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Supreme Court: Public union can’t make nonmembers pay fees

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions June30, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining.  In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who disagree with the positions that unions take. The ruling ...

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Mahogany Café poets remember Maya Angelou, pass the mic to the next generation

It was a place for love, a place for poetry, a place where Detroiters came together and celebrated their collective creativity. From 1995-2000, this was Café Mahogany, a Midwestern Mecca in Detroit for bohemian culture that defined an era for many of the city’s most inspired lyrical minds. On Friday, July 11 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Café Mahogany will be paid tribute with ...

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New program aims to help Detroit men become ‘extraordinary’ fathers

DETROIT — For decades, media attention on African American fathers has focused on the negative. A 2013 book, “Dare to Be Extraordinary: A Collection of Positive Life Lessons from African American Fathers,” depicts what is usually not shown on TV – what African American fathers are doing right. Stories from Dennis Archer and Russell Simmons and others help to flesh out authors Leslie Gordon’s and William Mid ...

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Welcome to the Boggs School

Stepping in, larger-than-life portraits of young faces greet me — red, orange, blue, green — smiling as if they have a secret that they are ready to share. Looking up, I see whimsical cloud kites adorning the ceiling. Welcome to the James and Grace Lee Boggs School! My first impression as a prospective parent was that this school is pretty cool. I had no idea the amount of awesomeness in store for our famil ...

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WATCH: Warren Evans says why he’s running for Wayne County Executive

A transparent administration is what voters can expect from an Evans administration, says the political veteran and former city and county top cop, who came under fire in 2010 when a 7-year-old was fatally shot during a raid by Detroit police officers under Evans’ leadership “What transparency means to me is if I’m going to publish a number that we’re dealing with then that number’s got to be the number,” s ...

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Stallworth, Hobbs pressure senator to move security guard legislation

Reps. Thomas Stallworth III, D-Detroit, and Rudy Hobbs, D-Southfield, are continuing their push to implement new training requirements for security guards. According to Stallworth, Senator Darwin Booher, R-Evart, is sitting on new drafts of the legislation. The lawmakers are urging Booher to quickly introduce and work on passing a package of bills they have been working on together for months, but are now e ...

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Detroit Raw

Detroit should not ridicule or discredit the direct action engaged in by Trick Trick, the rap artist organizer. Trick Trick and an organized group of Detroiters known as the Goon Squad shut down a Chene Park performance by the identity-thief known as Rick Ross. Those angry and woofing about the union-busting democracy-destroying Negro Emergency Manager proxy of Gov. Snyder might consider using Trick Trick’s ...

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National PBS premieres Grace Lee Boggs film

“Grace Lee is like the John Smith of Asian America,” says Missouri-born filmmaker Grace Lee of her very common name. As a post-graduate film student at UCLA, Lee embarked on a journey to simultaneously document the lives of women with her same name and challenge stereotypes about Asian American women prevalent in mainstream media. The resulting film, “The Grace Lee Project,” was released in 2005. ...

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Detroit: Disconnecting water from people who cannot pay is an affront to human rights, say UN experts

Three UN experts on the human rights to water and sanitation, adequate housing, and extreme poverty and human rights expressed concern June 25 about reports of widespread water disconnections in Detroit of households unable to pay water bills. “Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human righ ...

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