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5th grade charter school teacher Mika Yamamoto, fired from Michigan’s Renaissance Public School Academy, where she was the only teacher of color, claims she was told by her principal, “The community is not ready for your voice.”

Since this past November, when I interviewed the mother of Josie Ramon, the 12 year old Royal Oak Middle School student who taped classmates chanting “Build the wall” at her and other Hispanic students, I occasionally get notes from people, asking that I help get the word out about similar things taking place within Michigan’s […]

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Derrick Jensen on the necessity of armed revolution, the futility of conservation, and the inherent violence of science

A few nights ago, as a part of Eastern Michigan University’s weeklong “Activism and Education” festivities, noted author and environmental activist Derrick Jensen addressed students and members of the Ypsilanti community at Pease Auditorium. What follow are my very rough notes. As I spent half my time mopping sweat from my red, wrinkled brow, I’m […]

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How Thick is Your Bubble?

A few days ago, in response to something that I’d posted about the battle being waged between anti-tax, “small government” Republicans and those of us fighting to maintain public services, someone calling himself Alan2102, emerged from the shadows to accuse a number of us of being “out-of-touch” with the values of real Americans – those […]

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The kinky Roman roots of Valentine’s Day

I wasn’t intending to have a Valentine’s Day post, but I just stumbled across the following on the NPR website and thought that you might enjoy it. …From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the […]

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Mel Gibson, Mark Lane and the JFK assassination

It’s been hard for me to work up too much interest in the recent Mel Gibson revelations. I mean, I already knew that he was a self-righteous racist prick with a fetish for violence. But, there’s a new twist today that’s captured my attention. It seems as though Oksana Grigorieva, the woman the devout Catholic […]

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