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Conyers’ legacy, position at risk

Congressman John Conyers is poised to be the most senior member of Congress, the top U.S. House Judiciary Committee Democrat and the dean of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). If reelected, Congressman Conyers, who has served 50 years, would accrue all the benefits of the longest serving members. Yet, the veteran congressman is not currently on the August primary ballot, and is thus embarking on a campai ...

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‘Hollywood Craig’ featured in NRA publication

Detroit Police Chief James Craig is making national news, again. This time for his profile in a National Rifle Association publication, America’s 1st Freedom. Craig’s stance on citizens arming and defending themselves, when faced with violence, has attracted the attention of the gun rights organization. In the article, “A show of courage in Detroit” the motor city chief says Detroit has a “culture of violen ...

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Climate challenges

As the economic, political and media elite prepare for their annual gathering on Mackinac Island, they should stop and take a close look at the water. Coast Guard cutters only recently freed it from ice three feet deep. Tim Hygh, the director of the Mackinac Island Convention Bureau said he had never seen anything like the ice encasing the island this winter. “Some of the locals,” he said, “will tell you th ...

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Detroit Raw

There was no little red book for the American revolutionary who dared to organize and challenge multinational corporations and their company unions in the 1960s. The book was written as the movement undertook actions to liberate and vest the worker with new found collective self-esteem borne of struggle and a fair share of respect, which greedy profiteers would hoard until the workforce was broken into subm ...

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Keeping control

The debate currently underway in Lansing is focusing on how long the state will retain control over the city of Detroit. If the legislature is going to contribute more than $350 million to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s so-called “grand bargain” that is part of his bankruptcy plan, then it wants “oversight” long after Orr leaves office. Twenty years of oversight. ...

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Empty houses

Homes left empty by the foreclosure crisis are like open wounds. My neighborhood is no exception. Over the years, we have had our share of abandoned houses, but most found their way to new families. But the foreclosure crisis hit us like a tidal wave. Three years ago, my neighbor of 35 years left her home. A retired Detroit Public Schools teacher, she took out a loan to fix her roof, build a new garage, and ...

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Recall fight lands Pinkney under arrest

Reverend Edward Pinkney is a prisoner in his own home. At the request of Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic, the Berrien County Court ordered Pinkney arrested April 25 on five felony counts of election fraud, set bail at $300,000, forbade him to leave his Benton Harbor home and put Pinkney on a mechanical tether to make sure he stays there. Pinkney said he is not even allowed to send messages on his compu ...

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‘Mayday’ Panel: Blacks in state of emergency but unaware

Black leaders assembled to discuss what has been declared a state of emergency in the African American community, concluded much of the Black community is unaware of the dire state of affairs around them. We are in a state of emergency, but the Black community senses no emergency,” said Baltimore pastor Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant. “Our danger is we have a generation who doesn’t know how to cry mayday, becaus ...

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Form and substance

Last week, the destructive direction for Detroit being pushed by the corporate elite was on full display. In the courtroom, boardroom and banquet hall, the image of a whiter, wealthier city, governed by fiat was celebrated. First, there was the astonishing courtroom performance of Mike Murphy, arguing for the state of Michigan, to dismiss the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Emergency Manage ...

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Fired teacher is collateral damage

A fight inside a classroom May 1 at the Educational Achievement Authority’s Pershing High School led to the termination of a teacher and is the latest problem in Gov. Rick Snyder’s failing experimental district. Tiffani Eaton, 31, was fired, “effective immediately” when a mobile phone video surfaced showing the English teacher swatting a student with a broom to break up the fight. “After performing a thorou ...

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