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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

The not so “Great Gatsby” film was a celebration of whiteness and class bias. Damn, “Gatsby” reminded me of what is happening to the city of Detroit right now. White folk are cheering and partying, flaunting the law of the land pouring ‘em down, while their minstrel Emergency Manager has the stage. Bright media driven lights bounce all around the democracy destroying event of our times as we listen to the d ...

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Reporting out

The Office of the Emergency Manager issued its Financial and Operating Plan for the City of Detroit. It is a limited document. As predicted, it states Detroit is in financial trouble. It repeats the concern for the $15 billion in long-term debt and adds that the city was out of money as of April 26, having $64 million in cash but $226 million in obligations. It goes on to tell us that much of the city is “d ...

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‘EAA cheats students’

“A different system for a different outcome” is the motto of the experimental state-run Education Achievement Authority (EAA) schools. Created by Gov. Rick Snyder using Detroit students, buildings and resources, including a $12 million loan, the EAA is now in its first year. Detroit parents, education professors and advocates have questioned the quality of the program since its beginning. Now, it seems, eve ...

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Moratorium NOW!: ‘Make the Banks Pay’

“We can find one banker and put that banker in jail!” With those comments, Rev. Ed Rowe, pastor at Central United Methodist Church, directed the focus of the May 4 People’s Assembly to Make Banks Pay Detroit for the Destruction They’ve Caused. Over 250 people heard Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs explain the banks’ criminal activity and how Detroit’s emergency ...

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Don’t ignore women for mayor!

Folk in mainstream media have mastered the art of looking and sounding as if they might really know WTF is going on. These jerks anoint leadership with a few clicks of the keyboard as they cut and paste their way up the journalistic dead end career ladder. Before the first suspect poll was foisted upon us in the sluggish jog for mayor of Detroit, two guys were scrounged up as sure to get through the primary ...

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What matters

Sometimes the earth slows you down. It is planting time in Detroit. There is a rhythm and focus brought by the turning of the seasons. At long last, the weariness of winter is falling away. Soil must be prepared. Soon seedlings will find their way into the thousands of urban garden and small backyard plots that have made Detroit a global leader in urban agriculture. Such moments of slowing down and finding ...

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EAA uses DPS to survive

In 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder promised that the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) would provide a new, stable, financially responsible set of public schools dedicated to improving outcomes for the lowest achieving schools. The EAA’s brief history has demonstrated it could not exist without Detroit Public Schools (DPS), the district from which EAA was carved, and whose borrowing authority is key to the gover ...

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Urban renewal displaces residents

Recent evictions in the downtown and midtown area send the message to some that the new Detroit does not include many of the old Detroit residents. “This is going to end up like Harlem,” says lifelong Detroiter Betty Scruse. “They’re going to have the best and we’re going to have what’s left.” Scruse, 56, was recently evicted from her apartment at the newly renovated Alden Towers at 8100 East Jefferson. ...

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Students grow organic at Belle Isle Conservatory

Golightly Career and Technical Center Agriscience program is continuing a tradition that began over 30 years ago. Since 1981, students at the Detroit Public School have sold plants at the Belle Isle Conservatory. This year, Golightly students will hold a plant sale May 18-19 and a Community Garden Day May 21. The Golightly students belong to the National FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America), which suppo ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

There were over 60 individuals who had picked up petitions to run for mayor of Detroit when I strolled into City Clerk Janice Winfrey’s abode to pick up stacks of petitions for mayor and council-at-large. It had just been broadcast that ex-mayor Dave Bing had picked up petitions, though he had not stated for sure whether or not he would run again, for his vacated office. Bing was merely exercising his optio ...

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