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Conflicts of interest in ‘restructuring’ choices

In a move that appears to only guarantee his own salary, Mayor Dave Bing jumped on the emergency financial manager (EFM) bandwagon within days of Gov. Rick Snyder’s March 1 proclamation that Detroit is in a financial crisis. His first decision, as he tries to move the city down the EFM path, was the announcement that Jones Day, the Cleveland-based mega law firm, will provide legal services for the city’s re ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Mind snacking over a small oatmeal in a large Clique bowl, I was wondering just how the already tabloid-trending Detroit media would sensationalize the Kilpatrick verdict. Rev. Charles Williams II, president of the Michigan National Action Network and a confidant of the erstwhile Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of NAN, was fooling around with one of those dumb azz smart phones streaming the breaking news on a rea ...

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New voices

The crisis in Detroit is not economic. It is a crisis in democracy. The contours of this crisis are becoming clearer with each passing day. On March 7, Mayor Bing called a press conference to announce that even though he disputed the “facts” of the rationale provided to the governor to appoint an emergency manager, he would not challenge the findings. “We need to end the drama and infighting and understand ...

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Child hunger demands an immediate response

Poverty and continued economic instability are threatening the success of a generation of our region’s children. In Michigan, child poverty has reached 23.2 percent, having trended upward over the past nine years. Hunger, a direct consequence of poverty, has also risen. One in four children in southeast Michigan are at risk of not having enough nutritious food on a regular basis. All signs indicate the situ ...

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Challenging assumptions about progress in the face of emergency management

This is the final column in our series discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. EJ principle 17 requires that we, as individuals, make personal and consumer choices to consume as little of Mother Earth’s resources and to produce as little waste as possible; and make the consci ...

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