Tag Archives: Pontiac

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Emergency Manager takeover of Michigan, and how we allowed it to happen

I had the good fortune a week or so ago to attend the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit. Among the people that I met while there was attorney Alec Gibbs, who, in recent years, has been keeping busy representing retired public employees left without adequate insurance in the wake of the Emergency Manager takeover of […]

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White people, seeing Emergency Managers in their future, begin to demand change

The Detroit Free Press, in an editorial yesterday, suggested that maybe, now that predominantly white cities, like Allen Park, are beginning to stagger toward financial collapse, and state takeover, our elected officials in Lansing might be willing to look at the underlying structural issues which are pushing our communities, one after the other, toward catastrophic […]

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Rachel Maddow on the dismal track record of Michigan’s Emergency Managers and the threat they pose to Democracy

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy [note:I don’t know if it happened for everyone, but, when I watched this, it was preceded by an ad for Goldman Sachs, which I found somewhat ironic.]

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Pontiac teacher, Brooke Harris, fired for helping 8th graders to raise money for the family of Trayvon Martin

The firing of Pontiac charter school teacher, Brooke Harris, is making the national news. As you may have heard, she was fired last week, after working with her students to establish a fundraiser for the family of Trayvon Martin. The following comes by way of the Southern Poverty Law Center. What do you do with […]

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ALEC, the move to codify the extremist Republican agenda, and the Michigan connection

Reading a column by Paul Krugman just now on the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in pushing so-called “Stand Your Ground” legislation around the country, I was reminded by a recent article in Mother Jones about how ALEC, working through the Mackinac Center, played a role in passing Michigan’s Public Act 4, […]

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