ABOUT VOD

Young marchers from BAMN protest outside Michigan Governor Snyder’s home Jan. 16, 2012

VOICE OF DETROIT (VOD)

Unbought and unbossed, published by Voice of Detroit LLC

P.O. Box 32684 Detroit, Michigan 48232

Phone: 313-825-6126

http://voiceofdetroit.net

The Voice of Detroit (VOD), founded in August, 2010, presents in-depth news stories on the people’s struggles, here in Detroit, nationally and world-wide.  VOD also features commentary and announcements by progressive organizations of upcoming events. It is based in Detroit, Michigan.

DIANE BUKOWSKI, EDITOR

Diane is a life-long Detroiter. She  produced thousands of ground-breaking investigative articles and photos  for The Michigan Citizen for more than 10 years as a professional reporter. In 2000, she broke the story of Eugene Brown, the Detroit police officer who unjustifiably killed three men in 1995, 1996 and 1999, in a piece headlined SERIAL KILLER KOPS?

Diane Bukowski arrested and charged Nov. 4, 2008 for covering fatal high-speed chase by state troopers

She continued to expose killer and rapist cops, as well as the failure of Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to charge them. She  authored numerous stories on battles against prison abuses like juvenile life without parole. She covered the Detroit Public Schools beat for eight years, the devastation of public services and employment, the Detroit Medical Center, and numerous other matters.

 

In retaliation for her exposes of the police and the Prosecutor’s office, she was falsely convicted of two felonies in 2009, for photographing the aftermath of a fatal State Trooper chase which caused the deaths of two Black Detroit men.

Bukowski worked for the City of Detroit from 1974 t0 1999, in the Health and Human Rights Departments. She was a union leader in Local 457 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) for 20 years. Along with Local 457 President Al Phillips, who passed in 1994, and others, she co-founded the Coalition to Stop Privatization and Save Our City in 1992.  She retired with 25 years in 1999 and currently writes numerous stories on the assault on Detroit and other majority-Black cities in Michigan, particularly the phony bankruptcy case which is laying waste to the city.

CORNELL SQUIRES, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER;                             PARALEGAL, LEADER OF WE THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE, RICOBUSTERS

Cornell Squires speaking at press conference on anniversary of murder of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, by Detroit police.
Cornell Squires speaking at press conference on anniversary of murder of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, by Detroit police.

Cornell Squires has been a community activist in Detroit for many decades. He worked as a City of Detroit EMS technician in the 1990’s, exposing the hazardous condition of the ambulances both for workers and patients for 12 years, until he retired on disability. He is still fighting for his pension benefits.

In 2000, he joined the Original Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality after Detroit cop Robert Feld brutalized him for inquiring why police had stopped his son on the street. Cornell’s father had a heart attack during the incident and died some months later. Then his son and cousins were repeatedly targeted by the police in retaliation. He continues to work on behalf of others whose loved ones have been killed by the police or who have themselves been brutalized.

Cornell founded We the People for the People, spending many years working with renowned activist attorney Leonard Eston, who was part of a cohort of militant 1960’s attorneys including Chokwe Lumumba and Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. Eston and Squires have done pro bono work for countless individuals and families whose children have been taken by CPS, who have lost their homes, and experienced other legal hardships. Eston passed in 2013, but Cornell has carried on their work.

He also works with RICOBUSTERS, an organization formed to challenge the court system as a whole, demanding that it be returned to the common people.

KENNETH SNODGRASS, ACTIVIST, PHOTO/VIDEOGRAPHER, JOURNALIST

Kenneth Snodgrass
Kenneth Snodgrass

Kenneth Snodgrass, author of From Victimization to Empowerment, The Challenge Of African American Leadership, The Need Of Real Power, is an African American intellectual,  who has been a political activist for more than 44 years. His work with numerous community organizations has supplied him with an arsenal to study the lessons of our ancestors and people from the past and present.

Mr. Snodgrass’s writings show his deep conviction, dedication and spirit.  He considers himself an African Warrior struggling to bring about economic, political, and social changes in America that will help to empower African people in America and the Diaspora. His writings, opinions and poetry continue to be provocative and controversial occasionally!  They express his originality, creativity and his analysis!

They reflect the reality of Two Americas, one white and powerful and one Black, a nation of people who have been subject to hundreds of years of Slavery, white supremacy and Jim Crow. They reflect the need for collective struggle, strength and commitment, by African Americans locally, nationally and internationally.

Mr. Snodgrass believes that we need to evaluate the concepts, ideas, writings and projections of our past and present historians, intellectuals, because there are so many different viewpoints about the movement.  We need to begin answering these new questions about our future with new ideas, new thoughts and new projections.

One of Ken’s past editors Wanda Roquemore, publisher and editor of “All About Detroit,” said, “Your writings and analysis always challenge you to think about the problem and to think about the solution.”

Mr. Snodgrass has a philosopher’s understanding of what is Freedom, Citizenship, Political Direction, Culture and sub-Culture, our Identity, Dignity, Pride, Spirituality, Humanity, Collective Struggles, Freedom, and the African Identity.  Questions we ask as a people and as a nation will need to be answered in the 21 century.

Mr. Snodgrass has worked with many community and political groups, e.g. Black Panther Party, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the All African Peoples Union (AAPU), the Committee for Political Development, the Advocators, National Organization for America (NOAR), Save Our Son and Daughter (SOSAD), the Michigan Committee to Organize the Unemployed, Detroiter’s for Dignity (a senior citizen group), U.S./Cuba Labor Exchange, the Justice for Cuba Coalition, Black Left Unity (BLU), and many other issue oriented groups.

Mr. Snodgrass (Ken) is opposed to the U.S.A. dominating international policies on Central America, Africa and the Third World Countries, because it projects American chauvinism and racism and works against the development of self-autonomy of their Nations.  Also the USA is in the process of carrying out low intensity warfare.  He supports the liberation struggles of oppressed people for humanitarian advancement i.e. their struggles for the elimination of racism, sexism, materialism, consumerism, militarism, colonialism, U.S. hegemony, environment destruction etc.

Kenneth has been writing publicly for the last 25 years and his articles have appeared in over 50 different weekly and monthly publications, including journals, newsletters, local and national newspapers and national wire services. Some of the publications were weekly and some are monthly.

The publications include Witness for Peace and Justice (focus on Central American issues), the Washington Afro-American, The Challenger (New York), The Final Call (Chicago- Nation), The Michigan Chronicle, The Michigan Citizen, Caribbean Entertainment Guide (Michigan & Canada), The Muskegon Chronicle, the Muslim Journal (Chicago, IL), Power to the People (Ontario, Canada), The Workers’ Advocate (National- Chicago), Peoples Weekly World  (National), Flint Enquirer New, Baragua (a publication about Central America), The IBasta (Hispanic), Workers World News National -NY, NY, and El Central (an Hispanic weekly newspaper in Michigan).

Additional publications are The People’s Tribune (IL), The Panther Spirit (Milwaukee, WIS),  Muhammad Speaks Continues (H. Park, MI.), Justice Speaks (NC), The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), Call & Post (Cleveland, Ohio) Survival News (W. Roxbury, Ma), Today’s African American Chronicle (Chicago, IL), African-American Re.(Chicago, IL).  He has also contributed to local newsletters such as Save Our Sons and Daughters (SOSAD), Respect Yourself New, and been an NNPA correspondent.

Mr. Snodgrass has traveled several times to Africa, Central America, South America, Cuba, the West Indies, the British Virgin Islands, and Europe, etc.  His travels have afforded him a great opportunity to experience multiple cultures and life styles.  They have given him a prime opportunity to take photos locally, nationally as well as internationally.

Mr. Snodgrass has been a photographer for over 45 years and still feels an extreme sense of creativity. He has also been video recording, documenting the movement and his travels. He now has over 250 community videos on his YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/KennySnod. By A No Struggle, No Development! Production By Kenny Snodgrass, Activist, Photographer/Videographer, Author.

His videos have been shown on Democracy Now!, an Independent Radio & TV News channel. In the last three years Kenny’s You Tube videos have received over 83,000 hits/views, and been seen/viewed in 42 country around the world.

His works have been displayed in a wide range of areas i.e. Detroit Public Library, Northwest Activity Center, Manufacturer Nation Bank, The McNamara Federal Building, Detroit Repertory Theater, the African World Festival, Museum of African American History, Joe Martines camp in Cuba, and multiple showings at other galleries in Cuba.

_____________________________________________________________

VOD NEEDS OTHER REPORTERS, WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, MARKETERS AND STAFF. At this point, VOD is not able to pay, but we are working on setting up advertising and links with other organizations to eventually produce revenue for an uncompromising newspaper that addresses the struggles in this city’s majority Black community as well as struggles of poor and working people world-wide.

To submit articles, email diane_bukowski@hotmail.com or call her at 313-825-6126.

____________________________________________________________

Comments on this site are allowed,  after review. THEY WILL BE DELETED IF THEY ARE NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE, INCLUDING COMMENTS EVIDENCING RACISM AND HOSTILITY TO THE PEOPLE OF DETROIT.

Creative Commons License: ORIGINAL ARTICLES AND PHOTOGRAPHS FROM VOICE OF DETROIT REPORTERS AND COLUMNISTS MAY BE RE-PUBLISHED, IN WHOLE AND WITHOUT ALTERATION, WITH ATTRIBUTION TO THE REPORTER OR COLUMNIST AND THE VOICE OF DETROIT, AND A LINK TO THIS WEBSITE, http://voiceofdetroit.net.

SPECIAL THANKS GO TO KATHY RUSSELL, WHO CONTRIBUTED HER TIME AND SKILLS PRO BONO TO BUILD BOTH BUKOWSKI’S LEGAL DEFENSE SITE, AND THE VOICE OF DETROIT SITE. SHE HAS BEEN A TRUE FRIEND IN THE STRUGGLE.

Print Friendly

23 Responses to ABOUT VOD

  1. Peter Jackson says:

    5 Mo’ Artists Stages “Revolution” for Charles H. Wright Museum

    Detroit, MI. 5 Mo’ Artists Detroit 2013, one of the cities most anticipated art experiences, will present “Talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution: an evening of Art, Jazz and Theatre” from 7pm- Midnight on Saturday, September 7th at the Maggie Lee’s Community Center, 7700 Puritan in Detroit. This 8th Annual Pharaoh’s Treasure Box charitable event will feature the works of Michigan Artisans: Jeanne Poulet, Troy Weaver, Sharon Williams-Dean of Art by Sewd, Walter Bailey, Anna Coleman, Nina Griffin, Adowa Muwzea, and Peter Jackson, CEO of Pharoah’s Treasure Box.

    Together with exclusive vendors, such as Detroit’s Mr. Harvey of TV33 WHPR, independent distributor of African EZ Silk Hair and Skin Care products will be working to raise money for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

    The evening of entertainment will entice patrons with a fusion of jazz and R&B from such well known artists as Darrell Mathews, of The Platters who will be accompanied by The Starship, as well as the sounds of DJ Ram.

    Brace yourself for theatre that‘s up close and personal with performances by La Troupe des Arts under the direction of Big Meach, author and Atlanta’s Blog Talk Radio Network show host “Dishing Tea with Big Meach” who will present theatrical excerpts from his original work “No Time for The Pain.” Cabaret entertainer, Jesse Peck and actress Shondra Tipler, La Troupe des Arts, will emcee the event. A complementary buffet and refreshments will be provided.

    5 Mo’ Artists Detroit 2013 is sponsored in part by Sherwood Forest Art and will be held Saturday, September 7th from 7pm to Midnight at the Maggie Lee’s Community Center, 7700 Puritan in Detroit. A portion of the proceeds from this 8th annual charitable event will be donated to Detroit’s jewel the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History which features exhibit galleries, a theater, classrooms, a research library, multi-purpose rooms and a museum store.

    Join us in supporting change in our communities through our mission of cultural awareness, unity and the pursuit of dreams!

    Advance tickets are$25.00; tickets at the door are $30.For tickets or additional information contact: Pharaoh’s Treasure Box, 248-688-5178 or Art by Sewd, 313-919-4356.

    ####

  2. Sable says:

    I’m so glad I came across this website. This is a cool website with great news about Detroit. We need more people like this that are willing to get the facts and will back down for nothing and no one.
    Great job and a hope to see more.
    Do you cover stories about Metro Detroit? There is a peace rally in Inkster at Inkster High School at 9:30 am on 7-13-13. Its a story I think should be covered! The violence has got to stop in our cities.
    Also can anyone give an article to be published here?

  3. I’d like to ask you about writing an article on your website. I have an idea that would improve education in Detroit public schools. I call it ‘Labor Education’. The idea of labor education involves teaching students a course in labor politics. The course would also include a brief history of the labor movement. I think Labor Education should be mandatory for all students in Detroit public high schools.

    In a class in Labor Education, the students will learn that when they graduate from high school, they may get a job in a non-union shop. If they work in a non-union shop, they may be treated unfairly, and their rights may be violated. Classroom instruction in Labor Education would teach students the basics of labor unions, it would teach them the basics of union organizing drives, so they would be motivated to join unions, as soon as they graduated from high school, and got jobs.

    Do you think the Republicans would oppose this idea? Where do you stand on this issue? Does ‘Voice Of Detroit’ have a policy on Labor Education, of do you wish to treat it like a non-issue?

  4. Beverley Nettles-Nickerson says:

    Thank you for helping MaryAnn and her daughter. I am experiencing similar ,charges in Ingham County. I am a former Circuit Court Judge first and only Black female, District and Circut Judge. I was removed from the Bench for attempting to expose at the bias and prejudice I experience. I served 18 years with a blemished serving the community well….I wish VOD was involved in my injustice….Is it too Late. My reputation and character and the truth exposed for my family is what I pray for daily/….Thank you again, Bev 517-721-1549

  5. Bell Montford says:

    I took some of my grandchildren to the memory cloud event at the DIA . I writing to find out if I could see all of the memory cloud comment. Thank You

    • Diane Bukowski says:

      VOD does not use a memory cloud. To see reader’s comments on each article, click on the headline of the story, and the story plus comments will appear.

  6. DeShon Harris says:

    …this is a continuation of my last post (please forgive me). The rally mentioned in the last post will be aimed at asking for thorough investigations from these particular investigation agencies: http://www.primetime.com, http://www.today.com, http://www.ac360.com, http://www.48hour.com and http://www.dateline.com respectively. Once again thank you for your time and patience concerning this matter.

  7. DeShon Harris says:

    I will like to inform you that my brother, Michael D. Harris, ( on behalf of all Michigan prisoners who have been wrongly accused and convicted) , who is currently incarcerated in the Michigan prison system is trying to start an internet rally on 06September2011 @ 12pm regarding that the Detroit Police Crime Laboratory as well as the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory-Lansing falsification of dna and ballistics in hundreds of cases over a 30 year span and wrongly accusing and convicting innocent men. He is asking that all parties concerned log onto their computers and contact these news services to ask for an investigation regarding these atrocities of injustice. Thank you very much for your time and patience concerning this matter.

  8. Derek Hopings says:

    Keep me up on all events!

  9. Diane,

    I would like to extend to you a public thank you for all of your help and support in regards to getting the word out on phone rate increases with the DOC. Your advice, time, and support is invaluable in keeping families connected during the hard times.

    On behalf of many other friends, wives, husbands, girlfriends, children and parents of those incarcerated in the State of Michigan, a sincere thank you to you and your team.

    If you need any support on any endeavor, I would be happy to assist in any way.

    Cathryn Johnson(Bachus)

  10. Mary Hirzel says:

    Is there an email address for Ms. Bukowski?

    Thanks for this, and all articles on the Godboldo injustice!

    Mary

  11. Tommy gun says:

    hahah….i love how you guys deleted my posts…

    You guys claim to represent against biased and against corruption or whatever, but you DELETE people’s comments on your website if you don’t agree with their opinion?? awesome…

    I love it…Thats all i needed to know.
    thank you!
    watch, now this post will be deleted too…

    Too bad you are all too uneducated to know that everything you write is crap and that even the concept of trying to claim that all police are RAPISTS, and murderers, etc is hilarious…You guys must think that ACLU-types agree?? too bad they don’t

    go ahead, delete my posts…it just shows how ignorant and truly BIASED you are…Numerous people read it and then saw my posts deleted. I love it…Thats all those detroit residents needed to see

    • Diane Bukowski says:

      Your current post is being allowed only to let readers know that all such posts will be deleted in the future. This is not the Detroit News or Free Press which allow all sorts of racist remarks from ignorant, uneducated, hostile people who hate everyone in Detroit to be posted. This is an independent newspaper run by our own guidelines. We will not allow posts we consider not to be in the interests of the people. So be warned, all other posts from you or anyone else of a similar frame of mind will be DELETED. Don’t read the paper if you don’t like what it stands for.

  12. onedot says:

    I’ve bookmarked you. If I am able to overcome the extreme weather issue, I will move to Detroit because of people like you all. No joke and best wishes.

    If the fool would only persist in his folly he would become wise. Wm Blake 1790

  13. Alonzo Bell says:

    I have recieved so much information from this newspaper I feel like I have hit the Jackpot. Is there anyway I can subscribe as well as help advertise your paper. I am the founder of a non profit that deals with many issues I have read in your paper. I want to help mobilize people to get them informed about these issues. I am just getting started and I need help and I want to help in any way that I can, any organization that is about justice and truth. Please keep me updated. Keep up the great work!! The people of Detroit needs a paper like this.

  14. Nellie Jefferies Slater says:

    Last week in the news broadcast announcing the firings of Detroit’s Fire Commisioner and Deputy Commissioner, Councilman Andrew Spivey made an odd comment. He said, “We’re (Council members) here to serve the Mayor…” Those who voted him were obviously of the mistaken assumption that if elected, he would be serving Detroit residents. One can’t help but wonder how of the other new sitting Council members understand who they represent. Totally outrageous!!!

  15. Lewis M. (Bill) Dickens III says:

    Greg sent me your link.

    Maybe I should send you some of my writings on what Robert Bobb has done that is absolutely corrupt from a Construction point of view. I am an architect and I am completely aware of what is illegal and appalling.

    It’s a gouge to raise monies for the campaign of Mitt Romney against Obama.

    Bill

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>