The young people of Detroit will not remain silent while Duggan lies about a Detroit “resurgence.”

People of conscience recognize this for what it really is: displacement, privatization, wealth extraction.

Coverage of action in the Muckraker: Protesters speak out about disrupting Mayor Duggan’s State of the City address

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The protests were staged by young people from the Detroit chapter of the Black Youth Project (BYP) 100, Black Lives Matter Detroit, The Raiz Up, Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management and the Detroit Light Brigade.
“Black futures never mattered to him, and everything is paved in lives,” said Adrienne Ayers of Black Lives Matter Detroit. “The people keep eating this shit. Surprised they aren’t sick from it yet.”
Ayers added: “The idea that emergency management ‘worked’ in Detroit is absurd. If Mike Duggan really cared about the future of this city he would stand up for the lives of black Detroiters like Kevin Matthews, who was killed by a Dearborn police officer, and those whose water is shut off and houses are foreclosed on every day. Instead Duggan’s policies destabilize neighborhoods to make room for corporate interests.”
“Based on the way (Gov.) Rick Snyder, Mike Duggan and their emergency manager have allocated resources, their vision of Detroit doesn’t include poor and black people,” said Antonio Cosme of The Raiz Up.
“Many Detroiters – especially black Detroiters – aren’t experiencing the ‘revitalization’ of greater downtown,” said Dakarai Carter, an organizer from BYP100. “Millions of dollars are being invested there, while our neighborhoods deal with disinvestment resulting in a lack of community services and resources. We are disrupting business as usual because we know that cities thrive on democratic control and shared access to resources.”