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Passes for Romulus, DIA

By Sam Riddle
Special to the Michigan Citizen

A tweet: “Swag intact handshakes from Prez Obama as he works the aisle. Yep.”

Those that read body language understood the swag-intact handshakes the President delivered as he strolled down that aisle were not mere bravado. The community organizer side of this President is breaking out before us as he makes it clear the Obama administration intends to break the shackles of a do-nothing Congress. President Obama is moving in the right direction to humane minimum wage pay levels as he exercises power around an evil Congress, but there are dollars to go yet before the minimum wage achieves a humane level.

Wouldn’t it be the right thing to do if McDonalds engaged in profit sharing the way Ford does instead of that shallow Mickey D match plan?

In Romulus, the wife of the police chief was convicted of corruption. Minimal media coverage raises issue about race and the Detroit media. No federal charges? No massive media coverage? Why? One writer for the Detroit News had this to say on Facebook: “My guess is because nobody knew these people before the trial. If L. Brooks or Ficano were convicted of this stuff, you can bet there’d be widespread coverage.”  My response: “Being an unknown may be a factor, but there are many more defendants of color that get known when it’s Detroit — especially Black defendants. Matter of fact, if she’d been Black in Romulus, she’d be known damnbetcha.”

You punk haters who dogged us out for standing with our brethren Native American community in the cold at the Oakland County Courthouse are lost souls. KMA. We need to be building coalitions identifying friends and enemies on the basis of behavior not race or skin color.  Goodness knows the enemy within has betrayed us for too long as they enable the traitors by feeding their egos and societal BS.

I remain baffled by the ease with which the low ball valuation of DIA artwork has been accepted without serious question. The EM was allowed to choose Christie’s to conduct the DIA art valuation. This is the same Christie’s that was in collusion to fix prices with Sotheby’s when DIA major art patron Al Taubman was at the helm, as the unsuspecting were bilked of hundreds of millions dollars. Taubman did a stint in federal prison as a result of his leadership role. So now a partner-in-crime gets the plum job assignment to place a value on the DIA? No matter how they spin it, this DIA fundraising is not about pensioners as much as it is about looters getting away with billions in artwork for mere millions. A scam is a scam.

Much Raw love for freedom fighters Elena Herrada and Bill Wylie-Kellermann for standing strong and going to trial for their courageous acts of civil disobedience during a Detroit City Council  meeting as they protested the conflicted of interest city contract with the Jones Day law firm. Speaking truth to power coupled with direct action has consequences, but we should understand that words of inspiration often require action that defines our existence and exposes real corrupters wielding liberty destroying power unjustly. Democracy-destroyers and those profiteers looting Detroit did not want a trial that would expose how the greedy trample on the needy in Detroit — the comeback city of capitalist mercenaries like Jones Day.

Now the Negro proxy of union-busting democracy-destroying Governor Nerd will whack 40 percent of the Detroit water and Sewerage Department work force. No surprise. Half-stepping unions must engage in direct action. Shut it down. Strike. Without direct action, there is no leverage to negotiate a damn thing.

We must never let haters cause us to lose hope or dislike ourselves and never let haters make you weak in your faith. Keep the faith. Stay on the battlefield.

Sam Riddle is political director for Michigan National Action Network. Follow him on Facebook at or Twitter at

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