DETROIT (WWJ) – A protest over Michigan’s emergency manager law is expected outside Governor Rick Snyder’s Ann Arbor area home Monday afternoon.
Among those spearheading the effort is the pastor of Detroit’s King Solomon Baptist Church, the Reverend Charles Williams, who says busloads of people will be there from around the state.
Williams and others including Congressman John Conyers urge citizens to sign petitions to put a referendum on the ballot on the emergency manager law.
“We are organizing this event to march at Rick Snyder’s house on Dr. Martin Luther King day to let the world know again that we will not stand idly by and allow him to take over our areas. We all understand that this legislation that -50% of African-Americans vote across the state of Michigan will be dismissed,” said Williams.
A spokesperson for the governor, Sara Wurfel, says the governor supports citizens’ right to protest, calling it “part of democracy in action.”
Sarah Wurfel says there’s been a lot of misinformation about the emergency manager law. She says they hope people will take time to consider the full picture of the crises and dire circumstances we’re facing in some of these communities.