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Holder rejects mandatory minimum sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent announcement of a set of prosecutorial reforms, including ways of avoiding mandatory sentences for low-level drug offenses, is being praised by people on both sides of the ideological aisle. “I think this will be pretty well-received whether you look at it from a social justice perspective or a fiscal perspective,” said Chris Deutsch, spokesman for the National Associat ...

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Judge sentences former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to prison

A U.S. District Court Judge sentenced former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., 48, and his wife Sandra Stevens Jackson, 49, to prison Aug. 14, but the sentences were less than what federal prosecutors had recommended. Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for District of Columbia, who is not related to either of the Jacksons, sentenced Jesse Jackson Jr., son of Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., fo ...

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‘Low pay is not OK’

Workers in the fast-food and retail industries from eight cities have called on low-wage workers around the country to join them in a national day of strikes Aug. 29. The workers, who in recent months have been standing up for higher wages and going on strike for a better future for their families and communities, are fighting for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation or unfair labor ...

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DPS disregards its own rules in rush to close beloved community school

Former Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts could at times be disarmingly candid. One of those moments came in April as he unveiled the district’s new strategic plan. Closing more schools every year, he acknowledged, was a losing plan. “When the team came to me with schedules for reviewing the list of schools that might have to close, I was extremely uncomfortable,” Roberts confided. “I said ...

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Rita Marley tapped as ‘honorary Ghanaian’

Rita Marley, wife of reggae artist Bob Marley and founder of the Rita Marley Foundation, has received a Ghanaian passport in recognition of her contributions to Ghana. Dr. Erieka Bennett, head of mission for the African Union’s Diaspora Africa Forum, said, “We are thrilled to see the Ghana Government recognizing the tremendous contribution Nana Rita has made to Ghana socially, as well as economically. This ...

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The Sidewalk Festival of the Performing Arts was an all-day outdoor celebration of performances and visual arts, held Aug. 3 at The Artist Village in the Brightmoor District of Detroit. Dancers, actors, musicians and poets presented for audiences, including featured artists jessica Care moore, Sin Hielo, Sky Covington, Cold Men Young, Passalacqua and Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty. ...

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City clerk botches Detroit election

The Wayne County Board of Canvassers did not certify Detroit city elections that held write-in candidate Mike Duggan as the top vote getter in the Aug. 6 primary. The State Board of Canvassers will now decide the Detroit election. The Aug. 20 meeting became lively when Board of Canvassers’ Chairman Carol Arkin read the number of votes officially tallied for Duggan: 23,970. On election night, the Detroit Dep ...

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Duggan’s team cries election fraud

After Wayne County Board of Canvassers found write-in candidate Mike Duggan had almost 20,000 less votes than what was reported on election night, making him the second place primary winner, the Duggan camp responded by accusing his challenger and others of fraud. The Board of Canvassers, during their Aug. 20 meeting, said the Detroit Department of Elections did not follow state guidelines and incorrectly c ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

“The Butler” is a great film to relive those never-ending times of societal and inner turmoil. Race, white power and the impact of direct action on racist institutions and personal relationships make for a consciousness raiser. You love this film, yet can find excuses to dodge the need for direct action to restore democracy to Detroit as we do battle to stop the looting and pillaging of Detroit that is goin ...

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‘Emergency management is racism’

Over 150 people gathered at the Samaritan Center Aug. 17 to resist emergency management in Detroit and other Michigan cities. Organized by Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM), The People’s Forum to End Emergency Management in Michigan brought together lawyers, activists and civil rights leaders to examine the usurpation of democracy in Detroit and create a unified action plan for continued res ...

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