News from Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management

Monday, November 10, 14

Contact: Tawana Honeycomb Petty, 313-433-9882; Fred Vitale, 313-580-4905

Detroit Retirees and Residents Tell the True Cost of the “Plan of Adjustment”

DETROIT – Today, Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM) held a news conference on the Plan of Adjustment crafted by Governor Rick Snyder’s appointed Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr. While much of the media has heralded the speed with which Detroit’s bankruptcy has gone through the courts, the fast pace has not helped thousands of retirees whose healthcare has been severely cut just as they reach the age when such care can be most crucial. The problems with the plan created by the city’s unelected leader are many and multi-layered. But most them come down to refusing to recognize the value of working people in general and the needs of black working families in particular.

“No other creditors sacrificed like Detroit workers and residents. No bank officer or employee, no shareholder or CEO had to sacrifice healthcare or money saved over decades because of the Plan of Adjustment,” said William Davis, Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association. “Only those who live comfortably who are untouched by the cuts can express joy and relief over a plan that devastates thousands who served the city for decades.”

Justification for the cuts stems from a belief that “there is no alternative” to sacrificing whatever working people have managed to earn over the years. Speakers at the press conference noted the Plan of Adjustment should be taken as evidence that we have lost our moral, social and economic bearings.

“Even cheerleaders for the plan have noted that the real devastation is yet to come. Why isn’t that dominating the media narrative?” said Tawana Petty of Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management. “Tens of thousands of people in the region collectively being forced to fork over millions in savings they had set aside out of their own earnings and having their healthcare continuously cut is going to seriously impact the state, which still has one of highest unemployment rates in the nation.  This can’t be the best we can come up with in 2014.”

The D-REM statement on the plan of adjustment, which further details the plan’s affects, will be posted at


Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management is a coalition of Detroit social justice groups and concerned residents that have come together to protect and advance democracy in our city. We stand with our sister cities and school boards around the state who are under attack by emergency manager legislation.