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 rallied against the appointment by Republican Governor Rick Snyder of the Emergency Financial Manager for Michigan’s largest city. Speakers echoed the outrage of many Detroiters present, as 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.