High school students in Boston helped orchestrate a campaign that after six years led to the enforcement of an anti-idling statute
and an order to convert the city's buses to natural gas. Each year, middle school students on the Hawaian island of Molokai investigate local natural resource issues for several months. Their reports to the community have
resulted in an island-wide recycling program, the restoration of traditional fishponds, and a state bottle bill. read more
As I rejoice at the news that more grassroots Detroiters are beginning to rebuild, redefine and respirit our city by turning Motown into
Growtown, War Zones into Peace Zones, etc., I have been revisiting the chapter in the American Manifesto where Jimmy and I envision Neighborhood Responsibility Councils as the building blocks for a New Self- Governing America.
Nearly 30 years ago, in 1982, we wrote, "Our country was founded by a great revolution which inaugurated an age of revolutions all over the
world because it gave men and women a new concept of themselves as self-governing human beings, as citizens rather than subjects. Instead of looking to kings or bishops to make the difficult decisions which are
necessary to the functioning of any society, the men and women who made the first American revolution were convinced that ordinary people could and should think for themselves, could and should accept responsibility for making social,
economic and political decisions. Instead of viewing history as made only by elites, they believed that they themselves could build the world anew." read more
Lifelong labor and political activist Frank Joyce is writing a book expanding on these ideas. This article is adapted from "We Are in the Middle of
Transformational Change: It's Time the Debate Matches up with the Huge Challenges Ahead of Us," published at AltNet.org.
By Larry Sparks, Guest Columnist Michigan Citizen, August 29- Sept. 4. 2010
In these times of troubles, most Americans are unaware of the potential in our everyday decisions. The challenges we face are the consequences of the
courage or cowardice shown in the everyday choices made by our ancestors and elders. Our everyday decisions and choices are our gifts to our children and friends.
We are now in a very puzzling and historic time of doubt and questioning of all our values.
Millions of us are cultural creatives who have come to realize that what exists is based on choices that value things more than people. read more
By James Boggs University of Adult Education, Detroit, Michigan, February 28, 1977
I want to thank you for inviting me here to speak to you, especially since I have not come to extol you for the sacrifices which you are making in the pursuit of knowledge.
Actually, I believe that the way most of you are pursuing knowledge is incorrect because you are pursuing what I call "received" knowledge. That is, you are trying
to absorb information, facts, theories, etc., which have already been discovered or created by others, in the belief that if you can just absorb enough of this knowledge, you will qualify as "educated". This means that you
think of education as a "thing" which is stored up somewhere. All you have to do is open the Pandora's Box, get a good look at its contents - and presto, you are educated. read more
A world dominated by America and driven by cheap oil, easy credit, and conspicuous consumption is unraveling before our eyes. In this
powerful, deeply humanistic book, Grace Lee Boggs, a legendary figure in the struggle for justice in America, shrewdly assesses the current crisis—political, economical, and environmental—and shows
how to create the radical social change we need to confront new realities.
“This volume should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand urban social
transformation in the second part of the twentieth century. It fills many gaps in our current understanding of urban, civil rights, black power, labor, and revolutionary history.”
—Beth Bates, associate professor of Africana studies at Wayne State University
For the first time in nearly a decade, Detroit Public Schools may stem the tide of decreasing enrollment. Steve Wasko, spokesperson for Emergency
Financial Manager Robert Bobb, says that if all students are counted at the end of the month, DPS "would log the smallest decrease in students since at least 2003."
This unexpected strength in public school enrollment led Bobb to claim an endorsement for his policies."We're sensing that people are
pleased with the new academic rigor we're putting forth," said. Wasko. . read more
Over 4000 people attended the series of five meetings hosted by Mayor Bing and his administration. There should be no doubt that Detroiters intend to
shape our own future. But the choices before us require a lot more debate and discussion and they also require a lot of new thinking.
One of the most important things to emerge in this process is how wedded the business elite is to the belief that our future rests in
"reindustrialization." The prospect of becoming the battery capital of the world is the most bandied-about idea in the media. Currently, the U.S. produces less than 2% of the batteries used in the emerging electric car
market, but some analysis are promoting the idea that within ten years the state will see the creation of 62,000 new jobs, with Holland, Michigan, being the western anchor for a web of battery manufacturing facilities. read more