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Hantz Questions

John Hantz is pressuring the City Council to sell to him nearly 2,000 vacant lots located on the east side. Last week, in spite of an informal agreement that this deal would be put on hold until the Detroit Agricultural Policy was in place, Rob Anderson, the director of the city’s Planning and Development Department, urged the council committee to approve the deal. The council’s Planning and Economic Develo ...

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DPS, EAA tighten security

Experts say intrusive security at public schools reproduces social inequality By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — “I don’t like it but it is what it is,” one Detroit Public School student said after going through video-monitored metal detectors and being patted down upon entering his school. Many of the districts’ high school students — including DPS and the newly created Educational ...

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GOP pushes statewide school privatization legislation

Billed as education reform, a new Republican measure would give the governor power over an expanded, statewide Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) with power to seize local school district properties and weaken local control. Subject of a legislative hearing Nov. 13, the citizens who traveled to Lansing and who opposed the bill were not allowed to testify on House Bill 6004. ...

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Takeover of city’s water department on hold

Detroit City Council delayed a vote on a no-bid contract Nov. 13 that would take control of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) out of public hands and into the control of the privately owned EMA, Inc. More than 100 citizens from across the Southeastern Michigan region and from as far as Toledo, Ohio filled council chambers in opposition of the contract that Councilwoman Brenda Jones categorize ...

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Election lessons

There is a lot of good news in the election results of 2012, especially for Detroiters. First, voters turned out in record numbers. After a relentless media barrage that portrayed us as uninterested and incapable of making political decisions, Detroiters went to the polls in the highest numbers in over three decades. A record 65.3 percent of active voters cast 289,982 ballots. ...

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Defense group holds off evictions, asks for community support

Occupy Detroit Eviction Defense has recently won two victories fending off imminent eviction. Jerry and Gail Cullors of Detroit’s Rosedale Park received an emergency plea for help Oct. 31. The Cullors have resided at their 14503 Artesian residence for 23 years, living with their son and his grandmother, who is 88 years old and suffers from Alzheimer’s. The family faced eviction from Bank of America. Jerry w ...

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Critical engagement

Once the dust of this election season settles, we in Detroit should prepare ourselves for another onslaught by those determined to reshape our city. The corporate-foundation-government elite have made it clear they have no respect for democratic processes. They will push their agenda to privatize public services and turn public goods into private gain. ...

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