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Oakman can’t close

This is a new era defined by lack of transparency, little fiscal discipline and emergency management. Undoubtedly, the children of Oakman Elementary School will suffer. Oakman, a school for children with special needs, is a wonderful place to send your child. It is one floor with wide hallways, a vibrant parent network and just about 300 students. ...

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Black revolutionary Assata Shakur is no terrorist

When the FBI announced that they were placing fugitive Assata Shakur (Joanne Chesimard) on the list of most wanted terrorists and that they were offering an additional $1 million for her capture, it caught most of the world by complete surprise. Assata has been living quietly in exile in Cuba where she was given political asylum for 30 years. The former member of the Black Liberation Army escaped captivity ...

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Stand up for Detroit, fight Wall Street

Across the country, cities and states are operating under deficit. Public debt is spiraling out of control — millions and billions of dollars owed. Public officials are responding by cutting city services, closing schools or making cuts that negatively impact our schools. All over, police officers, firemen, and the men and women that make our country work are being laid off and long-term benefits are being ...

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Detroit Public Schools is funding EAA

What exactly do the offices of Gov. Rick Snyder, State Treasurer Andy Dillon, Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts, Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) Chancellor John Covington and the EAA Executive Board know about $12 million in loans made to the EAA from Detroit Public Schools? It appears the Gov. Snyder and Treasurer Dillon helped push a loan for their otherwise failing and underfun ...

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Regionalization, Michigan style

The worst fear of every Detroiter is lived out in the new transportation plan that cuts $7 million from the Detroit bus system and gives it to the suburbs — just when Detroit needs it the most. This is an example of what Detroiters — who for all practical purposes have been labeled as insane or incompetent for protesting for the sake of protesting by Detroit’s corporate media — have been talking about. ...

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Own the land: Hip hop, EMs, land and love

It appears that spring has at last arrived in southeast Michigan. Gardeners around the city are eying their backyards, the empty lots and thinking about seeds, greens and growing. The overhanging cloud is the emergency manager (EM); what will happen to the city’s vacant lots, empty blocks and existing community gardens. This past year, residents unsuccessfully protested the Hantz land deal, a gift to corpor ...

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Go to college but be sure to graduate

Bethanie Fisher’s story highlights a growing problem in Black America — improving graduation rates for Black students. College graduation, even with growing mounds of student loan debt, is still one of the better predictors for one’s economic success. Yet, college graduation remains elusive for many Black students. College can actually be detrimental if students accumulate debt but do not graduate. ...

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Connecting struggles

Within the last 10 years, Detroit has closed 130 schools. New York City closed 117 schools. Just this month, Chicago announced the closing of 52 more schools. On the same day Detroit protesters gathered at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to voice opposition to the newly-appointed emergency manager (EM), protestors in Philadelphia gathered in protest to the closing of 26 more public schools and the mayor’s ...

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We’ve only just begun

Mayor Coleman A. Young’s portrait was moved this week from Cobo Hall to Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, as if there was some attempt to honor the legacy of the city’s first Black and longest-serving mayor’s legacy. The move coincided with the first week of Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) Kevin Orr who, along with representatives from the Snyder administration, settled into work on the 11th Floor of the ...

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We don’t have to yell

When Gov. Rick Snyder announced the confirmation of a financial emergency and the imminent appointment of a emergency financial manager (EFM), he said he wouldn’t deal with those who oppose his position by yelling. It must be nice not to have to yell to be heard. Republican policy makers certainly don’t have to. ...

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