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Windom is Highland Park recall target

Highland Park Mayor DeAndre Windom’s effort to stave off his recall has failed. Residents leading the recall plan to file 1,000 signatures on April 7 calling for his recall. “The mayor did, in fact, single handedly shut down the water plant and did, in fact, contract another municipality for municipal water without first securing approval from the city council,” is the wording of the recall petition. So far ...

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Matters of perspective

We have now had one year of emergency management. Little has been achieved by Kevyn Orr. But the contours of the kind of city Mr. Orr, Gov. (Rick) Snyder and the corporate elite envision are emerging. They are advocating choices that will make Detroit a whiter, wealthier city, where a few people will live comfortably in a small downtown. Most of us will live in neighborhoods abandoned by services, except fo ...

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Selling our city for a paycheck

There’s one group in Detroit city government that has been exempt from all the austerity measures leveled at others. This group has kept its salary intact; the auto is still free; the health insurance paid for; those two months a year of vacation waiting to be taken; the pension protected. Yes, their pension is protected. In fact, name any cut that has hit any other sector of city government and one group r ...

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No debate: Detroit Future City is the People’s Plan

As community members and organizers who were heavily involved in the extensive planning and engagement activities that led to the Detroit Future City (DFC) Strategic Framework, we have a responsibility to our constituents to be stewards of the Strategic Framework, which has been widely adopted as the starting point for the transformation of Detroit. Accordingly, we feel it’s necessary to correct Professor P ...

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President Obama leaves out Black businesses

It is almost a given that African Americans are going to be proud of the first Black president of the United States. In the elections of 2008 and 2012, African Americans voted for Barack Obama at rates well above 90 percent. Additionally, African American voter-turnout was higher than that of the general population in either election, per the University of Michigan’s Social Science Data Analysis Network and ...

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Business mentorship program for creative start-ups

The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), a partnership between the College of Creative Studies and Business Leaders for Michigan, believes the city has the assets to be a global center of design and creative innovation. In order to manifest that belief, the DC3 started the Creative Ventures Residency Program in 2011. The CVRP chooses small local creative businesses to mentor and connect with larger clien ...

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‘We object!’ (VIDEO)

Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM), Moratorium NOW!, retired city workers and other community members gathered April 1 at the Detroit Federal Courthouse in Detroit to file and voice objections to "the unelected" Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment. Objections focus on devastating cuts on the already meager pensions of Detroit city retirees as well as Orr’s plan’s to privatize cit ...

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Ella Baker: My civil rights heroine

Ella Baker was an outspoken warrior against injustice and inequality her entire life, and always, always unwilling to rest. Her words continue to be a rallying cry for all of us who believe our nation still does not see and value Black and white children’s lives the same way. I first met Mrs. Baker during my senior year at Spelman College in Atlanta. She was a staff member of the Southern Christian Leadersh ...

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