Tag Archives: Royal Oak

The ACLU of Michigan calls for apology and restorative practices in the wake of racial taunts by Royal Oak Middle school students

A few days ago, as you may recall, I interviewed Alicia Ramon, the mother of a student at Royal Oak Middle School, about a series of racist incidents that had been directed at her daughter, Josie, and her fellow students of color. During that interview, as you may also recall, Ramon mentioned that she and […]

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The mother of the Royal Oak 7th grader who shot the “Built the Wall” video talks about the climate of racial intimidation within the school

Last Wednesday, the day after Donald Trump was elected our 45th president, Alicia Ramon’s 7th grade daughter Josie texted her from the cafeteria of Royal Oak Middle School, where several white students had begun pounding on their tables and chanting “Build the wall,” while staring at their hispanic classmates. In her text, Ramon’s daughter, who […]

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Michigan… come for the great lakes, stay for the corporate oligarchy

According to the Detroit News, our Governor’s secret education privatization task force, nicknamed the Skunk Works, was just the tip of the iceberg. Apparently, in spite of Snyder’s pledge to bring unprecedented transparency to Lansing, a great deal of the legislation coming out of the Capital these days seems to be the product of corporate […]

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Ypsilanti Immigration Interview: Erika Nelson

Earlier this winter, on one of our small Occupy Ypsi marches around the city, I met a woman by the name of Erika. She’d apparently been living here in Ypsi for a few years, but, somehow, our paths had never crossed, even though we had several friends in common. Well, over the course of the […]

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