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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

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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 CLR James

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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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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“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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Jimmy Boggs Reader

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