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UPDATE: August 17, 2104 - Protesters Gain Detroit Water Shut-Off Moratorium, Demand Investigation of Suspected Rampant Corruption
Rally to Stop the Privatization of Detroit Friday, July 18, 1 PM
Freedom Friday 10!
“It’s not one thing, it’s EVERYTHING!” – Rev. Pinkney
Stop the Water Shutoffs! Restore Water Service!
Hands off the Pensions!
Make the Banks Pay!
July 18, 2014, 1pm
Jefferson and Woodward, downtown Detroit (two blocks east of Cobo Hall) (map)
We call on activists everywhere to come to Detroit on Friday, July 18 for a rally and march to fight the dictatorship of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, appointed by millionaire Republican Governor Rick Synder, and backed by Wall Street bankers and the 1%.
Under a state-imposed bankruptcy, the City of Detroit workers face severe cuts to their pensions and several hundred thousand people face water shutoffs.
The banks who have destroyed Detroit’s neighborhoods through racist predatory subprime mortgages and saddled the City of Detroit with fraudulent subprime financing, continue to loot the people of Detroit.
Detroiters have lost their democratic rights – “elected” officials serve at the pleasure of the unelected Emergency Manager, and may be fired at any time.
From the loss of the auto plant jobs, loss of people from home foreclosures, attack on pensions, high insurance, replacing public schools with charter schools/Education Achievement Authority (EAA), water shut-offs, to privatization and the state helping corporations take over city assets and services such as Belle Isle, the largest urban park in the U.S., garbage department, workforce development, human services, health dept., Detroit Institute of Arts, with selling the water dept. on the horizon! Banks, billionaires and corporations made this bankruptcy up to rob the people of Detroit blind and kill democracy.
To Detroiters, we say, ”It’s time to take a stand, stand up and fight for yourselves, your children, your grandchildren, your city!”
To people everywhere, we say, “Stand with the people of Detroit. Your city, your services, and your pensions will be targetted next”
Let’s come together to stop the takeover of Detroit, we are not going to take this anymore! United we can stop the takeover of our Detroit!
Why is Michigan a Battleground State?
The Supreme Court decisions that equated money with free speech and corporations with people, have unleashed a huge flood of corporate campaign cash into Michigan. Plagued with rigged elections, corrupt government, and predatory bank lending, this once formidable stronghold of the labor movement is now a state in-effect run by oligarchy; its cities forced into bankruptcies and corporate "Emergency Management."
In the Michigan legislature, the attack on democracy was spearheaded by ALEC, and funded by Americans for Prosperity -- the political arms of the fossil fuel billionaire Koch brothers. Their huge flow of cash has bought crucial legislative and court seats and fueled a full scale regressive assault on:
- the poor, mostly black population
- labor rights
- the elderly
- voting rights
- women's health
- Detroit city workers’ pensions
- victims of fraudulent home foreclosures
- access to water for the poor
The strategic plan: Rig elections through voting machine, absentee, and write-in ballot fraud, and gerrymander Michigan and other Midwest swing-states in order to turn them into permanent fiefdoms of corporations, as part of the Right’s tactical plan to control the next few election cycles and bring the country fully under their control.
The Michigan gerrymander was carried out in 2010 by the GOP-controlled legislature. In Presidential elections, over 54% of MI voters usually mark their ballots for Democrats. Now, of the State’s 14 federal congressional districts, 9 are controlled by Republicans.
The next step: CHEAT TO STEAL THE PRESIDENCY. Plans are afoot to change the rules for the next presidential race; to convert Michigan's electoral-college votes to proportional representation rather than winner-take-all, which will likely result in the Democratic candidate for President in Michigan losing 9 out of 14 electoral votes while winning the popular vote.
A National Call to Link Arms for Detroit
How Detroit Got This Way
Detroit Shutting of Residents' Water a Human Rights Violation?
Detroit's Water War
Detroit's Racist Bankruptcy Plan
Detroit Bankruptcy Timeline of Events
In Solidarity with the People of Detroit - Alliance for Democracy
Reverend Pinkney in the Mouth of the Beast
Governor Snyder Moves to Block $10.10 Minimum Wage Initiative from the Ballot
Detroit Automakers Pledge $26 Million to Help Save City's Art
Michigan Senate Passes Plan to Ease Detroit Pension Cuts
Detroit Pension Proposal Gets an Angry Reception
Detroit's Pensions on the Chopping Block
Unelected Emergency Manager Preparing to Break Detroit's Pension Promises
White Supremacy and the Looting of Detroit
Detroit’s Bankruptcy Reflects a History of Racism
Racism at the root of Detroit's transportation, housing and criminal justice issues, Michigan Roundtable attendees say
Only Wall Street Wins in Detroit Crisis Reaping $474 Million Fee
Alabama Bankruptcy Deal Calls Attention to Wall Street Abuses (compare with Detroit)
Cash Strapped Cities Seized by New Management
We demand that the Detroit Water and Sewage Department stop violating basic human rights and return clean water to Detroit citizens.
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