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Emerging future

Now that the emergency manager has filed for bankruptcy, the national media has become fascinated with Detroit. The city corporate media describes has little to do with the one most of us know and love. The New York Times portrays us as crime-ridden, corrupt, unable to provide basic services and on the brink of selling the family jewels to pay the bills. ...

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Detroit’s bankruptcy filing

Last week’s Detroit’s bankruptcy filing by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr acknowledged the reality that our city, which has been abandoned by millions of families and thousands of businesses, is not financially viable and must re-imagine and re-invent itself. However, the state-appointed emergency manager did not include in his filing the shameful story of how the legislatures of Michigan and other states, whi ...

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For the future

The decision by Governor Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection came in the midst of grieving in Detroit. The wounds from the acquittal of the killer of Trayvon Martin were all the more painful as they were combined with the inability of the jury to come to a decision in the Aiyana Jones case. ...

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Justice for Trayvon Martin?

I believe the question of justice for Trayvon Martin is one of the most profound and challenging questions our country now faces. To begin with, it now requires a federal civil rights trial that focuses on Zimmerman’s racial profiling of Martin, a critical and obvious factor in this tragedy, which the Florida judge excluded from the criminal trial. But justice for Trayvon Martin goes beyond a new trial. It ...

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Access to publicly owned land in Detroit

Just a few short years ago, the issue of vacant land in Detroit garnered international attention. As academics and researchers studied the complexities of America’s older industrial cities, the issue of vacant land took center stage. Everyone wanted to know just how much vacant land existed in the city and the extent of the associated liability. Others wanted to know what the city planned to do with the vac ...

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From Trayvon Martin to Monica Lewis Patrick

Much of the country mourns the death of Trayvon Martin as the man who killed him was found not guilty on all charges — second-degree murder and manslaughter — and free to return home to his family. One of the most thoughtful responses to this tragedy came from UCLA Professor Robin D. G. Kelley who wrote about the systemic nature of violence in our country and the ideology of white supremacy that requires it ...

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Reaffirming self-evident truths

Last year, in the little pamphlet (R)Evolution in the 21st Century, I wrote: “We need to revisit, reaffirm and act on the self-evident truths in the 1776 Declaration of Independence: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; ...

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Collateral damage

The next few weeks will be crucial for the future of Detroit. The possibility of bankruptcy is looming large on the horizon. The emergency manager has reduced the City Council, in violation of the City Charter, by directing them to not fill the vacancies created by the resignations of members Kenyatta and Brown. He has also begun to do battle with the creditors who are mounting their own legal challenges to ...

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“American Revolutionary: Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” Detroit premiere

The turnout for the Detroit premiere of “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” was amazing. All 1,000 seats at the Detroit Institute of Art were filled. Some people were turned away. Listening to the comments of viewers, Barbara Jones (whose father worked at the Chrysler-Jefferson plant and knew Jimmy) observed: ...

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Hunger takes a toll on older adults

Among the 50 million Americans who rely on emergency food from food banks each year, only about 8 percent are adults age 65 or older. However, senior hunger is on the rise and is expected to increase over the next two decades. Demographic shifts and rising health care costs are two factors pushing this trend. ...

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