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My journey as an entrepreneur

I grew up a Detroiter. I walked everyday to Western High School with my brother, Hector, and we enjoyed Clark Park in the winter, ice-skating and drinking hot chocolate. Summer was just as fun: playing tennis, watching my brothers shooting hoops, running the perimeter of the park trying to stay in shape. My parents, Daniel and Lydia Bermudez, were pastors of the local Spanish-speaking church, and by their e ...

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Competent or incapable?

The new watch-words coming from Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr are “competence” and “efficiency.” We are being told he is busy “streamlining” city government. He is eliminating cumbersome bureaucracies. His target this week is City Planning and Development. People who care about the future of the city need to resist this effort to destroy democratic oversight in the name of competence and efficiency. We are ge ...

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Malcolm X: The Farce on Washington

In the midst of the media frenzy around the 1963 March on Washington, history will not absolve us if we ignore Malcolm’s description of the March as “the farce on Washington.” This is because the radical rejection of integration into a society that has reduced human beings to commodities is as much a part of black American history as the liberal struggle to be accepted into it. ...

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Why farmers’ markets are important

Americans have come to know farmers’ markets as outdoor markets that are held so that farmers can sell their fresh produce to consumers. Farmers’ markets are seeing growth both in the United States and also in parts of Europe. They’re known as having flexible standards, with some imposing strict rules for prices, while others allow a more lenient condition for their vendors. A few reasons people shop at far ...

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The city?

Nearly 50 years ago, James Boggs wrote an essay that startled the country. It was entitled, “The City is the Black Man’s land.” Boggs described the historic pattern of American municipal governments as the place where ethnic groups gathered and developed economic and political power. He explained how cities had been dominated at various times by Irish, Polish or Italian immigrants. With changing demographic ...

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