a journey […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Thinking And Acting Dialectically By Grace Lee Boggs

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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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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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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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(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

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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James and Grace Lee Boggs Center School

  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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“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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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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