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Attend the August 17 Peoples Forum

Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs

By Grace Lee Boggs and Attorney Alice Jennings
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Every Detroiter should attend the People’s Forum Aug. 17 at the Samaritan Center, 5555 Connor, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Come with your children, your family, your neighbors, your fellow workers, the members of your congregation.

This Peoples Forum has been organized by a wide diversity of Detroiters of all ethnic groups and walks of life, including ministers, auto workers, community organizers and school board members, who have been meeting weekly since March to compile the information and create the tools to empower Detroiters to end the emergency management dictatorship that Gov. Snyder and the Republican state legislature have imposed on our city.

At this forum, you will find out what you do not get from the media. You will learn about the lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the emergency manager law, about how to preserve the pensions of city workers, about how to keep Belle Isle as the “Peoples Park.”

We will discuss alternatives to the EM: How Detroit can avoid bankruptcy by demanding the millions in revenue-sharing owed us by the state; how we can challenge the president and politicians to come to our assistance; what assistance we can ask for and expect from President Obama, Senator Levin, Congressman Conyers; what actions we can organize to make sure we are not left to suffer at the cruel, corporate hands of a Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Gov. Rick Snyder.

Together, we will discover how all of us, from children to elders, can get involved in creating a Detroit that is based on the needs and the power of the people rather than on the needs and the power of the banks and big corporations.

Nobody can save us but us!

If we do not organize ourselves to resist what the emergency manager is doing, we will be living in a city without a water and lighting department, without the Belle Isle that has been ours for as long as we can remember.

There is something that every one of us can do, not only children and youth but also elders and middle-agers. There are alternatives to bankruptcy that we, the people, can and must create together at the People Forum, Aug. 17 at the Samaritan Center on Connor.

Come learn what you/we can do with our families, our neighbors, our fellow workers and church members!

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