Posts Tagged ‘michigan’

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. […]


The Enbridge 3: Tar Sands pipeline protesters released after sentencing

The Enbridge 3, Lisa Leggio, Vicci Hamlin and Barbara Carter, were all released with 13 months probation and 34 days time-served from an Ingham county jail on March 5 after their conviction Jan. 31 of misdemeanor trespassing, as well as felony resisting and obstructing police – related to their nonviolent protest action last July in Stockbridge, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Protest Against Right-to-Work at Michigan State Capitol

Union supporters and labor groups gathered in and around the Michigan state capitol building Dec 6, 2012 to speak out against right-to-work legislation that was being rushed through the lame duck session of the legislature. A large group of supporters gathered outside the senate chamber doors and a few pushed by a security guard toward […]