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Detroit retirees and city workers push back as Kevyn Orr cuts deeper

More than 400 retirees and supporters rallied in front of the Theodore Levin Federal Courthouse in downtown Detroit Tuesday, April 1, against deep cuts to pensions and healthcare set out in Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s bankruptcy restructuring plan. Orr’s ‘Plan of Adjustment’ for Detroit’s bankruptcy cuts the General Retirement System pension up to 34% and the Police and Fire […]


Who is burning down Detroit’s world-renowned Heidelberg Project?

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is playing inside Detroit artist Tyree Guyton’s head. His iconic “Party Animal House”, part of the world-renowned Heidelberg Project lays in front of him, burned to its foundation. “It’s already speaking to me, and that’s what I hear,” he says about his thoughts on March 7, as he stood looking at the […]


Jobs, Peace and Justice: Detroiters rally and march in 11th annual MLK Day celebration

In commemoration of the Freedom Summer of 1964, and in honor of the work and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, citizens from Detroit and the surrounding Metro area gathered at Central United Methodist Church in the city’s downtown for the 11th annual MLK Day Rally and March, Jan. 20. “During the summer of 1964, nearly […]


Judge allows Detroit bankruptcy: citizens protest ruling

Today, Judge Steven Rhodes announced in federal court that Detroit’s bankruptcy can move forward, making the Motor City the first of its size to go bust in U.S. history. In a surprise twist to his ruling, Rhodes also opened the door for cuts to city worker pensions as a possible way to balance the books, […]


In Pictures: Faces, Families and stories from the Motor City

Amid the largest bankruptcy filing ever for an American city, Detroiters carry on, speak up, organize and help one other. Detroit, the automotive capital of the world, once a marvel of industrialization and worker prowess, made history on July 18, 2013 when it became the largest American city in history to file for bankruptcy. The […]


Among the Ruins of the Detroit Packard Plant

An afternoon exploring the remnants of a once automotive giant. Since its closure in 1958, the Packard Automotive Plant has served as a haven for graffiti artists, urban explorers, paintballers, auto scrappers and photographers. One such artist and photographer is Detroiter J Kyle Keener. Kyle has been exploring and soaking in artistic inspiration from this place […]


Corporate giant Century Aluminum holds West Virginia retirees hostage in exchange for cheap power.

This story has come full circle. In February 2012, I covered the heartbreaking struggle of Century Aluminum retirees in Ravenswood, West Virginia as they fought for the return of healthcare benefits – paid for through decades of wage deductions while with the company. A month later that year, they struck a deal with Century and […]


Horsepower, Burning Rubber and a Cast of Characters Hit the Motor City

On August 18th, 2012 more than a million people and tens of thousands of classic cars are expected to descend on Woodward Avenue in Detroit to take part in the 17th annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Here are a selection of images from last year’s Dream Cruise. The Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan is the […]


Paris – Detroit: connections revealed.

As part of the Detroit Design Festival 2012, Detroit Artist Greg Fadell ties two historic cities together in his four-story work of art “Paris of the West” at Willys Overland Lofts in the city’s Midtown district.   Fadell describes his concept for Paris of the West: Detroit’s connection with France is historic; I am using […]


Detroit’s bankruptcy eligibility trial begins: Moratorium Now, Unions, and Occupy protest

In a sign of solidarity against Detroit’s Emergency Manager and possible bankruptcy for the city, hundreds of supporters from Moratorium Now, Occupy Detroit, Occupy Wall Street, UAW, AFSCME, SEIU, Rosa Parks Institute and the National Action Network, marched around the courthouse and rallied in front as the first day of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy eligibility […]


Detroiters protest possible sell-off of DIA art to pay city’s bills.

More than 200 protesters gathered in front of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to protest the possible sell-off of the museum’s collection to help settle the city’s debt during bankruptcy proceedings. The Motor City filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in July 2013, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history and as […]


Classic Americana hits the Motor City: Woodward Dream Cruise 2013

A throwback to the 1950s and 60s when people cruised in their cars along Woodward Avenue looking for friends or a street race with other hot rods, the Woodward Dream Cruise was the brainchild of Michigan resident Nelson House. The world’s largest one-day automotive event draws about 1.5m people, 40,000 classic cars each year from […]


ALEC convention draws protest of thousands in Chicago

Thousands protested in the streets Thursday, August 8, 2013  in downtown Chicago outside the Palmer House Hilton Hotel where The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held their 40th anniversary convention. A coalition of concerned citizens, community and action groups joined union members and supporters to voice their concern about what they feel is the influence […]


The People’s Potluck – Detroit

People from all over the Detroit Metro area gathered for lively discussion and debate around current events, the state of the city and actions happening throughout Michigan. Thursday, July 25, 2013 In what has become a regular monthly meeting of progressives and grassroots community action groups, the People’s Potluck is open to all progressive folks, their friends […]


Detroiters Rally: Justice for Trayvon Martin

Detroiters gathered downtown for the “Justice for Trayvon” action vigil, put on by the Detroit Chapter of the National Action Network. The national day of action was held in more than 100 cities across the US to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman who shot him. Detroit, Michigan July […]


Dozens block petroleum coke trucks in Detroit

Supporters and members of Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands (DCATS) blocked a truck hauling petroleum coke to the controversial storage facility and docks along the Detroit River Monday June 24, 2013. With Detroit police and Homeland Security officers standing by, the group held the truck for nearly three hours before agreeing to allow it to […]


After 90 years, historic Detroit church prepares to close.

for photo caption information, please click on the “i” in the upper right above slideshow Talking with people, I’m always taken in by their stories of life in Detroit back in the 50s-60s and the history around St. Gregory the Great church on Dexter, just off of the Lodge Freeway is precisely what I’m talking […]


Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr holds first public meeting

Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr held his first public meeting with residents and concerned citizens at the Spencer Partrich Auditorium at the Wayne State School of Law, June 10, 2013. While a couple hundred people waited in line for the doors to open, protesters against the take over by the Emergency Manager protested just outside the […]


School for disabled slated to shut says DPS Emergency Manager, parents and students protest

Students, parents and supporters protest the planned closing of  Oakman Elementary Orthopedic School which specializes in teaching children with disabilities, outside the headquarters of Detroit Public Schools Thursday, May 23, 2013. Last month, Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts announced he will shut Oakman Elementary Orthopedic School. One of four DPS schools listed to be closed, […]


More than 100 arrested at Chicago schools protest

An estimated 5,000 parents, students, teachers, public school employees and community residents rallied in Chicago Wednesday, March 27, 2013, against an announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public School Board to close 54 public schools in the city next year. The closings will affect more than 30,000 students, primarily in low-income black and Latino areas […]


Detroiters Rally Against New EFM Kevyn Orr on His First Day at Work

Citizens protested Monday morning, March 25, 2013 outside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit where Kevyn Orr, the newly appointed Emergency Financial Manager for the city was beginning his official first day on the job. Gathered outside during a blast of late-winter snow, a coalition of about 100 community, labor and faith-based supporters […]


Woman Crashes Pickup Into Soul Food Gas Station

    A woman crashed a truck into the HP Soul Food Valero gas station at the corner of McNichols Rd. and Woodward Ave. in Highland Park Saturday, March 23, 2013. Owner Hassan Beydoun says the woman crashed into the building, got out of the pickup, flipped off her high heels and ran down the […]


Detroit Youth March Against School to Prison Pipeline

A group of about 150 students, parents and supporters of Detroit Youth Takedown marched from Cass Park in downtown Detroit to the Wayne County Jail to protest the school to prison pipeline Saturday, March 23, 2013. During the 1.5 mile trek through downtown marchers chanted, “Stand up for education and say no to incarceration!” They […]


Food Not Bombs Rocks Trumbullplex to Feed Detroiters

Kicking off a new year, the Detroit Food Not Bombs chapter held a fundraising and canned food drive Sunday March 3, 2013 to raise money for their upcoming campaign to feed Detroiters free, healthy, hot Vegan and Vegetarian meals. Held at the Trumbullplex Detroit’s sexiest anarchist collective, six bucks got goers food and entertainment featuring: Five […]