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Action to fight bankruptcy restructuring underway

A standing-room-only audience at the Central United Methodist Church came out March 2 after a snow storm to participate in an emergency town hall meeting designed to respond to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment. The event was planned by a coalition of organizations fighting the state’s Emergency Manager Law and Detroit’s EM-led bankruptcy. The organizations involved included the Morat ...

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Charting new ground in Flint

Anyone at all familiar with Michigan’s Emergency Manager law knows the people who were handed control of municipalities and school districts facing financial crises have extraordinary power. In fact, the law goes even further than many realize, creating the possibility that residents of cities under emergency management may emerge from state control with a completely revamped form of local government impose ...

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Loan Board sides with EM in sale of Southwestern

The law is the law, but not always — especially when emergency management is involved, or so members of the elected Detroit Board of Education discovered Feb. 28 in a hearing before the state’s Emergency Loan Board on the future of the former Southwestern High school building, a Detroit public school. Southwestern sits close to the new bridge, the New International Trade Crossing, planned by Gov Rick Snyder ...

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Appreciating the bargain

DetroitEmergency Manger Kevyn Orr’s grand bargain is unraveling. His Disclosure Statement and Plan of Adjustment offer little of substance. For anyone familiar with Michigan politics, the plan reads like a longwinded reiteration of the dreams of the Mackinac Policy Institute. Commentators from the hallowed halls of the New York Times to the chilly rooms of Historic King Solomon Church on Detroit’s west side ...

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Fourth period comeback

With Southeastern leading 50-39 with only three minutes remaining in the contest, it looked like Pershing’s quest for a second Detroit PSL Championship was over. But the Doughboys’ head coach Wydell Henry had other plans. “Down by 11 points, I called timeout and I told them to fight,” Henry said in post-game interview. “I told them to fight to the end. We lost to them the first time, 81-79 during the regula ...

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King three-peats

The Martin Luther King Crusaders won their third straight Detroit Public School League Title. Cass Tech gave the Crusaders a stiff challenge, but wasn’t enough as the three-peat team turned back the Technicians in a hard fought battle ending in a 51-41 score at the Detroit Public School League Basketball Championship Feb. 21 at Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit. ...

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Black women still penalized for race and gender

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed race and gender-based discrimination. Now, 50 years later, Black women still suffer under the double-whammy of race and gender. Stephanie Coontz, co-chair of Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) and director of Research and Public Education, made that point at a symposium sponsored by the CCF, a nonprofit nonpartisan family research think tank. ...

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Environmental racism: ‘New frontline’ of human rights

Environmental justice activists are calling attention to what they say is the new frontline of the human rights struggle — chemical contamination of communities of color — what some groups have dubbed environmental racism. “When corporations decide where to build chemical plants, landfills, or water treatment plants where chemicals leach, they most often choose low income communities of color,” Richard Moor ...

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What the 2014 Farm Bill may mean for Detroiters

After three years of bitter wrangling between the U. S. House and Senate, President Barack Obama finally signed the $956 billion Farm Bill into law on Feb. 7. He did so at Michigan State University, thereby honoring our own Senator Debbie Stabenow’s role in shepherding the bill’s passage as the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee. ...

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