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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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Judge to rule on EM’s powers to name Library Commissioners

Wayne County Third Circuit Court Judge Annette Berry told attorneys for former Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts and elected board members July 19 that she will issue a written ruling on whether the EM has power to appoint members of the Library Commission. It is a point Berry ruled on earlier when DPS was under Public Act 72, the preceding emergency manager law to Public Act 436. Then, s ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

The U.S. marshal was taciturn, polite, no Dale Carnegie wannabe, as she dutifully queried Rev. Charles Williams II of the National Action Network (NAN) about NAN plans to shut down Detroit’s Fort Street between Shelby and Washington streets for a NAN Justice for Trayvon Rally. The U.S. federal courthouse and the U.S. Department of Justice offices sandwiched the proposed rally site. Rev. Williams explained t ...

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For the future

The decision by Governor Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection came in the midst of grieving in Detroit. The wounds from the acquittal of the killer of Trayvon Martin were all the more painful as they were combined with the inability of the jury to come to a decision in the Aiyana Jones case. ...

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Judge orders Orr to withdraw Chapter 9 filing

PA 436 is unconstitutional and in violation of Article 9 Section 24 of the Michigan Constitution to the extent that it permits the Governor to authorize an emergency manger to proceed under Chapter 9 in any manner which threatens to diminish or impair accrued pension benefits; and PA 436 is to that extent of no force or effect. ...

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Duggan advises Snyder on emergency management

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration including State Treasurer Andy Dillon, Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore and Transformation Manager Richard Baird wrote emails in February discussing the appointment of an emergency manager in Detroit. Mayoral Candidate Mike Duggan, although he says he's against an EM in Detroit, advised the Snyder administration on the appointment. “Duggan’s advice weeks ago when (name wi ...

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From Trayvon Martin to Monica Lewis Patrick

Much of the country mourns the death of Trayvon Martin as the man who killed him was found not guilty on all charges — second-degree murder and manslaughter — and free to return home to his family. One of the most thoughtful responses to this tragedy came from UCLA Professor Robin D. G. Kelley who wrote about the systemic nature of violence in our country and the ideology of white supremacy that requires it ...

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