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NBA players should buy the Clippers

To date, over 75 percent of the league’s players are Black but owners are overwhelmingly white. While few African American have had majority ownership of a NBA team, there have been several minority owners. Team ownership is the next hurdle in economic justice.The model of Black labor and white wealth cannot endure in the National Basketball Association. ...

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Take a tour of 12 Detroit homes for auction

DETROIT — The East English Village Neighborhood Association is hosting a tour of 12 Detroit Land Bank Homes April 27. Anyone interested in purchasing one of the homes available for auction starting at $1000 is encouraged to take the walkable tour between 1– 5 p.m. Buses will also be available to escort potential buyers to each of the homes. The 12 homes will be auctioned (one home per day) starting May 5 at ...

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Hearing exposes horrors of the EAA

Children being slapped by staff and thrown to the ground, no legally-mandated provisions for special education students, limited supplies and few, if any books, non-functioning or missing computers, kids watching pornography, high teacher turnover, test scores showing students falling further behind, curriculum development left to inexperienced teachers, and a lack of teacher support were among the Educatio ...

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We’re all losers after the Supreme Court’s decision in Schuette

There are many individuals and groups in Michigan who lost as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. Schuette is widely misunderstood as being a case about affirmative action. It is not. In fact, it leaves in place Supreme Court law recognizing diversity as a compelling governmental interest and permitting carefully constructed affirmative ...

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Broke? City increases management costs

As Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr takes the city through bankruptcy, many question the amount of money he spends on consultants and aides in both his office and the mayor's. It is estimated that at the end of the bankruptcy -- in five months, the city will have spent $62 million dollars on consultants. To date that number is at approximately $20 million. Orr's former firm Jones Day is contracted to mak ...

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Two Detroits? Gentrification.

Mostly, gentrification has to do with displacement. Wealthier residents move into a community, changing property values and culture. The changes push out residents who have lived and invested for years and generations. Some believe gentrification is — by definition — violent, and, undoubtedly in some cities, gentrification has been ruthless. San Francisco, Harlem, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C. are gentrifyi ...

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Orr wants Manhattan Institute fellow to evaluate his plan

Of all the people in America who might be considered a candidate to evaluate the effectiveness of Detroit’s so-called “plan of adjustment,” Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and a team of lawyers from his former law firm, Jones Day, suggested Harvard economist Edward L Glaeser. Glaeser’s name popped up after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes announced he is considering calling in an expert, or maybe several of ...

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