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Primary 2012

This primary signals many changes for Detroit. The first being, the city effectively lost a congressional seat to Oakland County. The Congressional Black Caucus also lost a legislator when Gary Peters was elected to the new 14th district. The 14th district, one of the state’s largest Democratic districts, was represented by John Conyers since the 1960s. RoseMary Robinson and John Olumba beat back the corpor ...

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Loss of Black political power

By Virgie Rollins Across the nation, African Americans are losing their political power. Michigan, California, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia are all poised for significant loss of Black legislators due to redistricting and corruption. The U.S. Constitution demands that all 435 House districts be redrawn every 10 years, a situation that has allowed Republicans to use redistricting as a tool ...

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VOTE!

Of course voting is useful. But then again, I don’t put a big glow to it. Voting is about as essential as washing yourself. It’s something you’re supposed to do. Now, you can’t go around bragging, expecting to get props because you voted. That’s stupid. — Chuck D. Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by ...

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A worthless Council, a damaged city

If anyone had any doubts about what the financial stability agreement means for Detroit, self-determination or local leadership, watch how City Council was reminded of their insignificance during this week’s talks over employee cuts. Earlier this week, Mayor Dave Bing announced a 10 percent pay cut and numerous other health care and benefit reductions for city employees. The cuts, in an effort to restructur ...

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Stay vigilant

Despite rosy predictions of Detroit’s rise and improved student achievement, we are doubtful and wary of state intervention. In 1999, Detroit Public Schools had more than a $1.5 billion budget and a functioning school board. Today, we have nearly half that in funding and state efforts to end what is remaining of the once largest district in Michigan. The state took over the schools in the late ‘90s with the ...

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Got your tax bill? Escrow it!

The Republican leadership in the state has launched a full frontal attack on Detroit, specifically, and Black communities around the state. As Rev. D. Alexander Bullock says, emergency management appears to be Gov. Rick Snyder’s urban agenda. Last week, the governor walked out of a meeting with pastors, refusing to answer the question: Are you going to put the question of Public Act 4 (PA4), the emergency m ...

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When in the course …

“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. It is the fourth of July and this nation marks its birth as a nation. African Americans — with few exceptions — were never included ...

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Many lost minds — and hearts

“I think the mayor has lost his mind.” That assessment by Council President Charles Pugh of Mayor Dave Bing is one widely held by Detroiters of not only the mayor, but the Council Five as well. The five — Pugh, with fellow Council members James Tate, Saunteel Jenkins, Ken Cockrel, Jr., and Gary Brown — approved the Consent Agreement (CA)with the state of Michigan that has added millions in expense to the ci ...

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Going rogue

Detroit’s Corporation Counsel Krystal Crittendon has been accused, this week, of going rogue. She has been called incompetent, crazy and just flat-out wrong. All because she, in her position as the city’s top lawyer, asked a court to decide whether the state owed the city of Detroit money. Anyone who wants to do business with, or otherwise engage with the city, must not owe the city, according to the Detroi ...

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New Detroit

There is a plan for Detroit and its outline is beginning to emerge. The executors are Gov. Rick Snyder and former Democratic candidate for governor and current state treasurer Andy Dillon. The Republican legislature is on board. And since council and the mayor signed away much of their authority with the Consent Agreement, there are few stops. In upcoming years, look for Lansing to guide the resources and p ...

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