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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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