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Kathleen
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Post Number: 1088
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Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2006 - 11:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Jeanie Wylie-Kellermann, a Detroit writer, filmmaker and peace activist, died at her Detroit home Dec. 31 after a seven-year struggle with brain tumors. She was 49.
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Ms. Wylie-Kellermann, who wrote occasionally for the Nation, Mother Jones and the Village Voice, became deeply involved in the 1980s in helping residents in Detroit's Poletown neighborhood who were resisting the clearing of land for a new General Motors Corp. factory.

She wrote a book about the experience,
"Poletown: Community Betrayed," and she helped make the documentary "Poletown Lives!""

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=/20060107/NEW S08/601070363/1010
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Dodgemain
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Posted on Sunday, January 08, 2006 - 12:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That was excellent work for someone so young at the time.
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Psip
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Posted on Sunday, January 08, 2006 - 12:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sad, and it was 25 years ago right now the demolition of the houses were taking place.
Mothers Day, 1981 was the last mass at Immaculate Conception.
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Detourdetroit
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Posted on Sunday, January 08, 2006 - 1:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

she was a great woman of great intelligence and a great, deep spirit.
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Jenniferl
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Posted on Sunday, January 08, 2006 - 1:43 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Her Poletown book is outstanding, one of the few books I've ever read that actually made me cry. At the time I was reading about all those people losing their homes, Living Colour's "Message to a Landlord" came on the radio and I just lost it.

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