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NBA players should buy the Clippers

To date, over 75 percent of the league’s players are Black but owners are overwhelmingly white. While few African American have had majority ownership of a NBA team, there have been several minority owners. Team ownership is the next hurdle in economic justice.The model of Black labor and white wealth cannot endure in the National Basketball Association. ...

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McCormick seeks to disqualify two for residency

Monique Baker McCormick is challenging the right of Burton M. Leland and Ramon J. Patrick to compete against her for the seat of District 6 Wayne County Commissioner for northwest Detroit. McCormick is requesting Wayne County Clerk Cathy M. Garrett disqualify the two candidates for not living in the district they want to represent. ...

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CLIPPED! Sterling is not an aberration

An audio recording that captures Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling telling a girlfriend that he doesn’t want African Americans at “my games” ignited a furor. But it’s part and parcel of an increasingly rotten and ugly saga that has become all too familiar in recent days. In quick succession, GOP rocker and pitchman Ted Nugent maligned President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel,” GOP House representa ...

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With mouths taped shut

When the Flint Branch of the ACLU held a panel discussion on emergency management last week, one of participants, activist Claire McClinton, pointed out the event was being held at a site where autoworkers staged a landmark sit-down strike in the 1930s. That action — with workers asserting their rights and making sure their voices were heard — proved to be a pivotal moment in the history of organized labor. ...

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Progressive actions

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has offered almost no structural change in his proposals to move the city toward good financial health. He has slashed city workers, privatized services, and colluded in the sale of public assets for private gains. But he has done little to actually enhance revenue into the city. Other than increasing parking tickets, he has not used his powers to reassess revenue streams ...

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Race is a ‘chronic’ enforcement problem

A recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union shows marijuana laws are enforced unequally for Black and white Americans nationwide. “The War on Marijuana in Black and White” released in March reports that though the percentage of Blacks and whites who use marijuana is virtually identical, African Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested. The 190-page report states, “There were 140,000 mor ...

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Hearing exposes horrors of the EAA

Children being slapped by staff and thrown to the ground, no legally-mandated provisions for special education students, limited supplies and few, if any books, non-functioning or missing computers, kids watching pornography, high teacher turnover, test scores showing students falling further behind, curriculum development left to inexperienced teachers, and a lack of teacher support were among the Educatio ...

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The land, the people

Kathina Carey has mixed feelings about the Hantz Woodlands’ development in her neighborhood on the city’s lower east side. Carey, a Detroit native, described how she’d single-handedly cared for her block on McClellan Street for seven years, using her own money to mow the vacant lots between abandoned homes, and feed homeless neighbors in the area who sometimes went for days without a meal. She was relieved ...

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