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Census Bureau: Wages up for Black men, down for Black women

Even though Black men suffer with the highest unemployment rates in the country, during the recovery period following the recession, Black men who worked full-time, year-round experienced a 1.6 percent gain in median earnings, compared to white men whose earnings fell 2.1 percent over the same period. ...

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Finance, Ferguson and Orr

Week 76 of the Occupation of Detroit By Shea Howell Special to The Michigan Citizen  Governor Rick Snyder, his Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and the corporate interests who back them all breathed a sigh of relief last week as Syncora blinked. The bond insurer agreed to support the bankruptcy plan. David Heiman, a Jones Day attorney, told Judge Steven Rhodes these “passionate adversaries” have “laid down the s ...

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What would Coleman Young say?

In his 1994 autobiography written with Lonnie Wheeler, “The Hard Stuff,” Young warned Detroit about what the loss of the water department and other assets would mean for the city. The transfer of DWSD to a suburban authority signifies — as the transfer, outsourcing and outright sale of other city assets — a shifting, or transfer of power from Detroit, resulting in a redistribution of wealth. ...

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EDITORIAL: Republicans, the new minorities with more control

Nationally, the Republican Party has been criticized for leading a number of efforts that have made it harder for young people, poor and people of color to vote including enacting mandatory photo-ID among other regressive efforts. Be clear, the Republican Party is a minority and, according to polls, smaller than it has ever been before. ...

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Charity waters

The city does not need charity. We need solidarity. We, the people of Detroit, have for generations created imaginative, progressive solutions to our problems. We have turned vacant land into gardens and playgrounds, built communities out of vision and hope, and inspired world celebrated music, poetry, art and theater. ...

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