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Detroiters deserve the right to vote

By D. Etta Wilcoxon Arguably one of America’s darkest secrets is the fact that all African Americans were denied the American right to vote until the conviction, fortitude and desire to be on the “right side of history,” compelled Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and then President Lyndon Banes Johnson to fight for and to realize the 1965 Voting Rights Act. That was then and this is now. In 2009, our current city ...

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A Charter provision to protect legitimate Detroit residents’ interest

Although I can speak only for myself, as a former Detroit Charter Revision Commissioner, I can tell you that the citizens of Detroit aggressively advocated for the one-year residency requirement for anyone seeking elected office at-large or in newly formed council districts. The decision to require that all candidates meet the Detroit City Charter residency requirements at least one year prior to the date o ...

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Do we say white people can’t run Wall Street?

When Wall Street failed and was bailed out by the federal government to the tune of trillions of dollars, did anyone say “white people” don’t know how to run the superduper banks? Or that white people like trillions of dollars of free stuff? How about when GM and Chrysler went bankrupt for $80 billion? No, nobody said that white people are not ready to be in charge of transnational industrial corporations a ...

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Job creation puts us in a ‘Race to the Bottom’

On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on how federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers too little. The hearing was driven by a study from Amy Traub and her colleagues at Demos, a New York-based think tank, that issued a report exposing the many ways that federal contracting often adds to the burden of the ...

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The state of equality and justice in America

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was there, at one of the largest rallies for human rights, that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. King and all those gathered in Washington, D.C., addressed the notion of greater equality and justice in America in a way which could no longer be ignored. ...

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Michigan: Where democracy used to live

One hundred and eighty years ago, in his journey across America to report on “Democracy in America,” the great French writer Alexis de Tocqueville said: “There is hardly a political question in the United States that does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.” Today, we face a major judicial question in the history of our democratic republic. This question is rooted in whether or not every citizen o ...

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Fallout from my Tea Party ‘Taliban’ comment… What is the lesson here?

I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was “the Taliban wing of American politics,” a firestorm erupted. Arguing the IRS was correct to target them for extra scrutiny, I also said, “Here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political” and therefore worthy ...

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