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Summer program aims to make diplomats of Detroit teens

Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights will host the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute 2014, July 21-24, on the main Detroit campus. During the event, high school students will examine conflict resolution, diversity, civil rights, negotiation, bullying, environmental science, social justice, international affairs and how to individually fost ...

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The true cost of the water shut offs

Most Detroit Water and Sewerage officials are saying the water shutoffs are necessary for restructuring the city department. Yet, their unimaginative, poorly planned, brutal attack on residents — mostly low income — by executing mass water shutoffs with little to no notice to residents reveal a wholly unprepared DWSD back office and the ineptness of the department’s leadership. This effort at restructuring ...

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Distorted reality

One year ago Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed for bankruptcy. It has been a brutal year for the people of Detroit. Step by step we have seen long cherished rights and values trampled on in the name of financial necessity. Public lands have been given away. Generous tax breaks have been handed to developers, while elders have seen their pensions taxed and slashed. People have been threatened. Many have lost ...

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Groups announce plan to boost spending among Blacks

The U.S. Black Chambers and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers are formally partnering to make sure a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remain in Black hands. The partnership was launched last week at the start of USBC’s professional development conference, held at the Marriott Marquis in the District of Colu ...

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Detroit Raw

Who gave the media an all-access pass into the lives of human beings 24/7? This presumption of media access has led to more undeserved trauma for an 88-year-old Detroit man who, after suffering through a beating and robbery, was taken into custody days later for allegedly firing a shot at a TV news crew. Initially this elderly Black man in Detroit was beaten and robbed after being set up by a woman. So ente ...

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‘Water isn’t free’

Despite errors, contradictions, DWSD continues water shutoffs While the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has pursued an increasingly aggressive payment collection/water shutoff campaign over the past few months, media reports have alleged Detroit residents weren’t the only ones behind on their bills. Billionaire stadium owner Mike Ilitch’s company Olympia Development was reportedly also delinquent. Las ...

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Bankruptcy judge wants solutions to water crisis

Tuesday, July 15, Judge Steven Rhodes heard two versions of how delinquent water bills are treated. After spending the morning listening to 17 citizens object to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan of adjustment, with some of the complaints and statements telling of the harm being done by the harsh Detroit Water and Sewerage Department cut offs, Rhodes ordered the DWSD to appear that afternoon and provide an ...

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Why I chose to block water shutoff trucks

Water was created by none of us — just like air and earth and fire. Indeed, like the universe. It flows and freezes and breathes into the atmosphere as mist, without permission or legal backing. It is no one’s “machine.” It was not made to be enslaved in a market price or bottled into a “good” yielding “ownership” and power. Water is a commons — commonly shared as abundant and precious “gift” given by the c ...

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The logistics of human warehousing

Two pairs of pants, five pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks, two sheets — all once every six months. One small green bar of soap per month. One hundred percent mark-up prices. An average of $.12 per hour wage. A prisoner in the Michigan Department of Corrections receives only the barest minimum of care, services and necessities as the laws require. Prisoners are forced to wear their clothing (both out ...

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Collaborative concert spotlights the ancestors

“I Do Mind Dying” Live Action Mixtape is set to rock July 19 from 8-11 p.m. at New Center Park in Detroit, featuring live music and art as a dedication to the spirit of those leaders and beloved public figures who have recently joined the ancestors. The show is free and open to all ages as a part of the New Center Park’s free summer concert series. The park is located at 2990 West Grand Boulevard at Second ...

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