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The Fate of Emergency Managers in Voters’ Hands

By Yanjie Wang Special to the Michigan Citizen from Capital News Service LANSING — Michigan voters are waiting to decide the fate of Public Act 4 (PA4), known as the “Emergency Manager Law.” Among six ballot proposals in November, proposal 12-1 will ask voters to vote “yes” approving the emergency manager law or vote “no” to repeal the law. Public Act 4 establishes criteria to assess the financial condition ...

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More Than Lights

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press recently wrote about his frustration living in the dark. He wrote, “This is the fourth column I’ve written about this issue this year, and nearly the year mark from when I first noted the lights going out on major thoroughfares around the city. “The lights. Don’t. Work. In what other first-world city on the planet can ...

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Citizen Patrols Needed

Crime is increasing in the city of Detroit. Citizen patrols have been shown to be a deterrent. If your neighborhood does not have a citizen patrol, would you organize one? If your neighborhood already has a citizen patrol, would you volunteer two to three hours a month? We don’t have a citizen patrol in our neighborhood, but we have people who are interested in starting one. I would volunteer to participate ...

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Citizens raise concerns about new charter entities

By Marcus Wight Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Two new City Charter-mandated councils are stalled in a bureaucratic tangle. Both the Community Advisory Councils (CAC) and the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) are mandated by the 2012 Charter but not yet enacted. Residents voiced their concern at a Sept. 17 community meeting hosted by the New North End Woodward Community Coalition. The CACs are ...

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Council approves temporary restraining order, subpoenas mayor

Attempt to block dissolution of health department By Mike Sandula The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Detroit City Council voted unanimously Sept. 18 to seek a temporary restraining order against the dissolution of the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP). The Bing Administration had previously transferred the management and most of the programming of DHWP to the Institute for Population He ...

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Black male students school educators on effective learning

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Teachers, school administrators and education policy experts have lectured at the head of the class for decades while failing to solve the complex equation of the Black male achievement gap. Now, high-performing, young Black males are picking up the chalk. Teachers and school officials should take notes. ...

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Emergent democracy

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen As the election season intensifies, many people are thinking that representative democracy has become an empty idea. Pettiness, lies, distortions and drives for personal power overshadow meaningful public discussion of the problems we face or the potential we have to create something new. At almost every level, the only interests represented seem to be those of ...

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