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Jesse Jackson at Coleman Young Municipal Center in March 2013 calling for a “major mass nonviolent demonstration” against Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law. COURTESY IMAGE

Jesse Jackson at Coleman Young Municipal Center in March 2013 calling for a “major mass nonviolent demonstration” against Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law. COURTESY IMAGE

Organizers circulate petition against bankruptcy filing

WASHINGTON — Rainbow PUSH Coalition is circulating a petition calling on elected officials in Michigan and Washington D.C. to oppose Detroit’s bankruptcy filing.

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., founder of Rainbow PUSH made strong remarks at last week’s 14th Annual Global Automotive summit regarding Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law, Public Act 436, which opened the door for the bankruptcy filing. “After emergency management, Detroiters will wake up and four men will own the whole city — like a plantation,” Jackson said. Jackson also said the emergency manager-led bankruptcy is a state and federal constitutional violation.

So far, two lawsuits have been filed challenging the constitutionality of the Emergency Manager Law. One by unions, the other by the Detroit Branch NAACP.

Economist Dr. Julianne Malveaux, a panelist at the summit, also made remarks opposing the bankruptcy, she called the emergency manger-led bankruptcy nothing but a “wealth transfer.”

The petition titled Alternatives to Bankruptcy calls on elected leaders to “restore the city of Detroit and help return it to greatness.”

It states, “It is wrong for elected officials in Michigan and around the country to harshly deny Detroit’s citizens the same compassionate treatment as other Americans.”

It also states the bankruptcy plan “is not a fair solution because it jeopardizes the well-being of Detroit pensioners, its low-income citizens and its dedicated civil servants,” including emergency responders — police and fire.

Mayoral candidate and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Councilwoman JoAnn Watson have signed the petition.

To sign petition or for more information visit change.org

— Staff report

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