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

Shea Howell

Shea writes a weekly column for the Michigan Citizen. Here are many of her articles from that column, as well as some Michigan citizen articles by other members of the "Boggs Center Family".

 2010


THINKING FOR OURSELVES

What counts?

By Shea Howell

Oct.10-16-2010

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.

Before EFM Robert Bobb gets too celebratory, he had better take a close look at election results around the country. The New York Times reported this week that voters are rejecting the topdown, "test-scores-driven, tenure-busting, results-rewarding sort of reform epitomized by organizations like Teach for America and championed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan" and Bobb. read more


THINKING FOR OURSELVES

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


LIVING FOR CHANGE

Moving Detroit Forward via Milwaukee

By Myrtle Thompson-Curtis and Wayne Curtis,

Feedom Freedom Growers

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

We were in the delegation of two dozen Detroit growers/farmers who traveled to Milwaukee over the September 10-12 weekend to attend the Good Food {R}evolution" Conference sponsored by Will Allen.

The son of a sharecropper and a former professional basketball player, Will is now a farmer, not just any farmer but the principal farmer and CEO of Grower Power Inc.

There are many things to learn from and about this man who is behind the Milwaukee urban agriculture movement. Through Growing Power Inc. Will Allen maintains a sustainable farm and community center which ensures that all Milwaukee residents, regardless of their economic circumstances, have access to fresh, nutritious food. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious "Genius" award by the MacArthur Foundation for his work, only the second farmer ever to be so honored. In February 2010 he joined Michelle Obama in launching "Let's Move," her signature program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. In May 2010 TIME magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people. read more


Misinformed and Misinforming media By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, September 19-25, 2010

No sham democracy By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Sept. 12-18, 2010

Community Control By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Sept.5-11, 2010

Creating a new democracy By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, August 29- Sept. 4. 2010

Education Foundations By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Aug. 22-28, 2010

Engaging education By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, August 15-21.2010

Democracy is growing in Detroit By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, August 8-14, 2010 Desperate for change By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, August 1-7, 2010

Mayoral control? By what right or reason? By Shea Howell

NO to Mayor control. YES to Community. By Shea Howell July 13, 2010

 The real news By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, July 11-17, 2010

Change gonna come By Shea Howell July 4, 10, 2010

Another World By Shea Howell June 27-July 3, 2010

Beyond bad ideas By Shea Howell July 10, 2010

 The story not told By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen,. June 13-19, 2010

 Mega school madness By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, June 6-12, 2010

Behind the violence By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, May 30-June 5, 2010

Bad business By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, May 23-29, 2010

Market Place Education By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, May 16-22, 2010

Spinning Democracy By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, May 9-15, 2010

Democratic Debate By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, May 2-8, 2010

Visionary schools today By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, April 25-May1, 2010

A regional look beyond crisis By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Apr.11-17, 2010

Alternative Democratic Visions By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Mar. 28- Apr. 3, 2010

The Mayor's land rush By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, March 21-27, 2010

Development and Democracy By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, March 14-20, 2010

Resist the land grab By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Mar. 7-13, 2010

Holding civilian trials By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Feb.28-Mar. 6, 2010

Leaving the Senate By Shea Howell Feb.21-27, 2010

 Tea Party Questions By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Feb.14-20, 2010

Beyond Budgets and Speeches By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Feb. 7-13, 2010

Massachusetts Message By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Jan. 31- Feb. 6, 2010

War and the Economy By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Jan. 24-30, 2010

A new beginning By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Jan. 17-23, 2010

Acting for peace By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Jan. 10-16, 2010

 A Woman Among Warlords By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Jan .3-9, 2010

The Hope in Afghanistan By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, December 27-Jan.2, 2010


2009

Between Prophets and Presidents By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, December 20-26, 2009

"Why do they hate us so?" By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, December 13-19, 2009

Another way By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen. Dec.6-12, 2009

Corruption in Afghanistan and at Home By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2009

The long war By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Nov. 15-21, 2009 

If you break it  By Shea Howell Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2009

After 8 years By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, October 18-24, 2009

Testing Asssumption By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Oct. 11-17, 2009


Response to a TIME article By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Oct. 4-10, 2009

A General's Assessment By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Sept.27-Oct. 3, 2009

Thoughts on Van Jones By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, September 13-19, 2009

Healthy Communities By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Aug. 23-29, 2009

About College By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Aug. 9-15, 2009

No Distraction By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Aug.2-8, 2009

Doublespeak of Peace By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, July 5-11, 2009 

A Privileged Moment By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, June 7-13, 2009

Another Way By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, May 17-23, 2009

 Crediting Mothers By Shea Howell May 10-16

Out of Control By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, May 3-9, 2009

Columbine and Torture Memos By Shea Howell April 25th-May 3rd

Too big to fail By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, April 12-18, 2009

GM AND WALL STREET By Shea Howell March 29- April 4, 2009

Bonus time By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, March 22-28, 2009

Beyond Divas and Demagogues By Shea Howell March 15th-21st

Imperial Dreams By Shea Howell March 8th-14th

Breath of Hope By Shea Howell March 1-8, 2009

 Staying Home By Shea Howell

Home Economy By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen

Another World is Coming By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Feb.1-7, 2009

The Choice By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Jan. 25- 31, 2009

Peace Signs By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Jan. 18-24, 2009

Beyond Words Jan.11-17, 2008

Resolving Peace Jan. 4-10,2009

Winter economies By Shea Howell Michigan Citizen, Dec. 28-Jan, 3, 3009


2008

THINKING FOR OURSELVES

Preserving Trust , Dec. 21-27, 2008

Relationships of value Oct. Dec.14-20, 2008

 Continuing Wars and Wisdom Dec. 7-14, 2008
 In Tough Times Nov. 30- Dec 6, 2008
Economic Fundamentals  Nov. 30- Dec. 6, 2008

Reaching for Maturity Nov.16.-Nov.22, 2008

Bush's Legacy 11-15-08

New Harvest Time 11-08-08

Ethic of Responsibility Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2008

Good News in Troubled Times Oct.19-25, 2008
A Dangerous Game Oct.12-16, 2008
 Rethinking Economics October 5-11. 2008
Beyond Bailouts
Maverick or Mouthpiece Sept. 21-7, 2008
    
Media Matters September 14-20, 2008
American Promise Sept.7-13, 2008
Second in Command Aug.31- Sept. 6, 2008
McCain: War Hero or War Monger Aug. 24-30, 2008
New World Emerging Aug. 17-23, 2008
Questioning global developments August 10-16, 2008
The Way to Peace Aug, 3-9, 2008
Widening war July 20-26, 2008
    
Letter from Iran July 13-19, 2008
Provoking Action July 8-12, 2008
We have come to connect June 29-July 5, 2008
    
A New Politics June 22-28, 2008
An Extraordinary Moment June 15-21. 2008
Dancing with Destruction June 8-14, 2008
No Private Wars  June 1-7, 2008
Memorial Day 2008 May 25-31, 2008
    
For most of us the coming weekend represents a shifting season.
Memorial Day is the beginning of summer. School days are numbered,
graduation ceremonies mark life changes, and people plan time together
in family reunions and outdoor gatherings.
The price of buffers May 18-24, 2008
    
Looking for Truth May 11-17, 2008
Sand storms May 4-10, 2008
From War to Occupation April 27-May 3, 2008
Fool us twice April 20-26, 2008
Those scary quotes Mar.31-Apr. 5, 2008
    
Sorrow in our Hearts Mar.22-28, 2008
Hard Questions Mar. 9-15, 2008
“Significant damage” Mar.2-8, 2008
    
Crimes against Humanity Feb. 17-23, 2008
Budget Priorities
The World is Changing Feb. 3-9, 2008
    
Deaths in Iraq January 27-Feb2, 2008
A Better Country Jan. 20-26. 2008
For the Children  Jan. 13-19, 2008
    
Resolve in the New Year  Jan.6-12, 2008
Blessings of the Season Dec.30-Jan.6, 2008
 


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