Detriot Eviction Defense has worked for nearly a year with Baxter Jones to save the disabled former school teacher and coach from being evicted from his home in Jackson. August 8 when he went before Judge Michael J Klaeren he was evicted from his home. It would become another bank-owned property.
Baxter has been attending various events with Eviction Defense Committee, Occupy Detroit, Michigan United, and others.
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A slice of Detroit – relevant current topics throughout the lyrics.
Artists: Blue Lady Fire Tide, Bryce, Sage, SIRIUS, Subverso, Will Cee
Produced by Kadiri Sennefer for Hawk Eye Media Group
Own It discusses the troubles Detroit has been going through with land-grabs and take-aways being committed in the name of redeveloping the city. The residents ask for land and are told it isn’t available. Large developers come in and grab the land for under-market value with speculative plans and no community benefits agreement. The people realize Mayor Bing is nothing more than a State of Michigan puppet. His election was highly suspect that he was selected and not elected. Several recall attempts have been rallied, but the people of Detroit don’t seem to rally hard after being oppressed for so long. Services from the city continue to be cut and it takes something more than faith to cling to life in a city that fails to serve its people.
The people of Detroit and 83 counties across Michigan voted November 6, 2012 to repeal Public Act 4 of 2011, the Emergency Manager Law. The effort to get that referendum on the ballot brought over 220,000 signatures from around the state in an effort that last nearly a year. The referendum was opposed by State of Michigan take-over aligned organizations such as Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, formed by The Sterling Corporation. Jeffery Timmerer was on the State Board of Canvassers and brought a claimed technical flaw to the petitions, which became known as “fontgate” in the media. CFR hired the chairperson of the State Board of Ethics, John Pirich as their lead attorney, working along with member Bob Labrant, formerly with Michigan Chamber of Commerce and appointed by Governor Snyder June 29, 2012 to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.
Ask the people of Detroit if it appears the State of Michigan is poised to remove our local government. Then take a look at Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr appointed through a new Emergency Manager Law which was rushed through December 2012′s final session of Michigan legislature as Public Act 436. Repeated demonstrations, legal actions, and articles written have not swayed the intent of State government to oppress and replace local government.
Michigan has replaced law and order with malfeasance, disorder, malcontent, and poison for the people of Detroit and other cities whom have fallen on hard financial times.
A world-wide call to action as a March Against Monsanto was heard by hundreds of locations, many of them here in the United States. Detroit rallied at Eastern Market with a program beginning at 10am. Hundreds of people gathered for the march and listened to the opening speakers. Speakers / Organizers for the event included:
- Zachary Schaffer of No GMOs 4 Michigan
- Tia Lebherz of Food & Water Watch
- Jarret Schlaff of PlanIt4Planet
- Valerie Jean of Occupy Detroit
- Charity Hicks of
All-ages were encouraged to participate as the event opened with a skit involving children dressed as bees interacting with adults in costume, several dressed as flowers and Mr Monsanto. We rooted for the bees to win and overcome Mr Monsanto, but we know our real life struggle is headed the other way. The “Revenge of the Bee Keepers” March Against Monsanto began around 11am and as it marched around Eastern Market the energy grew. By the time the march was headed north on Russell Street back to the gazebo it had picked up to approximately 600 people and stretched several blocks. Our Detroit Police were on site with mounted officers who assisted traffic in finding alternate routing through the area. People marching would find people along the way with questions on their faces and hold brief conversations with them about Genetically Engineered foods, literature was passed out, and people asked to walk with the march to learn more. There will be a march around Eastern Market to bring awareness that the message must spread into our surrounding communities. We recognize those shopping at Eastern Market are likely the best allies in the metropolitan area – this is a call to action later in the day with YOU PARTICIPATING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS. The official world-wide time is 2pm Eastern… this means there will be grass-roots in-the-moment gatherings held across metropolitan Detroit. We need your teams to get their cameras out and broadcast action so the world knows Detroit shall live and not die! Our city has been under attack in many ways over the years. It is reeling from financial misconduct and State of Michigan dictatorship. What Monsanto has done is declared dictatorship over our food, and we can’t allow for this to happen without raising our voices and refusing the shackles of slavery.
The voting public of the United States has rallied countless times to protect freedom of information. It is one of the sacred rights we have to be able to be informed and retrieving information without barriers is essential. We have had so many people fighting for freedom of information – including Bradley Manning and Aaron Swartz , who’s death spawned #PDFtribute from researchers opening their copyright work to the public. It is an affront to our rights and the oath of office our government officials take “to uphold the interests of the people” whom they serve. As representatives this is not how you feel about the topic – get it straight, as a representative you REPRESENT OUR INTERESTS! Continue reading