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Gretta Jackson

Woman Becomes First Black Owner of an Outback Steakhouse in Detroit After Starting As a Server

By Black Women in History, News & Current Affairs

By Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton — A Black woman, who started as a part-time server, is now an owner of her very own Outback Steakhouse restaurant in Michigan, less than 20 years later. According to Fox2 Detroit, Gretta Jackson took a job as a part-time server job at an Outback in Southfield almost two decades ago to put some extra money in her pocket. She worked her way up to become the…

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The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners has voted in favor of a resolution that will create a new commission in addressing disparities in black communities.

Kalamazoo County Commissioners approve resolution to create Economic Reparations Committee

By Reparations

Kalamazoo County, MI, (WKZO AM/FM) — The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners has voted in favor of a resolution that will create a new commission in addressing disparities in black communities. The measure is listed on county documents as a “Resolution on Creating the Kalamazoo County Commission on Economic Reparations and Opportunity for Descendants of enslaved Africans and Indigenous Blacks,” and was approved on first read at the last County…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Righteous and Relentless Struggle: Reflections on the Principle and Practice

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — (Remembering, reflecting and recommitting.) We cannot say it too often, stress it too much and certainly must never downplay in any way the definitive, determining and decisive role the principle and practice of righteous and relentless struggle have played in the self-conception, self-construction and self-assertion of our people and our organization Us, and the persons called into being and cultivated by both. For among the most defining…

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Water is a human right

U.S. Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups Say Water is a Human Right

By News & Current Affairs, PAUD Posts, Press Releases / Statements

U.S. Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups Say Water is a Human Right — Express Solidarity with Struggle for Water Rights in Nigeria. February, 10, 2020, New York — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) released a Statement today calling for a national and international movement to declare access to water a human right that should not be subject to profiteering by corporate interests. The Statement was released against the…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

In the Wake of Hurricane Dorian: Climate Change and Infrastructure Issues

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Hurricane Dorian has drowned the Bahamas and devastated the coasts of North and South Carolina. There are trillions of dollars worth of damages, and communities that it will take years to rebuild. The fury of this hurricane, some say, is unprecedented, with winds measured at 130 miles per hour at their fiercest. Dozens of lives have been lost – at least 30, as of this writing,…

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17 Million Voters Purged Nationwide Between 2016 and 2018

By News & Current Affairs

The Brennan Center’s report authors said as the 2020 election cycle heats up, election administrators must be transparent about how they’re deciding what names to remove from the rolls. By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire — A Brennan Center analysis has found that at least 17 million voters were purged nationwide between 2016 and 2018, similar to the numbers discovered between 2014 and 2016. Using data released by the Federal Election…

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Ghanaian Students Win World Robofest Competition

Ghanaian Students Win World Robofest Competition

By News & Current Affairs

By Daily Guide Network (DGN) — GHANAIAN STUDENTS from Methodist Girls, Mamfe, have won the 2019 World Robofest competition. This year’s competition was held in Michigan, USA. The Robot Olympiad is a global robotics competition organized annually for youngsters. The competition uses Lego Mindstorms manufactured by LEGO Education. The maiden edition of the competition was held in 2004 in Singapore. DGN Online understands that the competition now attracts more than…

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Sonja Bonnett and other members of the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures in front of Bonnett's new Detroit home, which the group acquired for her.

“Make it right”: Coalition wants reparations for Detroit’s “unconstitutional foreclosures”

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Sarah Cwiek, Michigan Radio — One Detroit family celebrated getting a new home Thursday, as they also called for other families like them to receive similar compensation as victims of what they call “illegal” foreclosures. The Bonnett family lost their home to property tax foreclosure in 2015. Nearly one in four Detroit properties was tax-foreclosed between 2011 and 2015. Some researchers, led by Illinois Institute of Technology and visiting…

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Flint Residents Pay to Drink Polluted Water While Nestlé Pumps Great Lakes for Profit

By Commentaries/Opinions

CounterSpin interview with Peggy Case on water rights. ‘People Have to Strengthen the Laws Protecting the Water.’ Janine Jackson interviewed Peggy Case about Michigan water rights for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. By Janine Jackson — Janine Jackson: It is impossible, really, not to connect two recent pieces of news: Residents of Flint, Michigan, have been told that the state that poisoned their drinking water will no…

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