Commentary:  An open letter to my Republican friends
Jan20

Commentary: An open letter to my Republican friends

By Paul Rozycki To my Republican friends: While we may disagree on many things, there is no doubt that the Republican Party has a long and honorable history. It led the nation through a brutal civil war, ending slavery. It was an early advocate for civil rights and racial equality, in the years following that war. It has been a strong supporter of fiscal and personal responsibility, both within the government, and in personal lives....

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Galloway issues statement on Eric Mays’ behavior:  “unacceptable”
Jan17

Galloway issues statement on Eric Mays’ behavior: “unacceptable”

  By Jan Worth-Nelson In the wake of an uproar created by Flint City Councilman Eric Mays repeatedly displaying the Nazi salute at two council meetings this week and allusions to Council President Monica Galloway as Hitler, Galloway (Ward 7) released the following statement: “As the Flint City Council President, I want to say that, as a council, we do not condone nor support the inappropriate and insensitive remarks and...

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Review: “Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan” probed in Ashley Nickels’ enlightening new book
Jan17

Review: “Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan” probed in Ashley Nickels’ enlightening new book

  By Robert Thomas An abiding iconic Flint visual for me is the news photo of a child holding a protest sign stating the case for what happened in Flint: “I’ve been POISONED by Policy.”  The photo quickly leads to the question: “How does that happen?” Ashley E. Nickels, a professor of political science at Kent State University, offers cogent insights in her book Power, Participation, and Protest in FLINT, MICHIGAN. The...

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Flint councilperson Eric Mays repeatedly makes Nazi salutes at consecutive meetings; Jewish Federation responds
Jan16

Flint councilperson Eric Mays repeatedly makes Nazi salutes at consecutive meetings; Jewish Federation responds

By Tom Travis and Melodee Mabbitt Flint City Councilperson Eric Mays repeatedly made Nazi salutes towards Council President Monica Galloway during and after two recent council meetings. The Jan. 15 special meeting of Flint City Council began with calls for apologies after Mays made Nazi salutes on the dais at the regular council meeting two days prior. During the Jan. 13 regular council meeting, Mays made a Nazi salute in response to...

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Flint City Council meeting marked by failed attempt to remove Mays, postponed business, racial accusations
Jan15

Flint City Council meeting marked by failed attempt to remove Mays, postponed business, racial accusations

By Melodee Mabbitt and Tom Travis Rather than working on agenda items, Flint’s City Council instead fought amongst themselves at all of the committee meetings leading up to Monday’s regular council meeting. What resulted was a seven-hour long city council meeting marked by a failed attempt to remove Councilperson Eric Mays, council members being removed and leaving before the end of the meeting, resolutions being voted on after...

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