"Each generation, coming out of obscurity, must define its mission and fulfill or betray it." Frantz Fanon - The Wretched of the Earth”

Grace Lee Boggs Reader

  Grace writes a weekly column for the Michigan Citizen. Here are many of her articles from that column, as well as so me Michigan citizen articles by other members of the "Boggs Center Family".

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2010


LIVING FOR CHANGE

Enlisting the Energies of Schoolkids

By Gregory Smith

Oct.10-16. 2010

High school students in Boston helped orchestrate a campaign that after six years led to the enforcement of an anti-idling statute and an order to convert the city's buses to natural gas. Each year, middle school students on the Hawaian island of Molokai investigate local natural resource issues for several months. Their reports to the community have resulted in an island-wide recycling program, the restoration of traditional fishponds, and a state bottle bill. read more


LIVING FOR CHANGE

Enlisting the Energies of Schoolkids

By Gregory Smith

Oct.10-16. 2010

High school students in Boston helped orchestrate a campaign that after six years led to the enforcement of an anti-idling statute and an order to convert the city's buses to natural gas. Each year, middle school students on the Hawaian island of Molokai investigate local natural resource issues for several months. Their reports to the community have resulted in an island-wide recycling program, the restoration of traditional fishponds, and a state bottle bill. read more


LIVING FOR CHANGE

The Neighbor in the Hood

By Grace Lee Boggs

Michigan Citizen, Oct.3-9. 2010

As I rejoice at the news that more grassroots Detroiters are beginning to rebuild, redefine and respirit our city by turning Motown into Growtown, War Zones into Peace Zones, etc., I have been revisiting the chapter in the American Manifesto where Jimmy and I envision Neighborhood Responsibility Councils as the building blocks for a New Self- Governing America.

Nearly 30 years ago, in 1982, we wrote, "Our country was founded by a great revolution which inaugurated an age of revolutions all over the world because it gave men and women a new concept of themselves as self-governing human beings, as citizens rather than subjects. Instead of looking to kings or bishops to make the difficult decisions which are necessary to the functioning of any society, the men and women who made the first American revolution were convinced that ordinary people could and should think for themselves, could and should accept responsibility for making social, economic and political decisions. Instead of viewing history as made only by elites, they believed that they themselves could build the world anew." read more


LIVING FOR CHANGE

Economics as if People Mattered

By Grace Lee Boggs

Michigan Citizen, September 19-25, 2010

As I've been following President Obama's desperate efforts to devise a popular Jobs programs in order to avoid his party's defeat in the November election, I've also been re-reading (and urging others to read) "Buddhist Economics" by E.F. Schumacher.

I first read this amazingly timely article in 1969 when my friend, Henry Geiger, featured it in Manas, his little 8-page weekly with only 2500 subscribers. Robert M. Hutchins, the internationally renowned University of Chicago President, called them "the 2,500 most interesting people in the world."

Schumacher (1911-1977) was a British economist who served as Chief Economic Advisor to the UK National Coal Board. In 1973 he explained Buddhist Economics and advocated small, appropriate technologies in a little book titled Small Is Beautiful,: Economics as if People Mattered. The Times Literary Supplement ranked it among the "100 most influential books published since World War II. " read more


Moving Detroit Forward via Milwaukee

By Myrtle Thompson-Curtis and Wayne Curtis,

Feedom Freedom Growers

Michigan Citizen, Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2010

We were in the delegation of two dozen Detroit growers/farmers who traveled to Milwaukee over the September 10-12 weekend to attend the Good Food {R}evolution" Conference sponsored by Will Allen.

The son of a sharecropper and a former professional basketball player, Will is now a farmer, not just any farmer but the principal farmer and CEO of Grower Power Inc.

There are many things to learn from and about this man who is behind the Milwaukee urban agriculture movement. Through Growing Power Inc. Will Allen maintains a sustainable farm and community center which ensures that all Milwaukee residents, regardless of their economic circumstances, have access to fresh, nutritious food. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious "Genius" award by the MacArthur Foundation for his work, only the second farmer ever to be so honored. In February 2010 he joined Michelle Obama in launching "Let's Move," her signature program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. In May 2010 TIME magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people. read more


The Good Food {r}evolution By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Sept. 12-18, 2010

MLK and Aug. 28, 2010 By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Sept.5-11, 2010


LIVING FOR CHANGE

Our 21st Century Growing Pains

By Larry Sparks, Guest Columnist

Michigan Citizen, August 29- Sept. 4. 2010

In these times of troubles, most Americans are unaware of the potential in our everyday decisions. The challenges we face are the consequences of the courage or cowardice shown in the everyday choices made by our ancestors and elders. Our everyday decisions and choices are our gifts to our children and friends.

We are now in a very puzzling and historic time of doubt and questioning of all our values.

Millions of us are cultural creatives who have come to realize that what exists is based on choices that value things more than people. read more


If Not Now, When? By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Aug. 22-28, 2010

August 7 is Detroit Neighborhoods Day By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, August 8-14, 2010

Another Education, NOT Another Controller By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, August 1-7, 2010

Debriefing the 2nd USSF by Grace Lee Boggs July 18-24, 2010

Another Education is Happening July 13, 2010

The 2nd USSF: ReBuilding, ReDefining the U.S.A By Grace Lee Boggs. Michigan Citizen, July 11-17, 2010

"I Dream a Garden" By Grace Lee Boggs July 4 -10, 2010

THE CHANGING ROLE OF TEACHERS By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, June 27-July 3, 2010

Maybe JOBS aren't what we need By Frank Joyce

Place-Based Education: Its time has come Michigan Citizen, June 13-19, 2010 By Dr.Shari Saunders Professor of Educational Practice, University of Michigan

The Next Development in Education By James Boggs Michigan Citizen, June 6-12, 2010

Schoolkids can revive our dying cities By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, May 30-June 5, 2010

 Re-Connecting Generations By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, May 23-29, 2010

Redefining the Value of School By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, May 16-22, 2010

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, May 9-15, 2010

¿Requiem for Detroit? By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, May 2-8, 2010

Community-building Education: Its time has come By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, April 25-May1, 2010

Localized schools build lively communities By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Apr.11-17, 2010

Scribes of Redemption and Malcolm By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Mar. 28- Apr. 3, 2010

Deepen Democracy - Or Lose it By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, March 21-27, 2010

Our Organic Intellectuals By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, March 14-20, 2010

In Defense of Manufacturing Michigan Citizen, Mar. 7-13, 2010

Movement Educators Nurture 21st Century Citizens By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Feb.28-Mar. 6, 2010

WHY RETURN TO LOCAL ECONOMIES? By Grace Lee Boggs Feb.21-27, 2010

Economics and Solidarity in the 21st Century By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Feb.14-20, 2010

Changing Consciousness By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Feb. 7-13, 2010

Re-Imagining America, Re-Creating Ourselves By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Jan. 31- Feb. 6, 2010

Love And Hope in The Ruins By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Jan. 24-30, 2010

Ringing In A New Decade By Rochelle M. Taylor Michigan Citizen, Jan. 17-23, 2010

Is Another America Possible? By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Jan. 10-16, 2010

Copenhagen By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Jan. 3-9, 2010

Christmas 2009 By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, December 27-Jan.2 ,2010


2009

Obama's War By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, December 20-26, 2009


At the University of Michigan Winter Commencement on Sunday, December 20,

Grace Lee Boggs will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for her "commitment to community leadership, activism and personal involvement in civil rights."

Saturday, December 19, the day before commencement, the University's Center for Afroamerican & African Studies (CAAS) will host

{r} evolution: A Conversation with Grace Lee Boggs

2:30-4:30 Room G648 Haven Hall

 Honoring Nathan Huggins, Martin and Malcolm By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, December 13-19, 2009

Climate-Change Movement builds at Copenhagen By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen. Dec.6-12, 2009

Nathan Huggins, Revolutionary Historian By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2009

FT. HOOD: WE'RE KILLING OURSELVES By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Nov. 15-21, 2009

A WOMAN'S CHALLENGE FROM AFRICA

Wangari Maathei. Unbowed A Memoir. Anchor Books 2007

The Challenge for Africa. Pantheon Books 2009

 Bonding Together in Tough Times By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, October 18-24, 2009

AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME BACK By Grace Lee boggs

Media Coverage of the D By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Oct. 4-10, 2009

CHANGING CONCEPTS OF SOCIALISM By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Sept.27-Oct. 3, 2009

Fiddling While Rome Burns By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Aug. 9-15, 2009

Love and Revolution (2) Michigan Citizen, Aug.2-8, 2009

Love and Revolution By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, July 19-25, 2009 A New Kind of Community Organizing By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, July 5-11, 2009

Present, Past and Future By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, June 28-July4, 2009

Establish Justice, Create Peace Zones By Richard Feldman Michigan Citizen, June 7-13, 2009

A Letter To President Obama By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, May 17-23, 2009

Obama's First 100 Days By Grace Lee Boggs May 10th-16th 2009

EVOLUTION OR EXTINCTION By Grace Lee Boggs , May 3-9, 2009

The End Of Economics By Grace Lee Boggs April 25th-May 3rd

STUDENTS BECOMING CITIZENS Michigan Citizen, April 12-18, 2009

Changing Concepts of War and Revolution By Grace Lee Boggs April 5th-April 11, 2009

Spreading "The Grassroots Stimulus Story" By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, March 29- April 4, 2009

Beyond Pipelines-To-Prison Schools By Grace Lee Boggs

Michigan Citizen, March 22-28, 2009

The Womanist Liberation Movement By Grace Lee Boggs March 15th-21st 2009

March is Women's History Month By Grace Lee Boggs March 8th-14th

A New Way Of Responding To Crisis By Andrew Plisner March 1-8, 2009

I Remember Malcolm By Grace Lee Boggs

Opportunity knocks: A local food economy By Olga Bonfiglio Special to the Michigan Citizen

What do we do NOW? By Grace Lee Boggs Michigan Citizen, Feb. 1-7. 2009

Community Or Chaos: MlK & Clint Eastwood By Grace Lee Boggs

Michigan Citizen, Jan. 25- 31, 2009

Rediscovering Lost Values Michigan Citizen, Jan. 18-24, 2009

An American Icon Looks in the Mirror By Scott Kurashige Michigan Citizen, Jan.11-17, 2009

Turning Over in his Grave? Jan. 4-10,2009

Another Education is Possible Michigan Citizen, Dec. 28-January 3, 2009


2008

Beyond Opposition and Protest Dec. 21-27, 2008

Beyond Survival, Towards Transformation Dec.14-20, 2008

 From Germany about the Election Dec. 7-14, 2008

 It's Our Time Nov. 30- Dec. 6, 2008

Our Time is Not the 30s Nov. 30- Dec 6, 2008

Where Do We Go From Here? Nov. 16-22, 2008

Midwifing a New America 11-15-08 Vincent Harding

It's a Tsunami 11-08-08

The Economy Isn't Everything Oct. 19-25, 2008

THE WORST AND BEST OF TIMES

By Grace Lee Boggs & Richard Feldman Oct. 12-16, 2008

Looking in the Mirror October 5-11, 2008

Questions About a System in Crisis By Scott Kurashige

Re-Thinking The War On Terror Sept. 21-27, 2008

 WHAT TIME IS IT? Sept. 14-20, 2008

Change is Finally Possible Sept. 7-13, 2008

NEW TIDES OF HOPE Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2008

Wayne State Hosts Hip Hop Playwright Aug. 24-30, 2008

Loving The Local By Liz Wahl Aug. 17-23, 2008

Democracy and the End of Cheap Oil August 10-16, 2008

The Worst and Best of Times Aug. 3-9, 2008

The Power Vote 2008 July 27-August 2, 2008

Wall-E: Gardens save the day By Olga Bonfiglio July 20-26, 2008

Independence Day, 2008

 A HEALTHIER FOOD SYSTEM IS POSSIBLEJuly 6-12, 2008

Another Amazing Allied Media Conference June 29-July 5, 2008

A (NEARLY) CARFREE SOCIETY IS POSSIBLE June 22-28, 2008

SEEING DETROIT WITH YOUR HEARTJune 15-21, 2008

Another Food System Is PossibleJune 8-14, 2008

TEENS RE-INVENT EDUCATION June 1-7, 2008

Nurses build 21st Century Workers Movement May 25-May 31. 2008

Over the Mothers Day weekend Bill Moyers Journal told the inspiring story of the California Nurses Association (CNA), a profoundly different workers movement led by feisty women.

DON’T LEAVE IT ALL TO OBAMA May 18-24, 2008

Hyenas and Our Failing Schools May 11-17, 2008

Hyenas: Sociable, and Smart May 4-10, 2008

MLK and Redeeming our Cities April 27-May 3, 2008

A Defining Moment

Organizing Can Be Fun April 5, 2008

Sorrow in our Hearts Mar.22-28, 2008

The Next American Revolution Left Forum Closing Plenary, Cooper Union
New York, March 16, 2008

Our Sad State of Democracy By Scott Kurashige Mar. 16-22, 2008

Joining the very new & the very old Mar. 9-15, 2008

Hard Questions Mar. 9-15, 2008

“Significant damage” Mar.2-8, 2008

The Authenticity of Obama's Leadership Feb. 24-Mar. 1, 2008

Justice and the Mayor By Stephanie Change Feb. 24-Mar.1, 2008

A New Generation, Out of Obscurity Feb. 17-23, 2008

Restoring Justice By Marcia Lee Feb. 10-16, 2008

MLK’s Visionary Legacy Feb. 3-9. 2008

The Evolving Meaning of RevolutionJan.27-Feb.2, 2008

OBAMA & MLK Jan.20-26, 2008

The Fierce Urgency of Now Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration

The Islamic Struggle and Ours January 6-12. 2008

Is Obama Black Enough? Dec.30-Jan.6, 2008




 

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