Skip to comments.Detroit protesters vow ‘civil disobedience’ in opposition to city’s emergency manager
Posted on 03/18/2013 9:34:24 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
Hundreds of well-organized demonstrators vowing civil disobedience will greet Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyders visit to Cobo Hall in Detroit Monday for an economic summit in order to protest Snyders selection of a powerful emergency manager to save the city of Detroit from bankruptcy.
On Thursday, Snyder appointees on a three-person panel confirmed African-American lawyer Kevyn Orr as the citys emergency manager, a powerful position that gives him authority to restructure the citys finances and change labor contracts while the all-black elected city council sits on the sidelines. The move, facilitated by Snyder, has sparked charges of racial animus and anti-democracy against the governor.
Its obvious that race played into this decision, Rev. Charles Williams III, the head of the Michigan affiliate of Al Sharptons National Action Network, told The Daily Caller. There may be some voter suppression behind it.
Were going to educate and also escalate, Williams said about the planned protest. Between us and all the people from UAW [United Auto Workers], there should be hundreds. Theres going to be action, and escalation around some civil disobedience.
You wont even know it until it happens, he continued, when asked what kinds of civil disobedience Snyder should expect. There are plenty of people committed to going to jail. Weve been doing traffic slowdowns. Were going to push that up and go ahead with a full traffic stop.
Williams confirmed that Sharpton has been very involved in his groups efforts in Detroit. Williams met with protest organizers Saturday at Detroits King Solomon Baptist Church on 14th Street, where, he pointed out, Malcolm X delivered his 1963 Message to the Grassroots speech criticizing non-violent civil rights groups.
Maybe we wont take it to the level of the 60s riots, but this thing is escalating, Williams said.
While supporters of the emergency manager say that Orrs appointment is the only option for a city racked last year with a $327 million budget deficit and $14 billion in long-term liabilities, others see it as a civil rights issue.
Obviously [Orr] is a black proxy for the governor, Williams said. Detroit is 84 percent African-American, and this is an obvious opportunity for Snyder to utilize this man as an Uncle Tom, quite frankly.
Orr previously served as a partner at the Jones Day law firm, resigning last week to accept his appointment with the city of Detroit. Snyder declared Detroit to be in a state of financial emergency March 1. Though the City Council appealed Snyders decision on March 12 in an effort to enact its own recovery plan, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing did not join the appeal and consented to the appointment of an emergency manager.
Bing announced last Monday that the city had hired Jones Day, Orrs firm, as restructuring counsel.
At the Michigan state capitol in Lansing, tensions are high between Republicans who support Snyders emergency turnaround plan and Democrats who fear Orrs wide-ranging power.
We had our meeting with the treasurer before it was announced. We said we hear [Snyder is] interviewing people. If the decision hasnt been made about whether youre going ahead with an emergency manager, why is he interviewing people?, Democratic state Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who represents part of Detroit, told TheDC.
At this point, its out of the hands of the legislature, the city council, and the mayor, Tlaib said.
Orrs success or failure will likely rest on his own judgment and decisions alone, given the power usually afforded emergency managers.
[Synder's] treasurer Andy Dillon said we have a tendency not to micromanage emergency managers, Tlaib said.
When I had an issue with the Detroit public schools, which was under emergency management, I presented it to the emergency manager of the Detroit schools, and they were not responsive. I contacted Andy Dillon and he said, we dont micromanage the emergency managers, we stay out of all that.
“Maybe we won’t take it to the level of the ’60s riots, but this thing is escalating,” Williams said.
Perhaps they won't take it to the level of the '60s riots since there is nothing left in that turd world hell-hole left to burn.
There won’t be any rioting and there won’t be any FReepers admitting to being wrong about it.
Too many minorities are totally dependent on all the city government jobs-for-life money. It’s how Dems have been buying their votes, for decades.
Using Benton Harlem as an example, I don’t think this ends well.
I’ve seen downtown Detroit . . . there ain’t too many stores, building, or shops to loot or burn down . . . so what’re they gonna’ do?
Just put a fence around the place already !
Fundamentally no different than a swimmer in distress grabbing a rescuer and dragging both to their deaths...
Perhaps they won’t take it to the level of the ‘60s riots since there is nothing left in that turd world hell-hole left to burn.
Heh. Good point. It would save a lot of people some good money that would otherwise be wasted razing many of those buildings. Hmmm. Maybe you need a good riot every now and again...just to clean out the dead wood. Kinda like forest fires.
True. But only them people would call the rescuer an “Uncle Tom”.
That worked so good last time to bring peace and prosperity to the city, let's do it again.
If I were Governor Snyder, I would respond,”The only reason you are protesting is I appointed a Black man. You are all racists.”
Another “reverend”. Jackson, Sharpton, wright, Williams. Much of a pattern? Fomenting violence is always in their bag of tricks.
The idiotic comments and threats confound me, and what do they hope to accomplish by them? I’ve heard for the last couple years how the Detroit City Councel “has a plan, just need a chance for it to work, and nothing changes...
And the insults they hurl at the Emergency Financial Manager are amazing.
Tribal, just tribal.
civil disobedience will not happen in detroit it will be transported to the suburbs where they will get more effect with looting and the usual stuff. Dearborn and Wayne County are safe because the Muslims will be protected.
Rev. Charles Williams III is the Detroit version of Sharpton.
These idiots tried blocking a freeway last week, state police had to remove them. This Detroit issue along with the Detroit schools has been going on for decades. They can’t fix it, bankruptcy is in their future.
Send 'em all a copy of Escape from New York and tell them that is their future if they don't help. Of course, some of them would like that future.
Ill have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years. Lyndon Baines Johnson about the Great Society plan.
Folks on my dad’s side worked in the office and on the line at Ford for generations. Fortunately, they saw this coming and got out while they had homes to sell.
There was a time when Detroit was a great place to live & work. Not any more...
There's suburbs, aren't there? What are they going to do is the big question.
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