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Detroit’s North End residents gather to re-imagine Oakland Avenue with art, food and ideas

“This is our community. We’re getting ready to build it, so touch, feel, imagine what it is with positive words and things that you need to have and things that are functional for us,” said Reshounn Foster, a community contributor to OAAC, as she looked over the model inside the Red Door Gallery and urged attendees to leave written feedback on the model using sticky notes. ...

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Action in low-turnout primary

By Phreddy Wischusen  The Michigan Citizen Amid otherwise predictable state-wide primary voting Aug. 5, two results standout. Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence won a tight three-way race to gain the Democratic nomination in the 14th U.S. Congressional District, narrowly defeating Rudy Hobbs and distancing former Congressman Hansen Clarke. Secondly, a Wayne County school millage proposal was not approved, des ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Spurred on by the not-so-subtle support of the Queen of Detroit talk radio, Mildred Gaddis, and the unabashedly GOTV effort of the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, coupled with the tactical advice and dollars from Emily’s List, Mayor Lawrence will be addressed as “Congresswoman Lawrence” henceforth. ...

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Salvation Army deal threatens Lipke Park

Over 300 citizens rallied July 25 in Lipke Park to organize and protest the pending deal for the park worked out behind closed doors between the Mayor Mike Duggan administration, district councilperson Scott Benson and the Salvation Army represented by McDonald’s owner Errol Service. The 15-acre site, with a 10-year-old recreation center was fully functional when Mayor Dave Bing shut it down in October 2012 ...

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Black men: No progress since 1974

Black men are no better off than they were more than 40 years ago, due to mass incarceration and job losses suffered during the Great Recession, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Chicago. Derek Neal and Armin Rick, the co-authors of the study, found reforms in the criminal justice system at the state-level largely contributed to disparities in arrests and incarceration rates that ...

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Collapsed pause

The move toward bankruptcy in Detroit is complicated and complex. The most direct way to understand what is happening is a slogan being used by some local community advocates. “First they shut off our democracy, and then they shut off our water.” The continuing crisis in the lives of people caused by the willful pursuit of shutoffs in spite of a massive national and international outcry shows the real value ...

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