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Detroit Democrats say they are disenchanted with Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson after a meeting last week. Johnson was in Detroit outlining a strategy for next year’s gubernatorial race, seeking African American support. However, Johnson has not articulated a relevant platform or collaborated with local leadership, some say. ...

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Bringing broadband to Detroit

By D. Alexander Bullock In Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech he told the world "100 years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” It has been more than five decades since that dramatic speech and we still see evidence that for many minorities, there is an island of poverty among an ocean of prosperity and wealth. Detroit is a ci ...

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Detroit’s fresh start

Judge Steven Rhodes, who approved Detroit’s emergency manager-led bankruptcy filing, says the city is poised for a fresh start. For those budget-minded folks, the bankruptcy presents an opportunity to get Detroit’s fiscal house in order. EM Kevyn Orr says, “We have to be fair and equitable in our treatment with all creditor classes, whether they’re financial creditors or whether they’re retirees and the lik ...

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Judge backs Snyder, Orr in bankruptcy

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled Dec. 3 is eligible to enter into Chapter 9 bankruptcy. His historic ruling makes Detroit the largest municipality in the country to go bankrupt. In the 140-page opinion, Rhodes stated PA436, the emergency manager law, is not unconstitutional as some have claimed. He also ruled retiree’s pensions are not protected, although he requested a plan of adjustment from Emer ...

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$40 million dollar slaves

During the holidays, sports — particularly football — have a way of taking center stage. The traditional Lions game is on Thanksgiving Day. Currently, Michigan State football fans are excited about a trip to the Big Ten Championship. College basketball has begun. With sports in the air it makes sense to talk about the exploitation of Black athletes. ...

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Wafer receives $250K bond

DEARBORN HEIGHTS — Theodore Wafer was arraigned this afternoon, Nov. 15,  in 20th District Court in Dearborn Heights. He received a $250,000 cash/surety or 10 percent bond.  His preliminary examination will be held Dec. 18.  Wafer’s attorney, Mack Carpenter, asked for bail to be set at $150,000. He told the court, the likelihood of him being a danger to society is very, very small." Wafer, 54, was charged w ...

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Duggan talks on Detroit’s future at community forum

“Companies and communities keep declining because (they) cling to some vision of the city,” Duggan said. “We’re not going to get to the kind of city we want in six months. I do expect in the first six months that people start to feel safer. People will start to see progress on the streetlights and abandoned buildings.” ...

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