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Conyers’ legacy, position at risk

Congressman John Conyers is poised to be the most senior member of Congress, the top U.S. House Judiciary Committee Democrat and the dean of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). If reelected, Congressman Conyers, who has served 50 years, would accrue all the benefits of the longest serving members. Yet, the veteran congressman is not currently on the August primary ballot, and is thus embarking on a campai ...

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Detroit Raw

There was no little red book for the American revolutionary who dared to organize and challenge multinational corporations and their company unions in the 1960s. The book was written as the movement undertook actions to liberate and vest the worker with new found collective self-esteem borne of struggle and a fair share of respect, which greedy profiteers would hoard until the workforce was broken into subm ...

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Michigan fast-food workers join international call for a $15 wage

While high profile morning protests and strikes took place May 15 at McDonald’s restaurants in Pontiac, Lansing, Detroit and Flint, smaller walkouts happened in at least two dozen Michigan cities, organizers said. Workers from all the major brands — from Subway to Burger King to Wendy’s — joined in the worldwide rally for wages that took place in 150 cities nationwide and at least 33 countries. ...

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Whose island? Not Penske’s island

Reports flashed across Facebook on Mother’s Day, despite the beautiful weather, no one was on Belle Isle. What a contrast to years previous and city folk’s habits. Could the reason be state police harassment? The acres and acres of concrete covering the western half of the island? Or a combination of both? For sure, Detroiters were absent on the island while crowds thronged to the Riverwalk. Thousands were ...

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‘EAA caught overspending on travel, gas, new furniture’

A “waste and abuse of power,” is what Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson called spending done by officials at the Educational Achievement Authority Following a May 12, Detroit News report on Gov. Snyder’s state created experimental district exposing excess spending by the cash-strapped district, Johnson said. ”Spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on things like personal chauffeurs and new IKEA ...

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Fired teacher is collateral damage

A fight inside a classroom May 1 at the Educational Achievement Authority’s Pershing High School led to the termination of a teacher and is the latest problem in Gov. Rick Snyder’s failing experimental district. Tiffani Eaton, 31, was fired, “effective immediately” when a mobile phone video surfaced showing the English teacher swatting a student with a broom to break up the fight. “After performing a thorou ...

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