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Loan Board sides with EM in sale of Southwestern

The law is the law, but not always — especially when emergency management is involved, or so members of the elected Detroit Board of Education discovered Feb. 28 in a hearing before the state’s Emergency Loan Board on the future of the former Southwestern High school building, a Detroit public school. Southwestern sits close to the new bridge, the New International Trade Crossing, planned by Gov Rick Snyder ...

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Appreciating the bargain

DetroitEmergency Manger Kevyn Orr’s grand bargain is unraveling. His Disclosure Statement and Plan of Adjustment offer little of substance. For anyone familiar with Michigan politics, the plan reads like a longwinded reiteration of the dreams of the Mackinac Policy Institute. Commentators from the hallowed halls of the New York Times to the chilly rooms of Historic King Solomon Church on Detroit’s west side ...

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State of Black Detroit focus: Economic and political power

Grow Black businesses, control communication and education, do “Jehovah Witness style politics,” stop begging, use the resources at hand, reach out to the youth, take care of your household and love yourself — and one another. The messages of empowerment were greeted with applause and enthusiasm by Detroiters weary of state imposed emergency management and the bleak future promised by bankruptcy and asset s ...

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PEOPLE’S PLAN VS. ORR’S

A coalition of 38 Detroit organizations joined by citizens, retirees and activists presented a “People’s Plan for Restructuring toward a Sustainable Detroit” at a press conference Feb. 24. The plan envisions financial security and quality community life with details on how to get there. “Detroit’s rebirth will be the result of the people’s unrelenting demand for democratic self-governance, equal access to a ...

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Orr’s plan ignores city’s strengths, sells citizens short

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr submitted his Chapter 9 bankruptcy plan, Feb. 21, for the first time revealing his plans to pay down Detroit debt and restructure the city. The Plan of Adjustment represents Orr’s outline “toward the City’s rehabilitation and recovery from a decades long downward spiral,” according to a press statement. ...

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Toward a People’s Plan

Emergency Manger Kevyn Orr delivered his proposals for exiting bankruptcy to Judge Steven Rhodes Feb. 21. Called “The Plan of Adjustment,” the document is more than 400-pages long and includes a dense “Disclosure Statement” that describes how Orr aims to restore the city to financial health. The statement promises to lower police response time, restore streetlights and renew blighted neighborhoods. Orr prom ...

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Mayor Chokwe Lumumba joins the ancestors

“Free the Land” Detroit native son Chokwe Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi joined the ancestors Feb. 25, 2014. He was 66. "It is with a heavy heart, that we inform you our beloved brother, civil rights activist, human rights activist and mayor, Chokwe Lumumba has passed away,” said Lumumba’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Safiya Omari in a press statement. The mayor died of heart failure, according to hospital r ...

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‘TRAIN SECURITY GUARDS’

Royal Oak Township resident Mckenzie Cochran, 24, died Jan. 28 at the hands of three security guards at Northland Mall in Southfield. A mobile video shows the three mall cops holding down a hand-cuffed Cochran, pressing his chest against the floor — one has his knee in Cochran’s back — after pepper spraying him. Cochran can be heard saying, “I can’t breathe.” One of the guards responds, “If you can talk, yo ...

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Michael Dunn verdict seen as another permit to kill Black men

Civil rights leaders are shaking their heads and demanding justice after a jury verdict once again appeared to let the killer of a young Black man off the hook. Michael Dunn could actually face decades in prison as he was found guilty, Feb. 15, of three counts of attempted murder and one count of firing into an occupied vehicle. But, because the Jacksonville, Fla., jury did not reach a verdict on a charge o ...

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