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Duggan launches second super PAC

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is doing what recent Michigan politicians love to do: Establish a new super PAC that surrounds donors and recipients in secrecy. Duggan calls his PAC the Detroit Progress Fund, according to a recent report in Bridge Magazine. Using the fund, Duggan threw himself a birthday party last week with a $1,000-a-head ticket price. This is Duggan’s second super PAC. He raised more than $3 m ...

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Collapsed pause

The move toward bankruptcy in Detroit is complicated and complex. The most direct way to understand what is happening is a slogan being used by some local community advocates. “First they shut off our democracy, and then they shut off our water.” The continuing crisis in the lives of people caused by the willful pursuit of shutoffs in spite of a massive national and international outcry shows the real value ...

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Shut off pause

On July 21, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced a moratorium on water shut offs for 15 days. This announcement came after widespread outrage over their policy of aggressively shutting off the water to people who cannot afford to pay their bills. Mounting local, national and international criticism of the DWSD finally broke through the walls of the bankruptcy court room last week, causing Jud ...

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Water: Reprieve, but no resolution

After at least 17 people were arrested in two separate protests where activists attempted to block crews from going out into Detroit neighborhoods to shut off water to homes… After more than 1,000 people marched down Woodward Avenue chanting “Water is a human right. Fight, fight, fight!”… After the United Nations condemned the city for cutting off water to more than 17,000 homes since March… After the Ameri ...

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Detroit water department places 15-day moratorium on shutoffs

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced July 21 it will suspend its controversial water shutoffs for 15 days. The shutoffs, called a violation of human rights by the U.N., have gained national and international attention. The announcement came following Federal Judge Steven Rhodes’ order for the department and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to come up with a solution to what he called an embarrassm ...

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Distorted reality

One year ago Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed for bankruptcy. It has been a brutal year for the people of Detroit. Step by step we have seen long cherished rights and values trampled on in the name of financial necessity. Public lands have been given away. Generous tax breaks have been handed to developers, while elders have seen their pensions taxed and slashed. People have been threatened. Many have lost ...

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Groups announce plan to boost spending among Blacks

The U.S. Black Chambers and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers are formally partnering to make sure a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remain in Black hands. The partnership was launched last week at the start of USBC’s professional development conference, held at the Marriott Marquis in the District of Colu ...

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‘Water isn’t free’

Despite errors, contradictions, DWSD continues water shutoffs While the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has pursued an increasingly aggressive payment collection/water shutoff campaign over the past few months, media reports have alleged Detroit residents weren’t the only ones behind on their bills. Billionaire stadium owner Mike Ilitch’s company Olympia Development was reportedly also delinquent. Las ...

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