For Immediate Release
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Contact: Shea Howell – firstname.lastname@example.org 313-282-7669
Detroiters Demand Democracy, Transparency and Economic Equity in “Peoples’ Alternative Plan”
Community groups propose plan based on needs of the people, reject Snyder and Orr’s banker friendly “adjustment”
DETROIT – A coalition of community based groups will release A Peoples’ Alternative Plan: Toward a Sustainable Detroit. The coalition plan is an alternative to the recently released Plan of Adjustment from Governor Snyder’s Emergency Manager, Kevin Orr. The Snyder-Orr plan was developed behind closed doors by lawyers who have no stake in the future of our city. In contrast, the People’s Plan grapples with key areas needed to revive and sustain the city including issues of democratic governance, financial structures, and schools that focus on the needs of children and families rather than bureaucratic agendas.
“Our goal is to support the people of Detroit not to strip the city to pay the banks,” said Shea Howell of Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management, one of the groups in the coalition. “Even Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes rejected Snyder and Orr’s initial plans to repay the banks. We reject the emphasis on long term debt rather than the more manageable sort term cash flow gap of $198 million. The Governor, his Emergency Manager and their race based, repressive plans are what stand in the way of Detroit’s revival. Our plan begins with the Detroit City Charter, a legal, democratically created document.”
Reverend Charles E. Williams – President, National Action Network, Michigan Chapter
Monica Lewis-Patrick – Co-Founder, We the People of Detroit
Cecily McClellan – Vice President, Association of Professional and Technical Employees
David Sole – Moratorium Now
Julie Hurwitz – Goodman and Hurwitz, P.C., National Lawyer’s Guild
What: Release of A People’s Alternative Plan: Toward a Sustainable Detroit
When: Monday, February 24, 2104 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Historic King Solomon Baptist Church 6100 14th St, Detroit, MI 48208