Gerrymandering Part Three:  going to court
Jan29

Gerrymandering Part Three: going to court

By Paul Rozycki Just when you thought you’ve heard enough about gerrymandering, and the ballot proposals to end it—there is one more line of attack. Now the courts are getting involved. Two previous columns in past issues of East Village Magazine (Part One here, Part Two here)  have outlined the problems and history of gerrymandering, drawing oddly shaped election districts to favor one party over another. A second column also...

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Review/Commentary:  “Destiny of the Republic” a timely look at an honorable president
Jan14

Review/Commentary: “Destiny of the Republic” a timely look at an honorable president

“When he (James Garfield) was still a very young man, he had hidden a runaway slave… In Congress, he fought for equal rights for freed slaves. He argued for a resolution that ended the practice of requiring blacks to carry a pass in the nation’s capital, and he delivered a passionate speech for black suffrage…‘Let us not commit ourselves to the absurd and senseless dogma that the color of the skin shall be the basis of suffrage, the...

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Commentary:  Fixing gerrymandering–Michigan’s ballot proposal
Dec04

Commentary: Fixing gerrymandering–Michigan’s ballot proposal

By Paul Rozycki “Politics is more difficult than physics.” – Albert Einstein Last month’s column took a look at the history and techniques of gerrymandering and its impact on American politics. It’s not hard to see that the process of drawing odd-shaped and unfair election districts favoring one party over another is a major problem and distorts our politics in many ways. Seeing the problem is the easy part. Fixing it may prove...

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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, which...

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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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