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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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Canadians bring water to waterless Detroit

Maude Barlow, Canadian author and national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, with a delegation of water rights advocates brought 260 gallons of water to Detroiters July 24. Of the 15,000 homes that have had water shut off by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, it is estimated that only 48 percent are back in service. “We came to pay tribute to the people of Detroit,” Barlow said in remarks made at St. Peter ...

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Detroit Raw

I will vote for Elena Herrada, the one candidate Gov. Rick Snyder does not want in Lansing. A mother of four, this life-long Detroiter knows firsthand the challenge of raising a family during tough times in a tough azz city. Still, Elena is the most energetic grandmother to ever seek office that I have known. Elena is running for state representative in the 6th district — my district. There are a number of ...

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Detroit water department places 15-day moratorium on shutoffs

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced July 21 it will suspend its controversial water shutoffs for 15 days. The shutoffs, called a violation of human rights by the U.N., have gained national and international attention. The announcement came following Federal Judge Steven Rhodes’ order for the department and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to come up with a solution to what he called an embarrassm ...

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