Reflections And A Treatise For Detroit
by Stephen Boyle “Fuzzytek
Occupy Detroit started with a meeting at Spirit of Hope Church on October 10, 2011. It was a capacity gathering of about 1,000 people which had to move outside the confines of the church. We broke into groups working on various aspects of what we believed would be needed. Several groups met before the day of our first rally and march, which was October 14, 2011 from the Spirit of Detroit coming up Woodward to Grand Circus Park. Once there a number of people spoke about Detroit issues and the issues of our nation. We sought solidarity with each other and found new faces, ideas, and motivation in those who attended. Tents were pitched in the park and we settled in serving food to those in need, discussing futures, present, and past with those in the park. Communities came to the park to see how to integrate and find their voice with those present. Could we address humanity as a unifying presence? Would we dwell on our differences, because this is how many were raised in a capitalist system. It has become more clear that this system has turned to consuming those who were producing. The objective of capitalism is profit at any cost, and that could include the workers.
We have discussed racism, classism, sexism, party politics, food sovereignty, land justice, and so many more topics. The conversations which may be required more are humanism and discovery of the most common denominators which unite people regardless of difference. Moving from “me” oriented thinking in an ownership model to serving “we” as community stewards – embracing durable relationships and goods rather than consumerism. It takes a lot of un-learning for many of us, questioning how we identify ourselves not by who we are but through what we have. Continue reading
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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Sight seeing in Detroit, with some depth, is probably best accomplished by taking your interests over to the D:Hive on Woodward between State and Grand River, across from where Hudson’s downtown used to stand and is now an empty underground parking lot. Ask for some guidance and look through the assortment of information available. The staff there are regularly collecting pamphlets, flyers, and more about what is happening around Detroit. They hold tours around the cool-places and some are extended into communities. This welcome center approach is something every neighborhood in Detroit has a need to get up and running. Hopefully a central information hub in each district becomes known, Continue reading
An opinion from Stephen Boyle
Detroit’s government continues to be under pressure by the State of Michigan. A Detroit Financial Review Team was assembled January 2013.
Recollect December 27, 2011 as reported by Fox Business:
Michigan’s governor on Tuesday appointed a team to review Detroit’s finances, a move that could end in a possible state takeover of the city as it struggles with a shrinking auto industry and falling revenues.
This leading paragraph might have some believe the auto industry is heavily influencing Detroit’s financial picture. However three decades of push toward globalization, free trade agreements, and segmentation of labor into multi-tier negotiations have moved the auto industry well outside Detroit. The city has become a hallmark of corporate destitution when you drive past hundreds of abandoned assembly facilities. Today corporations in the city are awarded tax abatement to encourage “job growth”. These abated dollars show up as unfunded services such as lighting, water, transportation, and more. The infrastructure supporting new business is not being funded due to abated taxes. Continue reading