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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Prisons don’t work. But incarceration of human expendables makes some ignorant azz white folk feel good, especially those making billions off the prison-industrial complex. KMA. It took President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Holder a while to say out loud and implement into official policy what both knew when they were first sworn into their respective offices but dared not say aloud — especially during ...

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‘Direct action works’

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has ordered petroleum coke piles, owned by the right-wing billionaire cabal Koch Brothers, now stored on the banks of the Detroit River be removed by Aug. 27. Bing also ordered the piles of the toxic pet coke, a by-product of the processing of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, be covered until it is removed to prevent dust clouds from littering the homes of Detroit residents. City ...

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Public Values

There is a recurring theme emerging in national news coverage of Detroit. Whatever the writer’s political perspective, all agree that the filing of bankruptcy by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is an indication of their own future, and the future of other cities and towns. Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz wrote recently in the New York Times: “Detroit’s bankruptcy is a reminder of how divided our society has beco ...

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Snyder backs Wayne County Jail relocation proposal

Governor Rick Snyder issued a statement Aug. 14 in support of a proposal to relocate the Wayne County Jail complex to Mound Road, where former Mound Correctional Facility, which closed in January 2012, was located. Gov. Snyder says the proposal recognizes the resurgence of downtown Detroit and the significant economic benefits that would come from having the jail’s prime downtown location available for priv ...

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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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Napoleon, Duggan face off

Mayoral candidate Mike Duggan, spending about $56 per vote, won the top spot in Detroit’s mayoral primary Aug. 6. He beat out 13 candidates including Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, city attorney Krystal Crittendon and Tom Barrow, CPA. Duggan won leading an unprecedented and historic write-in campaign. Incumbent councilmembers Saunteel Jenkins, James Tate, Andre Spivey and Brenda Jones were also top vo ...

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Fact, fiction and the assault on democracy

The majority of Detroiters are outraged over Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s latest utterance. By now, most of the city knows that in a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Detroit Emergency Manger (DEM) Orr claimed much of “Detroit's dysfunction” is “due to simple complacency. For a long time, the city was dumb, lazy, happy and rich.” This statement has justly sparked protests and demands for an apology. ...

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City lawyer says EM in office illegally

City attorney Krystal Crittendon, who was a mayoral candidate in the recent primary election, called Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s comments that Detroiters are “dumb, lazy, happy and rich,” published last week in the Wall Street Journal, a blessing in disguise. “For Orr to go as far as he did to show this level of disrespect for Detroiters is a blessing in disguise … The things that we know certain ...

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DPS board approves $92 million loan

The Detroit Board of Education approved a resolution Aug. 1 to borrow $92 million through a bond sale to cover the cost of the upcoming school year for Detroit Public Schools. All but two board members supported the resolution. Board member Elena Herrada abstained and board member Wanda Redmon voted “no.” ...

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