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‘Kevyn Orr has to go’

Over 30 members of Detroit clergy and community leaders held a press conference Aug. 6 calling for the removal of Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr from his position. Led by Rev. Tellis Chapman, pastor of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, where the press conference was held, speaker after speaker said they wanted Orr to be removed from office following his derogatory comments in a recent Wall Street Jour ...

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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TO BANKRUPTCY TIMELINE

Nov. 2009 - After months of corporate media endorsing Franklin resident Dave Bing for mayor, he wins. Tom Barrow challenges the outcome, but 59,135 ballots cannot be recounted. Bing seated. In his term, he privatizes Workforce Development and Health Department, fails an effort to take over the schools and implements Detroit Works Project (now Detroit Future City) to downsize the city. ...

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THE CITY OF DETROIT HAS NOT FILED BANKRUPTCY!

Let’s get one thing straight, the city of Detroit has not filed for municipal bankruptcy. The emergency manager (EM) filed the bankruptcy petition, and he is an appointee of the governor of the state of Michigan based on Act 436 — a law formerly known as PA 4 —which was repealed by 2.3 million Michigan citizens statewide on Nov. 6, 2012. The EM is only accountable to the governor, the EM only answers to the ...

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EAA retaliates against Brooke Harris, ACLU charges

Criticizing the Educational Achievement Authority has been costly for Brooke Harris, an English teacher at Mumford High School, who is waiting to hear whether she has a job or not. Mumford is one of the Detroit schools taken by Gov. Rick Snyder to create the EAA — the state run district for “failing” schools. The EAA is charging Harris for “directly encouraging” a student walkout at Mumford on June 13. Harr ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

What if we had to write-in the name of the person that we want to be the next mayor of Detroit? In this age of instant gratification — pleeez don’t make me think, click of a button and I’m there — to actually write anything is a daunting task and you want me to pencil fill in that little circle ... We don’t even write love letters.We Instagram, we e-mail, we tweet, we Facebook and we text endlessly but to p ...

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The politics of participation: Who gets the upper hand?

The electoral dynamics and demographics of Detroit are changing. “I can tell you, as a rough estimate, there are 8,300 college educated people (living in Detroit) under the age of 35 who are not registered to vote (in Detroit). I got that from a third party media marketing company. I can’t tell you who that is, but I trust it,” says Allison Kriger, co-founder of Vote Detroit. ...

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Emerging future

Now that the emergency manager has filed for bankruptcy, the national media has become fascinated with Detroit. The city corporate media describes has little to do with the one most of us know and love. The New York Times portrays us as crime-ridden, corrupt, unable to provide basic services and on the brink of selling the family jewels to pay the bills. ...

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Hip hop programs to provide summer education for local youth

Often overlooked as a teaching tool, several education programs for youth throughout Detroit have been incorporating hip hop culture as an opportunity to learn new skills. This summer, hip hop is teaching young boys and girls in a unique and engaging learning alternative. The programs not only focus on teaching students hip hop arts, including dance, lyric writing, music production and visual arts, but also ...

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‘MORAL BANKRUPTCY’

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr stopped paying the city’s bills in early June, letting city debt grow. At the same time, he is paying his former law partners and consultants millions from an alleged cash-strapped city. To date, Orr — with the aid of six City Council members Charles Pugh, Gary Brown, Saunteel Jenkins, Kenneth Cockrel Jr., Andre Spivey and James Tate — has committed the city to spending $22 milli ...

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Bankruptcy birthed in Snyder’s office

E-mails between Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration, Kevyn Orr and Jones Day law firm reveal the governor’s early plan to take Detroit into bankruptcy before City Council approved any of the steps or the mayor made the choices public. The timeline also raises questions of Jones Day having an unfair advantage in the Request for Proposal (RFP) selection process. ...

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