Village Life:  Memories burned into Washington School’s demise:  “This one hurts the most”
Oct25

Village Life: Memories burned into Washington School’s demise: “This one hurts the most”

By Gary Fisher She was nearly half a century old by the time I showed up. Creaky wooden windows, stifling forced heat, so thick you could taste it, zero air conditioning, lead paint everywhere, and asbestos-covered pipes. The ancient bathrooms with the old radiators (an especially egregious artifice when some miscreant relieved himself on it), with wooden stall doors, long ago removed, meant zero privacy. Really tough kids, and...

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Tendaji Talk: “The Deep Sting of Slavery”
Oct23

Tendaji Talk: “The Deep Sting of Slavery”

By Harold C. Ford “It’s really not enough to say, ‘Those were horrible days and let them pass.’ Uncovering this buried history … could also help ease the kind of intergenerational trauma that silence can mask, trauma that can seep through entire communities.” –Margaret Burnham, Northeastern University professor, from “Healing Requires Truth” by Samantha Michaels, Nov-Dec 2021 issue of Mother Jones ‘Slavery has tentacles and they are...

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Education Beat: Flint School Board votes unanimously to talk with Mott Foundation CEO Ridgway White about abandoned Central-Whittier campus
Oct22

Education Beat: Flint School Board votes unanimously to talk with Mott Foundation CEO Ridgway White about abandoned Central-Whittier campus

By Harold C. Ford On Wednesday,  Oct .20, near the end of another long meeting (four hours and 22 minutes), the Flint Board of Education (FBOE) voted 6-0 to invite C. S. Mott Foundation CEO Ridgway White to visit and talk about the future of the long-abandoned Flint Central High School-Whittier Middle School campus.   Votes supporting the motion, made by board treasurer Laura MacIntyre,  came from: Carol McIntosh;  MacIntyre,...

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Commentary: Secure MI Vote petition won’t secure your vote — or democracy 
Oct22

Commentary: Secure MI Vote petition won’t secure your vote — or democracy 

By Paul Rozycki  A few years ago I was asked to give a presentation on the right to vote to a large number of prospective election workers at City Hall. As I looked out over the audience, I realized that almost none of those present could have voted when this nation began. The great majority of those in the council chambers that day, preparing to conduct our elections, were female and/or African-American. None could vote when this...

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Education Beat:  Flint Cultural Center Academy survived COVID, construction and start-up challenges to make it to third year
Oct20

Education Beat: Flint Cultural Center Academy survived COVID, construction and start-up challenges to make it to third year

By Harold C. Ford In its third year of operation, Flint’s newest school, the nonprofit charter Flint Cultural Center Academy (FCCA), has managed to survive and continue adding grades despite adjustments to COVID, construction at the nearby Sloan Museum and Flint Public Library, and challenges faced by some of its economically-disadvantaged students. “We’re not where we thought we’d be after two full years of school,”  said Eric...

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Councilperson Monica Galloway leads Michigan Municipal League as its president
Oct19

Councilperson Monica Galloway leads Michigan Municipal League as its president

City Councilperson Monica Galloway (7th Ward) was elected the 2021-2022 president of the Michigan Municipal League (MML) at the non-profit’s annual convention held in Grand Rapids last month. The MML’s 18-member Board of Trustees met and elected Galloway. Sterling Heights Councilperson Barbara Ziarko was elected vice-president of the MML. “The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing,...

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