Posts Tagged ‘Detroit’

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 […]


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

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

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

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

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 […]


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 […]


Nationwide march against Monsanto: Detroiters join in.

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.

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


The human cost of Detroit’s petroleum Koch piles

Made in Detroit, owned by the Koch Brothers and burned in Michigan. Much has been written recently about the mysterious black piles that appeared in one day in November 2012 on the banks of the Detroit River, not far from the Motor City’s downtown district, right next to the Ambassador Bridge – the busiest international […]


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, […]


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 […]


Hundreds Protest Outside Gov. Rick Snyder’s Economic Summit in Detroit

About 200 supporters from We Are Michigan, a coalition of faith, labor and community based groups protested outside Cobo Center in Detroit today where the Michigan Economic Summit took place. Meanwhile, inside Michigan Governor Snyder addressed an audience who paid $150 each to hear him speak during the summit. We Are Michigan demonstrated in opposition to […]


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 […]


Governor Snyder Announces State Take Over of Motor City.

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

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 […]


German Slogan Used Above Former Nazi Concentration Camps Appears in Detroit

The German phrase “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “Work Sets You Free” in English, which once greeted prisoners at the entrance to Nazi concentration camps in Europe during World War II, mysteriously appeared in the windows of the walkway spanning East Grand Boulevard at the ruins of the long-abandoned Packard Automotive Plant in Detroit sometime in […]


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 […]