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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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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Belle Isle: Sacred ground Belle Isle is sacred ground not a race track. I know on this weekend — when the might of the Grand Prix, Roger Penske, and profiteers of white privilege roar round and round on the concrete that has replaced the grass, while white environmentalists roar alongside with their silence — now may not be the best time time to spoil the party. ...

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Scholarships available for Detroit youth rowing

Record-setting collegiate rowing coach John Bancheri is becoming a legend in his sport. Under Bancheri’s leadership, the Grand Valley State University Rowing club women have twice won gold, and men the bronze, at the Head of the Charles Regatta. His rowers have won competitions across the country and across the globe. Now he will take on a guest role leading summer programs and camps for the DetroitWomen’s ...

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Quick action called for on Community Advisory Councils

On April 1, Detroit City Council passed an ordinance allowing the establishment of Community Advisory Council in each of the seven council districts as is called for in the 2012 Detroit City Charter. CACs aim to improve community access to city government and connect resident voices to elected officials through an elected board of community leaders from each council district. Each CAC consists of five elect ...

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Detroit youth transform their community, challenge others

Denby High School seniors have challenged the residents in their community to join the youth in cleaning up and redeveloping their district to have a high quality of life. In March, the students along with volunteers, cleaned up 16 blocks around the school, boarded up 11 vacant homes, and knocked on residents’ doors to advocating for them to join the Denby Alliance. The DA was set up to create blocks clubs ...

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Michigan fast-food workers join international call for a $15 wage

Nine fast-food workers who spontaneously walked off the job at a Detroit McDonald’s the morning of May 15 were among hundreds of fast food workers in Michigan and their supporters rallying for a $15-hourly wage. Protesters also rallied for the right to form a union without interference. While high profile morning protests and strikes took place at McDonald’s restaurants in Pontiac, Lansing, Detroit and Flin ...

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Program begins to help expectant moms

Detroit’s leading health systems, the city of Detroit, Wayne State University and other key partners recently launched the Make Your Date campaign, a new initiative designed to help expectant mothers in Detroit deliver healthy full-term babies. “Carrying her baby to full term is the most important thing a mother can do for the development of her child,” said Mayor Mike Duggan, May 15 at press conference ann ...

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‘No rap, no Hennessey allowed’

There were about 15 or 20 people dancing, playing pool, chatting and having drinks the night of May 15 at the Painted Lady, a dimly-lit Hamtramck dive bar, frequented by metro Detroit rock musicians. Andrew Miller, who was DJing that night, says a few people had even begun singing along to, “Other thing” by Detroit hip hop group The Anonymous featuring Kresge Arts fellows Passalacqua. The crowd’s warm respo ...

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