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EAA retaliates against Brooke Harris, ACLU charges

Criticizing the Educational Achievement Authority has been costly for Brooke Harris, an English teacher at Mumford High School, who is waiting to hear whether she has a job or not. Mumford is one of the Detroit schools taken by Gov. Rick Snyder to create the EAA — the state run district for “failing” schools. The EAA is charging Harris for “directly encouraging” a student walkout at Mumford on June 13. Harr ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

What if we had to write-in the name of the person that we want to be the next mayor of Detroit? In this age of instant gratification — pleeez don’t make me think, click of a button and I’m there — to actually write anything is a daunting task and you want me to pencil fill in that little circle ... We don’t even write love letters.We Instagram, we e-mail, we tweet, we Facebook and we text endlessly but to p ...

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The politics of participation: Who gets the upper hand?

The electoral dynamics and demographics of Detroit are changing. “I can tell you, as a rough estimate, there are 8,300 college educated people (living in Detroit) under the age of 35 who are not registered to vote (in Detroit). I got that from a third party media marketing company. I can’t tell you who that is, but I trust it,” says Allison Kriger, co-founder of Vote Detroit. ...

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Emerging future

Now that the emergency manager has filed for bankruptcy, the national media has become fascinated with Detroit. The city corporate media describes has little to do with the one most of us know and love. The New York Times portrays us as crime-ridden, corrupt, unable to provide basic services and on the brink of selling the family jewels to pay the bills. ...

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PSL director confident about baseball and softball

Alvin Ward Sr., executive director of Athletics of the Detroit Public School League, has noticed the steady decline of both baseball and softball in the league over the last 20 years and says he is very happy that the sports are now making a slow, but steady comeback. According to Ward, as far back as 1977, there were a lot of youth playing baseball and softball. There were even Major League Baseball and co ...

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Baseball club grows despite baseball decline in cities

Many news reports point out that the interest in baseball is on the decline. However, that’s not the case for the Detroit Braves Youth Baseball Club. Started in 2005, the baseball club has grown to 225 players in four divisions: 14 and under, 13 and under, 12 and under, and 10 and under. “A lot of our kids are straight baseball players,” said Garrett Street, executive director of Detroit Braves. He adds tha ...

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Emmett and Trayvon: How racial prejudice has changed 

Separated by 1,000 miles, two state borders and nearly six decades, two young African American boys met tragic fates that seem remarkably similar today: Both walked into a small market to buy some candy and ended up dead. The first boy is Emmett Till, who was 14 years old in the summer of 1955 when he walked into a local grocery store in Money, Miss., to buy gum. He was later roused from bed, beaten brutall ...

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Detroit’s bankruptcy filing

Last week’s Detroit’s bankruptcy filing by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr acknowledged the reality that our city, which has been abandoned by millions of families and thousands of businesses, is not financially viable and must re-imagine and re-invent itself. However, the state-appointed emergency manager did not include in his filing the shameful story of how the legislatures of Michigan and other states, whi ...

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‘Refuse complicity, go on the record, make a history of conscience, come into exile’

I have never been arrested before for any reason. It has become necessary to confront immoral legal authority. If we do nothing, we are complicit. As an elected school board member, I have been sued by the attorney general of Michigan for being elected. Judges, lawyers, teachers, politicians and citizens are afraid to speak out against this abuse of power. The rich do not have to pay taxes and are able to e ...

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