Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

April 2, 2013

Protesters stage another Detroit City Hall sit-in

DETROIT — A few dozen protesters staged an hour-long sit-in on Monday outside the offices of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr to oppose Michigan’s law that allowed Orr to take over the city’s finances.

For the second time in less than a week, the group demanded — and failed — to meet with Bing and Orr. But this time they did make it the 11th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building, the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ-TV reported.

On Thursday, they got as far as the first-floor lobby before leaving after about an hour.

The protesters are riled up over the state law that allows the governor to appoint emergency managers to take financial control of a city or public school district in Michigan. The law also allows managers to modify or throw out union contracts and maintain automatic pay cuts for elected mayors and members of city councils, city commissions and school boards.

Protesters said the law violates the voting rights of residents where managers have been put in place.

“We will continue to be here,” said the Rev. Charles Williams, president of the Michigan chapter of the National Action Network. “We will continue to make our visitations to the mayor’s office until the city of Detroit is returned back to the citizens of Detroit. This is our Detroit.”

Detroit is the largest city in the country to come under state oversight.

Orr, a Washington-based bankruptcy attorney who helped guide Chrysler LLC through its bankruptcy, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder last month to fix Detroit’s $327 million deficit and more than $14 billion in long-term debt. Orr started work March 25.

 

 

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