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Joint Press Statement by Special Rapporteur on visit to Detroit Oct 18-20

Upon invitation from civil society organizations, we visited the city of Detroit (Michigan - USA) from 18 to 20 October 2014. The purpose of this informal visit was to learn more about the impact of water disconnections on the living conditions of individuals and households and on their human rights to water, sanitation and housing, and to discuss international standards on human rights. During the visit, w ...

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Black farmers and urban growers promote power and sovereignty at Detroit conference

By Kibibi Blount-Dorn Special to The Michigan Citizen In the tiny town of Covert, near the eastern banks of Lake Michigan, Barbara Norman farms 53 acres of blueberries on land her family has owned and cultivated for six generations. As African American farmers, Norman’s family has a strong sense of identity — one deeply rooted in the land they have farmed since the 1930s. She remembers her grandfather’s fav ...

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Legal aid group to host free legal clinic

Staff report DETROIT — Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. is offering the public a free outreach clinic on civil legal services for income-eligible residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, Oct. 15, from 1-4 p.m. at Mack Alive, Inc. CommunityResource Center (3746 Fischer St.). Organizers ask attendees to bring copies of their documents and register before 2 p.m., as a LAD attorney will assist o ...

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Detroit EM transfers authority to mayor, council

After two days of closed door meetings with the City Council and Mayor Mike Duggan, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has transferred all authority back to the executive and legislative branches. Late in the afternoon, Sept. 25, following a public hearing Orr signed Order 42 to Address Issues Relating the the Conclusion of the Emergency Manager's Tenure and Transfer of City Operations. ...

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