Confront America’s history of racism to understand Flint, activist asserts
Mar21

Confront America’s history of racism to understand Flint, activist asserts

By Robert R. Thomas Racism and economic inequality go hand-in-glove in America, an anti-racism activist told an audience of 150 at the Flint Public Library, and Flint’s recent travails are a pointed example. Tim Wise asserted to the St. Patrick’s Day crowd that the history of race relations most of us have been taught is a lie. Quoting James Baldwin from a 1965 Ebony interview, he said ignorance of the truth leaves white people in...

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Gray Panthers stalk Flint events:  remembering That Weekend (Part I)
Mar16

Gray Panthers stalk Flint events: remembering That Weekend (Part I)

  By Robert R. Thomas The plan was to take a list of ten events surrounding the Democratic debate at the Whiting and participate in as many as chilly weather and aging bones permitted. My wife Ingrid and I were more interested in the scenes surrounding the main event than the debate itself. We were also interested in participating, not just observing. The opening event was a 2 p.m. rally held by #JUSTICE4FLINT at Willson Park...

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Bernie makes it better:  remembering That Weekend (Part 2)
Mar16

Bernie makes it better: remembering That Weekend (Part 2)

By Teddy Robertson  The March 6, 2016 Democratic debate is over. That it was held in Flint seems more amazing now than it did the Sunday I stood in a line that snaked around the Whiting parking lot—students, Flint old timers (“I walked to Flint Central 50 years ago!”), guys with union hall physiques and no topcoat, proper ministerial types, politicos in snug-fitting silky suits. I got a ticket through Flint Neighborhoods...

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“Today and Tomorrow–Water in Flint” panel covers “confusing” bills, credits, leaks and lawsuits
Mar15

“Today and Tomorrow–Water in Flint” panel covers “confusing” bills, credits, leaks and lawsuits

By Robert R. Thomas Deciphering Flint’s water bills and the coming state “credits,” assessing the prospects of pending lawsuits, and considering the long-term impact of the city’s water crisis were among topics covered at a community meeting March 10 at the Flint Public Library. Titled “Today and Tomorrow—Water in Flint,” the gathering, featuring nine panelists, was hosted by Flint Neighborhoods United, a collaboration of block clubs,...

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East Village Magazine – March 2016
Mar14

East Village Magazine – March 2016

The latest issue of East Village Magazine is available for download...

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