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.