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Shut off pause

On July 21, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced a moratorium on water shut offs for 15 days. This announcement came after widespread outrage over their policy of aggressively shutting off the water to people who cannot afford to pay their bills. Mounting local, national and international criticism of the DWSD finally broke through the walls of the bankruptcy court room last week, causing Jud ...

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Water: Reprieve, but no resolution

After at least 17 people were arrested in two separate protests where activists attempted to block crews from going out into Detroit neighborhoods to shut off water to homes… After more than 1,000 people marched down Woodward Avenue chanting “Water is a human right. Fight, fight, fight!”… After the United Nations condemned the city for cutting off water to more than 17,000 homes since March… After the Ameri ...

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Detroit Raw

I will vote for Elena Herrada, the one candidate Gov. Rick Snyder does not want in Lansing. A mother of four, this life-long Detroiter knows firsthand the challenge of raising a family during tough times in a tough azz city. Still, Elena is the most energetic grandmother to ever seek office that I have known. Elena is running for state representative in the 6th district — my district. There are a number of ...

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MAJOR CRIME SUMMARY REPORT

On July 16 at 11:30 p.m. at W. Chicago and Wyoming, the 26-year-old female agreed to meet a suspect with whom she became acquainted on Craig’s List. They met at the above location and the suspect produced a handgun and robbed the complainant. The complainant’s cell phone, and purse were taken. The complainant ran away after the suspect robbed her and she heard approximately four gunshots and realized that s ...

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Black Press: The Voice of Black America — Part III

Former U.S. Rep. Parren Mitchell, D-Md., once told me, “It is long overdue for Black Americans to understand the urgent and ongoing necessity to defend and to support Black-owned businesses in the United States.” Mitchell was an outstanding freedom fighter and one of the original founders of the Congressional Black Caucus more than 40 years ago. Mitchell was also probably one of the strongest advocates for ...

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Connecting the dots throughout the world

The idea hit me during the International Panel at our 22nd Annual Conference in Chicago last week. Speaking on the panel were National Black Chamber of Commerce members from Colombia, Benin, Ghana, Suriname, Ethiopia and France. Ghana, France and Suriname have participated at previous conferences. It was Colombia’s first and they were given an NBCC board seat (Juan Camilo Cabezas) for their effort in formin ...

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Malala, a Taliban victim, finds sisterhood with Nigeria’s missing girls

A Pakistani teen who survived certain death from a terrorist’s gunshot to her face has met with the mothers of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by elements of the group Boko Haram. On the first leg of a three day visit last week, Malala Yousafzai, now 17, and her father, Ziauddin, spoke with some of the mothers, telling them she saw the more than 200 kidnapped girls as her sisters and would stand up for them. ...

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Top Democratic candidates, Schauer and Peters, headline 14th District fundraiser  

Top state Democratic candidates will appear at the 14th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization’s annual fundraiser on July 25. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, a former state senator and U.S. Congressman from Battle Creek, will be keynote speaker for the event. According to recent polls, Schauer is embroiled in a tight contest for the governorship. ...

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Black burlesque connects ‘History and Her-story’

On July 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the “Unveiling the Hidden Story of Black Burlesque: Connecting History to Her-Story” workshop will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The discussion and presentation is hosted by International Black Burlesque Performers, a Detroit-based production company. Although the historical and cultural impacts of Black burlesque performers are often o ...

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Summer enrichment means lifetime survival

It’s mid-July. Do you know if your children are learning? Just a month ago, they were eager to leave the regimentation of the daily classroom to “enjoy the summer.” A month from now, many will prepare to return to school. Will they return ready to hit the ground running in the fall? Or will they struggle to catch up because their summer activities were not stimulating enough to prevent learning losses? ...

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