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BridgeDetroit | People’s Food Co-op Rewrites Economics in Detroit Grocery Battle

The Detroit People’s Food Co-op will be part of the larger Detroit Food Commons, a Black-led community development complex on Woodward Avenue expected to include an incubator kitchen for culinary artists and food entrepreneurs, a West African and Detroit-centric healthy foods cafe and will have space for community meetings, events, lectures, films, and performances.

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BridgeDetroit | Detroit Church Hopes to Boost Worker-Owned Businesses in Latino Community

At Grace in Action, the co-op movement started roughly 20 years ago when Mexican Industries, a Southwest Detroit-based auto parts maker, abruptly closed after workers voted to form a union. Nine hundred mostly Latino workers were laid off, and the economic impact on the community was immediate. That led Meghan Sobocienski, executive director of Grace in Action, to actively create new business models for immigrant workers in the community. She’s been thinking about employment and the future of work since then, and to her, it comes down to one simple idea: create worker-led, locally owned businesses.

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BridgeDetroit | Republicans Sue Redistricting Commission Over Congressional Maps

A group of Republicans has sued the Michigan redistricting commission over its recently-approved congressional map, claiming the panel failed to draw districts with equal populations. The lawsuit, filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, also names Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson as a defendant. Bridge Michigan’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán reports.

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BridgeDetroit | 35% of Michigan Kids Under 5 Qualify For Child Care Subsidies. Only 5% Use Them.

Roughly one-third of children in Michigan under age 5 qualified for child care subsidies, but only 5% received those credits. Meanwhile, an estimated 44% of Michiganders live in “child care deserts” — places with a lack of licensed child care providers. The report finds significant gaps in need versus access to programs that provide food help, offset costs for child care and cash assistance among eligible families.

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BridgeDetroit | 173K Applied for Rent Aid in Michigan. About Half Got Help So Far

In the 10 months since a statewide rent aid program launched to help tenants avoid eviction and catch up on payments, thousands of applications have poured in, demonstrating the vast and continuing need for rent assistance as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. Wayne County alone accounts for roughly one-third of the more than 173,000 applications that have come in, as of Friday, to the federally funded COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program, which launched last March. Detroiters make up 22% of those applying for rent help across Michigan.

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BridgeDetroit | Michigan Black Lawmakers to Sue Redistricting Commission Over New Maps

A contingent of 15 Detroit Black lawmakers and leaders announced Monday they will sue the Michigan redistricting commission over recently approved state legislative and congressional maps. In a media event in Detroit, the lawmakers — including six incumbents and two former state representatives — argued the maps dilute the power of Black residents in the city of Detroit and violate the Voting Rights Act, the 1965 law designed to allow minorities to elect candidates of their choosing.

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BridgeDetroit | Critics Say Prisons Give Rural Michigan Towns Unfair Edge in Redistricting

As Michigan’s redistricting panel prepares to approve new legislative boundaries this month, some activists say proposed maps give rural areas outsized clout because of how inmate populations are counted. Even though the roughly 35,000 people serving sentences in Michigan prisons can’t vote, they are counted as residents of prisons where they are held for purposes of representation. Opponents call that “prison gerrymandering” because it inflates the population — and power — of smaller communities.

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12/16/21: One Detroit – Redistricting Commission, 2021 News Recap, Hudson’s Holidays, Interlochen’s Nutcracker

One Detroit’s Will Glover talks with Bridge Michigan reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán about the current and future litigation facing the Michigan Redistricting Commission over unreleased notes from a closed meeting and the proposed maps. Then, Stephen and Nolan recap 2021 and discuss the stories to follow for the new year. Plus, celebrate the holidays this year with the Detroit Historical Musuem’s Hudson’s Holidays exhibit and a special preview of the Detroit Performs Special: Interlochen’s “The Nutcracker.”

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BridgeDetroit | Uncovering Sarah Elizabeth Ray, ‘Detroit’s Other Rosa Parks’

Every Black Detroiter who spent summers on the nostalgic Boblo island giggling on the carousel or swinging in the dance hall should thank Sarah Elizabeth Ray. After being denied a seat on one of the segregated Boblo boat in 1945 because she was Black, she fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. Her case paved the way for the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, which ruled segregation in public schools as unconstitutional.

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BridgeDetroit | Why Detroit Gun Owners Choose to Carry

In this country’s origin story, Black Americans were largely restricted from owning guns. Yet, in Detroit today, citizens are increasingly turning to gun ownership for a sense of protection and — sometimes — because of a constitutional right to carry. Residents have become self-reliant and are looking to arm others with gun safety lessons and information about the responsibility of ownership.

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