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Democracy Watch: Law Professor Peter J. Hammer Likens Flint Water Crisis to 'Tuskegee Experiment'

Democracy Watch: Law Professor Peter J. Hammer Likens Flint Water Crisis to 'Tuskegee Experiment'

2016-07-21 00:00:00

Like a coroner conducting an autopsy, economist and Wayne State University Law School professor Peter J. Hammer recently performed a highly detailed dissection of the Flint water crisis, laying bare the various pathologies that led to the poisoning of Flint's water supply.

Democracy Watch: The 'New' Detroit Public Schools is Separate, Unequal

Democracy Watch: The 'New' Detroit Public Schools is Separate, Unequal

2016-06-17 00:00:00

If, as expected, the Detroit Public Schools legislation recently passed by the Michigan House and Senate is signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder, the hijacking of democracy that has been underway since the district was taken over by the state in 2009 will continue with no foreseeable end in sight.

Some might claim that can't be true, pointing to the fact that the new law allows Detroiters to vote for a new school board.

Democracy Watch: Water Testing 'Cheats' Exposed in Flint, Other Cities

Democracy Watch: Water Testing 'Cheats' Exposed in Flint, Other Cities

2016-06-06 00:00:00

Britain 's Guardian newspaper deserves kudos for two recent articles dealing with the issue of testing for lead in municipal water supplies. Although one is national in scope, both stories have direct links to Flint, and both build on reporting done last year by the ACLU of Michigan.

Democracy Watch: A Project That Fights for Democracy

Democracy Watch: A Project That Fights for Democracy

2014-01-27 00:00:00

Another blog. That’s just what the world has been crying out for, right? Yet another blog. Especially one that doesn’t yet have a name, and is still searching for the right voice. A permanent home with a web page of its own also remains in the future. And actual, substantial content … that too is yet to come.

Other than that, though, everything is good to go.

So, let's begin this experiment in nonprofit journalism by turning to the traditional five Ws -- who, what, when, where, why -- and scrambling their order, going straight to the last one first.

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