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Diane Bukowski  DETROIT, MI


Voice of Detroit at http://voiceofdetroit.net was founded in August, 2010 by editor Diane Bukowski after she was dismissed following 10 years with the now-defunct Michigan Citizen, where she was known for her hard- hitting, ground-breaking coverage of issues vital particularly to Detroit's Black community, including police  killings,  mass incarceration, the destruction of the world-class Detroit Public Schools, privatization of city services, and the creeping gentrification and white-out of the city of Detroit, the nation's largest Black-majority city, among other matters. But she and the rest of the VOD staff were determined to keep those stories coming, even  without pay. We have done so for more than 8 years now, producing world-class ongoing coverage of the brutal 2010 murder of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones, showing it was a DELIBERATE act by Detroit cop Joseph Weekley and his SWAT team, not an accident. We have followed up with coverage of the terrorist police killings of Terrance Kellom, Adaisha Miller, Imam Luqman Abdullah, Abdullah Beard and others in Detroit and across the U.S. We excel in our coverage of Michigan's brutal policies regarding juvenile lifers even after the U.S.  Supreme Court ruled JLWOP illegal. We have now joined with the Detroit People's Task Force, Inc., led by Marilyn Jordan, in challenging the wrongful convictions of hundreds of prisoners. We covered Wall Street's racist takeover of the  City of Detroit through the  emergency  manager-sponsored, illegal bankruptcy which robbed our people of public assets including the world-renowned  Detroit  Water and Sewerage Dept.  We have covered the battle against mortgage and tax foreclosures by the  banks and politicians, which have left most of Detroit's once-vibrant neighborhoods devastated. We have covered  battles by warriors Gwen Mingo and Bert Dearing against the criminal corporate theft of their properties. We have mourned the passing of renowned warriors Arnetta Grable, Herman Vallery, and Cornell Squires, among others. But new VOD activists are coming on stage now, including Charles Lewis, about to be freed after  42 yrs. in prison for a crime he did not commit, due to his never-ending struggle as well as VOD's constant  coverage. He will become VOD's director of advertising. Vivian Kincaid will edit our arts and culture coverage.  We look forward to a brilliant future!

VIDEO BELOW IS BY KENNETH SNODGRASS, A VOD STAFFER AND INDEPENDENT PHOTOJOURNALIST.

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Update 24
Posted by Diane Bukowski
17 days ago
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Well, beloved VOD readers and supporters, the editor has now completed her move forced by the sale of her building and ridiculous increases in rent, etc. We hate to ask for more help so soon, but the VOD site is currently suspended due to inability to pay the quarterly fee. The editor Diane Bukowski incurred drastic moving expenses and will be getting back to normal by February. Right now, however, she does not have enough money to keep the site up, despite working on GOTV campaigns and the polls to make extra money for the move. PLEASE whatever you can do to help will be MUCH APPRECIATED. VOD is currently covering the horrendous fate most state juvenile lifers have been subjected to, with over 200 not even having seen a lawyer or judge since the U.S. Supreme Court rulings outlawing JLWOP in 2012 and 2016. Some of the people in the photo attached have been released, but others are waiting.
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Update 23
Posted by Diane Bukowski
1 month ago
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Dear readers of Voice of Detroit: We have been publishing since 2010 now, over 8 years, but we are at a crossroads. The editor, Diane Bukowski, is being forced to move due to the sale of her apt. bldg. to greedy developers just as our $349.50 quarterly webhosting payment comes due Dec. 4. She may have to choose between paying that and her extensive moving expenses, without your generous help. Please keep stories like the following going:
 TRUMP ALLOWS US TROOPS AT BORDER TO USE LETHAL FORCE AGAINST IMMIGRANTS
 36TH DC JUDGE MILLENDER DECLARES SHE SUPERCEDES STATE COA; ORDERS GWEN MINGO OUT OF HOME
 PACK COURT TO SAVE GWEN MINGO’S BRUSH PARK HOME FROM THIEVING DEVELOPERS
 MIDTERM ELECTIONS: CORPORATE DEMOCRATS VERSUS THE MONSTER THEY EMPOWERED
 MARCH FOR BLACK WOMEN DETROIT: SAT. NOV. 17 12N to 4 PM–WITH SISTER MARCHES IN NYC, WASH. D.C.
 GEORGE RIDER CASE SHOWS CORRUPTION RUNS DEEP WITHIN MACOMB COUNTY, MI COURTS, POLICE
 ‘THE SYSTEM FAILED’—CHARLES (K.K.) LEWIS, AT JLWOP HEARING, INVOKES KAEPERNICK, NAT’L ACTIONS V. RACISM
 DETROIT POLICE SWAT TEAM KILLS MAN ASLEEP IN HOME, NOT SUSPECT IN EARLIER KILLING OF 5-YR.-OLD
 THOUSANDS IN U.S.-BOUND MIGRANT CARAVAN POUR INTO MEXICAN CITY, CHALLENGE U.S. PRES. TRUMP
 HON. MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN: DETROIT IS HOLY LAND OF BLACK PEOPLE, NOT PROPERTY OF SLAVEMASTERS
 20 ARRESTED IN DETROIT AS FAST-FOOD WORKERS KICK OFF NATIONWIDE STRIKE DEMANDING UNION RIGHTS
 FREE DETROIT’S CHARLES ‘K.K.’ LEWIS NOW, AS PRISONER RELEASES FLOOD DEEPLY FLAWED JUSTICE SYSTEM
 STOP THE GENOCIDE! SAVE OUR BABIES! DETROITERS BLAST DPS, DWSD OFFICIALS FOR CONTAMINATED WATER
 SUPPORT FOR NAT’L PRISONERS’ STRIKE GROWS ACROSS AT LEAST 11 STATES, CANADA, PALESTINE
 LONG LIVE THE QUEEN OF SOUL AND CIVIL RIGHTS CHAMPION ARETHA FRANKLIN
 PRISONS THE NEW MENTAL INSTITUTIONS
IN 3 YEARS COPS HAVE KILLED 450% MORE CITIZENS THAN 4 DECADES OF MASS SHOOTINGS COMBINED
 DID YOU KNOW? POLICE, GOVT. CAN USE YOUR CELL PHONE TO SPY ON YOU, USING ‘CELL-SITE SIMULATORS’
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Update 22
Posted by Diane Bukowski
4 months ago
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Readers of Voice of Detroit, this is a special appeal to you to help keep our paper going. This month, the web hosting fee has just about put us out of business. If you enjoy our information, non-mainstream stories, please contribute whatever you can by clicking on https://www.gofundme.com/VOD-readers-up. We thank you sincerely. Here are some of our most recent stories, including coverage of the DPSCD water shut-offs, a genocidal attack on our children in Detroit.
 STOP THE GENOCIDE! SAVE OUR BABIES! DETROITERS BLAST DPS, DWSD OFFICIALS FOR CONTAMINATED WATER
 DETROIT STUDENTS DESERVE SAFE WATER! DEMONSTRATE TUES. SEPT. 4@4PM, FISHER BLDG. W. GRD. BLVD./2ND
 SUPPORT FOR NAT’L PRISONERS’ STRIKE GROWS ACROSS AT LEAST 11 STATES, CANADA, PALESTINE
 NAT’L PRISON STRIKE AUG. 21 (1971 GEORGE JACKSON ASSASSINATION) TO SEPT. 9, 2018 (1971 ATTICA REBELLION)
 LONG LIVE THE QUEEN OF SOUL AND CIVIL RIGHTS CHAMPION ARETHA FRANKLIN
 PRISONS THE NEW MENTAL INSTITUTIONS
 WILL CHARLES LEWIS, 247 MICHIGAN JUVENILE LIFERS DIE IN PRISON DUE TO RE-SENTENCING DELAYS, OR GO FREE?
 IN 3 YEARS COPS HAVE KILLED 450% MORE CITIZENS THAN 4 DECADES OF MASS SHOOTINGS COMBINED
 DID YOU KNOW? POLICE, GOVT. CAN USE YOUR CELL PHONE TO SPY ON YOU, USING ‘CELL-SITE SIMULATORS’
 THE BIZARRE FACEBOOK PATH TO CORPORATE FASCISM–BLACK AGENDA REPORT
 FREE CHARLES K.K. LEWIS, ALL JUVENILE LIFERS; HEARING FRI. AUG. 3 @ 9AM, FRANK MURPHY HALL RM. 502
 ADVOCATES SUPPORT WRONGFULLY CONVICTED, JUVENILE LIFERS, POLICE VICTIMS AT DETROIT COURTHOUSE
 RALLY FOR WRONGFULLY CONVICTED, POLICE BRUTALITY VICTIMS, JUVENILE LIFERS FRI. JULY 20 @ 9-11 AM
 RALLY TO FREE THELONIOUS ‘SHAWN’ SEARCY, STOP WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS MON. JULY 16, 10 AM to 4 PM
 PROSECUTORS, COPS, TECHS LIED, FALSIFIED EVIDENCE VS. THELONIOUS SEARCY, ATTY. SAYS IN FINAL HEARING
 ATTEND BELLE ISLE MEETING ON GRAND PRIX FRI. JULY 13: NO PLACE FOR A CAR RACE!
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Update 21
Posted by Diane Bukowski
7 months ago
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Dear friends, VOD is asking once again for whatever amount you can contribute to keep Voice of Detroit going. We are still in the red although we have been busy covering numerous stories at our own expense. Please see our latest stories below:
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WARRIOR FATHER HERMAN VALLERY II, CO-FOUNDER OF DETROIT COALITION V. POLICE BRUTALITY PASSES

KEY HEARING IN CHAS. ‘K.K.’ LEWIS CASE JUNE 19: NEW MOTIONS RE: INNOCENCE, BIASED ATTY, JLWOP, BOND

POOR PEOPLES CAMPAIGN AT LANSING, MICH. MSHDA, TREASURY: ‘NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE–SHUT IT DOWN!’

UNLEASHING TALENT FROM BEHIND THE WALLS: MICH. REFORMATORY POETRY SLAM

REDUCING MDOC INCARCERATION THROUGH EDUCATION

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN CONTINUES MORAL MONDAYS LANSING, MI JUNE 11, 2018

REV. PINKNEY, HOME FROM PRISON, PEOPLE OF BENTON HARBOR VOW FIGHT BACK DURING PGA GOLF FEST

U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES FOR DEATH-ROW INMATE ROBERT MCCOY, WHOSE LAWYER CONCEDED GUILT

BENTON HARBOR WINS VICTORY VS. DICTATORSHIP! MI SUPREME COURT VOIDS PINKNEY CONVICTION

TRIAL EVIDENCE VS. THELONIOUS SEARCY IN 2004 CITY AIRPORT MURDER DISCREDITED AT MAY 15 HEARING

WORLD CONDEMNS MASSACRE OF PALESTINIANS OPPOSING TRUMP’S JERUSALEM DECLARATION

FAVORABLE SIGNIFICANT EVIDENCE SURFACES AT SEARCY HEARING ON INNOCENCE CLAIM

DETROIT PEOPLE’S TASK FORCE FORGES AHEAD FOR PRISONERS, FAMILIES, YOUTH, COMMUNITY
JUV. LIFER JOSE BURGOS, DEVOTING HIS LIFE TO COMMUNITY, IS RE-SENTENCED, PAROLE LIKELY SOON

A PREGNANT BLACK WOMAN IS IN PRISON FOR DEFENDING HERSELF. MAINSTREAM GUN GROUPS ARE SILENT.

TESTIMONY AT 2 MARCH HEARINGS SHOWED SEARCY LIKELY INNOCENT; NEXT HEARING DELAYED TO MAY 9

SPRING BRINGS RENEWED STRUGGLE FOR LOVED ONES IN PRISON; THE HOMELESS, CHILDREN KIDNAPPED BY STATE

‘REVERED RAPPER’ KENDRICK LAMAR WINS PULITZER PRIZE FOR ‘DAMN’

A LEAF ON A BIGGER TREE – BLACK TEEN ALMOST KILLED IN ROCHESTER HILLS LOOKING FOR HIS SCHOOL

SYRIA POISON GAS? FALSE PRETEXT FOR U.S./BRITAIN/FRANCE ATTACK APRIL 13

VICTORY! MICH. JUVENILE LIFERS TO HAVE GOOD BEHAVIOR CREDITS INCLUDED IN RE-SENTENCING–U.S. COURT

RACISM PERVADES FOX 2 NEWS; CRITICIZED BLACK TEEN FOR ACCEPTANCE BY 20 TOP COLLEGES

IN THE US, YOU DON’T HAVE TO KILL TO BE A MURDERER–TEEN GETS 65 YRS. FOR KILLING BY ALABAMA COP

NYPD COPS SHOOT UNARMED BIPOLAR BLACK FATHER #SAHEEDVASSELL 9 TIMES IN HEAD, CHEST; COMMUNITY RISING UP
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Diane, thank you for reporting on the "real Detroit". You are an extremely valuable and indispensable VOD.

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Suzanne Walcheck
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DIane you are my heroine.

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Voice of Detroit makes a great contribution to the people's struggle.

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Diane is the truth.

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Diane, thank you for reporting on the "real Detroit". You are an extremely valuable and indispensable VOD.

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DIane you are my heroine.

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