DETROIT (WWJ) – Civil rights activist – the Reverend Al Sharpton – in Detroit Sunday lending his voice to oppose the state’s emergency manager law.
WWJ’s Beth Fisher reports that Sharpton and Congressman John Conyers went to King Solomon Baptist Church to help gain support and have petitions signed for a ballot referendum on the emergency manager law.
Sharpton says that what the governor has done is wrong: “You can not come in and interpose your will – when the people said based on these financial realities these are the people we want to solve it – and you decide you are going to supersede that,” said Sharpton. “It is unconstitutional – it is illegal – it is biased against African-Americans and it is immoral.”
Sharpton quoted Martin Luther King, Jr during a speech to people gather, “We talked about governor’s lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification – I argue today Governor Snyder lips drip with those words he seeks to nullify contracts – the state are obligated to.”
A protest outside of the governor’s home on Monday – Conyers has asked the U.S. Attorney General to investigate the law.