Detroit Stories

First Nations ‘Idle No More’ gather in Detroit

Supporters of Idle No More held a round dance and prayers at Hart Plaza on the banks of the Detroit river January 20, 2013, “To bring awareness of the need of community and environmental healing”. The group assembled in honor and support of Chief Theresa Spence, Attawapiskat, who is in her 40th day of a […]


Detroiters Protest Keystone XL Pipeline at Chase Building

Members of Occupy Detroit and opponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline protest outside the Chase building in Downtown Detroit, Michigan Monday January 7, 2013 during a national call by Occupy Denver for a day of solidarity actions to raise awareness and mobilize in support of the Tar Sands Blockade in Texas. Organizers said J.P Morgan […]


Detroit Area Woman Faces Jail for Vegetable Garden

This story is from July 2011. Julie Bass, of Oak Park, Michigan planted a vegetable garden in her front yard to replace the grass that once covered it back in the spring of 2011. The Bass family planted the garden after maintenance to their septic line left the area bare. Instead of putting an expensive […]


Black Friday Protest at Walmart – Dearborn, Mi

A coalition of labor groups made it into the Walmart Superstore in Dearborn Michigan today as part of nationwide anti-Walmart Black Friday protests across the country.


Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects to be demolished with $6.5 million federal grant.

  During a press conference November 15, 2012 at the historic Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, the city’s mayor Dave Bing, announced  that the federal government has agreed to contribute $6.5 million to help tear down the deserted projects, just northeast of the city’s downtown. Built to provide affordable housing for the city’s residents in the late […]


Detroit Water Workers on Strike

Workers feel that the city, management and Mayor Dave Bing have sold them out in favor of privatization and a no-bid $48 million contract with consultants to cut 81% of the Department’s jobs. DETROIT – Approximately 40 union workers from the American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees union (AFSCME) Local 207 walked off their […]


Injured GM Colombia worker brings hunger strike to GM headquarters in Detroit.

Jorge Parra, former GM worker from Colombia now on hunger strike, along with members of Witness For Peace, student unions and worker’s groups, met members of the press in Hart Plaza near General Motor’s World Headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 5th, 2012. Parra, who arrived in Detroit on Sept. 5th, is here in an attempt to restart […]


Protesters to General Electric: Pay Your Fair Share!

An estimated crowd of 2,000 protesters march against General Electric in Detroit. Groups from Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Toledo and Michigan showed up in force to protest General Electric at their annual shareholder meeting Wednesday April 25th, 2012. Protesters are angry that the nation’s largest conglomerate pays no tax and in fact received tax credits last year. Activists assembled […]


Trying to Save the Detroit Day School for the Deaf

Organizers bring awareness to school’s possible closure No one can really put their finger on why the Emergency Financial Manager for Detroit Public Schools Roy Roberts wants to shut down the Detroit Day School for the Deaf. It receives most of its funding from the federal government, with very little coming from the city and […]


Detroiters Rally for Justice & Peace

More than 1,000 supporters turn out at Hart Plaza in support of Trayvon Martin, his family and against crime. A coalition of Detroit’s Civil Rights, labor, clergy and community leaders held “Justice & Peace Rally” Monday March 26, 2012. The rally was for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin 17,  a black teen who was […]