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‘Mayday’ Panel: Blacks in state of emergency but unaware

Black leaders assembled to discuss what has been declared a state of emergency in the African American community, concluded much of the Black community is unaware of the dire state of affairs around them. We are in a state of emergency, but the Black community senses no emergency,” said Baltimore pastor Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant. “Our danger is we have a generation who doesn’t know how to cry mayday, becaus ...

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Form and substance

Last week, the destructive direction for Detroit being pushed by the corporate elite was on full display. In the courtroom, boardroom and banquet hall, the image of a whiter, wealthier city, governed by fiat was celebrated. First, there was the astonishing courtroom performance of Mike Murphy, arguing for the state of Michigan, to dismiss the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Emergency Manage ...

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Fired teacher is collateral damage

A fight inside a classroom May 1 at the Educational Achievement Authority’s Pershing High School led to the termination of a teacher and is the latest problem in Gov. Rick Snyder’s failing experimental district. Tiffani Eaton, 31, was fired, “effective immediately” when a mobile phone video surfaced showing the English teacher swatting a student with a broom to break up the fight. “After performing a thorou ...

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NBA players should buy the Clippers

To date, over 75 percent of the league’s players are Black but owners are overwhelmingly white. While few African American have had majority ownership of a NBA team, there have been several minority owners. Team ownership is the next hurdle in economic justice.The model of Black labor and white wealth cannot endure in the National Basketball Association. ...

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McCormick seeks to disqualify two for residency

Monique Baker McCormick is challenging the right of Burton M. Leland and Ramon J. Patrick to compete against her for the seat of District 6 Wayne County Commissioner for northwest Detroit. McCormick is requesting Wayne County Clerk Cathy M. Garrett disqualify the two candidates for not living in the district they want to represent. ...

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CLIPPED! Sterling is not an aberration

An audio recording that captures Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling telling a girlfriend that he doesn’t want African Americans at “my games” ignited a furor. But it’s part and parcel of an increasingly rotten and ugly saga that has become all too familiar in recent days. In quick succession, GOP rocker and pitchman Ted Nugent maligned President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel,” GOP House representa ...

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With mouths taped shut

When the Flint Branch of the ACLU held a panel discussion on emergency management last week, one of participants, activist Claire McClinton, pointed out the event was being held at a site where autoworkers staged a landmark sit-down strike in the 1930s. That action — with workers asserting their rights and making sure their voices were heard — proved to be a pivotal moment in the history of organized labor. ...

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Progressive actions

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has offered almost no structural change in his proposals to move the city toward good financial health. He has slashed city workers, privatized services, and colluded in the sale of public assets for private gains. But he has done little to actually enhance revenue into the city. Other than increasing parking tickets, he has not used his powers to reassess revenue streams ...

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