Democracy at heart of how “Flint Fights Back,”  author Ben Pauli says
May17

Democracy at heart of how “Flint Fights Back,” author Ben Pauli says

By Paul Rozycki At the recent launch of his new book Flint Fights Back: Environmental Justice and Democracy in the Flint Water Crisis, activist and Kettering University Professor Benjamin Pauli contended that the loss of democracy and the struggle of Flint activists to reclaim and ferociously exercise it, is at the heart of the Flint crisis. “We didn’t have a say about our water source,” he said, and that led to many of the...

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Arts, cultural organizations receive $440K in first GFAC arts millage awards
May17

Arts, cultural organizations receive $440K in first GFAC arts millage awards

By Jan Worth-Nelson In a first wave of benefits from the arts millage approved by voters last fall,  22 Genesee County arts and cultural organizations encompassing jazz, ballet, theater, art, and architecture received  grants totaling $440,000 from the Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC) last week. The “Share Art Genesee 2019 Community Arts Program Grants”  ranged from $3,500  to $30,000, according to Greg Fiedler, president...

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Loving Gilkey Creek, one neighbor at a time:  residents plead “no dumping”
May12

Loving Gilkey Creek, one neighbor at a time: residents plead “no dumping”

  By Jan Worth-Nelson Gilkey Creek has been part of Joe Burroughs’ life ever since childhood.  He used to play along it, and his father, George, used to fish in it, bringing home pan fish like crappies and blue gill. Now Burroughs and his wife Kathryn, both retired school teachers, along with their Kensington Street neighbor Reba Walling, are trying to keep the winding little waterway near their homes open and healthy and...

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NRDC attorney updates Flint residents on water crisis progress
May09

NRDC attorney updates Flint residents on water crisis progress

By Luther Houle Highlights of the May Flint Neighborhoods United (FNU) monthly meeting included a short presentation by Jeremy Orr of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In a 40-minute talk, Orr provided updates and answered questions about the status of the lead service line replacement program, an outgrowth of the Flint water crisis. The meeting also offered information on upcoming spring events, including the “Light...

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EVM staffer, poet Jeffery L Carey Jr launches new book Saturday at Totem
May06

EVM staffer, poet Jeffery L Carey Jr launches new book Saturday at Totem

By Jan Worth-Nelson Jeffery L Carey Jr, a poet, artist, and staff writer at East Village Magazine, launches his fifth book of poetry, Estranged Union, at a reading and signing from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Totem Books, 620 W. Court St. Carey said each purchase of the book will include a discount at the Totem Cafe. The book has a specific and historically significant format. Written in the classic “haibun” style of...

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