Detroiters defend Institute of Arts

This video from the USA says about itself:

6 Oct 2013

Hundreds of Detroit-area workers, students, retirees and artists attended a rally called by the Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality to fight the threats from Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to sell off art from the Detroit Institute of Arts.

More endorsements for DIA campaign against the sale of art: here.

When Diego Rivera arrived in Detroit in April 1932 to create what he was later to consider his greatest work, the Detroit Industry murals, he entered an extraordinarily charged political and social environment. Such were the tensions in the city that the painting itself became a major political event. Rivera called the struggle over the murals’ production “the Battle of Detroit”: here.

Downtown Detroit tenants facing eviction support demonstration to save the DIA: here.

On Saturday scores of representatives from tenant councils in buildings throughout the downtown Detroit area held a march and rally to oppose the attacks on decent and affordable housing for veterans, seniors and the disabled. Many who attended were in walkers and wheelchairs: here.

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  3. Dear FirstName,

    Last Tuesday, the federal bankruptcy court ruled that Detroit was eligible for bankruptcy protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and that the pensions of municipal workers could be reduced — even though the average workers pension is only $19,000. If allowed to stand, this ruling will open the floodgates to harsh reductions in worker’s pension.

    Detroit is far from alone in facing serious fiscal challenges. Municipalities from Harrisburg, Pa., to Jefferson County, Ala., to Stockton, Ca. are also enduring tough times. I believe it is critical that we acknowledge that the problems the residents of these cities are facing are not of their own making. They deserve our help in much the same way we have aided those devastated by natural disaster. Rest assured, I have been following these matters very closely and plan to do everything in my power to both shine a light on the unfairness and stand up for workers rights.

    Detroit has been one of our nation’s major cities for generations and remains the heart of the automobile industry that is so vital to our economic health. We must work together to enable Detroit, and municipalities across the country, to regain their fiscal health, which ultimately benefits all Americans.

    Thanks for your continued support,

    John Conyers


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