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May 042014

This segment of Let it Rip includes comments from several participants of the 2014 May Day Rally and March at Hart Plaza, Detroit Fox 2 News Headlines

Mar 302014

By Diane Bukowski, Voice of Detroit, March 27, 2014 DETROIT — Over 200 retirees and other Detroiters have already filed profound and moving individual objections to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s austerity plan for Detroit retirees and residents in bankruptcy court.  Continue at Voice of Detroit

Mar 052014
Detroit's big maybe.

by ACLU of Michigan on Feb 25, 2014   By Curt Guyette, Investigative Reporter What can be said with absolute certainty about the so-called plan of adjustment Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr released last week? Almost nothing. It is a plan built on a mountain of ifs.According to a summary of the plan, “police and […]

Mar 052014
Detroit bankruptcy plan puts buzzsaw to pension benefits

Complicated bailout also offers contribution break for city until 2023 By Kevin Olsen, Pensions & Investments, March 3, 2014 Detroit’s state-appointed emergency manager sliced into the accrued benefits of pension fund participants in a plan of adjustment filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Feb. 21, while the city would not be required to make any […]

Mar 052014
Detroit Emergency Town Hall meeting opposes bankruptcy plan

By Abayomi Azikiwe, March 4, 2014 Detroit — A standing-room-only audience at Central United Methodist Church participated in an Emergency Town Hall meeting March 2 in response to the “Plan of Adjustment” in the Detroit federal bankruptcy case. The document is designed to institutionalize corporate rule over the people of this majority African-American city. The […]

Feb 032014
Foundations Offering to Bail Out Detroit May Regret Their Decision

By William Schambra,, January 24, 2014 Photo by Kaleidico/Flickr/Creative Commons By William Schambra When nine American foundations this month pledged $330-million to help Detroit emerge from municipal bankruptcy, they took an unprecedented plunge into the give and take of the city’s deeply contentious politics. The extraordinary “give” is the commitment of private funds to […]

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Feb 032014
Proposed Detroit Grants Test Limits of Philanthropic Aid to Cities

By Suzanne Perry,, January 14, 2014 Note: This story has been updated to include the exact pledges made by the Ford Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. For one thing, they have placed some conditions on their aid: For example, the state must contribute to the fund, and the property-tax increases that three Detroit-area counties […]