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‘Hands off’ Belle Isle

Residents rally to maintain ownership of ‘city jewel’ By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Several hundred people attended an Aug. 1 “Hands Off Our Island” rally on Belle Isle. The rally, organized by Detroit City Council members Kwame Kenyatta, Brenda Jones, and JoAnn Watson, was held at the band shell. The three council members message to attendees was say, ‘no’ to a 99-year lease, s ...

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Obama: ‘We can’t forget about’ Black homicides

President Barack Obama greets NUL President Marc Morial. NUL PHOTO By Hazel Trice EdneyTrice Edney News Wire LOUISIANA—Applauded by a wildly enthusiastic crowd at the National Urban League convention in New Orleans, President Obama — in a rare moment — spoke of the war-level violence in Black communities. And, defying critics, he also seized the opportunity to say specifically what he has done for Black peo ...

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Inaccurate presumptions?

By Shea HowellThis week Mike Score released an open letter to the community about Hantz Farms. Tina Basset of Basset & Basset Incorporated forwarded a copy of the letter to me, with the following comment: “I have been reading your columns in The Michigan Citizen and wanted to be sure you saw Mike Score’s open letter to the community.  In all fairness, it should run in full in The Michigan Citizen.  Many of ...

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Peters, Clarke run in the 14th

Hansen Clarke and Gary Peters By Marcus WrightSpecial to the Michigan CitizenDETROIT — Congressman Hansen Clarke and Congressman Gary Peters are running for the 14th Congressional seat along with Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and three others. Remapped so that at least one Democrat will lose a seat in Congress, the new 14th is an oddly shaped map that extends through the Grosse Pointes, Detroit, Hamtramc ...

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The 4th District

Carol Banks and Adam Hollier The newly drawn 4th state district has attracted more candidates than any other. Eight of the 11 candidates in the race are Detroit residents, the other three are from Hamtramck. With the exception of one Republican, all are running as Democrats. With less than two weeks to the primary election, Aug. 7, The Michigan Citizen was able interview three candidates to discuss their ca ...

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State reps facing new districts

Rashida Tlaib, John Olumba, Jimmy Womack By Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — As the political party in control of the legislature, state Republicans spearheaded the redistricting process following the 2010 census. A 2011 federal discrimination lawsuit resulted, headed by the NAACP, citing violations to the voting rights of African American communities across the state.In Detroit, the redrawn li ...

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‘67 uprising hurt Black people, elders say

Elmus Burks, Dorothy Wilson, James Hendrix The 1967 Detroit uprising began in the early morning hours on Sunday, July 23, 1967. The precipitating event was a police raid on an after-hours bar on the corner of 12th (today Rosa Parks Boulevard) and Clairmount. Police confrontations with patrons and observers on the street evolved into a rebellion lasting five days. Gov. George Romney ordered the Michigan Nati ...

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VOTE AUGUST 7th

John Conyers, Bert Johnson, Shanelle Jackson 13th Congressional DistrictDETROIT — As we near the August 7 primary, citizens in Michigan’s new 13th Congressional District have turned their attention to four Democratic candidates, U.S. Representative John Conyers, State Senator Bert Johnson, State Representative Shanelle Jackson, State Senator Glenn Anderson and John Goci, a school board member in Westland. T ...

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Land values

By Shea HowellSpecial to the Michigan CitizenHantz Farms is pushing its efforts to steamroll Detroit’s City Council. They have been meeting with local organizations, churches and individuals to gain support for their proposal. In some ways, this effort is not new. John Hantz has been going to local groups for over two years, talking about his plans. Actually he has been sending Mike Score to do most of the ...

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EM ‘inflates’ numbers

By Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan Citizen”DETROIT — Detroit Public Schools (DPS) emergency manager and Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) board chairman Roy Roberts is “inflating” his administrative success, according to a new study. Despite promises otherwise, the EM is directing more resources to his administration than the classroom.Roberts has consistently criticized DPS bureaucracy, saying it direct ...

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