For Immediate Release
News Release
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Contact: Shea Howell – howell@oakland.edu  313-282-7669

Community Groups Release Plan for Detroit based on Resident’s Needs, Input
Detroiter’s voices and concerns crucial to reestablishing democracy

DETROIT – Monday, at Historic King Solomon Baptist Church, a coalition of community based groups released a plan to directly engage Detroiters in charting a course for their future.  The National Action Network (NAN), Moratorium Now and Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM) were among the groups releasing the “People’s Plan for Restructuring: Toward a Sustainable Detroit”( http://www.d-rem.org/peoplesplan/).  That plan will be the center of the “Emergency Town Hall Meeting,” Sunday, March 2, 3:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, Woodward and Grand Circus Park.

“Governor Snyder’s plan is unjust, inequitable, and unfair. Detroiters and pensioners bailed out the Wall Street interests in 2008. Bond holders and banks must to take deeper cuts. We plan to submit an official objection” said Reverend Charles E. Williams, president, National Action Network, Michigan Chapter.

Highlights of the “People’s Plan for Restructuring” include

• Addressing the actual number attached to Detroit’s bankruptcy proceedings, namely the $198 million annual shortfall in revenue versus the billions falsely claimed by the Snyder Orr team
• Bank of America, UBS and any other Wall Street firms must immediately terminate the toxic interest rate swaps without penalties or further payment
• Pensioners should be held harmless, with no cuts to their income and all medical benefits restored
• Return the Detroit Public Schools and the seized EAA schools to the control of the democratically elected School Board and introduce place-based education for children, adults and elders coming together to revitalize Detroit
• Fulfill the obligation of the City Charter to establish Citizens Advisory Councils
• Require enforceable Community Benefit Agreements that are accountable to those most affected by all corporate economic development

“From reversing the illegal and immoral ‘swap’ deals with the likes Bank of America and UBS to reorienting schools based on the needs of families and communities, the People’s Plan was created with the needs of residents, city workers and retirees at the center of the process,” said Fred Vitale of Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management.  “It is also a living document and the coalition will seek more community input during the People’s Assembly, March 2 at Central United Methodist.”

Moratorium Now announcement http://moratorium-mi.org/emergency-town-hall-meeting-sunday-march-2-3-pm/

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