A democracy deferred

A democracy deferred

by Rev. Charles E. Williams II In the year 2000, I was a college student at Eastern Michigan University where I developed and had my first taste of engaging in electoral politics. Strange as it seems, I wasn’t a part of a GOTV machine, nobody was paying me to campaign, but I had a decent […]

Detroit Consent Agreement May Violate State Constitution

Detroit Consent Agreement May Violate State Constitution

By Editorial Columnist Greg Murray On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, I appeared before the Detroit City Council to share my belief that the so-called “consent” agreement between the state and Detroit actually violates the Headlee Amendment. It is my position that the “consent” agreement included unconditional terms Detroit had no choice but to acquiesce to.  One […]

Leaving a Mark, a Message

Leaving a Mark, a Message

The abandoned, ramshackle houses and businesses in Detroit can be sad reminders of the city’s drastic population loss over the past half century. But with a little bit of paint and sweat, the blocks of ruin can be transformed into a portrait of love and hope. From the vibrant extravagance of graffiti art to simple […]

Open Letter to Council President Pugh

Dear Detroit Council President Charles Pugh, When your constituents feel under siege by the state takeover and the rapid loss of services, it’s time to stop locking the door on Detroiters. As president of the Detroit City Council, you were elected to hear from your constituents, no matter how much you dislike their message. Once […]

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