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Detroit bankruptcy eligibility doesn’t change the call for an urban agenda

Michigan’s urban centers and large cities across the United States now have a new precedent to follow when it comes to municipal finance and restructuring local government. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes’ decision that the city of Detroit is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy begins a process that, unlike other municipal bankruptcies, city residents will have very little interaction with. ...

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Power imbalance creates an environment ripe for abuse

The imbalance in economic power between Detroit’s mostly African American residents and the Chaldean and Arab merchants who own and operate most of the food stores, convenience stores, check cashing stores and gas stations in our community creates an environment ripe for abuse. Although there are some Chaldean and Arab merchants who treat residents with respect, at far too many stores, clerks display an att ...

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Nelson Mandela — a soul of rare vintage

Every now and then a soul of rare vintage comes our way. That soul, by circumstances, sacrifice and suffering, finds its way into the soul of our global culture, the family of man, and calls our better angels to fly. Such a soul is Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was truly a transformative force in the history of South Africa and the world. My heart weighs heavy today, but his life was full and the imprint h ...

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After Mandela: World fight against white supremacy continues

Former South African President Mandela has passed. The world has lost another point on its compass of morality. The dominant narrative is of a docile and passive man. A man, who according to President Obama’s remarks, “we draw strength from the example of renewal and reconciliation and resilience that you (Mandela) made real.” What is missing from this narrative is the reality of the warrior, the revolution ...

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