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EM’s failure shuts down DPS Head Start

Because Detroit Public SchoolsEmergency Manager Jack Martin and his staff couldn’t get its application for Head Start funding to the federal government on time, there will be no Head Start in Detroit schools next year, according to elected board President Lamar Lemmons “It is malice of intent or gross incompetence,” Lemmons said in a phone interview. It is part of the “constant school closings and the progr ...

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Detroit Water and Sewerage Department: ‘Water not a human right’

Cleaning up the books at the expense of residents in order to make the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more attractive to potential buyers outside the city is how one Detroiter described the recent mass water shutoffs in the city. “I was on a payment plan,” Joseph Link II told the Michigan Citizen. “My monthly payment was $190. (So when) they set this up, it automatically put me over the amount (where ...

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Beyond pensions

The dictatorial running of our city distorts our ability to think and discuss the kind of future we want for ourselves and our children. Currently, we engage in an outrageously brutal, sham process of public decision-making. Across the country, more than 32,000 individuals are receiving ballots to vote on the future of their retirement plans. This vote is complicated, misleading, unclear and mismanaged. ...

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Detroit Raw

Agnes Hitchcock, the erstwhile founder of Call ‘Em Out, held a “Blacinaw Island” gathering over the weekend with plenty of food and freedom fighting dialogue. The creative session focused on Detroit water shutoffs and direct action tactics. Water shutoff actions by the union-busting democracy-destroying proxies of Koch brothers-supported Gov. Snyder need to be challenged in the world U.N. forum as the city ...

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Protests continue against water shutoffs

“May is drinking water month in Detroit,” read a banner at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in downtown Detroit. But thousands of Detroiters don’t have running water in their homes and the numbers are growing. Demonstrators marched at the DWSD on Randolph St., May 30, to protest the mass water shutoffs of city residents. It’s been over two months since Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced DWSD is ...

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Dr. Maya Angelou joins the ancestors

“With her passing and that of other lights — General Baker, Queen Mother Mabel Williams, Amiri Baraka, Chokwe Lumumba, Vincent Harding — we are witnessing the closing of one era in our struggle for higher humanity, and the dawn of a new time. I am grateful dear Maya will be present in spirit to help us chart the journey.” ...

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Media blackout on banks’ role in Detroit’s financial crisis

Mayor Mike Duggan and Gov. Rick Snyder had nothing but praise last week when banking giant JPMorgan Chase and Co. announced plans to invest, through a combination of loans and grants, $100 million in Detroit over the next five years. “I want to thank and applaud JPMorgan Chase and Co. for their generous investment and long-term commitment to the reinvention of Detroit,” said Snyder. “This multi-year initiat ...

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Fast-food workers arrested at McDonald’s headquarters

Over 100 protesters were arrested May 1 at the national headquarters of McDonalds in Oak Brook, Ill., as more than 1,000 people from across the country demonstrated in favor of raising the minimum wage. Rev. Charles Williams II, president, Michigan National Action Network was one of 40 Detroiters arrested. Workers and activists are raising awareness and urging the McDonald corporation to raise the minimum w ...

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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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