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BlossomsA friend who follows my blog recently advised me: “It’s time for you to transition.”

It is true. I have been solely fixed on promoting Mike’s book as mine sat safely in the wings.

As Spring waits reluctantly around the corner, I have become impatient. I accept that it is time to transition from solitude to growth and take a shot at blooming. It’s a big step. I still felt the need for a little push. Then…

This morning in meditation at my yoga class, Emerson, joined the chorus against my reluctance to let it go:

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s time to leap. Watch for updates on my book:

Between Two Worlds; A Mother’s Battle Against Injustice by Joann Castle.  Click “Follow” on this website and join my journey.


Mike and I recently attended a showing of the movie, “Brothers on the Line” at Cinema Detroit an independent film theatre in Detroit’s midtown district, and the original site of the Burton Theatre whose name still stands at the driveway entrance. Mike was invited to participate in a panel discussion of the film.

“Brothers on the Line” is a well-constructed documentary covering the story of the Reuther brothers and the making of the U.A.W. Written and directed by Sasha Reuther, grandson of Walter Reuther, this film stands both as a fitting memorial about the dedication of the Reuther family to a more just society as well as IMG_5219an excellent educational tool for our younger generation.

The panel was introduced by Tony Paris, lead lawyer at the Maurice Sugar Law Center, and included Graham Cassano, author, professor, and film critic from Oakland University; Steve Babson, author, labor educator, and union activist who assisted with production of the film; and Mike Hamlin, co-founder of the Inner-City Voice newspaper and one of the leaders of DRUM and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, who spawned a black workers movement in Detroit in the late 1960s.

We should support Detroit’s independent film theatres that offer alternative films and venues for interactive community discussion. Our appreciation goes out to Paula and Tim Gathiet who are keeping the Burton Theatre tradition alive. Check them out at: www.cinemadetroit.com.

Mike’s book. A Black Revolutionary’s Life in Labor: Workers Black Power in Detroit is a book for labor activists, students and educators, community organizers and lovers of black history. Order your copy now on this website. Also available on Amazon.com.

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