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Path to Water Stewardship By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Path to Water Stewardship April 19, 2015 The water crisis is accelerating. Access to safe, clean water is becoming difficult around the country. All signs are that situation will get worse before it gets better. Detroit faces as many as 30,000 residential shut offs this summer. Flint water is […]

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http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/04/16/22057405/the-politicized-theater-of-detroit-based-collective-complex-movements Complex Movements, a Detroit-based collective of artists and activists who’ll be at On the Boards for the next couple of weeks, certainly lives up to its name. The phrase comes from a speech given by Grace Lee Boggs, the 99 year-old Chinese American activist and thinker who, among other accomplishments, was the first person […]

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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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What we can’t afford By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell What we can’t afford April 12, 2015 In an editorial “Detroit “can’t afford ‘free’ services” the News reached a new low. The editorial argues people should pay for their homes and water. Apparently the editors think paying bills is a foreign concept to people in the city. The News […]

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Boggs Center -Visits – Events – Travis Smiley – Cuba Film

On the Road in Rocky RiverRich Feldman, Barbara Stachowski, Michael Doc Holbrook and Roberto Mendoza represented the Boggs Center for a discussion hosted by the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, in Rocky River, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland on March 27, 2015. The Center was invited to talk about the book The Next American Revolution […]

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Planting Vision Shea Howell

Thinking for Oursleves Planting Vision Shea Howell The fifth annual Food Policy Summit in Detroit offered a clear vision of what equitable, restorative development looks like. Over a hundred urban gardeners, local farmers and food enthusiasts gathered to talk about the accomplishments and challenges facing urban agriculture. This year the gathering was infused with a […]

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Chicago Friends of the Boggs Center hosted a fundraiser to support Grace

Friends of the Boggs Center in Chicago hosted a fundraiser to support Grace’s home care.  One of the participants, Pablo Serrano, was moved to create this painting that will be donated the Center and Grace. It’s a large piece that came out with the participation of the crowd depicting both an older and younger Grace […]

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Flint Water Stores By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Flint Water Stores March 28, 2015 Flint emergency manager Gerald Ambrose is refusing to reconnect to the Detroit Water system. In a press release defending his decision Ambrose said that Flint’s water is safe to drink and “It is incomprehensible to me that seven members of the Flint City […]

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Duggan’s Dangerous Division By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves  Duggan’s Dangerous Division By Shea Howell March 21, 2015  Detroit Mayor Duggan is playing a dangerous game. He is fostering division and divisiveness. He decided to continue aggressive water shut offs. He made this decision in spite of the international outcry against this inhuman practice and the opposition of public health leaders […]

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David Harvey On Neoliberalism and the city

David Harvey On Neoliberalism and the city The Neoliberal City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfd5kHb-Hc8 February 2007  The city is an opportunity to think about the kind of people we have become and what kind of people we  are in the process of becoming. Shea Howell Core Questions: What kinds of social relationships do we value? What kind of relationships […]

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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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Cranbrook Schools visit Boggs Center

The Boggs Center engaged in an incredible week of visionary work, organizing and resistance. We engaged 60 young people at Cranbrook with poetry and shared meals at Conscious Corner Cafe, toured historic sights and dropped by to share stories and our visions for the beloved community at Feedom Freedom Growers. We had over 300 women […]

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Race, Water and Reason By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Race, Water and Reason By Shea Howell March 15, 2015 The racist fantasies framing the newly created Great Lakes Water Authority emerged in the minutes of a meeting held March 9, 2015.  Buried in the discussion of the strategy for communicating the next round of water shut offs we find the justification […]

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Invisible Narrative By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves Invisible Narrative By Shea Howell March 8, 2015  This week, many Detroiters travelled south to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the bloody march from Selma to Montgomery. Others gathered to share memories of those who risked their lives to claim full rights of citizenship for African Americans. Veteran civil rights advocate, Ruby […]

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Neighborhood Development By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves Neighborhood Development By Shea Howell February 28, 2015 Mayor Duggan showed the first sign of acknowledging the importance of a community benefits agreement. Speaking at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Detroit Policy Conference, Duggan affirmed the heart of the proposal. Cities should have a right to expect benefits from companies taking […]

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Fund Raiser – Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality Peace Zones for Life

Hello, Ron Scott would like you to support:Peace Zones for Life Donate  or forward this email to a friend now. A message from Ron Scott… Metropolitan Detroit is challenged by institutional and interpersonal violence. For more than 17 years, the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality has been at the forefront of challenging police militarization and […]

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Blighted Politics By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Blighted Politics February 21, 2014  Last week I participated in a program entitled “Blight as Politics” at the University of Michigan school of Architecture. The purpose of the meeting was to explore blight in historical, political, and economic terms. The call to the conversation stated: “In August 2013, Detroit’s […]

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Women Creating Caring Communities March 14, 2015

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Mayor’s Gauge By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves By Shea Howell Mayor’s Gauge February 15, 2015 Mayor Mike Duggan is getting rave reviews for his State of the City address last week. In a conversational, open manner, the Mayor talked for nearly an hour assuring us that we are headed in the right direction. We have not done enough, he […]

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Mayor Musings By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Mayor Musings By Shea Howell February 8, 2015 As Mayor Mike Duggan prepares for his State of the City address on February 10th, the corporate elite are already celebrating him. A recent article in Crains asserts that in spite of operating with an Emergency Manager for most of his first year, Duggan […]

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2015 5th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration

WCCC Flyer 2015 Women Creating Caring Communities 5th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration We Found Our Voices: Let’s Get Them Heard! March 14, 2015 10 am – 3 pm UAW-GM Center for Human Resources 200 Walker Street Detroit, MI       48207 Questions?     Contact: Tawana tawana.detroit2012@gmail.com               Kris  klundberg@uaw.net Rick richardfeldman60@gmail.com (c) 248-225-8037 Peace Zones Waging   Love […]

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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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Moratoria and more By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves Moratoria and more By Shea Howell January 31, 2015 Special to Michigan Citizen We are on the edge of a catastrophe. A record 62,000 homes in Detroit are threatened with tax foreclosure. Nearly 20% of our people could lose their homes. Words cannot capture the human anguish and community devastation we are […]

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River of opportunity By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves River of opportunity By Shea Howell January 25, 2015 Governor Snyder’s State of the State may be more remembered for his imagery than his policy pronouncements. Snyder called for “revolutionizing how government operates” to move all Michiganders into the “river of opportunity.” For Snyder, and those who support him, this may not […]

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Community Benefits By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves Community Benefits By Shea Howell Detroit City Council should pass a strong community benefit agreement. The new ordinance, proposed by City Council President Brenda Jones deserves the support of everyone who cares about justice. Unless conscious efforts are made to direct development projects within our city, only a small, white and wealthy […]

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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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Digital Premiere – American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Will have its Digital Premiere January 20 on iTunes ? Amazon Instant Video ? Google Play ? VUDU Los Angeles, CA (January 14, 2015) — American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, the feature documentary film by filmmaker Grace Lee will make its digital premiere January […]

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Grace Lee Boggs: Quest Magazine

Grace Lee Boggs: Quest Magazine January 8, 2015 in Living for Change Grace Lee Boggs: Quest Magazine- Excerpt January http://www.questformeaning.org/quest-article/times-grow-souls-excerpt/ These are the Times that Grow Our Souls (Excerpt)   The America that is best known and most resented around the world pursues unlimited economic growth, technological revolutions, and consumption, with little or no regard for […]

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Press Release – The Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award Grace Lee Boggs

Press Release The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the association’s awards for contributions to philosophical thought, literature, and the new awards for beginning scholars and graduate students: The Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award Grace Lee Bogs http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/portraits/grace-lee-boggs and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Lee_Boggs Grace Lee Boggs, 99, is a giant in the meeting of […]

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Closed history By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Closed history By Shea Howell December 30, 2014  The new year begins with a full scale propaganda push to declare the Detroit Bankruptcy ordeal an miraculous success. A key element of this is an effort to eliminate the history of creative, committed struggles by people for more just, humane, and imaginative solutions […]

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A new year of hope By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves A new year of hope By  Shea Howell December 19, 2014  As 2014 gives way, new energies are swirling through the country, bringing hope of real change based on values that respect life and the earth that sustains us. Much of this hope comes from the resistance of people to the dehumanization and […]

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http://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/nicole-macdonald-fights-blight-gives-history-lesson-with-art/Content?oid=2201449 Nicole Macdonald …, gives history lesson with art Windows to the past and present. By Lee DeVito @leedevito   “They’re kind of on a road show right now, so to speak,” artist Nicole Macdonald says of her latest painting series. A group of portraits, Macdonald’s paintings depict Detroiters from all throughout history, from the […]

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Democracy in cities By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Democracy in cities By Shea Howell December 16, 2014 The recent move by the lame duck legislature in Lansing to pass a bill outlawing Community Benefits Agreements and local minimum wage requirements should be a concern for every one who cares about democracy. This is a direct assault on the power of […]

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  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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A-time-for-visionary-resistance By Tawana Petty aka Honeycomb

A-time-for-visionary-resistance Tawana Petty aka Honeycomb Over 50 years ago, ancestor James Boggs wrote “The American Revolution: Pages from a Negro Worker’s Notebook.” In this book, he warned Americans of the insurmountable impact of automation, increased individualism as a result of that automation, a decreased desire of the oppressed to organize against their oppressors based on […]

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Grace Support Fund https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/support-grace-lee-boggs

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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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Disrupting questions By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Disrupting questions By Shea Howell December 9, 2014 Last week community activists, students, and teachers reacted to the outrageous decision by Eastern Michigan University to continue its relations with the disgraced Educational Achievement Authority (EAA). The EAA has been controversial since its inception. It has proved to be detrimental to children, corrupt, […]

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Homrich 9 and Human Rights By Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves By Shea Howell Homrich 9 and Human Rights December 2, 2014  December 10 is International Day of Human Rights. Two days earlier, on Monday, December 8, nine people will appear in 36th District Court. The Homrich 9 were arrested for putting their bodies on the line to protect the basic human right […]

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Comic truths By Shea Howell

  Thinking for ourselves Comic truths By Shea Howell November 24, 2014 Humor is a powerful tool in search of the truth. American philosopher Kenneth Burke describes the power of what he labeled the “comic frame.” He explains that humor can help us to look at our own contradictions by breaking through our usual defense […]

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Dear Friends of Grace Lee Boggs Fund

https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/support-grace-lee-boggs Dear Friends of Grace Lee Boggs, We are writing to ask for your support in keeping Grace Lee Boggs in her home in Detroit as she makes her final transition. As you are well aware, Grace is now 99, and has devoted her life to the struggle to stretch our humanity. Like her partner […]

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Reflections on Thanksgiving By Grace Lee Boggs 2010

Reflections on Thanksgiving LIVING FOR CHANGE Reflections on Thanksgiving By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Dec.5-11, 2010 I recall many Thanksgivings, some more enjoyable than others but each worth reflecting on. When I was a child, relatives who worked in my father’s restaurant and lived bachelor lives because their wives and families had been left […]

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Grand Illusion By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Grand Illusion By Shea Howell November 18, 2014   As the back-slapping and self congratulations of the corporate elite fades, the reality of the Detroit bankruptcy decision is settling in. The Grand Bargain is unraveling as a Grand Illusion.  The illusions are embedded in the bankruptcy itself. Judge Steven Rhodes wrote in […]

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Election bankruptcy By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Election bankruptcy By Shea Howell November 11, 2014 The Republican sweep of the midterm elections and the final approval of the Detroit Plan to exit bankruptcy have common roots. It is no accident that the people celebrating the republican victory were the same as those celebrating approval by Judge Steven Rhodes of […]

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http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/detroit-bankruptcy/2014/11/10/detroit-bankruptcy-illegal-wrong/18811707/ Critics of Michigan’s emergency manager law and Detroit’s bankruptcy pledged this morning to keep up their fight against what they called an illegal and immoral attack on a predominantly African American city. The groups alleged that the city’s bankruptcy exit plan unfairly benefits financial institutions on the backs of retirees of modest means and […]

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Moving Beyond Solidarity By Tawana Petty

  Moving Beyond Solidarity Living for Change By Tawana Petty Special to the Michigan Citizen I had the honor of speaking to and performing for 500 students, instructors, activists and organizers from around the globe at the 4th Annual National Students for Justice in Palestine (#NSJP2014) Conference at Tufts University in Boston, Mass, October 24-26. […]

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Mayor’s reality By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves Mayor’s reality By Shea Howell November 4, 2014  It has been widely reported that the successful exiting from bankruptcy will depend on the leadership abilities of Mayor Mike Duggan. The court appointed expert selected to give an opinion on the feasibility of the plan, Martha Kopacz, testified that it depends on the […]

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Detroit test drive by Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves By Shea Howell Detroit test drive October 28, 2014   Almost every media account of the Detroit bankruptcy process begins with the word “historic. As we enter the final stages, we are also told that the process has been surprisingly quick and smooth. The Detroit News called it “fast paced” and reported […]

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New Culture Emerging By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell New Culture Emerging October 21, 2014 There is a new force for life emerging in Detroit. Across the city this week-end people gathered to talk about justice, peace, children, work, music, healing, revolutionary wellness, passion, play, human rights, and freedom. Black farmers and urban gardeners, new work and new […]

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New Work New Culture Conference Oct 18-20, 2014

New Works New Culture Conference Oct 18-20, 2014 October 14, 2014 in Organizing for Change, Upcoming Events Please copy this youtube New Work New Culture to your facebook page and then share.   Peace Larry http://youtu.be/HPloo2CLH3Q?list=UUN5ZOCaOLXyttn0USXwhDAANew Work with Frithjof Bergman & John Glazer 6-19-14Published on Jul 26, 2014 A detailed overview of New Work serving to invite […]

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Water Costs By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves By  Shea Howell Water Costs October 7, 2014 The last days of Kevyn Orr removed any pretense that there is a concern for the Detroit the quality of the lives of the people of Detroit. It should be clear to everyone that the only value that matters to Orr, Snyder, and go […]

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Water connections and questions By Shea Howell – Week 78: The End of Occupation?

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Water connections and questions Week 78:  The End of Occupation?  Mayor Mike Duggan and the Detroit City Council are moving to take over their elected responsibilities. The news that some measure of democracy has been restored to our city has not caused any great celebration. The reasons for this […]

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Water Realities By Shea Howell – Week 77 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Water Realities Week 77 of the Occupation September 23, 2014  Mayor Mike Duggan has spent much of the occupation of the city overshadowed by the Emergency Manager Orr and Governor Snyder. Occasionally the mayor would pop up at to mention how much he was cooperating with the Emergency Manager. […]

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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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Finance, Ferguson and Orr By Shea Howell – Week 76 of the Occupation of Detroit

  Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Finance, Ferguson and Orr Week 76 of the Occupation of Detroit   Governor Snyder, his Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and the corporate interests who back them all breathed a sigh of relief last week as Syncora blinked. The bond insurer agreed to support the bankruptcy plan last week. […]

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Charity Waters By Shea Howell – Week 75 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Charity Waters Week 75 of the Occupation September 9, 2014   Water shut offs and the bankruptcy trial are wound together. Before the opening statements on bankruptcy were delivered, Judge Steven Rhodes, heard a request to order the Water Department to temporarily stop the shut offs. In response, the […]

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Registration is Open for New Work New Culture Conference

  Registration is Open for New Work New Culture Conference Contacts: Tawana Petty: 313.433.9882 or tawana.nwnc@gmail.com; Frank Joyce: 313.510.8941 nwnc_flyer2014 Registration for the New Work New Culture Conference is available via the website www.reimaginingwork.org. The October event in Detroit will convene thinker and doers from all over the world who are building an earth friendly […]

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What Time is it On Clock of the World By Grace Lee Boggs

What Time is it On Clock of the World By Grace Lee Boggs   At almost 100 years old, I experience falls, new levels of pain, and difficulties moving. I also feel the need to reflect on that which has sustained me over these years. In particular I want to emphasize the importance of philosophy […]

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Water by numbers By Shea Howell – Week 74 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Water by numbers Week 74 of the occupation September 2, 2014   The Detroit Bankruptcy trial is moving into its final stage. Beginning this week, Judge Steven Rhodes will decide if he will approve the plan offered by Emergency Manager Orr and his high priced law firm, Jones Day, […]

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Corporate Waters By Shea Howell – Week 72 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Corporate Waters Week 72 of the occupation August 26, 2014 This week an international for-profit corporation was hired to evaluate the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. All 4 million customers should be concerned about this move by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to employ the services of Veolia Water. Once […]

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Suburban Waters By Shea Howell Week 71 of the occupation of Detroit

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Suburban Waters Week 71 of the occupation of Detroit August 23-30, 2014   Decisions about the future of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department are being made behind closed doors. On Monday, Nolan Finley of the Detroit News described a deal “to turn over ownership and operation” to a […]

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Registration Opens for New Work New Culture Conference

Registration Opens for New Work New Culture Conference 2014 Contacts: Tawana Petty: 313.433.9882 or tawana.nwnc@gmail.com; Frank Joyce: 313.510.8941 Registration via the New Work New Culture website www.reimaginingwork.org is now available for the October event in Detroit that will convene thinker/doers from all over the world who are building an earth friendly economy for all. From […]

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Democracy Shut off By Shea Howell – Week 70 of the Occupation of Detroit

Democracy Shut off Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Week 70 of the Occupation of Detroit The human toll of living under Emergency Management was made clear through the water crisis. Detroiters have endured an unprecedented assault on our basic human right to water for nearly 6 months before any action was taken. The decision […]

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American Revolutionary, Transformation in 82 Minutes. Tawana Petty

  American Revolutionary, Transformation in 82 Minutes. “I feel so sorry for people who are not living in Detroit,” says 99, then 98 year old Grace Lee Boggs at the intro to the film by Grace Lee (no relation), American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs. As she gazes at the once vibrant, now […]

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Fair Water By Shea Howell – Week 69 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves Fair Water By Shea Howell Week 69 of the Occupation August 5, 2014 The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department held a Fair last Saturday. On Monday, Mayor Mike Duggan announced he will extend the moratorium on shut offs until August 25. The extension is to give time to “redesign bill collections.” The […]

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LFC   Teaching Responsibility By Kim Sherobbi               In the booklet, Responsibility, Foundations of Democracy, the Center for Civic Education lists six sources of Responsibility: Promises    Assignments    Occupation   Rules and Laws, Customs, Civic Principles,. I don’t disagree with this list.  But in my 25 years as a Physical Education teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, […]

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Collapsed Pause – By Shea Howell – Week 69 of the Occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Collapsed Pause   By Shea Howell Week 69 of the Occupation August 29, 2014 The move toward bankruptcy in Detroit is complicated and complex. The most direct way to understand what is happening is a slogan being used by some local community advocates. “First they shut off our democracy, […]

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Thinking for ourselves Shut off pause – Week 68 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By  Shea Howell Shut off pause Week 68 of the occupation July 22, 2014 On Monday July 21, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced a moratorium on water shut offs for 15 days. This announcement came after widespread outrage over their policy of aggressively shutting off the water to people who […]

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The Boggs School’s message to kids is, ‘I’m so glad you’re here’

The Boggs School’s message to kids is, ‘I’m so glad you’re here’ by Lucy Perkins Originally published by Michigan Radio News Over the last year, Zak Rosen and Andrea Claire Maio have been following students and educators at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School.   Maio and Rosen have done pieces in the series about control in […]

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Distorted Reality, By Shea Howell – Week 67 of the occupation of Detroit

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Distorted Reality, Week 67 of the occupation of Detroit July 15, 2013 One year ago Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed for bankruptcy. It has been a brutal year for the people of Detroit. Step by step we have seen long cherished rights and values trampled on in the name […]

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Beyond the Bottom Line – By Shea Howell Week 66 of the occupation

Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell Beyond the Bottom Line Week 66 of the occupation July 8, 2014   The decision by Kevyn Orr/ Governor Snyder to make the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more marketable by shutting off water to those who cannot pay raises fundamental questions. This crude, vicious, and dangerous decision reveals […]

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

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

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Water choices By Shea Howell – Week 65 of the Occupation

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

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Welcome to the Boggs School By Halima Cassells, Parent

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

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Future Time By Shea Howell – Week 64 of the occupation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RIP General Baker 1941-2014. By Grace Lee Boggs

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

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

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

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Fund Raising 2014 We are asking for your support

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

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

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

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Climate challenges By Shea Howell – Week 59 of the occupation

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

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Jackson Rising by Tawana Petty

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

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Empty Houses By Shea Howell -By Shea Howell

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

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Call to Action in Support of the Zapatistas

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

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

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

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

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

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Progressive actions by Shea Howell – Week 56 of the Occupation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Rights By Shea Howell – Week 53 of the occupation

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

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Thinking And Acting Dialectically By Grace Lee Boggs

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New Work-New Culture – Bi-Monthly Meeting

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

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

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

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My Philosophic Journey by Grace Lee Boggs

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

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

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

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Value Choices By Shea Howell – Week fifty of the occupation

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

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AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY JOINS THE FREEP FILM FESTIVAL

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

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

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

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LIVING FOR CHANGE in China By Grace Lee Boggs

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

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

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

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Solutionary educators meet in Detroit By Grace Lee Boggs

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

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Blind Justice By Shea Howell – Week 46 of the occupation

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

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

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

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Naming the Enemy By Grace Lee Boggs

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

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

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

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More on Celebrating the MLK holiday By Grace Lee Boggs

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

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Talking truth By Shea Howell – Week 43 of the Occupation

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

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

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

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Alternative decisions By Shea Howell – Week 42 of the occupation

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

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Celebrating the MLK Holiday By Grace Lee Boggs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boggs Center Hosts UM-Dearborn Students By Grace Lee Bogg

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

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Sovereign Cities By Shea Howell – Week 37 of the Occupation

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

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Your support is invaluable. 2014

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

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

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A different vision, saying No to Hantz By Shea Howell

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

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

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

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LFC What is History? By Grace Lee Boggs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grace lee Boggs – Melissa-Harris-Perry MSNBC

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

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

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Hamtramck: The multicultural jewel inside Detroit By Barbara Stachowski

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

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

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

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Revisiting the November 1963 Grassroots Leadership Conference By Grace Lee Boggs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our next regular New Work meeting

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

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Solutionaries are today’s Revolutionaries By Grace Lee Boggs

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

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Asking questions By Shea Howell – Week 29 of the occupation

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

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(R)Evoution – in the 21st Century Pamphlet

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

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Being Managed By Shea Howell Week 28 of the occupation

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

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Water Rights By Shea Howell

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

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

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

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Global Visit to Detroit – By Rich Feldman & Tawana Petty

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

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

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

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Homecoming at Highlander By Grace Lee Boggs

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

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

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

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

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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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Public Values By Shea Howell – Week nineteen of the Occupation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thinking for ourselves Emerging future By Shea Howe