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The Rev. Jesse Jackson joined with U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) on Thursday to urge opposition to Michigan's emergency manager law. Jackson argued that Public Act 4, which may lead to the takeover of Detroit, threatens to destroy democracy.
The emergency manager law grants the governor power to appoint a special manager for financially troubled municipalities and school districts. Emergency managers have the authority to fire elected officials, break contracts and sell public assets. They are currently in place in four Michigan cities and school districts. And this week Snyder moved forward with a full review of Detroit's finances, the second step toward appointing an emergency manager for the state's largest city.
Conyers, who represents Detroit, reiterated his call for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to take action against Public Act 4.
"If this were Mississippi or Alabama that were doing this, there would be a different kind of national outcry, because it is so boldly anti-democratic," said Jackson.
“It’s nothing but a takeover bill,” said Brandon Jessup, chairman of the Stand Up for Democracy coalition seeking 161,300 signatures to place the measure on the November ballot. “This is definitely a race issue. It’s affecting people of color not only in this generation but future generations.”
Councilwoman JoAnn Watson compared the city’s resistance to Rosa Parks’ refusal to move to the back of a bus, an act that began the Montgomery boycott in 1955 and a civil-rights watershed.
Councilman Kwame Kenyatta said an emergency manager would be “a master, as someone to control the plantation,” according to the Detroit Free Press...
An emergency manager for Detroit, he [John Conyers] wrote, “would be perpetuating the discrimination on an even more egregious scale.”
Originally posted by Misoir
Someone needs to be held accountable and someone needs to fix the problem. Do you honestly believe any of the current councilmen in Detroit will fix their situation? Absolutely not because they never worried about it before and the only reason Jesse Jackson is getting himself involved is because some are seeing this as a racist attack by evil whitey Republicans on majority black Detroit.
"We are prepared to go from education, mobilization, litigation, legislation, demonstration and civil disobedience," Jackson said during a press conference at Bethany Baptist Church on the city's west side. "We want a positive commitment to restoring democracy and economic justice for all citizens." As stated in your article, "Asked whether civil disobedience is a possibility, leaders didn't hesitate ... " What is positive about a message of civil disobedience? Leaders didn't hesitate? If this is true, from this point forward, you can count me out as a supporter of the city of Detroit. What a stupid comment by Jackson.
Chapter 9 BK
The chapter of the Bankruptcy Code providing for reorganization of municipalities (which includes cities and towns, as well as villages, counties, taxing districts, municipal utilities, and school districts).
The first municipal bankruptcy legislation was enacted in 1934 during the Great Depression. Pub. L. No. 251, 48 Stat. 798 (1934). Although Congress took care to draft the legislation so as not to interfere with the sovereign powers of the states guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, the Supreme Court held the 1934 Act unconstitutional as an improper interference with the sovereignty of the states. Ashton v. Cameron County Water Improvement Dist. No. 1, 298 U.S. 513, 532 (1936). Congress enacted a revised Municipal Bankruptcy Act in 1937, Pub. L. No. 302, 50 Stat. 653 (1937), which was upheld by the Supreme Court. United States v. Bekins, 304 U.S. 27, 54 (1938). The law has been amended several times since 1937. In the more than 60 years since Congress established a federal mechanism for the resolution of municipal debts, there have been fewer than 500 municipal bankruptcy petitions filed. Although chapter 9 cases are rare, a filing by a large municipality can— like the 1994 filing by Orange County, California—involve many millions of dollars in municipal debt.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
reply to post by Misoir
Ya but still, you cannot set up a precedent for this... it's outright dictatorship to take over elected officials.
How long before a state elects a governor with balls that tells the feds to go screw themselves and the feds just use this as precedent to kick him out?
Detroit needs to fix their problems for sure, but this ain't the way to do it... And I agree with you, Jackson is probably going there just because of race... and he will try to make it look like a race thing...when I'm sure dozens of cities across America run by white or latino are in the same kind of trouble, we're just not hearing about it because they are smaller towns.edit on 28-12-2011 by Vitchilo because
I agree that neither the state nor federal government should be allowed to override the voters in this matter. But the conditions inside the city are far worse than many realize. I have a close buddy who is a cop in Detroit. He said the average response time for a call is typically 6 hours. He also said there are certain neighborhoods they will not enter. The people have continued to elect the same corrupt losers that only look out for their own interests.
Here's my problem with this situation...where has all the outrage been from citizens with regard to the lack of accomplishment of their elected officials? Where has Jackson been the past several years while Detroit has been imploding? So only after drastic measures have been taken to bring Detroit out of 3rd world status is there outrage? Needing a rifle and flack jacket to check your mail isn't an outrage? extra DIV
Originally posted by Misoir
reply to post by Vitchilo
So you suggest we let these cities sink even further into poverty, illiteracy, crime, gang culture, homelessness, corruption, and urban decay because there is a possibility that someone uses the situation as a pretext to implement the same on a national scale? I am trying to be kind to the people here, ordinarily I would say ‘let the bastards rot in their own mess’, but this will spill over into other cities.
Tell me, what happens when Detroit does collapse, which it will, and the people there flee en masse to Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, Saginaw, Lansing, etc…? They will spread crime and poverty further infecting other areas. This is like a disease; we must contain it before it spreads.