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Dr. King's Timeless Speech Is Still Relevant Today

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 3:43 PM

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took the stage as the closing speaker at the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs. In front of almost a quarter million fellow Americans, he began:

"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in...

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Discarding Books in Highland Park Is Latest Emergency Manager Failure

(11) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 5:32 PM

The destruction of thousands of books and materials from the Highland Park Renaissance Academy library was a disturbing revelation. The library was known to hold significant items that told the stories of the African diaspora and Native American history. This priceless collection was intended to chronicle...

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A Message for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: EAA Is a Failed Experiment

(10) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 9:01 AM

Yesterday, May 6, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited schools in Detroit that are part of the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA). As is the norm for such visits, I am sure he had the opportunity to speak with several well-coached students about how great things are at their...

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The GOP's Problem of Selective Transparency

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 2:43 PM

In the realm of politics, it seems as if the word 'transparency' has lost its meaning. It is certainly a popular campaign buzzword and politicians call for more transparency with stunning regularity. It is not until you get into the nitty-gritty details of legislation and appropriations that you see these...

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45th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassination

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 5:04 PM

On April 4, 45 years ago, at 6:01 p.m., at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39.

Dr. King once said, "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to...

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National College Affordability Week Should Frame Tonight's Debate

(7) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 12:36 PM

This is National College Affordability Week. The phrase itself seems nearly oxymoronic nowadays. Tuition continues to rise while our investments in education continue to fall. Nearly all sensible people agree on the need to advance our educational pursuits, yet our system has made it nearly impossible to do so without...

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Romney Selects Ryan, Cedes Election

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 10:42 AM

Last week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. This choice was met with a chorus of delight from conservative activists and commentators. Strikingly, it was the first time I can recall a presidential candidate selecting a running mate that, instead...

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Similar Concerns, Values, Problems and Ideas

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 10:36 AM

Should I have the honor to serve as the next representative of Michigan's 13th Congressional District, I will partner with President Obama to create a comprehensive agenda that includes the entire new 13th District. Throughout this campaign, I have spoken with voters from Highland Park and Detroit to Romulus and...

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Why Debates Matter

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 4:42 PM

I called on Rep. John Conyers to attend a debate. Thus far, four forums have been held in the new 13th Congressional District, and Mr. Conyers has not participated in any of them.

I understand his strategy from a political standpoint. His highly-paid consultants could be telling him:...

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Would You Vote for Somebody Who Is Pliable?

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 3:00 PM

I decided to run for the United States Congress because the status quo is just not working. When we look around, it is abundantly clear we are not getting the most out of our federal representation. In fact, federal agencies in our nation's capital refer to Michigan as a "donor...

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The Significance of "1"

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 5:58 PM

Today I submitted the necessary petition signatures to qualify for the ballot for U.S. Congress in Michigan's new 13th Congressional District. I am the first candidate to take this step to officially put my name on the ballot. Why is this significant?

First and foremost, it shows the dedication of...

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Happy Birthday PA 4! The People of Michigan Hope It Is Your Last!

(8) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 11:40 AM

Public Act 4, the emergency manager law, is now one year old. Over the past 12 months, we've seen outrage and organization, motivation and mobilization. The people of the state of Michigan have submitted an overwhelming number of signatures on a petition to put the law up for a statewide...

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President Obama Deserves Our Support: A Democratic Response to Rep. Conyers

(282) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 9:48 AM

As the clock ticked closer to a default on the nation's debt obligations, Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress scrambled to round up the necessary votes to pass an increase to the federal debt ceiling that also includes over $1 trillion in spending cuts. They met the deadline, but neither...

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