Mar 062014

Updated on March 25, 2014

All Out April 1 – File your objection in court

10 AM

Federal Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette St., Detroit

File your objection to the “Plan for the Adjustment of Debts of the City of Detroit
“Disclosure Statement With Respect to Plan for the Adjustment of Debts of the City of Detroit”.

The deadline for filing objections to the Disclosure Statement April 1, 2014.

The deadline for filing objections to the Plan of Adjustment is April 28, 2014.

writersJoin the people of Detroit in a mass filing of people’s objections to the Plan of Adjustment and and the Disclosure Statement at the during the Demonstration at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Detroit at 10 am. Most people will only file objections to the Plan of Adjustment. (more)

Download instructions and forms here (updated on 3/25/2014):

People’s Objection Instructions

People’s Objection to the Plan of Adjustment form

Microsoft Word version 

PDF version

People’s Objection to the Disclosure Statement form

Microsoft Word version

PDF version

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Objection! a video from HERU Organization

Mar 052014

Last day to file your objection in court—and we’ll file objections in the street!

Bankruptcy demo-Oct23-2013

All Out April 1
At Federal Courthouse – 10 AM

Protest Against 34% Pension Theft, Wage/Benefit Cuts, Give-away of City Assets

Calling on all City of Detroit retirees, current City workers, residents and other concerned people for a mass protest outside the Federal Courthouse in Detroit (231 W. Lafayette St.). Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has a “Plan of Adjustment” that will loot the pension funds to pay off the bankers. 90% of the bank debt owed by City of Detroit will be paid 100%. Only a small percentage of lenders will take a hit. Meanwhile Orr wants to give $85 Million to Bank of America and UBS as a reward for illegal bond swaps—but they stole over $300 Million from us through these swaps over the past 6 years.

Fight back or starve! That is the choice for over 20,000 retirees. Health care has been eliminated for those under 65. Now they want to take 34% of the little retirees get after decades of loyal service. The plan of adjustment assures that no banker will miss a meal, but for retirees it’s a death sentence.

There is plenty of money. Gov. Snyder is withholding hundreds of millions of revenue sharing owed Detroit. Orr could sue BofA, UBS and other big banks to recover the $300 Million they stole in the pension swaps deal and over $500 Million in ill-gotten gains via the Water Department bond swap. The banks who destroyed our cities with racist predatory loans have been fined $50 Billion by the federal government (Chase Bank paid $13 Billion alone!). Detroit should get some of that huge sum as restitution for destroying our neighborhoods.

The City will pay ZERO into the pension fund for the next 10 years, depending entirely on charitable contributions which are not guaranteed. Cost of living increases are to be eliminated. Orr wants to make retirees pay back 34% of what they’ve already collected since June 2013 and take back some annuity money from retirees going back to 1999!

Only a MASS MOVEMENT will stop this terrorist conspiracy. Civil and worker rights were affirmed by the courts only after the mass struggle forced them. Lawyers in the courts need the support of thousands in the streets to drive home the point – this is UNACCEPTABLE.

Issued by:
Moratorium NOW! Coalition (; Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee

Mar 102014

For Immediate Release

Media Advisory

Event: Demonstration Against the Bankers’ Plan of Adjustment
Date: Tues. April 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Location: Federal Courthouse at 231 W. Lafayette, Downtown
Initiators: Moratorium NOW! Coalition, STOPC
Contact: 313-680-5508 or 671-3715 Continue reading »

Mar 022014

Internet connection at the meeting location is inadequate to stream.

Video will be uploaded after the meeting.

March 2 2014 meeting leaflet

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Feb 232014

Defend Detroit City Pensions & Services — Make the Banks Pay

Emergency Town Hall Meeting Sunday, March 2, 3:00 PM

Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams, at Woodward, Detroit



Detroiters  protesting outside of U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Detroiters protesting outside of U.S. Bankruptcy Court

The Detroit bankruptcy is entering its final and critical stage. This Emergency Town Hall Meeting will present an analysis of E.M. Orr’s “plan of adjustment,” and develop a plan of action. By mobilizing the people of Detroit we can ensure that city workers’ pensions and desperately needed services for the community are guaranteed.

We demand:

  • Cancel the debt to the banks that caused Detroit’s crisis!
  • The banks, corporations and the state must be forced to repay Detroit for the destruction they have caused. The hundreds of millions they owe us should go to fund a massive public works program, paying our youth to re- build our neighborhoods.
  • Let’s drive out Orr’s consultants. They have gouged the city, charging $95 million in the last year and giving nothing in return. That $95 million could be used to hire 3,000 workers at $30,000 per year to patrol our neighborhoods, fix and drive the buses, get the lights turned on and rebuild, not tear down, housing. THE MONEY BELONGS TO US. Continue reading »
Feb 162014

From Detroit Eviction Defense:

Stop the Eviction of Jerome Jackson!

Jerome Jackson at the Hernandez eviction defense vigil

Jerome Jackson at the Hernandez eviction defense vigil

Wednesday, February 19th
11:30 am
Guardian Bldg
500 Griswold St. Detroit, MI 48226

 Join Jerome in taking his case to the Wayne County offices.

Continue reading »

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Feb 092014

“Do you live where you want to live, or where you have to live?”

Anti-foreclosure fighters Jerome Jackson, Jerry and Gail Cullors, Baxter Jones, Robert Goss, Jennine Spencer, and Jennifer Britt will tell their stories, along with others fighting housing injustice.

Housing truth Forum-Saturday, March 1st from 11 am until 2:30 pmThe Healing Stories Project issues a call to all who care about healing and the future of our city and region.

Join us and share your Truths on Housing Justice. Hear testimonies from those affected by practices of the Federal Housing Administration long ago, current practices of racial steering, foreclosures, predatory lending and other systemic issues designed to keep our region segregated.

With Metro Detroit being the 4th largest segregated city in the country we envision a region that is built upon equity and where you live doesn’t determine how well you live!

Join us and bring others to this Public Hearing on HOUSING JUSTICE
in Metro Detroit

Saturday, March 1st
11 am until 2:30 pm

A light lunch will be provided

Please register at

For more information please call 313-870-1500 x104

Housing Truth sponsors

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Jan 182014

by Martha Grevatt, January 17, 2014

Autoworkers protest outside of the North American International Auto Show

Autoworkers protest outside of the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 12, 2014

For the fifth year in a row, the rank-and-file autoworker advocacy group Autoworker Caravan protested outside the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall, in Detroit, on Jan. 12. This protest’s theme was the demand for a “people’s recovery.” In an Occupy-style mike check and skit, the question of “whose recovery?” was asked several times.

The answers pointed out that while the auto bosses and bankers are celebrating the recovery of their profit margins, those for whom there has been no recovery include first- and second-tier U.S. autoworkers, autoworkers in low-wage countries, and Detroit’s city workers, retirees and unemployed.

The protest also emphasized global working-class unity with the chant “Colombia to Michigan, solidarity is going to win!” Autoworker Caravan has brought the struggle of General Motors workers in Bogotá, Colombia — who were fired after they were injured — to the attention of shop floor workers in Detroit and other cities. The group has raised more than $15,000 to sustain the families of fired workers, members of the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-workers of GM Colmotores, who have maintained a tent occupation across from the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá for almost 900 days. Continue reading »

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Jan 142014

Picket Bankruptcy Court

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

1 PM – 2 PM

231 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226

On Thursday, Jan. 16 Judge Rhodes will be giving his ruling on the Barclay loan deal (to give the criminal banks $165 million instead of prosecuting the banks for fraud).  We will be picketing outside the Federal Courthouse (231 W. Lafayette St.) from 1 – 2 PM to demand “Hands Off Our Pensions! Cancel the Debt to the Crooked Banks!” At 2 PM we will be going inside the courtroom to hear the decision and show the human face to this entire outrage. Leave your cell phone, pocket knife, etc. in your car – you cannot bring them into the court.

And plan to join the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Rally and March on Monday, Jan. 20. Rally inside Central United Methodist Church (23 E. Adams – at Woodward Ave.) at 12 noon. If you are up to marching, we will step off at 1:45 PM outside the church and go through downtown, ending up back at the church for food, music and poetry.

Initiated by Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition.

Call 313-680-5508 for more information.

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