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Your paycheck, the economy and the minimum wage

When most of us go out to eat, we may not think about workers who make restaurants possible. People like me and the folks I work with can’t help but think about the restaurant workers because we are those workers. We earn our living preparing and serving fast food. You may have been hearing more about us recently. Some of our colleagues held strikes this summer in cities across the nation. Some restaurant w ...

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Detroit: Death certificate or rebirth?

Will the largest city in history to file bankruptcy receive a death certificate? Or will this action result in a new birth certificate for the Motor City? Of course, a city as large and well-situated as Detroit will not die. Already, there are plans for a $400 million hockey stadium, despite all the tales of woe and danger put forth by various media outlets. All things considered, will Detroit’s majority po ...

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Making history … again

Remember the March on Washington? Aug. 28, 1963. Tens of thousands of activists on the National Mall. A preacher’s son from Atlanta talking about his dream for the country. We don’t need a history lesson. Even if we weren’t at the March itself — even for those like me, who were not yet born — Dr. King’s words are etched into our minds as deeply as they are inscribed in stone at the base of his memorial. The ...

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Dropping the baton

Research shows this generation of young people, regardless of race, are likely to do less well than their parents. Shackled by a trillion dollars worth of student loans and a flat labor market, the New York-based Demos organization says the student loan burden prevents young people from buying homes and amassing wealth. While there are some racial gaps, many young people enter the labor market already behin ...

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Washington March should again focus on jobs

Civil rights leaders will march on Washington, D.C., Aug. 24 to observe the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Now economists, labor groups and community stakeholders want to make sure the Black jobs crisis gets top billing on the agenda. Some researchers say the economic agenda of the 1963 march w ...

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Property auction to showcase over 20,000 properties in Wayne County

Wayne County Treasurer Raymond Wojtowicz has announced the September 2013 online auction schedule for Wayne County properties. The auction will feature more than 20,000 residential and commercial properties and vacant lots. Bidding will begin as low as $2,000. “Funds collected from the auction will support mandated services including police and fire protection and schools for our children,” Wojtowicz said. ...

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Before the Dream Cruise: Old Schoolers remember the ‘Good ol’ Days’

As another year of the Woodward Dream Cruise rolls around, some Detroiters are experiencing nostalgia as they recall their own days of auto showmanship. These urban hot rodders would meet up at White Castle on Livernois and West Warren in Detroit to race at various areas across the city, as well as the Detroit Dragway and Milan Dragway. ...

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Looking for employment after high school

Lursa Nobles, a 2013 graduate of Cass Technical High School, says it’s hard for high school graduates to get work. The unemployed 18-year-old says lack of preparation for what it takes to get a job — from constructing a resume to filling out a job application — can be the most challenging. “It’s hard because you’re not sure exactly what to put (on) it, like (your) experiences,” Nobles said. “Some jobs don’t ...

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Detroit Black Community Food Security Network awarded $750,000 grant

The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) recently received a three-year $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich. DBCFSN will use the grant to support programs such as D-Town Farm, Summer Urban Ag Internship Program, Annual Harvest Festival, Food Warriors Youth Development Program, “What’s for Dinner?” Lecture Series, the Ujamaa Food Buying Club and to create a ...

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Jesse Jackson calls Morocco reforms ‘wave of the future’

Although Tunisia, Egypt and other troubled hotspots in the region have been shaken by popular uprisings, Morocco has been able to avoid turmoil by expanding the rights of its citizens and giving them more say in their future, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said in a speech Aug. 15 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Rabat, Morocco’s capital. “Morocco has responded with wisdom and achiev ...

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