Shea Howell

Shea Howell is a professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, where she teaches courses on communication theory and multicultural and political communication. Her most recent book is Making Sense of Political Ideology.

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Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:00am
Distorted Reality in Detroit
One year ago Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed for bankruptcy. It has been a brutal year for the people of Detroit. Step by step we have seen long cherished rights and values trampled on in the name of financial necessity. Public lands have been given away. Generous tax breaks have been handed to...
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Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 11:10am
Thinking for Ourselves: On Disaster Capitalism in Detroit
The appointment of Kevyn Orr as the Emergency Manager of Detroit is a sad day for democracy. There is a growing understanding that the financial crisis justifying this move was manufactured by the withholding of state funds, the drive to protect the $474 millions paid to banks, and the desire to wrest control of the city away from its people and put it into the hands of the corporate elite.
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Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 9:33am
Bellwether for Detroit
In the controversy over the financial future of Detroit, uncertainty seems to be the most oft repeated term. This uncertainty is attributed to the fact that no other major American city has faced the same kinds of structural problems confronting Detroit. From loss of population, abandonment of capital, to nearly half the property owners’ delinquency on taxes, we have little money to support essential services. Additionally, we are burdened with long standing debt and an array of tax breaks that were long ago granted in hopes of spurring never to happen developments.
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Monday, January 7, 2013 - 12:50pm
Constructing a New Democracy in Tyrannical Michigan and Beyond
The anti-democratic efforts by the right wing republican legislature in Lansing are putting Michigan in the national spotlight.
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Monday, October 24, 2011 - 11:17am
Occupying Questions
The Occupy Wall Street movement sparked global demonstrations of solidarity last weekend. The last such coordinated effort was more than a decade ago, when ten million people surged on to the streets in hopes of stopping the coming invasion of Iraq. Those voices were quickly lost in the violent explosions of the U.S. bombs of the Shock and Awe campaign.
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Monday, October 17, 2011 - 9:46am
Politics in Place
The story is no longer Occupy Wall Street. Now it is the more than 70 cities that are organizing similar actions across the country. With a breadth and depth unseen in decades, people are coming together to create something new.
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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 8:02am
Inventing New Politics
It took the brutality of some New York City police to break through the mainstream media silence on Occupy Wall Street. First came the attacks on women exercising their rights to publicly demonstrate. Police leadership shot them in the face with pepper spray for no reason at all. Then came the massive arrest of non-violent protestors when 700 people were corralled on the Brooklyn Bridge and carted off to jail. In both cases police actions are being investigated.
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Monday, October 3, 2011 - 9:12am
Joy in Education
The failure of the market place view of education should be evident to everyone. In a little publicized announcement the College Board said that SAT scores fell across the nation. The average writing, reading and math scores all dropped. Only 43% of all test takers achieved a score that indicated they were prepared for doing B minus work in college.
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Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 2:09pm
Joy in Education
The failure of the market place view of education should be evident to everyone. In a little publicized announcement the College Board said that SAT scores fell across the nation. The average writing, reading and math scores all dropped. Only 43% of all test takers achieved a score that indicated they were prepared for doing B minus work in college. Meanwhile the Obama administration was forced to set aside the demand for continual improvement in local schools because more than 50% of all schools are unable to meet the draconian standards set by No Child Left Behind.
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