• Deportation Relief Means Safer Cities

    By Kim Hunter About a year ago, people in Michigan rallied in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. They welcomed a few of the thousands of youth fleeing violence in Central America. The kids that came here were housed by a human service agency located near Vassar, Michigan. Most of the youth came without adults […]

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  • People Power Overcomes Fear

    By Kim Hunter Two weeks ago, a Detroit City Council meeting was jammed with people up in arms about a draconian proposal from Detroit Police Chief James Craig. They moved the Council to reject the idea. Craig wanted to impose a curfew of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for four days over the entire city. […]

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  • Married Saturday, Fired/Evicted/Denied Services on Monday

    While Americans’ support for marriage equality is at a record high, many obstacles still remain for the LGBTQ community By Denzel McCampbell In a suspenseful and dramatic environment that only the United States Supreme Court can provide, many people around the country are awaiting the court’s ruling on marriage equality. For the third time in […]

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  • Engaging with…Michigan’s Film Industry

    By Brad O’Neil There has been much adieu recently about the infamous film incentive program enacted under the Granholm Administration. It was instituted at the height of the great recession as a way to quickly attract much needed economic activity to the state and by most accounts, it’s been very successful. A litany of production […]

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  • Savior Complexities 3: Dan Gilbert

    By Kim Hunter Detroit has had some serious setbacks when it comes to regular people, especially those who’ve been historically disenfranchised, having a fair shake. Even a local conservative pundit has taken notice of the racial inequalities within the city. While the unelected Emergency Manager is gone and some, but not all, voting rights have […]

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  • Engaging with…The Earned Income Tax Credit

    By Brad O’Neil The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is something you’ve probably been hearing about for years. It was drastically cut when Governor Snyder took office in 2011, was due to be partially restored as part of the failed Proposal 1 package, and is now in danger of being eliminated altogether under the guise […]

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  • Savior Complexities: Part 2 – Mike Ilitch and Olympia, What a Deal

    By Kim Hunter Billionaire Mike Ilitch’s deal to get public funds for his new Red Wing’s stadium and entertainment complex may not be as bad as it seems. Well, okay, every major study over the past 20 years has concluded that publicly funded stadiums are a rip off and yes, Ilitch will pocket 100 percent […]

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  • Who Run the World? Girls.

    By Marissa Luna We’re strong enough to bear the children, but when we do we can’t even take time off work to take care of our families.    We’re college grads, but we still get paid less than men for the same work. We know whether or not we want to have children or not […]

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  • Ignoring Detroiters’ Right to Democracy

    By Denzel McCampbell In what looks to be the start of another chapter of ‘relentless unelected action’, Governor Snyder has announced a plan to split DPS into two. During the press conference announcing the plan, the Governor said that his plan looks to take DPS to an “old-co, new-co model”. The ‘old-co’ will contain the school […]

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  • Engaging with…Student Loan Refinancing

    By Brad O’Neil Student loans – many of us have them, few of us like to think about them. They got us through our college years and made attaining a degree possible but they also occupy a place of perpetual worry as we struggle to buy homes and start families while making loan payments that […]

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