Detroit art students against Institute of Arts selloff

This video from the USA says about itself:

Detroit creative art students denounce DIA selloff plan

26 Sep 2013

The World Socialist Web Site visited the College for Creative Studies to speak to students about the proposed selloff of artwork from the Detroit Institute of Arts. An art-centric college, it attracts talented students from around the region. The CCS campus is located just across the street from the world-class museum.

The sentiment on the campus is overwhelmingly opposed to the announced plan of Detroit’s emergency manager to put the assets of the DIA “on the table” for sale to pay off the city’s creditors.

Worldwide support for campaign to defend DIA: here.

The attempt to sell the masterworks of the Detroit Institute of Art makes The Rape of Europa, an account of the systematic looting of the art of conquered Europe by the Nazis, a timely read: here.

High school students in Detroit last week spoke out against plans by the city’s emergency manager to sell works from the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to satisfy the demands of the city’s wealthy creditors. The DIA, which regularly hosts school visits and runs outreach programs to area schools and communities, has long had a powerful impact on the cultural level of young people: here.

Workers speak out against threat to sell off the DIA: here.

Support grows for campaign to defend the DIA: here. And here.

The Detroit Institute of Arts and the defense of culture in the US: here.

Millions in consultancy fees paid out by Detroit emergency manager: here.

Delaware Art Museum sells masterworks to pay construction debts: here.

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  2. Program for the International People’s Assembly (subject to change)


    7:30 am – 9:30 am Peoples Prayer Breakfast at Sacred Heart Church , 1000 Eliot, Detroit – Honoree Councilwoman JoAnn Watson
    International People’s Assembly Gathers at Grand Circus Park, Woodward at Adams, just north of Downtown Detroit

    Saturday Session

    10:00 am – SEIU power point presentation on how Wall Street and Banks are behind attack on public workers by Jono Shaffer Deputy Director at SEIU

    10:45 am – Abayomi Azikiwe — Moratorium Now! Coalition– Lila Cabil from DREM (Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management) – Chairs with introductory remarks

    Maureen Taylor – Chair Michigan Welfare Rights Organization on anti-democratic and racist character of Michigan’s Emergency Management Law
    Helen Moore – on Banks and Attacks on Public Education
    Renee Manley, SEIU Capital Stewardship Program on significance of Detroit for public workers nationwide
    Panel of City of Detroit Retirees featuring John Riehl, trustee of Detroit General Retirement Fund
    Youth on struggle against Emergency Management
    Vanessa Fluker, anti-foreclosure attorney, on Foreclosures and banks predatory lending on Detroit’s financial crisis
    S. Baxter Jones – banks targeting of persons with disabilities for foreclosure
    Jerry Goldberg on banks’ predatory loans against city of Detroit

    12:30 – 1:30March on Emergency Manager Orr’s Penthouse — Run on Bank of America

    1:30 Lunch

    Workshop during lunch on Education Crisis
    Workshop on Anti-fracking struggle
    Tent set up to film statements by Participants

    3:00 –Afternoon Session – National and international Aspects of Crisis – Chairs – Debbie Johnson – Sharon Feldman

    Larry Holmes – Bail out the People Movement – The federal bailout and national and international struggle against the banks
    Laura Gottesdiener – author on foreclosure impact on cities
    Speaker from Baltimore Peoples Power Assemblies
    North Carolina Moral Mondays
    FIST — national youth group– Student Loan cutbacks
    Sara Flounders – United national Anti-War coalition – War budget and attack on cities
    Community Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services — Privatization of post office and the banks
    Nick Mirzoeff – Tidal/MTL/Militant Research Collective
    Carl Stokes Brigade Cleveland
    Tom Michalak – Workers World statement of solidarity
    International Solidarity
    Raquelle Saade – Puerto Rican struggle against austerity
    International League for Peoples Struggle video
    Video from Sud Banques Populaires Caisses d’Epagne (France)
    Video from International Migrant Alliance
    Video from Mohammed Kasin, General Secretary, Lebanese Teachers Union
    Video Conlutas – Peoples Union Federation National Struggles Coordination – Brazil
    Video – Asotrecol – Association of Injured Workers — Columbia
    Statement from Marcia Campo – Women’s International Democratic Federation – Kris to read
    Statement from Movement for Popular Unity – Panama
    Solidarity Against Austerity (Portland, OR)


    5:15- 6:30 Informal discussions in park – individuals attend Jericho public transit march

    7:00 – 9:00 Entertainment

    Insurgency ( rock band )
    Jim Perkinson (A political poet)
    The Raiz Up with Antonio Cosme ( hip hop)
    Aurora (Spokent Word) with Wardell Montgomery, Bilal & Freeway
    Walter Blaney (Jazz Keyboard and band)
    Writer L. Bush (poet)

    Sunday Session – Grand Circus Park

    10:00 am –Open with Mike Shane — Power Point on Banks and Foreclosures – Impact on Detroit

    10:45 – 11:15 — Workshop on Eviction Defense

    11;15 — Workers Speakout – Action Proposals

    $15 minimum wage
    Postal Workers
    Green Party –
    Warriors on Wheels
    Alex Wassell – Autoworkers Caravan – Fight for 8 hour day
    Auto speaker on Fight Against Two Tier
    Ban Michigan Fracking
    Jobs with Justice
    Speaker LGBTQ struggle
    Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands

    12:30 to 1:30 – Implementing Action Proposals – Building Statewide Organizing Network

    Closing Statement – Abayomi Azikiwe

    Most assembly will be in Grand Circus Park, in downtown Detroit. Note that Grand Circus Park is located on Woodward Ave., which is the main thoroughfare running through the center of Detroit. Some meetings and meals may be held in another location and will be announced. For a searchable map of Detroit, go to “” and select “Interactive Map” (on the right hand side). Then, on the map page, go to “Destination District” and use the drop-down arrow to choose “Downtown Detroit.” For an unsearchable but better general-purpose map online, go to “City of Detroit Parking,” then “Municipal Parking Department/City of Detroit Departments,” and select “Public Parking Facilities.” Click on the “Parking Map” and increase its size to 125%. This map shows street names clearly, as well as parking ramps and People Mover stops (see below).

    A limited number of local hosts will provide beds and transportation to and from the Grand Circus Park (please be sensitive to their other responsibilities during the Assembly!). Call (313) 744-7912 to arrange housing. Hotels in the Grand Circus Park area are, in order of proximity: (1) (Nearest. Most expensive, but on the Hotel Workers’ “Please Patronize” list) the Westin Book Cadillac (1114 Washington Blvd.,); (2) the Doubletree Hilton (525 W. Lafayette Blvd.); and (3) (Cheapest, farthest) the Holiday Inn Express (1020 Washington Blvd.). Please check the “Hotel Workers Rising” website for active boycotts before booking. Consider telling the hotel you are responding to Hotel Workers’ right to collective bargaining. Expedia and Hotwire show much lower rates, but are non-refundable. Consult the “better” map (see General Information, above) for proximity of hotels to Grand Circus Park and to the People Mover.

    The Greyhound Station is at 1001 Howard St., just east of the Lodge freeway (M-10). It’s nine blocks from Grand Circus Park. Megabus doesn’t have terminals in Detroit, just drop-off corners. The closest corner at which Megabus drops off is Michigan Ave./ Cass (about a five block walk from Grand Circus Park). The Amtrak Station is at 11 West Baltimore, at the corner of Woodward Ave. It is not walking distance to Grand Circus Park (it’s 34 blocks to the north). If you fly into Metro Airport, we may be able to provide rides to and fro on the days of the Assembly (schedule ahead of time: 313.744-7912). Local: The maps show the “People Mover” stop at Grand Circus Park and at various points throughout the downtown area. It’s an automated light rail system on an elevated track. Consider` the People Mover to get around, including possibly to your hotel and/or parking area. The fare is 75 cents. Change is available from the token machines at each station. People Mover Hours:
    Friday……6:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday……9:00 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday……noon-midnight
    Local bus travel is by “D-DOT.” Fares are $1.50 for adults, 25 Cents for transfers. The buses are white with green and yellow stripes. Medicare card holders get half off. Bus info. at (313) 933-1300. Accessibility Guidelines are available online at the Detroit Department of Transportation.

    On weekends, there is some parking at meters available, especially on Washington Blvd. Saturday evening, it might be difficult to find another metered spot if you move your car (concert in the area). There is an underground city parking ramp below Grand Circus Park Maximum daily rate is $10. Cars can exit 24 hours a day, but entrance is only guaranteed up until 6:00 p.m. The elevator is broken. If you need assistance, please call the Detroit Parking Department: (313) 224-8925) in advance.


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