DETROIT (WWJ) – A group of Detroit students and workers are planning to take to the streets to show their displeasure with plans to cut programs and increase class sizes in the city’s public schools.

Students at both Southeastern High School and CMA organized several walkouts to protest plans by DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb to close more schools and increase class size to 60 students.

“We demand no more school closings, no more destruction of school programs and no classes with 60 students,” said Monica Smith, a graduate of Cass Tech, the University of Michigan and Wayne State Law School. “We refuse to accept that there are insufficient funds for our futures and our city. We will not live under a new Jim Crow system in which black and Latino/a communities have no democratic rights, separate and unequal schools, jobs, services and living conditions.”

“Even our most basic democratic rights are under attack,” added AFSCME 207 Secretary-Treasurer Michael Mulholland. “The people of Egypt have shown that when poor and working-class people mobilize a mass movement, they can halt business as usual and bring down the most tyrannical dictator. Today the workers of Detroit are uniting with the high school and college students of our city to put the corporate elite on notice: together, we will defy you and we will defeat you.”

The demonstration – scheduled for Wed., March 2 – includes a rally at noon at Wayne State University’s Gullen Mall, a march down Woodward at 1:30 pm and a rally at the Spirit of Detroit at 4:30 pm.

WWJ Newsradio 950 will cover the scheduled events. Stay with WWJ and check back with CBS for complete coverage.

Comments (3)
  1. A Michigan Resident says:

    Don’t forget to ask Corporate America for more American jobs for American citizens. Ask them to bring back industry and manufacturing opportunities in America. Don’t forget these requests come with responsibilities of staying educated, working smart and improving one’s health by remaining strong, fit and avoiding obesity. Michigan has the provisions to prepare the world’s best employees. But Michiganders must do their part

  2. A Former Michigan Resident says:

    The America that we live in today was something that Michiganders saw coming our way 25 years ago, when the auto industry began to shut its doors and once-prosperous towns went to pot. This was an economic warning that the rest of our country either ignored or denied that it could POSSIBLY be their own fate! Yet here we are, blaming our current leaders for something that began several generations ago… looking to the government to solve a situation that just keeps getting worse yet complaining when they try to “fix” things too much. If anything was going to be turned around, it should have been done back then; now, what we’re seeing out of Detroit will be the rest of the country’s situation in another 10-20 years’ time.

    Oh, and given that I’m from the class of ’88 and my average class size in middle and high school was seldom less than 35-40 students, I can’t say that adding onto that surprises me in the least. People say, “I can’t visualize it!” Hey, I can. Unfortunately. The same with the job situation; I’ve been out of work for 3.5 years now, despite a B.A. in English and military service–it’s only LUCK that gets you hired these days.

  3. Dee says:

    Don’t forget, if you’re unhappy with the public school system, there’s always homeschooling! No gangs, no huge class sizes, and education that’s tailored for your children…

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