Detroit Stories

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

After the demonstration outside the courthouse on Lafayette Ave. which was organized by Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Stop the Theft of Our Pensions Committee (STOPC), protesters marched to the bankruptcy court offices where a few retirees initiated a mass filing of objections to Kevyn Orr's bankruptcy, while the group waited outside.

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?

Students from Olympus College’s Opus gifted school in the Netherlands explore the Heidelberg Project during a class field trip. The group is in town on an exchange program with the Roeper School in Birmingham, and came out for a tour. Their teacher, Floor Schils, says, “Even in Holland we know about this story. I think [the Heidelberg Project] is something positive among all the negative news we see about Detroit.”

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 […]


Heidelberg Project’s ‘Party Animal House’ destroyed by fire

'Party Animal House' in Detroit's world-renowned Heidelberg Project burns to the ground.

An early morning fire claimed the building, known as the ‘Party Animal House’ or, ‘Doll House’, in Tyree Guyton’s world-renowned Heidelberg Project art installation in Detroit, March 7, 2014. Fire broke out in the building just before 3 a.m. according to reports and burned the house at Mt. Elliott Avenue and Elba to the foundation. […]


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

11th annual MLK Day Rally and March in Detroit. Jobs, Peace and Justice.

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 […]


Citizens demand economic ‘People’s Recovery’ outside Detroit Auto Show

Mark Farris worked for Ford for 30 years. He turned out to voice his opposition to what is happening in society and with workers. He says, "The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer."

As Automakers prepare to trumpet record profits and reveal new car models at the 25th annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center in Detroit, dozens of union members, supporters and concerned citizens turned up to demonstrate outside the venue Sunday, Jan. 12 for a ‘People’s Recovery’. Organized by Autoworker Caravan and joined by […]


Judge allows Detroit bankruptcy: citizens protest ruling

An Occupy Detroit member protests outside the courthouse.

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

Sunday in Cass Park with friends and the forgotten worker.

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 […]


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

Members of Occupy Detroit, Occupy Wall Street, Moratorium Now, unions and community groups, demonstrate in front of the federal courthouse in Detroit. Hundreds of protesters rallied in front as the first day of Detroit's Chapter 9 bankruptcy eligibility trial gets underway.

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 […]


Nationwide march against Monsanto: Detroiters join in.

Sharon Feldman takes the Soap Box to tell the crowd about a demonstration her group is planning to hold outside the federal courthouse downtown, in protest of the Detroit bankruptcy filing by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Governor Snyder that will happen in the coming weeks.

Detroiters joined thousands across the U.S. who held rallies against GMOs (genetically modified organisms) as part of the Nationwide March Against Monsanto Saturday, October 12, 2013. Starting out at Grand Circus Park, demonstrators marched through downtown with signs and bullhorns, taking their message to the streets and the office of Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. While the […]


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

Protest against possible sell-off of art at the Detroit Institute of Arts to pay ciy's debts.

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

Vintage automobiles speed down Woodward Avenue.

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 […]


The People’s Potluck – Detroit

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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

Rev. Charles Williams, II, head of the National Action Network addresses the crowd in Detroit.  Detroiters rallied downtown in 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 Trayvon Martin's death and the acquittal of George Zimmerman who shot and killed him. Detroit, Michigan July 20, 2013.  STILLSCENES/James Fassinger

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) block a truck hauling petroleum coke to the controversial storage facility and docks along the Detroit River Monday June 24, 2013.

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.

Makyah Jones, 9, of Detroit (left), Invy Bannasch, 10, of Detroit (center) and Brooklyn Smith, 8 of Detroit (right) lead the closing march out of St. Gregory the Great church in Detroit after a special Sunday mass and gathering of alumni from the St. Gregory the Great church in Detroit. The parish is celebrating their 90th anniversary this month but is preparing to close at the end of June after opening in 1923. Sunday, June 9, 2013.

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

Protesters rally outside the first public meeting held by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr at the Spencer Partrich Auditorium at the Wayne State School of Law, June 10, 2013

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

Parents, students and supporters rally in front of Detroit Public School HQ in protest of closing Oakman Elementary/Orthopedic School in Detroit

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, […]


Paris – Detroit: connections revealed.

Almost as if it is being slowly erased, the last bit of Detroit's signature building, the GM Renaissance Center disappears behind Greg's painting.

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 […]


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

Ann Taylor, Detroit resident 'for the past 22 years, says she came out for the rally to defend her constitutional rights.  The governor's appointment of an EFM will effectively take away the voting rights of residents in a city which is has the highest percentage of African Americans in the United States (82.7%).  Democratically elected officials, city contracts, finances and public services in Detroit are now under the sole control of Kevyn Orr, who is accountable only to Michigan's Governor Snyder.

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 middle of Woodward Ave. Mike Bahry, owner of Car Choice on Woodward Ave. next door to the gas station, heard the commotion and chased the woman down the street yelling for her to stop. The suspect complied and Beydoun caught up with her and brought her back to the shop where the police later took her into custody.  Beydoun says he and his employees were just finishing up a meeting and luckily no one was in the front part of the shop when the woman crashed through.

    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

Parents and supporters taking part in the Detroit Youth Takeover rally march past Detroit's historic Fox Theater during their 1.5 mile journey through downtown to the Wayne County Jail to protest the 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

Food Not Bombs Group Raises Money 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 […]


Governor Snyder Announces State Take Over of Motor City.

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today announced that he will appoint an emergency financial manager to the city of Detroit during a meeting in the Maccabees Building on the campus of Wayne State University Friday March 1, 2013. During a town hall style meeting filled with community and business leaders, students, clergy and members of the […]


“ARBEIT MACHT FREI” Graffiti Artist Comes Forward in Facebook Post

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The mysterious author of the “ARBEIT MACHT FREI” graffiti installation at the Packard Plant in Detroit has come forward. An artist named Penny Gaff , alleging to be the author of the work issued this response at 11:03 Tuesday February, 19 in the comments of my post on Facebook of a Detroit Free Press article about the infamous […]