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Streetcars and highway-widening projects paving the way for injustice

Detroit has long struggled with access to transportation. The two main transportation projects recently introduced to the city do not appear to offer any reprieve. As a representative of East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC), I regularly attend North End Woodward Community Coalition meetings. There, I witness testimony of Detroiters who have waited for over an hour for a bus; people who have lo ...

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One city pensioner’s perspective

As a retired city worker receiving a pension after 32 years of dedicated service, I am filled with trepidation about the much talked about reduction or elimination of retirement benefits that the bankruptcy may demand. Twenty thousand city workers played by the rules throughout their careers, with the expectation that their pension would be fully honored upon retirement. ...

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Put the blame on me

Jefferson County, where I was born in 1938, filed for bankruptcy two years ago. Last week, Detroit, the city where I was raised, filed for bankruptcy, though that situation remains up in the air after a judge stepped in and said such action was unconstitutional. I left the Motor City, which is now running on fumes, in 1985 for the greener and certainly much more promising precincts of Harlem. And while bank ...

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Stand up, fight back. Vote Aug. 6

If you saw the only televised debate of the campaign season after the bankruptcy filing, it is evident we are living in a divided Detroit — one perhaps more divided than recent years. For the small but vocal and powerful minority — who often control media, messages and priorities coming out of the city — it had to be a shocker. The neatly controlled narrative, telling the story of Detroit’s revitalization, ...

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Holder seeks to force Texas to ‘preclear’ voting changes

Fulfilling a pledge to aggressively protect the voting rights of people of color in the wake of the Supreme Court striking down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has announced that the Justice Department will sue the state of Texas to compel it to preclear any planned changes in its voting procedures before they can go into effect. ...

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Local business owner caters coffee, donuts to DPD

Local business owner H. Julian Hill showed his appreciation for the Detroit Police Department by providing them coffee, donuts and other refreshments July 19 at the Central District on Woodward and E. Grand Blvd. “This is a small but sincere gesture to show appreciation to our men and women in blue,” said Hill, owner of Celebrity Car Wash and Detail on Woodward, a few blocks from the Central District. “All ...

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Major political test for Trinidad government

On Aug. 5, electors in a key governing party stronghold in central Trinidad will vote to fill a parliamentary seat left vacant by the resignation of former National Security Minister Austin Jack Warner. While this is no general election, critics say the poll serves as a key litmus test on the performance of the corruption-tainted governing People’s Partnership (PP) coalition midway into its five-year term. ...

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Durban Film Festival opens to fanfare — but where’s the film?

South Africa’s world-class film festival in the city of Durban had an opening film and a closing film. But somehow, along the way, the opening night film was pulled from the program. Censors, to the dismay of many, had found it pornographic. According to the festival program, the film tells the somber tale of a small-town high school teacher with a penchant for young girls. “The director’s third feature is ...

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Nov. 2009 - After months of corporate media endorsing Franklin resident Dave Bing for mayor, he wins. Tom Barrow challenges the outcome, but 59,135 ballots cannot be recounted. Bing seated. In his term, he privatizes Workforce Development and Health Department, fails an effort to take over the schools and implements Detroit Works Project (now Detroit Future City) to downsize the city. ...

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Let’s get one thing straight, the city of Detroit has not filed for municipal bankruptcy. The emergency manager (EM) filed the bankruptcy petition, and he is an appointee of the governor of the state of Michigan based on Act 436 — a law formerly known as PA 4 —which was repealed by 2.3 million Michigan citizens statewide on Nov. 6, 2012. The EM is only accountable to the governor, the EM only answers to the ...

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