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Mourning Detroit Transit & Memorial for Martin Luther King Jr

April 4 is a day of remembrance for one of the great civil rights leaders of the 20th century – on this date Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.

Occupy Detroit is endorsing and participating in a National Day of Action for Public Transportation and Memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This call to action is being organized through Occupy Boston with support from Amalgamated Transit United International. It is anticipated that 10 cities or more across the nation will be holding direct action for public transportation on April 4, 2012.

[important]Download the press release from April 1 [PR-MourningDetroitTransit-April01][/important]

Additional press releases will follow, please check back for more links or visit the Transit Detroit blog, for information.

We are holding a candlelit vigil at the Rosa Parks Transit Center docks between 8pm and 11pm. Riders are welcome to join the memorial action while waiting for a bus at the center. We would like to encourage a sing-along of songs, perhaps a few performances from singers, and street dance performance would be welcome. If you would like to participate as a performer, or have candles or items to contribute please contact transit@occupy-detroit.us through email or through Twitter to @TransitDetroit. We will be using the hashtag #A4detroit in promotion and throughout the event, please offer support through re-tweets and sharing of links.

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Press Release

Mourning Detroit Transit and Memorial for Martin Luther King Jr.

April 1, 2012 – Detroit

Occupy Detroit is partnering with organizations, communities and transit riders in holding a candlelight vigil on April 4, 2012 from 8:00-11:00pm at the Rosa Parks Transit Center. This event is part of a National Call to Action for Public Transportation with 10 cities holding activities.

On February 28, 2012 a delegation presented to City Council a set of resolutions, within we asked to form a Citizen Transit Advisory Board which would interact with the Department of Transportation. There has been no response.

Our position is Public Transportation is a Human Right granting freedom of mobility as set forth in 1948 through the Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations, Eleanor Roosevelt contributor). We demand Transportation Justice!
Martin Luther King Jr participated in the year-long Montgomery Alabama Bus Boycott of 1956, which was launched when Rosa Parks was placed under arrest for failing to yield to the demands of a bus driver on a segregated bus. Mr and Mrs Parks were members of the NAACP with Martin Luther King Jr, and were leaders of the civil rights movement. We hold this most sacred vigil on ground most appropriate for demonstration – the Rosa Parks Transit Center.

Fifty six years later the struggle for justice continues. We the people deserve better. We deserve a system that works for our needs – not the needs of some, but for all, regardless of time of day. Correct wrong choices made, create jobs to address weaknesses, enable public access to proceedings and interaction before changes are made that impact everyone. Elimination of night and weekend bus service has impacted hospitals, restaurants, sporting events, nightlife, and visitation with family and friends. People have been cast onto streets dark without public lighting, walking miles to get home in all types of inclement weather, in a city where they have a 1 in 41 chance of being a victim of violent crime; this is unacceptable.

The vigil will provide the opportunity for speakers from organizations and communities to rally together in support and memorial. We stand together on the night before the Detroit Department of Transportation holds another set of public hearings April 5, 2012 from 10:00am-noon and 6:00-8:00pm at the Northwest Activity Center and at Wayne County Community College-Eastern Campus.

It is appalling that City of Detroit staff have stated they wish to minimize media coverage of the public hearings by knowingly scheduling on the opening day for Tiger baseball.

We are calling for the engagement of all communities around Detroit.

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Contact: Stephen Boyle, 313-626-8525, transit@occupy-detroit.us