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Detroit Homeowners Face New Wave Of Foreclosures

AFRICANGLOBE - Tens of thousands of Detroit homeowners are facing possible foreclosure in the next year as the county cracks down on back taxes owed, which activists say are often extremely inflated because the county assesses property taxes on the basis of their value before the city fell into financial crisis.

Detroit’s Challenge Of Keeping Black Residents

AFRICANGLOBE - "For African-Americans who grew up in Detroit, for our whole lives Detroit was on the decline," Jenkins says. "We never saw it on the rise. Our aspirations were to get to a more happening city, like Chicago, or even to the suburbs." The differing aspirations help explain why the demographics of downtown and other suddenly hip areas of Detroit seem so out of proportion with the rest of a city that is 83 percent African-American.

Judge Approves Detroit Bankruptcy Plan

AFRICANGLOBE - The more than yearlong bankruptcy case in Detroit concluded Friday with US judge Steven Rhodes sanctioning a savage restructuring plan for the city, which creates a new precedent for an assault on public workers throughout the country.

Detroit: The Conspiracy To Use Federal Funds To Remove Black Population

AFRICANGLOBE - Detroit developer Herb Strather made Wednesday's deadline for a down payment on his winning $3 million bid for thousands of blighted and foreclosed city properties, but his grand $2 billion vision for redevelopment may have hit a snag.

Detroit: The Dispersal Of Urban Black America Begins

AFRICANGLOBE - High water bills and cascading shut-offs have added to the flood of forced evictions. "Our conclusion is that you have here in Detroit a man-made perfect storm," said the UN officials. More precisely, a corporate-made vortex of ethnic and class cleansing, to make way for a new, gentrified city.

The Carve-Up Of Detroit

AFRICANGLOBE - Detroit, the former auto capital of the world and largest Black city in America, is in the final stages of a bankruptcy process that has from the start been a conspiracy of the banks against the city’s population. Closing arguments in federal bankruptcy court are scheduled to begin next week, a legal formality before the city’s brutal restructuring plan is approved by the judge.

NAACP Appeals To The United Nations To End Detroit Water Shut-Offs

AFRICANGLOBE - United Nations officials arrived in Detroit last weekend after several advocacy organizations, including plaintiffs organizations Detroit People's Water Board and Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, called for the UN to conduct an investigation into civil and human rights violations committed by Detroit and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

From Detroit To Ferguson: Being Broke Is Killing Us

AFRICANGLOBE - Recent events in Detroit, Michigan and Ferguson, Missouri have revealed the brutal character of American capitalism. On Tuesday, Detroit resumed the shutoff of water service to tens of thousands of low-income families that owe as little as $150. More than 600 households had their taps turned off just over the last few days, leaving seniors, the disabled and families with small children without water to drink, bathe, flush or cook.

Detroit Provides Lessons For The Future Of Democracy In America

AFRICANGLOBE - On Mon. July 21, Deputy Director Darryl Latimer of the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department, under the administrative control of an unelected emergency manager Kevyn Orr, announced a 15-day suspension to the massive water shut-offs which have victimized tens of thousands throughout the city.

Detroit Kindergartens “Experiment” With 100-Student Class Sizes

Detroit has launched a new concept, a “Kindergarten Hub”. The eastside school, located in one of Detroit’s high poverty areas, has elected to combine all kindergartners together, cramming 100 five-year-olds into one class. In other words, the most at-risk and vulnerable children are being subjected to a thin-gruel and dehumanizing “education” on the cheap.

Detroit’s Drought of Democracy

AFRICANGLOB - On Tuesday, Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager of Detroit, transferred control of the city’s water and sewage board to the elected mayor, Mike Duggan. In his statement, Orr wrote, “As the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department works to operate more efficiently and communicate more effectively with customers, it is important to ensure there are clear lines of management and accountability.”

Detroit Water Shut-Offs Spark War Of Words

AFRICANGLOBE - State officials on Friday disputed that water shut-offs in Detroit constitute a public health crisis, despite protests in the city that drew large crowds and led to at least nine arrests.

Black-Owned Businesses Are Quietly Powering Detroit’s Resurgence, But No One’s Talking...

AFRICANGLOBE - Detroit will mark the first anniversary of its bankruptcy filing this Friday, and across the country, people are watching the city to see how it has survived the upheaval.

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

AFRICANGLOBE - Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 100,000 mostly Black customers, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

Detroit Elites Declare: “Water Is Not A Social Right”

AFRICANGLOBE - The shut off of water service for tens of thousands of Detroit residents has generated national and international attention. The scenes of young mothers, children, the elderly the sick and low-income workers deprived of water for drinking, cleaning and cooking—in what is supposed to be the richest country of the world—have provoked astonishment and revulsion.

Against Ethnic Cleansing In Detroit: ‘Water Is A Human Right’

AFRICANGLOBE - Why are children in Detroit marching through that battered city’s downtown with signs reminding officials that “Kids Without Water Can’t Brush Their Teeth”?