Education Expulsion Law: Menace to Learning

Education Expulsion Law: Menace to Learning

Under pressure from school administrators, Michigan lawmakers have taken a step backwards with recent changes to the expulsion law. Suspensions and expulsions are no longer mandatory disciplinary options. And relaxing the zero tolerance for weapons possession plays Russian roulette with the lives of children. Under new rules approved by state lawmakers in 2016, school districts […]

Detroit Neighborhood residents are urged to prepare and plan for growth

Detroit Neighborhood residents are urged to prepare and plan for growth

There’s good news on the horizon for the many Detroit neighborhood residents who’ve largely felt left out of the tidal wave of investments responsible for the transformation of downtown and Midtown. Their time is coming, say financial institution executives interviewed by TheHUB. Although sizeable opportunities exist for explosive growth, residents and financial institutions alike must […]

Pay and parity is the female battle cry for decades

Pay and parity is the female battle cry for decades

When it comes to equal wages and equal respect for equal work, just about every professional woman has a story to tell. A recent series on Amazon Prime, “Good Girls Revolt,” recaps such misadventures. Mine involves a green bikini and a press conference for a major auto maker in Omaha. I’d flown into Omaha with […]

Can our neighborhoods benefit from downtown and Midtown investment? Maybe, say local leaders

Can our neighborhoods benefit from downtown and Midtown investment? Maybe, say local leaders

Fifty leaders – ranging from corporate to grass roots residents, foundations to community development professionals, academics to bankers – converged on Baker’s Keyboard Lounge on Thursday, July 27 to mull this question over, all the while feasting on Baker’s trademark “catfish nuggets” and peach cobbler. In a wide-ranging conversation co-moderated by Donna Murray Brown of […]

Detroit reviewed through one Detroiter’s critical lens

Detroit reviewed through one Detroiter’s critical lens

This was not a day for Hollywood. Fifty years later, it remained – for me – a day of anger, hurt, resentment and tragedy. I wasn’t here to witness Detroit’s deadly, devastating 1967 uprising, which began July 23 and lasted for several unforgettable days, but I wear its scars. By riding past the crumbling landmarks […]

Pistons’ income could support Detroit neighborhood fund

Pistons’ income could support Detroit neighborhood fund

Over the last week, some have taken to the airwaves and social media attacking my character, my intelligence and most importantly my ability to represent the interests of District 5 residents. Most days, Monday through Sunday, I dedicate a minimum of 12 hours to studying materials, meeting with residents and business owners, assisting constituents and […]

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