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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

National Action Network stalwart “Blue”, who took a lot of punches in the ring as a boxer, and Ihekerma Goree, my Facebook friend and NAN loyalist, were among 40 survivors of a horrific bus fire on the Ohio Turnpike that destroyed the bus on which they were riding back to Detroit, after participating in the 50th Anniversary March on Washington. In a Facebook post, Goree said, “I’m glad God gave us a chance ...

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Barrow files for recount

On Aug. 23, Tom Barrow, defeated in the mayoral primary election, filed a petition to recount the Aug. 6 Detroit primary. The 99-page document lists a number of irregularities that Barrow refers to as “crimes” committed during the course of the election cycle. “The entire petition is rife with details concerning potential crimes and other illegalities, as well as substantial fraudulent acts which affected t ...

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The city?

Nearly 50 years ago, James Boggs wrote an essay that startled the country. It was entitled, “The City is the Black Man’s land.” Boggs described the historic pattern of American municipal governments as the place where ethnic groups gathered and developed economic and political power. He explained how cities had been dominated at various times by Irish, Polish or Italian immigrants. With changing demographic ...

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City clerk botches Detroit election

The Wayne County Board of Canvassers did not certify Detroit city elections that held write-in candidate Mike Duggan as the top vote getter in the Aug. 6 primary. The State Board of Canvassers will now decide the Detroit election. The Aug. 20 meeting became lively when Board of Canvassers’ Chairman Carol Arkin read the number of votes officially tallied for Duggan: 23,970. On election night, the Detroit Dep ...

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Duggan’s team cries election fraud

After Wayne County Board of Canvassers found write-in candidate Mike Duggan had almost 20,000 less votes than what was reported on election night, making him the second place primary winner, the Duggan camp responded by accusing his challenger and others of fraud. The Board of Canvassers, during their Aug. 20 meeting, said the Detroit Department of Elections did not follow state guidelines and incorrectly c ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

“The Butler” is a great film to relive those never-ending times of societal and inner turmoil. Race, white power and the impact of direct action on racist institutions and personal relationships make for a consciousness raiser. You love this film, yet can find excuses to dodge the need for direct action to restore democracy to Detroit as we do battle to stop the looting and pillaging of Detroit that is goin ...

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‘Emergency management is racism’

Over 150 people gathered at the Samaritan Center Aug. 17 to resist emergency management in Detroit and other Michigan cities. Organized by Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM), The People’s Forum to End Emergency Management in Michigan brought together lawyers, activists and civil rights leaders to examine the usurpation of democracy in Detroit and create a unified action plan for continued res ...

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Learning lessons

As the process to decide whether or not Detroit can be declared bankrupt grinds on, a number of things are becoming clear. First, Gov. Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr are neither truthful nor transparent. Secret dealings between the governor and Orr were uncovered by one of the many court cases filed to challenge the bankruptcy. Long before any public announcement, the governor had been in stead ...

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Problems with the primary

Defeated mayoral candidate Tom Barrow is challenging the primary election results that placed write-in candidate Mike Duggan as the top challenger in the November general election. Duggan and Clerk Winfrey were the top vote getters in the Aug. 6 primary with 44,395 votes and 57,601votes respectively. In an interview with radio host Angelo Henderson of AM1200 WCHB, Barrow implied the primary results were ill ...

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State ends Black political leadership

With state oversight of the 36th District Court, elected officials in the city of Detroit have been stripped of their power and authority in all units and branches of government. The Detroit Public Schools have been under emergency management since 2009, with the appointment of three different managers. In March of this year, the city of Detroit was appointed an emergency manager whose powers supersede that ...

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