A Detroit Reading List on Racism, Resistance & Rebellion

In light of the uprisings that have swept the country since the horrific killing of George Floyd, it’s more important than ever that Americans – and particularly white people – educate ourselves on the history and present reality of American racism, and the history of resistance to it. I’ve seen lots of people sharing various […]

Socialist Murals Win Landslide Victory

DETROIT – Left-wing frescoes notched another major win on Tuesday as voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County overwhelmingly approved renewing a property tax for the Detroit Institute of Arts, including its famed Diego Rivera murals. Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals (1932-33) depict the interior of the Ford River Rouge plant. They illustrate what Rivera perceived, […]

Why Won’t Brenda Lawrence Back a Green New Deal?

On a recent Sunday afternoon, close to a hundred people filled a union hall near a massive Chrysler plant just outside Detroit. They were a mix of black and white and young and old, from Detroit and the surrounding Oakland and Macomb County suburbs. But they were united in their support for the Green New […]

Head to Head in Michigan: Bernie Matches Biden’s Margin Against Trump in New Poll

A common refrain in the Democratic Party establishment is that a socialist like Bernie Sanders wouldn’t stand a chance against Donald Trump in the general election, especially in supposedly less progressive states like those of the industrial Midwest. The reality is exactly the opposite, as a new poll of Michigan voters indicates. The survey of […]

Can We Agree Billionaires Shouldn’t Make Our Laws?

Five days. After decades of debate over car insurance in Michigan, that’s how long it took for one very wealthy man to seal the fate of Michigan’s no-fault insurance policy, which granted unlimited insurance coverage to the victims of car crashes, regardless of whether they were responsible for the crash. After Quicken Loans CEO Dan […]