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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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DEADLY SHOT ‘NO ACCIDENT’

Shawn Kolonich, a firearms expert for the Michigan State Police, testified Dec. 18 that the shot gun used by Theodore Wafer to shoot and kill Renisha McBride Nov. 1 did not fire by accident. Whether Wafer will face charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter — death by a weapon aimed with intent but without malice, and felony firearm in the death of McBride, 19, was the subject of a preliminary examinatio ...

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‘Follow the money’

Financial experts have come forth to aid the Detroit Board of Education in its battle to discover where public funds are being spent, all in the effort to oust the state-appointed emergency manager. Wayne County Circuit Judge Annette Berry ruled last month the elected board had a right to access the district’s financial software, PeopleSoft. Board members sued the emergency manager to access the financial d ...

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The exploitation of Black athletes

A description of Rice University’s stand-alone major in sports management describes the enormity of the sports business: “Experts conservatively estimate the sport industry at $500 billion a year making it one of the top 10 industries in the nation.” Touting its sports management program, George Washington University in the District of Columbia observes: “No single aspect of our culture receives as much med ...

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Sovereign cities

Cities hold a special place in the development of human beings. Their emergence is linked to the shift from hunting and gathering societies to the development of agriculture. As humans succeeded in agriculture, we were able to develop more permanent settlements and begin the process of specialization and the exchange of goods, services and ideas that gave rise to city life. ...

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DEMOCRATS ‘DISGUST’ DETROITERS

Detroit Democrats say they are disenchanted with Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson after a meeting last week. Johnson was in Detroit outlining a strategy for next year’s gubernatorial race, seeking African American support. However, Johnson has not articulated a relevant platform or collaborated with local leadership, some say. ...

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EAA collapsing

Troubles for Gov. Rick Snyder’s experimental school district, the Education Achievement Authority, appear to be growing. One-fourth of the students are gone this year; there has been a loss of 32 staff members within the first three months of the school year; and a key board member has resigned against a backdrop of ongoing protest against the EAA. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Nelson Mandela understood and was imprisoned for living in a manner consistent with that of which Frederick Douglass spoke in 1857: “If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation … want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters... Power conce ...

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