The 2014 Detroit Bankruptcy
By Joseph Kishore, 3 October 2013
On Friday, the Socialist Equality Party is holding a demonstration outside the Detroit Institute of Arts, the first stage in the party’s campaign to oppose the threatened sale of the museum’s treasures.
By James Brewer, 3 October 2013
The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality held a press conference Tuesday to prepare for Friday’s rally to defend the Detroit Institute of Arts.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 October 2013
An SEP and IYSSE campaign team spoke to workers and young people at Detroit’s Eastern Market about the threatened sale of DIA artworks and the ongoing cuts in social services.
“The art at the DIA belongs to the people, not to the rich!”
2 October 2013
Lawrence Porter, the SEP’s assistant national secretary, delivered the main remarks at the press conference, which was covered by local media.
2 October 2013
Messages of support for the October 4 demonstration to defend the DIA continue to stream in from the US and internationally.
“All the beautiful things are being taken away from us”
By Tim Rivers, 1 October 2013
Workers and young people visiting the museum voiced their opposition to the threat from Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to sell off the collection of the DIA.
By James Brewer, 1 October 2013
Documents acquired by the Detroit Free Press have exposed a boondoggle for well-connected bankruptcy consultants.
1 October 2013
In recent days, dozens of workers, artists and youth in the Detroit area and around the world have sent in messages of support for the October 4 demonstration to oppose the sell-off of art from the DIA.
By Joseph Kishore, 30 September 2013
Obama administration officials visited Detroit to provide a fig leaf of “reform” to the emergency manager’s plans to slash pensions and health care and sell off art from the Detroit Institute of Arts.
“The DIA has really helped educate me”
By Zac Corrigan and Usman Clemens, 30 September 2013
The DIA, which regularly hosts school visits and runs outreach programs to area schools and communities, has long had a powerful impact on young people.
On the 80th anniversary of the DIA’s Rivera Court
By Tim Rivers, 30 September 2013
An exhibition of 14 mural panels commemorating the completion eighty years ago, in March 1933, of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes opened September 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
By Andre Damon, 28 September 2013
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced a plan Thursday to freeze the city’s pension plans, wiping out benefits for thousands of workers.
“Detroit is being used as a milestone for every city”
By our reporters, 28 September 2013
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to firefighters and retirees about the impact of planned pension cuts announced by Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.
By Shannon Jones, 28 September 2013
Top figures in the Obama administration travelled to Detroit Friday for a meeting with state and local officials, presenting proposals for token federal aid to the city.
28 September 2013
The campaign to defend the DIA is winning widespread support from workers and youth throughout the country and internationally.
By Tom Mackaman, 28 September 2013
Along with the Detroit Institute of Arts, Belle Isle Park in Detroit, initially designed by celebrated landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, is being sized up for sale or liquidation.
27 September 2013
Students and visitors at the College for Creative Studies, across the street from the Detroit Institute of Arts, spoke to the WSWS.
By Joseph Kishore, 25 September 2013
The fight against the sale of artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts is of the highest importance to the working class in Detroit, throughout the United States and internationally.
By Lawrence Porter, 25 September 2013
A secret fund established by Michigan’s multi-millionaire governor, Rick Snyder, is paying for Detroit’s Emergency Manager’s luxury condominium and other expenses.
By James Brewer, 24 September 2013
Kevyn Orr is demanding the payoff of the banks involved in a toxic loan deal with the city before any other creditors, including pensioners
By Jerry White, 24 September 2013
Momentum is building for the October 4 demonstration called by the SEP and International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) to oppose the selloff of the masterpieces of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
While slashing city workers pensions
By Julien Kiemle, 21 June 2013
Billionaire developer Mike Ilitch will construct a new arena, largely with public funds, for his Red Wings hockey franchise
By Zac Corrigan, 20 June 2013
Billionaire home loan tycoon and real estate investor Dan Gilbert is anticipating a windfall from the potential bankruptcy of Detroit and is rapidly increasing his holdings in downtown Detroit.
Throw out the emergency manager!
19 June 2013
In this video, D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Detroit mayor, replies to the proposal by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to slash the pensions and health care benefits of city workers.
By Bryan Dyne, 19 June 2013
Workers in Detroit spoke with D’Artagnan Collier about emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s plans to gut pensions and sell off city assets.
By our team of reporters, 18 June 2013
SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier spoke with protestors at Northwestern High School to discuss the nature of so-called “self-governing” schools
By Andre Damon, 17 June 2013
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced a plan Friday to wipe out the pensions and health benefits of current and retired city workers, condemning nearly 20,000 retirees and their families to poverty and poor health.
A dress rehearsal for Detroit
By Esther Galen, 17 June 2013
Of 21 Michigan cities under emergency managers, none has yet faced as drastic cuts in public services as Pontiac.
By our reporters, 17 June 2013
Workers in Pontiac spoke about their experiences under emergency management.
By David Brown, 15 June 2013
Workers in Detroit spoke to the WSWS about Edward Snowden and the leaks that have revealed massive government surveillance.
By Bryan Dyne, 15 June 2013
Collier and Walsh discussed the defense of culture as part of a program and perspective for the working class.
15 June 2013
We are reposting below a statement originally published by the WSWS last August opposing a property tax promoted by the political and corporate establishment of Detroit and Michigan for the ostensible purpose of “saving” the Detroit Institute of Arts.
By Bryan Dyne, 15 June 2013
Kevyn Orr met with Detroit’s creditors in a closed-door meeting to outline how he intends to restructure the city on behalf of the wealthy.
By James Brewer, 15 June 2013
Orr’s office claims that the privatization will save the city $15 million a year.
By Nancy Hanover, 14 June 2013
As Detroit’s emergency manager prepares to release his plan for reorganizing the poorest large city in America, the media is demanding that the population of Detroit pay.
By our reporters, 13 June 2013
The threats to sell off city assets, particularly the Detroit Institute of Arts, has provoked widespread opposition across the city.
No to Orr and the bankers’ dictatorship! For a working class and socialist alternative to the looting of Detroit!
Statement of D’Artagnan Collier, Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor
12 June 2013
This statement was distributed Monday, June 10 at the first public meeting of the Detroit emergency manager, Kevyn Orr.
By Bryan Dyne, 12 June 2013
Kevyn Orr held his required public meeting Monday night where he presented his plans for austerity.
“Art shapes the way you see the world”
By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 12 June 2013
We recently spoke to Detroit-area artist Jef Bourgeau about the threat to sell off major works of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and related matters.
By Bryan Dyne, 11 June 2013
D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Detroit Mayor, spoke at candidate forums Friday and Saturday, calling for a mass movement of the working class to oppose the financial manager.
By Andre Damon, 10 June 2013
D’Artagnan Collier spoke to workers and youth about threats to sell off the DIA’s art to pay off Detroit’s bondholders.
By Nancy Hanover, 10 June 2013
Municipal bankruptcy would facilitate the abrogation of labor contracts, pave the way for large-scale layoffs and put pensions at risk.
By James Brewer, 8 June 2013
Joseph Weekley, the police officer who shot 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones in a 2010 raid, is the defendant in the case.
By Tom Hall, 7 June 2013
Tenants threatened with eviction from the Henry Street apartment complex and students from nearby Cass Tech high school spoke with supporters of SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier.
By Bryan Dyne, 6 June 2013
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder took the first step in installing an emergency manager for Hamtramck, the small enclave surrounded by Detroit.
The defense of culture and the crisis in Detroit
5 June 2013
SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D'Artagnan Collier will speak in defense of the DIA and culture in Detroit.
By Bryan Dyne, 5 June 2013
Seven fire stations and the former firehouse headquarters are being sold by the city in order to pay part of Detroit's long-term debt.
By Bryan Dyne, 4 June 2013
In line with his earlier appraisal of the value of the works at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Kevyn Orr is now determining whether the city should sell off every other public asset.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 June 2013
The Detroit Regional Chamber last week hosted the annual Mackinac Policy Conference in northern Michigan.
By Bryan Dyne, 1 June 2013
D'Artagnan Collier advanced a program and perspective for the working class of Detroit to fight back against the cuts and privatizations happening in the city.
D’Artagnan Collier—SEP candidate for mayor of Detroit, 30 May 2013
The following statement was issued by SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier in opposition to plans to sell off the masterpieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
By David Walsh, 29 May 2013
The news that Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, is thinking of selling the DIA’s art collection to help pay the city’s creditors has provoked widespread anger.
By a WSWS reporting team, 27 May 2013
A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke to workers and young people visiting the DIA about the proposal to sell the museum’s art collection.
By Bryan Dyne, 25 May 2013
The DIA, one of the leading fine arts museums in the US, is being considered as an asset Detroit could sell off to help pay the city’s debt.
By a campaign team, 24 May 2013
Supporters of Socialist Equality Party Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier spoke this week to residents facing eviction at the Henry Street apartments.
By Bryan Dyne, 23 May 2013
Detroit’s emergency manager is using the threat of bankruptcy to extract massive cuts from city workers.
By D’Artagnan Collier—Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor, 22 May 2013
A call for workers and youth to attend an emergency meeting on the crisis in Detroit.
By Zac Corrigan, 21 May 2013
Detroit’s $8.6 billion in junk bond debt is being eyed by hedge funds eager to play their part in the looting of the city.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 May 2013
Collier spoke to workers and youth about his mayoral campaign, the fight against the emergency manager and the conditions facing Detroiters.
D’Artagnan Collier—Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor, 20 May 2013
The Socialist Equality Party candidate for mayor of Detroit is calling on the city’s working class to reject the economic plan put forward by the city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 May 2013
D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Detroit mayor, spoke at a mayoral forum on the emergency manager, the social crisis in Detroit and the way forward for the working class.
By Jerry White, 16 May 2013
D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for mayor of Detroit, will be on the ballot for the August 6 primary election.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 May 2013
Detroit is on the front lines of a national and international strategy of the corporate and financial elite, in which increasingly dictatorial methods are being employed to force through deeply unpopular measures.
By Jerry White, 14 May 2013
Kevyn Orr released a report on Monday, outlining a “comprehensive restructuring plan” for the city involving savage cuts to city workers’ jobs, wages and pensions and the elimination of services to a large section of the population.
By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2013
D’Artagnan Collier joined an SEP campaign team Saturday at Detroit’s Eastern Market.
By Jerome White and James Brewer, 11 May 2013
Hundreds of low-income Detroit residents are being forced from their homes as part of a plan by Detroit officials to gentrify the downtown area.
By Thomas Gaist and Bryan Dyne, 11 May 2013
The SEP submitted one thousand signatures to gain ballot status for the August primary.
By Shannon Jones, 11 May 2013
The Detroit protests held Friday at locations across the city shut down several fast-food restaurants.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 May 2013
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will submit a report Monday that will be the pretext for an accelerated offensive against the working class in Detroit.
By a WSWS reporting team, 8 May 2013
Retired workers living in a rent-subsidized senior housing building in downtown Detroit are facing eviction.
By Jerry White, 7 May 2013
Obama administration Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder on Monday to promote the attack on teachers and public education.
By an SEP campaign team, 6 May 2013
Campaigners for D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality candidate for mayor of Detroit, have exceeded their signature goal to put Collier on the ballot.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 May 2013
An elderly couple, one of whom was disabled, died in a house fire in northeast Detroit, the latest fire-related tragedy in the city.
D’Artagnan Collier—Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor, 3 May 2013
The following statement was issued by SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier to oppose the eviction of 300 tenants of the Henry Street apartments in Cass Corridor.
By a WSWS reporting team, 2 May 2013
Both the uninsured and underinsured turned out at the event held this week at Cobo Convention Center.
By a campaign team, 1 May 2013
Residents of the Henry Street apartments, located in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, held a tenants meeting on Sunday to fight the eviction from their homes on May 20.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 April 2013
The explosion of a diesel fuel tank at the Marathon Detroit Refinery raises the specter of a larger industrial disaster in the Detroit area.
By an SEP campaign team, 29 April 2013
Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party have collected close to the 1,000 signature goal to place Collier on the ballot for Detroit mayor.
By Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2013
Elderly and handicapped residents of a apartment complex near downtown have been told to leave within a month, and police have begun transporting the homeless outside of city limits.
By an SEP campaign team, 27 April 2013
SEP supporters campaigned throughout the week to put D’Artagnan Collier on the Detroit mayoral ballot, collecting petition signatures at many locations around Detroit.
Timeline of Detroit debt crisis
By Jerry White, 26 April 2013
Detroit is one of many US cities that have taken on crushing levels of debt in response to the Crash of 2008 and to offset cuts in federal aid and state revenue.
By Jerry White, 24 April 2013
Officials in Governor Rick Snyder’s administration have been holding secret meetings to map out a strategy to finance corporate-run schools with public funds.
By Lawrence Porter, 24 April 2013
The campaign to place D’Artagnan Collier, a city worker and member of the Socialist Equality Party, on the ballot for mayor of Detroit has gotten off to a strong start.
By James Brewer, 23 April 2013
Emergency manager Kevyn Orr claims he is under no legal obligation to participate in bargaining with public safety employees, including police, firefighters and emergency medical responders.
Throw out the emergency manager! End the bankers’ dictatorship in Detroit!
Socialist Equality Party (US), 19 April 2013
The Socialist Equality Party (US) is running D’Artagnan Collier as its candidate for mayor of Detroit. The following is his statement announcing the campaign.
By Lawrence Porter, 18 April 2013
As a result of the sequester cuts signed by President Obama, $150 million will be cut from programs that particularly affect the poor in Michigan.
By Bryan Dyne, 17 April 2013
Emergency manager Kevyn Orr is set to select his old law firm, Jones Day, to oversee the restructuring of Detroit’s debt on behalf of the bondholders and banks.
By WSWS reporting team, 16 April 2013
Detroit firefighters will have a new contract imposed on them by emergency manager Kevyn Orr starting July 1.
By Shannon Jones, 16 April 2013
David North, WSWS international editorial board chairman and SEP (US) national chairman, addressed the meeting, drawing attention to the programmatic and theoretical foundations of the WSWS.
By Bryan Dyne, 15 April 2013
The final decision on all spending will be made by the city’s emergency manager.
By Bryan Dyne, 12 April 2013
Detroit city workers and youth are deeply concerned that they will be targeted by the cuts to social services and public works to be carried out by the emergency manager.
By James Brewer, 11 April 2013
Utility company Consumers Energy released an interim report that covers up its responsibility in a recent lethal explosion.
By Lawrence Porter, 10 April 2013
Detroit’s newly installed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, is preparing to target the pensions and health care benefits of retired city workers.
A Call to Action
the Socialist Equality Party, 8 April 2013
For an indefinite period of time, Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, can enact laws, replace all elected officials, deploy the police, rip up contracts and assume all the powers of government.
By Lawrence Porter, 6 April 2013
Dan Gilbert, the multi-billionaire owner of Quicken Loans, has unveiled a plan to gentrify downtown Detroit with the aid of the newly installed emergency manager.
By Bryan Dyne, 6 April 2013
SEP National Secretary Joseph Kishore spoke to an audience of students, retirees and workers at a public meeting called to oppose the appointment of a financial manager in Detroit.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 April 2013
Jones Day, the law firm where Kevyn Orr worked before becoming Detroit’s emergency financial manager, has been retained by the city of Detroit as its “re-structuring counsel.”
By a WSWS reporting team, 1 April 2013
WSWS reporters spoke to Detroiters over the weekend about the appointment of Kevyn Orr as emergency manager of the city.
World Socialist Web Site 15th Anniversary Meeting in Detroit
1 April 2013
We call on workers and young people throughout the region to attend this important April 14 meeting on the 15th anniversary of the WSWS
By Bryan Dyne and Shannon Jones, 30 March 2013
Kevyn Orr’s first act as Detroit’s emergency financial manager was to restore the wages of the mayor and the city council.