Kevyn Orr opponents offer Detroit alternative bankruptcy plan based on ‘needs of the people’

DETROIT, MI — Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s bankruptcy plan released Friday, which calls for police and firefighters to lost 10 percent of their pensions and other city retirees to lose 30 percent, hasn’t come out to a lot of fanfare.

Several organizations, including the National Action Network Michigan Chapter, Moratorium Now, the Sugar Law Center and We the People of Detroit, have teamed up to offer an alternative to Orr’s plan addressing the city’s $18 billion of debt.

The plan, entitled “A People’s Alternative Plan for Survival: Toward a Sustainable Detroit,” will be released at 2 p.m. Monday from Historic King Solomon Baptist Church, 6100 14th in Detroit, where activist Charles Williams, head of the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network, is pastor.

“The coalition plan is an alternative to the recently released Plan of Adjustment from Governor Snyder’s Emergency Manager, Kevin Orr,” a press release announcing the event said. “The Snyder-Orr plan was developed behind closed doors by lawyers who have no stake in the future of our city.

“In contrast, the Plan for Survival 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.”

Terri Renshaw, chair of the retiree committee, which was appointed by the U.S. Trustee’s office under federal court order last year, believes the proposed pension cuts would push 20 percent of retirees into poverty within 10 years.

Orr called the cuts “very, very fair.”