Holiday shopping with Black-owned Detroit businesses

Holiday shopping with Black-owned Detroit businesses

With a few days left for holiday shopping, the many Black-owned businesses in the city are prepared to supply last minute gifts for family and friends. ...

GUEST EDITORIAL: What’s next after the marches?

GUEST EDITORIAL: What’s next after the marches?

(W)hat exactly should people be doing? Where should the energy go, and what should be pushed for? We’ve heard the generalities: The need for “better education” for example, but let ...

Young activists push Obama on police reform

Young activists push Obama on police reform

The young activists’ list of demands included: the demilitarization of local police departments, investing in community-led restorative justice programs, and enhancing data collect ...

Duggan: ‘It’s obvious we can’t trust the Grosse Point Park leaders’

Duggan: ‘It’s obvious we can’t trust the Grosse Point Park leaders’

When Grosse Pointe Park quietly blocked off a main road at the border of Detroit earlier this year, Mayor Mike Duggan took a decidedly diplomatic approach and quietly hammered out ...

Americans hit the streets to protest police killings

Americans hit the streets to protest police killings

Organized by major civil rights organizations, the goal of the protest was to demand federal intervention in state prosecutorial systems that have failed to indict anyone in the po ...

Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

Do not be tired. Be ready. Be ready to grow. Be ready to learn. Be ready to listen. Be ready to confront white privilege. Be ready to confront Black family dysfunction. Be ready to ...

Democracy in cities

Democracy in cities

The recent move by the lame duck legislature in Lansing to pass a bill outlawing Community Benefits Agreements and local minimum-wage requirements should be a concern for everyone ...

OPINION: Put those police cameras on Wall Street bankers

(President Obama) might be better advised to put cameras on bankers. Reckless, unaccountable and murderous police behavior must end, but the police are simply the gatekeepers assigned to keep order. Behind the gate is the American policy of isolating poor people of color in ghettos, ghettos deprived of jobs, of capital, of decent health care, of affordable housing, of good schools. ...

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OPINION: Legalized lynchings are on the rise

It’s been made abundantly clear that Black life holds little value in America’s so-called post-racial environment. Though our system of jurisprudence was made available to the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the exercise of those rights came to less than satisfactory results. Irregular prosecutorial practices led to no indictment. The consequence of those practices led to legalized lynching. ...

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Case against Kenyan prez dropped

Charges were dropped last week by the International Criminal Court against President Uhuru Kenyatta and three other Kenyans for a lack of cooperating witnesses. The president and other alleged collaborators were all accused of responsibility in the outbreak of ethnic violence in which 1,133 people were killed, 600,000 displaced, and property was destroyed. ...

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Duggan: ‘It’s obvious we can’t trust the Grosse Point Park leaders’

When Grosse Pointe Park quietly blocked off a main road at the border of Detroit earlier this year, Mayor Mike Duggan took a decidedly diplomatic approach and quietly hammered out a deal with the suburban government to remove what turned out to be an illegal blockade. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

Do not be tired. Be ready. Be ready to grow. Be ready to learn. Be ready to listen. Be ready to confront white privilege. Be ready to confront Black family dysfunction. Be ready to confront American wealth inequality that generates the poverty, that generates the crime, that we must address to bring order to our community. Be ready as we do battle for schools that teach rather than generate profit for those ...

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Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

The EAA opened in 2012 with 15 Detroit schools, and a promise to improve student learning. That has not happened. Instead, the dissatisfaction of parents and students has resulted in a mass exodus. Beginning with 10,000 students, it now has about 6,500. Its new administrator collects $325,000 a year for the effort. ...

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No indictment for NYC cop who killed unarmed man by chokehold

In the wake of a "no bill" decision to indict a Ferguson, Mo. police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager that gained international attention, a New York City grand jury cleared a white police officer Dec. 3 in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim’s family said. ...

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Ferguson protesters stage final ‘shut down’ demonstration in South St. Louis County, organizer arrested

“We will continue to walk up and down the sidewalks and streets. We will continue to go throughout the stores and chant until we see justice,” he said calling for the arrest of former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. “He committed a murder.” ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

Sixty percent of Detroit’s children living in poverty is just a number with no human face, we have track to lay for a train to nowhere, and children in poverty can wait. Besides, there is no media sexiness to hunger, schools that don’t work for the poor, and FBI crime data that contradicts Hollywood Craig — who needs it during the holidays? ...

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EDITORIAL: ‘I quit:’ A betrayal of public trust

Nowhere in Jenkins’ message to the public was there any connection to an idea other than her self-improvement. There was no get-out-the-vote message for Nov. 4. The one-time leader of the body left without reinforcing any institution, organization or network. It was like she was a one-woman show even though she was elected because she campaigned on her connections to legendary Councilwoman Maryann Mahaffey. ...

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