"Each generation, coming out of obscurity, must define its mission and fulfill or betray it." Frantz Fanon - The Wretched of the Earth”

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Enlisting the Energies of Schoolkids

By Gregory Smith

Oct.10-16. 2010

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

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The Neighbor in the Hood

By Grace Lee Boggs

Michigan Citizen, Oct.3-9. 2010

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

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Moving Detroit Forward via Milwaukee

By Myrtle Thompson-Curtis and Wayne Curtis,

Feedom Freedom Growers

Michigan Citizen, Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2010

Economics as if People Mattered



Maybe JOBS aren't what we need

By Frank Joyce

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.

Our 21st Century Growing Pains

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

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The Next Development in Education

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

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The Next American Revolution

Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century

Grace Lee Boggs. With Scott Kurashige

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.


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The American Revolution

 Pages from a Black Radical’s Notebook

A James Boggs Reader

Edited by Stephen M. Ward

“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

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Breath of Hope Detroit  go to web site click here

Created by FLYP at the request of the Webby Awards, which are the Oscars of the Web. Breath of Hope has been shortlisted in the documentary category.




Purchase - Revolution and Evolution in Twentieth Century with new 2008 Introduction by Grace Lee Boggs - Send $20.00 to Boggs Center 3061 Field St. Detroit, Mi 48214 - click for paypal

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What counts?

By Shea Howell


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

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The End of Capitalism?: Interview of Alex Knight

Part 1. Crisis and Opportunity

Part 2A. Capitalism and Ecological Limits

Part 2B. Social Limits and the Crisis

Part 3. Life After Capitalism



Valuing a new economy

By Shea Howell

Michigan Citizen, Oct.3-9. 2010

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

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