Analysis:  Fifty years later, Flint’s fair housing campaign still reverberates in nation’s racial divides
Apr30

Analysis: Fifty years later, Flint’s fair housing campaign still reverberates in nation’s racial divides

  by Harold C. Ford It’s been 50 years since Flint became the first municipality in the nation to adopt an open housing ordinance. Led by then-Flint Mayor Floyd McCree, the Flint City Commission adopted the ordinance by a 5-4 vote on Oct. 30, 1967.  Four months later, on Feb. 20, 1968. it survived a referendum initiative by a mere 30 votes of the 40,000+ that were cast by the Flint electorate. The dramatic events of those few months...

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Village Life:  in Flint, there’s always more than one story; there’s always more to come
Apr30

Village Life: in Flint, there’s always more than one story; there’s always more to come

By Jan Worth-Nelson Some time in the middle of February – by far the longest, the damnedest, the cussedest month of the year in these parts–I got a severe attack of cabin fever.  I’d been sick half the winter and between stink bugs, porn stars, scabs of snow everywhere, a terminally ill friend, threats of bottled water cutoffs, several bouts of existential dread in the middle of the night—well, let me just say that my tiny...

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LaShaya Darisaw launches 49th District state house campaign
Apr29

LaShaya Darisaw launches 49th District state house campaign

By Paul Rozycki LaShaya Darisaw kicked off her campaign for 49th District state representative seat Saturday, April 28, at the Village Hall on N. Saginaw Street in Beecher, with about four dozen enthusiastic supporters. As she began her campaign, she said, “We need more people in office that truly represent us. No more career politicians seeking a job. No more legacy family names. We have done that, for years. Putting people into...

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Panel tackles gender inequities, predicts “a massive year for women”
Apr29

Panel tackles gender inequities, predicts “a massive year for women”

By Harold C. Ford “One woman can make a difference…We’re on the precipice of a big change.” –Donna Motsinger, Bill Cosby accuser to National Public Radio, April 27, 2018 With the backdrop of a “Me Too”movement that hints at a sea change, last week five Flint panelists tackled the tough issues of gender inequity in the workplaces and political halls of our nation. “#Us Too, Women’s Issues and the Upcoming Election” was the fourth...

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Review:  Flint Youth Theater’s  “Geranium” is superlative, runs through May 6
Apr29

Review: Flint Youth Theater’s “Geranium” is superlative, runs through May 6

By Patsy Isenberg  The Flint Youth Theatre (FYT) has staged a superlative premier production of “The Geranium on the Windowsill Just Died But Teacher You Went Right On.” The musical is based on the book of the same name by Albert Cullum, published in 2003 by Harlin Quist. It was adapted into a musical by Michigan playwright Michael Lluberes (also director of the production) with music by Jared M. Dembowski. The final product was a...

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