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‘The fight for Oakman School’ in Detroit

oakman documentary to show“Because They Could: The Fight for Oakman School” is a locally produced documentary telling the story of the Oakman Orthopedic school closing and the struggle by the community to keep it open. The viewing is scheduled for Sept. 29 at Renaissance High School during the DPS elected school board meeting. Artwork is by Oakman mother and parent group coordinator Alyia Moore. ...

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ANALYSIS: ISIS and US foreign policy: My enemy’s enemy is not my friend

It is important to recognize President Obama’s jingoistic rhetoric was stated primarily for domestic consumption. He has made some Americans feel that their commander–in-chief is taking charge of this situation. But ISIS could really care less. A group of people (ISIS) who have committed their lives to martyrdom will never be frightened or deterred by threats of death. Instead, they will only be inspired. ...

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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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