Census “Mayoral Complete Count” effort kicks off — with $1,800 per person per year at stake
Jan26

Census “Mayoral Complete Count” effort kicks off — with $1,800 per person per year at stake

By Jan Worth-Nelson $1,800 per person per year. That is the key number in why the upcoming national census matters.  As Flint city officials explained in a kickoff press conference Friday at City Hall,  the census determines how $675 billion in federal dollars is distributed nationwide every year for the next 10 years. That means $1,800 per person per year. “Those are dollars that fund Head Start, road repairs, Medicaid, healthy...

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City Council beat: Mays offers “Nazi salute” statement after Davis calls him out;  pot ordinance moving into hearings
Jan25

City Council beat: Mays offers “Nazi salute” statement after Davis calls him out; pot ordinance moving into hearings

By Tom Travis Five hours into a six-and-a-half-hour Flint City Council Committee meeting Jan. 22, Councilperson Eric Mays (1st Ward) made a statement to the community. It came following a week of upheaval over a Nazi salute he made in a public council meeting directed towards Council President Monica Galloway (7th Ward). It also came four and a half hours after Councilperson Maurice Davis (2nd Ward) publicly  declared offensive...

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“Social media and children” topic of Flint Area Public Affairs Forum Tuesday Jan. 28
Jan25

“Social media and children” topic of Flint Area Public Affairs Forum Tuesday Jan. 28

A panel of local experts on news, social media, psychology and children convene at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 28 at the Flint Public Library for a discussion titled “I Saw It On Snapchat:  Social Media and Children.” The event, free and open to the public,  is sponsored by the Flint Area Public Affairs Forum, a community collaboration among local schools, colleges, universities, media, and the library to promote discourse on...

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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 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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