Commentary:  How to win an election without votes?  Gerrymander!
Oct22

Commentary: How to win an election without votes? Gerrymander!

By Paul Rozycki The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. -Joseph Stalin In a democracy the winners in elections are supposed to be decided by whoever gets the most votes. And that is usually true. However, the Soviet dictator’s words may be an ominous warning today. That basic, simple democratic rule can be manipulated to give victory to those who don’t get the most votes. For...

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Poem:  Lexicon for a Tyrant
Oct18

Poem: Lexicon for a Tyrant

Lexicon for a Tyrant By Teddy Robertson   You may wonder why I need a phrase book he travels to us, after all— unbidden on the screen. He comes with simple words, monosyllables from happy times with little ones huge great bad good win smart weak tough Soon come the chants— paroxytones of schoolyard taunts stupid crazy moron loser And last the epithets, engravers of memory (as bards knew well) He tests each smear,...

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Commentary:  “Day Without Water” suggests “Flint Strong Stones” will not be silenced
Oct16

Commentary: “Day Without Water” suggests “Flint Strong Stones” will not be silenced

By Michael Mascarenhas Special to East Village Magazine  Oct. 12, 2017 marked the third annual “Imagine a Day Without Water,” a day dedicated to advocacy and awareness of water insecurity in the United States. Given the ongoing water crisis in Flint, the day provided an opportunity for Detroit and Flint activists to hold a press conference to draw attention to their efforts to ensure safe and affordable water in their communities. The...

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Commentary on the mayoral recall:  why your ballot will be different
Sep28

Commentary on the mayoral recall: why your ballot will be different

By Paul Rozycki For the fourth time in as many mayors, Flint’s mayor is facing a recall election. However, unlike the recall of Woodrow Stanley in 2002, the near-recall of Don Williamson (before resignation) in 2009, and the attempted recall of Dayne Walling in 2010, this November’s recall election will be different—and may surprise voters. The official reason given for the recall of Mayor Weaver is the dispute over Flint’s trash...

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Commentary:  Is privatizing public services a trustworthy choice for Flint?
Aug29

Commentary: Is privatizing public services a trustworthy choice for Flint?

By Paul Rozycki During a recent East Village Crime Watch meeting,  a major issue was the possibility of hiring D.M. Burr to provide private security for our neighborhood, in addition to the Flint Police Department, Mott Community College, and the East Village Neighborhood Watch. As Kim Owens reported in her recent EVM article, the company gave a presentation on the nature of their services at the meeting. Signing up with D.M. Burr may...

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Detroit 1967:  a movie, a book, and a searing memory of when the riots hit Flint
Aug24

Detroit 1967: a movie, a book, and a searing memory of when the riots hit Flint

by Harold C. Ford “A riot is the language of the unheard.”  —Martin Luther King “The officer hit him and said, ‘We’re going to kill all of you black-ass nigger pimps and throw you in the river. We’re going to fill up the Detroit River with all you pimps and whores’” –from The Algiers Motel Incident, John Hersey, 1968 1960s Mississippi? No, 1960s Detroit. During the evening/early-morning hours of July 25-26, 1967 law...

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