Monthly Archives: January 2015

Monthly Archives: January 2015

How a Detroit Homestead Act Could Fix the Motor City’s Housing and Revenue Crises

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” … each family shall have a plot of not more than (40) acres of tillable ground… in the possession of which land the military authorities will afford them protection, until such time as they can protect themselves.” -Union General William T. Sherman’s Special Field Order No. 15, from which derives the famous phrase ‘40 acres and a mule’   My grandfather used to say the problem with Detroit is that it owns itself. He didn’t mean that Detroiters owned it, …

Turning Ms. Connie’s Water Back On

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This article originally appeared on DetroitWaterBrigade.org With help from the Detroit Water Brigade and small donors from around the world, one more Detroiter has running water and peace of mind again. Learn more about how we’re helping Detroit turn the water back on: http://detroitwaterbrigade.org/waf/ Video by KC Burns, Detroit    

Bringing Detroit Online: How New Social Network Tsu Could Help Close the Digital Gap

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Last week on a visit to New York City, I met a polite, unassuming young man who has a plan that could bring down Facebook. His name is Sebastian Sobczak, and he’s the founder of Tsū, a new social network that shares 90% of ad revenues with its users. In only its first three months of life, it has grown to over three million members worldwide. And it’s growing fast. Sebastian and I sat down in his SoHo office and …

Dispatch from Detroit: Let’s Put Detroit Back to Work

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This article originally appeared on JustinWedes.com Over the course of the last few painful months, I’ve descended into the depths of another world that does not feel like America. A world illuminated by creaky old stove burners, backyard pit fires, and backseat car lights where people take shelter from the cold. On these pot-holed streets, even the streetlights don’t shine any more. The dark world of Detroit hunkers down in silence.   I broke this silence often last year, knocking …

Dispatch from Detroit: Work is What We Want And Not Charity

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In a time of deep de facto austerity policies, when our so-called leaders preach catalyzing economic growth by stimulating the private sector, to demand anything from the government might seem like wishful thinking at best and pointless at worst. The powers-that-be are banking on the Dan Gilberts and Mark Zuckerbergs of the world to somehow pull millions of good-paying jobs out of their magic hats and bring back the once-great American Dream. We have become so collectively numb and acquiescent …

My Last Tweet: A New Chapter for Me and for @OccupyWallStNYC

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“No bombs or bullets or rocks or guns. Just hashtags and voices at the tops of their lungs!” -Lupe Fiasco, To the Sep17 Occupiers “Moneyman” It is with hopeful optimism that I announce today my resignation from the Occupy Wall Street social media collective. Effective immediately, I have appointed Priscilla Grim owner and chief steward of the account. Priscilla has been an integral part of OWS media since day one, and she has already begun to assemble a stellar and …