By Tom Perkins

“Gardening While Black” Lawsuit Defendant Hires White Supremacist Attorney

A white Detroit woman who is being sued by a black man for fabricating charges against him in calls to the Detroit Police Department has hired a white nationalist attorney who previously represented white supremacist leaders. Court records show the woman, Deborah Nash, is represented by Clarkston-based attorney Kyle Bristow, who, among others, represented white…

How a Flawed Criminal Justice System Put a Pregnant Detroit Activist Behind Bars

Siwatu-Salama Ra is the kind of young Detroiter who inspires hope. Raised between Northwest Detroit and California, the black mom began fighting for environmental justice in the city at just 19 years old, taking on polluters like Southwest Detroit’s Marathon Oil Refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. Now, seven years later, the 26-year-old…

We Spoke with Michigan Inmates About Rotten Food, Maggots, and More Prison Kitchen Problems

Maggots, rotten food, unsanitary kitchens, staff shortages, calorie shortages, sick inmates, angry inmates, drug-dealing kitchen employees, employees having sex with inmates, quarantines—these are the issues that documents show and inmates say are taking place in Michigan’s prison kitchens in 2018, which sounds just like what we heard about them in 2015. That and other issues…

Yes, Dan Gilbert Wants to Use School Money to Fund His New Downtown Projects

Quicken Loans owner Dan Gilbert—who is Michigan’s richest man and worth an estimated $6.2 billion—is requesting $618 million of state taxpayer money to help fund four downtown Detroit projects that he’s developing. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will likely consider his request in March. As part of the PR push to gain support for the…

Sycophant Freep

Earlier this year, the Michigan Legislature approved $1 billion in state tax money for Dan Gilbert and other wealthy developers. The arrangement allows the rich and corporations to collect state residents’ income tax instead of the government. On Nov. 21, the Detroit City Council approved $250 million in local tax money for Gilbert to use on four…

Gilbert Wants More

Something unusual happened on Thursday. A Michigan billionaire told the government he wants taxpayer money, and he didn’t immediately get it. Dan Gilbert—who at an estimated net worth of $5.6 billion is Michigan’s wealthiest resident—is requesting $250 million in public money to help fund four of his projects planned for downtown Detroit. He claims they’ll…

How Dan Gilbert Just Scored Up to $1 Billion in Taxpayer Money—and Few Noticed

The story of greater downtown Detroit’s redevelopment is well-known. The New York Times calls us the “comeback city” and says our downtown “roars.” The Detroit Free Press characterized Midtown’s turnaround and spike in property values as “insane.“ Crain’s Detroit Business recently highlighted the ongoing “development rush” in downtown in which investment figures “jump off the…