by Joanne Coutts
This article is the second in a two-part series. Read part one here.
If anyone is still under the impression that we, Detroiters, have a say in how our elected officials spend our tax dollars, a look at the recent budget process should shatter that illusion.
The Mayor’s Budget reflects his priorities, not ours
On March 5, 2021, Mayor Duggan gave a master class in “smoke and mirrors.” His budget presentation was rife with euphemistic language and carefully crafted propaganda.
By Vince Carducci and Jason Krzysiak
For more than a century, the first of May has been a day of celebration, remembrance, and activism for workers around the world. On Saturday, May 1 this year, the Metro Detroit DSA joins comrades from DSA chapters across the country to mark International Workers Day with events that will raise awareness of and militate for passage of the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, currently before the Senate.
The first is an in-person, socially distanced gathering at noon under the soaring arcs of the public sculpture Transcending, the Michigan labor legacy monument…
by Vince Carducci
Between the start of Derek Chauvin’s trial and the return of the guilty verdict, 64 Americans died at the hands of police, more than half of them people of color, according to the New York Times. They include Daunte Wright, shot and killed in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center not more than 10 miles from where the trial was taking place.
In Michigan, Bridge Detroit reports, not a single piece of police reform legislation has been passed since George Floyd’s murder last May; bills that have been proposed have met with stiff resistance from the police…
The following articles were originally published in Midwest Socialist — the official newspaper of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America. Midwest Socialist reports on issues affecting Chicago and the Midwest generally, and occasionally republishes articles from the Detroit Socialist.
by Hailey Rial
March 14, 2021
by Keith Schnabel
November 21, 2020
by Dianne Feeley and Jane Slaughter
“Your landlord says you’re a squatter. Give us the keys and get out.” So said Detroit police officers to Rosey White when she answered a knock on the door of her West Side rental on a cold night in December 2016. At no point did either the police or the landlord show any legal paperwork justifying the eviction, because there was none.
“I was able to grab my purse and a few items,” White said. She went to a police precinct that same night to try to file a complaint, but the police refused…
by Will Froberg
On Tuesday March 30th Detroit DSA’s electoral committee held their bi-weekly meeting. The event was facilitated by Lauren Trendler, committee co-chair and campaign advisor for DSA member Landis Spencer’s run for the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners in the Detroit municipal election this November.
The first speaker was Anthony D. who explained that the Charter Revision Commission (CRC) recently adopted a set of proposed changes to the Charter of the City of Detroit — which can be thought of as a constitution for the City. The CRC is a nine member, elected government body that was created…