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‘City plan ignores pollution’

“It’s been a long, long time coming but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.” Sam Cooke sang it, and the Detroit Works Project (DWP) quoted it to frame their blueprint for Detroit’s future, “Detroit Future City (DFC),” released in January. However, the Sierra Club says the blueprint is flawed and “fundamentally contradicts the principles of environmental justice.” ...

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EM Roberts asserts power over library commission

“The Detroit Public Library is the last independent city institution in Detroit,” says Russ Bellant, president of the Detroit Library Commission. But Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts seems to be trying to change that. Roberts had previously asserted financial control over Detroit Public Schools, which appoints DPL commissioners, while the Detroit Board of Education maintained control of ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Politicians, preachers, presidents, activists and other purveyors of word banging love to speak of family values and helping American families. Yet, the plight of single moms is given a hopeless-like shrug and is rarely mentioned in the mega prayer missives fired by mega churches with very deep collection plates navigating the satellite and cable broadcasting realms. ...

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Week Three of the Occupation: Bottom Lines

This week, Detroit’s emergency manager (EM) firmed up the foundation of his operation. After reinstating the pay of elected City Council members, the EM announced the Council is welcome to meet, but he has the final say. All decisions are his alone. A few days later, a consulting firm recommended that the City Council be reduced to part time and cut its staff. ...

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Federal lawsuit filed to end EM law

“A local issue but a national struggle,” is how National Action Network president and MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton described Michiganders’ fight against the state’s emergency manager law, Public Act 436. Sharpton joined Detroit, Flint and Pontiac residents March 28 at a press conference on the steps of the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit that claims the law ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Mind snacking while watching Michigan (’77) demolish Florida on the way to B-ball’s Final Four, one of those military commercials dominated the screen as we were assured that our fighting men and women were defending liberty and democracy worldwide — UooRah! Man, that was a patriotic feel-good moment! Then a Detroit mind snack nano Unlike. Hey. we need you guys in Detroit — now — because democracy has taken ...

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Week Two of the Occupation: At the crossroads

Gov. Rick Snyder has stepped up his campaign to convince people that the appointment of an emergency financial manager (EFM) in Detroit is a good thing. He has released a series of YouTube clips, including comments by former City Council member Sheila Cockrel, various “young professionals” and Rev. Jerome Warfield, chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners. All echo the same theme that city services fro ...

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