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How does it feel?

Last week Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr suggested the art at the Detroit Institute of Arts could be sold in bankruptcy. At that point, the region and state began to realize they are not immune to Detroit’s financial problems. For years, Detroit has been the dumping ground, figuratively and otherwise, for Michigan. It’s where suburbanites go to buy drugs or dump trash. It is where burned out houses remain beca ...

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A Charter provision to protect legitimate Detroit residents’ interest

Although I can speak only for myself, as a former Detroit Charter Revision Commissioner, I can tell you that the citizens of Detroit aggressively advocated for the one-year residency requirement for anyone seeking elected office at-large or in newly formed council districts. The decision to require that all candidates meet the Detroit City Charter residency requirements at least one year prior to the date o ...

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Do we say white people can’t run Wall Street?

When Wall Street failed and was bailed out by the federal government to the tune of trillions of dollars, did anyone say “white people” don’t know how to run the superduper banks? Or that white people like trillions of dollars of free stuff? How about when GM and Chrysler went bankrupt for $80 billion? No, nobody said that white people are not ready to be in charge of transnational industrial corporations a ...

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Job creation puts us in a ‘Race to the Bottom’

On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on how federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers too little. The hearing was driven by a study from Amy Traub and her colleagues at Demos, a New York-based think tank, that issued a report exposing the many ways that federal contracting often adds to the burden of the ...

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The state of equality and justice in America

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was there, at one of the largest rallies for human rights, that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. King and all those gathered in Washington, D.C., addressed the notion of greater equality and justice in America in a way which could no longer be ignored. ...

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Boulevard House announces grand opening

The grand opening of the Boulevard House, a partnership between People’s Community Services, The University of Michigan School of Social Work and El Museo del Norte, will take place June 2 from 12-5 p.m. The Boulevard House, located at 412 W. Grand Blvd., is a community partnership that launched in the summer of 2012 as well as the new home for El Museo del Norte. ...

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1960s Bonstelle Theatre poster exhibit opens at Reuther Library

To coincide with the 110th anniversary of the construction of what is now the Bonstelle Theatre, a new exhibit featuring a selection of Bonstelle Theatre posters from the early 1960s recently opened in the Leonard Woodcock Gallery at the Reuther Library. The nine posters in the exhibit date from 1961-65, a particularly strong period in the history of the Wayne State University Theatre. ...

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