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Water, dispossession and resistance

Water is a basic human right. That was the strong message sent to the Detroit Works/Detroit Future project during the environmental session held as part of their community conversations. These are the orchestrated conversations Detroit Future claims give it legitimacy to reshape our city. The message that water is a human right was ignored. Neither the subsequent “Strategic Framework” nor current practices ...

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Detroit Raw

Michigan Republicans manage just fine with a political sunscreen that blocks liability from issues that would burn Dems for at least three to four elections. Potholes that eat tires while nuking front wheel alignments that drone whack working-class checking accounts must be acts of God not negligent Republicans that control Michigan spending priorities. Big oil drilling, even fracking, is coming soon to a s ...

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‘Bad deal vs. worse deal’

Pensioners have less than a month to vote on Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan of adjustment to cut the city’s debt and get out of bankruptcy. Ballots were mailed to the city’s 32,0000 pensioners in May, and the deadline to cast their vote on what Orr and supporters call a “grand bargain” is July 11. Pensioners in both classes, the general retirement system and the police and fire retirement system, have t ...

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EM’s failure shuts down DPS Head Start

Because Detroit Public SchoolsEmergency Manager Jack Martin and his staff couldn’t get its application for Head Start funding to the federal government on time, there will be no Head Start in Detroit schools next year, according to elected board President Lamar Lemmons “It is malice of intent or gross incompetence,” Lemmons said in a phone interview. It is part of the “constant school closings and the progr ...

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Madonna visits Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym

Pop music icon Madonna paid Downtown Boxing Gym a visit June 4, and spent time with DBG’s student athletes. “It was a complete surprise, and a welcome one,” said Jessica Hauser, executive director. “We’ve never had such a high profile visitor and it is an honor to have her show interest in the work we do every day.” Madonna posted two photos of some of the students to her Instagram account with the hashtags ...

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EMEAC announces Our Power Detroit 2014 campaign

The East Michigan Environmental Action Council will host Our Power Detroit, a three-day gathering of youth, students and young adults from frontline communities to strategize on how to scale up youth leadership in the environmental/climate justice movements and bring about a just transition from an exploitative polluting economy to a just and healthy one. ...

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WATCH: Candidate for Wayne County Executive Warren Evans talks about fatal shooting while DPD chief

Warren Evans, candidate for Wayne County Executive and former Detroit Police Chief, spoke with the Michigan Citizen about his campaign June 5. During the interview Evans answered questions regarding the police raid that led to the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones in 2010, while he was chief. Evans said the use of flash grenades during the raid was a procedural problem that needed to be fixed. "There ...

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Walter P. Reuther Library receives grant from NHPRC to expand discovery and access to oral histories

Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs was recently awarded a grant totaling $109,152 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to facilitate the discovery and promotion of 1,660 oral histories of individuals directly involved in the labor, civil rights and social justice movements, among other important historical developments. ...

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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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