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Twitter, Facebook explode after Zimmerman verdict

“The good thing about the Zimmerman case is that our kids will be learning about this in school and discussing the morality of it. The more they know.” Nicholas, Facebook “The gun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin will be returned to him. #WTF #Zimmerman goes free where’s the justice? No Justice? #War.” @DJKingAssasin,Twitter ...

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Justice for Trayvon Martin?

I believe the question of justice for Trayvon Martin is one of the most profound and challenging questions our country now faces. To begin with, it now requires a federal civil rights trial that focuses on Zimmerman’s racial profiling of Martin, a critical and obvious factor in this tragedy, which the Florida judge excluded from the criminal trial. But justice for Trayvon Martin goes beyond a new trial. It ...

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Access to publicly owned land in Detroit

Just a few short years ago, the issue of vacant land in Detroit garnered international attention. As academics and researchers studied the complexities of America’s older industrial cities, the issue of vacant land took center stage. Everyone wanted to know just how much vacant land existed in the city and the extent of the associated liability. Others wanted to know what the city planned to do with the vac ...

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Nationwide protests of Zimmerman verdict

Over a million people nationwide took to the streets in protest of the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, killer of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. The July 13 verdict that came in the late night shocked some, enraged others and left millions of Americans with a range of emotions, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Protesters from the east coast to the west and in between are calling on the U.S. Depar ...

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Fourth of July letter to EM Orr

Today is the one day that we are to reflect on the meaning and historical significance of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. One of the self-evident truths expressed that day was that governments derive their legitimacy from the consent of the governed. That powerful concept means that any governance not established by the people is not legitimate. That very concept is at the heart of the subs ...

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AFSCME responds to bankruptcy filing

Governor Snyder’s plan to suspend democracy, drive one of America’s largest cities into bankruptcy and deprive workers of their hard-earned retirement security, moved dangerously closer to reality today when without a single negotiation with unions, workers or retirees, Snyder authorized Detroit’s financial manager to file for bankruptcy. Despite assurances from Snyder’s hand-picked financial manager Kevyn ...

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Marching in place

As we draw nearer to one of the most relevant events in history, an event that has been revered and immortalized by the iconic phrase “I have a dream,” hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to relive the famous March on Washington. August 28, 1963, was the day that a quarter million people descended on the National Mall and heard Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his timeless speech that began with an ...

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An economic divide is growing in our cities

What is the plan for our nation’s cities? Are they simply to simmer with a growing divide between the affluent financial district and the impoverished slums? Will another generation be lost while we wait for the inevitable explosions? The gulf between the realities of our cities and the foolishness of our politics has seldom been wider. ...

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Duggan advises Snyder on emergency management

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration including State Treasurer Andy Dillon, Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore and Transformation Manager Richard Baird wrote emails in February discussing the appointment of an emergency manager in Detroit. Mayoral Candidate Mike Duggan, although he says he's against an EM in Detroit, advised the Snyder administration on the appointment. “Duggan’s advice weeks ago when (name wi ...

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Harley-Davidson turns 110

F. Gary Gray, who has directed such box-office hits as “Friday,” “Set it Off” and “Law Abiding Citizen,” combines his two passions of motorcycling and making movies in a documentary that follows his journey riding his custom Harley-Davidson. In the video, Gray describes riding his Harley-Davidson as a form of meditation. “When I’m not working, I’m riding.” he said. Joining Gray on the 500-mile ride from Atl ...

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