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Different values

Last week, more than100 people gathered at the Church of the Messiah for the March for Peace. It was a spirited gathering, as people walked through the east side neighborhood chanting, “Peace now” and “Silence the violence.” Neighbors stood on porches and clapped along with the drumbeats. High school students danced in the street. Decorated bikes, motorcycles, horses, babies in carriages and elders assisted ...

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Council leaders test ethical boundaries

Council Pro Tem Gary Brown, who announced June 26 he was leaving his seat on Council to become second in command to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s administration as Chief Compliance Officer, is potentially committing an ethics violation. In his new role, which begins July 1, Brown will oversee the daily restructuring for the city, while the EM devotes more time to the city’s debt, Orr said in a statement. ...

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EM trashes HP school library

“I’m not in the library business.” That is how Highland Park Schools Emergency Manager Donald B. Weatherspoon responded to angry citizens demanding to know why he tossed into dumpsters not only books, furniture and equipment from Highland Park High School’s library, but one of the most noted Black History collections of any school in the country. ...

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Supreme Court ruling impacts Michigan voters

“We’re outraged about this decision,” Detroit Chapter NAACP attorney Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Michigan Citizen a day following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to eliminate Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Hollowell says the ruling, made by a conservative court majority, was done in a way that “turns a blind eye” to the country’s history of discrimination in voting. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Mind snacking in the Clique with Michigan National Action Network (NAN) president Rev. Charles Williams II, we were kicking it about the petroleum coke dumping on the banks of the Detroit River by Marathon Oil and the Koch brothers. What a duo that is - aided and abetted - as they use land provided by the owner of the Ambassador Bridge. ...

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Nothing but the name will remain of the city of Detroit, if Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr succeeds with his restructuring proposals. Many of Orr’s initial plans lack originality, coming from city employees, labor unions and plans of action from the controversial Fiscal Stability and Milestone Agreements. ...

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