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It was 40 years ago this month that the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared Sept. 21 to be an International Day of Peace, a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. more
The sultry heat of August will soon give way to a different kind of heat as the mercury rises in the Lansing mayor’s race. more
The story of the African American community in Lansing is slowly being told through projects like the Pave the Way collaboration between the City of Lansing and the Historical Society of Greater Lansing. more
I don’t really know enough about Critical Race Theory to write at length about it, but I know that these days I love any phrase with the word “CRITICAL” in it. more
The story of former Shawn Deprez — how alleged harassment pushed her to take an early retirement from the Lansing Fire Department in 2019 — has mayoral candidate Kathie Dunbar’s blood boiling. more
One of Andy Schor’s first official acts as the newly elected mayor of Lansing was creating a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board to guide his administration on matters of consequence to the city’s communities of color. more
Republican leaders would love to turn the heads of grassroots activists. more
The year was 2001. A new weekly publication hit the streets of Lansing that promised to be “a newspaper for the rest of us.” more
The light on my landline telephone answering machine was blinking.  more
City Pulse’s 20th anniversary panel more
Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney Carol Siemon made waves last week by announcing that her office will no longer authorize criminal charges that result from vehicle searches conducted during traffic stops, except under very limited circumstances. more
Who in a potential 10-person Republican gubernatorial field should Democrats be most concerned about? Probably not the person you think. more
Money stirs the drink in politics. And until we get around to voting next year on a host of state-level contests, the horse race over who is raising what motivates us political types. more
It’s a sad and sobering reflection on the state of our nation that equal rights for all Americans remains an elusive goal. The idea that we are all created equal and possess the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has yet to translate into lived equality that includes people of every race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability and all the other characteristics that define us as humans. more
Michigan’s experiment with plucking random people off the street to run an important government function took, yet, another public relations blow last week. more
The act of naming a thing gives it a firmer reality. The thing becomes knowable in a way that can be easily communicated and repeated. Inevitably, naming also reduces the possibilities of what a thing might be. The word “define” literally means to set limits on something. more
Yesterday I biked in Michigan Avenue’s new bike lanes, from Harriet Street to Creyts Road in Delta Township. No one yelled at me, spat on me, honked at me or hit me. It was wonderful.  more
Clinton County Prosecutor Tony Spagnuolo recently wrote of his fears about giving people in prison a second chance. But fear and anger are not a good basis for making public policy. Looking at evidence and making decisions based on fact are a much better approach when determining how to spend taxpayer dollars.  more
This month’s Eye Candy is Eric’s Cycling & Fitness, 6070 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Lansing. more
Vice President Kamala Harris, during her stop in Detroit this week, took aim at Republican voter suppression efforts in Michigan and elsewhere, calling the fight for the right to vote “as American as apple pie.” We’ll have a slice of that. more
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