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Urban Exile: Food Gatherers’ CEO Eileen Spring Fights Hunger & Local Trend of Professional Entitlement

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June 8th marked the 24th time Food Gatherers has put on its annual fundraiser Grillin’. It marked the first time A2Politico pitched in to help Food Gatherers. A2Politico provides free advertising to locally-owned businesses and non-profits, with the exception of non-profits associated with city or county government. Between April 25th and June 8th, the banner [...]

June 10th, 2013 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Urban Exile | Read More »

The Political Agenda of the Michigan GOP Has Created Economic Apartheid, Not Jobs

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by Rob Smith On December 12, 2012 Governor Rick Snyder was quoted in the Detroit Free Press as saying that “Michigan is well-positioned for a comeback.” A few days later, for the third year, Forbes Magazine ranked Michigan 47th in Forbes’ Best States for Business and Careers list. In a piece accompanying the ranking Governor Snyder offered up a mess [...]

December 24th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Michigan politics,Politics,Urban Exile | Read More »

Urban Exile: A Dispatch From the 47 Percent

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by Livia Gershon This summer, I was chatting with my parents, and I happened to mention that my husband and I pay pretty much no federal income taxes. My dad was shocked. What about withholdings from your paychecks, he asked. I said we get it all back in our refund. I was kind of embarrassed [...]

October 1st, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Urban Exile | Read More »

Urban Exile: A View From the Bottom

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by B. Mann It’s morning.  I think of what day it is.  God, please let it not be the 15th.  I don’t have the money for the payroll taxes.  Oh wait… did I pay the truck? Shit!  I didn’t pay the truck.   I hope that check comes today.  It’s Wednesday and we need it for payroll.   And it’s mortgage week.  Oh God, if we [...]

September 25th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Urban Exile | Read More »

“Jobs and Kids. Kids and Jobs”: Gov. Snyder Tells WaPo How Mitt Romney Can Flip Michigan

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by Rob Smith In an August 28, 2012 video interview, Michigan’s Republican governor told WaPo interviewer Nia-Malika Henderson that he and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney “have a lot of similarities.” Snyder urged Romney to “get a positive message out there.” Several times during the interview, Snyder talked about “job creation” and “a future for our [...]

August 30th, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Economic Development,Edu,Featured,Politics,U.S. politics,Urban Exile | Read More »

The “Sustainable” Mantra — Organic, Local, and Slow — Won’t Save the World’s Hungry Millions

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by Robert Paarlberg From Whole Foods recyclable cloth bags to Michelle Obama’s organic White House garden, modern eco-foodies are full of good intentions. We want to save the planet. Help local farmers. Fight climate change — and childhood obesity, too. But though it’s certainly a good thing to be thinking about global welfare while chopping [...]

April 13th, 2012 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Best of A2P,Columns,Featured,The Foodist,Urban Exile | Read More »

Judge Reverses Snyder Administration Removal of 11K Mich. Families From Welfare

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by Rob Smith It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Governor Rick Snyder in the Michigan courts. First a Wayne County judge declared closed-door meetings of the finance team which had been evaluating whether Detroit should be forced to accept an Emergency Manager a violation of the state’s Open Meetings Act. Then, a judge in Flint [...]

March 28th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,Politics,Urban Exile | Read More »

Urban Exile: It All Begins With Childhood Poverty

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by F. Zakaria Remember Mitt Romney’s infamous “poor” comment? If not, here it is again: “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich; they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95% [...]

March 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Urban Exile | Read More »

Urban Exile: “Entitlement” Is A Dirty Word Because Liberals Capitulated

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by James Jackson I can not stand the idea of entitlements. An entitlement is something that a person believes s/he deserves without any questions or limitations. An entitlement is something a person receives because s/he believes it is owed them, because it is their right, and they accept without thanks, because no thanks are needed [...]

February 25th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Urban Exile | Read More »

Urban Exile: Food Stamps 101

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by K. Frank I line up with about twenty others in the waiting room. Each one of us is holding a white envelope containing information and forms to fill out to apply for food stamps. We’re escorted by a uniformed police officer through the door, down a hallway, past cubicles where workers have photos of [...]

February 18th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Urban Exile | Read More »

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