Race played significant role in water crisis, civil rights director asserts in Tendaji Talk
Dec18

Race played significant role in water crisis, civil rights director asserts in Tendaji Talk

By Patsy Isenberg The underlying issue in the Flint water crisis was “the role of race,” Agustin Arbulu, director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, asserted in a Tendaji Talk at the Flint Public Library Dec. 12. In summarizing the work of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission culminating in a report on the water crisis released in February, Arbulu said, “That’s what civil rights is about: how do certain communities end up at...

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Re-opened Capitol Theater draws rave reviews, praise for city’s “momentum”
Dec08

Re-opened Capitol Theater draws rave reviews, praise for city’s “momentum”

By Jan Worth-Nelson On a chilly, windy Thursday night, downtown Flint  celebrated as a cherished 90-year-old landmark, the Capitol Theater, once almost given up for dead, lit up into a brilliant new life. Hundreds of bundled-up Flint folks, savoring nostalgia and curiosity, poured into the theater for an official opening ceremony and a chance to see the results of a $37 million, 18-month top-to-bottom restoration. Many were there for...

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Amy Cuneaz, Judge Thomas Yeotis named Sybyl Award recipients
Dec07

Amy Cuneaz, Judge Thomas Yeotis named Sybyl Award recipients

By Jan Worth-Nelson Amy Cuneaz,  who has served more than 8,000 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and Thomas Yeotis, beloved former Genesee County Circuit Court judge, were named recipients of Sybyl Awards Thursday night at the Genesys Conference and Banquet Center.  The two were selected from a group of 17 community nominees, the largest group of nominees in the award’s nine-year history. The annual event, which...

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East Village Magazine – December 2017
Dec04

East Village Magazine – December 2017

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

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Commentary:  Fixing gerrymandering–Michigan’s ballot proposal
Dec04

Commentary: Fixing gerrymandering–Michigan’s ballot proposal

By Paul Rozycki “Politics is more difficult than physics.” – Albert Einstein Last month’s column took a look at the history and techniques of gerrymandering and its impact on American politics. It’s not hard to see that the process of drawing odd-shaped and unfair election districts favoring one party over another is a major problem and distorts our politics in many ways. Seeing the problem is the easy part. Fixing it may prove...

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