Michigan Radio comes to Flint:  good, bad, hopeful and angry narratives emerge
Apr23

Michigan Radio comes to Flint: good, bad, hopeful and angry narratives emerge

By Jan Worth-Nelson Is Flint a city rich with art, a beautiful recuperating river and a school district offering first-rate primary school education, or is it a traumatized community rife with fear, anger and damage, where nobody drinks the water? It turns out it’s both, according to presenters at a taping in front of a live audience for Michigan Radio at the Flint Institute of Arts Saturday night. The schizophrenia of that...

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Calling town hall arrests “unfortunate,” Mayor disputes “separation of church and state” criticism
Apr21

Calling town hall arrests “unfortunate,” Mayor disputes “separation of church and state” criticism

By Jan Worth-Nelson Responding to the discord and six arrests at a town hall last night at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Mayor Karen Weaver said she found the events of the evening “unfortunate” but that assuring orderly process was necessary. Speaking today through her public information officer Kristin Moore, she said she did not know about the arrests until after the meeting was over. In a statement...

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Commentary: Woodside pastor weighs in on town hall, separation of church and state
Apr21

Commentary: Woodside pastor weighs in on town hall, separation of church and state

By Jan Worth-Nelson Following last night’s town hall in a North End sanctuary, one who responded was Deb Conrad, pastor of Woodside Church.  In a personal blog post shared with East Village Magazine today, Conrad said, “the building isn’t the problem — city leadership is the problem.” At the end of the tumultuous meeting,  six were ejected from the church and arrested for disruptive behavior, assaulting...

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Volatile town hall erupts with old wounds as officials try to explain water source decision
Apr20

Volatile town hall erupts with old wounds as officials try to explain water source decision

By Jan Worth-Nelson Near the end of the two-hour-long town hall Thursday night at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, a teenage girl, Tiara Lee Darisaw, stepped up to the mic. “I realized that the more and more we speak about Flint, the less and less you guys speak,”  she said.  “I want to know what’s gonna happen in September when you all stop the water pods, and in 2019 when you’re all...

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Bees, water, herbs, healthy food star at Farmers’ Market Earth Day event
Apr20

Bees, water, herbs, healthy food star at Farmers’ Market Earth Day event

By Jan Worth-Nelson The stars of the show today in the Ramsdell Room at the Flint Farmers’ Market were healthy water, organic food, endangered bees, essential oils, recycling and more — with the biggest honoree being Mother Earth herself. Kettering University, Mott Community College, and the University of Michigan – Flint collaborated to stage the celebration of Earth Day today. The event featured information tables...

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