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Driving development

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s report has been greeted with little enthusiasm. It has not offered any clarity on plans for the development of the city under the new regime. The vague promises of improving the quality of life, while stripping the city, are as hollow as the document itself. Meanwhile, the city is developing. Dan Gilbert now owns 17 downtown buildings, totaling 2.9 million square feet o ...

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Farrakhan: Detroiters need faith and each other

Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan visited Detroit’s Fellowship Chapel Banquet and Conference Center to address some 3,500 guests May 17. The controversial religious leader’s comments, expected to focus on the sociopolitical and economic concerns of Detroit, a city the Nation of Islam calls home, addressed a different elephant in the room. Farrakhan’s message of Christ-likeness called out the c ...

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Illuminate Open Mic series joins DPL to promote youth literacy

Approximately 40 residents and local artists turned out to the Redford Branch of the Detroit Pubic Library (DPL) to help kickoff the summer youth reading program with a special Illuminate Open Mic event May 20. The program featured open mic artists Clearetha “Peace the Poetess” Robinson, Dahlia Reynolds, Wolfi G, 11-year-old aspiring author Michelle Britt and others. ...

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Why the Obama Administration must do more to help working-class families on housing

By many accounts, the economy is prospering again and the housing market is on the road to recovery. But, reality is nowhere near as comforting as fiction, and the facts point to a very different reality faced by working families and minority communities, especially in the barrios. The Great Recession pushed millions of willing workers off the labor force, put many others in lower paying or multiple jobs, a ...

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Class of 2013: Summon the courage, choose to serve and live with compassion

“Raise your eyes now, and look from the place where you are … for all the land that you see I will give to you.” — Genesis 13: 14-15 University commencement season is a time of high hopes and great celebration. I was again reminded of that this past Saturday when I delivered the commencement address at Huston-Tillotson (HT) University in Austin, Texas. This coming weekend, I will also speak during graduatio ...

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A fair minimum wage is a measure of decency

The April jobs report has been hailed as good news by the nation’s newspapers. But a look under the numbers is more sobering. In Chicago and cities across the country, extreme poverty remains high, and the jobless still haunt our streets. Washington would rather sell optimism. We’ve seen 38 straight months of private-sector job growth. The stock market is at record heights. Corporate profits are setting rec ...

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Open letter to U.S. Secretary of Education

Dear Secretary Duncan, I hope this letter finds you well. Welcome to Detroit. As you join Gov. Rick Snyder today to tour facilities in the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA), I felt compelled to bring to your attention several grave issues with this experimental system. I write today not only as a state senator from Detroit whose district encompasses several EAA schools, but as a father of three and a ...

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Video contest for high school, college students announced

DETROIT — As part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 Walk to Freedom, a video contest for high school and college students was recently launched. The “Now Is the Time” contest asks entrants to upload a one-minute video to explain how they are helping with community rebuilding in Detroit — essentially living up to King’s dream. Participants must enter by June 1 at www. ...

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PACs offer election forums

Black Slate Inc., Eastside Community Slate and Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee will host a series of City Council and Police District Forums DETROIT — Black Slate Inc., Eastside Community Slate and the Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee will join together to host a series of City Council District and Police District Forums to help educate voters for the City of Detroit’s upcoming 2013 e ...

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