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Fact, fiction and the assault on democracy

The majority of Detroiters are outraged over Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s latest utterance. By now, most of the city knows that in a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Detroit Emergency Manger (DEM) Orr claimed much of “Detroit's dysfunction” is “due to simple complacency. For a long time, the city was dumb, lazy, happy and rich.” This statement has justly sparked protests and demands for an apology. ...

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Detroit’s bankruptcy and resilience

Detroit’s financial bankruptcy didn’t happen overnight — or by accident. Racism played a huge role. During World War II, great numbers of blacks migrated to Detroit and other northern cities because the March on Washington Movement led by A. Philip Randolph had forced President Roosevelt to issue Executive Order 8802 banning discrimination in the defense industry. After the war, whites migrated to the subur ...

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Streetcars and highway-widening projects paving the way for injustice

Detroit has long struggled with access to transportation. The two main transportation projects recently introduced to the city do not appear to offer any reprieve. As a representative of East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC), I regularly attend North End Woodward Community Coalition meetings. There, I witness testimony of Detroiters who have waited for over an hour for a bus; people who have lo ...

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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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