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Fight to End Harmful Tax Practices in Detroit Underscores the Need to Continue to Challenge Institutional Racism

Fight to End Harmful Tax Practices in Detroit Underscores the Need to Continue to Challenge Institutional Racism

2017-01-16 00:00:00

By Kimberly Buddin-Crawford

Hundreds of African-American homeowners in Detroit will lose their properties this fall, joining the thousands before them who are part of one of the largest tax foreclosure crises since the Great Depression. For many, the narrative is similar: residents are given tax bills that do not reflect the value of their homes and which they are unable to pay. Left with few options, the residents often wind up having their homes taken in foreclosure.

Detroit Bankruptcy: The High Cost of Living and Cramdowns

Detroit Bankruptcy: The High Cost of Living and Cramdowns

2014-03-14 00:00:00

In a recent blog I, like a number of other reporters, wrote about Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s proposed pension cuts, which were outlined in the plan of adjustment he submitted to the bankruptcy court last month. And, like others, I made mention of the fact that cost of living allowances, or COLAs, would be eliminated if the plan gets approved.

The Threat of Privatized-Public Spaces on Free Speech

The Threat of Privatized-Public Spaces on Free Speech

2015-01-29 00:00:00

The rights to free speech and assembly are indispensable in a functioning democracy, but private public partnerships (PPPs), often constitute states of exception. Two organizations in Detroit – Women in Black and Moratorium NOW! – have been denied the right to leaflet and petition along Detroit’s RiverWalk and in Campus Martius as a result of their PPP status as public spaces managed by private entities.

Buzzkill: How the EAA Exploited Detroit’s Most Vulnerable Kids

Buzzkill: How the EAA Exploited Detroit’s Most Vulnerable Kids

2014-09-24 00:00:00

In June of 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder stepped behind a microphone at Detroit's Renaissance High School to announce the start of a revolutionary new approach to education in Michigan.

The problem of poor academic performance would be addressed in dramatic fashion.

"We do have too many failing schools in our state," he said. "If you look at us statewide, only 16 percent of our kids are college-ready. That's absolutely unacceptable.

"We need to focus on a new way of doing things."

Birmingham Adopts New Free Speech Policy to Settle ACLU Lawsuit

Birmingham Adopts New Free Speech Policy to Settle ACLU Lawsuit

2013-08-30 00:00:00

DETROIT – The City of Birmingham has adopted a new free speech policy to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberates Union of Michigan on behalf of an animal rights activist who was arrested while peacefully demonstrating on a public sidewalk outside a fur store.

Under the new policy, protesters are allowed to stand on a public sidewalk to express their views and are not required to “keep moving” as had been previously required. U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy signed a consent judgment today, bringing an end to the litigation.

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