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Oakman School trashed, documents strewn

Birth certificates, parent permission slips and other sensitive documents are among the papers strewn around the front door of the shuttered Oakman Orthopedic school on the city’s west side. Aliya Moore, parent advocate, has two garbage bags full of documents she rescued from the front lawn of the school after it was closed at the end of school in July. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

I listen a lot more than I speak these days, because I had to learn the hard way there is power in silence and listening. The streets speak loudly if one is willing to shut up and listen to the wisdom bouncing around the potholes of Detroit where degrees and bank accounts are not required. ...

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Blight in our community

Blight is the new word of the day. As federal officials left town in the wake of promises to free up money for Detroit, images of burned out houses and falling down structures dominated discussions of our city. In the selective reporting of mainstream media, we are told Detroit has an unknown number of abandoned houses with estimates ranging between 78,000 and 91,000 homes. The impression is that each of th ...

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Detroit to be in ‘perpetual debt’

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr does not plan to investigate possible fraud, is unaware of a major revenue source for the city and will implement a plan that will put the city on a track to perpetual debt, according to Attorney Jerry Goldberg, Moratorium Now activist. “The city is trying to do a forbearance deal,” Goldberg said in an interview. Moratorium Now is trying to stop Orr’s move to pay off mega banks U ...

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Council meeting gets heated

In the Sept. 24 council session, Asst. Corporation Counsel Lewis Smith stormed out of the meeting after being questioned by Councilwoman JoAnn Watson. Prior to his reaction, the council inquired about a written response from the law department regarding Watson’s request for representation in Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s bankruptcy filing. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

You love saying, “Race doesn’t matter to me…” We are the only people race hasn’t mattered to, who have been enslaved in these United States, and now you are a slave to mainstream media and self hate. KMA. You are that same house fella and girl that helped rebuild the plantation just after the Civil War, because you couldn’t stand a little freedom. But we do battle in the marketplace of ideas in a peaceful n ...

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Resisting the EM

As Rick Snyder campaigns for his second term, people are bombarded with images of the “can do” governor. One image we won’t see is Gov. Snyder meeting with the Detroit elected Board of Education. If the governor had his way, the elected board would pack up and get out of town. That is because the Detroit elected school board has been persistent in its resistance to the emergency manager and to the destructi ...

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RECOUNT PROBES FRAUD

Charges of voter fraud surround the recount of ballots cast in the Aug. 6 primary elections. On Sept. 5, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers accepted eight individual petitions from candidates to recount Detroit’s primary ballots. Those seeking a recount were required to pay $10 per each precinct they wished to see recounted. The Board of Canvassers approved Tom Barrow’s petition to recount over 400 precin ...

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