Friday, April 30, 2010

Article from Xconomy recommended by Pamela Hilliard Owens: $2M Achieves Liftoff For Detroit LaunchPad

Hi Pamela Posterous,

Your friend, Pamela Hilliard Owens, thought you'd be interested in this article from Xconomy:

$2M Achieves Liftoff For Detroit LaunchPad
Posted by Howard Lovy on April 30, 2010 (9:30 am).

Here are Pamela Hilliard Owens's remarks:
Especially for college students and graduates!

If the article link above doesn't work, try copying this url and pasting it into your browser:
http://www.xconomy.com/detroit/2010/04/30/2m-achieves-liftoff-for-detroit-launchpad/

For more of the latest biz/tech news, visit Xconomy at http://www.xconomy.com.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Help Kalamazoo Central H.S. Bring President Obama for Commencement!

Calling all Michiganders! Kalamazoo Central High School is one of only six semi-finalists out of over 1,000 schools who entered the "Commencement Challenge" by the White House to "win" President Barack Obama as the commencement speaker!

Each school submitted a video to the White House; here is the one from Kalamazoo Central High School.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/modules/wh_multimedia/wh_jwplayer/plu...&captions.file=http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/av_closedcaption/04232010_Kalamazoo.srt" />http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/modules/wh_multimedia/wh_jwplayer/plu...&captions.file=http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/av_closedcaption/04232010_Kalamazoo.srt&stretching=fill&menu=false" width="480">

 

The online voting is open to everyone in the country. We know that Kalamazoo Central High School has worked very hard on its improvement over the past several years--they DESERVE to win! We also know that Kalamazoo is a relatively small city, so they need the votes of every Michigander! Here is what Kalamazoo Central High School told the White House:

 

Kalamazoo Central High School

Kalamazoo, MI
 
Kalamazoo Central is a diverse, dynamic and dedicated community of students and staff committed to our district’s mission: Every Child, Every Opportunity, Every Time. We challenge ourselves to take more AP classes (an increase of 221% in 4 years); we involve ourselves in our community through activism such as PeaceJam; and we take classes such as aviation technology and construction trades that prepare us for careers and college. Our relationships with teachers and staff empower us all to form a united bond and a belief in our end goal: changing the world through education. Since 2006, 91% of all Kalamazoo Central graduates have attended college, affirming a college going culture in a vibrant community of 1700. The Kalamazoo Promise—free college tuition for all—gives us the opportunity to achieve our college dreams. Our superintendent phrased it best: 
 
 “If you’re looking for a community where going to college is a birthright, then Kalamazoo Public Schools isn’t it; but, if you’re looking for a community trying to send a whole host of students to college, then Kalamazoo Central is a model of that success.” 
 
We no longer merely hope for a future; we are confident that we are the future.

 

Vote here right now while you have a minute....

 

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day with Michael Jackson

"Earth Song" by Michael Jackson
This is one of my favorite Michael songs/videos...it is very long (6 mins) but very, VERY powerful. Turn your speakers down (or up!) and take out the tissues.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Redeux News: The 2010 Census is important for Detroit

Gary Brown is President ProTem of the Detroit City Council

Why the 2010 U.S. Census is
Important to Detroiters

Dear Pamela, 

 

The following article will appear in today's print edition of the Michigan Chronicle.

 

 

Detroiters are a resilient bunch. We are proud of our city and continue to work hard every day to lift ourselves and others up as we continue to address our challenges. There is one simple step we can each take-I took the step-to make an impact on our city for the next 10 years: Participate in the 2010 U.S. Census. 

 

The Census tracks residency. This determines the amount of federal dollars we will receive and how we are represented in U.S. Congress. Your participation is vital to the future of our city since federal dollars help us provide job training, public safety, senior centers, public housing, and funding for public works projects such as bridges and roads. 

 

One uncounted Detroit resident in the 2010 Census could cost us at least $15,000 in a 10-year period. So if 100 residents fail to participate $1.5 Million in federal funds could be lost; funds for public safety and infrastructure. You can clearly see with these figures that taking the small step to participate in the Census can directly affect our future. 

 

The federal government also bases the Census resident figures on how we are represented in U.S. Congress. Therefore, if our population drops due to a significant under count in the Census, we lose another voice in Congress. 

 

What does that mean for you, your family and me? It lessens our stature and power nationally which will likely affect the passing of bills that include additional federal dollars and specific services directed to Detroit. 

 

I ask you, as a fellow citizen, to participate in the Census. The Census form is confidential and will only be used for counting the number of residents and relevant demographic information. If you or a loved one are concerned about your Census information being used for purposes other than counting residency, you need not worry. It is against the law to share Census Bureau respondents' information with anyone, including the IRS, FBI, CIA or any other governmental agency.

 

If you did not complete the Census form (the mail-in return deadline has passed), I ask you to call the regional office today at (313) 396-5200 or visit http://2010.census.gov to add your information. 

 

Together, the City Council and Mayor's office are working to return Detroit to financial stability. Your participation in the Census is the opportunity to make a mark on our recovery.

 

 


Keep posted to www.garybrown4detroit.com, the new City Council Website and my Twitter account for frequent updates on the 2010-2011 City of Detroit budget review process that begins tomorrow.

Together, we possess the power to become the best of Detroit.
 
Signature - Gary A Brown 
Council President Pro Tem Gary A. Brown

 
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Print this e-newsletter and pass it on to friends, family and colleagues, especially those who don't have Internet access.
 

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Ernie and Bert Go Hip-Hop

Thanks to @faraichideya for this mid-week laugh break! 

Remember, Ernie and Bert are from "the street"--Sesame Street, that is!

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Wordless Wednesday: The 2010 Republican/Teabaggers Theme Song

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dr. John Telford Book Reading Thursday April 22

 

Dr. John Telford will be performing a reading of his new book, A Life on the Run, hosted by the Detroit Historical Museum on Thursday, April 22 2010 at 6 p.m. The cost is $10.00.

Ron Dzwonkowski wrote a wonderful piece about Dr. John Telford in the Sunday edition of the Detroit Free Press. Here's the introductory paragraph; click the link to read the entire article. It's excellent!

John Telford has been fighting all his life. As a kid, he brawled on the streets of Detroit and boxed in the ring. As an adult, he traded his fists for words and actions that were no less combative. Like all fighters, he's a hero to some, a real pain to others.

http://www.freep.com/article/20100418/COL32/4180623

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Dr. Dorothy I. Height 1912-2010

Dr. Dorothy Irene Height (March 24 1912 - April 20 2010) was a world-renowned social rights, civil rights, and women's rights activist. She was born in Richmond Virginia and died at Howard University Hospital in Washington DC. Dr. Height grew up near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania; she never married and had no children.

She graduated with degrees from from New York University after being denied admission to Barnard College because the college "already had its quota of two black students". Dr. Height completed her post-graduate work at Columbia University and New York University.

For forty years, Dr. Height was president of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW); she was also a past national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for ten years. In the 1960s, Dr. Height also worked with the YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) to become involved in the civil rights movement and integrate all areas of the YWCA organization.

Dr. Height, known affectionately as the "Queen of the Civil Rights Movement", was one of the few women who participated at the highest levels of the civil rights movement; appearing at the podium with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 1963 March on Washington. Dr. Height was also on the podium on January 20 2009 at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. One of her favorite quotes was: "If the time is not ripe, we have to ripen the time."

Dr. Height was known for her large and beautiful hats, which she wore at all appearances; they were coordinated with her always exquisite and perfectly tailored suits. She often also wore matching gloves. She traveled around the globe and worked in several countries; including India, Haiti, and England. To help combat the negative stereotypes of Black families, she found the annual "Black Family Reunion" in 1986, a national festival held simultaneously in cities around America and the world.

Over the years, Dr, Height also worked closely with Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on civil, women's, and children's rights issues.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton presented Dr. Height with the Medal of Freedom. Although retired from the NCNW, she remained chair and president emerita until her death.

 

 

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Hey #Dateline: Report THIS about #Detroit!

Lots of hashtags in this story. #Dateline showed a very unbalanced story to the nation and the world about #Detroit on Sunday April 19 2010. I am not naive about the problems in this city with unemployment, poverty, corruption, shrinking population and tax base, failing schools, etc. But that is only PART of the story.

There are still beautiful and vibrant neighborhoods, successful families, businesses, and students, and hard-working individuals, private agencies, community groups, and just regular folks working HARD to turn this city around. 

Dateline did a great disservice to the City of Detroit. I personally know of one well-known community organizer who spent FOUR HOURS will Chris Hansen driving around city, showing him the beautiful and successful areas and people here. That person had 30 SECONDS on the show; while a person shooting raccoons in his backyard received over five minutes.

That's BALANCE? The following images are just the tip of the iceberg of the positive side of Detroit Michigan. Let no one or no so-called "television news show" tell you any different.

Home in Detroit.

Campus Martius: #1 Urban Park in America

Chene Park Outdoor Music Amphitheatre

Detroit Science Center

Detroit Opera House

Detroit Neighborhood

Detroit MLK High School Band in China for '08 Olympics; one of only five U.S. high schools invited.

Detroit Neighborhood Landscaping

Palatial Detroit Home

Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History

Detroit Riverwalk: Dateline showed it empty at midnight.

Detroit Neighborhood

Rouge Park Golf Course

I could go on and on and on. I've been blogging about the positive happenings in Detroit for two years, along with many others. See my stories about homes, families, businesses, students, places to see and things to do at my Detroit-focused blog: the DSpot Redeux.

I just believe that there are always TWO sides to a story.

Comments welcome.

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ReDeux News: Historic Boston-Edison Home Preservation Fair

If YOU own one of the beautiful historic homes in Detroit (you know, the ones that were NOT shown on the #detdateline #Dateline "documentary" on #Detroit last Sunday), you will want to attend this workshop next Saturday!

THIS JUST IN.....
 KURT METZGER
  Executive Director,  Data Driven Detroit
 Joins Best Practices Workshop Line-up!
 
Historic Boston-Edison Association
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Home Preservation Fair
Stabilizing Detroit's Neighborhoods
or phone: 313.883.4360, ext.3
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   Kurt Metzger of  Data Driven Detroit 
  Presents
 "What Do the Numbers Mean for My Neighborhood?" 
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Recognized as the demographer with "rock star" status around metropolitan Detroit, Kurt Metzger, Executive Director of Data Driven Detroit will present the good, the bad and the vacant when critical city of Detroit data is shared. What are the implications for your neighborhood/community in 2020 as Detroit downsizes?  What does the data reveal about your neighborhood's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and real or perceived threats?  Get the real story!
 
(NOTE: This workshop replaces "How to Monitor and Track Home Repairs to Claim a State of Michigan Historic Tax Preservation Credit", originally scheduled from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  It will be rescheduled for another time in the future.) 
  
 
Palmer Woods Kicks-Off Best Practices Workshop Series
Noon - 1:00 p.m."The Palmer Woods Process"
In 2008, select streets in Detroit's Palmer Woods neighborhood were blocked in a test study to determine traffic flow impact, particularly on cut-through traffic from 7 Mile and Woodward Avenue. Cut-through traffic - generally non-resident, transient traffic - is often cited as an opportunity for crime and criminal activity within a community.
Since the traffic study, the 
Palmer Woods Association has received approval from Detroit's City Council for their Neighborhood Traffic Plan. The Plan involves the closure of select streets to create new traffic patterns. Palmer Woods President, Craig Vanderburg will share the Palmer Woods Process. This best practices workshop serves as an example for every neighborhood association seeking to enact positive change in their respective community. Interested attendees are urged to register early for this session.
 
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m."Do It Yourself!  Save it Yourself!"
Do you know how to evaluate & assess your historic home project? Do you know how to decide whether or not it is in the range of your skills & abilities? Do you know how to determine what features are worth saving?  Are you interested in discovering what you can do yourself?   Then... out with the new, and in with the old!
Boston-Edison residents David and Dawn Johnson, whose home has previously been featured h on the annual Historic Boston-Edison Association's Holiday Homes Tour, will share their personal experiences as staunch "do-it-yourself" restoration advocates.
  
 
2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.
"Successful Home Loan Modification" 
Antoinette Gray,Housing Director of nationally recognized community development corporation (CDC), Central Detroit Christian will present the step by step process that homeowners should take in seeking to modify their existing home loan. Central Detroit Christian CDC possesses a phenomenal success rate of 73% in securing loan modifications (compared to the national average of 16%) for homeowners seeking assistance. 
 
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
" What Do the Numbers Mean for My Neighborhood?"
  Recognized as the demographer with "rock star" status around metropolitan Detroit, Kurt Metzger, Executive Director of Data Driven Detroit, will present the good, the band and the vacant when critical  city of Detroit data is shared.  What are the implications for your neighborhood in 2020 as Detroit downsizes? What does the data reveal about your neighborhood's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and real or perceived threats? Get the real story!
 
  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
"Beautiful and Elegant Curb Appeal on a Budget"

Boston-Edison resident Leonard Xerri, of Leonard Xerri Interiors, whose home was featured on the 2009 Boston-Edison Holiday Homes Tour will share invaluable - yet affordable decorating and design tips for the exterior of your historic home. Leonard will discuss, yard care, landscaping and facade design.  This is a must attend workshop for new as well as established homeowners who desire beautiful and elegant surroundings.
 
 All workshops are free and open to the public.  There is limited seating capacity, however.  Please register to ensure your seat by email:  bostonedison@gmail.com  or by phone: 313.883.4360.
 2010 Historic Boston-Edison Home Preservation Fair
 Saturday, April 24, 2010
Noon - 5:00 p.m.
 
Owners and prospective owners of historic homes will have the unique opportunity to participate in one-stop shopping with Metro-Detroit area home repair/preservation specialists.
 
Invited home preservation specialists, include:
 
Masonry repair and restoration
Wet Plaster repair and replacement
Painting of both exteriors and interiors
Plumbing, heating, and cooling service
Landscaping
Window repair and restoration
Roofing
Electrical upgrades and updating
Wood floor refinishing
  
A registration fee is required for home repair/preservation contractors.
 
 Interested Contractors Click Here for Additional Information!!
 
2010 Home Preservation Fair
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
2701 Chicago Boulevard (at Linwood)
Detroit, MI 48206
Free and secure parking is provided via the Linwood entrance.
 
The Fair begins at 12 noon and concludes at 5:00 p.m.
Admission to the Fair is free to the general public.
 
  Questions? 
 
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Historic Boston Edison Association
 P.O. Box 02100
 Detroit, MI 48202
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Friday, April 16, 2010

ReDeux News: Campus Martius Park Detroit Named Best Urban Park

Detroit’s Campus Martius Park was named today the first-ever winner of the Urban Land Institute’s Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award, given in a national competition to recognize an outstanding example of a public open space that has catalyzed the transformation of the surrounding community.

The announcement was made this morning at ULI’s Real Estate Summit in Boston. Detroit’s park was chosen over park finalists in Boston, New York, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Greenville, S.C., for the top honor. The finalists were chosen from among 88 initial entries.


ULI is a global nonprofit research and advocacy organization devoted to good urban planning and responsible land use. Amanda Burden, chair of the New York City Planning Commission, created the award to honor creatively designed, successful urban gathering spaces.

Credit: Detroit Free Press

DID YOU KNOW? The ice skating rink at Campus Martius Park is LARGER than the one at 30Rock (Rockefeller Center) in New York City!

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FreeThinking Friday: 1st African-American Notre Dame Valedictorian

Yes, We Can!

*For the first time in the 168-year history of Notre Dame University , an African American has been crowned valedictorian.
“I am humbled,” said 21-year-old Gary , Indiana native Katie Washington to the Northwest Indiana Times. “I am in a mode of gratitude and thanksgiving right now.”
Washington has been accepted to five schools, including Harvard, but the biology major and Catholic social teaching minor will take her 4.0 GPA to Johns Hopkins University next fall, where she plans to pursue a joint M.D./Ph.D.
“Katie works so hard,” Washington ’s mother Jean Tomlin told the newspaper. “I told her when she went to Notre Dame, ‘You are representing your family, your church and the city of Gary . Make us proud.’”
University officials said they couldn’t recall ever having a black valedictorian, and don’t keep record of their race.
She has definitely made her family proud and is following in their footsteps. Her father is a doctor, her mother and sister are nurses, one brother is completing his residency and another brother works for British Petroleum.
“I have had so much support, people who really wanted to see that I reached my full potential,” Washington told nwitimes.com. “They all had my best interest at heart.”
Washington will address the class of 2010 at commencement on May 16.
 

 

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

ReDeux News: How's that Hopey-Changey Tax Reduction workin' for ya?

There's a "TeaBag Anti-Tax Rally" happening in Boston today; where the original Tea Party took place. The REAL Tea Partiers railed against REAL tax hikes by the British in the late 1700s.

Today however, taxes are way down most American tax-payers; including just about everyone protesting "high taxes" in Boston today.

As reported today in The Huffington Post:

The non-partisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities reported on Wednesday that "Middle-income Americans are now paying federal taxes at or near historically low levels." How low? The average family of four right now is paying 4.6 percent of its income in federal income taxes -- the second lowest percentage in 50 years.

 

Citizens for Tax Justice, a self-described non-partisan organization, released a report on Tuesday that read: "The 2009 economic stimulus bill actually reduced federal income taxes for tax year 2009 for 98 percent of all working families and individuals." This total includes the 95 percent of working families that will or have received tax credits in the range of $400 to $800.

Excerpted from Sam Stein's blog at Huffington Post.

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ReDeux News: How's that Hopey-Changey Tax Reduction workin' for ya?

There's a "TeaBag Anti-Tax Rally" happening in Boston today; where the original Tea Party took place. The REAL Tea Partiers railed against REAL tax hikes by the British in the late 1700s.

Today however, taxes are way down most American tax-payers; including just about everyone protesting "high taxes" in Boston today.

As reported today in The Huffington Post:

However, the non-partisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities reported on Wednesday that "Middle-income Americans are now paying federal taxes at or near historically low levels." How low? The average family of four right now is paying 4.6 percent of its income in federal income taxes -- the second lowest percentage in 50 years.

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]Citizens for Tax Justice, a self-described non-partisan organization, released a report on Tuesday that read: "The 2009 economic stimulus bill actually reduced federal income taxes for tax year 2009 for 98 percent of all working families and individuals." This total includes the 95 percent of working families that will or have received tax credits in the range of $400 to $800.

Excerpted from Sam Stein's blog at Huffington Post.

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ReDeux News: Benjamin Hooks Dead at 85. Former NAACP Exec Director

Benjamin Lawson Hooks (January 31, 1925 - April 15, 2010) was an American civil rights leader. A Baptist minister and practicing attorney, he served as executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1977 to 1992, and throughout his career has been a vocal campaigner for civil rights in the United States.

Credits: Baltimore Sun and Wikipedia

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Thursday To-Do: Midtown Loop Groundbreaking

Model D reports that on Thursday April 15 at 11am, a groundbreaking will be held for the long-awaited Midtown Loop. This "greening" project has been spearheaded by Detroit's non-profit University Cultural Center Association, and has been in development for seven years. The $8M project is funded with private and government funds, including 2009 stimulus funding.

The first 0.85 mile phase of the Midtown Loop Greenway will run along Kirby between Cass and John R to Canfiled and is slated to be completed by October of 2010. The complete loop back going north along Cass Avenue back to Kirby will be completed by the summer of 2011.

 The Midtown Loop will ultimately connect Wayne State University, the Main Detroit Public Library, The Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the College for Creative Studies, the Detroit Science Museum, the Charles H.Wright Museum for African-American History, and the Detroit Medical Center. Several amenities are planned: dog watering stations, human watering stations, bike storage lockers and racks, LED pedestrian lighting, benches, signage, and perennials and grasses to add to the mature trees.

Eventually the Midtown Loop will connect to the Dequindre Cut, another greenways project that runs through the Eastern Market all the way to downtown Detroit.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on East Kirby and Canfield in Midtown.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Authentic Journalism Celebrates 10 Years

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My dear friend, Al Giordano, a long-time journalist and community organizer, is a very busy man.

He writes a very popular progressive blog, "The Field", reporting on politics in the United States and Latin America.

He publishes an online newspaper, "The Narco News Bulletin", featuring more in-depth articles on Latin America.

He runs a yearly school for non-traditional and independent journalism students from around the globe, "The School of Authentic Journalism."

Al is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the School for Authenic Journalism...

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April 14, 2010
Please Distribute Widely

Dear Reader,

Ten years ago this week, an innovative project of online journalism began to break the information blockade in this hemisphere.

The journalistic project of Narco News is that of authentic journalism, one in which the people from below are the protagonists of the story. And in April of 2000 Narco News surged forward with this goal: to give voice to those who are denied it by commercial journalism.

For ten years, we have seen on the pages of Narco News how a project of authentic journalism created the spaces where real information could circulate and arrive to our screens. After thousands of reports and kilometers traveled in the hemisphere, the project also works to expand the authentic journalism model, and has created spaces of teaching and horizontal learning, as its founder Al Giordano designed. From there came the School of Authentic Journalism.

In 2003 the first School took place on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. The following year another was held, that time in Bolivia. Two years later, covering the Other Campaign in Mexico, Narco News packed its work tools to travel throughout Mexico and report what the local people in every state had to say during the zapatista tour of the country. The Other Journalism with the Other Campaign turned out to be a huge school of authenic journalism for dozens of companions that accompanied the caravan.

This February of 2010, the third School of Authentic Journalism occurred, once again in Yucatán. This time I had the chance to attend with another 69 companions from all over the world. Beyond the process of communion and colectivity that we experienced during those ten intensive days of training in the the skills of authentic journalism, the horizontal learning experience was invaluable.

For ten days we share our experiences in the art of journalism and came out of it being part of journalism’s renaissance and with a great responsibility for our communities: to report what is really happening in the street and share these experiences.

The 2010 session of the School of Authentic Journalism is already showing results. Numerous written and video reports fill the pages of this newspaper, where we share the lessons learned during the School. From distinct corners of the globe reports continue to come from the authentic journalists who were there, from Haiti, Egypt, Palestine, the US, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and more. At the end of the day, that’s the goal, that the truth becomes bigger throughout the world. And having this goal we need that these spaces continue to be opened. The School of Authentic Journalism and Narco News are two of those spaces.

I have spent the last year working for Narco News. After reading its pages for the past ten years, entering the project was a great opportunity to submerge myself in authentic journalism and, at that, in the transformation of not only the media but also of the world.

Something else that has surprised me is the level of involvement and participation by the readers we count with in this project. Narco News and the School of Authentic Journalism are in a process of mutual aid, one of things commercial media most lacks. The reader is the foundation stone of this projct.

That’s why on this 10th anniversary of Narco News ‘ authentic journalism we turn to you, kind reader, to continue supporting the newspaper and its school, so we can continue training people from throughout the world to bring information to all of us, and so that authentic journalism becomes reborn in every corner of the planet.

Our world needs it.

Please make a contribution online here:

Or send a check to:

The Fund for Authentic Journalism
PO Box 241
Natick, MA 01760

Thank you very much, 

Fernando León
Spanish Language Editor

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Wordless Wednesday: MI Governor Granholm on SCOTUS Shortlist

Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-Michigan) is on President Barack Obama's "shortlist" for the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TechTown in Detroit: Bridging Entrepreneurship and Innovation

In an area in Detroit now known as the "New Center", technology companies and innovative business incubators have been making their presence known. The New Center, previously known as "New Amsterdam", is located in the center of Detroit near Woodward, Grand Boulevard (East and West), Warren Avenue, and the I-94 Freeway. Most importantly, TechTown is in the area of the former General Motors Headquarters and many of the offices of TechTown are located in historic buildings designed by the late world-renowned architect Albert Kahn.

Two of the first companies in New Amsterdam was the Burroughs Adding Machine Company (now Unisys Corporation) and the American Electrical Heater Company. After declining in the 1950s, the area began its revitalization in the 1990s led by the president of Wayne State University, Dr. Irvin D. Reid.

Today, the New Center Area and TechTown is rapidly growing into a mixed-used neighborhood with lofts, schools, entertainment, shopping, and a renowned research and technology park focusing on small technology-based startups and enterprises. Close by is the Detroit Midtown neighborhood, including the Detroit Cultural Center with various museums, libraries and art galleries, the Detroit Medical Center, and Wayne State University.

 

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Tuesday Tidbits: Southern Fires Restaurant in Detroit MI

For the former patrons of the Franklin East Restaurant, and before that, the Edmund Place restaurant, the opening of the Southern Fires restaurant is a very welcome addition to the Detroit dining scene. Located in a beautifully renovated building near the Belle Isle Bridge, the Southern Fires Restaurant offers some serious southern fare for both inside dining and carryout and catering. All of the favorites are there: catfish, ribs, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, cobbler...a total of fourteen entrees and a variety of desserts and sides. Soft drinks and coffee are also available; no liquor.

The building itself is handicapped accessible; valet parking is available and Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted.

Casual attire; no reservations are required.

575 Bellevue, Detroit MI 48207

313.393.4930

Sunday: Noon - 8 pm

Monday: 11am - 7pm

Tuesday-Friday: 11am - 9pm

Saturday: Noon - 9pm

 

 

 

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Redeux News: The "D" Spot Redeux is coming back!

Those of you who know me know that I am constantly researching different software apps to find the ones that work best for me. Different apps work best for me at different times; so don't be surprised when I change yet again!

After a few months' absence, my Detroit-focused blog, The "D" Spot Redeux, is coming back. I have found a way to more quickly and easily post to it from Posterous. The best thing is, the posting will also publish to my original D Spot Redeux blog at Blogger where the archives of two years of posts are located.

I was going to move this blog to the WordPress platform, but I already have three blogs of my own over there (including my revamped business website), plus the blogs I manage for clients. I think that I will keep things a little simpler for "D" Spot Redeux. But your favorite Detroit-related post themes will return.

Let me know what you think.

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