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Hypocrisy in the Michigan aristocracy: Give us art and the people be damned

Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr was doing all right until he obviously, to some, “stepped outta line.” Talking about a Pandora’s Box being opened, here is one. If ever there was a case of political hypocrisy and blatant demagoguery, it is in the State of Michigan by those who originally cheered for and legislated into action Michigan’s new misguided Emergency Manager Law. ...

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The uneven recovery

Although the overall unemployment rate still exceeds 7 percent and the official Black unemployment rate is greater than 13 percent, there are some who insist there is a robust economic recovery in progress. Indeed, we were declared “post recession” in 2011 based on the definition of recovery as GDP growth for three quarters in a row. ...

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The life of many single mothers

I know I am one of many who can say “I was raised by a single mother.” A recent study by Legal Momentum reminded us that being a single mother can be, and often is, a challenge. It’s easy for one who comes from a two parent home to ask why so many African Americans, especially highly paid athletes, pay tribute to their mothers when the cameras turn to them. It’s almost 100 percent certain when one of us rec ...

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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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