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From the desk of the CEO

I’ve had to make very difficult decisions in 2013 — the kind that challenge you and make you feel uncomfortable. That’s how real leaders grow. Last year, I had to work extra hours every day, including Saturdays. I can’t remember ever working this long or hard. I’ve had to jump into the role of CEO and then as putty to fill in the gaps wherever needed. ...

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On behalf of the city

The carefully constructed claim on competence and legitimacy by Gov. Rick Snyder and his emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, is eroding. The current drama of the proposed Barclays loan to pay off Bank of America and UBS reveals the pattern of this erosion. First, almost no one, even Snyder-Orr supporters, thought the original plan to borrow $350 million to pay $250 million to banks was a good idea. Those of us wh ...

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Moral authority

Detroit begins the new year with a new mayor and city council. For the first time in a century, this council is made up of people who represent seven districts in the city, along with two at-large members. This is the result of extensive citywide discussions establishing political process to reflect the needs of neighborhoods, rather than only the downtown core. ...

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Transforming Detroit involves everyone

Another year has passed and my city continues to suffer. Several notable successes, however, buoy my spirit and give me hope for the future. ! The Urban Agriculture Ordinance was passed, the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework was released, and the Detroit Environmental Agenda was completed. These accomplishments show we are on the right track. ...

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Screenings of ‘American Revolutionary’

In 2013, “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” the documentary directed by Grace Lee (the Grace Lee Project) was shown at many film festivals. Along the way it won the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival; the Best Documentary and Audience Award at the Woodstock Film Festival; the Best Feature Film at the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival; the Audience Award at the San Diego ...

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Whose city?

Whose city? Our city! Whose streets? Our streets! Whose park? Our park! Whose art? Our art! Whose water? Our water! These are the chants punctuating the air outside of the federal court house in Detroit as Judge Steven Rhodes moves the slow process of bankruptcy forward. Sung in a call-and-response fashion, they cut to the heart of the issues facing us. ...

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Boggs Center hosts UM-Dearborn students

Two weeks before Christmas, the Boggs Center hosted a group of University of Michigan-Dearborn students, who are members of Public Allies, an Americorp program dedicated to young-adult leadership development. Public Allies is a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone leads. They believe “everyone can make a difference and can work to inspire more citizens to believe in themselves, step up ...

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