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Detroit Food 2014

Detroit Food 2014, April 3-4 at Focus: HOPE (1400 Oakman Blvd, Detroit) will focus on racial equity across the food system. The keynote address by food justice activist LaDonna Redmond will be followed by a series of panel discussions and workshops throughout both days. There will be four workshop tracks: Food Systems 101; Policy Boot Camps; Research, Race and Economics; and a special track for young people ...

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Orr’s focus: Balance sheet, crime

For the first time since his appointment by Gov. Rick Snyder in March 2013, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr agreed to sit for an interview with the Michigan Citizen. Orr’s interpersonal and logical skills were evident in the nearly one-and-a-half hour interview. Throughout, he reveals a view of the role of government that places an emphasis on accounting. Orr believes his work should be focused nearly s ...

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Orr: Balance books, improvements follow

(The Mayor and I) see each other every day but we have a standing Thursday meeting where we sit down and go over both what’s happening on his side of operations, my side of restructuring. With city council, it is probably as frequent though less structured, (I met with) council president, I have an open door policy with anyone at council. They have both my personal number and my (cell) phone. And they’re we ...

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Tests show Snyder’s EAA, a failure

Gov. Rick Snyder’s experimental school district, the Education Achievement Authority, is a failure. Release of test data by Michigan Department of Education reveals the EAA is failing not only the “failing” students it was created to serve, but it is failing students who previously were proficient. Tom Pedroni, Director of the Detroit Data and Democracy Project and Associate Professor for Curriculum Studies ...

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State of Black Detroit focus: Economic and political power

Hundreds braved the bitter cold and sudden early morning snow shower to hear city leaders discuss the State of Black Detroit, Feb. 27 at the first Michigan Citizen Grits, Politics and the Hard Truth breakfast. A panel discussion with former councilwoman Joann Watson, political veteran Art Blackwell, businessman Rufus Bartell, city lawyer Krystal Crittendon and community organizer Keith Williams discussed po ...

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