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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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Curbing crime on the Avenue of Fashion

Revitalization efforts have not slowed the rise in crime in one prominent Detroit community on the city’s northwest side, according to a state official who represents the area. Neighborhoods between 6 Mile and 8 Mile Roads and between Wyoming Street and Livernois Avenue have seen a spike in carjackings, assaults, robberies, damage to property, and, in some cases, gang activity and drug trafficking near scho ...

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Black biz missing from $3B Detroit redevelopment

African Americans, women and people of color are not participating in $3 billion worth of economic development activity in Detroit, according to the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, headed by Ken Harris. The group held a press conference Sept. 18 calling for greater urban economic participation. Harris says attention needs to be brought to African American, urban, women and minority-owned businesses. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

There is the stench of inevitability in the political air of Detroit, fanned by billionaires Penske and Gilbert. Their dollars and influence have created the presumption of victory for D-U-G-G-A-N. Yep. Now these are two guys who stop at nothing to win — even if it’s a car race where the Penske team has been whacked for cheating, and Gilbert cheated with an illegal donation to the PAC that fuels D-U-G-G-A-N ...

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Memory and democracy

Just as the mainstream media rushed to foster myths and misinformation to justify the state takeover of Detroit, it is rushing to rewrite current history. We are being told that all elected city government was incompetent and bureaucratic. Hantz Farms/Woodlands is the prime example used by the mainstream media to illustrate bureaucratic delay. In a recent article extolling the virtues of an emergency manage ...

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Detroit: No stop-and-frisk here

Detroit Police Chief James Craig’s implementation of the stop-and-frisk policy has local organizations concerned. Human rights organizations including the Michigan National Action Network, Council on American Islamic Relations Michigan (CAIR-MI), Alliance for Immigrants and the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality convened at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan Sept. 5 to discuss the ...

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Diversity denied

Gov. Rick Snyder needs a dashboard to measure the state’s efforts at diversity and inclusion. Michigan’s dashboards measure the state’s effectiveness in key areas including economic strength and quality of life. Observers say the state should also measure its efforts to include women, African Americans and people of color. In the next few years, billions of dollars will be spent in Detroit — trash collectio ...

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Bankruptcy: Detroit warns the nation

“Detroit deserves better than this,” Michigan Congressman John Conyers (D) told over 300 people at a recent forum. Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, convened the Sept. 7 forum to discuss the implications of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing. He says there’s been too little public discussion on the issue and “no accountability for the momentous decisions being made” under emergency ma ...

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Passionate fight

The resistance to Emergency Managers is growing. The Honorable John Conyers convened a public forum to discuss the role of Emergency Managers and Detroit EM Kevyn Orr’s bankruptcy filing. The forum was hosted by scholar and commentator Michael Eric Dyson and brought together politicians, preachers, professors, union leaders and lawyers to provide a broad understanding of the “extraordinary consequences” of ...

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