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On the water front: The struggle for water in Michigan’s Black cities

A city caught in the throes of a financial crisis and under the control of a state-appointed manager seeks to privatize its water department in a desperate attempt to balance its budget and remain solvent. Residents — many of whom are African American living in poverty — face mounting hardships as their water is being shut off when payments are delinquent. “Yeah, I know all about what’s happening in Detroit ...

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Detroit Raw

Over a year ago I wrote the Detroit City Council’s and office of the mayor’s main roles would be to legitimate the illegitimate actions of the Negro proxy emergency manager of the union-busting, democracy-destroying Governor Snyder. I was on point. The continued illegal actions of those who place art over the people of Detroit require clear approval of Detroit City Council before a federal judge will approv ...

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EAA takes up declining revenues, pink-slips 99

Expecting a continuing drop in enrollment, the Education Achievement Authority board at its June 17 meeting approved a smaller budget for 2015, ignored reports of excessive spending on travel, and accepted Chancellor John Covington’s sudden resignation. It also approved pink slips for 99 staff members facing unemployment because of “economic necessity.” At the same time, the board voted to pay itself for tr ...

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Missing Child: Charlie Bothuell

Charlie Bothuell, age 12, is missing. He was last seen Saturday evening, June 14 at his father and stepmother’s house in the 1300 block of Nicolet Place on the city’s east side. Bothuell is African American, with brown hair, eyes and a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, Phat Farm jacket and red/grey pajama bottoms. His mother, Africa Shipping, just wants her son to come home safe. ...

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River Days brings stars Keith Sweat, Mary Mary, Blackstreet to Motor City

Local students from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Choir will be in the spotlight June 21 when they open for 90s R&B hitmakers Blackstreet featuring Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister at the 8th Annual GM River Days festival. The three-day festival, which takes place on the RiverWalk from the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor to the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal & Dock, just pas ...

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SBDA hosts annual event

The Southwest Detroit Business Association will host its annual Community Investment Breakfast from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., June 19, at MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board located at 2901 Grand River Ave., in Detroit. The annual networking event brings together hundreds of community leaders, entrepreneurs and residents to acknowledge the positive contributions made by the SDBA while celebrating the economic vita ...

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Detroit historian to lecture on Hastings Street

Preservation Detroit’s Third Friday Lecture Series, highlighting the rich cultural history of the people and places of the city, will continue on June 20 at the Hastings Street Ballroom, 715 E. Milwaukee Street. Award-winning performer Marsha Music, a writer, singer and story-teller, will share the tales of her childhood in Detroit’s Black Bottom before the African American district was demolished for the i ...

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Detroit’s Hispanic business community weathering time of economic crisis

The Latino Press explored the effects of the current economic crisis in Detroit on the business environment of the Hispanic community. Mexicantown in Southwest Detroit, is where the Hispanic community of the region is primarily settled. It is a vibrant community of neighborhoods, parks, schools, and churches. One of the anchors of the community and of its success has been the burgeoning small business econo ...

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Allied Media Conference gathers grassroots on Wayne State campus

The 16th annual Allied Media Conference, scheduled to return to the campus of Wayne State University June 19-22, is a gathering of progressive media creators, academics and grassroots activists discussing the future of media and the ways in which it can transform the world. The Allied Media Conference is designed around the concepts of “create, connect and transform,” inspiring the building of new communica ...

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Work in Detroit

On June 5 and 6, in three different areas of the city, three types of public work was underway with three different wage levels and three separate employers. At the high end: A crew comprised entirely of Mexican workers, employed by Giorgi Concrete, were installing new sidewalks in the North End on streets south of Holbrook and north of Grand Blvd. and east of Woodward. ...

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