Valerie Vande Panne

Valerie Vande Panne

Valerie Vande Panne is an award-winning freelance journalist. She is the former editor-in-chief of Detroit’s altweekly, the Metro Times, and has covered Detroit’s alternative economies for Bloomberg.

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Companies that are profiting from the sick and twisted game of incarcerating children. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Outraged by ICE's Treatment of Children? How to Close Your Wallet to the Companies That Profit From It
Are you sick of our government separating children from immigrant parents and putting them in cages? Do you think ICE should be abolished? You’re not alone. Thousands of people across the country are coming together to abolish ICE, from closing detention facilities to embarrassing the bankers that...
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 “Officially sanctioned terms like ‘defense’ and ‘security’ act as a subterfuge to diminish and camouflage the deadly, dangerous and destabilizing role that the United States is playing in the world.” (Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force/Brad Fallin) Views
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
New Report Brings Clarity to U.S. Arms Manufacturing Role in Global Conflicts
Most Americans want peace—in the world, in their country, and in their own homes and communities. Even the most committed Trump supporter might want peace in Latin America and the Middle East—if it means “illegal” refugees stop “pouring” in to the USA. Yet, somehow, U.S. “commandos” were deployed...
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“The money in the state is going somewhere.” And the answer to where it’s going, he says, is in “the hands of the one percent.” (Photo: @StephMontelongo/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
How Privatization Sparked the Massive Oklahoma Teacher Uprising
On April 2, an estimated 30,000 Oklahoma teachers walked out of schools across the state, some traveling hundreds of miles to the capital to protest. This momentum has not stopped: At the time of this writing, teachers are marching—by foot—from Tulsa to Oklahoma City . Across the state, they are...
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Sandra Turner-Handy discusses the incinerator's role in Detroit's air pollution problem. Views
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Smells Like Environmental Racism
One morning in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood, I saw the air turn a heavy yellowish-green, like a thick fog. It stunk so badly, it hurt to breathe. Those who braved traveling through it risked nausea and even vomiting. Kim Schroeder remembers countless days in recent summers when her children haven...
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