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 the classroom, two young students at the Boggs School who are best friends, and about making school more human.
For the series’ last piece, Maio focused on the Principal of the Boggs School, Julia Putnam — a cornerstone of the school.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Putnam met Grace Lee Boggs, the school’s namesake, when Putnam was 16 years old.
julia and grace (Boggs and Putnam)
“I was searching. What was going on in my life was not as full and meaningful as I wanted it it to be. Meeting Grace helped me understand what was missing.”
“I know how skeptical Grace has been about starting a school, and whether or not that was the most  revolutionary or the most strategic thing to do in terms of creating real change,” Putnam said.
“I think a group of adults who are saying I’m so glad you’re here is strategic.”
Read, listen, and watch more stories from the Boggs School series here.

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 THE “PLAN OF ADJUSTMENT” THAT IS STEALING OUR MONEY

 

*SCHEDULE OF MAY DAY ACTIVITIES*

 

8:00 a.m. Ecumenical Unity Breakfast UAW Local 600 10550 Dix Avenue,

Dearborn, MI

9:00 a.m. The People Speak Out!!! Testimony from Citizens Affected by

Emergency Management

11:00 a.m. Protest Caravan for Justice and Democracy From UAW Local 600

to Hart Plaza – Downtown Detroit

12:00 p.m. Rally: No Business As Usual in Michigan!!!

1:30 p.m. March and Rally Through Detroit to Central United Methodist

Church, 23 East Adams Avenue at Woodward, Downtown Detroit

3:00 p.m. Why The Election of 2014 is So Important!!! The People Speak

Out Continues

4:30 p.m. Food, Fellowship and The People’s Plan for Detroit

 

Actions Continue at People Power Centers in Detroit neighborhoods around

the City

 

For more event details visit:

moratorium-mi.org,www.d-rem.org,

www.unitingdetroiters.org,

nationalactionnetwork.net/chapter/nan-detroit-chapter-51013

www.mwro.org

 

*PROTEST TO SAVE PENSIONS, CITY SERVICES, BUSES, SCHOOLS, WATER, OUR

CITIES’ ASSETS & DEMOCRACY*

 

*DEFEAT THE BANKERS’ “PLAN OF ADJUSTMENT”*

*HANDS OFF PENSIONS!*

 

*NO WORK, NO SCHOOL, NO SHOPPING, CASINOS, LOTTERY, ALCOHOL, TOBACCO*

 

 

*WHY WE PROTEST*

 

* MICHIGAN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

* SNYDER’S BANKRUPTCY PLAN

* PRIVATIZATION OF JOBS

* NO STATE REVENUE SHARING

* SCHOOL TAKEOVER

 

*=Equals= *

 

* NO MORAL COMPASS

* NO DEMOCRACY A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT

* TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION

* WALL STREET

* BANKERS GET PAID; PENSIONERS AND WORKERS HURT

* NO JOBS FOR DETROITERS AND OTHER MICHIGAN CITIZENS

* GIVE AWAY OF CITY’S ASSETS

* NO MORE TAXES FOR PRIVATE PROFIT

* REMOVAL OF CITIZENS FOR GENTRIFICATION

* POOR EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN

 

*NO BUSINESS AS USUAL*

 

Detroit is under siege. Governor Snyder and the right wing legislature

have joined Wall Street Bankers to strip us of our homes, our pensions and

benefits, and our democratic rights. They have used an Unconstitutional

Emergency Manager in a number of cities, where people of color are the

majority, to remove elected leadership so they could steal city assets and

privatize basic services. The unemployment rate in Detroit is already 49%

and for those under 30, 59%. Now Snyder is working to hand cities over to

the same banks that foreclosed on thousands of families across Michigan and

corporations. Snyder ignores the social cost of his plan, which is morally

bankrupt.

 

Today, 55% of all African Americans in Michigan can no longer vote for

effective local government and 75% of all African American elected

officials have been removed from power. We will stand on May 1, 2014 and

after with the people in cities across Michigan who are being denied basic

human rights and stripped of their common wealth.

 

* We demand that Governor Snyder, the Michigan legislature and, Kevyn

Orr stop stripping Michigan cities’ money and resources

* We demand our democracy taken by Snyder be restored immediately

* We demand that Wall Street pay for the crisis; not one dime from our

pensions and working government employees

* We demand the State restore full revenue sharing to all cities in

Michigan

* We demand Community Benefit Agreements for all development

* Support the People’s Plan for a Sustainable Detroit –

People’s Plan

* We join with people around the world on International Workers Day,

commemorating the Haymarket Square Protest in 1886 in Chicago for the eight

hour day.

* We celebrate with undocumented workers and immigrants, our heroic

sisters and brothers who revived May Day in this country

 

Call Issued By: Building Movement Detroit; Central United Methodist Church,

Rev. Edwin Rowe; Change Agent Consortium; Cities of Peace; Citizens For

Highland Park Schools; Cooperative Economics; Creative Hood Research;

Critical Moment; Detroit Communicator; Detroit Eviction Defense; Detroit

Green Party; Detroit People’s Platform; DPS Education Task Force; First

Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit, Lee Gaddies; Free Detroit/No

Consent; Feedom Freedom Growers; International Socialist Organization;

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership; Keep

Detroit Growing; Library Committee; Michigan Citizen; Michigan Forward;

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Moratorium Now!; National Action

Network; National Lawyers Guild; Project Save Detroit; Rosa and Raymond

Parks Institute for Self Development; Sacred Heart Church, Father Norman P.

Thomas; Simmons’ Hush House; Slowdown/Raiz Up; Social Justice Chair; St.

Peter’s Episcopal Church Detroit, Pastor Bill Wylie-Kellerman; Sugar Law

Center; Team for Justice; Uprooting Racism Planting Justice; We The People

of Detroit

 

For more event details visit:

moratorium-mi.org,www.d-rem.org,

www.unitingdetroiters.org,

nationalactionnetwork.net/chapter/nan-detroit-chapter-51013

www.mwro.org

 

CALL TO ACTION: MAY DAY SOLIDARITY AGAINST EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN MICHIGAN