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UAW-Ford revitalizes East English Village park

On June 14 during what is being called an “Opening Day Ceremony,” UAW-Ford will announce details of its contribution toward the restoration of Balduck Park. So far, UAW-Ford has donated nearly $2 million to help provide bleachers, an updated scoreboard, beautiful landscaping and brand new restrooms for the park located in Detroit’s East English Village neighborhood. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Police Chief J ...

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WCCCD offers summer camps for kids ages 4-17

This summer, Wayne County Community College District offers a distinctly innovative and unique environment for children ages 4-17. The summer camps offered are not limited to one teaching venue or method. Rather, there is a virtual banquet of educational and exciting choices. Wonderful learning environments — from the Downriver Campus, to the Western Campus; from Downtown to Northwest; and from Eastern to t ...

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Detroit Water and Sewerage Department: ‘Water not a human right’

Cleaning up the books at the expense of residents in order to make the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more attractive to potential buyers outside the city is how one Detroiter described the recent mass water shutoffs in the city. “I was on a payment plan,” Joseph Link II told the Michigan Citizen. “My monthly payment was $190. (So when) they set this up, it automatically put me over the amount (where ...

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DPS board pushes early ed alternative for Stark school

Dismayed that emergency managers have refused to apply for over $200 million in U.S. Department of Education funding for infant education, elected members of the Detroit Public School Board voted to move ahead with a plan developed by board member Juvette Hawkins-Williams to educate Detroit children from birth through five years. Meeting at DPS offices in the Fisher Building, June 3, elected board members u ...

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Mackinac: Detroit key to Michigan’s prosperity

Detroit is not only critical to Michigan’s growth, but also its prosperity. Policy changes and Detroit’s impending emergence from bankruptcy have positioned the city to lead Michigan forward, according to several speakers at this year’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We have one Michigan and one Detroit,” said City Council President Brenda Jones who echoed the opt ...

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Detroit Raw

Agnes Hitchcock, the erstwhile founder of Call ‘Em Out, held a “Blacinaw Island” gathering over the weekend with plenty of food and freedom fighting dialogue. The creative session focused on Detroit water shutoffs and direct action tactics. Water shutoff actions by the union-busting democracy-destroying proxies of Koch brothers-supported Gov. Snyder need to be challenged in the world U.N. forum as the city ...

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Protests continue against water shutoffs

“May is drinking water month in Detroit,” read a banner at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in downtown Detroit. But thousands of Detroiters don’t have running water in their homes and the numbers are growing. Demonstrators marched at the DWSD on Randolph St., May 30, to protest the mass water shutoffs of city residents. It’s been over two months since Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced DWSD is ...

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Benefit or betrayal?

Who benefits? If we answer this question by looking at the lives of our children, it is obvious the policies of our nation, states and cities are failing miserably. As the policy elite gather this week in Mackinac, they should look beyond Grand Bargains, political posturing, bankruptcy and bond ratings to the state of our children. Nothing more starkly reveals the failure of the reigning economic and politi ...

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Media blackout on banks’ role in Detroit’s financial crisis

Mayor Mike Duggan and Gov. Rick Snyder had nothing but praise last week when banking giant JPMorgan Chase and Co. announced plans to invest, through a combination of loans and grants, $100 million in Detroit over the next five years. “I want to thank and applaud JPMorgan Chase and Co. for their generous investment and long-term commitment to the reinvention of Detroit,” said Snyder. “This multi-year initiat ...

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Highland Park wordsmith organizes free concert

Rodney “Randy” Rhodes wears many hats. He is a poet, a filmmaker, motivational speaker, novelist and the founder/CEO of a community organization, Blackified, LLC. In spite of the different skill sets involved in mastering each of these different crafts, Rhodes says his work is unified by a desire to give back to the community. He published his first book of poetry, “Black Man’s Society,” in 1989, which led ...

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