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Beatings in Detroit reveal ‘dual system of compassion’

Poor education. Unemployment. Encouraged vigilantism. These are the issues responsible for the recent beating of a Clinton Township man in Detroit, says the president of Michigan National Action Network Charles Williams III. “We fear more of this can happen,” Williams said at a press conference April 7. “That oppression that causes young men to (beat someone) can put the city in a boiling place. We really n ...

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‘We object!’ (VIDEO)

Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM), Moratorium NOW!, retired city workers and other community members gathered April 1 at the Detroit Federal Courthouse in Detroit to file and voice objections to "the unelected" Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment. Objections focus on devastating cuts on the already meager pensions of Detroit city retirees as well as Orr’s plan’s to privatize cit ...

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Grand Rapids resident aims to bring Black-owned businesses out of the shadows

An ambitious and energetic entrepreneur, Jamiel Robinson looks at areas like Eastown, East Hills and the Wealthy Street district and wants the same for the Southtown area and other minority neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. He envisions vibrant business districts catering to the city’s African American residents, where they can shop, eat, work and live in thriving urban communities. ...

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Hundreds protest EM’s plan

City retiree Amru Meah and his wife Marlisa were among hundreds of demonstrators at the Federal Court in Detroit, April 1 to file and voice objections to Emergency Manger Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment. The Meahs joined the demonstration outside the courthouse led by grassroots organizations Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM) and Moratorium NOW! Coalition to protest Orr’s restructuring plan f ...

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ORR’S CUTS DEVASTATE RETIREES

Belinda Meyers-Florence worked for the city of Detroit for 35 years. A licensed social worker with a master’s degree from Wayne State University, Meyers-Florence spent much of her tenure with the city fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS, treating drug addicts, and helping struggling and jobless Detroiters use federally-funded grants to keep their heat on during Michigan’s harsh winters. Detroit Emergency Manage ...

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Urban radio broadcasts hope for youth

Urban Nation Radio is a web-based radio station that looks to lend a helping hand to urban communities around the country by providing information on becoming successful, staying healthy, and keeping youth focused on study and out of trouble. UNR founder Jason Dixon explained how the station emerged out of a mentoring program at Cass Technical High School. ...

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Our/Detroit

Our/Detroit, a woman-owned vodka distillery, is slated to open this summer in Southwest Detroit. Located inside an old liquor store, the micro-distillery will be a meeting space for the community. “This will give me a space to prove businesses can invigorate communities in unexpected ways,” says Brandi Keeler, 25, one of Our/Detroit’s partners. ...

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BLACK WOMEN ROCK CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

Black Women Rock was the spectacle of the city this past weekend, as many of Detroit’s most dynamic women gathered together at two separate venues to celebrate their feminine strength, beauty and fire through music and dance. Hosted and organized by poet jessica Care moore, the main concert on March 15 at the Charles H. Wright Museum featured six headlining artists, including Wunmi, Imani Uzuri, Tamar-kali, ...

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Free the school, the mind, life, city will follow

Thomas Jefferson said, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr thinks Detroit can’t survive without filing for bankruptcy; activists say emergency management means Detroiters are no longer free; and education has ended for many of us with the attainment of a now-dusty diploma. A group in Hamtramck is fighting the atrophy of the intellect an ...

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