• Genusee getting ready for first order of glasses made from water bottles.

    Genusee, which was featured on ABC World News Tonight in May, has set up shop in Flint to manufacture the eyeglasses with hopes of growing more in the future. The company is the vision of Ali Rose VanOverbeke. Her dream of producing glasses made in Flint from the same water bottles used to save people […]

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  • Safe & Just Michigan’s Annual Meeting focuses on moving hearts and minds

    Solving the problem of how to get more people to get on board with criminal justice reform was the theme of the night at Safe & Just Michigan’s Annual Membership Meeting and dinner, held Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. The event, attended by nearly 200 people, featured speakers Leon El-Alamin from […]

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  • Juvenile lifer may be paroled after getting new sentence

    FLINT, MI – A man sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1992 may be getting out of prison soon after he was resentenced Monday as part of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that deemed mandatory jail terms for juveniles unconstitutional. Eddie D. Spiller was 17 in 1992 when he had planned to commit […]

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  • Man exonerated in 2001 Detroit double homicide

    Detroit — After spending 17 years in prison for a double murder he says he didn’t commit, Mubarez Ahmed was exonerated Friday when a judge dismissed the case against him. Judge Timothy Kenny of Wayne County Circuit Court acted at the request of county prosecutors, drawing applause from Ahmed’s family, friends and a team from the Michigan Innocence Project […]

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  • Gun violence has ripple effect in mid-Michigan

    A new John Hopkins University study says gun-related injuries send 8,300 kids to emergency room each year nationwide. Advocates in mid-Michigan say they can see those effects here. Flint licensed professional counselor, Shuntai Walker, from Re-Connect My Life, says gun violence hurts the entire community, even those who were not shot, like the victim’s classmates. […]

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  • Flint NAACP to honor El-Alamin

    FLINT, Mich. — The Flint Branch-NAACP will hold its 37th annual Freedom Fund Gala on Saturday, March 10 at the Genesys Banquet & Conference Center in Grand Blanc Township. “Steadfast and Immovable” is the 2018 theme and the organization will honor several community members who exemplify that theme with awards. Among the honorees is Leon El-Alamin, founder […]

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  • More Women Are Being Imprisoned Than Ever Before

    n the 21st century, women are catching up to men in all kinds of ways—including one we shouldn’t be proud of. Worldwide, the gender gap is closing fast in an unfortunate social institution: prisons. Globally, women and girls are getting locked up at historic rates. While overall imprisonment rates have plateaued or declined in many […]

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  • When You’re in Prison No One Prepares You for Coming Home

    In my memories of prison, there are no colors. It was a dark, cold, and gray place. Incarceration, for me, was defined by deprivation — not just deprivation of freedom, opportunity, and safety, but deprivation of the senses. On the day of my release, I stepped off a bus at Port Authority and walked out […]

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  • Building Flint’s social enterprise and investment systems

    A Powers graduate, born and raised in Flint, Steve Wolbert is hard at work in a city close to his heart. After graduating from Michigan State back in 2005, Wolbert moved around for awhile before finally settling down back in Flint. It was in 2010, while brainstorming with a friend, that SIPI came into focus. […]

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  • Anticipation building from the free screening of “For Flint” at the FlA

    It’s an eighteen-minute documentary that’s been earning rave reviews and awards worldwide. “For Flint” debuts tonight in the city that inspired it, with a free screening at the FIA. “We couldn’t be happier to be at the Flint Institute of Arts It’s an amazing opportunity for the film to show it, where it all began […]

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