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  • Flint activist reflects on gun violence in his community

    As people across the country continue to wrap their heads around this weekend’s mass shootings, advocates are raising awareness to gun violence in their own communities. 2019 year to date statistics from the Michigan State Police Major Crimes Unit shows so far 16 people died from shootings in the city

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  • We’re old news, but we’re still living this’ — mistrust still flows in Flint

    Flint, Mich. — An outsider walking through neighborhoods on this city’s north side might not see much to feel optimistic about. On block after block, houses stand abandoned and burned out. Weed-choked empty parcels dot the streetscape. Schools and churches are boarded up. But neighborhood leaders like Leon El-Alamin and

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  • Social Impact Fund

    Health doesn’t begin at the doctor’s office. When people don’t have stable homes, nutritious food, good schools or clean air and water, their health suffers. The differences among neighborhoods can be dramatic: The life expectancy of two people living just a few miles apart can differ by as much as

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  • Rep. Dan Kildee

    Say’s: The MADE Institute betters our community by working with at-risk-youth and returning citizens, helping them get good-paying jobs and re-enter the community. I’m so grateful for their work and commitment to our city.

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  • Leon’s journey: From drug dealer to community leader – Thrive Global

    At 18, Leon Wilson was getting quite a reputation for selling cocaine in the Pierson neighborhood on the North Side of Flint, Michigan. His name started ringing through the streets, eventually reaching Leon Parks. His dad. Father and son hadn’t seen each other in about six years. When they reunited,

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