Judge clears way for perpetual emergency management of Detroit Public Schools

Judge clears way for perpetual emergency management of Detroit Public Schools

On Oct. 1, Ingham County Judge Joyce Draganchuk ruled against the Detroit Public School Board's vote to remove Emergency Manger Jack Martin. Judge Draganchuk told board members tha ...

Saving the Dunbar

Saving the Dunbar

Last month, a historic African American hospital was to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Dunbar Hospital, located in rapidly gentrifying Midtown, seemed to be a symbol of th ...

Wayne Country Third Circuit Court summons no-show jurors

Wayne Country Third Circuit Court summons no-show jurors

The court strongly encourages those summoned not to miss that appointment, as they could face the risk of a bench warrant being issued for their arrest, fines, and penalties allowe ...

Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

Aiyana’s Detroit knows the voice of anger and utter despair of the grandmother who went off on the killer cop in court. You looked away ashamed. Why?Did you really believe it was m ...

Study: ‘Media coverage of Black, Latino communities not accurate’

Study: ‘Media coverage of Black, Latino communities not accurate’

While a once theorized “digital divide” that would limit access to news sources for African Americans and Latinos has not materialized, only a relatively small percentage of Blacks ...

Water and sacrifice

Water and sacrifice

In a lengthy ruling read from the bench, Judge Rhodes said, broadly speaking, he didn’t have the authority to order the moratorium on shutoffs being sought by a group of city resid ...

Fallout continues in Ferguson

Fallout continues in Ferguson

Protests continue in Ferguson, with shots fired, a store’s windows smashed and fires set. Three people were reportedly arrested early Sept. 24. The protest swelled to over 200 peop ...

City officials break ground on Public Safety Headquarters

Staff report DETROIT — Mayor Dave Bing, joined by Police Chief Ralph Godbee, Fire Commissioner Dan Austin and other city, state and federal officials, announced May 29 the groundbreaking of the city’s new multimillion dollar public safety headquarters. Mayor Bing says the $60 million dollar project will be completed by summer 2013. Proceeds of the Unlimited Tax General Obligation Bonds issued by the city in ...

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African Liberation Day meets resistance in Caribbean

Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network A day marking the First Conference of Independent States — held in Accra, Ghana, in 1958, and heralding liberation movements and the Organization of African Unity — was celebrated on the continent, in the Caribbean, in Europe and the U.S., May 25-26. “African Freedom Day,” symbolizes the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from for ...

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Lynching liberty

Local activists, clergy and community organizers joined together on Memorial Day to hold a mock funeral and mourn the death of democracy. The most recent setback, preceded by a series of almost unbelievable political and legal maneuvers, was the refusal of the Board of Canvassers to recognize more than 220,000 signatures that would have asked voters in November to weigh in on the emergency manager (EM) law. ...

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Malcolm X and Ossie Davis

More than a eulogy By Paul Lee Special to the Michigan CitizenPart I of II The following article — the first of two parts — was written, but not published, seven years ago by Highland Park scholar and Michigan Citizen features writer Paul Lee as a memorial to Ossie Davis, who died in 2005. Davis, as he recalled in his memoir, was well known as “the man who had eulogized Malcolm X” in 1965, but his relations ...

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Voting rights advocates battle bills that make voting tougher

Advocacy groups cry ‘foul’ over bills to weaken Michigan residents’ ability to cast their ballot LANSING — Voting rights advocates from the Michigan League of Women Voters, Common Cause, Project Vote and the A. Philip Randolph Institute spoke out May 22 against a package of bills expected to pass in the Michigan House. The legislation would make it more difficult for Michigan voters to cast their ballot at ...

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Renaissance hangs on for eighth straight PSL title

Girls Softball Roundup — Week 7 Phoenix pitcher Banks strikes out 15 as late seventh inning rally falls short for Cass Tech By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to The Michigan Citizen Renaissance won their eighth straight Detroit Public School League Championship, but it wasn’t easy as the Phoenix (21-5) had to withstand a seventh inning rally by Cass Tech to clinch a 6-4 win in front of a full house at Busye ...

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PSL Baseball Finals at Comerica Park

Boys Baseball Roundup — Week 7 Western International vs. King in Mega Final; Communication Arts vs. Henry Ford in East-West Final By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Western International is headed to Comerica Park once again to defend its Detroit Public School League Title, but they had a fight on their hands with a pesky group from Cass Tech players. The Cowboys (26-5) and ...

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OSU professor says U.S. prison system is ‘New Jim Crow’

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and former Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU in Northern California, spoke at Wayne County Community College on May 17. Her new book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” is a critical look at the U.S. penal system. Alexander’s analysis clearly il ...

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Time for pastors to preach

When pastor and gospel celebrity Marvin Winans was robbed at a Citgo gas station on Linwood and Davison last week, the world responded. Winans is known not only for his music, but most recently his role in the homegoing services of Whitney Houston. National headlines talked about crime in Detroit. Locally, many felt this was a tipping point. Talk shows and corporate media discussed crime rates in the city o ...

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