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The lies about ‘illegal immigration’

In a recent conversation, a colleague expressed great indignation about “illegal immigration” and how all those Latinos smuggling themselves into the United States “are taking jobs away from Black folks.” She thus joined many other people in this country who refuse to recognize one basic fact: There is absolutely no way that millions of people can be smuggled into this country. If that many people are enter ...

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Why Warren Evans should be the next county executive

Without a doubt, the two most important jobs in Wayne County are the mayor of Detroit and the Wayne County Executive. The recent election of Mike Duggan as Detroit mayor has radically changed the political dynamics of the region. After nearly a decade of the state’s largest city being bogged down in scandal and profound fiscal mismanagement, there appears to be a bit of light at the end of the Motor City tu ...

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Deals with the devil?

When the Koch Foundation gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, it set off a maelstrom of comments in cyberspace and real time. How dare the UNCF take money from the Koch brothers, some asked. They ought to send it back, said others. One woman told me she would never give to UNCF again because of the Koch donation. Another says the Koch donation changes her perception of UNCF. The donation will pro ...

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Gentrification, assaults on the poor and on women’s rights are hate crimes

Here in “ground zero” Detroit, we are aware discriminatory bullying (Republican classism) is victimizing the majority of U.S. citizens and people of color in particular. Moreover, a lot of us see that — short of civil war — the only way we can recover popular control of “the system” and restore some semblance of justice is to peacefully identify and eradicate the cause of our common distress. In Detroit, we ...

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Perceptions of equality

A recent interview of Morgan Freeman by CNN host Don Lemon lit a firestorm of conversation. Freeman argued that his personal success, and that of Lemon’s, made it clear that racism was not a factor in closing America’s growing problem of inequality. Freeman argued inequality was a crisis because a vibrant middle class was needed for the growth of the economy and stability of society, and the current chasm b ...

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Lawless Thugs III

In a stunning development, a conspiracy of silence has been discovered that proves just about all the players in the city of Detroit bankruptcy case are breaking the law. This is a serious allegation that deserves careful consideration before asserting. Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has repeatedly stated the reason for declaring Detroit bankrupt is due to an $18 billion debt. It has been demonstrated ...

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Discarding our youth

As young people graduate from high school, or finish the school year as sophomores and juniors, they begin to search for summer jobs. For the past several summers, the jobs have not been available, and this summer will be no different. Economists are projecting a better employment situation for those college graduates who are entering the labor market now, but high school graduates who must save money for c ...

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Lawrence Urban Agenda will help to strengthen Greater Detroit

Detroit and our surrounding cities are in a fight for survival. Unfortunately, many policies that are decided in Washington, D.C., make our fight even harder. To boost Detroit, Southfield, Pontiac, Oak Park and all of our urban areas at the federal level, I’ve set forth a plan of action. My robust plan to strengthen and support each of the 18 communities that make up Michigan’s 14th Congressional District i ...

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Wayne County Transit: Time to Move

It’s time for Wayne County to get moving. As anyone who lives here knows, metro Detroit has fewer public transit options than any other major urban area in the country. A lack of reliable public transit makes it harder for workers to connect to jobs. It also stifles business growth while adding congestion to our roads and pollution to our environment. After many years of false starts, we’re making progress. ...

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LBJ’s legacy under assault

Fifty years later, former President Lyndon Johnson got the tribute he more than earned. Four presidents praised his contribution. The Great Society, the War on Poverty, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act opened doors that had been locked. “I lived out the promise of LBJ’s efforts,” said President Obama, rejecting the cynicism of those who would dismantle Medicare and food stamps — signature LBJ ...

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